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HOCKEY: University of Gloucestershire Women’s Hockey team narrowly miss out on promotion

University of Gloucestershire Women’s Hockey team finished third in this BUCS season in league Western 1A.

Having struggled at the start due to lack of players and injuries, the squad have worked extra hard to make an impact in the league.

With no consistent wins or losses, the girls have had to restructure and reshuffle positions and utilise their strengths which hasn’t been easy for captain, Becca Sangwin.

“I’m generally really happy with the way the season has gone, there have been high and low points. We’ve had good games and bad games but that’s just hockey, that’s just sport.

“We lost four games out of 10 and even though that’s not ideal, we never lost by a lot of goals and on reflection we should have won with some minor changes.

“For the position we were in right at the start of the season I do think the last few months couldn’t have gone any better,” she said.

Towards the end of last season, the squad hit a loss of over half the team leaving and so Sangwin found it difficult at the start having to accommodate for lack of players.

The squad was in a much tougher league and since being relegated they soon realised that it was still not going to be a walk in the park.

Sangwin said: “The key element we have learnt is that that when on the pitch it is all about making strong links with each other and being consistently strong on the ball.

“The main focus throughout training has been out-letting, this includes creating short corners and working the goalkeeper to get those easy goals.

“Training was based around working with the forwards and the mid-fielders, creating those important links in all areas of game play.

“However, next seasons aims could be about working the defence with the mid-fielders. Anything can happen when the teams are forced to rebuild, which is really exciting.”

Shadowing last year, there is a good chunk of final years leaving the squad with only nine players remaining.

Sangwin believes she is leaving the team in a good position.

“It is definitely more beneficial for the team to stay in this current league. It will be a challenge for them to build a new team let alone play and perform well week in a week out.

“Going forward the freshers have adapted well to the league and the standard, they stand a clear advantage heading in to next season and I am looking forward to seeing them progress.”

Sangwin believes she is leaving the team in a good position.

“It is definitely more beneficial for the team to stay in this current league. It will be a challenge for them to build a new team let alone play and perform well week in a week out.

“Going forward the freshers have adapted well to the league and the standard, they stand a clear advantage heading in to next season and I am looking forward to seeing them progress.”

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