Some sport also happened towards the end of term.
The rugby team did okay. They won division 2 with the maximum possible number of points, and made it to the final of the Plate in a very complicated cup system that I think you need an Oxford degree to understand. As far as I understand it, you enter this once you get knocked out of Cuppers, or something like that. It’s to make sure everyone gets to “have a go”. Jesus made the final of this very competition last year and lost in a nail-biting finale to Hertford at Iffley. It’s taking place on either Friday or Saturday of 1st week of Trinity, so get down there and support the men of Jesus (and Matt Fielden as well) in their quest for yet more silverware/crockery. Can Fielden bow out of his Jesus captaincy with success?
Netball has been going irritatingly well this year as well. Some people questioned Williams’ leadership at times, some people thought she wasn’t up to the job, but she managed to grit her teeth and see the girls win every game they played this term. I’m just glad I backed her all along. This should mean that the girls are promoted next year, so hopefully the team will continue to go from strength to strength under the guidance of whoever next year’s lucky captain is.
Girls’ football had an unfortunate term. They did manage to play one game very early on, but couldn’t squeeze in the last game of the season due to the weather. It’s a slightly disappointing end for Captain Maguire, whose biggest achievement this year has got to be maintaining a smile despite the drubbing she takes on the sports round-up every week, deserves big commendation for actually making girls’ football a thing this year, since she regularly managed to put out a larger squad than the boys! Let’s hope next year, the captain can do even more of the same and put together even more wins.
Lacrosse has been a non-starter since it started. Every team in Oxford clearly did its best rain dance after seeing Khanijau’s side hand Wadham a 4-0 battering in 1st week of Michaelmas, meaning that no more fixtures were possible. This does, however, obviously mean that Jesus can claim a 100% record and Khanijau has one for his CV. Things can only be better next year.
Jesus’ badminton team has been going from strength to strength this term, winning 5-1 against Teddy Hall, with great performances from Jones, Rees and Alonzo. In addition to this match success, Sunday evening badminton has been seeing a rumoured record turn-out, nearing double figures by the end of term!
Hockey had a huge term. After the great escape last term, no one could have envisaged this term’s drama getting anywhere close. It did. Jesus went into the last game against LMH knowing that a win could see them promoted, a draw would see them safe, and a loss would mean relegation to the gloomy depths of div 4. Fordham’s men (and women) turned up in droves, with 19 players arriving at the ground to discover that LMH had only brought 3. Jesubite sportsmanship came through and Fordham agreed to play a mixed friendly and just record the match as a 5-0 win for Jesus. As word came through about Magdalen’s victory, many Jesus players were reduced to tears as they knew this meant that the promotion dream was alive no more. Next year’s captain will only hope that his team can manage the loss of such big names as Banerjee and Blundell to put together another promotion charge.
Women’s hockey didn’t see quite so much drama. The season fizzled out somewhat, although there is hope for next year being “our year” with a new captain at the helm.
Now, I know everyone hates rowing, but it’s going to get a little mention. Huge disappointment at the cancellation of Torpids was felt across Oxford. It was arguably felt by none more than the members of W1, who have been getting up 3 times a week pre-7am for circuits to no avail while M1, who decided to have their sessions at 5pm aren’t feeling quite as hard done by. There’s always next term…
Finally, to boys’ football. Masters may be slightly disappointed with the end of the season for the seconds, since the last game was a 3-3 draw with rivals Exeter. After losing 4-0 to them earlier in the year, this might seem a good result, but Jesus led 3-0 early on and just couldn’t hold out. Masters won’t be too disappointed however, as he was a virtual ever-present for the title-winning first team. After a difficult start and an unfortunate early exit in Cuppers to the eventual runners up, the firsts managed to put together a 10-game winning streak to secure the league title and promotion to div 2, scoring more goals and achieving more points than any other team in the university. It was made certain by a 3-0 victory over Corpus in 8th week, and has prompted rumours that Skillcorn might actually keep the captaincy due to the uncertainty of anyone else being able to do a better job. Only Trinity term will tell…
We all know it wouldn’t be an end of term sports roundup without some awards, so here goes:
The “man in a woman’s world” Award – Hugo Markland, for appearing for the netball team this term.
The “how on earth did he pull that off?” Award – Matt Fielden, for the incredible success of Jesus’ rugby team this year.
The Lifetime Achievement Award – Robert Steele, for his hockey double hat-trick, his cricket captaincy, and his role as right-back for JCFC – is there anything this boy can’t do?
The Angriest Captain Award – Hugo Manson, for “Jon, if you try and give me any more advice, I’ll punch you in the face”.
The Sports Writer of the Year Award – Faisal Ebrahim, for his Twitter coverage of Jesus’ hockey ups and downs.
The “I don’t care, I love it” Award – Rebecca Cavanagh, for still continuing with rowing despite being told “you’re at 3 until someone worse comes along”.
The “oops, I shouldn’t have said that” Award – Rebecca Cavanagh, for accidentally telling the W1 coach he’d been replaced before the captain did.
Team of the Year – All of you, genuinely this time, Jesus has dominated the world of college sport this term, and it’s been outstanding.
A waterlogged hockey match – representative of much sport this term.