2018 BUCS 8s Tournament Review

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
2 Nottingham
3 Durham
4 Bristol
5 Manchester Met
6 Exeter
7 Loughborough
8 Manchester


9 Bath
10 Oxford Brookes
11 UWE
12 Newcastle
13 UEA
14 Aberystwyth
15 Leeds
16 Derby
17 Bradford

Women’s BUCS 8s Final Standings


1 Oxford
2 Durham
3 Bristol
4 Newcastle
5 Bath
6 Exeter
7 Nottingham
8 Nottingham Trent


9 York
10 Bradford
11 Oxford Brookes
12 Derby
13 Swansea
14 Keele
15 Loughborough
16 Aberystwyth
17 UEA