BUCS Hockey is Back

An overview on the latest from the NULHC. Check out what each team got up to in their respective BUCS leagues.

Millie Clee
26th October 2021
Newcastle University Ladies Hockey Team 3. Image: Millie Clee
A new year means a new season of BUCS hockey and Newcastle University Ladies Hockey (NULHC) are back with a bang!

With the first, third and fifth teams top of their league only 3 weeks in, the ladies hockey have really got that ball rolling, doing Newcastle proud with a strong start to the season.

Like many other sport societies, NULHC participates in the Wednesday BUCS competitions, where all six teams travel up and down the country playing other universities. Due to the pandemic last year, BUCS did not go ahead; therefore, both, freshers and second years, it is their first time playing BUCS. Wednesdays are historically known to be dedicated to sport, whether it’s playing or socialising with your team.

NULHC are having a sober social to support Girls Stay In or The Big Stay In

However, this Wednesday, October 27th, NULHC are having a sober social to support Girls Stay In or The Big Stay In - the campaign running across the country to boycott nightclubs for one night. This is in aid of raising awareness of the danger and horror that spiking someone causes. 

Now, for a round up of the past two weeks of BUCS games. We saw only three losses throughout the whole club! Ones are top of their BUCS league, starting the season off on the  6th October against Liverpool University Ones with a big 4-1 win. Then on the 13th October the ones unfortunately lost away at Loughborough University Twos (1-2); however, came back fighting the following Wednesday beating Nottingham Twos 4-1. This week sees the Ones traveling all the way down to Oxford Brookes University. 

Newcastle University Ladies Hockey Team 1. Image: Millie Clee

Then the Twos have only had one game, so far, as Sheffield postponed last weeks game due to shortage of transport. However, for their first game of the season the Twos travelled to Manchester bringing back a tough 3-2 win. After losing 2-0 at half time the girls really turned it around and showed their grit and determination to come home with a win!

The girls really turned it around and showed their grit and determination to come home with a win!

Meanwhile the Threes, who are also top of their BUCS league, are on a winning streak in both the Saturday and BUCS leagues they have not lost a game so far. They beat Durham University Fours 5-1 on the 13th October and then smashed Sheffield Twos, 4-0, during an aggressive game from an angry and rude Sheffield side on the 20th October. With each game, the Threes are getting better and better, passing around the oppositions and working as a team resulting in high score wins. Credit to the girls and new coach Chris for really bringing their A-game this season. 

Newcastle University Ladies Hockey Team 2. Image: Millie Clee

Following in the Threes footsteps, the Fives have also won both of their games and are also top of their BUCS leagues. The Fives first game was a league derby against the Sixes, which they won 3-0 and most recently they have beaten Durham Sixes 3-2, away. 

The Fours and Sixes have both won one and lost won. The Sixes most recently winning 8-0 against Cumbria Ones away with eight different goal scorers and the Fours winning their first game against Hull University Ones 2-0.

This winning streak for NULHC is only set to continue as the new players are settling in, becoming more confident and are helping to improve the level of hockey within the club. 

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