Sorry for the lengthy delay, but there really has not been a lot of sport going on this term at all. Most of our favourite sports have fallen victim to the weather, although seemingly none more so than rowing. The state of the Isis has led some people to question whether Christ Church Lake is a more appropriate name. Who knows what’s going to happen by Torpids?
Netball has continued its relative success. The one game the girls played ended in victory (maybe 18-10, or 18-12, or something – some scoreline where Jesus scored more than the other team). The courts have been a bit slippery later, and apparently this is quite dangerous, so in their infinite wisdom, Williams and the opposition captains have been postponing the games.
The really big news is hockey. After the amazing end to last term continued in 1st week, there hasn’t been quite so much success for Fordham’s mixed side since. A last-gasp 2-0 defeat to M&Ms (come on Merton-Mansfield, grow up) on a somewhat damp pitch saw some heroic performances, with Hubbert, in his determination to win the ball back for his team, showing commendable ignorance to every rule hockey has ever seen. The following day saw the big match. The cuppers quarter-final. The odds were against Jesus, missing arguably their two best players in Mooney and Stobbart against a solid SPC/Hertford. After going 2-0 down, things weren’t looking good for Jesus, but then that man Manson popped up 5 minutes from the end to score and give Jesus some hope of resurrection. Alas, it was not to be, though the final score of 2-1 could have been very different on another day.
The girls team have not had much hockey to speak of, with their cuppers charge being ended in a much crueller way. The official line is that captain Knill could not get a team together, although unconfirmed rumours circulating in college suggest it may in fact have been because she could not get herself out of bed.
Unusually, the girls football team have played more than the boys lately. A heart-wrenching 2-1 defeat to those pesky M&Ms does not tell the full story. By far the girls’ best performance of the season, with a fantastic strike from Wray putting Jesus ahead on the stroke of half-time, it just was not to be in the second-half, and a cruel deflection off Maguire sent the ball rocketing past Phillips in goal. Not a bad result against a team containing the Blues captain. One more game left for the girls to make amends. Masters’ seconds team had a successful result leading into the weather break. A 5-2 drubbing of Somerville was pleasing, but the game was so long ago, I can’t really remember what happened.
The men’s badminton team had their second match of the season against Keble. For once Hirst managed to get three people who actually wanted to play so that was a good start. Unfortunately the team’s enthusiasm wasn’t enough to win us the match as again we came up against strong opposition, which I guess is to be expected in division 1. Freshers, Owain and Theo played well together in the doubles, narrowly losing one match. Anil was forced to carry his partnership with David who was far from his best (blaming fatigue) and made a good début for the team. Then in the singles Owain regained some dignity for JCBaC with a very tight victory, so there were some positives to take away from it.