Sheffield Hallam Sports Park hosted the 2016 BUCS Big Wednesday yesterday with Durham University claiming both the men’s and women’s BUCS National Championship titles.
In the men’s championship game, Durham claimed another successive BUCS National Championship with a hard fought victory over the University of Nottingham.
Nottingham had a clear game plan coming in to the game, and executed it well in the opening three periods, but Durham proved too strong and went on a 4 goal run at the start of the final period.
Nottingham replied with two goals of their own in the dying minutes of the game but they could not recover the three goal deficit, the game finishing 12-9 to Durham.
Reagan Harding was the star performer for Durham scoring 5 goals in the game. For Nottingham it was undoubtably Joshua Dodd who had an impressive game in the middle winning vital possession.
Durham captain Harry Perry commented: “They really gave us some problems in the first and second quarter.” “We stuck at it and dug deep and I think that shows the character of this team, that when things aren’t going our way, we can push hard to get the result we need.”
Preceding the men’s championship game, Durham’s women’s team put on an impressive display to claim their BUCS National Championship with a 13-6 victory over the University of Birmingham.
Birmingham may have taken an early lead in the game, but the first half saw Durham dominate, scoring 10 goals in the opening 40 minuets alone.
The second half saw Birmingham play their best lacrosse as they tried to claw back the 9 goal deficit. They would win the half 5-2 but the damage had been done, and Durham lifted the BUCS National Championships for the second successive year.
Durham captain Emma Adams was delighted with her team’s performance: “We really wanted to put some pressure on Birmingham from the start, win possession, stay composed and stay strong in defence.”
In the BUCS Trophy finals, the University of Edinburgh won the early game against Cambridge University 2’s 16-8 in the women’s final.
Northumbria University beat Cambridge University 14-8 to claim their second BUCS Men’s Trophy title in as many years.
More to follow…