The ABUHC Championships concluded last weekend with the final rounds being played in Birmingham and Cannock. Based on the first two weekends, the 24 qualified men's teams were ranked in one of 6 groups which would then seed a knock out for the final, with the other 6 teams entering the plate competition.
Cranfield continued their unbeaten run through the group stage with wins over Loughborough 2 (9-2), Bath (12-4) and Leeds (13-4) and qualified top of their group.
Cranfield advanced from the round of 16 with a win over Loughborough 2.
The quarter finals provided the Wolves with their biggest challenge yet, where they would go head to head with Huddersfield University, the only other unbeaten team in the competition. Strong defence and accurate distance shooting made the difference and gave the Wolves a 9-6 victory.
Cranfield met Cambridge in a semi-final which displayed the skill and physicality of both teams. After a tied 5-5 score at the half, Cambridge edged ahead by 2 goals after the break. Although both teams continued to put up points, Cranfield were unable to make up the difference and the game ended 13-10.
Cambridge went on to win the final against Bath, while at the same time Cranfield played Nottingham in the 3rd/4th place playoffs. Cranfield came away with the bronze medal after a 17-13 victory.
Having lost only one game out of the 18 that they played in the entire tournament, the Wolves have every reason to be proud of themselves and their achievements.
Our congratulations go to the Cambridge men's team and the Middlesex women's team for their victories. The Wolves already cannot wait for next year, although our next competition update will come to you from France!