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Floorball takes centre stage in BUCS Showcase

York beaten by Warwick on a historic day for Floorball

Photo Credit: George Cook

FLOORBALL TOOK CENTRE stage on campus yesterday
(Wednesday 23rd
January) as York lost to Warwick in a showcase
event.  The sport is not officially BUCS
sanctioned, with no league framework currently in place.  However, it is one of several that is being
carefully considered, as BUCS look to widen the variety of competitive sport
available to students in the UK.  The
event was attended by representatives of BUCS, senior figures from the National
governing body for Floorball and was covered live by YSTV.

Warwick are one of the strongest University teams in the
country, and certainly proved why in the first period.  They took the lead after just two minutes in
some style, a fantastic shot from some way out getting the better of York’s
goalkeeper.  The visitors added two more
goals in the next few minutes, to put York on the back foot early on.  As the first period went on, the home side
began to come into the game more and were unlucky not to pull at least one
back.  However, a foul gifted Warwick a
free hit, which they quickly took and converted.  York ended the period well and came
agonisingly close to pulling one back, but Warwick’s keeper somehow just kept
it at bay.

York carried their momentum from the end of the first
period into the beginning of the second and were rewarded with a goal just
moments into it.  Warwick responded
instantly though, to put the score at 1-5 and regain their four-point
lead.  Play was temporarily halted shortly after Warwick’s goal, when York’s keeper suffered an unpleasant knock,
putting everything (literally) on the line to stop the visitors going even
further ahead.  After a frantic opening
few minutes to the second period, the game calmed down a lot, as Warwick’s
defence sat deep.  They wouldn’t keep
this conservative line for long though and added a sixth with nine minutes left
of the period.  They added a seventh and
eighth minutes later, giving York a mountain to climb if they were to gain a
positive result from this game.  The
speed and accuracy of the away sides play was proving to be too much for York,
and the score grew even further to 1-9 with five minutes left in the period.

The third and final period began in a much calmer
fashion, as the away team looked to see out the final twenty minutes, confident
they wouldn’t be caught.  York hadn’t
given up though, and really tested the Warwick defence, more so than they had
done in the previous two periods.  With
ten minutes to go, Warwick added a controversial tenth goal.  As the ball went in, the goal itself collapsed
on top of the keeper, leading to a disagreement over whether it should have
been a foul or not.  Unfortunately for
the team in black and gold, it would go against them.  This seemed to ignite an angry response from
York, who pulled one back in what was a really well-worked team goal.  Just after, the home side had a third, leading
to whispers in the crowd that maybe they could pull of the unthinkable.  A time-out was called ninety seconds from the
end of the game, and whatever was said clearly worked, as York grabbed a fourth
through Piotrek Przyborowski.  The comeback was not to be though, and the game ended 4-10.

Putting the result aside, the game certainly provided
excitement.  Live on YSTV and in front of
a large crowd at the Sports Arena, York and Warwick made an excellent case for
Floorball being included in a BUCS format. 
As the sport continues to grow on a campus and national level, it can
only be a matter of time before an official framework for university
competition is announced.

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