Mehdi Punjwani

Brunel University’s sports teams have seen an action-packed start to the year, and that has continued into February. Amongst the teams in action were Brunel’s American Football, Badminton, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Netball, Squash and Volleyball.
Brunel’s Mixed American Football team played a fixture against City University London’s Mixed team, winning comfortably by a score of 18-0. The result places them 5th in the BUCS American Football 2014-2015 London group league on six points, two points behind Royal Holloway and two ahead of Westminster.
Brunel Women’s Badminton 1st team came up short against Queen Mary’s University, losing 6-2 at the Copper Box Arena, placing them 5th in the South Eastern 2B group leagues. The Men’s Badminton 2nd team are slightly better off at third in the South Eastern 4A group league, having beaten Buckinghamshire New University Men’s 8-0 in the Sports Centre, and the Men’s 1st team currently lead their group by 4 points after an 8-0 win against Brighton.
Brunel Men’s 1st and 2nd Fencing teams are placed third and fifth respectively in the South Eastern 2A group league, after the 1st team beat Surrey 135-88, and the 2nd lost 89-132 to Royal Holloway. Brunel Women’s Fencing team is placed 4th in the South Eastern 1A league after beating Queen Mary’s 122-108.
The Mixed Golf Team is 5th in the South Eastern 2A league, after a 4.5-1.5 loss to the University of Brighton. Brunel Men’s Lacrosse team are second in their league after a 9-0 loss to Royal Holloway, but the Women’s team are now third after winning 22-1 against Portsmouth.
The Women’s 1st Netball team are fourth in the Premier South league, following a 50-42 loss to Cardiff Metropolitan, and the 2nd and 3rd teams are fifth and sixth respectively in the 2A league after the former beat the latter 51-27. The 4th and 5th teams are both fourth in their leagues, after the 4th team lost 28-24 to Portsmouth, and the 5th beat Brighton 21-11. Brunel Netball Women’s 6th are fifth in the 8A league after a 25-13 victory over Buckinghamshire New University.
The Women’s 1st Squash team are 4th in the South Eastern 2A league after a 3-1 loss to Portsmouth. The Men’s 1st are last in the South Eastern 1A league despite a 4-1 win over King’s College. Men’s 2nd Squash are second, however, in the 3A league following a 3-0 win over Sussex, and the Men’s 3rd team are fifth after a 3-1 loss to LSE.
Brunel Women’s 1st Volleyball team are last in the 2A league after a 3-1 loss to Royal Holloway, and the Men’s 1st are fifth, having been unable to field a team to play against Imperial, resulting in Imperial being awarded a walkover.
A list of BUCS fixtures and results can be found on www.bucs.org.uk