Weekend Preview 01/12/2018

Thanks to Alicia Murphy and El Presidente Liv Shears for stepping in this week as I am very busy. Good luck everyone!

Sunday saw members of the University Hockey Club attend a classy affair known as Christmas Dinner. Gowns were worn, beverages were consumed, speeches were made, and dancing continued into the night. The overall performance was exemplary; with 100% of attendees making it to the Cloob. Highlights included the speeches – featuring the next UK #1 from Owain Hougton and an impressive livestream from Harry Leng, who cba to come to Cindies so filmed it on the bog in Chads. Numerous chirpses occurred as ever – here at CUHC we pride ourselves on diversity and age-discrimination was shown not to be an issue by some of the veterans. An epic battle between Battie and Sides concluded with humble victory for Sides, but there were many strong runners up who could beat them to the post next year with perseverance.

In terms of hockey, there are still some matches to be played before term ends, so here’s this week’s lowdown:

Beds

The Beds travel to the beach of Wis, where their opposition sit mid-table in 3NW. With the Beds on a 6-match winning streak, Wisbech should be very afraid of their slick skills and team spirit – and having found a new dragflicker in Danielle, they’ll be unstoppable on short corners. Hopefully no balls will go near their own goal because they currently don’t have a keeper.

Squandies

The Squandies take on City of Peterborough 5s, who sit one place below them in the league. After a mixed bag of close performances, they will hope to bring the flair shown against the Beds on Thursday to this home fixture. The lack of 400m running training on Sunday was unfortunate, but has a silver lining in that the Squandies should have extra legs to run round CoP this weekend.

Nomads

The Nomads also take on Wisbech, but luckily not at the beach. Catch them at Wilby at 1.30. With their opposition sitting mid-table, they’ll have the chance to put up a serious performance. Coach Matt Jervis will be hoping that his range of team bonding and tactics exercises produce some results.

Wandies

After a couple of good wins recently, the Wandies play Norwich City 2s at Wilby at 12pm. Norwich City sit 2nd bottom of the table so should provide a good opportunity to get a few more goals. I don’t know if Jason Allen ever found either his allen keys or his actual keys but hopefully this won’t inhibit the teams’ progress on the pitch.

Women’s Blues

The WBlues travel to Lowestoft (fun facts: most easterly point in the UK) for an unbelievably early game. If the freshers don’t sleep through their alarms, the girls will be looking to arrive on time to cement their position in the top two. Plus, hopefully, Battie will ctrl-alt-delete some more goals and the girls can fly on to CUHSKi on a high.

Men’s Blues

The MBlues take on Norwich City 1 away, which is a slightly shorter journey than their mammoth BUCS Wednesday to Plymouth. They’ll be looking to take three points from the fixture to put them in strong promotion contention before the Christmas break, when Owain might have time to write a song about them too.

Weekend Preview 24/11/2018

Our busy social calendar deserves top billing this weekend. Still some important hockey to play too though.

Pub Golf

Last weekend was Pub Golf and although sadly I could not attend I’ve heard it was a large one (apparently a bit too large for some people! i.e. James Campins). Thanks to Sean Gilmore for filling me in.

Left to right: James Campins preparing for his interview; Mr Tickle; Wacky Wavy Inflatable Man.

Jason Allen was present but is not tall.

Everyone assembled at Spoons where there was a poor turn out from the Social Secs except Jason Allen. There was lots of boring bribing – I’m told that a certain bribe was not fulfilled by the Social Sec in attendance, but it all worked out so no worries there. Once paired up, the group headed through various drinking holes to Hawks. Jonathan Parke was told off for littering and Will Silver did not sing Boom! Shake the Room. Bill Taylor however did ‘sing’ Piano Man, to mixed reviews. Sean reports that in general beverages were not consumed at a satisfactory rate but of course anyone can drink as much or as little as they like at whatever rate they wish so I’m not sure what he’s on about.

Billy Taylor, Piano Man.

There was a long tedious debate about where to go next. In the end the group settled on Fez/Jez, although some boring people went to Life first. The green fee was a whopping £7, leading some golfers to “run the gauntlet” so to speak and sprint upstairs. If you sprinted fast enough up the stairs you were rewarded with free entry to Fez. In Fez we learned that Jack England is a good kisser (in a relative sense). Jean claims he was there but no one remembers (typical), and apparently it all got a bit much for poor Matt Roberts. I’m sure lots more funny things happened but if so no one told me so sorry about that.

Apparently we went to Fez.

Great stuff!

And the fun doesn’t stop! This weekend it’s… Christmas Dinner!

Christmas Dinner 2018: Big expectations.

Nomads

The Nomads pulled off a huge win last week to put a bit of distance between them and the drop zone in Division 1N. They also picked up a comfortable win in the first round of the BUCS Hockey Midlands Cup away in Derby on Wednesday. This week they make one of most notorious away trips for CUHC teams, to Dereham. It won’t be an easy against a team at the top of the table on a pitch that looks ok but actually isn’t. Look out for a giant Cockerel on the clubhouse, and no I don’t mean ex-Men’s Blues captain Matthew.

Bedouin

The Beds pumped Haverhill last week to go third in Division 3NW (helped by an impressive +30 goal difference) and put five Ws in the form guide. This weekend’s opposition – Ely City – are just a point behind though so it will be crucial for the girls use the momentum and keep the points coming. They’re on in the early slot at Wilby.

Men’s Blues

The Men’s Blues have done the job against weaker opposition for a few weeks in a row but have a tougher fixture this week against a Bedford side just below them in East Prem A. As ever, three points are essential as they look to nail home their position in the top four. They’re on at 13:30 at Wilberforce Road.

Wanderers

The Wandies followed a disappointing last minute draw last week with a closely fought cup win against Birmingham 5s on Wednesday. They travel to Potters Bar tomorrow. I was as gutted as the next person when they decided to rebrand The Three Broomsticks – we all had a lot of memories there – but it makes sense to give a nod to Harry’s contributions to wizard society and I will admit the new butterbeer is delicious. Accio points!

Women’s Blues

The Women’s Blues squeezed past Ipswich last week to maintain their position in second place and now have a huge six pointer against third place Bedford. Catch them at 12:00 at Wilby.

Squanderers

Another draw for the Squandies sees them stay in fourth in Division 3NW. This week they face top of the table Horncastle in Horncastle – it would be an impressive scalp to claim.

Team Position Form Guide Opposition Time H/A
Women's Blues 2 LDWWW Bedford 2 12:00 H
Men's Blues 4 WLWWW Bedford 1 13:30 H
Nomads 9 LLLLW Dereham 1 13:30 A
Wanderers 9 DDLWD Potters Bar 1 15:00 A
Bedouin 3 WWWWW Ely City 1 10:30 H
Squanderers 4 DWWDD Horncastle 1 12:30 A

Weekend Preview 17/11/2018

Pub Golf this weekend. See last year’s preview for lots of funny stuff about Pub Golf (courtesy of Jean Staunton-Sykes). I know it’s exciting but there are 18 points to pick up first so let’s have 100% focus on that from now on.

Squanderers

The Squandies are sitting pretty in fourth place after a string of good results and will look to crack on this weekend against a struggling Ely City side. Ely’s an interesting one. It is built on the tallest hill in the Fens (a dizzying 26 m above sea level), which once formed an island (hence “Isle of Ely”) before William of Orange came over and sorted us out with his Dutch drainage skills. “Ely” is thought to derive from “Eels”, a reference to the aquatic snakes once abundant in the surrounding marshlands. Nasty. Catch the boys in the early fixture at Wilby.

Women’s Blues

The Women’s Blues performed well in a narrow loss to Oxford on Wednesday. Despite the disappointing result it was an even contest and has provided a tantalising preview to the third of March. This weekend the girls are on the road to Ipswich. Although it’s a long trip Ippy are down in the bottom half of Division 1N and the Blues will benefit from a trip to the Stag  Café so we expect them to return with three points.

Bedouin

The Beds followed up their unprecedented 23-0 pumping of March Town with another three points last week. Believe it or not this week they play at team with fewer points than March Town: bottom of the table Haverhill Ladies. The top places in Division 3NW are within reach so let’s hope for no slip ups and another big three points for the girls.

Men’s Blues

The Men’s Blues won again on Wednesday and now, thanks to a bizarre set of results elswhere, sit 12 points clear of second place after six games in South Prem B. Three points against mid-table Ipswich last weekend was also reassuring, and this week they face local rivals Cambridge City in an away match to be played at Willy Wilberforce Road. Things are tight at the top of East Prem A so three points are essential as ever in the push for promotion.

Wanderers

The Wandies picked up a huge three points last weekend and also avoided embarrassment against the Infrequents in Oxford mid-week. After a welcoming Wednesday spirits will be high as they head into a home six pointer against nearby Broxbourne this weekend as they look to climb further above the relegation zone. They’re on at 12:00 and as ever all support is appreciated.

Nomads

The Nomads are on a tough run and it doesn’t get any easier this weekend against third place Norwich Dragons. The girls play in the prime slot at Wilby so get down to offer your support at 13:30.

Team Position Form Guide Opposition Time H/A
Women's Blues 2 WLDWW Ipswich 2 14:00 A
Men's Blues 4 WWLWW Cambridge City 2 12:00 A
Nomads 10 LLLLL Norwich Dragons 1 13:30 H
Wanderers 9 LDDLW Broxbourne 1 12:00 H
Bedouin 4 LWWWW Haverhill Ladies 1 15:00 A
Squanderers 4 WDWWD Ely City 1 10:30 H

Weekend Preview 10/11/2018

If I told you there were six CUHC games at Wilby this weekend you would be forgiven for saying “No Way, José!” but you would be wrong because in fact there are six games involving CUHC at the Wilberforce Road ground tomorrow. To honour this special occassion I took the time to speak to each of our teams’ coaches in turn for some extra insight into the games.

Wanderers

A big win for the Wanderers on Wednesday against the University of Bye saw them through to the second round of the BUCS Hockey 2018-19 Midlands Conference Cup. Things aren’t looking so rosy on a Saturday though with no Ws left in the form guide. Beleaguered head coach Kieran Gilmore told me earlier: “When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.” They have a chance to turn things around tomorrow with a six pointer at the bottom of the table as the boys travel to Cambridge City.

Squanderers

The Squandies are on a roll and also have a six point fixture at Wilby this week. They face Cam City’s veterinarians as they look to join the big boys at the top of Division 3NW. Asked to comment on the Squandies’ prolific scoring form but leaky defense, coach Jim “numero 13” Dickinson remarked: “It’s like having a blanket but it’s too small for the bed. You pull the blanket up to keep your chest warm and your feet stick out. I cannot buy a bigger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But the blanket is made of cashmere.” While I carefully consumed a beverage with my left hand and obeyed all other ‘rules’, Ed Sides added: “I have nothing, nothing to say. Nothing, nothing to say. Nothing to say, I have nothing to say. Nothing to say, I am so sorry, I have nothing to say.”

Men’s Blues

The Men’s Blues had a good week with wins against Chelmsford and Reading University leaving them in the promotion spots on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Tomorrow’s fixture against an up and coming Ipsiwch side, who will presumably benefit from a trip to the Stag Café en route, provides an opportunity to continue climbing the table as first and second place meet elsewhere. Coach Charlie Bannister wasn’t holding back when asked to explain the boys’ impressive start to the season. He said: “We have top players and, sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager. Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I’m European champion. I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one.”

Bedouin

The Beds beat March Town 23-0 last week. 2 3  –  0. Twenty-three to nil. 20+3 with no reply. That is a goal every 3.04347826087 minutes. Wow. Speaking after the game, coach Lucia Corry was humble in victory, stating: “I have a problem, which is I’m getting better at everything related to my job since I started.” Her colleague Alicia Murphy added: “The moral of the story is not to listen to those who tell you not to play the violin but stick to the tambourine.” Spalding 2 will surely provide a sterner test tomorrow, sitting just three points and two places below the girls.

Nomads

The Nomads have also had a tough run of it on a Saturday and will be desperate for points tomorrow. It won’t be easy as they have to travel to face a strong Cambridge City side. I sat down with coaches Matt Jervis and Ollie Duckers earlier and discussed issues surrounding selection for the club’s second team: “The style of how we play is very important. But it is omelettes and eggs. No eggs – no omelettes! It depends on the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket you have class one, two or class three eggs and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem.”

Women’s Blues

The Women’s Blues overturned a momentary dip in form last week with a comfortable win over St Neots. A relieved coach Darrell Cassidy said of the team: “We are a little horse. A horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump.” The girls face a struggling Ipswich – East Suffolk side tomorrow as they look to secure their position in the promotion spots of Division 1N. When asked if they had anything to fear from I-ES, Mr. Cassidy stuck with the ungulate theme: “You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch, walking. And then stop the game because there was a cow.”

Team Saturday Form Guide Oppo Time H/A
Women's Blues WWLDW Ipswich – East Suffolk 1 12:00 H
Men's Blues WWWLW Ipswich 1 13:30 H
Nomads WLLLL Cambridge City 3 12:00 A
Wanderers LLDDL Cambridge City 3 13:30 A
Bedouin LLWWW Spalding 2 10:30 H
Squanderers DWDWW Cambridge City Vets 10:30 A

Weekend Preview 03/11/2018

A strong mid-week performance (both on and off the bus) from CUHC means spirits are high going into an important weekend of fixtures. Here’s what to expect.

Wanderers

A disappointing draw last Saturday was contrasted with another strong mid-week win for the Wandies this week. They are now five clear at the top of BUCS Midlands 2B, and will hope to translate that form into Saturday points as they travel to Southend tomorrow. Although it’s a long drive I’m told that, against my recommendations, they will not be traveling by air via the excellent though remote London Southend Airport International (SEN). It may be a long way from London but its small size makes for efficient customs and baggage claim and one can walk straight onto the railway platform. It’s also very close to Old Southendian HC, but never mind.

Bedouin

The Beds made light work of CoP last week, popping in six with no reply. A real pumping! They have an opportunity to do they same again this week as they face March Town, a team with an even worse record than Peterborough. With teams above them playing each other tomorrow they will hope to end the weekend a few places higher in Division 3NW. You can see them at noon at Wilberforce Road. Did you know William “Willy Wilby” Wilberforce was an 18th/19th century politician and leader of the movement in opposition to the slave trade! Something we can all be proud of I’m sure.

Men’s Blues

The Men’s Blues followed up a frustrating 1-0 loss away in Harleston last week with an important but scrappy win in Cardiff (“The Home of Hockey” – really guys?) on Wednesday. In a scathing post-match review, captain Sean Gilmore criticised virtually every aspect of the performance, closing with a heavily sarcastic “anyway, well done for the win”. Chelmsford are the visitors tomorrow as the boys look to get back to winning ways in the East Prem. 13:30, Willy Wilby Road. Be there, or miss Sean’s next tirade.

Women’s Blues

A high-scoring draw last Saturday saw the Women’s Blues drop into 3rd place in Division 1N. They have the chance to put it right this week as the play Wisbech in the early slot at Wilby. 1st and 2nd place Dereham and Bedford play each other elsewhere so it’s an excellent opportunity to gain ground, and the girls will be high on confidence after picking up a crucial three points on the road in Bath on Wednesday.

Squanderers

The Squandies, now unbeaten in five games, gave St Ives a real going over last week in another 6-0 win. They face Division 3NW’s other venerated side, Neots, tomorrow who are struggling with 4 points from 6. The symmetrists among you will predict another draw but really we’d all like the Squandies to smash St Neots and bring back a big three points. Apparently Neot was known for his work with the poor (good bloke) but was found wanting in another departments: this elusive Cornish hermit stood just four feet tall! Nothing to be afraid of boys.

Nomads

The Nomads have had a tricky run but face 2nd bottom I-ES tomorrow. 3 points would solidify their position above the relegation zone, especially if the Women’s Blues sort them out by popping nearby Wisbech Town. A draw against Loughborough in the week completed CUHC’s unbeaten BUCS Wednesday, nice.

Team Saturday Form Guide Oppo Time H/A
Women's Blues WWWLD St Neots 1 10:30 H
Men's Blues LWWWL Chelmsford 1 13:30 H
Nomads LWLLL Ipswich – East Suffolk 12:30 A
Wanderers WLLDD Old Southendian 1 13:30 A
Bedouin WLLWW March Town 1 12:00 H
Squanderers WDWDW St Neots 13:00 A

Weekend Preview 20/10/2018

Fergus has been super busy with work this week which means he couldn’t get a match report in on time or write a weekend preview. As punishment we instead have some accessible content from Club Captains/Medics Jim and Emma for all to enjoy.

Wanderers vs Harleston Magpies 2 15:00 (A)

Due to a swathe of funding cuts Cambridge University Hockey Club and Cambridge University Hospitals have had to form a merger, resulting in some rapid promotions for senior club members. Mr Harry Leng fell into his new role as Orthopaedic Surgeon through the natural progression: All boys boarding school. Although seen by some as a simple man with simple goals, Leng has been known to perform intricate procedures with grace and aplomb, before finishing short corner practice and returning to his hammer and chisel at work. Charming and disarming, Mr Larry Peng is at home chirpsing a young theatre assistant over a routine wound debridement, before cranking up Dido on the audio system and delegating to surgical registrar G Philips, who may or may not have received the rota via email. A stern critic of post-op sustenance provision, Mr Leng instructs his team to bring their own food to keep their performance levels at a peak, but no doubt will be first in the queue when the pharma rep brings free pizza – ha! Larold and his firm will be undertaking lucrative private work in Harleston at the weekend. Here he will be looking to openly reduce the Wanderer’s losing streak, and internally fixate their place in the league.

Nomads vs. Lowestoft Ladies 1s 13:30 (A)

Infectious diseases: a slightly esoteric speciality, but one that suits the captain of the Nomads well. True to their name, many of the Nomads were absent from Thursday training this week. This puzzled Rachel, as her team were all up to date with vaccinations when they played away in Lincoln only the day before. After no response to a standard course of sarcastic messages on the group chat, Rachel read the signs – clearly some infectious agent was rife amongst the members of her team. She had been stung before. Laura was struck down only a week earlier with a bad quad injury leaving her vulnerable to the passing parasitic Wanderer. Rachel began searching for patient zero. Her breakthrough came with Olivia, who presented with global amnesia and had completely forgotten the location of her bike and how far away Wilby was. Silly fresher. Having narrowed her differential diagnosis, Rachel could only come to one conclusion: boozebuseritis. Let’s hope the Nomads shake off this mysterious disease this Saturday to face Lowestoft Ladies 1 on the distant shores of East Anglia.

Men’s Blues vs Letchworth 1 12:00 (H)

Joining the forces of CUH/CUHC is Dr Sean Gilmore – newly appointed radiologist. Dr Gilmore applied for this role under the impression that plastic was easily visible on an X-ray, meaning he could scan his team post training and find out where all the balls are disappearing to. His thirst for saturns unabated by the fact that hockey balls can be missed on plain radiograph he decreed that high-risk freshers should be MRI scanned. The 6-month waiting list for an MRI at Addenbrooke’s is down to an unfortunate incident with a 1.5 Tesla magnet and Bill’s sick necklace. His search for saturns had been a disaster, and Dr Giles More decided to put a handbrake on his radiological investigation and leave it on. A large part of Dr Gilmore’s current job is scanning CUHC’s injured and infirm for soft tissue or bony injury, then referring on for specialist physiotherapy and structured rehabilitation. Layperson Jean Steanton-Steakes thinks that physios are chumps and he doesn’t believe in them, but nobody listens to him. In (barium) contrast to the Wanderers’ season, Dr Gilmore’s team are off to a flying start, going into their game against Letchworth in second place in Prem A. Lets hope his ultra-sound bunch of lads can bring home 3 more points.

Women’s Blues vs Dereham 1s 13:30 (H)

Miss Hattie Bevan (otherwise better known as Miss Battie Heaven amirite) is your local Plastic Fantastic ready to look after all the WBlues cosmetic surgery needs. An expert in all kinds of BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift and Beating Best in League), her team are renowned across EWL as having the best stick and suturing skills in the region. As with all plastic surgeons, her entire team are completely overqualified in both the looks and hockey department. Rolling up to each fixture in expensive cars, they are a tour de force with tight short corner routines and airbrushed transfers round the back. Any wrong move made by the poor hockey student and she will shoot you down with one drag flick of her forceps. Outside the theatre she shows her extensive experience on the dfloor, sharking the young registrar while away in Sheffield at a conference. Miss Battie Heaven and the beautiful WBlues will be looking for excellent results after their case against Dereham 1s on Saturday, where a successful procedure will (face)lift them to the top of the league.

Squanderers vs COP 4 15:00 (A)

Dr Owain Houghton joined the paediatrics department at CUH/CUHC after excelling during the application process. For some reason his child patients seemed to easily relate to him. Always with a smile on his face, Dr Houghton is truly here to help – whether that be by donating his old toys from a year ago or smashing out an animated instructional video about pressing for his team of Squanderers. Owing to a lack of appropriate kitchenware Dr Barry Shrignal has borrowed a bedpan from the ward and this evening has been using it to prepare a delicious Friday Night Dinner for the firm. While the discussion regarding 7.5 vs 15 litre vessel might seem academic to some, when it comes to bedpans you really don’t want one too small. Let’s hope Harry’s “chili con carne” can fuel the Squanderers for the weekend ahead. In a change of specialty, Dr Houghton will be turning his hand to geriatrics on Saturday, taking care of ancient Squanderer’s legend Dr Peter Fletcher* away at COP, and potentially surging into second place in the league.

*Unlike the medical professionals of CUH/CUHC, I cannot confirm the validity of Peter’s medical license.

Bedouin vs. Horncastle 1s 11:00 (H)

Dr El Robson has been working closely with the Bedouin this year to psychoanalyse the team and establish their path to success in 3NW. True to form as with many psychiatrists, organisation-wise Dr Robson has not started the season well, receiving DoD after a particularly distressed umpire highlighted the Bedouin’s almost identical attire to their opposition. This was perhaps the triggering traumatic event that led to the Bedouin’s (Freudian) slip down the table, but Dr Robson is confident that with some CBT (clean block tackles), the Bedouin will continue their winning ways. Away from the psychiatrist’s chair, over the past year she has been working closely with her colleague Dr Duckworth on improving her bedside manner. Much of this teaching has occurred after her regular seshsions with the Bedouin at the well-known establishments of Cindies and Life, although she proves a poor historian when asked to recount major events at training the day after. Dr Robson and the Bedouin go into their consultation against Horncastle this Saturday looking for a win to defeat their league demons.

DISCLAIMER:

Apart from the matches and their timings, none of this is true. If you see Fergus tell him he’s better at this than us.

Weekend Preview 13/10/2018

Lots of good results last week, well done everyone. Several intriguing fixtures this weekend, summarised in tabular form at the base of this preview (back by popular demand). We also have a big night out scheduled for Sunday (shock) so lots to look forward to.

Women’s Blues

A rivalrous week for the Women’s Blues saw a win against locals Cambridge City and a loss away to their counterparts in Oxford. OUHC Women’s Blues captain Shona McNab had this to say: “Although we won I’d much rather be at Cambridge like you bro. You lot are clearly much more fun than us and this ‘shoe’ stuff is getting really old. Also it’s so annoying drinking exclusively shandy on nights out. You rehydrate quicker than you get boozed! Completely pointless.” The girls remain unbeaten on Saturdays and will aim to continue that streak away in Norwich this weekend.

Wanderers

The Wandies also had a mixed week with a loss away at Wapping but a good win in their opening BUCS fixture away in Loughborough. Upminster are another mid-table side so an important six points are up for grabs tomorrow at Wilby. Of course in fact the winner will only get three points but you know what I mean.

Bedouin

The Beds travel to Huntington this week in search of a second win this season. Huntington put six passed March Town last week but I wouldn’t read too much into it as it looks like everyone in Division 3 NW has been pumping March Town. It should be a good contest.

Nomads

The Nomads are on a bit of a winning streak after picking up three points in Ipswich last week (the Stag Café must have sorted them out) and dispatching the OUHC Mavericks on Wednesday. This Saturday they face unbeaten Bedford, a team named after the city of Bedford. A win would see them rise to at least third place in Division 1N – nice!

Squanderers

Results have begun picking up for the Squandies, and they surely go into this Saturday’s fixture as firm favourites. So far this season the oppo Wisbech Town have been getting pumped at home and away, conceding 15 without reply so far. Remarkably they aren’t even bottom of Division 3 NW because Ely City are getting pumped even worse. I am scheduled to umpire this fixture and will pass on my insights in next weekend’s preview.

Men’s Blues

The Men’s Blues picked up an excellent three points in a tense game against Wapping last week. On Wednesday they pumped a poor Plymouth side 16 (or 17 – reports vary) – 1, including a nice flick bottom left from yours truly. It’s another top of the table clash this week as they travel to newly relegated West Herts – more points would set the boys up well as they move on to kinder fixtures in the coming weeks.

Team Saturday Form Oppo Saturday Form Location
Women's Blues WWW Norwich Dragons 1 LWD A
Men's Blues WLW West Herts 1 WDW A
Nomads WLW Bedford 2 WDW H
Wanderers LWL Upminster 1 WLW H
Bedouin LWL Huntington 1 LDW A
Squanderers LWD Wisbech Town 2 LLL H

 

Weekend Preview 06/10/2018

As preseason and freshmen’s week draw to a close, our teams are beginning to settle in to the weekly routine of hockey and huge nights out. Sounds like the club swap last week was a bit medium but Mr ex-Presdient Ed Sides did spend three hours outside Cindies not getting in. Nice tri Ed. Shout out to Andy, who retired this week after many years of service as the Hawk’s Club steward – thanks for everything. Six big games this week.

Nomads

The Nomads will aim to bounce back from a tough home defeat to the Women’s Blues last week as they travel to Ipswich. Ipswich sit just three places and one point above them so it would be a handy scalp as they look to start climbing the table. Watch out for Richard Hesketh enjoying a sausage and egg roll at his favourite greasy spoon, the Stag Café, en route.

Women’s Blues

The Women’s Blues traveled well last week, winning convincingly at Nomads, and they will hope to maintain Saturday form that has seen them go top of Division 1N. Their BUCS campaign unfortunately began with a home loss to Cardiff on Wednesday – a return to winning ways at home to Cambridge City tomorrow would be welcome.

Bedouin

The Beds picked up an important three points away in Royston last week after a tricky start versus league leaders Saffron Walden in their season opener. They face Bury St Edmunds at home tomorrow in what promises to be a thriller – Bury have scored fifteen and conceded five across their two games so far. Get down to Wilby at noon for the goal fest.

Men’s Blues

A confident Men’s Blues were brought down to earth last week against a strong St Albans side. Perhaps due to some tour fatigue, they started off the pace, and, although the game evened out in the latter stages, Albans did not crumble in the traditional way (that is, like bourbons) and ran out 4-1 winners. It won’t get any easier for the boys this week as they host Wapping – a team stacked with ex-CUHC stalwarts – but points are essential if they are to start challenging for the promotion spots.

Squanderers

After a high scoring loss in the first week of the season the Squandies were in the goals again last week, sinking the visiting Leadenham 4-0 (you can read all about it in an impressively formatted report here). In Cambridge City they face one of two teams in Division 3NW with a 100% record – it would certainly be a useful six points in their bid to climb the table further.

Wanderers

The Wandies won convincingly against Wisbech last week, making up for a disappointing season opener. They travel to Stratford to face Wapping on the Olympic pitch tomorrow, but don’t be fooled by the glamorous setting – Wapping played out a goalless draw against Crostyx last week so it could be a turgid affair.

Weekend Preview 29/09/2018

Sorry about the lack of Weekend Preview last week. I promise I’ll do one every week from now on – and that’s a promise.

Women’s Blues

The Women’s Blues got their campaign for bounce-back promotion off to a good start last week with a 5-0 win against Sudbury. Since then they’ve been away to Sheffield on hands down the best tour in living memory. Two good wins against Sheffield Hallam, including some encouragingly clinical penalty corner routines, and two massive nights out will surely stand them in good stead this week as they travel to the Nomads.

Bedouin

The Beds had a tough start to the league season last week with a thrashing at the heads of Saffron Walden. I was present at this fixture in the capacity of “umpire” and so can give you the full low down. Basically Saffron Walden were pretty handy. The game’s atmosphere was accurately summed up by an incident in the last minute when I didn’t blow a blatant foot on the line and none of the Saffron Walden players seemed to mind. The Beds look to get back to winning ways with an early start away at Royston.

Squanderers

The Squandies were unlucky to lose by a goal in a high scoring thriller away at March Town last week. This week they have an ohm game against Leadenham. Hopefully captain Owain Houghton will be let out of the kit cupboard in time for push back.

Wanderers

The Wanderers’ first game in Division 1N didn’t go as planned down at Sudbury but they look to bounce back straight away with a home fixture against Wisbech Town. They will aim to use their youth and the pacey Wilby pitch to their advantage against a team known for playing home games on one of the worst surfaces in the east. Their ranks are also bolstered by Will from the Inbetweeners and, apparently, the England squad. So it all looks good for the Wandies, best of luck lads!

Nomads

The Nomads’ first week back where they belong in Division 1N went perfectly with a 2-1 win away in St Neots. I have travelled through St Neots many times on the X5 bus. It’s quite pretty and has a butchers that does very good deals on sausages and mince but I don’t know anything about the hockey team. They face sterner opposition in the Women’s Blues tomorrow but they have the home advantage and can take heart in the fact that lots of the Women’s Blues went on two pretty huge nights out this week.

Men’s Blues

The Men’s Blues won comfortably last week against a very average Saffron Walden side, then set off on tour on Sunday. I can’t emphasise enough the extent to which these boys smashed tour. They played two games against Sheffield Hallam (who cares) then had two serously large nights out. Did you know you can get a pint for £1.25 in Sheffield? The Hallam lads said, “we thought you’d be proper nerds but you’re actually quite sound blokes” – high praise indeed. St Albans away tomorrow will be a good test.

 

Wilberforce Road development

Rapid progress is being made in the new developments at Wilberforce Road. On the main pitch, some fencing has been removed in preparation for an extended spectators’ area. Behind the main pitch and the athletics track, ground has been cleared for the impending second and third pitches.

View from the balcony and Wilberforce Road.