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Durham demolish Loughborough in BUCS Varsity

(27 November 2015)

Team Durham came out on top of Wednesday’s BUCS clash with Loughborough where everyone truly was bleeding palatinate. Tension was high, but Durham pushed the nerves aside and came out victorious with 12 wins out of a possible 15, proving that they deserve to be the Britain’s Number 1 Team Sport University.

The day began early over at the Brancepeth Castle Golf Club where the Men’s 1’s Golf were aiming to keep their lead at the top of the Premier North. After a shaky start, they managed to pull away and get a 5-1 win, securing their number one position and pushing Loughborough down into 4th.

Next up was Men’s Football who went into the match having won every fixture this season. Loughborough came out of the first half 1-0 up, after a quick ball was played over the defence and an easy slot in the corner. Late in the second half Durham managed to pull it back after thunderous strike from a corner, 1-1 and everything to play for. Play was back and forth for the last 10 minutes, with Durham hitting the crossbar after a great shot from outside the box. With 1 minute remaining Loughborough scored a controversial goal from a corner. After a scramble in the box and an argument of offside, the referee allowed it. Loughborough came away with a 2-1 win, but Durham still remains top of the league and on track for the league title. This was to be Durham’s only loss of BUCS Varsity.

Women’s Hockey knew they had a job to complete as Loughborough sat one position higher than them in the table. With some great plays, Durham went into half time 2-0 up. Durham came out even stronger second half and managed to get another 4 goals, to Loughborough’s 1. The game ended 6-1 and pushed Durham into 4th place, just 2 points behind Loughborough with a game in hand.

Men’s Hockey got underway at 14:45pm and knew a win would move them into second place in the Premier North. Durham went 2-0 up, and went into half time confident. Unfortunately Loughborough had an extremely good start to the second half and pulled it back to 2-2. A slick Durham short corner routine moved them 3-2 ahead, but they weren’t able to hold on: the final score of 3-3 was still a great result for Durham and a progression in the table. 

Women’s Badminton went into their fixture as underdogs, with no wins under their belts in the BUCS league. Durham won the first set 21-14 after some great play by Joshwey Bong. Play was back and forth but Durham managed to pull ahead again and grab a 2-0 lead in games. Loughborough however won both of the first doubles games, to level the match at 2-2. Durham fought until the end and managed to come away with a 5-3 win over a very experienced Loughborough squad. Great result.

Men’s Badminton had a tough act to follow after the women had just won, but they proved they had the fight time and time again. The men went 1-0 up and looked strong all over the court. Loughborough pulled one back, but after that there was no stopping as Durham went 5-1 up. Loughborough manage to pull another, but by that time it was too late and Durham took a 6-2 victory. Durham now sit in second place in the Premier North behind Loughborough with one game in hand.

Women’s Rugby 1’s were looking for a big performance against the powerhouse that is Loughborough. Durham quickly went 5-0 up, but Loughborough followed this up with a converted try to lead 7-5. From there it was all Durham as they eventually ran out 39-7 in a fantastic result for DUWRFC.

The Women’s Tennis was a clash at the top of the table, with both teams unbeaten on the season. The day ended at 6-6, after Durham fought back with wins at 2, 3 and 4 in the singles with pride of place going to Liv Smith who won her match 6-1, 6-0: Liv will now be going to compete for GB at the BNP Paribas Team University Event in France from 3-6th December.

Men’s Water Polo stayed top of the Northern Division with a game in hand after a strong win against Loughborough. Durham got ahead early, and were able to rotate their squad after halftime as the National Champions dominated. The game finished 22-4 to Durham.

The Women’s Water Polo squad showed confidence and strength after beating Loughborough 16-1 and hold second position in the Premier North. After the first quarter Durham were already up 6-0, and just kept progressing from there. By half time Loughborough had not got a look in, with Durham taking a 10-0 lead. A few changes were made and a fantastic final push left Durham winning 16-1.

Durham Women’s Football were hoping to continue their winning streak and staying top of the league. It was fairly even for the first 15 minutes, but Durham took hold of the game and steamed ahead. Within 25 minutes Durham had 3 goals and went into half time comfortably. The second half saw another goal from Emory Camper at long range. The women stay top of the league and still have a game in hand and ready to play Birmingham at home next week. 

After a slow start the Men’s Lacrosse team went into half time 4-4. With only a few minutes to go the score was 8-7, but Durham manage to pull through and had the best of the final quarter, making the overall score 10-7 to Durham.

Women’s Lacrosse set off at 16:00pm on 3G2 in a replay of last year’s Championship final. Iona Dryden opened the scoring 6 minutes in, allowing Durham to keep pressing forward from there. Loughborough pulled it back to 2-1, but by half time it was 8-2 to Durham. Durham show their fitness and strength, and closed out the game with an 11-7 victory.

Women’s Basketball currently sit in second place and now have a winning streak behind them, after a slow start this season. Durham went into half time leading and the match finished 80-66.

The last game of the day was Men’s Basketball as they looked to finish off an incredible day for Team Durham. Throughout the match they demonstrated strength and composure eventually winning 91-78.

Overall the day was extremely successful for Team Durham, getting 12 wins over 9 sports. Players and coaches should be delighted with performances and we look forward to the return fixtures at Loughborough on February 3rd 2016.