With the Notts Varsity Hockey due to take place tonight, we caught up with the Women’s captain Pip Sanders ahead of the big match:
How are you and the team feeling in the build up to Varsity?
We have had a strong end to the season, setting us in good stead for our varsity game. All the girls are excited and there’s a great team atmosphere in the dressing room. We are looking forward to the challenge of playing a Prem A side.
How do you and the girls mentally prepare for a big game such as Varsity?
Team bonding is key, making sure everyone’s on the same page with the end goal. We have meetings leading up to the game to get the girls pumped.
How do you think the Trent fans impact your game?
The fans are a huge help, it’s a great feeling when you run onto that pitch into a cauldron of noise. We are all relishing the chance to play in front of a big crowd and hopefully they’ll give us the extra motivation to get a result.
What will you be doing to prepare for this year’s Varsity match?
The girls are all working really hard on the training pitch. We’ve had a couple of warm up games and we’ve been working collectively, on and off the pitch, to make sure we can do ourselves and NTU proud.
Do you believe you will win?
It will be a close game, we were beaten last year so we are looking to bounce back. We’re in good form so anything is possible. If we turn up on the day like we know we can we’ve got every chance.
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