Cambridge outplayed an always formidable Loughborough side to take their tie 13-7james lee / varsity

After a successful weekend up in Sheffield at the BUCS Nationals, Light Blue sides have returned with medals, trophies and, seemingly, a serious spring in their step. Of 23 fixtures contested, Cambridge came out on top in a massive 16 of them for another bumper week of W’s. Here, we go through seven of the best.

Tennis – Loughborough 2nd vs Women’s 1st – Result: Win

In this Last 16 Trophy Game, the Light Blues found themselves in a repeat of last year’s Trophy final in which they fell to defeat against a very strong Loughborough 2nd’s team who regularly head up the Premier North league one above Cambridge. Not daunted by history however, the visitors held on to win on a shootout after finishing 3-3 on rubbers, setting up a quarter final tie against Exeter 2nd on February 26th in the process. A giant-slaying achievement!

Volleyball – UCL vs Men’s 1st – Result: Win 

With the Trophy contest nearing it’s conclusion, Cambridge found themselves away to a strong UCL side in a spirited quarter final clash. This was to prove a fairly routine win for the Light Blues however, coming out 3-1 winners to set up a home semi-final against Coventry on 4th March at 4pm in the Uni Sports Centre. As always, vocal support is encouraged.

Lacrosse – Women’s 1st vs Loughborough 1st – Result: Win 

Facing the always formidable Loughborough 1st’s, Cambridge were able to lodge a convincing 13-7 win in a last 16 Championship tie which now set’s up a tricky quarter fixture away to Nottingham on 26th February.

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Football – Leicester 2nd vs Men’s 2nd – Result: Win

In an always the bridesmaid, never the bride situation, Men’s 2nd’s took a huge step towards ending two successive years of second place finishes in the Midlands Tier 3 as they overcame league leaders Leicester 3-1 and put themselves firmly in the driving seat. Two more wins would now be enough to clinch the title, and these crucial games will be played with home advantage at Queen’s Sports Ground against ARU on 26th February and Northampton on 4th March.

Despite their dispatching their hosts, the Light Blues will no doubt be welcome back to Leicester with open arms after receiving praise from the opposition for leaving their changing room in immaculate condition.

Netball – Women’s 2nd vs Lincoln – Result: Win

The Jays needed a win to move them clear of the drop in Tier 2, and in their final home game of the season they were able to dig deep and edge a tense game against Lincoln to move up to 4th and almost certainly out of the relegatory woods.


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Rugby League – Men’s 1st vs Reading – Result: Win

Facing a Reading team they had already lost to twice this season, the Light Blues showed fortitude and narrowly came out on top 16-12 to progress to the quarter final of the Trophy. This falls this week, and offers a Varsity rehearsal as the team head off to Oxford.

Lacrosse – Men’s 1st vs Lincoln – Result: Win 

And finally, in what promised to be a captivating title deciding fixture an unbeaten Cambridge side hosted a similarly unbeaten Lincoln side in a clash which saw the leagues two dominating forces stake their title claims. Despite the recent unplayable form of both sides, Cambridge were able to demonstrate their real number one status in dispatching their opponents 16-2 in a thrashing of magnitude.

The Light Blues have now secured the Midlands Tier 2 title, and look to make it a double season as a Conference Cup semi-final away to Derby beckons them on 26th February.

Full results, fixtures and tables available on the BUCS Play website.

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