University Hockey Match
6th March, Southgate Hockey Club
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McNab's Win for Oxford and Cambridge
The McNab family had particular reason to celebrate the 116th Varsity matches at Southgate Hockey Club yesterday (Sunday March 6th). Son Fergus played in the winning Cambridge men’s team and daughter Shona, a Scottish Under 18 international, in Oxford’s successful side.
Both were educated at Firrhill High School in Edinburgh.
Before a capacity crowd, Cambridge won the men’s match 2-1 after Oxford had snatched the women’s by the same score with a late goal. It was Cambridge men’s third successive...
Oxford & Cambridge split silverware
Oxford's Ladies & Cambridge's Men both earned hard fought victories in the 2016 Varsity Hockey Matches.
Cambridge's Men had held the trophy since 2012, and despite a close game, ran out well deserved 2-1 winners against a talented Dark Blues side.
In the Women's fixture, Oxford ensured that returning 4th years Bella Heber, Anna Hubbard and Sophie Wright finished their Varsity careers on a winning note, with a dramatic 2-1 win.
Full report to follow.
Cambridge Women's 2016 Squad Announced
Captain Charlotte Burrows has announced her 16 strong squad that will be facing Oxford in just under 2 weeks time. Congratulations go to all those selected:
1 FREDDIE BRISCOE (GK)
2 SOPHIE MULLAN 3 HARRIET MOORE 4 THERESE DE SOUZA 5 SOPHIE COOKE 6 ALICE TOYNTON
7 CLAIRE BOND 8 LILY ELLIOTT 9 SALLY BRADLEY 10 EMILY THORPE (VC) 11 FAYE KIDD 12 CHARLOTTE BURROWS (C) 13 LUCIA CORRY 14 HATTY DARLING
29 ALEXANDRA MASKELL 48 SOPHIA PLADT
Cambridge Men's 2016 Squad Announced
Captain Kieran Gilmore has announced the 16-Man Squad that will be facing Oxford in just under 2 weeks time. Congratulations go to all those selected:
1 SAM BROOKS (GK)
3 THOMAS JACKSON
4 NIPUNA SENARATNE
5 RICHARD HESKETH
6 JOE RICH
7 CHRISTOPHER WEBSTER
9 JAMIE BRISTOW (VC)
10 KIERAN GILMORE (C)
11 JOHNNY STAUNTON-SYKES
12 PETER AKYOL
13 MONTY FYNN
14 TIM SWINN
15 MATT COCKERILL
16 NIKLAS RIEGER
17 FERGUS McNAB
23 FERGUS FLANAGAN (GK)
Oxford prepare for 2016 Varsity Matches
Oxford's preparations for the 2016 Varsity Matches are now well underway. Season reports to date for both the Men and Women are below.
(Captain - Joseph Foster)
With the Saturday league being increasingly dominated by teams willing to spend big to get promoted, the Blues knew that they would have their work cut out to get results against improved opposition. Impressive wins against Staines, Banbury and Wayfarers have shown that the team has more than enough quality to...
Cambridge claim brilliant double in 2015 Varsity Matches
Cambridge University claimed dramatic victories in both the Men's and Women's Varsity Matches at Southgate Hockey Club on March 8th.
The Women's fixture was always likely to be a close affair, with both sides sitting close to the top of their Saturday leagues, and Cambridge set to be promoted back into BUCS South Premier to re-join Oxford in 2015-16.
Cambridge started the stronger, breaking through the Oxford defence to score inside two minutes, Murphy and Burrows the chief...
Cambridge announce Varsity 2015 squads
Cambridge captains Wes Howell and Therese De Souza have announced their squads to face the Dark Blues on Sunday the 8th of March. The Men's team sit near the top of the East Leagues Premier A and are still in the hunt for promotion to the National League. The Women's team also sit top of their league, and are set for promotion back into East Premier.
Edwards BOTTOMLEY (Selwyn)
Jamie BRISTOW (Fitzwilliam)*
Samuel BROOKS (Robinson) Vice-Captain*
2015 Varsity match preparations underway
Preparations for the 2015 Varsity Hockey Match are well underway at both Oxford and Cambridge. The fixture remains at Southgate Hockey Club, home to the hockey rivalry for the last 14 editions, and with the fixture taking place on a Sunday for the 4th consecutive year, attedance is likely to once again increase.
In the forefront of both club's minds will be the upcoming 2s and 3s Varsity, taking place at Wilberforce Road in Cambridge on Sunday the 21st...
Varsity 2014 - Honours Shared as Dark Blues and Light Blues taste success
The University Match honours were shared on a glorious spring afternoon at Southgate Hockey Club. In front of close to 1000 spectators, Oxford's Women reclaimed the varsity crown lost in 2013 with a well fought 3-2 victory over the Light Blues. Cambridge went ahead early with a well executed short corner fixture and looked to take advantage of a hesistant Oxford start. Lizzy Totten rallied her troops throughout the day with a sterling performance in the midfield, and it was yet another incisive...
Oxford Announce Varsity Squads
Blues' Captains Rupert Allison and Lizzy Totten have announced line ups which both feature a significant number of returning Blues, as Oxford seek to regain the Aberdeen Asset Management Varsity Match Trophies.
(† denotes returning blue)
1. Michael Fernando (Kingston Grammar School, St Catherine’s) (GK)
3. Augustus Kennedy (Magdalen College School, Kellogg) †
4. Oliver Sugg (Royal Grammar School Guildford, Wadham) †
5. Sam Mallinson (Magdalen College School, Brasenose) †
6. Oliver Lobo (Birkdale School, Worcester)...
Cambridge Announce Varsity Squads
The Cambridge Women’s Blues are a relatively inexperienced side, with only 6 returning Blues selected by coach Asif Rais. Skipper Clare Parrish will lead from the back alongside veteran defender Ellen Nuttal-Musson, with vice-captain and goalkeeper Emma Channon returning to start her second Varsity match. England U-21 full-back Lily Elliott will add international class to the Blues defensive line-up, while Sophie Cooke and Rozzie Marshall have made the step-up from the 2
XI to earn their places at left-...
Cambridge Take Varsity Silverware Back Up M11
The coolness of David Harrison, slotting home the equaliser from the penalty spot in the 66th minute of the Aberdeen Asset Management Varsity match, ensured the Mens' trophy headed up the M11 with the Light Blue holders (by virtue their 5-3 win in 2012).
Earlier in the day, Cambridge Women produced their first Varsity win in 9 years to dispose of their Oxford rivals 2-0.
Harrison would not have had the opportunity to level the scores, but for...
New Era of Varsity hockey
Blues Varsity Hockey matches are set to enter a new era of competition as it was all but confirmed that fixtures level after 70 minutes would be determined by EHL-style one-on-one shuttles. Having seen football adopt penalty kicks to determine winners after extra-time, hockey intially turned to penalty strokes. However, in recent times shuttles have been favoured both for their excitement and all-round test of skill. After the evenly contested fixtures of 2013, it is quite plausible that the...
Oxford announce Varsity 2015 squads
Oxford Captain's Ollie Sugg and Mel Wood have announced their sides to take on Cambridge on Sunday 9th March at Southgate Hockey Club. The Women's side will be seeking to retain the trophy they claimed in 2014, whilst the Men's side will hoping to regain a trophy not held since 2011.
Gk 1 MICHAEL FERNANDO † Kingston Grammar School, St Catherine’s Captain
2 OLIVER SUGG † Royal Grammar School, Guildford, Wadham
5 JOSEPH FOSTER Magdalen...