University Rower Jess Elkington took the title of fastest lightweight rower at the Indoor Rowing Series.

BUCS Round up

As term one draws to a close the University of Exeter lies sixth in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) national rankings on 1530. Our guide below gives a quick round up of some of Exeter’s most notable achievements of the season to date.

Men’s Rugby

A big 68-23 victory over Premier League rivals Cardiff Metropolitan kicked off an impressive start to the season for the Men’s first team. The side have won every home match so far this season, a last minute try against top of the league UWE Hartpury, pushing them to second in the Premier South. The annual varsity at Sandy Park in February will prove an important match in deciding the draw for the BUCS Championship, where the club are looking to build on their semi-final success last year.

Women’s Rugby

Last year’s BUCS national champions, the Women’s Rugby Club have high hopes going into the new year. Despite being plagued by injuries this year, the side have put in a good start to the season winning five of their seven matches. An 81:0 victory over Oxford University is their best result to date and sees them lying in third in the Premier South League.

Women’s Football

Having been promoted to Western 1A at the end of last season, the Women’s football club look set on stamping their authority. Under the watchful eye of new coach Neil Saunders scorelines which have included 11-0 and 10-0 victories leave them just four points shy of the top of the table and possible promotion to the Premier League next season.

Men’s Hockey

On the Hockey pitch the Men’s Hockey Club continue to assert their dominance across the leagues. The first team currently lie second in the Premier South, with the seconds, who kicked off their season with an 8-0 victory over Swansea, top of Western 1A.  Newly promoted Exeter thirds are holding steady in fourth place in the same league, whilst the fourths lead Western 2A.

Women’s Hockey

A good start to the season sees the women’s firsts topping the Premier South League with a game in hand, whilst the seconds sit third in Western 1A.  Overall the Women’s Hockey Club hold the top spot in the BUCS rankings with 116 points leading Birmingham and Loughborough.


Another exceptional start to the season has seen the University of Exeter first team remain undefeated in their first five matches. The 2012 / 2013 National Champions sit two points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand, whilst the seconds also have a commanding lead in Western 1A. A wave of new talent has ensured great depth throughout the club, who will be hoping to remain top of the BUCS rankings at the end of the year.

Women’s Tennis

After a difficult season opener, the Women’s first team have bounced back to a comfortable second place in the Premier South League table. The side who reached the National Championship finals last year have won their last three matches, including a notable 10-2 victory over Bath 2nds. 

Snooker and Pool

The University of Exeter Snooker and Pool Club were crowned the first ever Southern England University Pool Champions in October this year, after taking three teams to Guildford for the event.  The victory follows on from Thomas Gaughan’s Individual Masters Championship victory at the end of last season and shows how the club have developed over the past 12 months.


Team GB trials have been at the top of the agenda for the University’s rowers this November, with nine rowers making it through round one in style. Oluwaseun Oluysana picked up Fastest Beginner Woman at the Indoor Rowing Series where the trials were held, whilst European Gold Medallist Jess Elkington took Fastest Lightweight Woman.


Winning all of their opening matches, the men’s and women’s Squash first teams both head their respective Western 1A league tables. The men’s firsts, find themselves ahead with two games in hand, whilst the men’s seconds sit third in the same league.

Women’s Cricket

Following a highly successful 2012/2013, that saw Exeter’s women reach the National Championship final, the start of the indoor season is full of promise. After two games, including a narrow victory 45-44 victory over Bath followed by a dominant 134-49 win over Southampton,  the first team sits top of the Western A table.

Men’s Cricket

Also undefeated in their first four matches, the men’s first team sit three points above second place Bristol in the Western A league table. The side, who have welcomed new coach Jack Bradbury and a new Merlyn bowling machine this season have put in some impressive performances including a 102-54 win over Bristol.


Following their dominance at the National Universities Cheerleading Competition in March, the Exeter Emeralds continue to shine on the national stage. The squad bagged gold medals in Pom and Level 3 stunt and silver in Jazz at the Future Cheer competition in Birmingham this November.


You can follow the results of each of our clubs on the British Universities and Colleges Sport website.

Date: 12 December 2013