The University of Sheffield got their 2016/17 BUCS campaign off to a great start recording 23 victories, four draws and 16 losses during the first week of fixtures.
Sheffield had four undefeated teams last season – Men’s Lacrosse 1s, Women’s Basketball 1s, Men’s Table Tennis 1s and Men’s Fencing 1s – as well as a number of teams who clinched league and cup titles, and will be hoping to replicate or better their overall BUCS finish of 19th place.
The Men’s Rugby Union 1s followed up their 24-0 defeat of Lancaster on October 5 with a 34-18 demolition of Newcastle.
The Union 2s also won in convincing fashion with a 37-0 rout of York, while the Men’s Rugby League 1s beat York St John’s 46-12 to give Sheffield three big rugby victories.
Women’s Football also had a good start to the season, with the 1s beating Leeds Beckett 4-1 while the 2s thrashed Sunderland 4-0.
There were also good opening wins for golf, table tennis, netball and fencing.
In terms of losses, there was an agonising 123-120 defeat for the Women’s Fencing 1s against Liverpool. The Men’s Football 2s also had a narrow loss, losing 3-2 to York St John’s.
The biggest disappointment came from the Women’s Hockey 1s, who were edged out 1-0 in an away to Birmingham. The Women’s Badminton 1s also struggled in their first BUCS fixture of the season, losing 6-2 to Northumbria.
There were a notable number of fixtures against arch rivals Sheffield Hallam.
The Women’s Basketball 1s had not tasted defeat in the entirety of the 2015/16 season, but lost 97-35 against their nearest rivals at EIS Sheffield.
The points were shared in the Lacrosse Men’s 1s, while the Men’s Hockey 3s drew 2-2.
The best result of the day came from the Men’s Football 1s, who beat Hallam 2-0 at Hallam Sports Park in a repeat of their Varsity triumph.