2010 was the year of blood, sweat and tears. As I watched the indoor hockey on a live stream in between 2nd year exams, I couldn't help but feel there was somewhere else that I would rather be. Controversial umpiring decisions saw the mens 2s and ladies 1s held to draws despite very strong sides but the mens 1s would still struggle their way to their traditional win due to a Niko Bode Hat-trick. This would secure the UYHC points lead overnight. Fortunately I would make it back for the Saturday of Roses, I was however too late to see 3rd team goalkeeper Dong-Oh Shin accidentally stand on a pigeon on Friday evening. This freak accident would not show the only Lancaster broken hearts of the weekend.
Going into the tournament, the Facebook "banter" had been going strong. Ffion "Milkshake" Davies of the Lancaster Ladies 2s did not make many friends and had added to the pre-tournament hype. The mens 3rd team played first and were unfortunate to be beaten by 1 goal. They took the traditional Roses approach of starting to drink straight away and not hold back on talking to the opposition during the match. These factors helped set up arguably the greatest Ladies 2s match in UYHC history. A Katrina Dewar short corner strike was the difference in the first half, but when the sides changed ends the action really started. A stroke was awarded to Lancaster but a superb save by an inspired Claire Kirby kept York ahead- much to the enjoyment of the York men. Katrina Dewar then scored another short corner special to make it 2-0. York, in truth, had had very few chances in the match, but with the Lancaster keeper letting in both shots she faced, the York contingent thought it was necessary to go behind the goal with a megaphone to let her know their thoughts. As Lancaster came back into the game with a goal, York Sport President Emily Scott scored a heroic third from another short corner, to further reduce the self esteem of the Lancaster keeper. With Lancaster though still dominant in midfield, they sensed a comeback was on. Another Penalty stroke was awarded and this time a change of taker saw Ffion "Milkshake" step up to the plate. Claire Kirby anticipated correctly and made a full length diving save to stop the ball from going in the corner of the game. Lancaster would get one more back, but with time running out the final score ended 3-2 to York. Claire Kirby's double penalty save remains the outstanding display in Roses by a York keeper, whilst the commiserations between Milkshake Davies and the Lancaster keeper in tears at the end of the game will be the lasting image.
The Mens 2s continued the momentum winning their match 1-0 with a very solid performance including another sighting of a Tom Harcourt short corner roses goal. The Ladies 1s then took centre stage and with a star-studded team took a strong lead. The Great Charlie Bartlett was on top form at the heart of everything, attacking from the right wing and also helping out defensively. At 3-1 up with victory in sight, York's star player was hit in the head and amid a great deal of blood was taken away to be treated. With the volume raised with some harsh words from the Lancaster men, the comeback was completed to earn a 3-3 draw- a result which would not have happened had Bartlett remained. The Men faced a strong Lancaster side, featuring multiple overseas players, and went to war in the pouring rain. With York 2-0 down, we rallied defensively and Andrew Mcillwraith captained his team to an unlikely draw as the rain came to a close on the highest quality match in many years to once again give UYHC the points edge.
2010 was remembered as a resounding success, especially on the ladies side. Claire Kirby, Katrina Dewar and Charlie Bartlett performing at their absolute best when it mattered the most, showing the anyone can step up and heroes can be made from unlikely sources. They marked the turning point for the ladies side of the club, which in future years would see an incredible solo wonder goal by Frankie Hall, a Harriet Mills goalfest and who can forget last years display by Nina Rawlings, completing a hat-trick with a stunning roses performance that in every way held her up there with her predecessors. UYHC were united as a club in 2010 and went the extra mile literally bleeding for the cause, and drawing inspiration from each other infront of probably the most vocal Lancaster crowd ever.
Roses changes people's lives at university. Charlie Bartlett went on to captain a winning side the following year. Ffion "Milkshake" didn't win a roses game since her inititial confidence on Facebook. And an exodus of final year students for York left the club on a high. 2010- blood, sweat and tears. The Year UYHC went to war.