Hockey: threes progress in BUCS cup in mixed week for ladies teams

An update on Newcastle University's Women's Hockey league!

Millie Clee
26th November 2021
Hockey Ladies 3s after beating Durham 5s
The week commencing November 8th, marks the reflection and remembrance of all the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I & II. To pay our respects all players donated £1 and played with red ribbons tied in our hair as we travelled the North for our respective Wednesday BUCS games.  

Within this week, we saw BUCS cup games go ahead for teams three, four, five and sixes, while the ones had a week off and the twos had a normal BUCS league game. With a shortage of players due to reading week and people going home, the pressure was on to really deliver this week. Despite great efforts from everyone the threes were the only ones to advance on to the next round of the respective cup competitions. 

Travelling down to rivals Durham, the ladies threes finished the game with a 2-0 win, a broken finger and a trip to A&E. The girls really put their all into every game, and threes player Beth Stephenson ended up in A&E, to treat her finger, alongside twos player Ellie Emmanuel, who was in there getting stitches to the head. We wish both girls a speedy recovery. Despite the injury's, illnesses and player unavailability, the girls still played to the best of their abilities, putting everything coach Chris tells us in training into practice in games.

Player of the Match goes to Rebecca Ayster, who showed off her skills scoring an amazing reverse hit into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal within the first two minutes of the game.

Then, the ladies twos were at home against Leeds University twos coming away with a 6-0 win. Special mention to Player of the Match Maddie Howlett for exceptional play in the win against Leeds and for all the girls to still carry on and win the game despite Ellie's head injury.

Unfortunately, the fours were knocked out of their cup by Durham fours losing 5-1. The girls put up a strong fight, especially goalkeeper Charley Fryers, who was voted Player of the Match for her great saves and performance.  

The fives and sixes both had really close games, only losing on penalty flicks. Playing Liverpool University threes, the fives drew 1-1 with them at full time and despite Player of the Match goalkeeper Sadie Smith’s great effort, Liverpool won on flicks. Sixes originally drew 2-2 against York Uni twos with credit to Player of the Match Hannah Brace, but lost 5-3 on flicks leading to both teams unable to advance further into the competition.  

The last week was tough for every team, playing with fewer subs than normal. Although the results were a mixed outcome, all those that played worked really hard and pulled through for their team and the club, which was really appreciated.

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