#BUCSWednesday: eight from eight in this week’s focus games!

Yesterday was an extra special #BUCSWednesday for our teams, as we took pride of place as the BUCS University in Focus!

And what a BUCS Wednesday it was!  Instead of adopting our usual match of the day, this week we selected eight focus games – all cup games, all home games.  Our teams did us proud, as they stormed ahead to win all eight of the focus games!

Here’s a roundup, with lots of photos and videos from the day!

Women’s Tennis 1sts 12 – 0 Edge Hill 1sts


Our women’s tennis team started the day for us, with an early 12:30pm start at Virgin Active in Middleton.  Last year, the team reached the final of the Conference Cup – and with that legacy in the back of their minds, they weren’t going to risk losing in the early knock out stages.

The game went well for the team, going 8-0 up after two singles and the doubles games. With their spot in the next round already booked, the team pushed forward to make it a fantastic 12 – 0 victory over the opposition!

Men’s Hockey 2nds 14 – 0 Chester 2nds

Mens Hockey 2s

Down at the Vagrants Ground in Cheshire, it was another fantastic game for our men’s hockey 2s.  Starting off the game with a two minutes silence to remember those who have fallen, our team took to the pitch to go 5 – 0 up after 20 minutes.

Showing no signs of slowing down, the team quickly extended their lead to 9 – 0, with Ben Morris scoring his third goal of the game, five minutes before half time.

Returning to the pitch with a 10 – 0 lead, the team looked to widen the lead even further, closing the game with a 14 – 0 score line and a well-deserved spot in the next round of the cup.

Our Activities Officer, Lewis Bartlett, spoke to Joe Coburn and Ben Morris after the game.

Men’s Rugby Union 2nds 51 – 5 Bangor 2nds

Photograph by James Brewerton

Our men’s rugby union 2s are having a stormer this season and yesterday’s Northern Conference Plate game was no exception.  Starting off their game with a two minutes silence, our team took to the pitch to take an incredible 51 – 5 victory at full time.

Our Activities Officer, Lewis Bartlett, spoke to the team after the game.

For the full match report, brought to us by Max Clements, click here, and for photographs from the game, taken by James Brewerton, visit his FlickR.

 Women’s Football 2nds 4 – 3 York 2nds

Photograph by 339 student FM
Photograph by 339 student FM

It was a tough first half for our women’s football 2s, which saw visitors, York, dominate play and take an early lead.  Undeterred, and driven by the prospect of booking their place in the next round, our team returned to the pitch at half time to come back to win 4 – 3!

Men’s Hockey 1sts 4 – 4 Newcastle 2nds (won on flicks)

Men's Hockey JPEG

If there was one game out of this week’s fixtures that was going to come down to the line it was this one.  Welcoming an evenly matched Newcastle to Timperley Sports Club, the opposition took an early lead.  Some great play from our team evened the score line, before a short corner from captain, Connor Miller, extended the team’s lead further.

Not accepting a defeat that easily, Newcastle pushed forward to finish the game 4 – 4 on the final whistle, taking the game to penalty flicks.

With everything to play for, our team came out victorious, securing their spot in the next round of the Cup.

Women’s Badminton 1sts 5 – 3 Bradford 1sts


Over at the Sugden Sports Centre, our women’s badminton team took to the court looking to progress in the Cup.  Some fantastic performances in the doubles games saw our team take a 3 – 1 lead by half time.


Some equally good performances in the singles games in the second half saw the team book their spot in the next round with a 5 – 3 victory.

Men’s Basketball 1sts 72 – 47 Sheffield 2nds

Our men’s basketball team are another one enjoying a strong season so far this year.  After a great first round in the Cup against Hull, the team went into the game looking to make a similar impact.


By the end of the first quarter, the team took a big 35 – 7 lead.  Despite Sheffield piling on the pressure, our team kept their heads in the game, earning a convincing 72 – 47 victory.

Here’s some footage from the game!

Women’s Netball 1sts 54 – 32 Sheffield Hallam 2nds


With seven out of eight of our focus games already in the bag, we were looking to finish the day on a high as our netball 1s took to the court to face Sheffield Hallam.

The first quarter saw an evenly matched game, with our team taking a small 11 – 9 lead.  The second quarter saw our team begin to break away from the opposition who, with only seven players, were beginning to tire.

Returning to the court for the second half with a 36 – 15 lead, the team pushed forward to enjoy a 54 – 32 victory at full time.

Here’s some footage from the game!

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in this week’s #BUCSWednesday and contributed to our University in Focus campaign.  We’ll have a full breakdown of all results shortly.

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