Performance Sports News 24th November 2016

Photo Credit @Celia Powell Photography

Women's Hockey

Last Friday night (the 18th) whilst many of our women’s rugby players took up national team duties over in Glasgow (see link to story here http://www.ed.ac.uk/sport-exercise/performance) our women’s hockey team were at home hosting a tough Dundee Wanderers side. Despite the cold conditions the game hit off at 8pm and it didn’t take long for our women’s hockey side to heat things up. The strong Edinburgh side dominated the game, with Sophie Maunder scoring 2 goals and Amy Brodie, Sarah Robertson, Kirsten Peters and Louise Campbell contributing to what was, by full-time, a 6-0 win. Coach Judge said after the game: “We dominated the game & played really well, moving the ball well & creating lots of chances. We also defended well and I am pleased to keep a clean sheet.”

Unfortunately due to bad weather Edinburgh women’s hockey’s Sunday fixture against Grove Menzieshill was cancelled, and they are awaiting confirmation of a home fixture to Watsonians next Saturday, so that is all from women’s hockey this week! Congratulations on an emphatic win and a continued clean sheet!

Men's Hockey

A big fixture this week for our Performance Sports teams was the Men’s hockey match on Wednesday 23rd at Peffermill against Liverpool University 1s. The two teams clashed at 4pm in the last 32 of the BUCS Trophy. This match-up was somewhat of an enigma for Graham Moodie’s side as the coach stated earlier in the week: we have not played Liverpool in the last 8-10 years so they are a bit of an unknown quantity. However, it would be a challenge to topple the Edinburgh Men’s side who have been performing well on Wednesdays and are currently sitting top of BUCS Prem B. The team approached their Wednesday fixture confidently and with their eyes on that trophy.

Credit: @Celia Powell Photography

With a number of internationalists in his line up, both domestic and foreign, Graham Moodie heads a formidable side. However, this Wednesday the team were without two of their more experienced players, Dan Coultas, Scotland and GB internationalist and Chris Duncan, Scotland internationalist due to injury. In spite of injury Coach Moodie was rightly confident in the strength of his team and highlighted a number of players to watch out for on Wednesday:

Senior Scotland Internationalists: Gordon Amour, Jamie Wong and Dave Forrester (GK).

Scotland u21 set up players: Jock Breckenridge, Sean Stewart and Alan Oldham.

Outside the Scotland internationalists, Antonis Efthymiou (Cypriot International) and George Adams were also identified as dangerous players from set plays.

The game hit off as scheduled and Matthew Taylor scored for Edinburgh, but Liverpool retaliated with two goals of their own. However, due to freezing conditions on the pitch, creating a dangerous playing field for both sides, the game was abandoned with 20 minutes left to play. The fixture will be rearranged in January, with our men now travelling away to Liverpool.

Men’s hockey are still looking forward to starting their BUCS trophy campaign and besides their now rearranged fixture with Liverpool, have been drawn at home in EVERY round, giving them a great chance to progress to later rounds of the competition. Best of luck to men’s hockey and let’s hope for many more rounds of the trophy here at Peffermill in the coming months!

Archery

Our Performance Archery team had a very successful set of results on Saturday in their league match, winning the senior recurve team and novice recurve team. Guy Matzkin won the individual senior gents recurve and Neringa Siugzdintye and Lisa Mei Kompfner tied first for senior female recurve. In the gents and female novice recurves Daniel Pokras and Bogna Storlarska also placed first making it a clean sweep for Edinburgh University.

These results stand our Archery team in good stead for their trip to Marrakesh this weekend to participate in the first of four stages in the World Cup. With a slightly stronger female side, Edinburgh University are sending 3 female compounds: Hope Greenwood, Sarah Prieels and alumni Claudine Jennings, as well as one gents compound, Alistair Whittingham. Sarah Prieels won the bronze last year and is looking for another strong performance throughout the four stages starting in Marrakesh this month, Bangkok in December, Nimes in January and Vegas in February allowing her to make it to the final in Las Vegas. Congratulations on your results from this weekend and good luck to those athletes embarking on the first leg of their World Cup stages this weekend!

Women's Basketball

Women’s basketball were also in action on Wednesday (23rd), hosting the only other Scottish team in the BUCS premier league North, St Andrews. A new addition to the league this season, St Andrews are also somewhat of an unknown quantity to our Edinburgh side. However, the team have been going from strength to strength in previous years as demonstrated by their promotion to the Premier league this season. Despite St Andrews’ development and recent promotion, our Edinburgh women’s side were looking to make a statement, as the more established team, with a strong win over their only Scottish rivals and they did not disappoint with an emphatic 76-23 win.

Our women's basketball team have been struggling to compete in the first half of the season due to multiple injuries causing Sengers to call on many of the women’s 2nd players for support. However, on Wednesday the team had a few more first team players back on the court providing an even stronger force to face St Andrews. The win over St Andrews gave the team their 2nd win of the BUCS season making them 2-2.

UoE Swimming

Check out the link below for some very successful results from our UoE swim team from last week at the BUCS shortcourse in Sheffield. The team will be back in action at the Scottish National Shortcourse on December 10th and 11th, look out for more great results then. Credit: Mathew Trodden. https://spark.adobe.com/page/Cgo7F5hFlijdp/

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