UWE Hockey gear up for a competitive year, attempting to beat last year’s 5th place finish
After thrashing the University of Bristol by three goals to one in the Varsity series at the end of last season, the squad are determined to carry their winning ways through into the new academic year.
On the 27th August, the squad was re-united for a gruelling pre-season training session in preparation for a difficult fixture list. The players’ fitness was thoroughly tested, and despite the team not having trained together as a unit since the end of May, the solidarity and commitment that had played such a vital role in the sides successes last season remained stronger than ever.
The men’s 1st XI only have a few more sessions before they head off to Holland in two weeks time for their pre-season tour. However, England youth goal keeper, 20 year old Sam Cathie, will not be joining the squad after choosing to leave the university a few weeks ago. Despite being a massive loss to the side, Sam’s departure comes hand in hand with the news that the club has attracted its highest number of new recruits in recent years. This is surely cause for optimism for the team and increases the chances of discovering new talent.
Already it is estimated the Mens 1st XI have four new players potentiawlly joining the squad, fighting for a place in the starting line-up.
In an interview with 1st XI Captain Michael Sharp, he was quoted in saying “Everybody is pushing themselves to the limit so they get there name on the team sheet for the first game of the season.” “We have always performed better at home, but with the confidence the squad has now we will improve our away record.”
The players are working hard on improving their fitness and look to increase the number of training sessions per week in order to better their 5th place finish last year.
UWE Hockey team face the newly promoted Cardiff University on October the 20th in their first game of the season, and will be desperately seeking a win to kick-start their league campaign. The home tie has a pushback of 1.30pm at the ‘Stadio de Frenchay’ (more commonly known as Frenchay Astroturf), and the club would welcome as much support as the UWE student community can muster!
The captain also stated: “We all believe that the strength and depth in our squad has the potential for us to be strong candidates of winning the league this year. The team will give 100% every Wednesday to ensure UWE hockey attains and succeeds at the highest possible level.”
As a competitive season lies ahead, this team has all the talent, ambition and potential to do UWE proud once again this year.