Yesterday was a huge day for the Lions, as six teams competed in the Conference Finals while the teams going for gold at BUCS Big Wednesday were confirmed as the Trophy and Championship semi finals were completed
BUCS Conference Finals: The Fab Five
Birmingham had six teams that travelled to University of East Anglia in Norwich, all hoping to be crowned BUCS Conference Champions! The first game of the day saw Volleyball M1 take on the hosts, UEA M1. It was a back and forth affair with both sides playing superbly well, and even required a deciding set as both sides were tied 2-2 after 4. As the nerves grew, Brum held theirs, and were able to win the decider 15-11! This thrilling victory only set the ball rolling for the rest of the day.
Next up saw Netball 5 take on the hosts again, UEA 2. The team were dominant from the outset and did well to silence the home crowd. After the first quarter, Brum were leading 11-9 and extended this to 23-16 at half time. In the second half they did not relent and kept the pressure on throughout, eventually running away with the title, winning 51-35!
The only Birmingham club that had two teams competing was Tennis. The M1 were taking on Loughborough M4, while W2 played Nottingham Trent W2. Donned with red, blue and gold face paint and being cheered on by one another as they took to the court, both teams managed to claim the title, with the Men claiming an especially impressive 5-1 win!
The next final saw a trip to the pool as Water Polo M1 played Leicester M1. Like any final, it was a close game with both teams starting cautiously but as Birmingham relaxed into the game they pulled away from Leicester and eventually managed to hold out to claim a well deserved 13-8 victory! The last game saw Hockey M3 take on Oxford Brookes M1, sadly the boys were unable to make it 6 from 6 in Norwich as they fell 4-0 to a very strong Brookes side. Despite this result the team should be proud of how they’ve performed this year and coming so close should only strive them on next year!
Having five teams all come away from UEA Sports park with a medal around their necks is a huge achievement and all the players and everyone involved with the Volleyball, Netball, Tennis, Water Polo and Hockey clubs should be immensely proud of their efforts.
BUCS Big Wednesday: Who has made it
UoB has two representatives in the Championships finals. Netball 1 won their semi final yesterday to ensure they will be in a rematch of last year’s final as they take on Hertfordshire 1. The semi final against Bath 1 started off tense and in the first quarter Bath were probably the better team, but after being roared on by the home crowd, the lions managed to have the lead at the first break 11-9. From there, the team started to appear much calmer and played in the same manor the has seen them go unbeaten this season. Despite Bath fighting until the end, UoB were just too good and they eventually ran away with the game 57-35. They will look to get their revenge on Hertfordshire in a fortnight in Nottingham after they lost the final last year to the same opposition.
Squash W1 will also be representing Brum after their home win against Manchester W1. They managed a very impressive 4-1 win against the visitors and will now face a tough challenge from across the border in Edinburgh W1 who also won their semi final 4-1 against Nottingham W1.
In the Trophy, we also have two teams competing in Nottingham in two weeks. Women’s Football 1 will be facing Southampton Solent 1. Brum should be feeling confident after a dominant semi final display against Teeside, where they won away 8-2, but Solent have also had a good cup run so it is all to play for at BUCS Big Wednesday! The other Trophy final sees a 3rd team Midlands Derby, as Hockey W3 play the hosts, Nottingham W3. The team will have to start well in order to silence the home crowd, but after a dominant 3-1 win over Cardiff in the semi final, the team go into the game with a strong chance of getting the result.