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BUCS Big Wednesday 2019 Round Up 27/03/2019

On the Centenary year of British University sport, 23 universities transcended onto Nottingham to take centre stage in one of the 52 Championship and Trophy finals across 14 sports.


Here are this year’s BUCS Big Wednesday 2019 highlights:




In the Women’s Championship, hosts Nottingham beat last year’s winners, Loughborough in a 6-2 victory. In the Men’s, last year’s winners, Loughborough, did the double as they defeated Nottingham for the second consecutive year.


In the Trophy, Loughborough Men fought off a strong Bath side to secure a 5-3 victory for a second consecutive time. In the Women’s, Derby defeated the hosts 6-2 to secure their university their only title of the day. 




Loughborough Men’s secured a fourth consecutive Championship title in one of the last fixtures of the day, beating East London in a close encounter. The tables turned in the Women’s Championship as last year’s runners up Northumbria defeated last year’s Champions, Durham, 86-80.




Just like 2018, Durham defeated Edinburgh in the Men’s Championship finals once again. Reigning Champions Edinburgh convincingly took the Women’s title against Oxford, 133-87, the biggest defeat of the Fencing competition. 


In both the Trophy finals, it was a battle of the home nations as the Scottish universities took home the titles, with Stirling beat Cardiff in the Women’s and Glasgow defeated Swansea in the Men’s.




The last fixture of the day did not disappoint! In a 0-0 full time score, University of New South Wales took on last year’s runners up Hartpury College in extra time, score a late goal to take the Championship title!


In the Women’s Championship, last year’s runners up, Northumbria claimed a well-deserved win against a strong Loughborough side. 




The highlight of the day goes to Men’s Hockey Championship where Exeter took on Durham. An early celebration from last year’s winner’s Durham saw a last-minute goal turn put them 2-1 up, which was later reversed, resulting in a 1-1 draw sending the match to penalty flicks. Exeter managed to steal the title winning 4-2 in flicks.


In the ICG Women’s Championship, Loughborough faced a strong Birmingham side, resembling the 2016/17 BUCS Big Wednesday final. Only this time, Loughborough became back to back Championship title holders in a 3-2 win.




In both the Championship fixtures, Durham’s presence did not go unnoticed, convincingly claiming both titles, as well as the Durham ladies 2s, who also claimed Trophy title.


A close fought 14-13 loss for Newcastle saw Birmingham take home the title. 




The netball finals were dominated by a Birmingham presence, however both teams failed to secure either titles.


Hertfordshire claimed the Championship title in a resounding 52-38 win, whilst Nottingham beat Birmingham 2s, 45-32.


Rugby League


It was a first for Northumbria as they had both their 1s and 2s in the Championship and Trophy finals. To top things off, both teams secured a huge wins, with the 1s claiming their 3rdChampionship title.

Rugby Union


In the Men’s competition, Hartpury put forth two strong teams in the Vase and the Trophy, however, could only manage to secure a win in the Trophy against Bristol.


Swansea piped the win in the Women’s Vase whilst York displayed a comprehensive win in the Trophy vs Cardiff Met. 




3 titles for Nottingham in both the Trophy fixtures and the Women’s Championship to add to their gold medal tally. 


Securing a win for the Men’s Championship was the University of West of England who piped Birmingham in a 3-2 win.


Table Tennis


A clean sweep for Nottingham in the Table Tennis as they claimed all four titles on offer. 




Both Men’s finals finished with a tiebreak shootout, resulting in Loughborough claiming the Championship title and the host’s Nottingham claiming yet another BUCS Big Wednesday.


Stirling, who also competed for the Men’s Championship, secured the Women’s Championship title in a strong 12-0 win against League winners Durham, which was matched by Loughborough’s 12-0 win in the Women’s Trophy competition.




The Essex boys made history at their university as they were the first team to win their university a national title, beating Durham 3-0. 


In the Women’s Championship, Durham secured a back to back win as they defeated a strong Northumbria side 3-1.

Water Polo


Hosts Nottingham picked up titles in both the Trophy finals, beating Oxford in the Women’s and Exeter in the Men’s.


St Andrews secured their only Championship fixture of the day, taking home the Women’s Championship fixture, whilst Manchester Met took home the Men’s Championship title, convincingly beating Northumbria 5-18.

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