We all live for Wednesdays during term time. A chance to take a break from endlessly getting coffees and smoking if you're with WBS, a chance to let off some steam during what can be a hectic working schedule for actual students. The nights are the highlight for many, however the matches in the afternoon give some of the best and proudest memories one can get playing sport, be that a giant killing in the cup, a heroic comeback victory or binning an absolute worldie into the top corner, and our captains are all harbouring ambitions of making their sides the ones the whole club is talking about.
Next season is shaping up to be a very interesting one for the club as a whole, with strong showings anticipated for every team in their BUCS calendar.
Coming off the back of a patchy but promising season last year where they consolidated their position in Midlands 1A and managed to pull off an enormous upset in knocking Cambridge 1s out of the cup. Captain Sam Fisher says that 'The 1st team are aiming high for the 2017-18 season. The core of the team remains from last year and interest has also already been shown by some freshers with impressive credentials. With our new found strength and depth 2017-18 should be a very successful year. Despite a competitive league the 1st team are aiming for promotion.'
Despite their remarkable promotion on Saturday, which now sees them pitted against the likes of Beeston, Cannock and Loughborough Students 2s, this form did not translate consistently into the midweek fixtures, and they finished a very spirited, but not very successful, bottom of the table. Ahh well, they tried. Harry Beeching has been tasked with the side's recovery, and has this to say:
This year the 2s aim to challenge for promotion, having been harshly relegated last year after securing a record point total. However, with a largely unchanged team and the addition of some new and skilful blood we should prove a powerful force in Midlands 3A. We have strong opponents in Cambridge 2s who have proved tough combatants in previous meetings and look forward to a competitive and successful season.
Having been solid promotion contenders for a large amount of the season, a couple of poor results saw the 3s trail off and focus more heavily on their Saturday campaign. Despite this they managed to ruin the party for Nottingham 4s with Huw Barber's using the last touch of the last game to deny them promotion, putting their champagne on ice for another year. Incidentally, he was elected captain and gave his thoughts on the upcoming season here: Despite losing a large number of players, the 3s team left will be capable of finishing in the top 3, having proven we can score well against the weaker teams in the league.. The 3s this year will be an excellent proving gound for freshers due to the number of leavers and a strong intake could see them rocket up the leagues.
Trying to build on the foundations of Midlands 4A hockey will be the goal of this coming season for incumbent 4s captain Cameron MacLean. With inconsistent results against teams that were either much too strong or too inexperienced for the league they found themselves in appearing to be the theme of the season, he has lofty ambitions, but has not forgotten the base of newcomers that is key to the side.
Following a season of rather mixed fortunes, the 4s are now looking to push on and establish themselves as promotion contenders. With a large squad required to maintain a consistent challenge on 2 fronts, we'll be hopeful for both experienced players and highly-enthusiastic newcomers alike, in our push for the top.