Venue: St Peter's School, GL40DD
Sophie Johns, Ellie Shea, Hannah Johnson, Fee Crag, Kim Guest
Ellie McCaffery, Becca Sangwin, Sacha Percival
Alicia Turner, Heather Edworthy, Milly Church, Kalena Tucker, Bella Witt, Maxine London, Chloe Evans
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Women's Hockey Varisty 2019 Match Report by Alicia Turner (Featured on Gloucestershire Live)
University of Gloucestershire's women's hockey team retained the varsity title for the 16th year running against the University of Worcester.
The Blue and Blues secured a 5-1 victory against their rivals to round off the season in style at St Peter's High School.
Captain Becca Sangwin said: “The team’s performance was the best we’ve had throughout this season. It was the most attacking hockey we’ve ever played which created short corners and goals.
“Everyone played really well, all the links worked and the patterns of play we had been practising in training. We were able to get the ball out from defence to the midfield and forwards which created goal scoring opportunities.”
Both teams were in front of a healthy crowd, with Worcester supporters making everyone aware they had arrived.
Gloucester made a huge impression in the first 10 minutes when forward Milly Church scored with a straight strike from inside the attacking circle.
Throughout the BUCS season, it is known the girls usually concede first before scoring.
Sangwin said: “The first goal was a defining moment, it helped take just that little bit of pressure off us.
“It certainly set the boundaries and from then on we weren’t going to walk off that pitch without a win.”
Throughout the game Worcester were struggling to get turnover of play and balls past the midfielders.
They only managed to get into our defensive line once or twice, proving that Gloucester were strictly dominant from start to finish.
Left midfielder Ellie McCaffrey scored the second goal with a hard slap from a short corner; finishing 2-1 at half-time.
“Worcester were surprisingly aggressive this year, in terms of physicality instead of being aggressive on the ball," Sangwin said.
“In our pre-season game against them, we won 3-1 but it was not easy. This time round it felt very different and it wasn’t what we were expecting."
During the second half as the heat started to pick up, Heather Edworthy scored a blinding goal from the top of the circle in one stroke, landing in the bottom left corner.
Sangwin said: “Our crowd may have got to them, we played a really good style of hockey. When you play a good style of hockey it's very hard to break a team down, which Worcester didn’t manage to do.
“We put the training and hard work in and it obviously paid off.”
The defenders put into play what the side had been working on in training, out letting the ball to the midfielders and forwards.
This was emphasised into the midfield line into the forward line, created by the forwards working together making leads wide and to the base line.
The next goal was served on her reverse by Maxine London who was on the post as Sacha Percival lined the ball up perfectly.
Throughout the second half, issues with umpires making incorrect decisions impacted certain set plays.
Sangwin said: “As a captain its very important to stay calm and collected in these situations. However, it is difficult as frustration does sometimes creep out.
“It’s all about making the best out of a tricky situation which really helped us come together as a team and come out with a win.”
Sangwin put the score to bed as she scored a slap from open play, which slid past Worcester’s defence.
Player of the match was awarded jointly to Milly Church and Sacha Percival.