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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”