A promising start for the CUEFC Ladies team

In Match Reports, News by Gareth Hoskins, EFA Secretary2 Comments

‘The 2015 Jesters Universities Tournament took place at Eton on Saturday 24th October with a terrific turnout of 29 pairs from 17 different universities – Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Swansea, Cardiff, Durham, Liverpool, Loughborough, Leicester, Bath, QM, King’s, LSE, UCL, Middlesex, Imperial and RVC.’

The ladies tournament was wide open this year, with no previous winners either available or still at university, and both the Oxford and Cambridge clubs – the traditional powerhouses in this tournament – in transition this year. It saw the entry of three Cambridge pairs:

  1. Hannah Rapley + Sophie Kelly
  2. Susanna Xu + Rhonda Shiels
  3. Nicole Lim + Niki Leung

Durham secured top spot in Group A, while second place was hotly contested between the University of Wales and Cambridge 2 (Susanna and Rhonda). Their two game group encounter was winner takes all; Cam 2 won the first game 12-10 and Wales the second 12-11, putting the Cambridge pair into the semi-finals by a single point.

The other group was a threeway battle at the top between Cambridge 1, Oxford 1 and King’s/Loughborough. Hannah and Sophie had a hard-fought match against King’s/Loughborough, who had been a very good pair at school together. Despite the mental setback of losing the first game an excruciatingly close 12-11, Cam 1 went onto show their strength in the second game to win 12-7. The Cambridge pair then went on to clinch their place in the semis with a 2-0 win over Oxford 1, as King’s/Loughborough took the second place spot.

The all-Cambridge semi-final saw Cam 1 overcoming Cam 2 to play Durham in the final. Unfortunately, the Durham pair was the stronger on the day, and Hannah and Sophie took the runners-up position in this highly competitive tournament.


Sophie Kelly hitting a ‘cut’ against an opponent in the group stages

On a neighbouring court, the Cambridge beginners pair of Nicole and Niki showed how much they had improved during the day with a closely contested Plate B final, which was won in the end by Oxford 2.

This was overall a fantastic result for the Cambridge Ladies Team, their strength at university level being shown by two pairs making it to the semi-finals, both ahead of their Oxford counterparts. A very promising start to the season!


  1. Anonymous

    Is sophie kelly the same person everyone seems to call ‘tholule’?

  2. Trollington

    I thought that Richard ‘trollington’ ‘Lollington’ Ollington was also nicknamed ‘tholule’?

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