Posted on February 11, 2020
As Semester 2 gets into full swing, it seems appropriate to reflect on the past 4 months for Saints Hockey.
The club has developed in many ways over the past few years, including our successful outreach programme which has continued to thrive under the direction of 5th year member Ali Goodfellow and many other volunteers within the club. Our charitable fundraising efforts have exceeded all expectations, raising over £3000 for Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sergeant during our Three Peaks Challenge and over £3800 for the annual Movember campaign. Furthermore, our umpiring and coaching opportunities have continued to grow with the club now hosting eight student coaches and five student badged umpires (with more assessments underway in March!). We rounded off semester 1 with our highly anticipated Christmas dinner socials and look forward to the festivities of semester 2, including the extremely exciting hockey ball.
The 2019/20 season began with an intense nine day pre-season, when our men and women took part in fitness, skills, matches and some very interesting beach sessions. We had lots of socials so everyone got to know each other, including our new freshers. Pre-season ended with a lovely whole club dinner at Tulsi, who are now our mixed hockey league sponsors.
Read on for a first semester highlight from each of our nine teams!
The Women’s 1XI had a very strong start to the semester, with a 1-0 win against Glasgow University. Glasgow 1s are always a tough competitor and the girls had struggled to play through their zone in years past, but with a new formation the 1s broke down their defence. With some more experience under their belts, they take on Glasgow University again in a few weeks time where they can hopefully fight for another win.
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On the note of forthcoming games, our Men’s 1XI are in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, where they will take on Grange on the 8th of March at the Fortress. Make sure to clear diaries so that you can come support the Saints! They have had a strong season with some challenging games and Jamie Hogarth, the Men’s 1XI captain, said that getting this far in the Cup is his highlight of the season thus far.
The Women’s 2XI have been dedicated to their training and fitness this season and the results have been paying off. They too have done well in their respective cup games, progressing to the next round of the BUCS conference cup after a strong victory over Dundee Uni. The girls will play Aberdeen 1s in the next round this Wednesday, so get down to the Fortress to support!
The Men’s 2XI are setting the weekend league standard, as they are currently top of their league, sitting undefeated so far under the leadership of captain Ben McConkey. The team has benefitted greatly from a large fresher intake and the hard work from all members on their fitness and developing new formations has improved their skills hugely.
The Women’s 3XI have also enjoyed a successful season so far, with the arrival of thirteen freshers. Their standout performance was a tremendous (and very close) victory over Edinburgh 5s, the top of their BUCs league. Another solid performance was a 2-1 loss to Heriot Watt 1s in the BUCs cup which proved the girls posed a big threat to a team in a much higher league. Ella Broome, 3XI captain, said that the hard work and determined attitude of the squad has led to an enjoyable and competitive season.
The Women’s 4XI have had an exciting season so far which sees them currently sitting 3rd in their BUCS league. The girls hope to become the underdogs of the league this half of the semester as they aim to come out in force against Heriot Watt 2s and Edinburgh 7s after two very close results against these 2 teams last semester!
The highlight for the Women’s 5XI this term was being 0-0 at half time against our very own 4XI in their second BUCS game, in what was a close match with both teams having lots of chances. The 5XI have maintained a positive mentality this season by maintaining a happy and friendly vibe on the pitch, which captain Kirstin Bentley has worked hard to promote.
The Women’s 6XI have had a great season so far! The girls won their first game earlier in the year and have had a much greater commitment to training than last season. It has been great to see this newer team developing their skills.
The Men’s 3XI must not go unmentioned, as they work their way through their BUCs league. A solid 8-1 win over Aberdeen 3s showed their attacking skills in all their glory, led by the inspirational captain, Matt ‘meatball’ Ansel.
Last semester has set the bar for the next few months of matches for the Saints, where all will look to move up the ranks in their BUCS and weekend leagues. A huge thank you to everyone involved with the club and all of our supporters. The Tulsi Mixed Hockey league is starting soon too, so if you would like to join in, let your captain know!