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 Britain’s Number 1 Team Sport University.
Maiden Castle hosted a variety of sports with the first starting at 12:00pm. Men’s Football went into the match having won every fixture this season, but knew Loughborough would be strong. It stayed at 1-1 until the dying moments of the second half, with just one 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.
Women’s Hockey were next up and 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.
Women’s Badminton were next up and 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.
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.
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.
Women’s Lacrosse set off 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.
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.
Postgraduate student Naomi gives a play by play account of the Durham Vs Loughborough BUCS Varsity.