Sports Round-Up 6th Week HT15

The Sports round-up is back! This week’s bumper-edition features highlights stretching back as far as 1st week.

Cam Lester’s hockey team has stormed into division 2 following their promotion last season. Am I right? Without compromising on their exciting brand of hockey, they have picked up 7 points from 4 in their new division with Manson finally reaching a landmark 25 goals for JCHC. Sadly for the JCHC stalwart, the limelight has arguably been on the mercurial talent that is Toby ‘scores when he wants’ Swift with 6 goals in 2 highlighting his potential. A successful loan spell at Queens when they only brought 9 men led to Chapman gaining some much-needed match experience – like a young David Beckham at Preston North End, there is no telling how far he could go in the game. The new Nike Victory II ‘chevron’ jerseys appear to have brought solidity to a historically porous back-line – with legend Downes recording the first clean-sheet in living memory, although there was a blip when Tom De Sousa taped on the pads last time out.

The women’s hockey team haven’t actually played this term but both Kathy Page and Anna East have put in plucky performances in the men’s side as the team looks ahead to mixed cuppers.

A couple of hard-fought matches with Keble and New for the Rugby team this term have ultimately led to disappointment – though not without drama. Tim Bell was sent off for a very high tackle while LLew head-butted his own teammate. Hugo Markland has attended almost all of the training sessions that he has organized for his team as Jesus look to close the gap on the teams around them now that under-21s are returning to college squads.

The 1sts Football team have adapted to life in division 2 following last year’s promotion and now look likely to earn a solid mid-table finish. A brilliant game last week against top-of-the-league Pembroke was sadly affected by some ‘Phil Dowd’ refereeing decisions. In dominating large periods of the game, however, Tom Roberts’ side showed what this team is capable of. Having flirted with promotion earlier in the season, the team’s finalists are looking to go out on a high with their last 2 games against top and bottom of the league this week.

James Chapman’s 2nds Football team won promotion to the 2nd tier! Jesus went into their match against Hilda’s knowing that it was a promotion decider, although such is the hype surrounding this team that every game this season has received that label. There were doubts this game would even happen with the pitch resembling a Total Wipeout challenge at kick-off. Having gone 2-0 down in the 1st half, Groundsman Dave allowed us to play on into the 2nd half (despite the tempestuous storms) given the special circumstances. A comeback to rival Istanbul ’05 led to a 3-2 win in Leo Gebbie’s last game on home soil.

The Women’s Football team have played some matches, lost some matches, won some matches by forfeit and also battled to a draw. Parker-Humphries notes with fondness a time when she put in a cross for a goal in a textbook example of wingplay. With a growing squad, they are ones to watch next season.

Fresher Nick Cochrane thinks the pool team has won some matches but couldn’t tell me which ones.

Rosie’s Netball team benefited this week from employing Hugo Markland at centre – though he was almost sent home when he forgot his skort. Netball was also the only all-stars match to actually take place this term – a close game finishing with an all-star victory.

A big term for Owain and Verity’s Racketsports teams as they stormed to a 5-1 victory over traditional badminton powerhouse Wadham. Returning captain David Hirst won his first ever match while Russel ‘Mayweather Jr.’ Cook is unbeaten in college squash.

JCBC fought to the end in IWL but ultimately missed to an impressive Pembroke. With Manson and Stevner both returning to M1, this week will be vital to find the inches M1 needs as they go in search of blades in Torpids next week. The women are also aiming for a strong showing as they bid farewell to long-term coach James Marsden.

JC