Cambridge University Hockey Club
Cambridge lost both Varsity matches in 2018, but will be back for revenge this time around. CUHC managed a 4-1 victory across the 2s/3s/4s Varsity matches, indicating excellent strenght in depth and a clear foundation to rebuild. Look out for all sides in March as they both have a reputation for big game performances. It has been a while since a Cambridge side won a Blues Varsity match, and they will be desperate to change that form around.
This season has seen a healthy influx of fresher talent to supplement a good number of the more experienced returning Blues. This combination of young and old has translated well into performances which resulted in a very successful first half of the season.
On Saturdays, the squad has pushed on from last year’s sixth place to start challenging at the top end of the table in East Prem A and we ended Michaelmas term sitting in the promotion places, in fourth. Some notable results were an early 4-1 win against current league leaders Wapping and a 5-3 win away to West Herts, who were recently relegated from the National League.
In BUCS South Prem B, last year’s frustrating second place has been put behind us as the team dominated the league and secured the title with three games still to play. Promotion can’t be confirmed until the play-off games at the end of the season, but the team has confidence in winning these as well. With the BUCS league sewn up already, the main focus in 2019 has turned to securing promotion in East Prem A, winning the BUCS playoff matches and of course the Varsity Match.
Returning to Cambridge after a long break and the annual training camp at Old Thorns, the Blues were ready and raring to go but due to unfavourable weather causing cancellation of games and training sessions, it’s been stop-start hockey so far. Our first Saturday game was an impressive draw against Wapping, who have still not dropped points to any other team all season, but that was then followed by close losses against fellow promotion hopefuls West Herts and Harleston Magpies.
Despite these disappointing results, we’re still very much in contention in the keenly contested battle for promotion from East Prem A. Elsewhere, the team has reached the quarter finals of the BUCS Cup with hopes to go all the way in this competition.
In the coming weeks, the Cambridge Blues will hope to build momentum in vital Saturday matches against St. Albans and Ipswich to bring in good form and confidence for the Varsity Match where the team will hope to regain the trophy that has been absent for two years.
Cambridge Men’s Blues Captain 2018/19
The Women's Blues came into the 2018/19 season sitting in a strong position, with many returning Blues, an influx of fresher talent, and the continuation of being coached by Darrel Cassidy. Although some teams could see relegation in the previous season to be a negative, the Women's Blues have approached being in the 1N league differently; as an opportunity to build and regain confidence, and to try out a variety of new formations and tactics. As a result, our performance has developed drastically since the beginning of the year, and we are looking to continue such improvements into 2019. Sitting comfortably at 2nd position in our Saturday league, promotion back into East Prem A is well within our sights.
In BUCS, results look less good on paper. However, with a couple of solid wins under our belts, and continuous improvements as the season progresses, we are far from disheartened. We have taken losses early on in the season in our stride, in the knowledge that we are a different team today in comparison to the one we were back in October.
As for today, off the back of some strong performances and big wins on Saturdays, I am confident that every player on the pitch has built the belief over the season that will translate into the long-awaited re-gaining of the Varsity Trophy.
Cambridge Women’s Blues Captain 2018/19