BUCS Trophy & Championship finals
After some early success in the Northern Conference Cup hosted at Leeds Met last month, it was great to see so many teams also involved in the BUCS Trophy and Championship finals. Staff from Sport & Active Lifestyles joined out students at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, Twickenham and Sheffield to cheer on the nine teams competing for our University.
Lisa says: "I am incredibly proud of all the teams that were involved in BUCS finals last week, not only were they a credit to our University on the court, but displayed impeccable behaviour off the court also. All the students should be proud of what they have achieved, and even those who lost should be proud of the journey they took to reach second place in the country. A great set of results for Leeds Met, and the best cup results we have seen for a few years."
Men's Badminton 2 v Loughborough 2 (Trophy)
After finishing 3rd in the league standings, the 2nd team took on Loughborough in the Trophy final. Loughborough, who finished top of the Midlands 1A league, were favourites going in to the competition and, despite some valiant performances from our side, the final finished with Loughborough winning 7:1.
Men's Volleyball 1 v Loughborough 1 (Trophy)
The team had a rocky start to the season and after finishing 5th in their league were looking to end the season on a high. They were dominant from the outset, with sport and exercise science student, Aaron Hoodless putting in a flawless performance. The Leeds Met side took the match 3-0, bringing back their first club honours since 2011-12 when they won the Super 8s and National Cup.
Men's Football 1 v Brighton 1 (Trophy)
Our 1st team went into their final knowing they had already secured the Premier North title as they faced a tough Brighton side. Both sides were evenly matched, and chances were had at both ends. It was looking like extra time for the teams just as Brighton had a penalty awarded. The striker failed to put it away and the momentum swung in Leeds Met's favour. The perfect finish from Captain Josh Cartman (sports coaching) saw the team go 1-0 up in the dying minutes to take the Trophy title.
Rugby League 2 v SW Pontypridd & Cardiff 1 (Trophy)
As the 1st team watched on, the 2nd team rugby league boys took to the pitch against the strong welsh side. The Met boys took an early lead, and despite some valiant attempts to come back, the damage was done for South Wales. Leeds Met won the Trophy final 18-4.
Men's Tennis 1 v Loughborough 2 (Trophy)
Men's Tennis got off to a rough start in Sheffield, as the team went 6-0 down against a strong Loughborough side. True northern grit and determination saw them pull it back to 6-6 by the end of the competition. A shoot-out decided the winner with the Leeds Met side holding their nerve to take the win. A great triumph for the team.
Men's Badminton 1 v Loughborough 1 (Championship)
The 1st team hoped to turn the tables on Loughborough after the Trophy result the previous day. A special mention goes to Jamie Bonsels (MA Sport & Exercise Physiology), who fought hard in his singles match, pushing on right to the end. Ultimately, it was not to be for Badminton, with the 1st team also losing to Loughborough 7:1.
Men's Lacrosse 1 v Durham 1 (Championship)
Men's Lacrosse once again had a brilliant season, finishing second in Premier North behind their final opposition Durham. Both teams started well and it was all square going in to half time. Durham's depth in squad prevailed over the Leeds Met side in the second half and they took the game 20-11.
Rugby League 1 v Loughborough 1 (Championship)
After witnessing the second team take the Trophy title, the pressure was on for the first team to continue their tremendous run of form against a competitive Loughborough side. The Met side topped Premier North and were favourites going in to the match after their eight year winning history. The boys took an early lead and kept the pressure on Loughborough throughout the game. A horrific injury to Chris Bowler in the second half left the team shaken and understandably subdued, but their clinical play saw them see out the game and take the victory 38-18.
Netball 1 v Manchester 1 (Championship)
After a slow start to the season, the Netball 1sts picked up momentum in January and were a force to be reckoned with throughout their Championship campaign. Finishing fourth in the league left the girls bitterly disappointed and with Manchester finishing at the top of Premier North, the ball was most definitely in the Lancastrian court. A war of the roses is always a spectacle to behold, with Leeds Met getting out of the blocks first and maintaining the pressure on Manchester through the majority of the game. The opposition looked unable to answer the questions asked through the midcourt by Yorkshire Jets superstars Lindal Rohde (part-time French student) and Kendra Falefitu (part-time French), with Millie Ironside (international relations & peace studies) converting calmly under the post. Manchester had nothing left to give and the Leeds Met team took the victory 61-36.
BUCS Rugby Union Finals - Friday Night Lights
For the first time in our history, both the Women's and Men's Rugby Union 1st teams qualified for the Friday Night Lights final at Twickenham. The pinnacle of student rugby in the UK.
Women's Rugby Union 1 v Cardiff Met 1 (Championship)
The women's team were unbeaten in the league and cup this year, taking the Premier North title with a 10-point cushion, qualifying for Twickenham for the fifth time. The first 10 minutes saw the girls push Cardiff for every ball, and nothing could split the teams. As Cardiff settled in to their rhythm, the gaps began to open in the Met line and full back Kay Wilson capitalised, scoring five tries in the game. Ultimately, Cardiff were too strong and they took the game 47-0.
Men's Rugby Union 1 v Hartpury 1 (Championship)
The men's Rugby Union team were new to the Twickenham experience, but certainly didn't look out of place. Some good passages of play saw the boys pull back level, after dropping behind in the first few minutes. From then on it was neck and neck with neither side faltering in the first half. Captain Will Cargill (sports coaching) led by example and displayed some clinical kicking under pressure. A try that was disallowed due to a knock on in the second half, ultimately swung momentum in Hartpury's favour and they secured the 28-24 win.