The Women’s Blues rose to third in the South Hockey League Division 2, following a 4-1 victory over an Eastcote team that had previously been above them in the table. The team are in decent shape following an exciting 5-4 victory the previous week against local rivals Oxford HC, and are now closing in on Surbiton, who currently head the table.
With matches against Guildford and Marlow to come, maintaining form will be important for the Womne’s Blues. In an upcoming match against traditional rivals Cambridge in BUCS Premier South, the Blues will be given the extra motivation of looking to create a 5 point gap between their Varsity opponents. The Monkeys (Women’s 2nd XI) and Hos (3rd XI) remain mid-table in their Saturday leagues, but are performing particularly well in the BUCS leagues, being 2nd and 3rd in respectively.
The Men’s Blues had a difficult week facing high quality opposition in the form of Spencer and Milton Keynes in South League Premier Division 1and Bath University in the BUCS league. Despite the defeat to Bath, the Blues remain joint leaders of BUCS Premier South having recently defeated Exeter 4-3, a victory particularly impressive given that Exeter play in the National Conference, one league below the national premier division. The matches were made even more challenging by a string of injuries and illnesses that have affected the squad. The Occassionals (2nd XI) and Infrequents (3rd XI) maintained strong form, with the O’s third in the London Hockey League Division 2 and the I’s not far off in the same league.
Men’s Blues 1 – 4 Milton Keynes 1s
Women’s Blues 4 – 1 Eastcote 1s
Occasionals 4 – 1 Spencer 4s
Monkeys 4 – 3 Phoenix and Ranelagh 1s
Infrequents 3 – 1 Southgate 4s
Hos 0 – 2 Bicester 1s
Men’s Blues 1 – 3 Bath 1s
Women’s Blues 0 – 4 Cardiff 1s
Occasionals 0 – 4 Cambridge 1s
Monkeys 4 – 0 Coventry 1s
Infrequents 4 – 1 Harper Adams 1s
Hos 2 – 3 Nottingham 4s