The weekend saw the Swimming teams head South to Sheffield for the BUCS Team Championships and it was a successful weekend with the 1st Team claiming Bronze in the Championships, the 2nd team missed out on Bronze by 4 points and the 3rd team claimed the Gold in the Shield, well done to all who took part.
Wednesday saw the culmination of a seasons hard work for the SU Clubs with BUCS Big Wednesday in Nottingham and the Conference Cup Finals in St Andrews and Edinburgh. In total there were 12 teams in action yesterday picking up 5 Gold and 7 Silvers.
Down in Nottingham the Women’s Squash 2s opened the day up against a strong Nottingham 2s team and went down 4-0, next up was the Women’s Table Tennis 1s again facing Nottingham who fielded two Commonwealth medallists, unfortunately Edinburgh were no match to the power of the Nottingham duo and lost 5-0.
Men’s Hockey 1s were next up and in what was a repeat of the 2018 Final against Cardiff who were in their 3rd consecutive final and looking for their first title, Edinburgh started the stronger and in the 15th minute took the lead and continued to dominate play. Cardiff sneaked in an equaliser against the run of play. Following a foul and a green card which saw Edinburgh lose a player they also conceded two quick goals while a man down and couldn’t get a foot back into the game losing 3-1.
Up next were the Women’s Squash 1s again a repeat of the 2018 final and were looking to put in a strong performance against the top ranked team, this being the 3rd match this season the previous two matches finished 4-1 to Nottingham who boast two players in the top 65 in the World Rankings, unfortunately it wasn’t their day and again the match finished 4-1 to Nottingham.
Moving on to the final matches of the day, in Nottingham saw the Men’s and Women’s Fencing 1s take on Durham and Oxford respectively, the Men’s match couldn’t of been closer with 2 hits separating the teams over the 3 weapons, Edinburgh took the 1st weapon by 1 hit and extended this lead to 4 hits going into the final weapon the Foil which is Durham’s strongest weapon, as the match drew on the both teams were neck and neck, Durham stretched the lead to 12 points with two fencers to go, this lead was clawed back to 4 points (UoE 35-40 Durham) going into the final pairing with Edinburgh needing to reach 41 hits to seal the victory and Durham needing to reach 45, Durham pulled away to lead 36-43 as the match closed in Edinburgh were two hits of winning the title at 39-44 unfortunately Durham sneaked in a hit at the death to claim the weapon 39-45 and take the match 131-129. In the women’s match it was a different story with Edinburgh dominating in the 1st two weapons and went into the final weapon needing just 3 hits to secure their 3rd consecutive title and they did this in style, winning the match 133-87.
It was a golden day up in St Andrews with 3 Golds and 1 Silver, the highlight of the day was the Women’s Lacrosse 4s beating Strathclyde 9-4 to secure a league and cup double in their 1st year of playing in BUCS. Not to be outdone, the Ladies' Rugby 2s also secured a league and cup double following their 32-19 win over Strathclyde 1s. Women’s Hockey 7s retained their title having won the 2018 Final by beating Glasgow 4-3. The Men’s Football 5s (an IM team Football Supporters Association) took Heriot-Watt all the way following a 1-1 draw the match went to penalties with HWU managing to keep their nerve to win 3-1.
The final fixture of the day took place in Edinburgh with the Men’s Squash Final being hosted at the Pleasance and it was an all Edinburgh final with the 2s hosting the 3s and the match went according to script with the 2’s coming out on top to take home the Gold.