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BUCS Big Wednesday 2018 round-up 22/03/2018

Another BUCS Big Wednesday is done and with it we’ve seen plenty of drama, one or two upsets and no shortage of top-class sporting action.

52 finals across 14 different sports saw a whole season’s worth of training and competition reach their pinnacle on an entertaining day at the University of Nottingham.

Here are some highlights from the Championship Finals:


It was Loughborough’s year once again in the badminton as they smashed their way to victory in both the men’s and women’s championship competitions.

Home side, the University of Nottingham, fell to a 5-2 defeat to the women’s, whilst in the men’s Bath came into BUCS Big Wednesday undefeated but weren’t able to get past Loughborough – losing out 6-2.


Northumbria got close to a famous victory in the women’s final but eventually fell to an agonising 84-83 defeat to Durham in a superb spectacle.

Loughborough University were left to celebrate three Championship titles in a row in men’s basketball after they defeated Northumbria 97-79.

“It means a lot for Loughborough University and the basketball team to win three Championships in a row,” said most valuable player and international management student Eric Robertson.

“I’ve only been a part of two and I was glad to be part of it all.

“This was by far our biggest game of the year, we had the most spectators at the game so naturally we had that motivation and raised the play, coming in here in the final was just fun.”


The fencing Championship finals saw Edinburgh and Durham face off in both the men’s and women’s competitions, with the universities coming out of the day with one title apiece,

Edinburgh’s women took their final 129-122 whilst Durham claimed the men’s 126-117.

“I think we knew how we had to fence as a team,” said Edinburgh and Great Britain fencer Katie Smith. “We know where our strengths and weaknesses are as a team. We’re amazingly happy to win this final.”


The football competitions took place on the University of Nottingham’s Highfields pitches and saw plenty of drama as Hartpury and Cardiff Metropolitan drew 2-2 in normal time, only for the Welsh university to make it 3-2 in extra-time.

In the women’s Championship competition, an excellent strike from Ellie Criston helped Durham to a 2-0 victory over Northumbria.


Things were tight in the hockey too as penalty flicks were required to separate one of the Championship finals.

In the men’s, Durham and Nottingham Trent were level at 1-1 at full-time before prevailing 3-1 on flicks in a hugely dramatic finale to both of those sides’ seasons.

In the women’s, Loughborough started well and then held off a comeback from the University of Nottingham to prevail 3-2 in another tense finish.


The men’s Championship final saw a monumental effort from Nottingham Trent to beat Durham 9-6, ending the north-east university’s 10-year unbeaten streak and one of the biggest results of the day.

Durham’s dominance of the women’s competition continues though as they took a fourth crown in a row with a 14-4 victory over Cambridge.


The netball Championship final was one of the last matches to be played on BUCS Big Wednesday and with it came a brilliant game as the University of Hertfordshire defeated Bath.

Hertfordshire had lost out to Bath twice earlier in the season but overcame those defeats to win 55-52 in a thrilling match that went right to the wire.

Rugby League

There was just one Championship final in the rugby league on BUCS Big Wednesday and it was a battle between two northern universities as Northumbria came out on top against Leeds Beckett 14-4.

Rugby Union

Into the Rugby Union and a fantastic game seen in the men’s vase final as Durham’s second team overcame Hartpury second’s 35-33.

In the women’s vase match, Bristol University delivered a comprehensive performance to prevail over Birmingham 34-0.


With the class involved in UWE Bristol’s men’s squash team many expected a resounding victory over Nottingham in their Championship final, but the team from the East Midlands played superbly to concede a 3-2 defeat.

Nottingham’s women’s team also played superbly as they registered a 5-0 win over Edinburgh.

Table Tennis

Durham were dominant in the women’s table tennis Championship final as they finished the day 3-0 winners over Nottingham.

The East Midlands university fared much better in the men’s competition though, beating University College London 10-0.


Over at Nottingham Tennis Centre, the University of Sterling’s women’s team took gold with an 8-4 result in their Championship match against Durham.

The score though was reversed between the two universities in the men’s final with Durham coming out on top 8-4 in that one.


The volleyball competition stretched across most of the day and with it we saw double delight for Northumbria who triumphed in both the men’s and women’s Championship competitions.

In the women’s, the north-east university registered a 3-0 victory over Durham whilst the men delivered the same scoreline in their final against East London.

An honourable mention to East London who were their university’s only representation at BUCS Big Wednesday and had an excellent season – taking the Premier South league title. 

Water Polo

Durham took part in both the men’s and women’s Championship finals in the water polo but only took home gold in one of as the women’s squad overcame Newcastle 16-3.

The mens was an altogether tighter affair that saw Manchester Metropolitan edge Durham 9-8 in the pool.

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