Midway through the cold Friday afternoon that was 11th March, Nottingham Trent University were leading the 2011 Varsity series 4-1. Come the next Friday evening, the men and women of the University of Nottingham had completely turned the championship around and led 5-4. Building on the successes of the Netball and Men’s Basketball, however close those results were, victory in both the Men’s and Women’s Hockey would result in Uni leading the series for the first time this year.
As the afternoon turned into evening after the Women's Hockey team securing a valuable Varsity point for Uni, the Beeston Hockey stadium began to get busier, despite the drop in temperature. The PA system started blaring out motivational tunes, such as Rocky, in an attempt to create an atmosphere of tension inside Beeston Hockey Club. Both teams were out on the pitch long before the push back, putting in some last minute training and sizing each other up. When the umpire blew his whistle to begin the game, there was a great roar from the spectators, as they looked forward to a cracking game of hockey.