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BUCS Roundup: Michaelmas 2023

Yet another fantastic BUCS term for the Light Blues, some great successes already this year!

League and Knockouts

Fifty-one teams took to the court, pitch, piste, and pool in Michaelmas for the start of their BUCS league and Knockout season! Four new teams entered their respective leagues this year – Women’s Squash, Ultimate M2, Netball 4, and Women’s Indoor Cricket – while Fencing W2 also return to BUCS action after a short hiatus.    

Eleven Cambridge teams are still unbeaten in the league, notably; Lacrosse M1, Netball 3 & 4, and Tennis M1, who are all currently sitting top of their divisions! Michaelmas also brought some great performances from the Light Blues within knockout competitions. Football M1 & W1, Volleyball W2, and Water Polo M1 are amongst those who have made it to the latter stages and will be looking to continue on their good runs after the break. Also eyeing up knockout success next term will be our Premier Division teams, with the well anticipated start of the National Championships competitions. Fencing W1/M1, Hockey W1/M1, Lacrosse W1, Rugby Union W1, Volleyball W1, and Water Polo W1 all await to see who they will be facing at the conclusion of their league seasons in January!

Check out our current standing, results, and fixtures here.

Pictured: Men's Blues Basketball after victory against Oxford. 

Individual Events

Asha Sykes (Downing) rode in the new term, winning our first BUCS points of the year with an impressive individual silver medal at the BUCS Surf Championships, as well as a team silver alongside Sarah Prince (St. Catharine’s) and Liz Stevenson (Darwin). On drier ground, Phoebe Barker (Robinson) and Sannah Zamman (Homerton) topped the individual podium at the BUCS Cycling Hill Climb Championships, with their respective gold and silver medals also leading them to team gold! The same event also brought team bronze in the men’s event for Will Lowden (Fitzwilliam), Ben Proctor (Peterhouse), and Joe Adlam-Cook (Magdalene). Another highly successful term for UCAPP athlete, Phoebe Barker, as she also defended her title at the BUCS Duathlon Championship!

Patrick Foley (St. Edmund’s) and Arran Trainor (Churchill) were next to serve up some BUCS medals, bringing back bronze from a competitive Tennis Doubles Championship. Although new to Cambridge this term, the two UCAPP athletes are already proving to be great additions to CU Lawn Tennis. CU Taekwondo continued to represent well at BUCS Events this term, picking up 6 medals at the Autumn Championship which included Marie-Ange Camara’s (Corpus Christi) gold for WT Sparring! Similar success came for CU Jiu Jitsu in the BUCS Atemi Championships, bringing home Women’s team gold alongside three additional medals.

The Light Blues have further represented well in a range of individual events, including;  BUCS Short Course Swimming, Squash Individual Championships, and Short Range Rifle Championship, as well as team events in Touch Rugby, Indoor Ultimate, Korfball, and Handball. The final event of the term was the BUCS Clay Pigeon Championship, where Cambridge picked up Women’s team gold, narrowly missing out on silverware in the Men’s category.

Pictured: Phoebe Barker crossing the line at the BUCS Duathlon Championship. 

Cambridge currently are sitting 14th in the BUCS Medal table, 25th in the overall BUCS Points table, and 13th in the Women’s standings! After the break, we’re looking forward to another packed term of winning Wednesdays, individual medals, BUCS Nationals, and much more!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for 2024!

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Photos by Dik Ng, Kane Smith, and Graham Smith.