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University of Bristol Mens 1st XI vs Exeter 2nd XI

13 December 2011 at 15:56

 

For the final match of the term Bristol travelled to newly promoted ECV Hornets in Exeter for what would prove to be a trickier than expected fixture.

From the off it was clear the pitch rather than the opponents would prove the greater challenge, the slippy conditions underfoot made turning difficult and hence it took a while for Bristol to get going. The uni team did manage to pepper the home keeper witha number of shots early on, but too many flashed wide rather than persistently pressuring the keeper. This lack of clinical finishing meant that ECV broke the deadlock first when one of their veterans was allowed to stroll up field as Bristol wrecklessly dived in. Parity was soon restored when a trademark Malthouse flick couldn’t be stopped by the defender on the line. Bristol could’ve claimed the lead had it not been for a more than interesting decision from the umpire as he judged Dave Bates shot to be outside the attacking D. The lead was captured as a foot on the line from Hornets gave Bristol a penalty stroke which was cooly converted by Matt Poole. This should have spurred Bristol on to rack up the score but from the restart Hornets again made the most of the uni teams lazy defending and drew level. Bristol did regain the lead before the half as skipper Phillips slid one past the keeper.

At half time the message from coach Mo and captain Phillips was to play simple and defend better. However this evidently fell on deaf ears as Bristol persisted to lose possession, often in dangerous areas. This wasn’t helped by the centre back pairing of Brown and Brazell slipping continuously as if on ice but Richards, returning from Miami was solid in the net when the Hornets capitalised on a quite literal slip up at the back. Bizarrely it was a short corner that gave Hornets parity as the ball got caught up in the keeper’s pads and Hornets were the quicker to tuck the ball home. It is fair to say this gave Bristol the shock they needed and they began playing with greater impetus. Matt Poole added to his earlier goal as he met a well weighted pass to dink the ball over the on-rushing keeper. Bristol were making the most as spaces opened up in the Hornets defence and the home sides lack of discipline reduced them to ten. The students had more space now to play their passing style of hockey and dividends came as they won a succession of short corners, one of which fresher Malthouse converted to give himself a brace.

The game eventually fizzed out with Bristol happy to secure the valuable 3 points before Christmas which keeps 3rd place secure and the pressure on Firebrands.

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University of Bristol Mens 1st XI vs Exeter 2s

13 December 2011 at 15:45

Bristol travelled to high flying Exeter 2s knowing they were in for a tough match. Bristol started well, moving the ball around the back quickly and penetrating the Exeter D multiple times without reward. Exeter also had their periods of pressure going close through a impressive counter attacking move. The best chance of the half went to Matt Phillips. A speculative bobbling ball managed to get through 2 Exeter players to reach Matt Poole. He drove into the D but his shot was saved and the rebounding ball fell nicely to Phillips. With the keeper on the floor he looked certain to make it one nil but blazed the ball just over the bar. The rest of the half continued as a very open, end to end affair with both teams struggling to find that killer blow in the final third. Half time and the message was more of the same.

 

The second half proceeded just as first had, with both teams pressing hard but both defences holding strong. Poole and Phillips went close and Exeter also saw shots saved and go narrowly wide. A short corner 2 minutes from time looked ominous for Bristol, however an impressive run out one from Charlie Fry saw the flick charged down and the game ended 0-0. An uninspiring result but by no means a bore draw. Bristol left Exeter happy with the point and buoyed by the fact they had competed so well against the table topping side.

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University of Bristol Mens 1st XI vs ECV Hornets

13 December 2011 at 15:18

 

For the final match of the term Bristol travelled to newly promoted ECV Hornets in Exeter for what would prove to be a trickier than expected fixture.

From the off it was clear the pitch rather than the opponents would prove the greater challenge, the slippy conditions underfoot made turning difficult and hence it took a while for Bristol to get going. The uni team did manage to pepper the home keeper witha number of shots early on, but too many flashed wide rather than persistently pressuring the keeper. This lack of clinical finishing meant that ECV broke the deadlock first when one of their veterans was allowed to stroll up field as Bristol wrecklessly dived in. Parity was soon restored when a trademark Malthouse flick couldn’t be stopped by the defender on the line. Bristol could’ve claimed the lead had it not been for a more than interesting decision from the umpire as he judged Dave Bates shot to be outside the attacking D. The lead was captured as a foot on the line from Hornets gave Bristol a penalty stroke which was cooly converted by Matt Poole. This should have spurred Bristol on to rack up the score but from the restart Hornets again made the most of the uni teams lazy defending and drew level. Bristol did regain the lead before the half as skipper Phillips slid one past the keeper.

At half time the message from coach Mo and captain Phillips was to play simple and defend better. However this evidently fell on deaf ears as Bristol persisted to lose possession, often in dangerous areas. This wasn’t helped by the centre back pairing of Brown and Brazell slipping continuously as if on ice but Richards, returning from Miami was solid in the net when the Hornets capitalised on a quite literal slip up at the back. Bizarrely it was a short corner that gave Hornets parity as the ball got caught up in the keeper’s pads and Hornets were the quicker to tuck the ball home. It is fair to say this gave Bristol the shock they needed and they began playing with greater impetus. Matt Poole added to his earlier goal as he met a well weighted pass to dink the ball over the on-rushing keeper. Bristol were making the most as spaces opened up in the Hornets defence and the home sides lack of discipline reduced them to ten. The students had more space now to play their passing style of hockey and dividends came as they won a succession of short corners, one of which fresher Malthouse converted to give himself a brace.

The game eventually fizzed out with Bristol happy to secure the valuable 3 points before Christmas which keeps 3rd place secure and the pressure on Firebrands.

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University of Bristol Mens 1st XI vs ECV Hornets

13 December 2011 at 15:18

 

For the final match of the term Bristol travelled to newly promoted ECV Hornets in Exeter for what would prove to be a trickier than expected fixture.

From the off it was clear the pitch rather than the opponents would prove the greater challenge, the slippy conditions underfoot made turning difficult and hence it took a while for Bristol to get going. The uni team did manage to pepper the home keeper witha number of shots early on, but too many flashed wide rather than persistently pressuring the keeper. This lack of clinical finishing meant that ECV broke the deadlock first when one of their veterans was allowed to stroll up field as Bristol wrecklessly dived in. Parity was soon restored when a trademark Malthouse flick couldn’t be stopped by the defender on the line. Bristol could’ve claimed the lead had it not been for a more than interesting decision from the umpire as he judged Dave Bates shot to be outside the attacking D. The lead was captured as a foot on the line from Hornets gave Bristol a penalty stroke which was cooly converted by Matt Poole. This should have spurred Bristol on to rack up the score but from the restart Hornets again made the most of the uni teams lazy defending and drew level. Bristol did regain the lead before the half as skipper Phillips slid one past the keeper.

At half time the message from coach Mo and captain Phillips was to play simple and defend better. However this evidently fell on deaf ears as Bristol persisted to lose possession, often in dangerous areas. This wasn’t helped by the centre back pairing of Brown and Brazell slipping continuously as if on ice but Richards, returning from Miami was solid in the net when the Hornets capitalised on a quite literal slip up at the back. Bizarrely it was a short corner that gave Hornets parity as the ball got caught up in the keeper’s pads and Hornets were the quicker to tuck the ball home. It is fair to say this gave Bristol the shock they needed and they began playing with greater impetus. Matt Poole added to his earlier goal as he met a well weighted pass to dink the ball over the on-rushing keeper. Bristol were making the most as spaces opened up in the Hornets defence and the home sides lack of discipline reduced them to ten. The students had more space now to play their passing style of hockey and dividends came as they won a succession of short corners, one of which fresher Malthouse converted to give himself a brace.

The game eventually fizzed out with Bristol happy to secure the valuable 3 points before Christmas which keeps 3rd place secure and the pressure on Firebrands.

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University of Bristol Ladies 1st XI Vs Exe

11 December 2011 at 16:04

Saturday the 3rd of December dawned. There was an air of anticipation and excitement hovering over the dingle as we made our way out to take on Exeter in our penultimate game before Christmas. A combination of inspirational Youtube videos and constructive criticisms/ general abuse from Ian had prepared us for anything that they could throw at us. However, things were looking a little shaky until Farrah was allowed a fraction too much time on the top of the D and successfully thumped the ball straight between their keeper's legs. It was by no means plain sailing though- i don't think i was the only one momentarily confused when both Barts and Polly were playing up front whilst Evans was in defence...??! It didn't stop Carter (top goal scorer for the 1s by the way) doing what she does best- topping the ball so successfully that it bobbles with brilliant unpredictability into the back of the net. Special mention must go to Parge whos ninja skills in goal made things a lot easier, earning herself MOM. Another win against a team above us in the league, now we just need to work out how to beat the bad ones! As for DOD... suffice to say that me writing this match report is revealing of who earned that covetable award- luckily my laptop is just about to run out of battery so there's no time to explain what sacrificial service of pure good will for the team earned it!

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University of Bristol Ladies 1st XI Vs Exe

11 December 2011 at 16:04

Saturday the 3rd of December dawned. There was an air of anticipation and excitement hovering over the dingle as we made our way out to take on Exeter in our penultimate game before Christmas. A combination of inspirational Youtube videos and constructive criticisms/ general abuse from Ian had prepared us for anything that they could throw at us. However, things were looking a little shaky until Farrah was allowed a fraction too much time on the top of the D and successfully thumped the ball straight between their keeper's legs. It was by no means plain sailing though- i don't think i was the only one momentarily confused when both Barts and Polly were playing up front whilst Evans was in defence...??! It didn't stop Carter (top goal scorer for the 1s by the way) doing what she does best- topping the ball so successfully that it bobbles with brilliant unpredictability into the back of the net. Special mention must go to Parge whos ninja skills in goal made things a lot easier, earning herself MOM. Another win against a team above us in the league, now we just need to work out how to beat the bad ones! As for DOD... suffice to say that me writing this match report is revealing of who earned that covetable award- luckily my laptop is just about to run out of battery so there's no time to explain what sacrificial service of pure good will for the team earned it!

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University of Bristol Ladies 1st XI Vs Exe

11 December 2011 at 16:04

Saturday the 3rd of December dawned. There was an air of anticipation and excitement hovering over the dingle as we made our way out to take on Exeter in our penultimate game before Christmas. A combination of inspirational Youtube videos and constructive criticisms/ general abuse from Ian had prepared us for anything that they could throw at us. However, things were looking a little shaky until Farrah was allowed a fraction too much time on the top of the D and successfully thumped the ball straight between their keeper's legs. It was by no means plain sailing though- i don't think i was the only one momentarily confused when both Barts and Polly were playing up front whilst Evans was in defence...??! It didn't stop Carter (top goal scorer for the 1s by the way) doing what she does best- topping the ball so successfully that it bobbles with brilliant unpredictability into the back of the net. Special mention must go to Parge whos ninja skills in goal made things a lot easier, earning herself MOM. Another win against a team above us in the league, now we just need to work out how to beat the bad ones! As for DOD... suffice to say that me writing this match report is revealing of who earned that covetable award- luckily my laptop is just about to run out of battery so there's no time to explain what sacrificial service of pure good will for the team earned it!

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University of Bristol Ladies 1st XI Vs Exe

11 December 2011 at 16:04

Saturday the 3rd of December dawned.

There was an air of anticipation and excitement hovering over the dingle as we made our way out to take on Exeter in our penultimate game before Christmas. A combination of inspirational Youtube videos and constructive criticisms/ general abuse from Ian had prepared us for anything that they could throw at us. However, things were looking a little shaky until Farrah was allowed a fraction too much time on the top of the D and successfully thumped the ball straight between their keeper's legs. It was by no means plain sailing though- i don't think i was the only one momentarily confused when both Barts and Polly were playing up front whilst Evans was in defence...??! It didn't stop Carter (top goal scorer for the 1s by the way) doing what she does best- topping the ball so successfully that it bobbles with brilliant unpredictability into the back of the net. Special mention must go to Parge whos ninja skills in goal made things a lot easier, earning herself MOM. Another win against a team above us in the league, now we just need to work out how to beat the bad ones! As for DOD... suffice to say that me writing this match report is revealing of who earned that covetable award- luckily my laptop is just about to run out of battery so there's no time to explain what sacrificial service of pure good will for the team earned it!

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University of Bristol Men's 2nd XI vs University of Bristol Men's 4th XI

07 December 2011 at 13:36

After watching the 1’s go out of the cup in such an unlucky way the game already had a sorry feel about it from our point of view. But that being said we are gentleman and showed a stiff upper lip for our fallen colleagues and vowed to not let the same horrific result happen to us. We did however do our best to fail in that vow.
            Game starts and within 1 minute, Rucko has fallen arse over heels and the ball ends up striking a foot on its way to goal and the 4’s have a penalty flick. An undeserved life line was thrown our way as Paris put the ball wide (Gilbert will say he had it covered). Well we did start to played our beloved sport with a bit more ability after that but admittedly improvement wasn’t hard.

            So forgetting the start it still wasn’t great! But with us playing more as a team we began to leave our half where we had been camped for the first 15 minutes. With Dom Oliver leading the press we began to steal the ball higher and higher up the pitch, and pretty soon created a chance which Captain Phillips scored more clinically then fresher Shandy on social.

Half time consisted of many deserved stern words about our start and the inevitable Dom Oliver’s bottle shuffling, and a distinct lack of jelly babies, which once located Scott Darroch found rather addictive during the second-half.

Game resumes with us leading 1-0 after a tough first half, but now with the big bad Wazzer and Rucko distributing the ball swiftly around the back, we looked like we had turned up at last. The fitness levels also began to show with the insides and forwards making good leads and losing their markers with ease, but unfortunately we never really looked like scoring again.

However after a defensive lapse and a quickly taken long corner I found myself in the D and somehow despite the horrific altitude sickness I was felling as I was on the attacking goal line (I felt a nosebleed coming on!) I somehow passed the ball to Richard Nuttall who finished with a shot to the bottom corner which was not going to scare the land speed record holders anytime soon.
            Game finished 2 – 0 to us, with a few highlights including Dom Oliver blind passing through his legs, and attempting to join the 4’s for their halftime team talk. Fresher Sam Hart for falling over with no one anywhere near him “twisting his ankle” and having to be subbed. Scott Darroch for an, “if I’m going down, I’m taking you down with me!” moment as he got hit in a strong tackle. But not even these wer enough to save me from being stupid enough to pass to the centre forward and miss the ball completely on a back to the injector short corner routine!

Special mention to Ali Mac; for top work rate and performance

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University of Bristol Men's 2nd XI vs UWE

07 December 2011 at 13:35

After much talk of how many on the side had never lost to our polytechnique neighbours or held impressive win to loss ratios we started complacently. And after an uncharacteristically solid first 5 minutes were holding our own against the poly’s.
            However after the frustrating trend of umpires failing to notice offenses against us continuing the ball is dribbled into the D and from close range Callum makes a good save, and the ball ricochets straight back at the attackers feet, which it duly struck then bounced of his foot into his chest and away from the surrounding defenders, where he then swatted the ball past a stranded Callum. 0 – 1.
            But after the first 25 minutes the game looked like anybodies with the play being worked well through the centre and wide areas of the pitch. However in a spell of 10 minutes the game ran away from us. Poor tackling allowed a UWE player to beat 3 defenders with the same move to then pass round the goalie for an easy tap in. Secondly, poor marking allowed an inside to walk into the D deflect a crash ball home for UWE’s 3rd. Then a powerful shot from the top of the D got past Callum. 0 – 4.
            The second half was much improved and with excellent work rate for Woody Macca and Dom we held well against the oncoming attacks and were able to form some of our own. Good chances fell to Scott, Josh, Howells and Patricia but they all failed to beat the keeper. The goalless half I think is as much to do with UWE squandering their chances as much as us snuffing them out.
            Special mention to Will Summers for yet another solid game at full back. Also to Greg Meadway who fractured his collar bone during the game.

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