• 1’s The 1s continued their 100% record in BUCS Prem. B, north conference, with a 1-0 win over Newcastle. A hard fought victory with the hosts threatening on numerous occasions. The Edinburgh defence held firm and in the last 10 minutes, short corner specialist Antonis Efthymiou, secured the victory with a drag flick
• 3’s The BUCS fixture between Edinburgh University 4s and Edinburgh University 3s is always going to be a grudge fixture, and so it was. The 4s went in front early with a goal slid in by Luke Perkins, however when the 3s equalised through a Freddie Filor short corner scramble it was all to play for. Tension ran high in the second half, and with a few raised voices and various cards, it was great to see both teams’ passion for the win. The 4s made it 2-1 with a Felix Claridge deflection, until in the final minute where the 3’s Hugo Howarth scored off a short corner, making it 2-2. The 4s robbed of what would be a memorable win. Nonetheless, a fantastic day with brilliant performances all round
• 5 – The 5’s opened their Bucs account with a solid 4-0 victory over Aberdeen 3s. First half goals from Robin and Murdo rewarded the 5’s for their first half dominance. Second half, legs got tired and a string of Aberdeen chances followed, thwarted by the excellent Tammo. Super sub Nedwards scored the decisive goal on his debut before Tom Marchant sealed the win with a superb short corner strike, earning him Mom. 5 wins out of 5, the 5s go marching on.
– George Simonds
With the Men’s Hockey season well and truly underway most of our members enjoyed a well-earned day off this Wednesday. However, there were 2 teams still in action. The 1st XI began their defence of the BUCS North Premier B title at home to Birmingham University 2s. Edinburgh started quickly, going 3-0 up in the first 10 minutes courtesy of strikes from Jack Henderson, Ross Jamieson and Alan Oldham. The visitors managed to steady the ship and rallied to pull themselves back into the game with a goal, however this was quickly cancelled out by fresher Callum White to leave a 4-1 score line at the interval. The second half proceeded in a similar fashion to the first with Edinburgh edging possession and territory. Despite Birmingham remaining dangerous on the counter attack, EUMHC’s sustained pressure eventually told with the first XI getting their 5th and 6th goals in the afternoon to ensure a comfortable ending to the game. This result leaves Edinburgh on top of the pile after the first round of fixtures.
The only other team who were in action were the 5’s whose cup game got off to a blistering start, as they found themselves 5-0 up almost instantly. Rather than being through Calum Webb’s blistering attacking skills the real reason for this goal fest was the lack of an opposition so therefore the game had to be forfeited. Instead an extended half was played, incidentally won 3-0 by EUMHC. Goals included a lovely team goal finished by Sam Angell with Jordan Fitzpatrick scoring a dazzling solo goal. To round off the afternoon, captain Gavin Minty finally converted a penalty flick. Bring on the next round.
– George Simonds
MOM: Jack Friend
DOD: Toby Latham
Rivalry. A word which tells you everything you need to know when discussing any fixture between the Edinburgh Uni 2s and their more talented, and better-looking, counterparts – the mighty 3s. On this occasion, the 2s had sunk even lower into the depths of depravity in their desire for victory. Not only did their side contain the two greatest traitors of the modern era, Charlie Cook and Guy Allen, but they also had the audacity to draft two first team players. Euan Christie, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror. The 3s on the other hand, deprived of their superstar fresh Angus Sandison who had travelled to Durham to see his bird (tut tut tut), were forced to call upon the aid of two members of the 4s who gallantly came to their aid. As everyone could see, the odds were stacked against the 3s but everyone loves an underdog.
The game began at a frantic pace – the 3s rampant. The 3s’ onslaught was incessant as Tom Beddis and Harry Scott fed the forwards with consummate ease yet a lack of accuracy in the final third was once again their undoing. After the 3s landed a few opening blows on the chin of the 2s it was time for their adversary to repay the favour… with interest. The 2s started to dominate the midfield and ultimately broke the deadlock midway through the half. The 3s, however, responded well to this setback as they pushed hard for an equaliser. Chances fell to Jack Friend, Ruari Gillepsie and Jack Preece among others but once again they were not taken. Having hauled themselves back into contention, it was the cruellest of blows for the 2s to score on the stroke of halftime and take an unjustified 2-0 lead into the interval.
The second half followed a very similar pattern. As the 3s pushed hard for an equaliser chance after chance was made but none taken. With the 3s run ragged it is no surprise that the 2s netted two more goals in the final quarter of the match.
The scoreline of 4-0, however, does not reflect how hard fought a game this was and the 3s will take confidence into the return leg on Wednesday. As they say, “Aint not mountain high”.
Mom – Callum Webb
Dod – Gav Minty
First game of 2016, the mighty 5’s take on the 4’s yahs. Upon arriving at Peffs we were destined for a rough day on pitch, fresh Webb in classic fashion forgets the ball bag, hampering any warm up attempts.
After some early chances by the mighty 5’s we conceded an unlucky short corner and the 4’s capitalised on our mistake with a fluke volley. Clearly frustrated by this we played on but quickly let in another giving us a real challenge for the rest of the game. Traitor Marchbank had a few flairy dribbles but was quickly shut down by a strong defence. We had a couple chances in the first half including a penalty appeal but we came in at half time frustrated and slightly bitter. With an inspiring speech at half time, “ to stop bloody dribbling” – Eugene, 2016. Continue reading
EUMHC 4s vs EUMHC 5s
23rd January 2016
DOD – Chazza T
MOM – Kenji Smith
With the opposition pumping out the sort of tunes from their dressing room which are only appropriate in places such as “The Big Cheese” on a Saturday night or Charlie Thomas’s “easy listening” playlist, the league leaders gradually assembled in the changing room across the hall. It was clear that our opposition for the afternoon, the EUMHC 5s were pumped up and fancied their chances as the underdogs in so many situations do, while we remained resolute and trusting in our abilities to once again dissipate the understudies.
EUMHC 2 (Coultas, Moodie) – Kelburne 1
It was a week that had the potential to derail EUMHC’s season. An unsuccessful appeal led to a points deduction that saw the team crash from 3rd in the table to a lowly 8th, three points off the coveted 4th position. To make matters worse, the side were facing Kelburne, a team they had never taken a point off in Graham Moodie’s 7 years in charge.