Cup glory for Birmingham hockey

The University of Birmingham’s hockey team claimed victory in the final of the women's England Hockey Cup (hockey's equivalent of the FA Cup) on Sunday, convincingly defeating Surbiton 4-1. In doing so they became the first University team to win the championship.

Hockey victory picture

Celebrating victory

The team, which is a mix of University of Birmingham students and alumni, had previously reached the semi-finals three times in the last four years, but this year the team claimed the ultimate prize.

 Surbiton actually scored first 27 minutes into the match, but 3 minutes later the University equalized through Liz George (alumni), leaving the score at half time at 1-all.

 In the second half, senior Welsh international Tina Evans scored for Birmingham from a short corner on 55 minutes, and just 10 minutes later Jenna Woolven (a University of Birmingham Sport scholar) added a third again from a short corner. Tina Evans completed the convincing win with a fourth goal in the dying seconds of the game.

Captain Laura Bainbridge said ‘I am so proud of the whole team, winning the cup was a brilliant way to end the season. With a number of the girls leaving us this year it was great for them to go out on such a high.'

The cup was presented to the team by England Hockey president Simon Mason. Laura added, 'having reached three semi finals, it was amazing to finally lift the trophy!'