2012 started off strongly for UYHC on the Friday (as it usually does nowadays) with the indoor teams. The 2nd teams were beaten in narrow defeats, but the class displayed by the first teams saw two very comfortable victories. The impervious duo of Imy Eldergill-Storm and Vaila Ormiston showed why they are the greatest indoor defensive pairing in Roses History, defending and attacking as will. The Lancaster men could not handle Hugo Christie's drag flicks nor the passing play from Oliver Wheatley's side. This though was simply a warm up for the real drama of the Saturday.
Going into the outdoor, all the talk was about the Lancaster mens 3rd team and their undefeated roses streak. The mens 3rd's matches had been the only glimmer of positivity in LUMHC over the past few seasons and they were determined to keep it that way. A huge crowd gathered to watch the mornings highlight of the day. The match was tense throughout with both sides eager to assert their dominance to set the tone for later matches. York knocked on the door long and hard, but like in previous years many thought once again it would be a tale of frustration and that possession would count for nothing and the York players would have to listen to the Lancaster gloats of "undefeated" later in the night. But York had had enough of the torture, enough of the frustration and enough of the streak. Chris Butterworth scored a second half goal to make half of the touchline supporters cheer and when the final whistle went, John Waghorne had led his mens 3s to becoming the first mens 3s to win a roses match for York in history and forever end the years of hurt.
The rest of the day went to and fro between the two rival hockey clubs. Comfortable wins were mixed in with disappointing loses and frustrating draws meaning that going into the mens 1s game if Lancaster were to win then they would take the hockey on points overall- so everything to play for. A focussed warm up by Henry Mellers men led to a good start, with Meller himself being denied personal glory, hitting the same crossbar that he hit as a fresher 2 years before. Disaster struck for York in the second half when Lancasters captain dragflicked high to set up a one goal lead. The match seemed to last forever. The Lancaster first team players of this generation thought they were to taste their first ever Roses win to end their 3 year indoor or outdoor wait. One man though would not allow this to happen. Having the year before dramatically saved a dragflick off the line at a crucial moment before securing victory, Laurie "Roses" Torrington would rifle a flick of his own into the roof with one minute to go to break Lancaster hearts. A mini, Corum Cutts lead, pitch invasion followed, before the final minute was seen out with the match ending 1-1. Everybody there will remember the scene of Lancaster's Perry slumped on the floor, with York chanting his name, echoing the famous photo of York's Billy Walsh from 3 years previous, knowing that he may never experience a roses win. But the moment belonged to Laurie. He had saved the York men's team, he had secured a points victory for UYHC and he had instantly turned a poor weekend into a great one with the last meaningful touch of the tournament. He would forever belong in folklore as a UYHC Roses hero.
Roses changes people's lives at university. Perry stayed on one more year to try and achieve victory, but he did not succeed and ended his Lancaster career winless. Those few who still remain from 2012 will draw on it for inspiration as the year that streaks were first ended by York and then later streaks were extended by York.