BUCS round up
7 February 2019
It was another successful week for Leeds Beckett’s athletic union clubs with hockey, volleyball, boxing and athletics leading the way
Men’s Hockey advance to BUCS Trophy quarter finals
Leeds Beckett’s Hockey Club defeated Warwick University 6-3 in the round of 16 of the BUCS Trophy competition.
The fixture was the official Carnegie Sport Match of the Week, as voted for by the fans on social media.
Leeds faced Warwick twice in seven days, with resounding league and cup wins over their opponents.
Leeds Beckett’s victory sees them extend their unbeaten run in all competitions as they aim for the ultimate glory of league and cup titles.
The team have just two more games remaining of their domestic season to be crowned unbeaten league winners.
Leeds take on the University of Nottingham next week in the BUCS North B League at 17:00 at Headingley Campus.
Men’s volleyball crowned undefeated league champions
Leeds Beckett’s Men’s Volleyball team recorded an incredible feat as they successfully ended their campaign without defeat.
The team, fronted by Social & Welfare Officer Matt Livingstone, brushed aside all before them, as they won all eight of their league fixtures, on their way to the top of the Northern 3A League.
Matt was immensely proud of his teammates’ achievements and the adversity the team overcame on their route to the top spot.
Matt said “Last season we failed to win a single league game and at the end of the year we lost a lot of our key players to graduation,
“At the start of the year our starting six was compiled of two first year students, one of which had never played before, and a handful of fringe players from last season.
Matt says Leeds’ secret to success was hard work and determination, with the team taking part in training sessions minimum three times per week under player/coach Ben Donkin with the ethos of starting from the bottom and working their way to the top.
“We trained hard and played harder, grinding out some tough games on the way to winning the league,
“The team is absolutely ecstatic with the win after suffering so much last year. To win the league, and go unbeaten, is a fantastic achievement for the team.”
Leeds Beckett’s Boxing Club claim three gold medals at BUCS Nationals
Two of the club’s top boxing stars claimed gold medals at the event, held at the University of Wolverhampton.
Marcus Adigun was one of two shining stars for the club, claiming two gold medals in the event. Marcus competed brilliantly twice across the three day event to become a two time BUCS champion in the 81-91 kilogram weight category.
Fellow club member George Webb celebrated his birthday in style claiming gold in the 64-69 kilogram weight category after a heroic display to become BUCS Champion in his category.
George bounced back after suffering defeat in his Leeds Beckett debut last November with a solid performance to bring home the top prize at the Nationals.
Athletics claim best ever team result at the BUCS Cross Country Championship
Leeds Beckett’s Athletics Club claimed top ten team finishes across all categories to claim their strongest ever performance for the event.
The women’s A team claimed two top ten results in their race - sports scholar, and Sport & Exercise Science student, Bronwen Owen leading the pack finishing in eighth.
The men’s A team extended their hot streak at the championships as they claimed their fourth consecutive top ten spot, in the absence of captain, and Leeds Sports Awards nominee Alex Yee, Linton Taylor instead grabbing the headlines with his seventh place finish.
The club enjoyed similar success in the men’s B team race, with the team securing a top five overall finish.
Women’s race – 9th overall
Men’s A race – 7th overall
Men’s B race – 5th overall
Well done to all of our athletic union clubs this week!