Exeter fresher Dan Ladd is on a sudden trip to Scotland today, after losing the hockey club’s infamous ‘Edinburgh Fives’ tournament last night.
The second team forward boarded the 6:24am train to Scotland earlier today, having lost the competition at the club’s Christmas Dinner.
Ladd will be travelling until 10.41pm, when he is due to return to Exeter.
The club tradition has been going for over five years and involves one first year from the National League side making the 16 hour round trip each season, at the club’s expense.
All seven of Exeter’s hockey teams’ freshers play an opening round, before the loser of each progresses to a final match, which decides the club member who will be making the 900 mile journey just hours later.
The annual competition hit the news two years ago when fresher Ben Sully was surprised to be met by players from Edinburgh University’s Hockey Club, who brought gifts to the station after hearing about the event on Twitter.
The Scotland side – known, like Exeter, as EUMHC – are set to continue that hospitality today and will send a fresher to Exeter in the new year.
As many as seven other hockey clubs are set to meet the Gloucestershire born fresher, after the event attracted huge social media attention last year. Clubs tend to swap ties and provide supplies for the Exeter player.
EUMHC Club Captain Rory Collett said: “For me, the most important thing is cementing inter-club connectivity throughout the length and breadth of the country. Every hockey club is very welcoming when the fresh arrives in their city, which goes to show just how receptive the hockey community is.”
Ali Scott, the Club’s Social Secretary, added: “Every year the hype surrounding Edinburgh Fives grows and it’s now a university renowned tradition. This year’s is shaping up to be the biggest yet.”
Watch the moment Dan lost here:
‘Edinburgh Fresh’ are expected to take mobile devices so that the club can tweet live updates of their progress.
Ladd has already tweeted: “41 mins gone, feeling #rogue #edinburghfives”.
You can follow his progress throughout the day via the hashtag #EdinburghFives, or by following @dladd9 and @ExeterUniHC.
Harrison Jones, Editor
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