Yet again, we start with an apology. This time for a huge omission from last week’s sports roundup. The heroic women of Jesus College showed their dominance on the rugby field with victory in touch rugby Cuppers a couple of weeks ago. Maguire, Williams, King and Phillips paired with two girls from Teddy Hall and from then, victory was on the cards. With four blues among the team of 6, nothing could stop the Tesus (is that what we’re going for?) girls. The final was a tense affair against the only team Tesus had lost to in the group stage. The two evenly matched teams traded blows until the game went to the dreaded “golden try”, the equivalent of the schoolyard tradition “next goal wins”. Tesus managed to grab the all important try and send the crowd into raptures (or I’m sure they would have, if there was a crowd). More Cuppers glory for the Jesus girls, great stuff!
The boys’ rugby team also managed to finish their term in style with a comfortable 34-5 victory over Worcester, despite Jesus finishing the game with 14 men. That gave the Jesus boys their third win in as many games this season, sending them comfortably clear of relegation and securing division 1 rugby for next year. The boys will hope to carry on this good form to next term where an assault on the league title could be a possibility, and Cuppers awaits. The game was somewhat marred by a Worcester player having to be taken away in an ambulance after a blow to the head, so we wish him all the best.
Football had a topsy turvy week. The boys had three games, starting with the firsts taking on Magdalen on Tuesday. The result really could have gone either way as neither side could stamp their authority on the game, but it ended in a 4-2 defeat for Jesus. They were hoping for better against Trinity two days later in a must-win game. Turning up to discover that Trinity’s two blues players weren’t playing, hopes were high. Jesus started the game with great intensity, playing the ball around nicely and not giving Trinity a sniff. A lobbed effort from Mohamed was enough to secure victory for Jesus, although it could and perhaps should have been more. 1-0 still sends Jesus 3rd in the league at the half way stage, with an outside chance of promotion next term if Jesus can do the double over the team with 9 uni players, table-topping, Cuppers semi-finalists, unbeaten Pembroke (easy as that, right?).
The seconds football team had their Cuppers encounter on Wednesday. Univ 2nds proved to be tougher opposition than many had expected and Jesus were left looking very complacent in the first half, going into the break 4-0 down. A rousing team talk provoked Jesus to come out firing in the second half, scoring two quickfire goals and eventually bringing the game back to 5-3. A heroic save from a Skillcorn free kick by the Univ keeper denied Jesus a fourth, and from here Jesus seemed to switch off again, allowing Univ to score another four unanswered goals and leaving Chapman and his men wondering what might have been.
Netball wrapped up their term in the same way as it’s gone all the way through, with a comfortable victory. I didn’t bother to find out what the score was, but I’m sure it was a lot and that the girls were all very good. Congrats.
Easiest captaincy – Rosie Phillips, after the netball team’s comfortable dominance for the entire term
Most swearwords in one minute – Tom Roberts, for every single one of his football team talks this year
The “it’s not my problem anymore” Award – Aakash Khanijau, for his continuing “commitment” to the lacrosse team now he’s not captain
The “jack of all trades” Award – The Corpus groundsman, for stepping in when his team only had 8 men and were losing 6-0 to Jesus in football this year
The “if only I had that awareness, I’d be in the firsts” Award – Alex Proudfoot
The Organisation Award – Hugo Markland, for his reliable presence in the JCR on a Tuesday lunchtime looking for rugby players
The “you should see the other girl” Award – Anna Maguire, Rebecca Cavanagh and Kim Williams, for their consistently horrible bruises every Wednesday after playing rugby