by Nathan Parker
A RECORD 48 teams from a range of sports from the University of South Wales will compete for silverware in the BUCS League for the 2018/19 season.
With many players leaving their teams after graduation, USW welcomed many talents to start a new legacy of sports stars.
The BUCS league kicked off last week for the USW first teams with both genders of rugby and football starting their league season with impressive results. The men’s football team managed a 2-2 draw with fierce rivals Cardiff Metropolitan University at Cyncoed and welcome Hartpury to the Sports Park in their next fixture.
In contrast to the men, the women hit Swansea University for seven in a dominant friendly display at the sports park. The females travel to Southampton for their next fixture hoping to continue their impressive form.
Later that evening, the men’s rugby team produced a performance many people have got used to seeing over the last two years under the stewardship of Ben Daniels and Justin Burnell.
USW managed a superb win over Bath University at Sardis Road with a 31-24 victory showing their credentials for this season.
Having finished just short of eventual winners Cardiff last year, the men’s rugby team will be looking for further improvement and development this year with talent being produced through the Pontypridd Initiative scheme.
The Women’s 1st rugby team will be hoping to continue from their championship winning season last year as they kick off their defence with a trip to Cardiff University with the men traveling to Cardiff Met.
There were many friendlies last week at the Sport Park as the lacrosse teams kicked off their season with both genders facing Swansea University. It was a bad day at the office though for the home teams with the women’s first ever match ending in a 15-0 loss which was later compounded by a 18-2 defeat for the men in a hot-tempered affair.
The women take on Cardiff Uni’s 3rd’s at home in their first ever BUCS fixture with the men facing Bournemouth at the Sport Park on Wednesday 17th October.
The hockey teams also start their BUCS fixtures this week as both the men and the women’s first teams tackle Cardiff Uni at home as well as all four of USW’s netball sides being in action.
In the female dominated sport, the 1st travel to Cardiff Met with the 3rd and 4th making the journeys to the Royal Agriculture University and a two and half hour trip to Aberystwyth. The 2nd however welcome Bath 5th to the Sports Park.
Finally, USW’s only rugby league team faces Exeter 2nd at home as they hope to create a buzz around the sport this year. Here are all the fixtures for the University of South Wales on Wednesday 10th October:
USW 1st’s Vs Southampton Solent University 1st’s (KO 14:00, HOME)
USW 1st’s Vs Hartpury University 1st’s (KO 14:00, SPORTS PARK) USW 2nd’s Vs University of Gloucestershire 1st’s (KO 14:00, SPORTS PARK) USW 3rd’s Vs University of Gloucestershire 2nd’s (KO 14:00, SPORTS PARK) USW 4th’s Vs Cardiff University 4th’s (KO 15:00, AWAY) USW 5th’s Vs Cardiff University 6th’s (KO 13:00, AWAY) USW 6th’s Vs South Gloucestershire and Stroud College 1st’s (KO 12:30, SPORTS PARK)
USW 1st’s Vs Cardiff University 1st’s (KO 14:00, AWAY)
Men’s Rugby Union
USW 1st’s Vs Cardiff Met University 2nd’s (KO 18:00, AWAY) USW 2nd’s Vs Cardiff University 6th’s (KO 14:00, HOME) USW 3rd’s Vs Cardiff Met University 5th’s (KO 12:30, AWAY) USW 4th’s Vs Bath Spa University 2nd’s (KO 15;30, AWAY)
Men’s Rugby League
USW 1st’s Vs University of Exeter 2nd’s (KO 14:00, SPORTS PARK)
USW 1st’s Vs Cardiff University 7th’s (STARTS 12:00, SPORTS PARK) USW 2nd’s Vs University of Wales Trinity St David Carmarthen 1st’s (STARTS 13:00, AWAY)
USW 1ST’s Vs Cardiff University 5th’s (STARTS 14:00, SPORTS PARK)
Women’s Lacrosse USW 1st’s Vs Cardiff University 3rd’s (STARTS 15:30, SPORTS PARK)
USW 1st’s Vs Cardiff Met 3rd’s (STARTS 15:15, AWAY) USW 2nd’s Vs University of Bath 5th’s (STARTS 14:00, SPORTS PARK) USW 3rd’s Vs Royal Agriculture University 1st’s (STARTS 13:00, AWAY) USW 4th’s Vs Aberystwyth University 2nd’s (STARTS 16:00, AWAY)