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Tom Etherington – Men’s Football: The thought of roses is a seed implanted in the back of your mind as soon as you join any competing society. The buzz and reality of the magnitude of the event grows throughout the academic year as Europe’s Largest varsity competition comes closer and closer for all the players.
In terms of preparation for the match it does not just begin at a certain point. Its crucial to be competing to the best of our standard throughout the year competing well in both BUCS League and Cup competitions, in order to be in the best condition and frame of mind for the game. We have been lucky enough to train with league two Morecombe FC only helping us develop as a squad, hopefully this will continue up until and beyond roses.
We currently partake in matches, fitness and training four times a week, as we have done all year, something that will remain up until roses weekend becoming more and more intense as it draws closer. Not only down to the drills and tasks undertaken but the desire and competition for starting places increases ensuring that everyone is pushing themselves to their limits.
With both teams doing well this season, moral is undoubtedly high and should be transferred into roses making it a real team achievement. The opportunity granted to us by LUSU, Sports Centre and Ground staff is greatly appreciated in the build up and leaves no excuse for us to not match the effort put in by them to help all the teams achieve.
Neil Pavitt – Men’s Hockey: Lancaster Men’s Hockey Club have a had a competitive year from the first team to the thirds, playing across the North Division of the BUCS leagues and competing with the likes of Durham, Manchester and Bangor. Each member of the teams have put in a lot of work and dedication to the year thus far, often giving blood, sweat and tears to the cause. Victories are obviously important, but the bond and team spirit within the club is monumental – we are the club with the biggest heart.
However, despite the importance of the BUCS leagues, the season’s purpose has always been Roses from day 1. The importance of this fixture is part of each player’s DNA and one which we intend to wear the Lancaster University badge on our chest with pride. We hope to do our part for Lancaster University by winning on foreign soil and bringing the points home to Lancaster. So, with less than 10 weeks to go, preparation has gone into overdrive and we are raring to go, to put York in our shadow and show them whose sticks are really bigger.