Hockey girls take league title

Sophie Davies 12 March 2012

Cambridge University 3 Birmingham 0

The Women’s Hockey Blues faced Birmingham 2nds in the dramatic final fixture of the BUCS Midland 1A League last Wednesday.

With Birmingham top of the table, just one point ahead of them, the Blues knew they had all to play for. When the two sides faced each other in November, Cambridge narrowly lost 2-1, but the girls have been in impressive form and went into the game full of confidence following a 15-0 obliteration of Warwick last week.

Cambridge sought to push forward from the off but were met with some resilient Birmingham defence and the opening minutes of the match saw both teams trying to maintain possession and control the play. Midway through the first half Dani Moyles scored the decisive opening goal for Cambridge following a great tackle and ball from Hannah Rickman. Birmingham had a number of chances as the half drew to a close but some fantastic saves from Vicki Evans kept the Blues ahead.

Birmingham began the second half strongly with a number of well-taken shots but Evans’ continued excellence in goal prevented any sign of Cambridge conceding a goal. Ten minutes into the second half a superb ball from Alex Maskell was well taken by Georgie Kilbourn who, after having her first shot on goal saved, slotted in the rebound superbly. With a two goal cushion the girls began to move with confidence and played some beautiful hockey down the wings, with particularly impressive passing from Captain Mel Addy and Maskell.

A stunning reverse sweep from Maskell made it 3-0. Birmingham continued to exert pressure as the game drew to a close but Evans ensured that Cambridge maintained a clean sheet.

By winning this game, the Blues won the league and will face a play-off final to win promotion to the Premier Division for next season. The girls will travel to Southgate on Monday for their Varsity fixture.

Sophie Davies