Women’s Hockey grudge match between UCLU and King’s will open 2014 London Varsity Series

The Women’s Hockey Varsity this Friday 7th of March will be the first fixture of the eagerly anticipated 2014 London Varsity Series, promising to be a neck-to-neck showdown between UCLU and KCLSU.

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This Friday, the UCLU Women’s Hockey Varsity squad will be taking on King’s College in the first ever London Hockey Varsity. It will be the first fixture of the evening, followed by the men’s match, and will kickstart the 2014 London Varsity series.

In a LUSL Premiership fixture earlier this team, our UC girls beat Strand Poly 2-1. UCLU 1st team are storming through the season and have secured their position at the top of the league.

In BUCS, UCLU Women’s Hockey 1s compete in BUCS South Eastern 1A, a league higher than King’s 1st team. The UC girls even made it all the way to the BUCS Quarter Finals last week after beating Canterbury CCU 1st team 10-0.

As with the UC Hockey men, our players in purple are looking much better than King’s so far in the season, and are favourites to claim victory.

Our UC ladies will be fighting for the Hockey Varsity title against Strand Poly before the men’s fixture. Get your tickets now before it’s too late, and hold on to this who’s-who guide to cheer on your hockey heroes.

Isabela de Pedro (Captain), Centre Mid

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Degree: Colouring-in

Previous Hockey Club: U-16 National Spanish Squad #ballin’

How do you prepare for a hockey match? Go to church and pray for a good game, leaving everything in the hands of the Lord.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years’ time? Teaching my 11 children how to play hockey at the fortress TD

How would your coach describe you? ‘You’re fitter than anything’

What celebrity do you get compared to? Phil Neville

Sophie Gordon (El Presidente), Centre Back

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Degree: Human Sciences

Previous Hockey Club: Clifton LADies Club

How do you prepare for a hockey match? I don’t. The hockey match prepares for me.

What celebrity do you get mistaken for? I’m such a BNOC that I’m already a celebrity.

How would your coach describe you? ‘Your strength, is your strength’

Winok Lapidaire, Forward

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Degree: Masters in Neuroscience

Previous Hockey Club: Dutch National League

What is your guilty pleasure? Singing the Dutch National Anthem before a game

How would your coach describe you? ‘You’ve got good hands’

Hidden talents: Scoring the winner in Sudden Death Penalty Flicks

Rebecca Herron, position unknown

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Degree: I’ve repeated first year Biology at least 5 times, so now it’s Latin American Studies.

Previous Hockey Club: Mexico Veterans 7-A-Side

Hidden talents: Being the oldest in the team by > 10 years.

Best moment of ULCUWHC: Being picked for the 1st XI. I celebrated with a bottle of Bollinger.

Leona Leipold, Right Back

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Degree: MSc Synthetic Organic Chemistry with a side of Biology

Previous Hockey Club: U-21 Kenyan National Squad

How do you prepare for a hockey match? German Bratwurst Ja

What is your guilty pleasure? Jack #notguilty

Ellie Craig, Mid Bench

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Previous Hockey Club: Dean Close HC

Most likely to be found: Eating everyone’s food apart from my own. What can I say? I’m an athlete, my body is my temple.

What do you bring to the 1st XI? Below average chat. I’m a wockey fresher after all.

How would your coach describe you? ‘You’re a feisty little player’

Alice Lemkes, Forward

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Degree: History

Previous Hockey Club: Ryde School

Most likely to be found: In Regent’s Park under the rugby posts

What Celebrity do you often get mistaken for? Keith Lemon

What do you bring to the 1st XI? A whole load of goals and a ‘low centre of gravity’

Emily Jolliffe, Left Back

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Degree: Bio Med

Previous Hockey Club: Kingswood Netball Team

Most likely to be found: Socialising exclusively with the Resident Hockey Club Clique.

How would your coach describe you? ‘You’re as fit as a butcher’s dog’

Hannah Newton, Centre Back

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Previous Hockey Club: Chelmsford HC

What is your favourite possession? Hockey stick and first aid kit – the only two items needed for a successful game of hockey.

What is your favourite quote: ‘1% inspiration, 99% perspiration’ – Coach Gary, 2014

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? On my 9th UCLUHC Summer Tour

Best moment of UCLUWHC: Making it through a whole season as 1st XI captain.

Charlie Kraus, Left Midfield

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Degree: Psychology

Previous Hockey Club: The Clique.

Most likely to be found: Spending quality time with UCLU Men’s Football and Rugby

Hidden talents: Going AWOL.

What is your favourite possession? Danny Bond

How would your coach describe you? ‘I’d call you one of the lighter ones’

Allegra Willder, Forward

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Degree: Architecture

Previous Hockey Club: The Bartlett

Most likely to be found: In the Bartlett

Hidden talents: Being in the Bartlett for over 24 hours a day.

What is your favourite possession? A key to the Bartlett

Charlotte Gibson, Midfield

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Degree: Geography

Previous Hockey Club: Ab-initio HC

What is your dream job? A Geography Field Trip Supervisor

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? #UNAY

Lydia Harper, Forward

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Degree: Geography

Previous Hockey Club: UCLU 2nd XI

How do you prepare for a hockey match? Talking to Stevie on the train, hearing his voice calms my nerves before a big game.

What is your dream job? Being a good housewife for Steve

Jess Wildman, Goal Keeper

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Degree: Old languages that aren’t used anymore

Previous Hockey Club: UCL Women’s Rugby

Hidden talents: I’m better outfield

Favourite quote: “We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.”