Performance Sport News 19th January 2017

Women's Rugby Travel to Durham, Losing out to 3rd Seed

After an impressive result against league number one (Team Northumbria) on Saturday, winning 47-12, women's rugby travelled to Durham to play the 3rd seed hoping to seal their title as league champions.

EULRFC had a strong first half leading the host team 17-12 at the half. However, a strong turn around from Durham in the second half saw them tie the game 17-17. A last minute try made the final score 22-17 to Durham at the 80 minute mark. Our women's team still have everything to play for as they head into their final league fixture in two weeks against Newcastle.

Strong Representation from EULRFC as Six Nations Squad Announced

Shade Munro has just announced a squad of 32 for Scotland Women's 2017 Six Nations. After representing Scotland against Spain in World Cup qualifiers back in November, 9 past and present Edinburgh University players will once again be representing their country. Congratulations to:

Alumni: Karen Dunbar, Heather Lockhart, Lisa Martin and Helen Nelson

Edinburgh University athletes: Katie Dougan, Lisa Thomson, Rhona Lloyd, Megan Gaffney and Sarah Law

Men's Rugby Put on Dominant Performance Against Loughborough at Home

After a slow start at Peffermill on Wednesday Men's Rugby scored a penalty try and converted to make the game 7-0 at the 25 minute mark, igniting the action on the pitch. By half-time the men's squad led Loughborough 14-7. EURFC did not lower the pace going into the second half, scoring after just 3 minutes of play, taking the team to a 21-7 lead. With little response from Loughborough, the side surged forward to a huge 48-7 win at full-time.

Women's Hockey Fall to Durham at Home

Women's hockey faced a tough home fixture this week as they hosted Durham University. Currently sitting 2nd in the BUCS North A league, our women's side were desperately seeking that win to keep them in a strong position near the top of the league. Coach Judge highlighted how important the game was ahead of the Wednesday fixture: "Durham is a really important game as we lost to them away which was disappointing." When they last faced Durham back in October women's hockey lost 5-1.

EUWHC came out strong on Wednesday with an early goal against the visiting side. However, Durham responded shortly after with one of their own making it a tied game going into the half. The second half saw the visiting team put on a dominant performance in goal allowing just one more goal from the Edinburgh side whilst our girls conceded two more goals. The final score: 3-2 to Durham.

Sarah Robertson and Edinburgh Graduate, Nicki Cochrane, Announced in 33 Woman GB Hockey Squad ahead of Tokyo 2020

It's an exciting time for women's hockey here in Edinburgh as Sarah Robertson and recent graduate Nicki Cochrane are announced in GB Olympic training squad. Congratulations to both athletes from everyone at the University of Edinburgh and good luck with your up coming training. We will be sure to follow both athletes on their journey toward Tokyo 2020.

Men's Hockey Progress to Next Round of the BUCS Trophy

In a rearranged trophy fixture against Liverpool last Wednesday Men's Hockey were tied 1-1 at full time. 10 first team players were unavailable and the men's side were down 1-0 at half-time. However, Finlay Walker from the men's second team scored an equaliser with 12 minutes left to play. The match went to penalties and it was 3rd team goal keeper, Conor Joyce's debut performance that lead the team to win on penalties. Coach Moodie described Conor as 'the hero of the match' and praised his debut performance for the men's side as he saved Liverpool’s last penalty. Congratulations to men's hockey and good luck in the next round where they play Manchester University at home in the last 16.

All five of Edinburgh's penalty takers scored (Callum White, Jock Breckenridge, Dan Coultas, Alan Oldham & Gordon Amour).

Archers Travel to Nimes in 3rd Stage of World Cup

Three of our performance archers are travelling to Nimes this weekend to compete in the 3rd stage of the World Cup. After Sarah Prieels' outstanding performance in Bangkok, winning gold, in December, there is a lot of exciting action to be expected in this next stage. After her performance in Bangkok Prieels was optimistic about the next stage of competition: "This achievement has set me up well for the rest of the indoor season, and I look forward to applying myself even further.” Good luck to Sarah Prieels, Hope Greenwood and Alistair Whittingham.


Hockey photo credits: Celia Powell Photography. Rugby photo credits: Rugby People

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