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UBLHC Report Term One Report

18 January 2013 at 17:09

UBLHC Report


2012. The Olympic year where we saw our very own Old Bristolian Georgie Twigg, competing for Great Britain as part of the Team GB hockey squad in an enthralling pursuit to become Olympic Champions. Determination and a fighting spirit saw ‘Twiggy’, as she is known by her old Bristol team mates, and the rest of the GB squad claim a bronze medal in a nail biting match against New Zealand: a first in 20 years. With a newly dubbed Olympian as our very own poster girl, the University of Bristol’s Ladies Hockey Club was ready to begin another exciting season.

After a long summer, the two week challenge to get match fit for the first league games commenced: the girls put in a sterling effort, training twice a day, morning and evening, and attended extra Strength & Conditioning, ‘Boxercise’ and fitness testing sessions, to enable us to begin in the best shape possible. The turn out to preseason was extremely strong with more than 25 soon to be freshers attending, and with two full squads we championed over our opposition in the first ‘friendly’ of the season. The UBLHC 1st XI beat both Bath University and Milfield School in the annual round robin tournament and the 2nd XI succeeded in securing a win against Milfield, something they failed to do last year when they had to settle for a draw. The victory against Bath set the 1st XI up to take their BUCS league by storm; previous years have passed with Bath standing as the frontrunner leaving Bristol in their wake, but 2012 saw Bristol dominating their rivals, with another victory of 3-1 in November, leaving them 6 points behind in the Premier South league table. With narrow losses to Oxford and Exeter Universities the UBLHC 1st XI are currently sitting in 3rd place; whilst only one point behind in the BUCS league table, the 1st XI sights are set to encroach upon these two teams and end a strong season as deserving victors.

 

The 2nd XI are sitting in 2nd place amongst the Welsh contingent, fending off advances from Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan respectively, with Swansea 1st XI currently ahead of them in first place. With an unfortunate 1-0 loss to Cardiff University Medics 1st team, the girls are aiming to utilise their well drilled skill sets and monopolise the Medics in a revenge match, enabling them to put pressure on Swansea whilst leaving Cardiff flailing behind them in points. The last match of the term for the UBLHC 2nd team was a particular highlight for the girls when they came away with a 0-0 draw against the current leaders, something no other team managed to achieve against the Swansea side. Subsequently, the 2nd XI are targeting Leominster as the team to equal by the end of this forthcoming term, to secure themselves a place in the top 3 of their North Division League and be well clear of relegation. On a personal note, the 2nd XI are looking forward to facing BAC during our ‘midseason/preseason’ after coming away with a 2-2 draw previously. The week’s head start will ensure that the club as whole will come out hard and focused straight from the first whistle in January, helping us to start this term as we mean to go on: #winning. 

 

The 3rd XI have had a stormer of a first term in their BUCS league (Western 3A), exhibiting their slick stick skills and returning home with scores as high as 19-0. This impressive victory over Swansea 3rd XI  left the rest of the league table anxious to come up against the mighty force that is the Bristol 3s, and they continued to overcome team after team with 4-0, 3-1 and 5-1 wins against Southampton Solent 1st XI , Plymouth 2nd XI and Exeter 5th XI respectively. The narrow and unfortunate 3-1 loss to Exeter 4s places Bristol in 2nd place, closely behind their rivals. Fear not, this certainly won’t deter the girls as they have set their sights on knocking Exeter off the top spot (let’s be honest they’ve been there for too long...) and ending the season not only with an impressive goal count under their belts, but with knowledge that all their hard work paid off. On a similar note, the 3rd XI have been causing havoc every Saturday morning, scoring goals every other minute and displaying a vast goal count taken at the end of the first term. Having scored 66 goals whilst conceding only 9, the 3rd team are sure of promotion.

 

The 4th XI have had solid first term, producing wins against Cardiff Metropolitan, Cardiff and Gloucestershire Universities. A loss to the Royal Agricultural College puts our 4th XI just one position behind them in the league tables and with a minimal difference in points, the girls will be sure to use the approaching term to pressurise their opposition and push higher up the rankings.

 

As a new term approaches us, the UBLHC are not only psyching themselves up for victories all round, but are looking ahead to celebrating success with the University of Bristol Hockey Tour to... drum roll....Bournemouth Hockey Festival! If ‘Frogfest’ in 2011 and the Dublin tour last Easter are anything to go by, the girls will need to start assembling their fancy dress costumes now. Something which we are renowned for and our Alumni no doubt miss, the girls have donned some interesting costumes thus far this year! Various fancy dress themes this term saw the UBLHC embrace our weekly socials with enthusiasm: we saw Jane Fonda being put to shame on 80’s sports night, Winnie the Pooh & Co. making their debut appearance at SCORE (the students biggest sports night held at the O2 Academy), and several Eggs and Soldiers dipping in and out of our favourite haunts on the Triangle, whilst parading the friendly team spirit with which we pride ourselves, on and off the Astroturf.

 

So... 2 broken bones, 2 fat lips and 5 stitches later and the University of Bristol Ladies Hockey Club has reached the end of the first term in our challenge to push for promotion in both our BUCS and Western Leagues. With our targets in place for the upcoming term, we look to our new up and coming star, Joie Leigh, a 2nd year Geography student, for inspiration. Joie has recently been selected for the senior GB squad and will be jetting off to both Australia and Cape Town over the next couple of months with Team GB to do Bristol proud; we wish her the very best of luck and look forward to her return in February.

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