#BUCSWednesday: Plenty of victories to celebrate!!

With the end of another BUCS season just three weeks away, it was an important week for our sports teams!

Next Wednesday is Conference Cup finals day, and we’re excited to be represented by netball 1s and men’s basketball 1s! And, all being well, both teams will be joined by our men’s futsal 1s, if they make it through Saturday’s semi-finals!

So, without further ado, here’s our highlights from yesterday’s #BUCSWednesday:

MOTD: Netball 1st v Leeds Beckett 2nd

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Photography by Fiona Finchett

It’s the second time in three seasons that our netball 1s have reached the Conference Cup final.  Yesterday’s game saw an impressive 57-39 victory over Leeds Beckett 2s at the Sugden Sports Centre.

Our team took the lead early on in the first quarter, closing it with a 14-8 lead over the visitor.  They continued to play extremely well as a team, increasing the lead even further and leaving the half-time score at 29-17.

The story in the second half was much the same, with our team maintaining a comfortable lead.  Some fantastic shooting from our sport scholars, Bekah Airey and Fran Duffy, and some great end to end play from the rest of the team saw the game end with an 18 point difference and a spot in next week’s final where the team face Northumbria 2s in Lancaster.

Men’s Basketball 1st v Bradford 1st


Having missed out on a place in the final for the last two years, our team were determined to reach the final, but a confident Bradford team were not prepared to make this easy.

It was a difficult first quarter for our team, as the opposition made the most of their home advantage and a big crowd creating lots of noise.   Nervous energy began to get the better of our side, and by the end of the first quarter, Bradford were leading by six points. They were able to increase their lead at half time to a 12 point lead.

In the third quarter, our team stepped things up and after some great defensive play from Akeem Thomas and with Joe Carrick controlling the tempo as point guard, our team were able to shift the momentum of the game and were able to close the gap on the leaders.

During the last three minutes of the game, the lead changed six times, and with ten seconds on the clock, we had a lead of just one point! After a miss from Bradford, we grabbed the rebound, which lead to our opposition committing a couple of fouls. Joe Carrick was able to convert the free throws and, after a very close game, the final score was 60-56 to our team.

The whole team supported each other well, and great teamwork saw us turn the game around and earn the place in the final where we will face a strong Huddersfield team.

Men’s Football 1st v Leeds Beckett 1st


It was an important game yesterday for our men’s football 1st team, who were looking to move further away from the relegation zone. Our team is competing in a tough league, where as many as 50% of the teams competing in it can be relegated. However, the continued to justify their place in Northern 1A with an impressive 4-0 victory over Leeds Beckett 1st.

Goals from four different scorers highlights some great team play. The team will look to build on this momentum as they close their league season next week with a home fixture at Newcastle. They will also be competing in the BUCS trophy semi-final next Friday, where they will face Nottingham Trent in an evening kick off.

Men’s Football 4th v Keele 1st


Our men’s football 4th team continued their unbeaten season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Keele. After narrowly missing out on promotion last year, the team have played well throughout the season and now find themselves in a position where they could seal promotion on Monday evening if they are able to beat UCLAN.

Women’s Badminton 1st v Edge Hill 2nd


Women’s badminton had another great week, achieving their second 8-0 victory in as many weeks. It was one-way traffic in this match, with our team controlling each of the games. The team have improved well over the course of the season, and will finish the season in fourth place.

Men’s Rugby Union 1st v Newcastle 2nd


It was a great week for our men’s rugby union 1st team, who enjoyed an impressive 41-24 victory over Newcastle 2nd team. It was a brilliant team performance, with our team scoring seven tries. Our team have two fixtures remaining, which are both against Hull and they will be looking to finish the season with a couple more wins.

Congratulations to all of our teams who took part in fixtures yesterday! make sure you download the fixtures for Manchester and Cheshire:

09 March Manchester Fixtures

09 March Cheshire Fixtures 

For results from this week’s games, continue reading below:

Sport Type Team Opposition Score Result
Badminton League Womens 1st (Man) Edge Hill University Womens 2nd 8 – 0 Win
Basketball Knockout Mens 1st (Man) University of Bradford Mens 1st 60 – 56 Win
Basketball League Mens 3rd (Man) LJMU Mens 2nd 88 – 57 Win
Basketball League Womens 1st (Cheshire) University of Manchester Womens 1st 54 – 70 Loss
Basketball League Mens 4th (Cheshire) University of Salford Mens 2nd 52 – 102 Loss
Football League Mens 6th (Man) UCLAN Mens 4th 2 – 2 Draw
Football League Mens 4th (Man) Keele University Mens 1st 3 – 0 Win
Football League Womens 4th (Cheshire) University of Cumbria Womens 1st (Carlisle) 0 – 15 Loss
Football League Mens 1st (Cheshire) Leeds Beckett University Mens 1st 4 – 0 Win
Football League Mens 5th (Cheshire) University of Central Lancashire Mens 3rd 4 – 0 Win
Football League Mens 3rd (Cheshire) University of Central Lancashire Mens 2nd 2 – 1 Win
Football League Womens 2nd (Cheshire) Lancaster University Womens 1st 2 – 3 Loss
Football League Mens 8th (Cheshire) University of Salford Mens 2nd 1 – 3 Loss
Golf League Mixed 2nd (Man) Keele University Mixed 1st 1 – 5 Loss
Hockey Knockout Mens 1st (Man) Northumbria University Mens 1st 5 – 8 Loss
Hockey League Womens 3rd (Man) Lancaster University Womens 2nd 0-2 Loss
Hockey League Mens 3rd (Man) Lancaster University Mens 2nd 2 – 7 Loss
Netball Knockout Womens 1st (Man) Leeds Beckett University Womens 2nd 57 – 39 Win
Netball League Womens 7th (Cheshire) Edge Hill University Womens 4th 52 – 102 Loss
Rugby League Womens 1st (Man) University of Liverpool Womens 1st 17 – 38 Loss
Rugby League Knockout Mens 1st (Man) University of Nottingham Mens 1st 16 – 34 Loss
Rugby Union League Womens 1st (Man) Bangor University Womens 1st 17 -38 Loss
Rugby Union League Mens 1st (Man) Newcastle University Mens 2nd 41 – 24 Win
Rugby Union League Mens 3rd (Man) Keele University Mens 2nd PP PP
Rugby Union Cup (Semi Final) Mens 2nd (Cheshire) University of Cumbria Mens 2nd 16 – 42 Loss
Squash League Womens 1st (Man) University of Liverpool Womens 2nd 1 – 3 Loss



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