We had a brilliant day yesterday at the BUCS Conference Cup Finals in Lancaster. Congratulations to men’s futsal, netball 1st team and men’s basketball 1st team who were competing to be crowned cup winners! Men’s futsal and netball were victorious in their games, and unfortunately, men’s basketball lost out by a narrow margin, to a strong Huddersfield team after a thrilling game.
Elsewhere, more league titles have been wrapped up, with several other teams creeping closer to the top of the league, with just one week of fixtures remaining.
Here’s our highlights from yesterday’s games!
Conference Cup Finals
Men’s Futsal 1st v Chester Warrington 1st
Our men’s futsal team have had a brilliant season so far. Having sealed the league title in their first season competing in BUCS, they will be looking forward to their season in Northern 1A next year. After confirming their place in the cup final on Saturday with a 4-3 victory over Leeds, our team faced a strong Chester Warrington side in the final. Our team had already been victorious against our opposition in the league, and were feeling confident going into the game, although they anticipated it would be a tough match.
Our team opened the scoring within the first couple of minutes, after starting the game with great intensity. A break against the run of play resulted in an equaliser from Chester Warrington before our team were able to regain the lead after having several attempts saved by the opposition keeper. There were some fantastic saves by Johnny Foster to keep our team in the lead, before we were able to increase our lead to 3-1 just before half time.
A spectacular goal by Yann Mayengélé just after half time made the score 4-1 before the opposition were able to claw a goal back after a free kick on the edge of the area to make it 4-2. The response from our team was immediate after a couple of quick goals, including a great effort from club chairperson, Abdallah Mohamed.
Some great teamwork lead to another goal before the end of the game to make the final score 7-2 to our team. The whole team played well and deserved the victory. To gain promotion and to become cup champions is a great achievement, and we look forward to seeing how the team develop next year!
Netball 1st v Northumbria 2nd
It has been a perfect season for our netball 1st team. Having confirmed their status as league champions last week, the team were looking to complete the double this week, as they face Northumbria 2nd team in the conference cup final.
It was the Northumbria team who were able to take an early 2-0 lead in the game, but it was not long before our team were able to find their rhythm, and some brilliant link up play lead to several quick goals to give us the lead. By the end of the first quarter, we had built up a lead of 21-11.
Some great shooting by sport scholars Bekah Airey and Fran Duffy in the second quarter helped the team increase their lead to 36-20 at half time.
Our team have been strong all season and have consistently worked well as a unit, covering all areas on the court. There was some great passing throughout the third quarter, enabling us to maintain possession and increase our lead even further with a score line of 55-33 by the end of the third quarter.
Our team maintained their focus during the final quarter and after a brilliant performance, they were able to win the cup final, with an impressive final score of 73-42. It has been an emphatic season for our netball first team, who will go into their final league match next week, carrying the confirmed status of league and cup champions.
Men’s Basketball 1st v Huddersfield 1st
Our final team to compete in this year’s conference cup final was our men’s basketball 1st team. Having already wrapped up the Northern 2A league title, the team faced a strong Huddersfield team, who also went into this game as league winners of Northern 2B, meaning the teams will face each other again next season as they both join Northern 1A.
It was a close game throughout, and definitely one for the neutral fan, as the action was end to end. However, the Huddersfield team came out on top on this occasion, winning by a narrow margin of 59-65. The momentum shifted throughout the game, with the lead changing several times. Our team showed great spirit in the second quarter and were able to fight back from six points down, to lead 25-21 at half time. In a great example of a cup final, it was Huddersfield who were able to break through by the end of the game, after scoring some quick, decisive points.
Although this game was an example of how cruel sport can be sometimes, and our team will be disappointed, they can finish this season with their heads held high, after gaining promotion with a game to spare. Both teams played well in this match, and there will be some exciting matches when the two teams meet again next season. Our team may have lost out in the conference cup final, but they will now progress to the next level of competition, as they look to compete in the BUCS Trophy competition next season!
Men’s Water Polo enjoyed their last league match of the season yesterday, and were able to seal the league title after a 17-8 victory over Sheffield. After narrowly avoiding relegation from this league last season, our team have responded in the best possible way and will now look forward to the promotional play-offs next term as they bid for a place in the BUCS Prem!
Men’s Football 4th team have joined our list of teams who have won their league this season. After a brilliant 4-0 win over UCLAN 3rd team on Monday evening, they have become league champions with a game to spare.
Netball 8th team have sealed promotion and the league title, after a 47-30 victory over Chester Warrington.
It was the final game of the season for some of our teams this week. Men’s table tennis and men’s football 6th were able to finish the season on a high, winning their final games.
Next week is the final week of the BUCS season, and there are several teams who will be competing to win the league, so it is due to be an exciting close to another season!
Congratulations to all of our teams who took part in fixtures yesterday! We have a busy fixture week next week, so make sure you download the fixtures for Manchester and Cheshire:
For results from this week’s games, continue reading below.
|Basketball||Knockout||Mens 1st (Manchester)||Huddersfield University Mens 1st||59 – 65||Loss|
|Basketball||League||Womens 1st (Cheshire)||University of Salford Womens 1st||WALKOVER||Loss|
|Football||League||Mens 6th (Manchester)||University of Bolton Mens 2nd||4 – 2||Win|
|Football||League||Womens 1st (Manchester)||University of Sheffield Womens 1st||1-2||Loss|
|Football||League||Womens 3rd (Manchester)||UCLAN Womens 2nd||4-7||Loss|
|Football||League||Mens 3rd (Cheshire)||University of Cumbria Mens 2nd (Lancaster)||4 – 0||Win|
|Football||League||Womens 4th (Cheshire)||University of Salford Womens 1st||0 – 8||Loss|
|Football||League||Mens 1st (Cheshire)||Newcastle University Mens 1st||1 – 2||Loss|
|Football||League||Mens 8th (Cheshire)||University of Salford Mens 4th||0 – 5||Loss|
|Futsal||Knockout||Mens 1st (Manchester)||University of Chester Men’s 1st||7 – 2||Win|
|Lacrosse||League||Mens 1st (Manchester)||Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st||4 – 13||Loss|
|Lacrosse||League||Womens 1st (Manchester)||Keele University Womens 1st||8 – 6||Win|
|Netball||League||Womens 8th (Manchester)||University of Chester Womens 1st||47 – 30||Win|
|Netball||Knockout||Womens 1st (Manchester)||Northumbria University Womens 2nd||73 – 42||Win|
|Netball||League||Womens 4th (Cheshire)||Liverpool Hope University Womens 1st||WALKOVER||Win|
|Rugby Union||League||Mens 1st (Manchester)||University of Hull Mens 1st||PP||PP|
|Rugby Union||League||Mens 2nd (Cheshire)||Liverpool Hope University Mens 1st||30 – 5||Win|
|Rugby Union||League||Womens 2nd (Cheshire)||University of Chester Womens 1st||31 – 0||Win|
|Squash||League||Mens 2nd (Manchester)||Edge Hill University Mens 1st||Walkover||Win|
|Table Tennis||League||Mens 1st||University of Salford Mens 1st||12 – 5||Win|
|Tennis||League||Womens 1st (Manchester)||Bangor University Womens 1st||8 – 4||Win|
|Volleyball||League||Womens 1st (Manchester)||University of Liverpool Womens 1st||0-3||Loss|
|Water Polo||League||Mens 1st (Manchester)||University of Sheffield Mens 1st||17 – 8||Win|