Team Sunderland sides achieve three league promotions
By Jane Thwaites
With the 2022-2023 BUCS season shortly coming to an end, Team Sunderland celebrate securing three league promotions.
The Netball first team secured the Northern Tier 6B League title after a strong season, scoring over 460 goals across their 10 games.
Their captain, Lucy Brooks, spoke on their success.
She said: “What a season it has been, this has been the strongest first team I have played with in my four years at university and to finally gain promotion in my final year was just an incredible feeling.
“We have had a relatively new squad so to play so well together throughout the season has been a great testament to how hard we have all trained this year.
“We also couldn’t have achieved this without our incredible coaches Natalie Connor and Lisa Stanley-Craig who are the real brains behind our success.”
Kate Welsh, Netball president, said:
“The girls have worked so hard over the whole season in training and on the court, it wasn’t an easy road to promotion at all but they fought so hard to win the league and I am so proud of them all!”
The women’s football team have also secured promotion after winning the Northern Tier 3B league title, bagging promotion with two games still left to play.
Their president and captain, Victoria Curtis said:
“Proud is the only way I can describe the way I feel about winning the football league, all the girls have put time and effort into every training session and game and it has clearly paid off, there’s no better feeling than going from relegation last year to promotion this year.”
The Women’s Futsal team have also marked two separate milestones this season. Following an unbeaten run in the Northern Tier Two league, they have secured the title alongside making the Northern Conference final, after beating UCLAN 23-3 in an incredible semi-final performance.
Courtney Mole, a key player in futsal’s success, said:
“This season has been great for women’s futsal and is something the team should be really proud of. The effort and commitment from all the girls has been excellent which has been a massive part of our consistency and undefeated run.
“Our full focus is now on the cup final to try and achieve the double.”
Women’s fencing have also made it to the final of the Conference Cup Final and men’s rugby still have a chance of making the Northern Conference Shield final.