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The Ladies 1s second trip to the seaside

29 October 2013 at 18:32

The 1s made a long, laborious trip to the seaside, to face Teign. The game started off well with four goals in the first half, including a classy reverse goal from fresher Lowri, and two from Preston. Just before the half time whistle, a passage of slick passing by Bristol cut through the Teign defence and was finished off with a goal from fresher Rachel.

The beginning of the second half was slightly delayed as we waited for Ali to do up Fresher Rachel’s shoelaces for her as we all watched on in disbelief. This set the tone for the half as our goal scoring ability diminished, if not being partly due to an umpire who had seemed to have lost his whistle…  Unfortunately Teign came back and scored three goals before the game was put to bed by a strike from Preston giving a final score of 5-3.

Chwaraewraig y gem: Ali Oliver

Pidyn y diwrnod: Fresher Rachel 

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Nuttall's Army's Promotion Express chugs past Minehead in 3-2 win

29 October 2013 at 17:35

Bristol University 2nd XI dug out a hard-fought win in Minehead on Saturday 26th October. The final result was 3-2 with Adam Stephens scoring a p-flick in the dying minutes. 

Bristol, despite being in great form recently, struggled to play their best hockey and made it really hard for themselves. Chris Catto made an outrageous pick above his head in the first 30 seconds only to receive a yellow card. The umpire did clearly not appreciate the immense skill on show. This was not an ideal start.

The game ebbed and flowed with Bristol’s lack of discipline really holding them back, much like Max Dutton is held back by his shit chat. Goals were scored by Jack “I hurt my hamstring but still made it to motion” Vellacott and Fresher Ted Crocker. But the game stayed at 2-2 until the dying minutes.

Micheal Batstone had a decent game but he still seems to be better at watching hockey than he is at playing it. Other notable performances were put in by Jack “I love Syndicate” Britt and Mikey “Coach” Pelmore. 

Later Stephens shotgunned and scored a p-flick, somewhat generously awarded by the umpire. Bristol tried to “park the bus” but came under huge pressure from Minehead. When a short corner was awarded during the final play of the game Toby Lane chose the wrong moment to tell the umpire a bad joke.

The umpire did not find said joke funny, infact it was so unfunny that Toby Lane received a yellow card.

            Luckily Minehead did not score from the resulting short corner and Bristol emerged victorious to go top of the league.

            As our team spirit is so great in the 2s at present people cant seem to think for themselves when voting for DoD and have awarded it to the largely innocent Chris Catto on far too many occasions.

 

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2s lose 3-2 to Cardiff Met in umpiring debacle

29 October 2013 at 17:24

After a 3 hour wait in Cardiff Met’s student union,  Bristol 2s were met with a slight confusion regarding umpires. Cardiff met had failed to provide their umpires, giving Bristol the chance to play the game with two not fully qualified ‘umpires’, or drive back earl and secure the 3 points. After 3 hours of waiting it was axiomatic that we accepted the challenge.

The game started quite slowly for us. Our defence established a strong connection, transferring the ball around the back smoothly and efficiently. The connection between the defence and the midfield however was not as strong as I can and has been in the past. After a couple of turnovers of possession where the oppositions attackers managed to intercept passes, our midfield dropped back and started making quick leads which resurrected the bond between themselves and defence.

Passes from defence from to our attackers were ambitious but pragmatic. Battstone, Beasley and Velacott were on the end of some sharp balls pinged from Wooldridge and Lane in defence. Once delivered, our attackers worked in groups of two’s and three’s penetrating the D, holding the ball up for the midfield to arrive enabling shots on goal which hadn’t yet proved to be successful.  The attacking press on their defence was tight and organised. They had the advantage of the aerial which beat our press a number of times. This however was dealt with appropriately with our midfield and defence, with Catto plucking it out of the air for another counter attack.

We were the first team to concede a short corner. The defender who had been chucking aerials waddled to the top of D, and showed us that he had quite the drag flick. Here came our first goal conceded.

After half time and jelly babies, we came out with a clearer idea of how we to beat this opposition. The attackers hung back off the defenders instead of diving in which pressurised their defence well. Although beneficial at first, this gave them more time to pick out passes which cut through our midfield. Our defence became braver with their passes and one on ones. This saw some pressing up the pitch, such as J. Brit, stretching their midfield and attack and creating space which gave plenty of room for the midfielders to work with. An attack that developed down the right hand side saw Wilson and Smith linking up providing Beasley with the chance to score to slot in our first goal. Shortly after, our second goal came from Josh Moore, where turnover outside the D saw a quick pass towards the goal, where a scrap ensued which resulted in a goal for us.

Cardiff met came back strong. Their main channel of attack was down the middle which took us by surprise. The constant bombardment eventually saw them sneak a goal 5 minutes from the end, from a hard ball into the D followed by a tap in from their attackers. A draw sadly seemed to be in sight, yet we conceded a short corner in the last minute. That defender stepped upto the top of the D, and slotted yet another drag flick into our net. This saw the final score as 3-2 to Cardiff Met, an unjust victory that should have gone the other way, discouraged by the last minute umpires.

Although a loss, it gave us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and increase the quality of bond between the three groups of players on the pitch, improving our game in the long run. 

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2s lose 3-2 to Cardiff Met in umpiring debacle

29 October 2013 at 17:24

After a 3 hour wait in Cardiff Met’s student union,  Bristol 2s were met with a slight confusion regarding umpires. Cardiff met had failed to provide their umpires, giving Bristol the chance to play the game with two not fully qualified ‘umpires’, or drive back earl and secure the 3 points. After 3 hours of waiting it was axiomatic that we accepted the challenge.

The game started quite slowly for us. Our defence established a strong connection, transferring the ball around the back smoothly and efficiently. The connection between the defence and the midfield however was not as strong as I can and has been in the past. After a couple of turnovers of possession where the oppositions attackers managed to intercept passes, our midfield dropped back and started making quick leads which resurrected the bond between themselves and defence.

Passes from defence from to our attackers were ambitious but pragmatic. Battstone, Beasley and Velacott were on the end of some sharp balls pinged from Wooldridge and Lane in defence. Once delivered, our attackers worked in groups of two’s and three’s penetrating the D, holding the ball up for the midfield to arrive enabling shots on goal which hadn’t yet proved to be successful.  The attacking press on their defence was tight and organised. They had the advantage of the aerial which beat our press a number of times. This however was dealt with appropriately with our midfield and defence, with Catto plucking it out of the air for another counter attack.

We were the first team to concede a short corner. The defender who had been chucking aerials waddled to the top of D, and showed us that he had quite the drag flick. Here came our first goal conceded.

After half time and jelly babies, we came out with a clearer idea of how we to beat this opposition. The attackers hung back off the defenders instead of diving in which pressurised their defence well. Although beneficial at first, this gave them more time to pick out passes which cut through our midfield. Our defence became braver with their passes and one on ones. This saw some pressing up the pitch, such as J. Brit, stretching their midfield and attack and creating space which gave plenty of room for the midfielders to work with. An attack that developed down the right hand side saw Wilson and Smith linking up providing Beasley with the chance to score to slot in our first goal. Shortly after, our second goal came from Josh Moore, where turnover outside the D saw a quick pass towards the goal, where a scrap ensued which resulted in a goal for us.

Cardiff met came back strong. Their main channel of attack was down the middle which took us by surprise. The constant bombardment eventually saw them sneak a goal 5 minutes from the end, from a hard ball into the D followed by a tap in from their attackers. A draw sadly seemed to be in sight, yet we conceded a short corner in the last minute. That defender stepped upto the top of the D, and slotted yet another drag flick into our net. This saw the final score as 3-2 to Cardiff Met, an unjust victory that should have gone the other way, discouraged by the last minute umpires.

Although a loss, it gave us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and increase the quality of bond between the three groups of players on the pitch, improving our game in the long run. 

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2s hit Vale for to warm the coals for promotion express

29 October 2013 at 17:22

 

            After a tense but satisfying 4-3 win against Bridgwater the Univesity of Bristol Mens 2nd XI travelled to Taunton Vale eager to play some free flowing hockey. And being the gentleman that they are they did not disappoint.

            After listening to copious amounts of Enrique Iglesias on the drive down they were confident that nothing could go wrong. (thank god their hockey is better than their singing voices).

            Bristol started brightly and managed to gain control of the midfield with Jack Thorpe, Chris Catto and Fresher Tom Smith linking nicely.  The defence were also performing well with Chris Wilson grafting almost as hard on the pitch as he did on Fresher Waitrose last Wednesday, having varying results on both accounts.

            Soon the goals started to flow with Micheal Batstone, Matt Beasley and Jacques Fellacott all netting good team goals. Jack Thorpe then picked up the ball in midfield and turned to find the Taunton Vale defence parted like the Red Sea. He strolled, almost as casually as Ted Rowntree does death these days, into the d and slotted the ball bottom left.

            4-0 and Bristol really started playing well with the only blip coming when Big Pete Wooldridge broke their captians collar bone by just looking at him, pretty scary stuff.

            After half time Chris Catto banged in a “backspace” goal with a little help from their defence and it slips my mind who scored the sixth goal but I have it on good authority that it did happen. (apologies to the scorer).

            Whilst it may not sound like it above there were actually 2 teams playing this game and Taunton Vale had their moment(s) of brilliance aswell. Their best part of attacking play came when Chris Catto started high and posted up a la every coaching manual ever. He received the ball strong , rolled out and spotted a Taunton Vale striker through on goal and promptly played a delicious ball to him. Fortunately a goal was averted but it was nice of Catto to let Taunton have some fun aswell.

            All in all a successful game and I leave you with some words from Enrique Iglesias :  “I can be your hero Baby” . 

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1s vs the weekend of the 26th

28 October 2013 at 15:58

1s vs. the weekend of the 26th

 

26th vs. Exeter 2’s (Home fixture played away)

 

A poor start to the game meant Bristol took an early 3-0 setback. Despite a spirited fight back in the 2nd half, the damage of the early goals was too much for the UBMHC to overcome. Final score, 5-2 loss.

 

Special mention to Max Dutton who had the late call up to the 1s Friday evening after an injury, playing outstandingly, earning a well deserved MoM.

 

27th vs. Taunton Vale (Home)

 

The ever so friendly Taunton Vale team turned up an hour and a half early before push back, ready for the game at a stormy Dingle. The early bird caught the worm with Vale occupying the home dugout before Bristol had even made it to the pitch.

 

Against the run of play, Vale nicked the first goal. This did not deter Bristol who stuck to the game plan and waited for their turn. Using their superior fitness and great match intellect, Bristol found their stride and started moving the ball very nicely. The forward movement was fluid, and chances came frequently. With goals from Arthur, Tarn, Jordan and Felix, Bristol saw the game out comfortably.

 

With top performances from numerous players including Arthur and Batstone, Felix Ward took MoM for his outstanding flicking and attacking prowess down the right side.

 

Final score, 4-1 win.

Alun would like to take this opportunity to apologise for writing such terrible match reports. 

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Fresher Arthur sees yellow whilst 4s lose to South Gloucester

28 October 2013 at 14:45

On Sunday the 20th October 2013 phase 2 of the UBMHC 4th XI double header weekend commenced at 11:30 against the infamous south Gloucestershire. Playing on our home ground Coombe Dingle spirits were high and a strong win was desired by the whole team. The beginning of the match saw high ball speed in the transfers from John Howarth, Felix Wisby, and Hugo Catmur, holding the defence with the grip of an 10 iron fists. Channels were being sought after with ali smith, shandy and matt Collins making countless leads, the team were able to dominate in south gloucestershires half for a good fifteen minutes at the beginning of the match, utilizing the full press and forcing south to give the ball away from the incessant pressing and marking. With this hard fought pressure Bristol were able to obtain a short corner, with a heartfelt injection from Shandy the ball was whipped to Johnny barton who calmly slotted a deserved goal into the bottom left hand corner.

The rest of the half was not as plain sailing as the team might have liked, with some horrendous and unnecessary one handed tackles escaping deserved penalization. The team were being held at a half court press, whilst transfers continued channels were trying to be forced and little success rate. A frustrated Johnny Barton passed a ball high and right shouting “why is no one there”. A point that had to be made with the sacrifice of losing possession.  A swift counter from South Gloucestershire saw them into half time drawing 1 all with Bristol.

A concise 5 point half time talk was given to the team, addressing some much needed issues such as the tackling and forced channels. With this fresh in Bristols minds they once again stepped up to pushback. The halftime talk seemed to be in vain with some absentminded play coming into action. However on a counter Bristol were able to secure another short corner. A sly slip right saw to a score of 2-1 to Bristol. What seemed to be a stellar afternoon soon became a flat and static mess. South Gloucestershire’s able central midfield was able to run through a defense, ending up with a reverse stick into the back of the net, in hindsight a respected goal for South Gloucestershire. At 2-2 in the match with 20 minutes to go, the team kept pushing but unfortunately could not find a that finish that Bristol needed. Which was not helped by a nameless Bristol player being sent off for a duration of 5 minutes, the team held strong during this time, but in another swift counter attack south Gloucestershire were able to score another goal. The team were reminded by our keeper melon whether we wanted this game or not. The match ended with another goal to south Gloucestershire, making the final score a 4-2 defeat.

Many positives were pointed out by our fresher coach Mikey Pelmore, pointing out that there was some great hockey played by the team, with strong transfers, a solid structure, and good leads. Positives that can be carried forward and negatives that can improve will see this mighty team triumphant in its next conquest.

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4s lose 1-0 to UWE 3s in close fought grudge match

28 October 2013 at 14:31

For the first time this season the 4th team faced up against our mentally challenged neighbours, UWE. We play them a grand total of 5 times this season so we needed to prove our dominance and show we wouldn’t roll over for them. First and foremost though we needed to sort out travel arrangements, due to the current deficiency of drivers in the UBMHC the number 16 bus was to be called upon to transport (albeit rather slowly) a select few players.

 

Once the game got underway both teams pressed very aggressively and threatened to score. Bristol had some good distribution and the high leads from the forwards were looking strong. A couple of decisions didn’t quite go our way in the final third and we failed to convert on a couple of other decent opportunities. Then about 20 minutes in UWE caught us on the break and a couple of slow rotations from midfield left us overloaded in defence. Their striker drove down the left hand side and with a bit of good individual skill found his way past Shandy and Jack Howard. He found the gap between melon’s legs and our very own Fresher Hugo gave it a helping knock into our goal.

 

From that point the momentum swung into their favour and we failed to really get a good grip of the ball in the centre of the park. Going into half time slightly deflated we really needed to up the intensity and the desire in order to win the game. We had some very strong moments of play in the second half and managed to defend well to keep the deficit to only one goal. This included some great saves from Melon and a ruthless work rate from Mikey Lunn. In the end we failed to find an equaliser.

 

MOTM: Chris Pilcher. Great work in midfield, strong work rate and looked threatening on the offensive

 

Thanks for Coming: Shandy. For foolishly picking a nightm-aerial above head height and knowing exactly what he was doing even as it happened.

 

Points for Improvement:

 

·         Getting the ball out of defence against a full press

·         Upgrading and converting chances in the opposing third. Only 1 PC

·         Leads and re-leads in midfield to create space for passing channels.

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3s lose 1-0 away at Bath Buccs

27 October 2013 at 19:37

After our inspiring mid-week win in Wales, followed by our dear leaders less than inspiring performance at social, Deeyam’s mighty Thirds voyaged south to face the might of Bath Bucs. Whilst 3 cars may have left the bright lights of Roo Bar, only 2 cars had safely arrived in Bath with 5 minutes to go until push-back. Bryce’s attempts to explain why Richardson had taken a wrong turn along the M4 were unfortunately lost due to lack of a Scouse translator. However, despite these shenanigans, we did manage to start the match with 11 Johns. The early stages may have involved lots of prodding and probing, but unfortunately not one John stepped forward to deliver the killer strike. Some incredible solo skills from Bryce led to a one-on-one with their keeper…only for Josh to hit the floor before the ball and scupper the chance. Ian’s technical nous was obvious from the start as we alternated between half and full press to great success, and managed to convince their left back that he actually was a rabbit. Despite the promising start, we somehow managed to concede before half time. Some may tell stories of 3 fouls being committed before the goal, however after Elston’s email about etiquette towards referees even Angry Fresher didn’t complain. The game resumed and we continued our composed domination of possession. Chances came and chances went. The final whistle confirmed the 1-0 loss. The notoriously good Bath Bucs match teas were the only consolation for the desolate team. That is except for Barton, who stupidly forgot to bring the correct attire for an establishment like Bath’s prestigious golf club. The silly John sat in his car waiting to drive home as the rest of the team ate, only for John Steele to reveal that he had also received DOD. We look forward our return to fortress Dingle

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3s win 6-0 in Town vs. Gown affair

27 October 2013 at 19:36

Fresh on the back of the second win, the BUCS table topping 3rd
desperate to get some points on the board in the Saturday league. In a clash of 
Town vs Gown, Firebrands arrived at Fortress Dingle on a mild but somewhat 
wet afternoon, as forecast by Fresher Weatherman. We were put on the shastro 
due to some second rate wockey club match (apparently involving more than 
one international). With only a squad of 14 the team got off in typical 3rds 
fashion, a relatively slow start, which left us arguably second best for the first 10 
minutes.
As the first half settled down, so did we – the team started to play simple, quick, 
fast flowing hockey. Our superior passing and movement ensured we had more 
of the ball throughout. With the ball regularly going from our own 16 into the 
opposition D in a matter of seconds. PHD Fresh Josh and Steel quickly getting 
the ball out to OZ ‘the hat-trick dodger’ Turnbull and Fresher George. Due to the 
stacking from the forwards and movement of the midfield, we were regularly 
able to give forward balls up the channels into dangerous areas in and around 
the D. And it was here we made it count in my eyes more than ever. With all 
forward players getting quick shots off or winning short corners.
The team showed unbelievable efficiency in finishing, the ironically named ‘Matt 
King’ short corner routine was scored on, I believe, 4 occasions out of 5 
attempts? Meaning the team continued to keep the score board ticking over 
throughout the game. With each goal the heads of the Firebrands dropped lower 
and lower, meaning their movement, which can only be described at average 
at best, got lesser and lesser. Each time the Firebrands broke it was either 
intercepted or reclaimed by a tackle (some of which were right at the limit of 
what is legal in hockey, including my own personal sliding tackle through the 
back of their best player which earnt him a yellow, myself Dick of the Day and 
the pleasure of writing this report). Goddard played without mistake, when 
occasionally called into play he did what was required of him.
The quality of our performance can be confirmed by the behavior of many of the 
Firebrands team who found themselves close to tears on numerous occasions; 
despite being a tiring team we continued to push forwards ending the game 
with 6 goals without reply. Had we played another 10 minutes I am sure we 
would of rattled in a couple more, most probably into the roof of the net of the 
net via deflection. Goals came from Josh ‘Smurf Night’ Bryce, Fresher Tom, Pete 
Elworthy, Deeyam ‘I only score on the reverse stick’ Patel, Jonny Barton and 
the now prolific short corner specialist/poacher Oz Turnbull. MoM went to PhD 
Fresh Josh for a quality game at the back
Gentlejohns it was honestly a pleasure – I must say the feeling of a Saturday win 
is an extremely pleasant one. Lets use these Saturday matches to continue to 
build momentum into our promotion battle in BUCS.
Fresher George.
PS if anybody can get me Lucy Balicki’s actual number I am willing to reward 
financially.

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