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Female sides clinch top spot and the Christmas sports headlines

Christmas came early for De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) sports clubs, as they ran riot in the final week of British University and College Sports (BUCS) action of 2016.

And it was the female sides who stole the headlines again, clinching valuable wins for #TeamDMU and earning the rights to be Christmas number one.

Netball 1st opened the final #BUCSWednesday of the year, hoping to defeat Nottingham Trent University 3rd at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre and retain top spot in BUCS Midlands Division 4B.

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The girls raced to an 11-0 lead early on and closed the first quarter with the scores at 15-1, leaving their opposition with a mountain to climb.

#TeamDMU held on to their lead throughout, despite a late resurgence from the visitors in the final quarter to clinch a comfortable 35-20 victory.

Women’s Basketball 1st also capitalised on a game advantage over top of the table Oxford 2nd, to leapfrog them into top spot for Christmas with a 55-37 away victory at University of Nottingham 3rd.

Captain Stephanie Douglas said: “It was probably one of the best we’ve played this season; the opponents were slightly challenging, but we took it as an opportunity to fight harder.

“I am extremely proud of the girls and their performance.”

Chair Firdaus Yusuf said: “One thing I noticed after looking at the scoresheet was that almost everyone on the team scored baskets, which isn’t always the case. I feel this shows how determined we all were.

“We now have a rest period until February and I believe the second half of our season will be just as successful as the first.”

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Meanwhile, Men’s Squash 1st were back to winning ways, emphatically beating Derby Men’s 2nd, 5-0 to end a successful 2016 in style.

Men’s Football 1st picked up their first league victory of the season, defeating University of Worcester 3rd at home, while the 3rd team thrashed bottom of the league Staffordshire 3rd, 7-0.

It was a stunning end to 2016 for DMU’s hockey sides, who maintained their fine form, hitting their opponents for six.

The men faced University of Bedfordshire at St Margaret’s Pastures, smashing their way into title contention with a 6-1 victory.

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Meanwhile, the women travelled to Anglia-Ruskin University 1st, on the back of an 8-0 win against University of Bedfordshire (Luton) 2nd a week earlier.

Their visit from Olympic Champion Shona McCallin a few weeks ago must have made an impact, as they ran out impressive 6-0 winners against their opposition. They hold on to 1st place in BUCSMidlands Division 4B and are the only DMU side to have a 100 per cent winning record.

This week saw #TeamDMU secure 9 wins, with 2 draws and 8 defeats, ending 2016 with a win percentage of 47 per cent for Week 9.

#TeamDMU will return to BUCS action in the New Year and you can catch all the action across our platforms including, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

Posted on Monday 12th December 2016

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