Cambridge University Hockey Club
Cambridge won back the Men's Varsity crown last year, coming out the victors in an extremely tight 3-2 win. The Women's Blues haven't won the Varsity match since 2015, but are determined to prevent Oxford keeping the title for 5 years on the bounce. They, along with the men, are excited about the prospect of facing down the Dark Blues at Southgate. You'd be a fool to write off either of these Cambridge sides.
The Blues began this season having to deal with the departures of a number of the squad’s prominent and seasoned players from the previous year. Regardless of the player turnover, this year’s younger team has bonded impressively, and this has translated into an increasingly positive set of results for the first half of our season, despite our slow start.
On Saturdays in East Prem A, the squad has gained serious momentum after some initially disappointing results, and we are now only being denied 2nd place by goal difference. An impressive winning run beginning in early November has helped us climb the table rapidly, and included away wins against both Wapping (2-0) who sit in 2nd, and West Herts (4-3) in 1st, incurring their first defeat this season.
On a Wednesday, following the extensive reshuffling of the BUCS leagues, we find ourselves in the South Premier Division. Having dominated our BUCS league last year, competing towards the top of the table alongside several teams that played in the league above us last season reflects continued strong performances.
Without the luxury of tying up our BUCS league by Christmas, as happened last season, in 2020 we aim to challenge for the top positions in Wednesday and Saturday leagues, as well as winning the Varsity Match once again.
Cambridge Men’s Blues Captain 2019/20
The Women’s Blues came into the 2019/20 season sitting in a strong position following promotion from the 1N league after a successful season last year alongside the continuation of Darrel Cassidy as our coach. With many returning Blues, an influx of fresher talent and many making the move up from Nomads to Blues we have finished the first half of the season very positively.
We have steadily improved throughout the first half of the season gaining confidence with each performance and we are competing well in our newly promoted league looking to comfortably achieve our aim of a mid-table finish within our Saturday league. This year we welcomed the restructuring of our BUCS league, we have competed well in this league also with some very convincing wins and with some solid performances in our last three games last term. I am confident that a top 3 finish is well within our capabilities. We have taken losses early on in the season in our stride, in the knowledge that we are a different team today in compared to the one we were back in October.
As for today, off the back of some strong performances on both Saturdays and Wednesdays, I am confident that every player on the pitch has built the confidence over the season that will translate into the long-awaited re-gaining of the Varsity Trophy.
Cambridge Women’s Blues Captain 2019/20