Varsity Men’s Hockey Report
6th May 2015
An unbelievable comeback from UoN saw us clinch the Varsity series in the Men’s Hockey, with a 4-2 win.
The game began with ferocious pace, with both teams earning early short corners. NTU’s GB International Chris Proctor making more use of it with a commanding flick into the top corner. He then doubled NTU’s lead with a fantastic solo effort from another short corner, beating three UoN runners before lifting it just beyond Dan Darby into the UoN goal.
An animated team-talk from the UoN coach obviously paid dividends in the second half, as UoN came out looking like a completely different team. The first half had been a story of squandered short-corners and goal-mouth scrambles, but UoN began to show much more dominance, nullifying the best players in the NTU side.
UoN’s James Gall had a short corner flick illegally blocked on the line, resulting in a penalty flick to UoN. GB International Harry Martin converted with aplomb. Shortly after, a rapid counter-attack from UoN saw Jonny Ruiz convert from close range meaning the tie was level and UoN were looking more and more like the team who would go on to win.
Continued pressure from UoN resulted in Ben James being taken out in the D. Another penalty flick, and another fantastic finish from Harry Martin. NTU then took off their keeper to force players forward, but UoN sealed the victory with a breakaway goal, allowing Clarke Knowles to hammer the final nail in the coffin in the closing stages of the tie.
A phenomenal comeback meant that the Varsity Cup would remain Green and Gold for another year at least.
Varsity 2015 winning moment:
Men’s hockey post-match interview: