News from Sport
As term drew to an end, our sportsmen and women had reason to celebrate as Durham currently sits 2nd in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) points table, with only Loughborough University ahead of us. Click through from title to read more news from Team Durham or see www.teamdurham.com.
The BUCS Championship (knock-out cup) Finals in Sheffield were dominated by the Palatinates who won eight national titles over the five day period, during which there were some extraordinary team and individual performances.
The first national title for Durham was won by the menís lacrosse team who beat Manchester University 17-0. For the first time ever, both our menís and womenís hockey teams played in the Championship finals; the men lost out to a very strong team from Exeter 4-3, but the women held on in a nerve wracking game to beat Birmingham to take the title. The womenís futsal team had a titanic tussle with Northumbria in their final, but Durham clinched the title in extra time.
The womenís fencing team faced difficult competition and lost to Imperial in the semi-finals, but Kira Roberts won her third individual national sabre title. In tennis, our menís team lost out in the quarter finals and our top menís player Slavco Radman faced a hugely challenging match in the semi-finals, eventually losing in the final set. In the womenís competition, Durham dominated, with both the singles and doubles finals being all Durham affairs - more national titles claimed for the Palatinates!
Our volleyball team dispatched their opposition from St Andrews and Kingsway College, resulting in yet another national title. Finally, it was time for our basketball teams to take to the courts and they didnít disappoint. The women took on competition favourites and defending championships UWIC, but this didnít faze them, with Durham putting on a remarkable performance winning the title with a score of 74-35. Unfortunately for the menís team, they lost a magnificent battle against Worcester, 88-81. Worcester are currently sat second in the British Basketball League, the elite professional league in Britain and thus such a close game is put into perspective.
The end of the winter season competition climaxed with our rugby sides making the trip to London to play in the Championship and Trophy final respectively. Last year it was the first team who stole the headlines, shocking UWIC with a great second half display to clinch victory in the last few seconds at a sun drenched Twickenham. This time around it was the second team who stole the headlines, defeating the University of the West of England 35-27 to win the clubs second Trophy title in the last six years. Sadly a victorious return to Twickenham was not to be with Hartpury giving a masterclass and silencing the 5000 strong Durham crowd with a 45-20 victory over the Palatinates, a defeat that ended a quite amazing winning streak for Durham which started in October 2010.
Away from Sheffield and the BUCS Championships, the winter league programme finished fantastically well for many of our teams and we have won eight out of the twenty Northern Premiership titles. Our second and third teams have performed exceptionally well too, with many winning league titles and reaching the finals of the national Trophy and regionally based Conferences Cups Ė in these competitions our teams often face opposition from the first teams of rival institutions.
On the water, it was another great year for University and college crews at the Head of the River races in London. In the womenís race 287 crews completed the course and our womenís 1st VIII finished in 11th place, winning the Intermediate One Pennant. Durhamís 2nd VIII finished an excellent 31st, making them the 9th University boat home and the first University 2nd VIII home. The 3rd VIII finished in 75th place and the womenís fresher squad finished in 148th place up from 216 last year.
The Colleges were well represented and there were excellent performances from Collingwood finishing 107th and Grey who finished 144th. Other colleges finishing positions were as follows: St Johnís 188, Butler 196, University College A 211, Van Mildert 218, University College B 223, St Aidanís 262 and St Hild and St Bede 263.
In the menís race 394 crews completed the course and the University 1st VIII had an excellent row finishing in 8th place up from 18th last year and winning the Churcher Trophy. This is one of our highest ever recorded finishes. There was also an excellent row from the 2nd VIII who finished 34th and like the women they were the first University 2nd VIII home. The 3rd VIII finished 124th and the Fresherís VIII finished 183rd.
Hatfield College 1st VIII had an excellent row finishing in 148th place beating first eights from the likes of Edinburgh and Bath. Hild Bede was another College to get into the top half of the field finishing in a very strong 177th.
University College 1st VIII finished 225, Grey College 231, Collingwood College 277, St Aidanís 281, Van Mildert 286, Hatfield 2nds 293, University College 2nds 322, St Chadís 368, Van Mildert 2nds 376, St Cuthbertís 383 and St Johnís 385.
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