Nottingham Trent and Oxford took the spoils at the 2018 BUCS 8s Championships at the weekend in Bristol.
On the back of their BUCS Championship final victory over Durham in March, Nottingham Trent’s Men added this year’s BUCS 8s title to the trophy cabinet defeating their city rivals, University of Nottingham, in the final, while Oxford University’s Women pulled off a shock of sorts defeating the previously all-conquering Durham team in the final of the Women’s Championship.
17 Men’s and 17 Women’s teams travelled to compete in this year’s BUCS 8s Championships at Bristol University’s Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, an increase of 11 teams on the 2017 entries.
The morning session saw the sides compete in Pool Play, aiming to qualify for the top 8 spots in the afternoon’s Championship bracket, while the remaining teams entered the Trophy bracket with plenty still to play for.
In the Men’s Trophy competition, it was southern-based final with Bath running out winners over Oxford Brookes, while an all-Yorkshire affair between York and Bradford in the Women’s Trophy final ended in victory for York.
In the Men’s Championship, a very strong Nottingham Trent squad, containing no fewer than five players with senior England international caps, eventually prevailed 3-2 against Nottingham in the final, while Oxford, led by England U23 International, Zoe Thursz, overcame Durham to take the Women’s Championship.
Men’s BUCS 8s Final Standings
1 Nottingham Trent
5 Manchester Met
10 Oxford Brookes
Women’s BUCS 8s Final Standings
8 Nottingham Trent
11 Oxford Brookes