American Football is the newest addition to the BUCS sporting programme. In recent years the popularity of the american sport has grown here in the UK and that has been reflected in the growth of the sport at a university level.
Now in it's third year as a BUCS sport, the Championship is contested by 76 teams who compete across eight regional leagues that then filter into the Championship Finals.
2014-15 Cup Draws
Please note, first names team to host.
Match 1 - Durham (North 1) vs. Hertfordshire (South 2)
Match 2 - Birmingham (South 1) vs. Stirling (North 2)
Birmingham beat Hertfordshire on aggregate score due to their head-to-head matchups and as such won the division. Therefore Birmingham will welcome Stirling while Hertfordshire will travel up to Durham.
Northern Divisional Cup:
Match 1: Glasgow (Border Champion)* vs. Aberystwyth (North West Champion)
Glasgow still has one remaining game vs. University of West Scotland. Glasgow is already confirmed as Border Champion due to their head-to-head victory vs. Sunderland.
*Glasgow will be the home team if they win and concede less than 57 due to the average points conceded tiebreaker. If they lose against UWS or win but concede 58 or more then Aberystwyth will be the home side. If Glasgow win and concede 57 points exactly then the decision regarding the home team will be made via coin toss.
Match 2: Sheffield Hallam (Yorkshire Champion) vs TBC Nottingham Trent OR Warwick** (East Midlands Champion)
**The champion of the East Midlands will be decided based on the outcome of the game of the postponed Nottingham Trent vs. Northampton game that is currently rescheduled for this Sunday. If Nottingham Trent wins then they are in via their head-to-head tiebreaker against Warwick. If Northampton wins on Sunday then Warwick will win the division.
Whoever is crowned champion of the East Midlands division will travel to Sheffield Hallam.
Southern Divisional Cup:
Match 1: Kingston (London Champion) vs. Swansea (South West Champion)
Swansea hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Cardiff, as such no matter Cardiff’s result against Bath Spa at the weekend, Swansea is South West Champion and will travel to the undefeated Kingston.
Match 2: Cambridge (East Champion) vs. Surrey (South East Champion)
Both Cambridge and Surrey complete their seasons with identical 6-1 records. Due to BUCS regulations their tie is broken by Surrey losing to a higher ranked team within their division. As such Cambridge will host Surrey in the first round.
That is an increase on the 72 teams that took park in the inaugural season 2012-2013 for American Football, which was a year to remember for the University of Birmingham Lions who produced a superb defensive performance and a last quarter offensive master class to secure the first ever BUCS medals awarded in the sport. On April 20th 2013, the two titans of student football went toe to toe for much of the game, with two well-drilled defences limiting opportunities for two of the most prolific offences. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Lions made the telling breakthrough with Drew Newiss and Jonny Glover inspiring the Lions to overturn a 13 – 3 deficit into a 17 – 13 victory.
In the 2013-2014 season, the Birmingham Lions reached the Championship Final yet again but faced a new rival; the Stirling 'Clansmen'. An interception concluded the game at 20-15 to the Clansmen, ending the Lions' hopes of achieving back-to-back championships like they had done between 2008-2010.
Will the Clansmen be back to hold on to their top spot, or might another team from the North steal the Victory? Might the Lions make it to a record-breaking 7 consecutive finals? All will be revealed at Allianz Park on Saturday 21st March 2015.