Students from the University of Nottingham Canoe Polo club had the opportunity to take part in the 2021 BUCS Canoe Polo Championships. With the normal two-day event where four leagues are present tailored to fit the current COVID guidance for sports competitions, the event was held in Nottingham at Holme Pierrepoint, the National Water Sports Centre on 3rd July 2021.
With a Men’s and a Women’s team competing, there was plenty of action for our students to get involved with. The Women’s team ensured qualification to the knockout stages when they topped their group with wins against Sheffield, Cardiff and an impressive 7-0 win over Newcastle. However, the Women’s team met their match against a strong Bristol team and were knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, the men's team competed in the open league against a tough group stage with strong competitors in Warwick Exeter, and the reigning champions, Durham. The Men managed to draw their first game with Warwick 2-2 which left the next game against Durham very important. The match against Durham got off to a flying start with a goal within the first minute for the green and gold. The team played exceptionally against a sqaud with current GB players and won 5-1, ensuring their qualification.
After achieving top spot in their group, the Men’s team found themselves on a favorable side of the draw by brushing past Manchester with a 6-2 win in the quarter-finals.
Advancing to the semi-final, the Men’s team faced up the University of Surrey, who put up a good fight however the University Nottingham came out on top again winning 12-1. This meant that they were to face Swansea University in the final.
The Swansea defensive line was tough one to crack; however, the Men’s team were able to slot in a few shots to win the final 3-1 and take home the gold!
Theodore Preston Bell, club President, commented: "Despite a tough year all round there was no better way to finish than bringing home a gold medal for canoe polo for the first time in 14 years. All the committee have worked so hard to ensure we have enjoyed ourselves and been able to be at our best before BUCS and it has all been worth it!”
Everyone at University of Nottingham Sport would like to extend a huge congratualtions to Canoe Polo club on their well-deserved win.
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Posted on Tuesday 6th July 2021