Geach's late goal undoes Loughborough

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BILL COLWILL

With two well-taken penalty corner goals, Danny Geach, Brunel's sweeper, spoiled Loughborough's party at Milton Keynes yesterday in the six finals of the British Universities Vaseline Championship as Brunel beat them 3-2 in extra time in the men's first XI final. Otherwise Loughborough swept the board.

In a highly entertaining game Geach opened the scoring in the first minute. Goals from Jason Lee and Matt Slater put Loughborough ahead before Southgate's Adrian Simmons scored to force extra time. Geach's winner came 13 minutes into extra time.

Birmingham started the women's final in dominant style through Sarah Blanks and Georgina Martin only to lose their way after the interval.

A series of outstanding saves by Vicky Blackmore including a penalty stroke kept Birmingham in the game which ended goalless after extra time.

Blackmore was to save twice in the penalty shoot-out before a weak strike from Lindsey Sherring was saved by Michelle Dite and Loughborough won 3-2.

VASELINE BRITISH UNIVERSITIES' CHAMPIONSHIP (Milton Keynes): Men First XI: Brunel 3 Loughborugh 2 (aet). Second XI: Loughborough 3 Portsmouth 0. Third XI: Loughborough 6 Durham 0.Women First XI: Loughborough 0 Birmingham 0 (aet; Loughborough won 3-2 aps). Second XI: Loughborough 5 Exeter 1. Third XI: Loughborough 2 Birmingham 1.

WOMEN'S SECOND TEST (St Petersburg): Russia 0 Great Britain 0.

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