With both EUMHC and EULHC in action on Wednesday in their Varsity fixtures, Sport Editor James Beeson previews the event as both sides vie for a place in the BUCS semi-finals…
The University of Exeter Men’s and Women’s Hockey Varsity is set to take place this Wednesday, with both sides taking on Loughborough and Nottingham respectively on the water-based astro. With 8 internationals between the two Exeter sides, it is set to be a stellar day of hockey, with BUCS championship semi-final places up for grabs for the winners.
The event holds particular significance for the Ladies team, with the day marking their first ever Varsity fixture, having held off the likes of Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford to finish first and unbeaten in the BUCS Premier South Division this season. The ladies will now face Nottingham at 3pm on Wednesday, who finished fourth in BUCS Premier North, in the quarter-finals of the cup.
For EUMHC, this year is their fourth varsity fixture, and the prospect of a win against fierce rivals Loughborough (5pm push-back) means this is a game not to be missed. Loughborough, however, will be no pushovers, having won the competition last year and having finished third in a tough Premier North division including Sheffield Hallam and Durham this season. The away side have already been in BUCS knockout action, beating Loughborough 5-0 last week to progress to the quarter-finals. The Exeter team have enjoyed an excellent season, finishing second in the Premier South division, only one point behind winners Bath.
With both matches being knockout fixtures, the games could go to penalty flicks should the sides be level after normal time. Also taking place on the day are two other BUCS quarter-finals involving the Men’s 2s vs 3s and Girls 2s vs Cambridge, starting at 11am and 1pm respectively in what should be a stellar day of sporting action.
In addition to the hockey, food will be available from the Timepiece burger van and equipment sponsors Stage Engage will provide musical entertainment. There will also be numerous giveaways taking place on the day, with prizes up for grabs from Young Ones, Subway, Red Bull, Monarch and Woodworm Hockey.
Tickets for the event are priced at £5, include entrance to both fixtures and are available online at http://eumhc.fatsoma.com/
EUMHC Varsity squad: Ed Fleet (C), Mark Philpot (GK), Matt Richards*, William Baker, Alexander Thompson, Mark Loughrey*, Lewis Burnham, Noah Sharples, Ian White, Jack Simmons, Alex Robey*, Ben Francis*, Ali Williams, Jamie Sones, Alex Manton-Jones, Tom Watson, Tom Whitworth
EULHC probable 15: Kathryn Lane* (C), Ella Jackson* (GK), Lori Gleeson, Izzy Grgg, Roberta Burkin, Clare Poole*, Katie Taverner, Frankie Maffei, Hannah Griffiths*, Megan Crowson*, Nat Capel, Vanessa Sharman, Rebecca Cadwallader, Harriet Davies, Naomi Gay.
* indicates player has performed at international level.