Sports Round-up 5th week MT14

Unfortunately for the girls this week, none of football, hockey or netball were able to continue their dominance. Not due to lack of ability or talent however, rather due to a scarcity of willing opposition. The hockey season is over, so Cuppers awaits next term to see if Jesus can get back to the top of the hockey world. As for football, no game was planned this week so Parker-Humphreys’ side could rest and relive last week’s Cuppers glory. Netball also lacked opposition, but I’m assured there will be a game next week.

While we’re on the topic of teams without a game, the boys’ football 1sts had their game mysteriously removed from the OUAFC website, although an upcoming game against Corpus/Linacre could send Jesus 2nd in the table.

The rugby boys knew they would be in for a tough game against high-flying New, but managed to more than hold their own in the end. New ran the length of the pitch in the dying minutes to secure a 14-10 victory, but Jesus had already secured survival in the top division and the next “season” starts again immediately next week. Rugby also had a game against a visiting Durham college this week and, against all expectations (especially since Markland had 11 players and no pitch about an hour before kick off) pulled off a 19-17 victory.

Hockey did have a game, facing the old Cuppers adversaries SPC/Hertford (why they’re allowed a joint team, I don’t know) who turned up with 18 players for this league fixture. Not to be intimidated, Jesus raced into a 1-0 lead courtesy of Swift, on his debut this year. A headed goal-line clearance from Fordham (yep, he headed that hockey ball) and some inspired goalkeeping from Downes kept Jesus well in the game, and they took a 2-1 lead into the last 15 minutes. Unfortunately, like many great teams, it just wasn’t our day, it was a game of two halves, and we ended up sick as parrots. Two quickfire goals meant a 3-2 defeat, but a win next week can still secure promotion to the lofty heights of Div 2.

The ultimate “game of two halves” came on Tuesday with the seconds football team facing the college we all love to hate (if you don’t know who that is, you really need to reassess your status as a Jesus student). Racing into a 2-0 lead, all was looking extremely promising for Jesus at half time. Chapman’s team talk had a distinct air of confidence and optimism, but the second half was a more torrid affair. Exeter managed to claw themselves back onto level terms and it was 2-2 with 5 minutes to go. It was truly end-to-end stuff, but then some pinball in the Jesus box saw the Exeter man smash the ball home for a 3-2 victory. Gutting for the Jesus boys, but promotion is still on the cards, and the Cuppers dream is still alive with a game against Balliol next week.

Sports Round-up 4th week MT14

It has to be said that the girls really did steal all the headlines this week. In the interest of balance, let’s deal with the boys first.

Rugby had an incredibly unlucky time, losing by just two points to Teddy Hall at home on Tuesday. A commendable result against a team that can field such a huge number of uni players, and the spirit showed by the Jesus boys will take them far. Two games next week – one against high-flyers New, and another against a visiting Durham college – bring the league season to an end.

The hockey team didn’t have much better fate either, going out of Cuppers at the first hurdle to LMH. It was always going to be difficult without Mooney and East, the former having taken a ball to the face in a uni game that morning, and the absence of Captain Lester didn’t help matters either. A 2-0 defeat means Jesus can concentrate on the promotion push in the league.

The seconds football team did fare better, beating a depleted St John’s 5-2. Goals from Cakebread (2), Gebbie, Manson (yes, he finally scored) and a disputed goal for Strachan maintained Jesus’ 100% record going into next week’s Turl Street derby against fellow table-toppers Exeter. Rarely has a college seconds match received so much hype, with those in the know saying the winners of this game will likely go on to take the title.

In mixed lacrosse, an increased turnout combined with a few Lincoln players meant the match against Queen’s could go ahead. It did result in a 4-3 loss, but pundits have been commenting that without the loss of ex-captain Khanijau on the morning of the game, the result could’ve been very different.

Now, back to the girls.

The netball team continued their roaring success this season, back to their convincing best with a 19-4 victory on Friday. I don’t know whether Jesus are really good or everyone else is pretty bad, but who cares?

Following last week’s dig at the boys, the pressure was on Parker-Humphreys and her side to walk the walk, and that they did. A moment she has since described as the pinnacle of her sporting career saw Wharton put Jesus 1-0 up and on the way to victory. Goals from the captain herself and a player known only to me as “Lexi” wrapped up a 3-0 victory and progression to the Cuppers quarter-finals. Incredible performances all round. Further credit has to go to the members of the team who dashed off immediately after the game to hockey and rowing – great effort!

In keeping with the girls’ Cuppers superiority, the hockey team also managed to secure their place in the next round with an 8-2 victory. Despite being struck down by food poisoning, East scored 4 goals to set the team on the way to victory. Only having 10 players, Captain Page was forced to play an unusual midfield role leaving her “too busy wheezing” to pay much attention to the game, but even that couldn’t stop her inspiring her side to arguably their greatest victory in living memory.

Again, huge well done to all the girls this week. The women of 1974 would be proud.

Sports Round-up 3rd week MT14

This week began with disappointment permeating the Jesus sporting elite. Having psyched themselves up for a huge clash with Merton/Mansfield, the men’s 2nds football team woke up to hear that the game was cancelled, the M&Ms captain having emailed Chapman just an hour before kick-off. As if this wasn’t bad enough, it was made worse by the knowledge that M&Ms had last week been beaten 12-0 by Exeter, so even Proudfoot was backing himself to score in this one. Still, 3 points for Jesus. On a similar note, the women’s team had their game against St Anne’s called off due to Anne’s not being able to muster enough players. As Parker-Humphreys was keen to point out in her email, this means the women have already done better in Cuppers than the men’s 1sts. Congrats girls.

On the topic of the men’s 1sts, Roberts’ men managed to secure their first win of the season against St John’s this week. After a fairly flat first half, Jesus sprung into life in the second and ran away with the game 5-1. Some selfless play from Swift allowed Skillcorn to complete a birthday hat-trick and put Jesus well on the way to victory. Captain Roberts also managed to grab his first (and surely not last) bullet header of the league campaign, with Swift getting the other goal. No game for a couple of weeks now for the Jesus boys.

Rugby also went will this week, with Markland’s men securing a 55-29 victory over St Catz to propel themselves back to the upper echelons of the table and all-but-secure first division safety, barring any ridiculous results in the coming weeks. With Teddy Hall and New left to play, it was important for Jesus to get a win in this one. Rumour has it Fielden might even have scored, but it was Livingstone who stole the show with 4 (ish) tries.

The netball girls faced Osler House on Saturday in their post-Halloween state and were given a bit of a fright (sorry!) before managing to pull through and win a close-fought encounter by a single goal/point/basket/shot/whatever they call them in netball. Whatever, they won, by one. The big chat surrounding the game is the fact that Moon White managed to get injured before even stepping onto the court, so well done for that.

Unfortunately, lacrosse had to be cancelled this week due to a lack of players. Lacrosse has a long and illustrious history at Jesus, with the team maintaining a 100% win ratio in competitive league fixtures last year, and it would be sad to see that die. Meet in the lodge at 9.45 on Saturday to get involved! Please.

Finally, to hockey. The women had a tough time this week, fielding a number of complete novices in their game against Worcester, and ultimately they came out second-best. Captain Page was naturally disappointed with the result, but commended the performance of her players. Meanwhile, Uni 2s player East is said to be riddled with guilt following her no-show. She did, however, make an appearance to help the men to a 2-1 victory over Brasenose, a match which included Manson’s first goal of the season. Not quite the 5 goals he managed in the 11-2 victory last year, but it’s the result that matters.

Rowing is still going on as well, much to the dismay of all those involved, but with Christ Church Regatta fast approaching and the men’s novices gearing up to defend the Nephthys title, it’s all to play for.

Sports Round-up 2nd week MT14

Firstly, I make no apologies for how much this week’s roundup is biased towards football, or how long it is.

Before we get to that, there’s been some whinging that cricket is never covered in the sports round up, so here goes. Some cricket was played last year, Jesus won some games and lost some games, didn’t end up getting promoted, and captain Steele scored some runs (that last part is the main reason he wanted a cricket bit).

Back to more current sport, the rugby boys had a game this week. Following the elation of last week, they were brought back down to earth with a bang against Keble. Leaking four tries in a 20-minute period of the first half, you’re never going to make the game easy against a college which supplies a disproportionate amount of the Blues squads. Jesus rallied in the second-half however, with Drane continuing his prolific try-scoring form by grabbing another two, to only lose the game 38-24. This result was made sweeter with the scoring of the bonus-point fourth try in the very last play. Early indications are suggesting that the boys may even be able to bring along some subs to the next game, so maybe this game was just a blip.

Hockey had a simultaneously pleasing and disappointing week. 5-0 victories for both teams make the disappointment seem unjustified, but since these victories are down to both sets of opposition being unable to field teams, captains Page and Lester were not happy. Page is again claiming all of the goals and, in her post-match analysis, awarded woman of the match to King for “cycling all the way there and back”. Rumour has it the women played a 5-a-side game instead, although I’ve been totally unable to find out the score in this one… The men’s team were going to have a training session instead, but they sacked it off in favour of welfare tea.

Lacrosse hasn’t had the best of starts this term, and a lack of players meant a joint team with Christ Church was necessary to face New College, with even ex-captain Khanijau absent from the side. Despite this, Jesus-Christ (has a certain ring to it, I think) managed a 2-1 win.

The first Jesus sports fixture of the year to fall victim to rain was netball this week. Captain Phillips wasn’t even going to play the game, so it didn’t affect her, but hopefully the same won’t happen next week.

Rowing deserves a mention this week too. The women’s four managed to finish as runners-up in the Autumn Fours even this weekend, making their way through the knockout competition of around 20 crews to ultimately lose to Hertford in the final by just half a length. As captain Huttner insisted, not bad at all for a scratch crew.

Finally, football. The women had their first game of the season this week and, in the absence of new captain Parker-Humphreys, Maguire was allowed to step in for one last hurrah as captain. She couldn’t quite bow out in style as she might have liked, with a 6-0 defeat against a reportedly difficult Wolfson/St Antony’s side, who were insistent on playing the full 40 minute halves despite their dominance and the struggling of the Jesus girls.

The boys had a topsy-turvy week. Starting off with a cancelled seconds game on Tuesday, the mood was high with JCFC seconds sitting top of the table. Thursday rolled round and the game against Queen’s came. After some scintillating play in the first half, Jesus went in to the break in the lead. The tide turned, however, and a combination of illness and injury meant Jesus ended the game with a completely different back four to those who started, and the final result was a 5-3 defeat. Following this, Saturday saw the first round of Cuppers against last year’s Premier Division whipping boys St Hugh’s. Riding on the support of the fans, Jesus stormed into a 1-0 half-time lead and optimism reigned. Some questionable (at best) decisions in the second half led to two disallowed goals for Jesus, and a speculative St Hugh’s effort saw them equalize to take the game to extra time. Feeling like dead men walking, both teams played out the 30 minutes to take it into the dreaded shootout. All square after four penalties each, Skillcorn was entrusted with the all-important fifth kick, went for the headlines and missed the top corner by millimetres (although, as I’ve been reminded plenty of times since, it doesn’t matter how close it is, it still missed). The St Hugh’s man stepped up and scored to secure progression into the next round for his team. The final score, 1-1 with St Hugh’s winning 4-3 on penalties. Disappointment and despair permeated the Jesus camp in the aftermath as many of the third-years realized that they would never play beyond the first round of Cuppers at Oxford. One thing which was unanimous at the end was that it was one of the best games we’ve ever played in, and that no one really deserved to lose. Hopefully the seconds can do better next week.

A quick mention should also go to everyone who competed in cross-country cuppers this week, especially the girls who won the team event! Applause to Hannah Plaschkes and Bethanie Murray for their individual 4th and 9th place finishes. Congrats!

Sports Round-up 1st week MT14

Another term, another 8 weeks of sport.

It was a cracking start to Jesus’ sporting calendar on Tuesday, with men’s rugby and 2nds football both in action. The rugby team, freed from the shackles of Fielden’s captaincy, were hoping to introduce themselves into college rugby’s top league in style. Spending most of the first half camped in the John’s/Anne’s half, Markland’s side managed to establish a lead at half time. They held on in the second half to win 29-12 and put themselves top of the league. That’s right, the best team in the uni. And that is how it remains, until New’s 33-10 victory is finally confirmed at least.

Not to be outdone, the men’s 2nds football team put on a stellar first-half display against a lacklustre (at best) Wadham 3rds, despite lacking key players Proudfoot and Khanijau. The opposition managed to put out only 10 players, and their keeper had a torrid time against the firepower of the likes of Lester and Gebbie (yes, that’s right, President Gebbie grabbed himself a goal) and Jesus went into the interval 5-1 up. Whispers that we might be ending up with a cricket score emerged as Wadham lost another player at half time, while Chapman was able to bring on fresh legs to ensure Jesus’ dominance. The second-half display was less impressive from Jesus, although it did see the industrious Cakebread finally put away one of his 50 chances to get off the mark for the season. 6-1 the result.

The women’s season doesn’t get underway until next week in the footballing world, although Parker-Humphreys will be hoping to ride on the tide of enthusiasm kicked up by Maguire last year and get off to a winning start.

The men’s firsts, on the other hand, had a less successful week. Facing relegated Trinity, who could boast a Blues centre-back in their starting line-up, the game was always going to be tough. The first-half was a high quality affair, with both teams creating chances to no avail. That was until Cooke broke down the wing and saw his shot parried by the keeper, into the path of the oncoming Skillcorn (who managed to get off the mark at the right end this season). Football managers would describe this goal, on the stroke of half time, as the perfect time to score. Going into the break 1-0 up, Jesus were feeling confident. This all changed a few minutes into the second half when the Blues captain/all time most capped/all time top scorer came on for Trinity. To make a long story short, he was really good, and Jesus lost 3-1. Not the best of starts, but the pundits are already pointing to the way Jesus started last year as evidence that one game doesn’t make a season.

Hockey also began this week. The women’s team had a bit of a false start. With new captain Page at the helm, hopes were high. The squad was assembled, only to be disappointed by the news that the opposition had cancelled the game. Birthday girl Page claimed all of the goals in the 5-0 win for herself, and made a decision almost unheard of in college hockey circles: she put on a training session for the girls. Surely this is cause for great optimism for next week.

The men’s/mixed team didn’t have quite such an easy day. Newly capped Uni 3rds keeper Faisal Ebrahim was unavailable, leaving Lester with no choice but to stick with Downes in goal. The Manson-Mooney partnership that served Jesus so well last year looked like it was going to be fruitful again, as Jesus stormed into a 1-0 lead early on, Mooney getting the goal. They were unable to capitalize, however, and Lincoln managed to grab an equalizer late on to leave the final score 1-1. “Hugoals” Manson was unable to fully live up to his billing as the new star of the Uni 3rds, and he reportedly berated the team afterwards claiming “everyone was rubbish, Mooney was pretty good” in his post-match rant. Interesting talk on Twitter over the Uni vs College debate (much like club vs country for you football fans) dominated the aftermath of the match.

1st week saw record turnout for the Jesus College Badminton Club, so much so that Jesubites had to go to the extremes of sharing courts with Exeter. It’s set to be a good year in badminton at this rate.

Finally, netball. New captain Phillips was so supremely confident in the abilities of her side that she didn’t even start the game herself, leaving it in the capable hands of the rest of her team. Following a horrific injury to Wharton, Phillips did come on and helped her side to an emphatic 18-4 victory. Fear not though, Wharton made a miraculous recovery to play a further part in the game and doctors have said the grazes on her hands shouldn’t leave any long-term damage.

2nd week will be a big week for Jesus, with more fixtures and some Cuppers campaigns starting, so hopefully last year’s success can continue.

Last Sports Round-Up of HT14

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.

2nd Sports Round-up of HT14

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.

1st Sports Round-up of HT14

We’re back!

The first sport to start its Hilary Term was mixed hockey. Fordham’s men (and women) were back in training last Sunday with a turnout described by coach Stobbart as “better than the blues”. It clearly paid off. Against the tough opposition of Lincoln, undefeated the previous season without conceding a goal, it was going to be a tough ask. The absence of in-form striker Sam Skillcorn (quote from Rob Fordham, I didn’t write that bit!) added to the enormity of the task against the Oxford seconds goalkeeper. The “angriest man in college hockey”, Hugo Manson, managed to stay calm for long enough to produce an inspired performance, scoring 4 before he had to be subbed off. The trio of Banerjee, Hubbert and Khanijau must’ve struggled to sleep thinking about the abundance of missed chance, and their post-match report will definitely be “could do better”. Downes was also cruelly denied what would have been his first clean sheet in nearly 2 years after conceding a late goal as a result of some suspect defending. 5-1 the result.

The mixed badminton team also saw its first game, against St John’s. Although it unfortunately ended up in a Jesus loss, the match saw some promising performances against a good side. Rose and Harry deserve a special mention for stepping in at the last minute to play, although they also deserve criticism for leaving it to the last minute to volunteer!

Netball is still going surprisingly well. The girls won 12-2 this week with some special performances from Beth and Rosie scoring some frankly incredible goalshots to give Jesus victory. Maybe, with the girls continuing their good form, captain Williams might actually try and take an interest in the overall progress of her team.

Rugby achieved promotion without even playing a game this week. It has been unanimously decided in the sporting world that Exeter are scared to play Jesus. After forfeiting last term’s hockey match, they were unable to get enough players together, leaving Jesus with the win, promotion and, barring any ridiculous results this week, probably the division 2 title. Tuesday’s game against Worcester will decide that for sure. Who’d have thought that, even with the distinctly unmighty Fielden at the helm, the rugby boys could do so well?

The football first team also achieved promotion this week, although they actually had to play a game in order to do this. A 7-0 thrashing of 10-man Oriel meant Jesus are also all-but-guaranteed the league title, running away with it after 8 wins out of 9. The battle to be top scorer is hotting up, with Llyr thinking he had caught up, only to see current leader Cooke come back with a second-half hat-trick. Massive game this week for the boys where the title can be confirmed at Barts on Saturday. The seconds didn’t have quite so much of a good time of it this week, losing 3-0 away to Queen’s, although everyone agreed that it was good to get back out on the pitch and blow away those Christmas cobwebs.


The mixed hockey team having just beaten Lincoln 5-1.

Sports Round-up 8th week MT13

It’s practically irrelevant what happened in any other sport this week, as football grabbed all of the headlines. Still, in the interests of formality, it should be said that the rugby team scraped an 89-0 victory against the mighty Merton-Mansfield who, with over 400 students available to their team, should really be able to beat a team captained by Matt Fielden. Since even he scored in this game, unconfirmed allegations of match fixing have been bandied around college in recent days. Apparently Hugo Markland played in this game too, and he wanted a mention.

Lacrosse and hockey both finished their terms in previous weeks, with both captains looking ahead to next season, Fordham in particular, with a Cuppers quarter-final against Peter’s/Hertford looking to bring in the crowds early next term. Could JCHC be returning to its glory days?

Now, to football. Still sitting at the top of the table, Skillcorn went into this week knowing that games against 2nd-place Corpus and 3rd-place Somerville in one week could make or break the Jesus season. The Corpus game was a high-quality affair, with great football from both sides and some solid performances all around. However, when both the captain and last season’s top scorer grab their first goals of the season in the same game, it’s always going to end well. In a fitting end to the game, seeing the referee describe Skillcorn as “a confident little bugger” for asking for injury time at 2-2, Jesus went down to the Corpus end and got a penalty. Up stepped the Welsh wonder Llyr to smash it into the top corner and secure a potentially vital 3-2 victory.

Only half of the week’s work was done though. The crowds flocked to the Friday of 8th week showdown between Jesus and Somerville, riding on the promise of snacks and drinks. After losing 3-2 in the return fixture on the opening day, Jesus had a point to prove. A nervy first half saw the scores tight at 0-0, but the game opened up in the second half after a wonderfully rehearsed free-kick routine made even the swinging boot of Turnbull look deft as he found the bottom corner. Somerville then had a man sent off as they lost their nerve and, in their rush to score, Jesus broke and scored to leave the final score 2-0. Such a result would not have been possible without the adoring fans ensuring the Fortress (Barts) lived up to its name. Jesus need one more win in the final four games to secure promotion.

Finally, some awards for the term.

The “woman in a man’s world” Award – Kathy Page, for her goalkeeping performance in Hockey Cuppers vs Keble

The Most Dedicated Captain Award – Kim Williams who, when asked how Jesus netball was going, said “we’re in divison 3, or it might be 5, whatever the bottom one is”

The Worst Dressed Award – JCBC Men’s IV at IWL (mainly Rob Fordham), for their socks and headbands combo

The “I was never really going to quit” Award – President President President Leo Gebbie

Mr/Miss Competitive – Anna Maguire

The “they bicker like a married couple” Award – Hugo Manson and Molly Johnson-Jones, for their outstanding working relationship as rowing captains this term

Team of the Year Award – All of them, you’re all marvellous

No really…

Team of the Year Award – Jesus College Cricket, for not losing a match all term

Most Valuable Player – Me

Thanks for reading. There’ll be more to come next term!

Thanks to Sam Skillcorn for increasingly detailed and increasingly scathing sports round-ups this term.

Sports Round-up 7th week MT13

Without doubt, the highlight of the week was hockey. The mixed team, despite only having 9 players, smashed Brasenose 11-2 in the final game of the season, avoiding relegation and ending up with a level goal difference. To demonstrate the lacklustre nature of the Brasenose defence, even Manson managed to put 5 past them, though this may well have something to do with the fact that it was their keeper’s first ever game. The girls were also successful this week, needing only 8 players to win 2-0.

The rugby team continued their great run of form in division 2 this week, with a convincing 46-19 away win at St John’s/St Anne’s to go top of the table, having only just been promoted. Fielden will be delighted that his team are continuing to perform so well, and hoping it carries through to next term. The final game of this term takes place next week.

No league games were played in men’s football this week, though some would say that the All Stars fixture is bigger than any league game. For the first time in a number of years, the current team managed to beat the All Stars, though this was helped greatly by the latter only bringing 6 players. After some reshuffling of the teams, a game of 10-a-side saw a 7-5 victory for Jesus. With 2 huge games this week against 2nd and 3rd in the table the boys are hoping this momentum will help them hold onto top spot. The women achieved a hard fought 1-1 draw at Balliol with Mulholland’s goal leading people to question whether she actually hasn’t played before.

New to the sports report this week is news of the badminton team who unfortunately lost their match at Worcester, but some good performances against some uni players meant the team had nothing to be ashamed of.

There may have been a netball game this week but since the captain didn’t bother to let me know the result I can only assume they lost. No lacrosse games either as the league has officially been cancelled for this term, leaving Jesus with a 100% win ratio.

As everyone knows, it was Christ Church regatta this week, read all about it here.

Look here next week for the final sports round-up of term, with some special features.

Sports Round-up 6th Week MT13

One of the biggest successes this week was mixed hockey, where goals from Gravell (2), Flahive, Stobbart and Maassen saw Jesus beat first division Keble 5-2 to advance to the next round of Cuppers. Captain Fordham had been dreaming all week of a giant killing and our attacking flair meant that his dreams came true.

The seconds football team weren’t quite as fortunate in Cuppers, going down 4-0 to Turl Street rivals Exeter. This can be partly put down to the Captain arriving at half time due to Birmingham’s horrendous rail network. Fear not – the team are going strong in the league so promotion may be on the cards. There was no game for the firsts this week, leaving them sitting pretty at the top of the table. The girls’ game was also cancelled, giving Jesus their second win of the season in the second game that Captain Maguire didn’t play.

A lacrosse friendly on Saturday brought a narrow 12-5 defeat for Jesus but the game was somewhat unfair as many of the Queen’s players seemed to actually know the rules. It’s hoped that the league might get up and running again, but who really knows?

This week’s netball match was stopped early as one of the Jesus players took a ball to the nose, but this means two games next week. Rumour has it, she’s finally manned-up and stopped complaining about it.

The rugby team had their first taste of division 2 action this week, and some would say it’s even a bit too easy. With complete disregard for the song “Jesus can’t play rugby because he’s only got 12 mates”, the 13 men of Jesus convincingly beat Oriel 31-7 to get their season off to a great start. Tom “Susan” De Sousa stole the show with two tries, although the rest of the team insist he simply fell over the line.

If you haven’t heard about this week’s rowing success, where have you been? See here for the details.

Sports Round-up 5th Week MT13

Jesus sport really is going from strength to strength. Rugby truly stole the show this week with a very convincing 60something-5 win over St Peter’s to secure promotion to the dizzy heights of division 2. Jesus dominated the game throughout, with even Matt “rugby’s slowest half-back” Fielden managing to make a few surging runs through the Peter’s defence. The division 2 season starts immediately in 6th week, so look out for Jesus’ first game against Oriel on Tuesday.

Football’s first team, not willing to allow rugby to take all of the glory, took a convincing 9-1 win over Oriel to send them to the top of the league, and some are even daring to talk of a title for Jesus come the end of Hilary, but perhaps it is too early to say. The 2nds were equally successful; with a resounding 5-1 win over top-division LMH 2nds at Barts sending them into the next round of Cuppers for a grudge match with Exeter 2nds this Sunday. Rumour has it Masters is already losing sleep over the team selection for such a massive game. Jesus’ women were unable to continue their good form of last week, this time losing 5-0 to Teddy Hall (who, Maguire insists, are a division above Jesus, which makes this okay).

Netball unfortunately didn’t have a game this week due to the opposition seeing Williams’ potential starting line-up and suddenly (conveniently) “not being able to get a team together”.

Hockey hasn’t had quite so much success, with a 7-0 defeat to Brasenose in the mixed variety this weekend. The league table is still looking bright, however, as Jesus are shown as having lost two out of two, but still having scored 9 and conceded 4. Bonus. Cuppers this weekend for Fordham’s men (and Kathy) may just be the turning point.

Lacrosse has been a bit of a disaster this term. After steamrollering through Wadham in the first of the season, Khanijau’s team have been denied further success by the weather and the Uni Parks groundsmen, so whether the season will continue is still unknown.

Finally, to rowing. The men competed in Autumn Fours, losing to Balliol in a hard-fought race, though since both crews share the same coach, there was talk of some bias and split allegiances. Meanwhile, the women’s biggest battle this week was making it to an 8.30am post-bop outing, which by all accounts was fairly entertaining, with unconfirmed talk suggesting at least three of the crew hadn’t managed to sleep enough to become hungover…

Keep looking here for the results of all of next week’s big sports matches.

Sports Round-Up 4th Week MT13

A rain affected week meant that fixtures in netball and mixed lacrosse were cancelled, leaving huge disappointment among fans and players alike. Fear not though, these sports will return in coming weeks.

In brighter news (pardon the pun), the girls’ football team on Sunday managed to achieve their first win of the season, 4-1 against Wadham. Since this was also the first game Captain Maguire hasn’t played, questions must surely be raised over next week’s team selection, and whether she deserves her place.

The boys didn’t have such a good time on Friday, going out of cuppers 2-1 away to St Catz. However, against the premier division side, this is not a result to be ashamed of. Should we be questioning Captain Skillcorn’s leadership as well? Some would say no, since earlier in the week, the firsts’ beat an under-represented Christ Church 4-1. The seconds managed also to achieve their first win of the season, beating Worcester 3rds 1-0 on Tuesday, to Masters’ delight. With a big cuppers game coming up on Sunday, the win could not have come at a better time.

A very belated start to the mixed hockey season didn’t end up as the fairy-tale that Captain Fordham had hoped. Rumour has it he was heard crying himself to sleep after the 5-1 defeat to St Hugh’s. Below is a picture of the fallen heroes after the match. The girls’ hockey match this week was clearly an important one, as a number of the players couldn’t even remember the result after the game. So much dedication in that team.

Perhaps Jesus’ most impressive result this week was the rugby team’s 101-5 victory over whipping boys Magdalen with even Gebbie managing to get on the score sheet for the second time this term. The final game of the season takes place this Thursday against St Peter’s at Barts, so if you can get down to watch the 2.30pm kick-off, the boys would really appreciate your support. A win for Jesus would secure promotion into division 2, so it really is a massive game.

Sports Round-Up 3rd Week MT13

3rd week was incredibly successful for Jesus’ sports teams, however it started off badly on Tuesday with Jesus football 2nds suffering a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Wadham 3rds. The first team had a more pleasant week with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Univ on Friday. The first team have cuppers this week, away at St Catz on Friday, so come down and support and look here for the results next week. The girls’ team were less fortunate in cuppers, losing 6-0 to a Blues-packed Keble on Sunday.

Jesus mixed lacrosse managed to avenge the footballers’ defeat to Wadham with a 4-0 victory in Khanijau’s first game as captain. A friendly against St Peter’s followed which was not quite as successful, but a 5-2 loss to a team fielding 4 Blues is not bad going. A photo of the winning team can be seen below. Hopefully the team will continue their good run this week.

The rugby team got back to winning ways with a 22-12 victory over Corpus Christi/Somerville, so if they can continue to put some good wins together, promotion could be on the cards.

Perhaps the most successful sport this week was netball, with 3 wins on Friday. Corpus forfeited the first match, Hertford were beaten 16-8 and the girls then beat Trinity 8-3. There is one match this week on Friday, so if anyone wants to play, get in touch with Kim.

Mixed hockey saw a quiet week this week with no games or training, but their season begins this Sunday. Women’s hockey unfortunately lost 3-1 to Brasenose.

Finally, Sunday was a good day for Jesus rowing with good results in the Isis Winter League, which can be found here.

Sport Round-up 2nd Week MT13

A relatively quiet week in college sport saw matches for only football and rugby. The rugby team lost narrowly to St John’s/St Anne’s. Despite being camped on the opposition try-line for much of the last 10 minutes, a break-away try meant heartbreak for Jesus.

It was better news in men’s football with the firsts scoring a convincing 8-0 win over Univ, putting last week’s defeat to Somerville behind us. A stellar performance from Andrew Lindsay saw him score 5 goals against some questionable defending. The seconds’ game against Exeter was cancelled due to weather, leaving captain Masters hoping that this wasn’t to be the start of another rain affected season. The first game in women’s football wasn’t quite as successful with an under-represented Jesus team going down 6-0 to St Catz but there were plenty of positives for the season ahead.

In mixed hockey, rivals Exeter left it until 20 hours before the match before realising that a win was never on the cards and cancelling. Some members of the Jesus team were glad to avoid an 8am start but there was a general feeling of animosity towards our Turl Street rivals.

An unfortunate lack of sticks prevented the inaugural lacrosse training session of the year, much to the disappointment of Captain Khanijau, although he still remains optimistic about this week’s game. There was no game in netball this week either, but 3 games in 3rd week gives the girls a good chance to put some wins together.

Squash and badminton training sessions are also going strong with good attendance and the captains filled with optimism for the coming year.

Good luck to all of Jesus’ sports teams competing this week, including the crews rowing in the Isis Winter League on Sunday.

Sport Round-up 1st Week MT13

College sport kicked off this week with games for football, rugby and netball. The rugby team scored a convincing 37-0 victory over St Hilda’s in Matt Fielden’s first game as captain.

In netball, the first two games saw one win and one loss for Jesus girls, but a great turn out is encouraging for the season.

The football second team ground out a 1-1 draw with St Hilda’s seconds after a contentious late penalty. The firsts didn’t have quite so much luck, going down 3-2 away to Somerville in a game full of dramatic moments. A missed penalty, two indirect free-kicks, two own-goals, and a sending off summed up a farcical game.

Both hockey and mixed lacrosse kick off their campaigns this weekend, with mixed hocked playing the all important derby against Exeter.

Look out for these results, and more from Jesus’ other sports, in the same place next week!