Over the past few weeks, as usual, Loughborough has been dominating the BUCS world. We’ve seen derby matches across several sports as well as Super Weekends to add to the history books. So, here’s a round-up of the last couple of weeks in AV.

At the start of February, the Men’s and Women’s Tennis National League teams travelled to Roehampton for their second Super Weekend of the year. The Men’s team had a successful weekend with 5-1 and 4-2 victories over Leeds Beckett and Bath respectively. These two wins follow an undefeated season meaning Loughborough take the National League title for the first time since the 2018/19 season. The Women’s team weren’t far behind taking a 6-0 victory over Beckett on day one before drawing 3-3 with Bath on the final day. This result places them 2nd in the National League behind an unstoppable Nottingham team.

Whilst we dominated tennis in the south, our cross-country team was storming the north with a trip to Leeds. Under clouds heavy with rain and a course perhaps better suited for a mud run, a small army set off on their quest for BUCS medals. After hurdling hay bales, taking tumbles and losing a few shoes in the bog, Loughborough crossed the finish line to step straight up to the podium. We had individual medal winners in both short-course races with Jack Small winning gold in the Men’s race and Harriet Bloor taking bronze for the Women. All teams found themselves in podium positions too, with both short-course teams taking home silver, the Men’s long-course taking the bronze and the Women’s long-course proving Loughborough really do walk on water by taking the gold!

Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen several Loughborough derbies taking place across campus. In hockey, the Men’s 3s took on the 4s in a nail-biting showdown on the Waterbase. With both teams doing well in their respective leagues, the pressure was on for the 3s to prove themselves. Following a closely fought match with a few cards being shown and a missed penalty, the match ended in a 1-1 draw – a brilliant effort from the 4s. There was another 3s/4s battle in the Dan Maskell Centre with the Women’s Squash teams facing off. Dominant play from the 3s resulted in a 4-0 victory for them. It seemed to be the day for it with the Women’s Basketball 3s taking on the 4s in SDW. A 51-34 victory for the 3s takes them through to the semi-final of the Conference Cup.

It’s always great to see a win over our rivals Exeter. And the Women’s Rugby Union 1st XV were happy to provide a Valentine’s Day treat with a 31-19 victory over the Southerners.

Congratulations to all our participating athletes putting us on the road towards a 43rd consecutive BUCS victory!

Edited by Grace Hughes

Designed by Dani Price


Rachael Alvey is a Contributor to LABEL and the Union President-Elect for the 2024-2025 term

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