Hawks’ Club Team of the Year Award

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This year has been an exciting one for CUHC’s Men’s Blues, as we chased a Quadruple set of honours until the penultimate match of the season, and despite coming heartbreakingly close to this unprecedented result, still managed a historic Double. A key element of this season was our performance in University hockey, as we comfortably secured our highest ever BUCS finish, which promotes us to the highest possible league just 8 years since joining BUCS. In the BUCS Trophy we further proved our position as one of the top hockey-playing universities, narrowly losing the semi-final in the midst of a run of grueling and challenging fixtures, including the Varsity Match.

In addition to the BUCS league and Trophy on Wednesdays, we have been playing in the third tier of men’s hockey nationally every Saturday, where we secured our highest ever finish, dramatically missing out on promotion to England Hockey’s East Conference in the penultimate round of league fixtures. Despite the disappointment of this result, we have shown outstanding resilience to compete against non-university sides with semi-professional and ex-international players. This is particularly promising going forwards, as more often than not, more than a third of the team were freshers, or playing their first seasons for the Blues.

The Blues are always proud to represent the University, which is never more visible than at the Varsity Match. This year, in our 119th Varsity, we were determined to seize the trophy back from Oxford and return it to its rightful home for the 6th time in 8 years. This ambition was matched by our outstanding performance, as we not only put the nail in the coffin for Oxford’s last hopes of any success this season, but ensured the completion of an historic Double for ourselves. The result was even sweeter as Thomas
Jackson scored the winner in his final Varsity appearance, all whilst a host of new-Blues were putting in top quality performances, highlighting the huge potential for future success.

This season can rightfully be judged as outstanding as both standalone and in the context of consistently improving league standings and the enhanced reputation of Cambridge University Hockey. But this award is not about future success, nor past glories, but instead about the performance of our team this year. Even when you strip away these elements of our season, it is still clear that we have had an historic year, securing highest ever league positions in BUCS and the England Hockey league structure, going further
than ever before in the BUCS Trophy, and ensuring that Oxford went home empty-handed from Varsity and this entire season.

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