Victorious start is just what the doctor ordered for Norwich Medics
15:07 26 October 2012
The season is proving to be just what the doctor ordered for a team of medical students who are setting their sights on silverware success this season.
Norwich Medics have a 100 per cent record in their league after scoring 17 goals in three games.
And their captain Raoul Li-Everington declared: “If we don’t win anything this season it will be a failure on our part – we have got the talent to do it.”
The Medics – students at the Norwich Medical School at the UEA – are currently the only unbeaten side in the Norwich and District Saturday League’s Division One – and are optimistic about their title chances.
Because of a cup run they have played four games fewer than the leaders UEA Reserves, but are only three points behind with four games in hand.
“If we don’t win a trophy or the league – we would have failed to fulfil our potential,” said Raoul, who believes Jubilee Rangers, currently third, pose the biggest threat to their title ambitions.
Joe Coward is the team’s top goalscorer with seven, including a hat-trick in the 9-4 win over Jarrolds, while central midfielder Samih Taktak has also struck a rich vein of goalscoring form.
“He came out of retirement and has had a stormer. He has scored six times in six matches and set up five goals.”
The Medics can lay claim to being the most multi-national team in the league.
“We attract students from all over the country – we have got lots of different nationalities,” said Raoul, who is half Chinese, a quarter Norwegian and a quarter English.
The Medics have enjoyed wins over Jarrolds (9-4), UEA Reserves (4-1) and Mousehold (4-3) in the league. In the Norfolk Junior Cup they beat Reepham Reserves 3-1 but the game had to be replayed because of a Medics administrative error. Medics won the replay 5-1 but bowed out of the competition with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of one of the competition favourites Mundford.
The very nature of student life means that the Medics find it hard to field a settled team, but with would-be doctors embarking on their five-year courses at the school at the age of 18, there is a steady supply of fresh footballing talent each year.
The assorted expertise means that the Medics are well equipped to deal with any problems on the pitch.
“Last year one of our players dislocated his shoulder but we didn’t really want to touch him because we didn’t have the equipment, so we called an ambulance. If CPR was required we would be able to give it quite easily but we would not really want to be in that position,” said Raoul, 20.
The Medics have a seven-a-side ladies football team and are also represented in local rugby and hockey arenas as well.
“We all love it. We have got big rivalries with the rugby and hockey team because everyone wants to be the most popular team in the Medical School,” said Raoul.