Wednesday 13th April 2022

After a long two years the Scottish Student Men’s Football Finals returned today at Oriam, with Heriot-Watt University and the University of Stirling battling it out for the illustrious Queens Park Shield. 

Men's Football

After a long two years the Scottish Student Football Finals returned today at Oriam, with Heriot-Watt University and the University of Stirling battling it out for the illustrious Men’s Queens Park Shield.

The Queens Park Shield was first awarded in 1922 and this year, 100 years on, we continued the tradition at Oriam. Due to a Covid-19 enforced hiatus players took to the park for the 98th instalment of this historic tournament.

After taking the knee to demonstrate Scottish Student Sport’s ongoing commitment to fighting racism and discrimination of any form in sport, the game kicked off at the National Performance Centre. The University of Stirling started well with a strong charge up the field putting the pressure on the Heriot-Watt defence. Stirling’s Jason Jarvis (later named the game’s MVP) scored a blinder just five minutes into the match. He was well rewarded for a great bit of positioning that allowed him to curve the ball past the Heriot-Watt keeper, Matthew Sherry, and hit the net at the bottom right corner.

The game stayed evenly matched for the next twelve minutes until a challenge in the box saw Heriot-Watt University awarded a penalty against the Stirling side. HWU Captain Craig Smith stepped forward and calmly placed the ball past Stirling’s keeper, Ben Fry, to equalise.

The rest of the half played out similarly, with ferocious play from both sides culminating in a level scoreboard heading into halftime.

After a brief break the players were back on the park, fired up and ready to provide an exciting second half. After a strong opening from the University of Stirling the Heriot-Watt defence turned it up to eleven, beating back merciless attacks from the Stirling side and countering well. The tempo of the game began to change however and both sides brought on a multitude of subs, looking to find the winning formula that would seal success.

Evenly matched going into the 85th minute it was looking like it could have been anyone’s game, however Heriot-Watt’s Campbell Marr was determined to take home the shield. After a phenomenal drive from the Watt and a few small defensive errors from Stirling, a great cross from Daniel Irvine bounced off the Stirling defender and found Marr’s feet, leaving him to seal the deal with a tap into the goal. University of Stirling continued to fight valiantly into extra time but it was not enough to overcome Heriot-Watt’s defence. The match ended with two goals to Heriot-Watt University and one goal to the University of Stirling.

As the final whistle was blown, Heriot Watt Head Coach Bejay Koya charged onto the park with a delighted smile, yells of triumph were heard throughout the Oriam stands and across the pitch – Heriot-Watt University celebrated winning the Queens Park Shield Trophy for the first time since 2008! With more than one hundred and sixty spectators in the stands, the atmosphere was electric and the players could not contain their excitement as SSS Competitions Chair, Chris Sellar, awarded their medals. Well done to runners-up, University of Stirling, who held their heads high and should remain proud to be Queen’s Park Shield finalists.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our three referees, event volunteers and Oriam staff who made this fantastic celebration of student football happen.

Special thanks to Youth Football Scotland who live-streamed the action which you can watch on the SSS YouTube Channel HERE. You can also check out our photo album from the event on the SSS Facebook Page HERE.

Want more exciting football action? University of Stirling and University of St Andrews battle it out at Oriam on 20th April to win the prestigious SheCanSheWill Cup. You can get your tickets HERE.

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Tuesday 5th April 2022

After three years SSS has finally seen the return of the Littlejohn and McHue Porter Shinty tournaments. The day was a great success for student shinty with competitive games at all stages.

After three years SSS has finally seen the return of the Littlejohn and McHue Porter Shinty tournaments. The day was a great success for student shinty with competitive games at all stages. Read on to hear the round-up from Scottish Student Shinty.
In the Women’s McHue Porter Trophy, the University of Strathclyde topped the table after the group stage with the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh playing a decider to see who would join in the final. The University of Edinburgh came out 1-0 victors in the playoff after a very close game to progress on.
Despite this it was the University of Strathclyde Women’s who came out 3-0 winners in the final to claim the McHue Porter trophy, after a fine display of teamwork.
Within the Men’s Tournament the University of Strathclyde topped the group stage with the University of Aberdeen finishing a close 2nd. In the final nothing could separate the two teams with the match finishing goalless. It took penalties for a winner to be decided, and after 5 penalties both teams stood even again with both keepers making some excellent saves. It was then onto sudden death before captain Liam Arnott was able to find the back of the net for Strathclyde.
Congratulations to both teams today in their respective wins and to all teams in attendance for making such a good day.
Men’s Littlejohn

1st Strathclyde University

2nd Aberdeen University

3rd Edinburgh University

 

Women’s McHue Porter

1st Strathclyde University

2nd Edinburgh University

3rd Glasgow University

 

Full results can be found HERE

An album of photographs from the day can be found here.

 

Thank you to University of St Andrews for hosting us!

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Tuesday 5th April 2022

Student Golf is back at the 98th Scottish Student Golf Championship! With both Strokeplay and Matchplay events and more than one hundred students partaking, it’s certainly one to read about.

UHI Men's golf team

Student Golf is back at the 98th Scottish Student Golf Championship! With both Strokeplay and Matchplay events and more than one hundred students taking part, it’s certainly one to read about.

One hundred and seventeen golfers of both genders partook in the stroke play event, representing institutions from across Scotland and showcasing what student golf is all about. After a strong series of performances and a superb total of 280, Ben Fuller from the University of St Andrews proved victorious in the Men’s Individual, closely followed by fellow St Andrews student Connor Rochon. The University of Stirling’s Nicola Slater won the Female Individual, putting on a storming performance and coming in five under par!  It was yet another dominant performance from the University of St Andrews, winning both Male and Female Strokeplay Team events with teams consisting of; Elise Bishop, Josie Baker and Lucy Jamieson, and Roddy McAuley, Connor Rochon, Otto Voettiner and Ben Fuller. A great atmosphere was felt by all, as students from each institution crowded around the eighteenth green to cheer on their fellow competitors throughout the day.

The Matchplay event was every bit as successful as the Strokeplay, with eight teams of eight taking to the course to battle it out for victory in a series of close-fought rounds. University of Stirling 1s, 2s and 3s, University of Edinburgh 1s and 2s, UHI 1s, University of Glasgow 1s and University of Strathclyde 1s all put on a phenomenal display of determination, teamwork and golfing skill. After a testing semi-final between the University of Stirling 2s and UHI 1s, UHI secured their place in the final against the strong Stirling 1s, who had taken victory against the Edinburgh 1s.

After a close title run, consisting of morning foursomes and afternoon singles, UHI denied the University of Stirling ten wins in a row, taking their inaugural victory 7-5 in the 98th Student Golf Championship! An incredible, well-fought victory was celebrated with vigor as the UHI boys received the trophy. The winning UHI team consisted of; Declan Gray, John Oster, Ewan Cuthbert, Lewis Johnson, Giovanni Sianni, Chris Turner, Taylor Kerr, Alan Murphy and Finlay Wallace.

We’d like to extend a huge thanks to Moray Golf Club for hosting and Eliz Munro and Alan Cowie who refereed. Without your invaluable support events like this could not take place.

A full album of photographs can be found here.

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Monday 4th April 2022

A quick recap of the Scottish Student Cycling Time Trial Championships

A quick recap of the Scottish Student Cycling Time Trial Championships

Cyclists from numerous Scottish institutions and clubs met in a small village in East Lothian on this past Sunday to take part in the Time Trial Championships. The sun was beating down as the cyclists set off at one-minute intervals from the starting point. The course ran for 15.2km along country roads and included a couple of steep descents along the way. The relative tranquillity around Pencaitland gave way a circuit of intense competition, as the quiet country roads became punctuated by cyclists powering downhill in an effort to attain the fastest time.

The team category consisted of the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Dundee. However, there were representatives from a number of other universities as well as non-student clubs. As the cyclists trickled back to the starting point, the atmosphere was jubilant. The competitors caught their breath and rehydrated in the mid-afternoon sun as the organisers tallied up the times. Eventually, all gathered around the podium as the winners were announced.

The University of Edinburgh came out on top in the Student Team Championship, with a combined time of 1:39:13. They were followed by the University of Glasgow (1:39:47), and the University of Dundee (2:04:25).

Representing the University of Stirling, Cameron Richardson won the Men’s Student Championship with a time of 21:08. Trailing Cameron came Angus Toms of the University of Edinburgh (21:47), and Matiss Robertson of the University of the Highlands & Islands (21:59).

In the Women’s Student Championship, Kate Richardson of the University of Glasgow came out on top with a time of 24:55. The runners-up were Arianne Holland of the University of Edinburgh (25:47), and Miriam Gilbride of the University of Glasgow (27:39).

In the non-student Male category, the winner was Aaron Gannicot (22:14), followed by Joseph Agnew (23:03), and Neil Sheppard (23:21). In the non-student Female category, the winner was Carolyn Chambers (28:40), followed by Michelle Highfield (29:45), and Charlotte Forbes (32:45).

Many thanks to Aaron Johnson, Scottish Student Cycling Chair, as well as Gregor McArthur, Edinburgh University Cycling Club Race Secretary for making this event possible!

View the full image gallery here.

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Wednesday 30th March 2022

In Scotland’s Performance Sport Centre at the Oriam, on 20th March 2022, spectators were treated to an exhibition of the best of Scottish Student Handball during this year’s Scottish Student Handball League Finals day.

In Scotland’s Performance Sport Centre at the Oriam, on 20th March 2022, spectators were treated to an exhibition of the best of Scottish Student Handball during this year’s Scottish Student Handball League Finals day.

This event pitches the teams who finish in the top 4 of the League against each other to crown the ultimate Scottish Student Handball Champions.

The semi-final fixtures produced 4 excellent showcases of student handball and provided further evidence for the sport’s growth in popularity over recent years. The day was begun with a University of Glasgow Women showing their class against a competitive Dundee side, finishing in 20-8 to Glasgow. We also saw the 5-year unbeaten Men’s University of Strathclyde team continue in good form, besting the Heriot Watt University Men’s team 12-12, and continuing their journey to the Final.

The Women’s Final saw University of Glasgow complete a clean sweep in their domestic league, remaining undefeated as they saw off a valiant effort from cross-city rivals, University of Strathclyde, in the final. Anja Kristensen was named Most Valuable Player of the match for her contributions in that excellent match.

The Men’s Final proved a tense and hotly-contested affair, with both sides showing their mettle. As the clock ran down it appeared as though Edinburgh’s new men’s team would see off Strathclyde in normal time, but a spirited comeback saw Strathclyde take the game to penalties.  In the end, it wasn’t to be for the men in maroon as the University of Edinburgh kept their nerve and claimed the Scottish Student Handball title in their inaugural season, breaking Strathclyde’s unbeaten record. Congratulations to Thomas Huesby who was recognised as the Most Valuable Player.

The final standings were as follows:

 

Men:

1st – University of Edinburgh

2nd – University of Strathclyde

3rd – Herriot-Watt University

4th – University of Glasgow

 

Women:

1st – University of Glasgow

2nd – University of Strathclyde

3rd – University of Dundee

4th – University of Edinburgh

 

Thank you to all the teams, the Scottish Student Handball Volunteers, Scottish Handball Association, the referees, Oriam and of course the fantastic supporters who came along to cheer on the teams. Well done and congratulations to the deserving winners University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh!

 

Full results can be found on our website HERE. Photos can be found HERE

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Monday 28th March 2022

The sun shined on University of St Andrews which hosted an outdoor recreational netball tournament for students across Scotland.

Student netball is growing at a rapid rate around the country and the SS Netball Development Group recognised the lack of opportunities available for students who just wanted to play for fun, rather than be involved in regular BUCS activity. Thus the SS Netball Recreational Tournament was born! The event was designed to bring non-BUCS players from around the country together to simply enjoy playing the sport – though prizes were up for grabs of course!

COVID-19 and coursework led to a few withdrawals, but we were delighted to see over 30 students from University of Stirling, University of St Andrews and (two) University of Edinburgh teams compete. Well done to Edinburgh’s 1st Rec Team for winning the overall tournament! Full results can be found HERE.

In the Partnership Agreement with Netball Scotland, SSS shared the goal of increasing the number of students to be qualified as Level C Umpires and therefore were delighted that the event gave 12 umpires a chance to be assessed by umpiring matches at the tournament. The tournament provided the framework and Netball Scotland provided the expertise of three highly experienced and respected assessors: partnership in action.

Emma Cartmill, SS Netball Chair, commented “This was my first SS Netball Event since coming into the role in Feb 2020! I was excited to be part of the event organisation and even more delighted to see students playing Rec Netball outdoors and enjoying themselves in the glorious sunshine – such a treat! Huge thanks to the SSS Staff, the SS Netball Development Group, event volunteers, Saint Sport and Netball Scotland for making the day a great success.”

It is hoped that this event will grow in years to come and continue to provide a platform for increasing the workforce in Scotland.

Rebecca Hope, Head of Netball for Netball Scotland, provided the following statement: “Netball Scotland are passionate about ensuring opportunities for all to participate and compete in Netball. The NS/SSS Partnership continually allows us to challenge each other to provide more opportunities as well as utilising this for additional student specific workforce development. We can’t wait to support this event again in the future.”

The most important thing was that the students had fun and enjoyed getting active. You can see their energy in the photo album on the Scottish Student Facebook page!

Many thanks to all involved in bringing this event to life, we are already looking forward to the next one in 2023.

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Monday 28th March 2022

SSS Badminton Championships were back at Robert Gordon University this year with some amazing performances.

Badminton players high fiving over the net

SSS Badminton Championships (sponsored by Ashaway) were back at Robert Gordon University this year with some amazing performances! Barbara Drozdowska from Scottish Student Badminton sums up the biggest student badminton event in three years.

“On the 11th and 12th of March we witnessed the comeback of SSS Badminton Championships after a three-year break. 152 players from 12 universities competed at Robert Gordon University in a great atmosphere.

From the quarterfinals on we saw some incredibly high-level performances, with many matches going into three intense sets. Special mentions for the most spectacular players of the Championships need to go to Ben Torrance (University of Strathclyde) and Ai Jiang (University of Edinburgh) for making the semi-finals in all three possible events. On top of that, a huge effort was made by Kenneth Cheung (University of Strathclyde) and Ai who managed to advance into two finals, winning one and both of them respectively!

We’d like to extend a big congratulations to the finalists. In singles, Michael McGuire (Glasgow Caledonian University) took the win against Kenneth Cheung in, while Anett Karsai (University of Stirling) claimed the gold after Lindsey Ireland’s (University of Glasgow) retirement due to injury. In men’s and women’s doubles, Kenneth Cheung/Glen Lewington (University of Strathclyde) and Ai Jiang/Grace Choi (University of Edinburgh) were better than Calum Atterbury/Peter Sawkins (University of Edinburgh) and Emma Donald/Jennifer Lafferty. Following that, the last match of Saturday featured an all-Edinburgh final with Ai Jiang/Calum Atterbury confidently dominating Emily Harrison/Derek Zhao in two sets.

We would like to thank Badminton Scotland for their support leading up to and during the Championships, as well as our sponsor Ashaway who provided an excellent stringing service, prizes for the winners and shuttles during all our matches. We are looking forward to working with them again in the future!

Full results can be found here.  Photos from the event can be found HERE

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Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Through our partnership with the Scottish FA and our commitment to growing the game, we are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for aspiring female football coaches within the SSS Network.

Football Coaching poster

Through our partnership with the Scottish FA and our commitment to growing the game, we are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for aspiring female football coaches within the SSS Network. The Scottish FA will be providing a free of charge female only Introduction to Coaching 1.1 course on 25th & 28th April (both sessions 6pm-8.15pm online).

The course aims to aims to develop a basic understanding of

§  The Scottish FA coach education pathway and the coach’s learning journey.

§  Effective communication and player interaction to develop effective delivery.

§  The fundamental principles of a games-based approach to player development.

§  The role of the coach within the Coaching Process.

§  How to solve some common problems faced by the coach

Whilst covering:

§  Theory (Introduction to Coaching, Benefits of a Games Based Approach & Challenges of the Coach)

§  Practical (Introductory Activities, 4v4 Games, Challenge Games, Training Games)

The course is open to female students aged 16 and over, experienced or otherwise. To register your place on the course please email Ian Lowe with details of which college/university you represent. Details on how to register and how to complete the mandatory perquisite Child Wellbeing and Mental Health eLearning courses will then be send out to all candidates.

Women’s football is a big part of the Scottish Student Sport network – play your part by attending the course.

Scottish Student Sport are extremely grateful of the excellent support received from the Scottish FA.

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Tuesday 22nd March 2022

Monday 14th March marked the start of the 16th West of Scotland Golf Trophy, held at the excellent Western Gailes Golf Club.

image of golfer mid-swing

Monday 14th March marked the start of the 16th West of Scotland Golf Trophy, held at Western Gailes Golf Club.

Day one of the event was dominated by stormy weather, with the participants battling against strong winds and driving rain. As a result, no one came close to par during the first round but the students were not dismayed, heading home with big smiles and soggy shoes to prepare for the next day.

Day two saw a mild improvement in the weather, however, the wind persisted throughout the whole day. The golfers were especially challenged on holes five to nine, as the wind was blowing in their faces. Jamie Van Wyk, representing the University of Central Lancashire, brought his A-game and was the first competitor to meet level par thanks to a strong performance on the second day.

 

 

 

On the final day the wind changed completely, adding a testing new dimension to the course and forcing players to relearn the first five and last four holes. The student golfers relished the new challenge brought about by the change in weather and the nail-biting competition got even narrower as the field was cut down to 36 men and 12 women for the final round.

image of saint andrews womens team

In the end it was an ace performance from the University of St. Andrews, with both of their teams heading home victorious in the Men’s and Women’s Team categories. In the Women’s individual category the winner was Penelope Brown, followed closely by Josie Baker, and Lucy Jamieson. The Men’s individual category finished with Jamie Van Wyk in the lead, followed by Ross Nelson from the University of Stirling and Roddy McAuley of the University of St. Andrews taking silver and bronze respectively.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Western Gailes Golf Club for hosting the event, to the volunteer starters and officials, and to the R&A for supporting a fantastic weekend of golf for all participants!

Photographs from the event can be viewed here.

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Thursday 17th March 2022

After a hiatus due to the global pandemic, everyone was delighted to see the return of the Conference Finals in the stunning coastal town of Saint Andrews.

After a hiatus due to the global pandemic, everyone was delighted to see the return of the Conference Finals in the stunning coastal town of Saint Andrews. As friends and colleagues were reunited, spirits were high and a real buzz could be felt across all venues at Saints Sport.

From all across the field there were examples of incredible sportsmanship, teamwork and of course some excellent sporting performances that wowed spectators and competitors alike. The atmosphere was electric at the University of St Andrews as thirty four teams from ten universities turned up in style, with supporters in tow and lots of enthusiasm for a day of incredible sport.

We’ll be rounding up the top moments from throughout the day and covering off each of the sports fixtures, so make sure you read on to relive all the action!

 

Netball

Two ladies playing Netball in the BUCS Conference Finals

We kicked off the day with the absolutely fantastic EY Netball Trophy in the University of St Andrews arena. Players from Heriot-Watt University and the University of Strathclyde faced off against one another in a tightly contested match. The University of Strathclyde in particular had a fantastic turnout, with teams successfully making it into both of the EY Netball finals taking place on the day. Heriot-Watt eventually came out on top after a battle with Strathclyde, much to the approval of the large and enthusiastic crowd of Heriot-Watt supporters in the stands.

In the EY Netball Cup Final the University of Edinburgh faced off against the University of Strathclyde and went point for point almost the whole way throughout the match! In a fast-paced, nail-biting match that certainly kept the crowd on their toes, players from both institutions showcased fantastic teamwork and individual skill, with the University of Strathclyde eventually coming out on top. The match was however exciting till the end, with Strathclyde scoring the majority of their points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Tennis

The day’s Tennis action started off in fine form with the Women’s Cup Final. Just a few minutes after eleven am top Tennis players from Robert Gordon University and the University of Edinburgh stepped onto the court as the Tennis proceedings got underway. Robert Gordon University came out on top with a one sided victory against the University of Edinburgh. Four wins in the singles tournament set Robert Gordon University up nicely for the following doubles, where their dominance continued with another two solid victories.

Players from the University of Edinburgh put up a brave fight during all of the matches, which were played in an exceptionally sporting manner. As the final set was won the RGU players erupted into cheers as success was sealed, with the final scoreboard showing Robert Gordon University 1st team six to University of Edinburgh 1st team nil.

 

Top Tennis continued throughout the day as the Men faced off for their cup final at half-past two in the afternoon. A stacked field from the University of Dundee’s 1st team took to the court and faced off against top players from the University of Stirling 5th team in an afternoon full of praiseworthy matches.

The University of Stirling were the dominant force in the Men’s Singles, and were filled with confidence as they headed into the doubles three – one up. It was well fought though, with the University of Dundee’s win coming after an absolutely epic game in which one set alone took over an hour. The long rallies and end-to-end action continued with the University of Stirling eventually winning the final after another two blockbuster doubles matches. A fantastic performance from the University of Stirling and well played on both sides.  The Final score was the University of Stirling four and the University of Dundee two.

 

Badminton

The Badminton final was an all Edinburgh affair, played in the spirit of a competitive derby day. Great players from the University of Edinburgh’s 2nd and 3rd teams took to the court to face off in an excellent series of competitive matches. Long rallies and sets were the order of the day and the University of Edinburgh 3rds started strongly. Sadly for the 3rds this wasn’t mirrored in the final result with the 2nds eventually winning ten to two. The matches were an absolutely great advertisement for student badminton and in particular the work of the Edinburgh University Badminton Club whose ethos of teamwork, friendship and performance shone through.

Volleyball

There were two fantastic Volleyball fixtures on the cards at the Conference Finals, with the Women’s Cup Finals in the early afternoon followed by the Men’s Cup Final in the evening. The women from Heriot-Watt University took to the court against the University of St Andrews and started strong, winning the first set with a dominant display, however, this was not to continue. After losing the 1st set St. Andrews made the most of home advantage with a comprehensive victory against Heriot-Watt. Long points and lots of net action made for an entertaining game and the crowd provided excellent support. The final scores were the University of St Andrews 2nd team three, and Heriot-Watt University 1st team one.

The Men’s Volleyball Cup final saw two strong teams bring the curtain down on the student volleyball season. Strathclyde have had an excellent season but it was Napier who ended on a high winning the conference cup final with a composed display of volleyball. Edinburgh Napier Universities’ performance had fewer unforced errors coupled with some excellent attacking play at the net. The final scores were University of Strathclyde 1st one, to Edinburgh Napier University three.

Lacrosse

After a tough road to the finals including incomplete fixtures and a struggle to get umpires for the match, the home team, University of St Andrews’ 2nds were up against University of Dundee’s 1st team in the Women’s Lacrosse Cup Final. After a strong start from St Andrews, Dundee were not put off and continued to match them goal for goal. The last quarter was intense, both teams challenging their opponents for the win, at eleven all Dundee was the team to score the final goal winning the game twelve – eleven. Before celebrating, Dundee’s players confirmed the score with the umpires and then celebrated the win in style. Umpiring we had the University of Edinburgh’s Louise & Hannah who both said this was a brilliant game for them to be a part of! The final score was University of St Andrews 2nd team eleven to University of Dundee 1st team twelve.

Hockey

At 12 noon the first of the three hockey fixtures got underway, the ICG Hockey Women’s Trophy. Dundee 2s took on Edinburgh 8s in emphatic style, taking an early lead with goals from Emma Tennant and Amy Reid. Despite a strong showing from Edinburgh, the Dundee women were relentless and Harriet Bedi scored the third goal. Harriet’s outstanding play would later see her crowned Most Valuable Player. Dundee’s Caitlin Brown scored a further two goals to seal a five – nill victory over Edinburgh. Spectators in red and black erupted and the players made their way to the podium to be awarded their respective gold and silver medals, presented by University of Dundee Sports Union President, Adam Brady.

Next up was the ICG Hockey’s Women’s Cup Final, with Stirling 1s taking on Heriot-Watt 1s. Both teams had the bit between their teeth, defending and attacking well, as the match got underway. Jen Tate scored the opener and it would set the tone for a dominant performance from the women in yellow, with two further goals, both from Anais Bonner to make it a three – nill win over Stirling. Margery Justice, the Heriot-Watt centre-midfielder and former Scotland U18 and U21 player, was awarded Most Valuable Player. The medals were presented by SSS Business Manager, Totty Sinclair Roads, amidst the rapturous applause of spectators and staff alike, out in force to cheer on the players.

The Hockey Men’s Cup Final closed proceedings on the sand-dressed pitch, with Edinburgh 3s taking on Edinburgh Napier 1s. Napier started strongly with a first goal coming from Calum Dowie. Edinburgh fought back and Chris Newton scored to make it one a piece. Two more goals, both from Napier’s Charlie Jack, looked to seal the match for the men in black and red, however, the University of Edinburgh had other ideas. Harry Heap scored an impressive goal to make it two – three and tensions were running high. In the final minute of play, Sonny Erskine equalised, and the match went to penalty flicks. Five players from each side stepped forward and the keepers got ready to do battle. After five shots each, the score was two all, it was proving difficult to separate the two teams, but in the sixth shot Edinburgh triumphed and the whole place erupted in a sea of green as subs and coaches ran onto the pitch and spectators embraced on the sidelines. The Napier keeper Matthew Taylor was awarded Most Valuable Player, for an incredible save during the penalties. Both teams headed to the podium area where the SSS COO, Stew Fowlie, presented the gold and silver medals.

Football

Conference Final mens footballThere was plenty to write about in the Men’s Football Cup Final, with bookings, extra time drama and plenty of action. Heriot-Watt University took an early lead before having their keeper sent off for a controversial red card. Shortly after being reduced to 10-men they conceded the equaliser from a cross-come-shot, then went two – one down shortly before half-time. In the second half the makeshift keeper for HWU kept them in the game despite mounting ENU pressure. In the final minute of the second half Heriot-Watt University were awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the box, with the Edinburgh Napier University defender lucky not to be red carded. Heriot-Watt scored an excellent free-kick sending the fans wild with rapturous applause. Extra-time was end-to-end but in the final minutes Edinburgh Napier University popped up at the back post to smash the winner in from 6 yards.

Goal Keeper saving a shot on goal in the BUCS Football final

The Women’s Football Cup was every bit as exciting and proved a huge favorite amongst the spectators. Reigning champions Robert Gordon University started strongly with a goal in the opening ten minutes. A ball was played over the top and the Robert Gordon University striker managed to keep their composure and slot it passed the keeper. Despite pressure from Robert Gordon University, the score remained the same up to half time. In the second half the University of Glasgow continued to keep RGU at bay but with just fifteen minutes to go they scored the second goal and put the game beyond the University of Glasgow. A dominant performance from Robert Gordon University and a well deserved win to keep the trophy in the granite city.

 

Rugby

There was an absolutely fantastic showing of Rugby in the afternoon, starting with the Women’s Cup Final. It was absolutely great to see the return of this fixture after the walkover in 2020 leading to the final not being played. The tempo was excellent but it proved to be a game racked with injuries, however the rugby spirit lived on. SSS wishes the players a speedy recovery and would like to extend a huge thank you to Sky Larkems First Aid for their support and quick action on the day. The University of Aberdeen consistently showed their power with attack after attack on the Heriot-Watt defense, but Heriot-Watt University put up a great fight, holding their own before finally succumbing to the Aberdeen attack. We would also love to extend a thank you to our friends at the Scottish Rugby Union for providing the match ball (as they did for the Men’s too). The final scores were University of Aberdeen seventeen, to Heriot-Watt Univerity seven.

Following an excellent Women’s final the Men were next to step onto the playing field. The University of Dundee came out with a storming performance, scoring a series of excellent tries into the University of Edinburgh. UofE put up a strong fight but they were ultimately defeated by the University of Dundee’s relentless pressure. The match was an impressive showpiece for student rugby and there were absolutely fantastic examples of showmanship on both sides of the field. The final scores were the University of Dundee fifty-eight to the University of Edinburgh nineteen.

 

Basketball

Basketball certainly made waves on Conference Final’s day, with both the Women and Men’s finals producing some excellent basketball and phenomenal courtside support. First up was the Women’s Conference Cup Final between Heriot-Watt University and the University Dundee. Heriot-Watt opened with a blistering offense and a high tempo that lasted throughout the duration of the game, and although the University of Dundee countered well they couldn’t withstand Heriot-Watt University’s powerful attacking play. Supporters from both Universities brought both noise and excitement that spurred on the players, with cheers, chants, and banners filling the stand.

In the Men’s Basketball student supporters witnessed a fast-paced match from start to finish, with a fairly level score right up until the last quarter. The crowd was full of energy and made their support clear for either Heriot-Watt University or the University of St Andrews. The Saints in particular had a great turnout and really played to the home crowd, eventually tearing ahead on the scoreboard and eventually taking the win. An absolutely top match to end the day!

A collection of photographs from the day can be found here on our Facebook Page.

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