We’re nearly halfway through the first term of this year, and the first four weeks for the UWMHC has been as eventful as ever. A new sponsor in the form of Altoria has been secured for the year by our industrious President, and they have already hosted us for one circle, with more socials in the pipeline.
The beginning of a new year always accompanies a week of hard training in the form of Pre-season, which Patrice took as his cue to whip all the old boys into some sort of shape, also introducing the “Baker Surprise”, a run which has easily named this former hockey boy as the most hated of everyone who left last year (ed- love you Charlie). As much fun as endlessly running around a hockey pitch all day was, the tour up to Liverpool was the real highlight of pre-season. Results might not have turned out in our favour, but the night out was enjoyed by all, getting all the boys back into the swing of life at Uni.
Term started with high hopes for the UWMHC, and we were not disappointed- despite a questionable choice of stand position at the sports fair the effort invested by the exec and club members paid off as we managed to get a huge intake of Freshers for the year ahead. The taster session was fairly exciting, as the Freshers only got about ½ an hour of pitch time before we were all evacuated onto University House field and promptly had to abandon the session. Regardless of this setback as many Freshers turned up to the first circle of term as they could and discovered the joys of Purple and what not to call a Chairman.
The first few games for Warwick are always a struggle, as other teams get a few weeks head start over us in both training and bonding as a team, with this year proving no exception. The 2nd and 3rd XIs had the least successful starts to their BUCS and MRHA campaigns, while the 4th XI proved why they’ll be the team to beat this year smashing their first MRHA game 5-3. The 4th XI were also the first to get a win in their BUCS league, destroying Coventry 2s 5-2, leaving themselves top of the league! As ever wins have started trickling in as we progress through the season, with all the teams having got 3 points on the board from at least 1 match. The 1st XI, under the direct and “edgy” leadership of Patrice will be looking to build on performances that should have yielded better results so far in both BUCS and MRHA leagues, as the entire club looks to their forwards to start converting chances into goals.
Off the pitch the UWMHC have been busy around campus, from organising a Club Day against Northumbria to a well-executed pub crawl type night out in Leamington. The club day turned up decent performances for the Magmen to build upon, whilst entertaining us for a day before BUCS leagues started. Our boys are also getting involved in an squash ladder run within the club, keeping up the UWMHC outlook of being the best sportsmen on campus. Skool Dayz also saw an appearance for the Magmen as a few of the old boys returned to their favourite watering hole in the copper rooms for a few pints.
Look out for the boys smashing Warwick Dance for Sport Relief (ed- Yes, we did win last year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhpy72M-EtA) later on this term, and keep on attending training sessions!