Women’s Hockey storm through to the quarter finals of the BUCS Prem North Division

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LEED Gryphons Women’s Hockey took on their greatest rivals, Leeds Met, on Wednesday 25th January in their first BUCS fixture since the Christmas break. The women were on top form and played a great match against an ‘un-oiled’ Leeds Met team to win 3-1 in the Championship KO game.

With Director of Hockey, Gawaine Hogg, doing what he does best on the side line, the team were not allowed to let a ball pass them and started off an exciting game with an early goal, followed by a further two before half time.

Leeds Met came back strongly in the second half but this did not phase the Leeds Gryphons side and although the angry opposition managed to flick in a ‘fluke’ goal, as described by team Captain Jo Millward, this did not affect their fantastic win. When catching up with the team after the game, Jo described that she was ‘very proud of the girls’ and that it was a ‘really solid win’. The team did extremely well to ‘put the goals away in the first half from Charlotte Cremin, Hannah Rhodes and Laura Pegram.’

The Women’s Hockey team will now play in an away match against Bath in the quarter finals of the BUCS Championship knockouts and will go feeling positive after their last couple of league games. Gawaine Hogg described the game as ‘a very good performance and a result they deserved on the performance they put in. They are looking forward to playing the quarter finals away at Bath and can feeling confident following two successful big Wednesday wins. The team’s last game and big win was an away game against Birmingham in late November, a team they could meet in the semi-finals.

The excited players backed up their captain’s enthusiasm when describing the game. Hannah Rhodes who played a tremendous part in the game and scored one of the three goals commented, ‘I thought that we played really well as a team, come on Bath!’ 

University of Leeds Sports Scholar, Laura Sugar has had a particularly exciting week having just returned from Portugal where she played for Wales who won team Silver at the Indoor Europeans. Laura also expressed her excitement for playing Bath in the quarter finals for the University. ‘Bring on Bath next week!’