Men's Hockey 2s taking BUCS gold last year (2016-2017)
Conference Cup Challengers-Exeter fight for BUCS Gold
With 9 opportunities for BUCS Gold Exeter head to the Western Conference Cup finals at University of the West of England on Wednesday 7th March.
The University of Exeter Netball 2nd team make the 1st BUCS final since the 1st team featured in the trophy final in 2008. Beating Swansea 1st team in the semi-final 52-37, Exeter secured their spot to face familiar opponents and top of their league University of the West of England 1st team. Having already met on 2 previous occasions this season Exeter will be hoping to get one back having lost out 38-64 and 30-45. Reflecting on their semi-final performance University of Exeter 2nd team captain Georgie Ormandy commented “The semi-final against Swansea was very close in the 1st half but the squad pulled through and built a solid lead. I’m very proud to have captained this team where every individual in the squad has worked hard and improved throughout the season to get to this point”. University of Exeter Netball 2nd team coach Salli Byrne added “For 30mins the semi-final was a nervy game for us but we knew we had good fitness and structure which shone through in the third quarter where we took a 10 goal lead. This is a great achievement for the squad and whole netball club, highlighting the impact that the netball High Performance Programme has. We go on to face UWE in the final and will be working hard in training to give us the best opportunity to come out on top”.
In tennis the semi-final was an all Exeter affair that could have gone either way. University of Exeter Men’s 3rd team faced the 4th team in a battle for the BUCS final. With Exeter 4th team having edged Exeter 3rd team topping the league the 3rd team were looking to make their mark and took the victory 8-4. They go on to face Cardiff University Men’s 2nd team in the fight for BUCS gold. Summarising the season so far University of Exeter Performance Coach Jack Large commented “Both our men's 3s and 4s got off to a good start in the cup and were set to meet each other in the semi-finals. It was a nail-biting match between the two teams with our men's 3s clinching the win, 16-14 win in the deciding rubber. Men's 3s have been on court this week preparing and ready to take on Cardiff University in the Western Conference Cup finals”.
It was a dream come back for University of Exeter Men’s Football 4th team who were 1-0 down in their semi-final clash against University of South Wales 2nd team but came through to take the win 2-1 and secure their place in the final, where they face Hartpury University Centre 2nd team. University of Exeter Men’s Football 4th team captain James Dakin commented “We went into the semi-final as underdogs given USW 2’s play 2 leagues above us, but we’d beaten top sides such as Southampton 1’s and Plymouth 1’s earlier in the cup run, so we certainly weren’t short of confidence and belief that we could win the tie. We went 1-0 down in the first half, but battled on and grabbed the equaliser late in the second half. Early in extra time we took the lead and from there managed to see the game out under intense pressure. We are ecstatic to make the final and can’t wait to play what should be a great game! I have never been in a team before with such a strong winning mentality. There is no point getting to the final to lose, we want to go that step further and win it for ourselves, to continue our pursuit of the treble, and the club, who have been so supportive throughout the run. We would’ve been outsiders to win at the start of the competition, but passion has a funny way of trumping logic. Up the 4’s”
Continuing with success from the Men’s Football club the Men’s Futsal 2s are in their debut season in BUCS and have made it one to remember setting up a cup final against University of Southampton Men’s 1st team. Reviewing their season so far Men’s Futsal 2s captain Charlie Woodford commented “Although lack of experience was telling earlier in the campaign with some disappointing results since the Christmas break the team have won 3 out of their 4 games and their position in the league has reflected this upturn in form. The team has shone in the Cup competition, convincingly winning a tough fixture away from home 13-7 against Gloucestershire 1st team. The team followed this up with a convincing win against Bristol 2nd team in the semi-final, eventually running out 12-5 winners with the support of the EUAFC boys in the sports hall. I'm fully anticipating a brilliant game against Southampton 1st team, but with (unusual) home advantage for their Cup Final on Sunday 11th March, the Futsal Captains and the Futsal 2nd team are confident they can make this first season a successful one, and add to the Futsal 1st Team's Western 1A league win!”
The University of Exeter Women’s Basketball 1st team have shown great improvement this season. With the club committee deciding to focus on developing their programme and building a coaching team 3 years ago their efforts have been well rewarded this season. Undefeated in and subsequently league winners of Western 2A Exeter hope to complete the league and cup double in the final. Exeter is a team full of talent that benefit from height, with 3 players over 6ft but also with skilled point guards and some lighting pace on the wing. Looking ahead to their cup final clash against University of Bath Women’s 1st team, Coach Keith Henman commented “We have been very lucky over the past two seasons and benefited from an influx of good players to the University. I know Bath is a good team and both teams have yet to lose this season. It should be a good game and lots of fun. But something has got to give”.
Fielding 8 men’s teams in BUCS the University of Exeter Men’s Rugby Club head to both a Conference Cup and a Plate final. The Men’s 4th team take on Cardiff Metropolitan Men’s 4th team in the Conference Cup as they attempt the league (Western 2A winners 2017-2018) and cup double. Similarly the University of Exeter Men’s 7th team (fresh 3s) have won their BUCS league and look to complete the perfect season by winning the plate when they face Cardiff University Men’s 6th team in the final. Director of Rugby Keith Fleming commented “In true EURFC spirit the University of Exeter Men’s 4th team side have set their goals high and worked extremely hard this season to achieve the results they have. Huge thanks must go to Ian Whitton at Exeter Chiefs for coaching the side and also to captain Conor Murray for leading the squad through a very successful season. The performances by the Men’s 7th team highlight the incredible strength and depth in the club. The commitment and dedication from all boys within the squad has been outstanding and again captain Conor Whittick has been a great leader on and off the pitch”
It was the Men’s and Women’s Hockey 3rd teams who fought their way through to their respective Conference Cup finals. The men’s side ultimately grabbed the win against Exeter’s 5th team which went down to the wire with the 3s eventually emerging as winners on penalty flicks. They go on to face University of Gloucestershire Men’s 1st team in the final. The Women’s 3rd team side took a 5-0 win against Bournemouth and stormed into the final where they meet Swansea University Women’s 1st team. With both teams currently topping their respective leagues it’s likely to be a tough fight for the title. University of Exeter Women’s 3rd team captain Gael Little commented “The 3's this year have gone from strength to strength since the season commenced. With such a range of ability and range of personalities we have become much closer as a team with every game, both on and off pitch. Fair to say with consistent determination, we are so close to achieving all three goals set for this season, with BUCS gold being our 3rd goal! We'd like to thank our coaches for the extreme hard work throughout the season that we will carry into the finals tomorrow. Good luck to all Exeter finalists from EUHC!”
Best of luck to all our Exeter teams represented in the conference cup finals and Bleed Green!
Date: 6 March 2018