The University of Sheffield had an exceptional third week in BUCS, claiming 27 wins and two draws, losing just seven times. Out of 136 BUCS fixtures this season, Sheffield have won 81, meaning Sheffield teams have won close to 60 per cent of matches they have played.
The Sheffield Golf team continued their superb start to the season, claiming a third victory in as many matches with a 4.5-1.5 win over the University of Manchester that sees them top the BUCS Northern 2A division.
In week one, the Sheffield Squash teams went a perfect six for six and this week was no different, with four wins from four. The Women’s 1s beat Newcastle University 4-0 while the Men’s 1s crushed Manchester 5-0. Both Women’s and Men’s Squash 1s top their respective BUCS leagues. The Men’s 3s beat Teeside 3-0 while the Men’s 4s beat Salford with the same score to maintain the strong start for the Sheffield Squash teams.
The Men’s Football 1s failed to build on their opening day victory over Sheffield Hallam after drawing 2-2 against the University of Central Lancashire. The Men’s Football 2s also had to settle for a point, drawing 2-2 at the University of Liverpool, but there was some success for the Men’s teams as the 4s thumped Central Lancashire 4-1 away from home.
In Rugby Union, the Men’s 1s maintained their perfect start to the season, grinding out a 15-10 win over Durham. The Men’s 2s also won, claiming a hard-earned 39-15 win against Newcastle. The Men’s 3s also won in significant fashion, shutting out Sunderland in a 20-0 victory. The Men’s Rugby League 1s just about kept their perfect record, narrowly beating Liverpool 34-30, while the Men’s 2s beat York 36-14.
Sheffield’s Women’s Netball teams all put in strong performances, winning all four games by a combined score of 192-108. The Women’s 1s beat Leeds 36-26, the 2s beat Leeds Beckett 59-42, the 3s beat Central Lancashire 47-38 while the 4s saved the best for last with a 50-2 demolition of Sunderland.
In terms of other good results, the Men’s Badminton 2s beat Leeds Beckett 7-1 to top their league and go unbeaten. Meanwhile, the Men’s Lacrosse 1s continued their fine form by thrashing Bangor University 19-5.
There were also good wins for Men’s 2s Lacrosse, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Indoor Cricket, Men’s Futsal, Men’s Tennis 1s and the Men’s Table Tennis 3s, who beat Sheffield Hallam 2s 15-2.
Despite the 27 victories, there were a few poor performances for Sheffield teams this week. Men’s and Women’s Basketball 1s both lost; the men lost 89-84 to Hull, while the women lost 67-56 to Salford at home. The Women’s Badminton 1s have still yet to claim a win this season, losing their third match 8-0 to Durham. The Women’s Football 3s lost 11-0 at Leeds Trinity last week and were on the other end of a beating again this week as they lost 7-0 at Sunderland to prop up the BUCS Northern 4B table.
The best performance of the week went to the Sheffield Women’s Rugby Union 1s, who beat Liverpool 66-0 at Norton, running in 12 tries in the process.. This dominating display sees the women lead the BUCS Northern 1A division after three weeks, with an impressive 90 point difference.