Six-A-Side University Tournament Proves a Success

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Last Wednesday saw a new high tempo, attacking tournament take place in Nottingham.

This small-sided hockey project, which is funded by Sport England and delivered in partnership with BUCS, did not fail to live up to expectations.

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From the BUCS Premiership A tier of hockey, the likes of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Durham, Loughborough, Birmingham, Oxford Brookes and Sheffield Hallam all took part.

With six people to a team on the pitch and ‘scoring zones’ 15m from the baseline of the pitch and running across the full width of the pitch, goals were there to be scored. Furthermore, penalty corners were replaced by power corners, which gave the attacking team five on two scenarios.

As a result there were plenty of spectacular skills, great finishes and busy goalkeepers, with 311 goals scored across the day. At one stage in proceedings, a goal was being scored every 31 seconds.

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In the women’s competition, Birmingham B came out victorious, beating Durham A, 2-1 in the final. They impressed throughout winning all five of their group matches.

University of Birmingham Captain, Harriet Mitchell, was very pleased to win the difficult final of the first ever competition and very much enjoyed the fast paced hockey.

She said: “It was a really tough game, the toughest of the day. Durham had some really good chances. Anna Baker scored an amazing goal but I think we held them off well.

It’s a great feeling to win the first small-sided university tournament.

It was a really fun day. It’s fast flowing and the power corners are really good.”

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On the men’s side of the draw, Nottingham Trent A won the tournament, beating Loughborough B, 2-1 in the final. However, they did not have it all their own way. They lost their first match to Birmingham A, 3-1 and finished second in their group. They also were taken to a penalty shootout in the semi-final against Durham A after a 2-2 draw.