It’s been a fantastic year for University of Birmingham hockey. Still reeling in the glory of both Lily Owsley and Sophie Bray’s Gold medals from Rio in 2016, the university team and players have grown stronger and stronger, both in BUCS and the Premier divisions. This year, for the Hockey World League (held in New Zealand), not one, not two, but three current students represented the university in the England team, as well as four of our alumni.
Students Lily Owsley, Livy Paige and Erica Sanders are all current sports scholars at the Uni, and alumni Sophie Bray, Emily Defroand, Hannah Martin and Anna Toman played for the club before graduating. The team battled valiantly in the qualifiers, with a good win against the USA getting them through to the semi-finals, where they eventually met a tough match against New Zealand and just missed out on a medal. Nonetheless, in true team spirit it doesn’t seem to have dampened the enthusiasm of the girls, especially with the announcement that Lily Owsley was awarded Young Player of the tournament, to which her teammates took to Twitter to offer their support and congratulations.
Lily, who was also named the FIH Rising Star in 2015, was deservedly given the prize after being the standout player in the England team in every game they played, from driving the attacks and crucial tackles, dodging her way through the walls of opposition and generally being the queen of speed and ball control. Her determination and motivation to keep pushing is something we continue to see in her games, and we are so proud of her achievement, as well as the success of the England team as a whole. Congratulations girls – here’s to next year, undoubtedly one to look out for!
Check out details about the UoB hockey teams here.
Pictured: Investec University of Birmingham Women’s team, Credit: Alan Spink