The 1st XI is the shining light of LUUMHC and the team expected to display the highest commitment, drive and determination, alongside a considerable amount of flair. It is a team that possesses some of the most talented individuals in the club, ranging from an Ex-CC replica goalkeeper to a returning Canadian deportee captaining the new elite from right back. It should be the dream of every hockey fresher to get a starting place in this star studded line up.
BUCS North Prem B.
As the merger has now been put in place, The University of Leeds Men’s 1st XI compete together on a Wednesday and are shared out on the weekend. Captain Josh Mailing is looking forward to leading the boys back to the heights of BUCS Prem North A and many of the boys represent Leeds Hockey Club 1st and 2nd XI at the weekend.
Having been relegated from BUCS Prem A 2 seasons ago the boys will be looking to get back to the most prestigious league there is in Uni hockey, and with players returning to uni and a good influx of freshers the 1st XI is looking strong. Please click the team photo to see the teams progress on a Wednesday.
Latest Match Report
The latest match reports come from the student newspaper that follows the best of the BUCS university sides.
LUUMHC’s 1st team’s final fixture prior to the Christmas break provided a key encounter between the Gryphons and the University of Liverpool. With the Gryphons battling with fierce rivals Leeds Met for promotion and Liverpool desperate for points to pull themselves out of the solitary relegation spot, the match had an added competitive edge.
Following a few disappointing results, coach Carl made some alterations to his Wednesday team sheet. With debutant freshers Max Evans, providing Usain Bolt-esque pace and Will Kenney-Herbert adding some physical presence to the back four, the Gryphons appeared re-energised.
From the off Leeds were the stronger side with Josh Mailling and Matthew Proctor displaying great attacking work along with solid defensive cover by Ali Mannering. It took less than ten minutes for Leeds to break the deadlock, Henry Campbell opening the scoring with a low drag flick. From there on Leeds appeared in control of the game. Greg Bowler added the second, deflecting a customary mishit from James Wheaton, and captain fantastic Simon Hanley rounded the keeper calmly to make it three before the break.
Following a handful of shaky second half starts throughout the season, the Gryphons began the second half with caution. A trademark Oliver Swann corner routine goal banished those initial nerves, and at 4-0 up Leeds returned to playing their classy liquid hockey. For the final 30 minutes Charles Stuckey and James Wheaton kept Leeds ticking over, giving the team great flair and good legs in midfield. With strong leadership from Simon Hanley and Oliver Swann, Leeds were well on their way to three points.
Liverpool never lost hope and were eventually rewarded for their efforts with a consolation goal. There were no signs of a comeback though as Greg Bowler and Simon Hanley both added to their tallies before the final whistle, capping off an excellent performance from Leeds elite team. The result took the Gryphons into second place, providing the side with a great opportunity to achieve their aim of promotion to the BUCS Prem for next season.
Season Review 2014/2015