Aberdeen University Mens 2s Team were able to narrowly win the Scottish 4B league in the British University & College Sports (BUCS) competition. We spoke to the captain, Declan Adamson to find out how they were successful.
Staying motivated and striving to find success can be a tough challenge for some teams and players but Aberdeen were able to find their motivation to win the league. Declan said “After a disappointing campaign in the 4B last season, we have been determined to gain promotion this season which has resulted in us winning 9 out of 10 games.” Aberdeen earned themselves twenty seven points this season, tied with Dundee & Angus who lost the league on goal difference.
Being promoted to the 3A league means stronger competition for Aberdeen but they are taking it in their stride. Declan commented “Promotion to the 3A means that next season we will travel further afield in a national league and that means we have opportunities to test ourselves against stronger teams from all across Scotland.” This attitude has confidence written all over it for Aberdeen if they are to face tougher competition than they are used to, they need to remain positive.
The most important game of the season was against Dundee & Angus College, and not only was it the most important game, it was the most memorable for Declan. He said “Without a doubt our 3-0 win against Dundee & Angus College. Having narrowly lost 2-1 away to D&A 1s earlier in the season they remained unbeaten.” D&A College and Aberdeen were neck and neck all season and this game was one to remember. “Anything but a win for us in what would’ve been the penultimate league game would’ve made it impossible to win the league. We spent the majority of the second half camped inside our own half but scored twice on the break to give us the crucial win which allowed us to win the league.” This game was crucial for Aberdeen to win and they came out on top in order to win the league.
Although 2nd place isn’t anything to be ashamed about, Aberdeen finished 2nd in the same league last season and have used this as fuel to motivate them this season to finish 1st. Declan said “Last season’s disappointment definitely helped motivate us this season.” Not only did this motivation help them win the league, they also brought in some new players. “We had really fruitful trials at the beginning of the season and also brought in a few quality players from the 3rd team. The squad this season is stronger which allowed us to make that jump and reach 1st place.” The players are obviously motivated and the addition of new, fresh players gave them the boost they needed to gain promotion into the 3A league.
The teamwork and chemistry was a huge factor in the success of Aberdeen Uni. Declan said “We don’t reply on any one player but are really strong as a group. Defensively we’ve been solid all season and that starts from the front.” It sounds like Aberdeen were strong all over the park and this was crucial to the team’s promotion. “Almost everyone has at least one goal to their name this season and we have a few players who are capable of scoring out of nothing.” Aberdeen seem very capable of outscoring their opponents and especially when it counts.
Congratulations on Aberdeen University on winning the 4B and we wish them luck in the 3A league next season.