To celebrate the launch of The Blue Bird covering college sport as well as uni sport, here’s a round up of the best of last year’s college action!
2015 saw the Tab crown Jesus as ‘undisputed titans of college cuppers’. This year, the Bluebird is ready to give their view on college sport with a new department dedicated to bringing you the best of the action from the College Sport scene. To start off we bring you the ultimate review of college sport 2016-17, featuring a little less rowing than you may expect/crave. Over the next year we want results from your college sport fixtures. From rugby to croquet, we want to give you a platform to be proud of. So here it begins.
In football, Pembroke took on 2012 and 2013 winners Fitz in a battle for greatness. Some say a dubious free kick is all that separated the teams for the majority of the match. However, with Fitz looking comfortable in possession all game it might be no wonder that they stormed to a 2-0 victory. In an incredible year for Fitz, they also won the Shield and Plate competitions, and the women won their Cuppers to make it an unprecedented quadruple!
Once again Fitz were looking good but this time in Cricket Cuppers’. Having dominated their semi-final against Robinson by posting a record T20 score for Fitz of 234 runs, next up in the final was Emmanuel. Batting first, Fitz scored an impressive score of 203 for 1, with Dan Mehlig scoring a huge 85 not out and Tom Corner also making a half century. In the run chase however, Emma never looked to challenge, eventually finishing on 134 for 5 leaving Fitz champions for the second consecutive year!
According to the Varsity magazine, Tiddlywinks Cupper’s was won by “The Excelleg Esteemed Association Croquet Society of the King’s College of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas in Cambridge Elite Tiddlywinks Squadron First Team”. I have no further comments about this.
Despite injuries to captain, vice captain, and a number of other University level players, John’s men’s rugby team, in their own words modest words, ‘thrived’. To be fair they did win the 7s trophy, league trophy and qualified for the cuppers final with zero defeats – pretty unsurprising stuff from the Red Boys. They played Cauis who had a fairytale of a year to reach the Cupper Final. The season saw promotion to division 1 and remained undefeated against some of the biggest names in College rugby. Caius cite talented newcomers, inspiring leadership and renewed desire in players to replicate the successes of old propelling them up to terrifying heights in the league. Unfortunately, the fairytale ended with a 27-3 loss for Cauis. We await to see if they can replicate their successes for another year. The bigger question however: are John’s able to lose anything when it comes to college rugby?
Swimming Cuppers’ was won overall by Trinity, although Caius won the females’ competition and Johns obliterated the field to win the men’s competition for a fifth (ish) year running.
In hockey, Catz shone through, winning both the mixed and women’s competitions.
First seeds Jesus College took the Tennis Cuppers’ title, winning 5-0 in all four rounds they played in.
Other results from the year include the continued dominance of Queen’s in water polo. Teaming up with Darwin to form Queerwin, they won the league and Cuppers’ emphatically. John’s won Ladies’ Netball Cuppers’. On the athletics track, Churchill won the men’s Cuppers’ and Newnham won the Ladies’ Cuppers’.
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