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University of Durham Hockey plot three-year map to stay elite side

Top university side will hope to overcome coursework deadlines, illnesses and BUCS league start from next month

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Lucas Ball
Lucas Ball is a freelance sports journalist

University of Durham performance coach Gareth Weaver-Tyler is making sure his coaching team have one eye on the “three-year cycle” after their promising start to the Premier Division season.

Durham men were victorious in their opening match, winning 2-1 against Brooklands before losing 3-0 at Holcombe Park on Sunday – though their hosts from that match are expected to challenge at the top end of the table this season.

Weaver-Tyler, formerly a member of Kevin Johnson’s backroom team with Wales women, believes every club face their own unique challenges but that it is particularly difficult for university teams to restart each season given the high turnover of players.

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