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University of Bristol Men's 2nd XI vs Cardiff

29 January 2012 at 18:02

Observers in the Roo Bar car park last Wednesday may well have wondered why
half of the ubmhc second team looked extremely excited about the prospect
of an away trip to Cardiff while the other half looked slightly nervous.
This anxiety was caused by news that leaked out about a conversation
between several senior players regarding the fresher’s activities on this
trip.

None the less when we arrived in the changing rooms we were a hockey team
come to do a business. Memories of the weekend where fresh in everyone’s
mind meaning that the team lacked absolutely no motivation or desire to
win. After an extended warm up allowed a second umpire to be located from
the hordes who had flocked to watch, the match got underway. From the off it
was obvious that a good game was in store, both teams were fighting for the
top spot in the league and both were playing well. It would however be fair
to say that Bristol were playing the better of the two teams, putting
together many good, flowing moves and showing exactly the quality of hockey
that had frustrated them. Amazing at the best of times but atrocious at the
worst of times. Despite the steady stream of opportunities none where quite
good enough, a long ariel from Ben Wyatt into the D got behind the welsh
centre back but also evaded the Bristol forward. The next best opportunity
came when Scott Daroch created enough space near the top of the D to
release a reverse stick shot which got the better of the keeper. However,
it was felt that the ball had been stuck outside the D, frustrating Bristol
and letting Cardiff off the hook.

Half time approached, an unhelpful interruption for Bristol who came out of
it dosey, Cardiff determined that they should also have some opportunities, Bristol
made several errors and allowing Cardiff to cause concern. As the half
progressed the players patients with the umpires descended, which lead to a
reduction in the quality of the hockey. Bristol survived a barrage of short
corners, before creating their own chances which they could not quite
convert. The game was moving quickly from end to end spending little time
in the middle of the park. One such transition in the air from Cardiff
passed over Rich Elston’s head before it was brought down safely below
shoulder height, or so he thought, however the umpire deemed other wise and
after a conference decided that a card was necessary. However Rich had gone
missing and could not be located by either umpire as he was hiding behind
one of the larger players on the pitch. Some would say a cunning and
successful plan to avoid a card, others however deemed that it deserved
soixante neuf. This appeared to be contagious as later Shuster-Bruce was
guilty of waving his stick above his head in an effort to deflect a ball
down into the goal, however unfortunately it was both highly illegal and
unsuccessful. Time was running out for both teams, a scrap for the ball in
the middle of the pitch lead to a difference of opinion amongst the umpires
which ended in Cardiff’s favour. Amongst the pandemonium being caused by
several members of the team the home side launched an attack against a
defence that had mainly gone missing to argue with the umpire, taking
maximum advantage of the situation they had little difficulty in converting
what had to have been one of their first shots of the game. In the dying
seconds of the game bristol won a short corner this as birthday boy Dom
Oliver pointed out lead to a “tense” finish. Unfortunately after two
attempts Bristol had still not legally put the ball into the goal and so
the game finished at one nil.

The mood was variable, on the one hand it was a good game of hockey, and
Bristol’s performance compared to Saturday’s was a world apart. However,
there is still a je ne sais quoi lacking about the team that makes scoring
difficult if not impossible, hopefully everything will click into place and
teams will be in for a serious shock. However, time is moving on and at
some point we must take responsibility rather than drifting through
comforted by the thought of things clicking.

On the way back Gilbert took immense pleasure in showing the freshers how a
shakie B should correctly be performed, while the cold proved too much for
many. A pleasant journey back followed during which the team took pleasure
in signing Dom happy birthday many times. Scott showed everyone how
lambridgeni should be approached being the only one to successfully
complete it. After resisting the temptation to interrupt the rugby social
we marched down to bank to enjoy the traditional festivities of a Wednesday
night.

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University of Bristol Men's 2nd XI vs Robinsons

26 January 2012 at 14:20

Bristol uni rocked up ready for a big battle in the local derby against Robinsons.
After a warm up around the school where we were playing a certain guy thought that
it was a good idea to take a slash by the car park. Good start. 

Robbies got a short after 5 minutes, the first shot was saved but a quick rebound
was placed in the goal. Bristol carried on playing high intensity until half time,
going into the team talk 0-1.

Shortly after the start of the second half robbies had a strong counter attack, with
one man breaking free very high. Having made 2 on the line saves earlier in the
game, summers just didn't want to make a third (which was just as well as Gilbert
would've got a card for an interesting challenge outside of the D). After this,
everything said in the team talk went out the window. Basics disappeared and team
spirit rapidly declined...   

After heads going down, robbies didn't have to work hard to put another 3 goals in. 

 

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University of Bristol Ladies 1st XI Vs Exe 2's

25 January 2012 at 17:34

Saturday the 3rd of December dawned. There was an air of anticipation and excitement hovering over the dingle as we made our way out to take on Exeter in our penultimate game before Christmas. A combination of inspirational Youtube videos and constructive criticisms/ general abuse from Ian had prepared us for anything that they could throw at us. However, things were looking a little shaky until Farrah was allowed a fraction too much time on the top of the D and successfully thumped the ball straight between their keeper's legs. It was by no means plain sailing though- i don't think i was the only one momentarily confused when both Barts and Polly were playing up front whilst Evans was in defence...??! It didn't stop Carter (top goal scorer for the 1s by the way) doing what she does best- topping the ball so successfully that it bobbles with brilliant unpredictability into the back of the net. Special mention must go to Parge whos ninja skills in goal made things a lot easier, earning herself MOM. Another win against a team above us in the league, now we just need to work out how to beat the bad ones! As for DOD... suffice to say that me writing this match report is revealing of who earned that covetable award- luckily my laptop is just about to run out of battery so there's no time to explain what sacrificial service of pure good will for the team earned it!

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University of Bristol Ladies 1st XI Vs Oxford University

22 January 2012 at 12:29

The first game back after xmas in the BUCs league welcomed Oxford Uni to the Fortress Dingle for the return leg of a tightly faught 1-1 draw at Oxford just before xmas. Bristol were optimistic of gathering some points going into the game and started solidly. However, some good Oxford pressure was rewarded by a short corner from which, unfortunately, the straight strike took a deflection onto the forehead of skipper Evans. With such a heavy impact and blood flowing Evans left to get some stitches assisted by fellow walking wounded Farrar, who was still struggling with her knee from the Saturday game. As Evans headed the ball on the line a penalty stroke was consequently awarded which Oxford converted. Bristol struggled for the rest of the half to get back into the game and Oxford doubled their lead just before half time. In the second half Bristol showed some resilience by upping their intensity to assert themselves into the game with a much better second half performance. Howard and Barton made some crucial tackles at the back to prevent some Oxford threats which was complemented by some strong play down the right from Iola (MOM) and Muddle to get the Bristol offence underway. Anna Ward converted a right side cross half way through the second half to make the score 2-1 but a lack of organisation lead to Oxford dealing the killer blow through a quick counterattack to leave the final score 3-1. Overall, a disappointing score line but the impressive second half performance provided some positives and set the benchmark to where the performance needs to be for the full 70 minutes.

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University Of Bristol Mens 1st XI Vs Oxford University

22 January 2012 at 10:35

Bristol came into this crunch match with Oxford Uni on the back of a highly impressive 2-1 away win over ISCA the previous Saturday which had propelled the team to within one point of a promotion spot. In order to achieve another positive result and push on to 3rd place, Bristol knew that the patches of high-quality play that had been on display against ISCA would need to be extended against these tougher opponents.

 

A last minute re-jig of the team was required in light of George Brown’s inexplicable tardiness, however the loss of such an inspirational player did not prevent Bristol starting strongly and exerting considerable pressure on an Oxford side who had also recently found some form and were sitting in 2nd place BUCS South. This early pressure soon translated into a goal, with Bristol using one of their many short corner variations to go in front through a trademark Malthouse flick. Unfortunately Bristol were unable to maintain this standard of play throughout the 1st half and were pegged back shortly before the break, finishing the half 1-1.

 

All the comments during the half time team talk had one common theme, expressing a need to recapture the kind of simple passing hockey displayed at the beginning of the match. If this ‘holy grail’ of being able to play at our best for longer than 10 minutes was achieved, a win was easily within reach. Maybe it was a lack H-T jelly babies (who fresher Eugene continually fails to provide) or those couple of extra pounds put on through Christmas indulgence, or possibly even the fact that we hadn’t received those two first half green cards, which on Saturday had equated to two second half goals (at least according to Mo ‘king of bizarre statistics’ Ghandi), but Bristol simply did not turn up for the following 20 minutes of play. As a result Bristol soon found themselves 3-1 down with a lot of work to do if they were to gain anything from the game.

 

The fightback started with around 15 minutes left through another Malthouse drag flick into the bottom corner just out of reach of the Oxford keepers outstretched leg. Game on. With time ticking away, Bristol went to three at the back in favour of another forward. Chances came and went at both ends as the game suddenly became stretched with spaces appearing all over the park. Unfortunately it was Oxford who took their chance first, a long ball from the back was allowed to creep through too many sticks down Bristols left flank. From here they beat a couple of defenders through clinical two on ones, before squaring to an un-marked forward who calmly slotted past the onrushing James Bailey. 4-2, and with only 10 minutes to go, Bristol were seemingly down and out.

 

Not for long, Bristol refused to admit defeat. The ball was smashed into a crowded Oxford D, a scramble ensued before the ball fell to Malthouse, who managed to bundle it in from close range for his hat trick. 4-3. It was all Bristol; a couple more shots went agonisingly wide as the clock ticked down, less than 5 minutes to go. Finally the reward came, a Dave Bates foray into the D and rash Oxford tackling resulted in a Bristol short corner. With the Oxford keeper displaying less mobility than Andy Carroll for the first two Bristol goals, a Malthouse flick looked like the best option. The ball was injected, stopped and flicked like clockwork, passing the keeper without reaction, only for the defender on the line to dangle out his stick and pick it on the line. The chance seemed to be gone, fortunately he then tried to aerial the ball out on the bounce and succeeded only in giving away another short. Again a Malthouse flick was sent toward the bottom corner, where it took a significant deflection from an onrushing defender and spun agonisingly just wide. Given some of the umpiring decisions Bristol had received over the past few weeks, it came as no surprise that, instead of a long corner for one final attack, a 16 yard hit was given to the defending team. Shortly after the match finished, Bristol gutted not to get a result, yet still lifted by the heart shown in bringing the match back to life and nearly forcing the draw.

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University of Bristol Ladies 1st XI Vs Firebrands 2's

21 January 2012 at 23:19

After the long drive over the suspension bridge, we arrived to find a less than welcoming club house.  The door for away team was suspended at least 10 foot with no staircase to get to it? But Coach Hector saved the day and found us an entrance on the ground floor.  It was a case of spending as little time as possible in the carpeted dungeon!  Following our team talk and confusion over location of the toilet in the cupboard, we headed out to the lovely pitch....

Unfortunately the first half of the game left a lot to be desired, I think it’s fair to say that no-one played particularly well.  We seemed to have completely lost our composure on the ball, forgotten that we were the white team and pushed aside the aim of attacking and scoring goals.  We were unable to transfer the ball effectively around the back and kept giving the ball away every time we tried to get it to the forwards.

0-0 at half time wasn’t a desirable position to be in.....we came back after the half feeling more determined to win but sadly still not applying this to our game.  The first 10 minutes were much the same as the first half with a rather poor performance across the pitch.  Our drop in performance showed, Firebrands managed to get into the D and achieve a short corner.  A quick slip to their post player resulted in a smooth goal and our heads went down immediately.  It wasn’t long before one of our give-aways cost us a break through, past our defence and a second goal to Firebrands.  

Having said that, there were a few moments of good work out of defence; great posting up by midfield and hopeful runs by forwards.  This gave us a few more opportunities in the D and our first short corner was a brilliant strike by Muddle.  1-2. This goal certainly gave us a bit more energy and enthusiasm to play hard.  In the last 15 minutes we managed to play some better hockey with a couple of very near goals, one of which came from a short and was saved off  the line and another by some great work in the D moving the ball around the keeper.  We had gone to four forwards and this really helped our attack and overloading of the D but sadly the shots on goal were saved and despite dominating the last 15, it was too little too late.  We lost and were all thoroughly disappointed.  Deservedly Muddle and Evans were rewarded MOM for their efforts in midfield and defence.  Suffice to say that we all need to be working hard over the Christmas break on our fitness to come back raring to go and win some games in the New Year!

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University of Bristol Ladies 1st XI Vs Taunton Vale

21 January 2012 at 22:56

Christmas festivities were cut short due to Taunton's decision to play tactically and not allow us to reschedule the game. However, after a gruelling Christmas fitness plan and week of 'mid season, pre season' for many of the squad we at least felt prepared. The team went into the game with confidence despite Taunton Vale's top of the league reputation. From the first push back we started with a vengeance and were all over the opposition. Bristol almost managed to edge ahead with a skilful attack from Polly but the goalie proved too hard to beat. Brave-heart Farrar decided it would be a good idea to stop a lifted ball from going into the D using her knee and resided to the bench for the remainder of the game sporting a lot of Tartan!! Taunton had a few speedy runners but some superb defending from Howard (MOM), Mandy, Barts and Muds led the score line to 0-0 before halftime.


Unfortunately the second half did not go as planned. A quick goal from Taunton led them into a frenzy of excellent play.  With spirits on a low and a serious lack of forwards, Bristol's heads went down and ultimately resulted in the 5-0 score line.
In retrospect the excellent first half is a real positive as this has certainly been a downfall this season and an improvement from the loss at the start of last season.

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Ladies 1's Vs Exe

20 January 2012 at 14:07

Saturday the 3rd of December dawned. There was an air of anticipation and excitement hovering over the dingle as we made our way out to take on Exeter in our penultimate game before Christmas. A combination of inspirational Youtube videos and constructive criticisms/ general abuse from Ian had prepared us for anything that they could throw at us. However, things were looking a little shaky until Farrah was allowed a fraction too much time on the top of the D and successfully thumped the ball straight between their keeper's legs. It was by no means plain sailing though- i don't think i was the only one momentarily confused when both Barts and Polly were playing up front whilst Evans was in defence...??! It didn't stop Carter (top goal scorer for the 1s by the way) doing what she does best- topping the ball so successfully that it bobbles with brilliant unpredictability into the back of the net. Special mention must go to Parge whos ninja skills in goal made things a lot easier, earning herself MOM. Another win against a team above us in the league, now we just need to work out how to beat the bad ones! As for DOD... suffice to say that me writing this match report is revealing of who earned that covetable award- luckily my laptop is just about to run out of battery so there's no time to explain what sacrificial service of pure good will for the team earned it!

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Ladies 1's Vs Exe

20 January 2012 at 14:07

Saturday the 3rd of December dawned. There was an air of anticipation and excitement hovering over the dingle as we made our way out to take on Exeter in our penultimate game before Christmas. A combination of inspirational Youtube videos and constructive criticisms/ general abuse from Ian had prepared us for anything that they could throw at us. However, things were looking a little shaky until Farrah was allowed a fraction too much time on the top of the D and successfully thumped the ball straight between their keeper's legs. It was by no means plain sailing though- i don't think i was the only one momentarily confused when both Barts and Polly were playing up front whilst Evans was in defence...??! It didn't stop Carter (top goal scorer for the 1s by the way) doing what she does best- topping the ball so successfully that it bobbles with brilliant unpredictability into the back of the net. Special mention must go to Parge whos ninja skills in goal made things a lot easier, earning herself MOM. Another win against a team above us in the league, now we just need to work out how to beat the bad ones! As for DOD... suffice to say that me writing this match report is revealing of who earned that covetable award- luckily my laptop is just about to run out of battery so there's no time to explain what sacrificial service of pure good will for the team earned it!

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University of Bristol Men's 2nd XI vs Whitchurch

16 January 2012 at 12:30

A fun game of hockey

It was an excited but slightly different group of 14 who arrived at Fortress Dingle to represent the UBMHC second team, which was altered due to a series of feeble excuses such as exams, skiing or being at home. However the 14 who were committed enough to represent the club did themselves proud, with a debut for Will Richardson. Bristol were keen that this half of the season they could acquit themselves to their full potential, and a clash with the top of the league side would be the ideal way to test this. It would also become apparent who had been following Ians brutal fitness regime and who had enjoyed the holiday festivities abit to much, especially due to our reduced numbers, with Richardson’s requests for five minute bursts perhaps showing in which camp he laid.

 From the off Whitchurch came at Bristol hard, pressing high and playing at a fast pace. After an alarmingly short period of time Bristol found themselves one nil down, after their centre forward had pushed the ball goalward and despite his best effort Gilbert couldn’t quite get anything on the ball as it drifted under his pads. None the less all was not lost and Bristol battled on with a positive intent enjoying playing hockey. However, it was still the visitors who were dominating the play and Bristol struggled to pass their way out of their own half, often getting broken down. On one of the occasions when they were broken down Whitchurch responded quickly flooding men forwards; overloading the defence. Leaving men in blue swarmed around the goal, it was inevitable that when the ball was fired in from the T spot that one of them would nudge it in. Going two nil up so early on was probably not good for Whitchurch who relaxed after that and sat back. Bristol were now building better and beginning to launch their own attacks, however the closest they came was when Shandy found himself in front of goal but with the keeper almost on top of him, sadly he lacked the clinical edge of a Wednesday night. None the less it was a very good effort. Meanwhile Whitchurch remained aggressive launching their own attacks, however unusually many of these where started by the Bristol centre back Rich Elston, as the blue centre forward used his unusually large reach to cut out some inspired passes. However, due to the cover of summers and gilbert none of these late Christmas presents where accepted. The teams headed into the break with Bristol trailing 2-0. Bristol started the next half better causing the defence some problems. This led to a more even second half. However, one main difference was the amount of short corners earned, Whitchurch had a barrage most of which were expertly delt with, however, one of these went wrong, the stopper was left on his knees and was forced to sweep the ball in from the outside of the D. It was deemed that one of their runners got a touch on it before it went into the goal, a theory that was doubted by the Bristol defence and that only the forward will know the answer to. Despite this Bristol continued to enjoy the game and the battle never giving up. There were several chances latter in the game for Bristol to score, most notably a flick from Woodhead which crossed the line significantly to the left of the goal. Thus the game ended Bristol 0 Whitchurch 3.

Disappointing, a surprise, no not really they are top of the league; what was good was how Bristol battled and enjoyed their hockey, the past two Saturday games have shown just how much potential this side has, if only we can keep this up for the less good teams in the league we will be a difficult side to beat.

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