BUCS: Week 2 Results, Week 3 Preview

Crosses, creases, but few conversions – how our Blues teams are doing in football, rugby, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, badminton, volleyball, petanque….

Another week, another, like , four dozen games in the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) leagues. Let the Tab take you through it.


After a disappointing start, it was a slightly more successful showing for our football lads this week; the Centaurs were held to a 1-1 draw at Aston, but the Blues went from a competitive first half to a dominant second with a 3-2 win over Loughborough 2nds at Iffley.

If you haven’t seen the goals yet, you should. Here’s a taster:

Poetry in motion from Brook Tozer and Mike Essman.

There were two encounters with the Tabs this week: in volleyball, the womens’ 1sts fell to a 3-0 loss, but their hockey counterparts came up with a 1-0 win. Four of the six hockey teams won, including all three womens’ teams, though Reading did get the better of the mens’ 1sts 3-2.

It was a good week for lacrosse; the mens’ 1sts sailed past Plymouth 13-3, the womens’ 1sts took advantage of a leaky Cardiff side to come up 22-1 victors, and it was daylight robbery in Notitngham as the womens’ 2nds took home a 19-1 win.

Not so lucky were the basketball teams – the mens’ 1sts suffered a double-digit loss as they went down 61-76 to London South Bank, while the womens’ 1sts were drubbed 61-29 by Cardiff Met.

“@TheEpinalSport: Loughborough and Oxford have got some pretty notable spectators on Holywell. England RL World Cup squad training.”

Badminton and netball saw all their teams unbeaten, but none of the three tennis teams could come away with a win, and both mens’ rugby league teams were thumped comprehensively by Loughborough sides, while the womens’ rugby union side went down 90-0 to Gloucester.


The football Blues head up to Nottingham Trent for a league game, but for once that’s the lesser of the two fixtures; the Centaurs are the pick of the two games as they open their campaign for the Midlands Conference Cup with a Preliminary Round game against bottom-division University College Birmingham 4ths.

Elsewhere, it’s a big Oxford away day in Bath, as the basketball mens’ 1sts, tennis mens’ 1sts, and lacrosse womens’ 1sts and mens’ 1sts all make trips to Claverton Down for a full day of Bath-Oxford clashes.

Did you know Bath University have played in the FA Cup more recently than Oxford have? They fielded a team in senior competition until 2009 and were just two promotions from the Football League before they disbanded. Crazy.

The lacrosse womens’ 2nds host the Tabs at Iffley, while for hockey perhaps the most interesting clash is the mens’ 3rds against Northampton’s 1st team – the 3rds have six straight wins, but Northampton will be hungry for a win against the division-dominating side.

Of interest will be the football womens’ 2nds. The team has lost 12 straight games over two years, but lost by just one goal to a very good Warwick 2nds side.

The race is now on: can they ditch their losing streak before the American football team (seven straight losses) start their season the Sunday after next? Their home clash this week with Staffordshire looks like a perfect opportunity to do so.

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