Sunday, 8 April 2012

Best BUCS moments ... in music

I thought it would be an apt moment to briefly review the BUCS season as a whole before this blog becomes filled with Roses and the College Cup posts next term. But this review is no ordinary review. It is a review in which music captures my top five moments of the season. Enjoy!

Men’s badminton 1sts survival secured

It has been a dramatic season of badminton for the men’s 1st team. Playing in the BUCS Northern 1A league they have faced some of the region’s trickiest sides in Leeds Met 2nds and Manchester 1sts. The crucial match they faced was at the start of March when they scraped past a strong Northumbria 1sts team 5-3 to cling on to survive. But the tension didn’t end there. BUCS initially failed to award York a walkover victory against Sheffield Hallam for not fielding a team. Captain Baillie Watterson did everything he possibly could do rectify the situation and he deserves a lot of credit for that. Eventually, the BUCS authorities regained their powers of common sense and survival was secured. Just hang in long enough and you’ll get your rewards.

Women’s rugby 1sts convincingly win their league

2012 was a year to remember for the women’s 1sts rugby team. They finished at the summit of their league, winning promotion to the Northern 2A league for the first time in years. Their record was an impressive, remaining unbeaten with four wins and one draw. A remarkable goal difference of 102 was eventually accumulated, nearly five times as large as runner-up York St John 1sts. They were so superior to the other teams, they might as well have played with their eyes closed. Such form bodes well for the popularity of women’s rugby at York; they are currently the solitary side, but should the interest increase don’t be surprised to see 2nd and 3rd teams in the not too distant future.

Double promotion for women’s hockey 1sts and 2nds

Women’s hockey at York has seen almost unparalleled success across all sports clubs participating in BUCS this year. Both the 1st and 2nd teams secured promotion simultaneously, which explains why we’ve heard the champion sound on the JLD and beyond many times this term. The first team won 8 from 10 games, pipping Newcastle 2nds by a point. Their final match, a 2-0 win over Northumbria 2nds, sparked the celebrations. Meanwhile, the 2nds stormed to top spot in their division, remaining unbeaten all season with five wins and two draws. The main highlight was a thumping 7-0 win over Hull 2nds in the penultimate match of the season which effectively enabled their promotion. With such success being recorded by both sides, I suspect there was a healthy culture of victory being harboured within the club. Not a bad thing to have at all.

Lacrosse men’s 1sts reach the final of the Cup

It has been a difficult league season for the lacrosse 1sts who finished 8th out of 10 teams, losing 6 out of 9 games. But in the Cup, it was a completely different story, as the side reached the final, going beyond the limits many people thought they would reach. The journey began with a classy 11-7 win over Bangor on 22nd February, which set up a clash with rivals Hull on 22 Acres on 7th March. Hull took the lead early on but a hat-trick from Joe Tebutt and a late goal from Andy Chalmers capped a dominating display. The final was held on 15th March as York were up against the Durham 2nds. Durham eventually won 13-3, but reaching the final is an incredible result for an almost entirely new York squad from last season. Perhaps league glory will not be an unrealistic target next year.

Men’s squash 1sts finish runners up with excellent prospects next year

Northumbria 1sts won the Northern 2B division with 27 points from 10 games, but York were right on their tails throughout the season, finishing with 24 points. This tally was fully six points better than Sheffield 2nds. Captain Dave Potter has been an inspiration, crushing opponents time and again to boost his side’s hopes. Notable performances include the 5-0 whitewash triumph over Newcastle which was repeated at the end of the campaign against Leeds Met 2nds. All this suggests York are set up nicely for winning the league next season, having proved far superior than the other teams. They can surely see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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