A fault on the official BUCS website led Pompey’s Hockey girls to the false belief that they had won their league long before the end of the season.
A few below-par performances followed this news and when the glitch on the website was fixed, it looked like Pompey had effectively thrown their chance of promotion away to rivals Canterbury. Luckily, Canterbury were about to throw it straight back by failing to play their remaining games by the set deadline.
As a result Portsmouth once again found themselves top of the table, and having to prepare for two playoff games. If they win those, it will see the Portsmouth ladies team enter the Southern Premier League for the first time in the University’s history.
The playoffs will see them take on Cardiff University 1sts from Western 1A and Cambridge 1sts from Midlands 1A in a round-robin league to see who will get promoted.
The first game will be away in Cardiff, where they will take on a team who beat UWIC 3-1. UWIC were the team who smashed Pompey out of the cup with a 5-0 win in the quarter final. The girls are going to have to pull out all the stops if they hope to beat their Welsh opponents.
After this, the girls will welcome Cambridge University to Langstone in their final bid for promotion. Cambridge have had a very successful season, winning eight of their ten games in spectacular style, and are sure to prove tough opposition.
Come what may in the playoffs, the Portsmouth girls should be proud of what they have achieved . They’ve had an excellent couple of seasons: twice league winners in as many years and helping to put Portsmouth University hockey on the map.