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Ladies 1s narrowly lose out against Bath

13 December 2013 at 12:40

On the fateful winters morning of the 11th December 2013, the troops of the UBLHC set off on their treacherous journey from the great city of Bristol and into enemy territory. The quest proved too much for some and the fresh car were diverted back towards Bristol after a rendition of the epic Christmas tune, Band Aid’s “Do they know it’s Christmas?” (the original, obviously) forced them to miss the exit to Bath. Upon arrival on enemy territory (all squad present) the journey continued due to Bath’s horrendous car parking but nevertheless, all soldiers arrived pumped and ready to go (apart from FresherIrishHelen, who got changed on the side of the pitch) with the help of our secret weapon, Mr Ian Cordwell.

 

With the dark fog descending upon the city of Bath, it seemed far too dangerous to engage in battle, yet in true UBLHC style, we prospered and the whistle blew for the war to commence. A strong performance from both sides proved a tough game and sadly, a cheeky drag flick from a short corner in the final seconds of the first half saw Bath go 1-0 up. More determined than ever, Bristol stepped back out onto the battlefield at the start of the second half with a vengeance. After some beautiful play from the midfield, the #mightymaroon attack stepped up, with a special mention to MoM Bevan who showed no mercy to Bath’s defence with some awesome speed, skill and power. A sublime pass from ChavvyFreshFrankie to KeenFreshRach saw a cross to Preston’s stick and the sloth striked again with a legendary goal. Tensions running high, Bath continued to put pressure on Bristol’s solid defence who, as always, prevented any kind of real threat. Then, sadly and unexpectedly, disaster struck as Bristol lost star forward, Steph, to a yellow card from an overly sensitive umpire, who had clearly got out on the wrong side of the bed that morning, and Steph was asked to ‘take a walk’. Yet the battle continued, more violent than ever. As always, a sterling performance from Rhian (world’s greatest Mum) showed true dedication in an act of sacrifice as she took a shot to the body and she fell, wounded. Yet miraculously, and in true UBLHC style, she proved she would not be defeated and arose; stick in hand, ready to defend Bristol’s honour. Later however, Bristol were forced to mourn another loss as our leader, CaptainCat, was mercilessly sent off after some ‘backchat’ to the umpire from CoachCordwell. Bristol and Bath continued their battle with a strong performance from both sides, yet sadly a break from Bath’s forward gave them the opportunity to score a second goal in the final five minutes of the game. In response, Bristol fought harder than ever but sadly it was not meant to be, and the #mightymaroon were forced to return back to Bristol, defeated.  

 

One day, we will return, and we will win. We shall never surrender. #onederful 

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Yamsters one win from promotion after latest BUCS win

09 December 2013 at 14:09

One Game away from Promotion.
 
Sitting on top of the table, with a 100% record, we were full of confidence and ready to start the return fixtures.  We however knew we were up against probably the second strongest team in the league. So we would have to fight for a win, which would put us probably only a game away from promotion. 
 
It was however the University of South Wales who came out fighting, all be it with a low blow to the face of Mikey Farquhar (who I must say is now looking beautiful). I really don’t know what he was thinking going for an arial in that situation, it was a big loss for us and meant the midfielders were all going to have to put in a real shift. 
 
Tempers started to build through the first half, with SW beginning to get more and more frustrated with some of the umpires decisions. It however, did not prevent them from scoring from a quick counter attack; which left their forward with plenty of time to pick his spot.  The cauldron had truly reached boiling point, when one of their players told to the umpire to ‘**** off’ (something I am sure a Gentleman of the UBMHC would never do), and subsequently left his team with 10 players for the rest of the match. This should have been enough for us to take control and play fast, quick and simple hockey as we know we can, and as their 10 men (no subs) tired we would take control.
 
We quickly made it 1-1 following a neat clinical finish from Rhys. However, it was not until well into the second half when we took the lead from a touch of magic from Captain Yam himself, saw him take it onto is reverse side (as he so often does) at the top of the D and strike it cleanly (which he less often does) and high into the goal, much to the relief (or more disbelief) of the team. Another goal followed with Rufus getting the final touch on a scrappy bit of play in their D with the keeping making some good saves, as he had done throughout. Now sitting 3 – 1 up, the flood gates could of opened and comprehensive score line could of followed, but instead we found ourselves with our backs against the wall, the defence stood strong and we rode out the pressure, 3-1 it finished.
 
MoM went to Oz (whom I am reliably informed thoroughly enjoyed rugby social later that evening, repeatedly proclaiming his love of the UBMHC), for a complete performance in the middle of defence where they rarely got a look in. Dod, went to myself as I got very familiar with the floor as I went to take a long corner and proceeded to fall flat on my arse (I have put some new Astro’s on the Christmas list).

George Jameson

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Yamsters put 8 past UWTSDS

09 December 2013 at 14:03

t is fair to say that UW Trinity St David Swansea turned up at fortress Dingle being the underdogs. Even though the talk was that we did not play our best it is fair to say that we showed why we are top of the league. At times passing was good and movement if not for the full 70 minutes however it proved to be enough to get an 8-0 win.

Houlder hardly put a foot wrong all game and deserved man of the match with his four goals, most of which were from close range and showed good finishing skill. Josh Bryce also had a good game scoring two however there were a few great moments. Firstly when he played rapid tennis with the opposition goal keeper, and secondly when he made a deflection which almost looked like he was playing for the defending team. Nonetheless you cannot complain with two goals and with a good show of skill well played Bryce. The other two goals were scored by Tom Wilson and Deeyam. Tom’s goal showed great courage as he slid in from the back post run and deflected the ball goal wards. Other notable performances came from Ben Steel who was keen to show the Captain he can play in midfield. He made some great runs up the middle and looked a threat whilst attacking. Matt Collins also put in some good shifts up front with his good pace proving to be difficult to handle. Dick of the day moment came from myself when I missed a chance that was far easier to score from than it was to miss, when the ball was crossed to me and with nobody within 5 metres of me I proceeded to sky the ball over the goal from about 2 metres away, looking like an idiot in the process. 

Overall the press was pretty effective and together with the cries from John Howarth of ‘aerial’ we forced their centre back to throw flicks left right and centre. We also managed to cut out many passes from 16s and created a lot of attacking opportunities from the press. However no doubt there will still be stuff to work on. Defence again looked solid as ever as the score will suggest. Melon who was nominated for man of the match only touched the ball once. As I said at the beginning we have shown how dominant we are in this league by easily beating our closest contenders by at least four goals. Results like this against the lower teams are only reinforcing this dominance. Lets hope the rest of the games go the same way and keep up the good work!!!

Fergus Black

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The Yamsters one game from promotion after latest BUCS win

09 December 2013 at 14:02

One Game away from Promotion.
 
Sitting on top of the table, with a 100% record, we were full of confidence and ready to start the return fixtures.  We however knew we were up against probably the second strongest team in the league. So we would have to fight for a win, which would put us probably only a game away from promotion. 
 
It was however the University of South Wales who came out fighting, all be it with a low blow to the face of Mikey Farquhar (who I must say is now looking beautiful). I really don’t know what he was thinking going for an arial in that situation, it was a big loss for us and meant the midfielders were all going to have to put in a real shift. 
 
Tempers started to build through the first half, with SW beginning to get more and more frustrated with some of the umpires decisions. It however, did not prevent them from scoring from a quick counter attack; which left their forward with plenty of time to pick his spot.  The cauldron had truly reached boiling point, when one of their players told to the umpire to ‘**** off’ (something I am sure a Gentleman of the UBMHC would never do), and subsequently left his team with 10 players for the rest of the match. This should have been enough for us to take control and play fast, quick and simple hockey as we know we can, and as their 10 men (no subs) tired we would take control.
 
We quickly made it 1-1 following a neat clinical finish from Rhys. However, it was not until well into the second half when we took the lead from a touch of magic from Captain Yam himself, saw him take it onto is reverse side (as he so often does) at the top of the D and strike it cleanly (which he less often does) and high into the goal, much to the relief (or more disbelief) of the team. Another goal followed with Rufus getting the final touch on a scrappy bit of play in their D with the keeping making some good saves, as he had done throughout. Now sitting 3 – 1 up, the flood gates could of opened and comprehensive score line could of followed, but instead we found ourselves with our backs against the wall, the defence stood strong and we rode out the pressure, 3-1 it finished.
 
MoM went to Oz (whom I am reliably informed thoroughly enjoyed rugby social later that evening, repeatedly proclaiming his love of the UBMHC), for a complete performance in the middle of defence where they rarely got a look in. Dod, went to myself as I got very familiar with the floor as I went to take a long corner and proceeded to fall flat on my arse (I have put some new Astro’s on the Christmas list).

George Jameson

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1s Ladies lose 4-0 against a vicious Cardiff side

02 December 2013 at 17:30

Unfortunately not the best game for the mighty maroon. The game started equally but a good fight from the Cardiff girls gave them an early goal and set us on the back foot. Where we stayed.

However, Cardiff became more and more frustrated as the match went on and after a wonderful tackle from Rhian, it meant their only option was to push her over, booooooo. Rhian having gone off due to a dodgy back, we were determined to set this nasty Cardiff team back in their place. However, a second goal for Cardiff before half time meant that going into the second half we weren't in the strongest position.

An unfortunate misplaced pass from us gave them the chance to score the third goal and they took the chance despite a wonderful dive from keeper, Martha. The fourth goal secured Cardiff's victory, 4-0. However, onwards and upwards, as the anticipation of that nights social kept team moral high right to the end. With Oxford away next week, we're determined to get back on our Winning Wednesday streak!

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Bristol Beat Bath A On Important Historical Date

02 December 2013 at 17:26

Bristol vs Bath Buccs A

For those who didn’t notice, this match took place almost exactly 699.5 years (699 years and 5 months to the day) after the battle of Bannockburn.  Given the importance of this battle, I thought I would share with you some choice words from a reliable source [Wikipedia].

“It was on the old road that the preliminary actions of the Battle of Bannockburn took place on Sunday, 23 June. For the English, things started to go wrong before the first blow had been struck. Sir Philip Mowbray, the commander of Stirling Castle, who had observed Bruce's preparations on the road, appeared in Edward's camp early in the morning, and warned of the dangers of approaching the Scots directly through the New Park.

Mowbray also pointed out that there was no need to force a battle, as Edward was now close enough to the castle to constitute a technical relief in terms of the agreement with Edward Bruce. But even if the king was disposed to act on Mowbray's advice, it was already too late; for he was showing signs of losing control of his formidable but unwieldy host.

The vanguard under the earls of Gloucester and Hereford, appointed to joint command by Edward after a quarrel about who would take the lead – a compromise that satisfied no one – were already closing in on the Scots from the south, advancing in the same reckless manner that had almost brought disaster at Falkirk. Following the line of the Roman road, they crossed the ford over the Bannockburn towards King Robert's division at the opening of the New Park.

Bruce defeats de Bohun, from a children's history book (1906)

There now occurred one of the most memorable episodes in Scottish history. Henry de Bohun, nephew of the Earl of Hereford, was riding ahead of his companions when he caught sight of the Scottish king riding at some distance away from his troops. De Bohun, no doubt hoping to win the day and personal glory by promptly dispatching Bruce, lowered his lance and launched a fatal charge. King Robert, mounted on a small palfrey, was unarmoured and carrying only a battle-axe.[22] As de Bohun's great war-horse thundered towards him, Bruce stood his ground, all the while watched with mounting anxiety by his own army. With the Englishman only feet away, Bruce turned his mount aside, avoided the lance, stood in his stirrups and smote the oncoming knight so hard and accurately with his axe that he split his adversary's helmet and head asunder, killing him instantly. This remarkable encounter became in a real sense a symbol of the imminent battle and of the war itself: the one side larger and heavily armed but lacking agility; the other highly mobile and employing opportunistic tactics. Rebuked by his commanders for the enormous risk he had taken, the king only expressed regret that he had broken the shaft of his axe.

Cheered by this heroic encounter, Bruce's division rushed forward to engage the main enemy force. For the English, so says the author of the Vita Edwardi Secundi (Life of Edward II), this was the beginning of their troubles. After some fierce fighting, in which the Earl of Gloucester was knocked off his horse, the knights of the vanguard were forced to retreat to the Tor Wood. The Scots, eager to pursue, were held back by the command of the king.

In the meantime, another English cavalry force under Robert Clifford and Henry de Beaumont skirted the Scottish position to the east and rode towards Stirling, advancing as far as St. Ninians. Bruce spotted the manoeuvre and ordered Randolph's schiltron to intercept.

Randolph's action was a foretaste of the main contest the following day: unsupported by archers, the horsemen were unable to make any impression on the Scots spearmen, precisely what had happened in the opening stages of Falkirk. The difference now was that the schiltrons had learnt mobility and how to keep formation at the same time. The English squadron was broken, some seeking refuge in the nearby castle, others fleeing back to the army. The captives included Sir Thomas Grey, whose son and namesake later based his account of the Battle of Bannockburn in his book, the Scalacronica, on his father's memories.

Second day of battle[edit]

An interpretation of the battle of Bannockburn-second day

The English army was still approaching Stirling from the south. Bruce's preparations had made the direct approach to Stirling too hazardous. Edward made the worst decision of all: he ordered the army to cross the Bannockburn to the east of the New Park.

Not long after daybreak on 24 June, the Scots spearmen began to move towards the English. Edward was surprised to see Robert's army emerge from the cover of the woods. As Bruce's army drew nearer, they paused and knelt in prayer. Edward is supposed to have said in surprise "They pray for mercy!" "For mercy, yes," one of his attendants replied, "But from God, not you. These men will conquer or die."[23]

One of the English earls, Gloucester, asked the king to hurry up, but the king accused him of cowardice. Angered, the earl mounted his horse and led the vanguard on a charge against the leading Scots spearmen, commanded by Edward Bruce. Gloucester, who according to some accounts had not bothered to don his surcoat, was killed in the forest of Scottish spears, along with some of the other knights. The very size and strength of the great army was beginning to work against the English king, as his army could not move quickly and lost a lot of time in getting into position.

Bruce then committed his whole Scots army to an inexorable bloody push into the disorganised English mass, fighting side by side across a single front. Edward's army was now so tightly packed that if a man fell, he risked being immediately crushed underfoot or suffocated and the English and Welsh longbowmen failed to get a clear shot in fear they might hit their own men. After some time they moved to the side of Douglas's division and began shooting into its left, but Robert the Bruce had anticipated this, and upon his command the Scottish 500-horse light cavalry under the MarischalSir Robert Keith dispersed them. The returning fleeing archers then caused the infantry itself to begin to flee.[24] Later the knights began to escape back across the Bannockburn.

With the English formations beginning to break, a great shout went up from the Scots, "Lay on! Lay on! Lay on! They fail!" This cry was heard by Bruce's camp followers, who promptly gathered weapons and banners and charged forward. To the English army, close to exhaustion, this appeared to be a fresh reserve and they lost all hope. The English forces north of the Bannockburn broke into flight. Some tried to cross the River Forth where most drowned in the attempt.[25] Others tried to get back across the Bannockburn, but as they ran, “tumbling one over the other” down the steep, slippery banks, a deadly crush ensued so that “men could pass dryshod upon the drowned bodies”.[26]

Retreat[edit]

Edward fled with his personal bodyguard, ending the remaining order in the army; panic spread and defeat turned into a rout. He arrived eventually at Dunbar Castle, from here he took ship to England. From the carnage of Bannockburn, the rest of the army tried to escape to the safety of the English border, ninety miles to the south. Many were killed by the pursuing Scottish army or by the inhabitants of the countryside that they passed through. Historian Peter Reese says that, "only one sizeable group of men—all footsoldiers—made good their escape to England."[9] These were a force of Welsh spearmen who were kept together by their commander, Sir Maurice de Berkeley, and the majority of them reached Carlisle.[9] Weighing up the available evidence, Reese concludes that "it seems doubtful if even a third of the footsoldiers returned to England."[9] Out of 16,000 infantrymen, this would give a total of about 11,000 killed. The English chronicler Thomas Walsingham gave the number of English men-at-arms who were killed as 700,[7] while 500 more men-at-arms were spared for ransom.[27] The Scottish losses appear to have been comparatively light, with only two knights among those killed” (Wikipedia, 2013)

On Saturday we beat Team Bath Buccs A 4-2 with goals from Felix (an awesome short corner flicked into the top corner), Tarn (selfishly scoring), Tarn (again not sharing the goals) and me (calm finish under the ‘keeper.  Moments before the final goal by your correspondent, I somehow managed to miss an open goal from about 3 yards out after great play by Matthew Poole.

At 3-0 at half time, we would have expected a far better final result, but Bath got better, and we got worse. Managing to hold out was very important, and we should good character in not letting the situation get to us.  Having beaten Plymouth last week 3 points against Bristol UWE next week will put us in a really strong position as we move towards the xmas break.

Bibliography

Wikipedia, 2013. Battle of Bannockburn. [Online]
Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bannockburn
[Accessed 26 11 2013].

 

 

 

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The Yams put 13 past Bath to continue their winning streak

02 December 2013 at 13:07

So the (inevitable) time has come for Captain Yam himself to write a match report, which some would say is surprisingly late in the season given the DoD nominations I’ve received. Fortunately, I was regularly saved by a Fresher/Josh Bryce band-wagon, but alas not this time. 
 
The game started in peculiar circumstances as Bath Buccs D had decided upon coming with no subs and without a keeper, how very bold of them. But their somewhat cockiness was entirely unfounded as this Yam XI was on the back of a 5 game winning and looking to push on up the Saturday league. Learning from the mistakes from the game at Bath against their C team (where we were about as clinical as Josh Bryce on Wednesday nights before this week), we set out from the off looking to dominate and not stoop to their level. 
 
With ample pre-match entertainment provided as Fresher Matt Collins retold how he and the aforementioned Bryce ended up in the same house on Wednesday night, a sharp warm-up followed and we were underway. From the off, Bristol dominated a Bath side that really didn't want to be there, and no less than 5 chances were squandered in the first 2 minutes. Having quickly realised that the intricate passing and deflections so natural to our free-flowing brand of hockey weren't actually needed for once, the goals started to come. Fresher Rolls Roy-ce got us going with a neat little poach of Bryce, quickly followed by Earring Fresh Collins showing a turn of pace and slotting home. After a slight lull in proceedings, we found the net again, with Matt King slotting home after neat set of short, slick passes to leave Bath looking utterly clueless at times. The 4th came from an unlikely source in the form of one Greg Foord, who surged up from centre back, beat 3 of the opposition on his way and slotted it in the far corner (I think).
 
Half time came, and it was clear we were still under-performing and should have been 7/8 up by then. After a few stern words from myself and VC Bomber Turnbull, we came out firing from the off, scoring with such breath-taking frequency that Michael ‘Publicity Sec’ Jones could barely keep up the live twitter feed of the game. In a recurring theme of the day, centre back number 2, Ben Steel went on his own little pièce de résistance, picking up the ball on half way, running through half their team with that unfathomable reach of his and coolly finishing off in the bottom corner. Heck, even Fresher George Jameson managed to get on the scoreboard next, finding himself in acres of space on the right after a scintillating ball in from yours truly, and smashing in at the near post. Fresher Collins soon grabbed his second of the day, followed by Ali Smith showing great composure and finishing well. PhD Fresh Josh Turner then scored what can only be described as one of the greats - having picked up the ball in our half, he showed a turn of pace, burned 4 of the opposition, drove into the D and cracked a fizzing reverse stick shot into the top corner (so I’m told…). By the end, Fresher Rolls Roy-ce, Bryce and King ended up with a brace of goals each, in amongst which we conceded a cheap goal to give Bath Buccs some sort of consolation. Full time - 13-1 to the Yams. Job done.
 
Having somehow successfully coordinated lifts/buses to Port of Call, MoM and DoD votes were cast, with Mikey Lunn (RHJICOBB) winning MoM in close contest with PhD Fresh Josh. DoD, as is becoming a given in the 3s, was to decided in nail off between myself and Fresher Collins. He was nominated for a combination of hat-trick avoidance, terrible earring and post-match attire resembling pub golf, and myself for letting a pass from Oz through thinking he was passing to someone else. My bad. Having taken an early lead in the jar nail off, Collins showed remarkable improvement from his previous nailing showings and edged me on the Sicilian. Note to self - do better. 
 
The 3s march on, having now won 6 in a row, and finally putting in the consistent showings on Saturdays - double promotion anyone? (no claim…)
 
Yours (probably not for the last time),
 
Captain Yam

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