In the 2021-2022 BUCS season, both men’s teams competed in the Midlands regional leagues, the first team in division 1 and the second team in division 2.
The men’s firsts had a frustrating BUCS season, starting off with close defeats to rivals Warwick and Loughborough – both by one point following fourth quarter collapses. Further matches in Michaelmas included a second defeat to Warwick, two defeats to Nottingham 2nds and a defeat to Nottingham Trent. The seconds found losses to Oxford Brookes, UEA and Birmingham.
Going into Lent term, the firsts lost Alex Wang (our high scoring exchange student from Caltech), but both teams benefitted from the training carried out on tour. The firsts had further tough matches against Loughborough, Nottingham 2nds (with the closest result in this third fixture) and Nottingham Trent, but vanquished Oxford 2nds to avoid a demotion to division 2. The seconds, led by Zach Lyttle following his promotion to captain on tour, had a remarkable turnaround – beating Oxford Brookes and UEA on the second tries, Leicester both times but unfortunately losing closely to Birmingham twice more.
Andrew te Water Naude
Men’s Water Polo Captain 2021 – 2022