A tale of two freshers
The heroic students who suffered the ultimate drinking game forfeit.
It started with a game of fives.
40 freshers started the hockey club’s ‘Edinburgh Fives’. Slowly, the youngsters were whittled down to a final shootout between Sully and second team player Tom Abell.
The game was tense, the calls were loud, and when Sully failed to react as Abell correctly guessed “five”, he knew he was in trouble.
The forfeit? A trip to Edinburgh and back, on the train in one day.
Would Sully shirk his responsibilities? Would he refuse to take the trip, complaining about missed lectures and essay deadlines? Of course not, for Sully is an honourable man.
Sully departed Exeter St David’s on the 08:23 on Thursday December 13. He arrived in Edinburgh at 16:05. The journey seemed pointless and Sully got bored.
But touchingly, when he arrived here, there to greet him was a welcome party from our very own hockey club. They read about Sully’s plight on Twitter and were at the station bearing gifts of wine, flowers and an Edinburgh club tie.
There was no time for hanging around though. After a swift pint, Sully was on the train south, leaving Edinburgh at 16:52 to arrive in Exeter at 00:55.
Sully told The Tab: “While I enjoyed my time in Edinburgh, I might look to plan ahead next time. Next year’s game will be far more enjoyable knowing I’ll be safe from going the distance.”
However, this was not the end of it. Inspired by Sully’s journey, Edinburgh’s hockey boys pledged to send a fresher of their own to Exeter and back in one day.
On Wednesday, Edinburgh hosted their game of ‘Exeter Fives’. Fresher Max Abott lost in a well-organised final (their referee had a bow tie!) and yesterday he made the journey to Devon.
The Tab’s first update came as Max reached Birmingham New Street station. Frankly, he was looking less than impressed and some feared this was a joke that had gone to far.
Any fears were allayed when Max arrived in Exeter on the 14:42. There to welcome him were Exeter hockey’s finest and Ben Sully, the man who started it all. Max looked delighted.
There wasn’t much time for hand-shaking, so it was off to the pub for refreshments. Before Max had to head home, the boys couldn’t resist a game of fives where it all began.
There were no losers here though. In the spirit of fairness, the two sides called it a draw. Neither Sully nor Max much fancied another trip up or down.
Following protocol, Max hopped back on the train to return home. He arrived back in Edinburgh as Thursday turned to Friday.
And so it came to pass that two freshers journeyed the length of the country after losing a simple game of fives. Laughs were had, ties were exchanged, stories were told, but the real winners were sportsmanship and team spirit. It’s a touching tale to warm the hearts of students nationwide.
The Tab salutes you, Ben Sully and Max Abbot.