BUCS success for LBU athletes
6 February 2020
Champions were crowned, records were broken, and debuts were made during a stellar week of sport for Team Beckett.
Boxing take gold at BUCS Championships
LBU’s Boxing club claimed a major medals haul, winning three golds, five silvers and a bronze at the BUCS Boxing Championships, held at the University of Wolverhampton.
Toqeer Ali, Dean Pepper and Club Captain Jake Goodwin all claimed gold at the event while Rahith Ahmed, Charlie Lowrie, Hamaad Chaudry, Tom Hunt and Connor Jopling received silver, and Joe Gonella with Bronze.
Captain Jake led the team from the front with his winning performance and said he couldn’t be prouder of the club: “It was a brilliant weekend for the club,
“All of our boxers showed true heart and determination. We were all fully behind each other and we were by far the loudest university there in terms of support.”
LBU Gymnastics claim silverware at BUCS Championships
The gymnastics club impressed at the BUCS Gymnastics Championships in Leicester, with star gymnast Jess Long claiming three silver medals, and club captain Andrew Cunningham claiming silver.
Jess was the strongest performer for the club at the event, claiming silver medals in the floor and vault as well as finishing second overall in her category.
Club captain Andrew claimed silver in his last BUCS competition for the club for an inspirational performance on the high bar.
Strong BUCS Cross Country performance for LBU
Two teams within the event’s top ten and some inspirational performances, gave LBU’s Cross Country team the edge in the annual BUCS Cross Country event.
The Cross Country run, held in Edinburgh, saw over 280 teams compete across four competitions split into men’s and women’s A and B events.
Both LBU A teams claimed top 10 finishes at the event, with the university’s Men A team finishing 8th and the Women’s A team finishing 9th.
The top 10 finishes were part of an impressive day for the teams which saw the Men’s B team claim 46th (out of 135 teams) whilst the club selected two teams to compete in the Women’s B competition, finishing 33rd and 91st (out of 143 teams) respectively.
Match of the Week – LBU Men’s Football vs Newcastle
Leeds Beckett’s men’s first team recorded an emphatic 5-0 victory over their North East rivals to claim their place in the quarter finals of the BUCS Trophy.
LBU’s Ethan Mooney stole the show with an inspired hat-trick alongside two superb efforts from Tom Keyworth and Lewis Barker added to the team’s emphatic display.
The team will turn their attention back to the league as they are set to host Newcastle once again at Headingley Campus and will be looking towards a repeat performance.
Narrow defeat for LBU in top of the table BUCS Super Rugby contest
The university’s BUCS Super Rugby team succumb to a dramatic 19-18 defeat at home to top of the table Durham.
Durham were two points ahead of LBU at the top of the table before the contest and any victory for Leeds Beckett would have cemented their place back at the top.
The contest had plenty of opportunities for the home side but LBU were unable to convert two gilt edged opportunities in the final minutes after conceding a penalty try late in the contest.
LBU’s closest chance saw Captain Connor Lloyd denied a try at the death after Durham’s full back Charlie Spawforth’s impressive cover tackle.
Leeds Beckett will look to regroup ahead of next week’s fixture at Hartpury. LBU remain in second place five points adrift from Durham and will be looking to keep the pressure on at the top after suffering back to back defeats.