Basketball club president Leo Gould believes Swansea University’s men’s teams can achieve a top placed finish this season.
The men’s first team are top of the Bucs western 2B division with four wins from four.
The men’s scoring this season has been tremendous with a point difference of plus 162. The team that comes closest to this is Cardiff Met with 98.
Swansea’s 1sts had a great start to the season away to local rivals Swansea Met. The team picked up an easy victory 95-31.
Their next game came against the University of Glamorgan 1sts and Swansea once again saw off their opponents, this time at home, 92-75.
Another moment of pre-Varsity joy for Swansea came when they beat Cardiff 2nds away on the November 16.
The travelling team almost scored double Cardiff’s score, winning 96-59.
The final game before Christmas saw the men’s side beat Swansea 2nds 86-42.
Gould is tipping the first team for the title and has high hopes the seconds team can mount a strong challenge also.
Gould said: “We’re hopeful of the first team winning every game in the Bucs league this season and therefore winning the title.
“I don’t feel that’s an unrealistic goal as we were unlucky not to get promoted last season, losing out on baskets scored.
“At the start of this season, we felt that our players were good enough to be playing in the division above and so that’s always been our target.”
Gould believes the profile of the men’s side has greatly been improved thanks to their scoring and performances this season.
He added: “We’ve gone from being virtually unknown outside the university to being one of the top teams in Welsh basketball within the last two years or so.”
Gould puts the success this season down to maintaining the nucleus of the squad and improved organisation.
Gould said: “With regard to the men’s I think a big factor is the fact that we’ve held on to our players from the last couple of years, as well as adding several new faces.
“We’re also a lot more organised this season, and there’s a great amount of demand to be in our teams.”
The team have introduced new players to the side this year, but Gould is looking to ease them in, in their opening season.
“We’ve got a couple of freshers in the men’s first team.
“But most are squad players for the first year, whilst they get some experience under their belt.
“Some of these guys next year will definitely be starting for the first and second teams.”
The men’s next game will be against Cardiff Metropolitan in the cup at the beginning of February.