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UpRoar Preview: M1 v Nottingham and W1 v Edinburgh

Previewing the Men’s and Women’s fixtures and everything else you need to know about the event

For the first time ever, UoB Sport & Fitness have launched the BUCS Super Series, where 5 different sports are given their own showcase event in one of their fixtures where the whole of the University can come down and support. American Football spectacularly won the first event in the series and now it is the turn of Lacrosse. Last season the Mens team won BUCS Gold and the Women BUCS Silver and both teams are involved next Wednesday. We caught up with Club President Lucy Pirkle and their captains; Olir Bournes (Men’s captain) and Ali Marriott (Women’s captain) to help talk about how they were feeling ahead of the event.

How are you and the team feeling ahead of UpRoar?

Ali: We are extremely excited, but a few nerves are starting to set in! It is a huge match for us, and we are hoping for a big crowd to come down and support us.

Olir: We’re feeling great, the squad is looking strong and is firing on all cylinders. I think all the guys are excited to head out there and show the crowd the quality of UoB lacrosse.

“We also love that the event is working with the LGBTQ+ association and our aim is that it will encourage inclusivity, not only in lacrosse but also in sport across campus.” – Ali Marriott, Women’s captain

How have your other results this season gone?

Ali: Having played Edinburgh earlier this season, we are starting in a strong position winning 7-5. However, it was a close match and we anticipate another highly contested match. Currently we are 3rd in the northern premier league and hope to hold onto this position going into our second round of matches.

Olir: Our results this season have been everything we hope for; we remain unbeaten and continue to show the dominance of our style of play on the field. The consistency of our performances has been especially important for us with a clear action plan.

What do you expect from your opponents (Edinburgh/Nottingham) and where do you think the game will be won or lost?

Ali: Edinburgh are a strong side, with many fast and powerful players. We are hoping to shut down their attack and minimise goals conceded as much as possible. Edinburgh has a strong defensive unit but we are looking forward to try out some of our new attacking plays.

Olir: Nottingham is a fantastic lacrosse university and produces brilliant talent. I expect an extremely strong game from them with competition at all parts of the field. I think that with our excellent team defence and offensive firepower we can really cause Nottingham problems through limiting their goals and building our lead. I think Nottingham could potentially cause us problems through their midfield with strong young players such as Sheffield Steelers’ Max Wood leading the charge but we’re hopeful we can shut them down.

“It will act as a showcase for our sport and increases the exposure of our club on campus” – Olir Bournes, Men’s captain

How excited are you to be included in the BUCS Super Series and how do you think it’ll have a positive impact for your club?

Ali: We are very excited as it really gives us a chance to showcase our sport. At sport’s fair in September, it was apparent that lots of people hadn’t heard of lacrosse or seen it being played. Increasing knowledge and excitement around the sport will hopefully encourage people to come and play or watch more of the matches. We also love that the event is working with the LGBTQ+ association and our aim is that it will encourage inclusivity, not only in lacrosse but also in sport across campus.

Olir: As a team, we are so excited to be involved in the BUCS Super Series as it represents a real milestone for the progression of lacrosse at the university level. It also shows how far the University of Birmingham lacrosse team has come, cementing our presence as a high-performance squad in Birmingham sport. Leading on from our BUCS Gold and our Women bringing home BUCS Silver, this event offers Birmingham lacrosse a real opportunity to showcase what our sport has to offer and the potential for future expansion. I believe that lacrosse is the perfect event for the BUCS Super Series due to its fast paced and hard-hitting style which is sure to excite the crowd.

What other things/ entertainment will be happening at the event?

Lucy: During the women’s game, BUDS will be performing, and during the men’s game, the Birmingham Pussycats performance squad are doing a half time routine. It is a pleasure for our team to be involved in a great collaboration event with other teams which helps to build a stronger sporting community at Birmingham. During the interval between the two games we will be having games for both players and spectators such as the crossbar challenge. The event is also working with the LGBTQ+ association. The day coincides with Rainbow Laces day so all Birmingham players will be showing their support by wearing the laces. There will be a stand and much more from them throughout the event.

Why is this game especially important for you?

Ali: The last time we met Edinburgh it was a very close match with both teams ahead at one point in the match. Birmingham however managed to secure a final score of 7-5 in an exciting last quarter. We know both teams will really come out fighting for this match, so it’ll be a great one to watch!

Olir: This game is important to us as it will act as a showcase for our sport and increases the exposure of our club on campus. The primary goal of this event is to educate, entertain, and celebrate. This event represents a huge moment for our club both in terms of recognition and in terms of potential. This game is the chance for UoB lacrosse to show everyone what lacrosse is all about.

Both games are next Wednesday (27th November) taking place on the Bournebrook pitches.
The Women’s game v Edinburgh starts at 2.15 and the Men’s match v Nottingham at 4.15

The matches will be covered live by Guild TV and BURN FM if you can’t make it down in person but there will be food available pitch side for everyone who can!
The UpRoar Event is happening along side UoB Sport & Fitness’s Rainbow Laces Campaign which supports inclusivity for all within sport and is being promoted all week while working with the LGBTQ+ association.

To keep up to date with Lacrosse’s result on the day and their other fixtures throughout the year, be sure to follow them on instagram here.

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