Loughborough University athletes retained their outstanding track record at the BUCS big Wednesday this week, with a clean sweep of wins across all five teams, adding crucial points to our tally for the overall University Sports Championships.
Students, families and athletes alike descended onto the University of Nottingham to take part in an action-packed day of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) finals. The event brought together both individual and team events from badminton, basketball and hockey in a highly-anticipated day of quality sport. There was a fantastic turn-out from Loughborough on the day, with a strong contingent of coaches, co-ordinators andmentors providing invaluable technical assistance and vocal support.
When the action got underway on Wednesday morning, Loughborough athletes stepped up to the mark to deliver a plethora of sensational results across the board. Loughborough Men’s 2s Badminton started the day off strong, with Harry Wang and Sam Ricketts securing wins in their single performances. The wins for Loughborough did not stop there. While Bath Men’s 2s put up a valiant fight in the doubles, Loughborough held their own and managed to walk away with an unassailable 6-2 win. The Men’s 1sts followed suit, beating Bath 5-3 and securing them status as undefeated for the entire season. The Women’s 1sts did not disappoint, with and outstanding performance in both the doubles and singles. Despite a tough start, the girls played with an unwavering resilience, securing an overall win of 5-3, beating former BUCS champion Li Lian Yang.
The Hockey proved equally as fruitful for Loughborough, with the Women’s 1sts bringing home gold once again. Despite a relatively static start, Loughborough pulled ahead just before half time, with Lucy Millington scoring an excellent penalty flick. Loughborough started as the meant to continue, with two goals being scored in quick succession in the second half. Despite a number of short corners being awarded to Nottingham, Goal Keeper Miriam Prichard held her own, with Loughborough coming away with and win of 3-2.
With 4/4 wins from all Loughborough teams, everything rode on the Basketball Men’s 1sts to not only secure 5/5 wins for Loughborough, but to also attain status as BUCS Champions for a third straight year. While Northumbria put up a solid defence, Loughborough’s seamless plays and undeniable technical capability saw them take the lead from the outset, pulling away in the first quarter with a score of 29-21. Despite a strong performance in the second half, a number of free throws awarded to Northumbria meant it was all to play for at half time, with the teams sitting neck and neck at 48-48. After a succession of sensational plays from Loughborough the team flew into the lead in the third quarter, going on to get the gold with a final score of 97-79, ending the championships off on a high for Loughborough.