The women's squad travelled to Radley College to play their second match in 2 days against Oxford Brookes. The match was a tough one, with Oxford Brookes winning with a final scoreline of 13:7. The women's squad faces their 3rd match this week against UEA on Sunday.
The women's squad travelled to Radley College to play their second match in 2 days against Oxford Brookes. The match was a tough one, with Oxford Brookes winning with a final scoreline of 13:7. The women's squad faces their 3rd match this week against UEA on Sunday.
After the success of the Women's blues at the weekend at Varsity, the women's squad faced the semi-final of the BUCS Trophy Tournament against Bristol 2s. The game was close in the first half, before Oxford pulled away with an 8 goal lead to win the game with a final score of 15-7. They will be heading to the final in 3 weeks time at BUCS Big Wednesday in Nottingham.
12th February 2020
The women's squad delivered another great result with a 23:5 win against Leicester. Our Oxford side demonstrated excellent form, with a number of our players only playing their second or third match. The progress this term has been astonishing, and we're looking forward to many more wins in the next couple of weeks!
The game was paused in the 3rd quarter due to a dislocated shoulder on the Leicester side. Many thanks to the pool staff and members of the club who helped out with the incident.
The women's squad have started Hilary Term with a great 16:12 win against Oxford Brookes, sending them through to the quarter finals of the BUCS Trophy competition. The game started off close in the first quarter, with Oxford managing to pull away in the 2nd quarter to maintain the lead in this exciting game, with strong shooting from both sides.
The women's teams are having a cracking season so far! We have a brand new squad, lead by the fearless Anna Szyszko. Focus over the last term has been on developing our newer players, and prepping for Varsity. We feel ready to take on the Tabs.
Our annual get together is back on Saturday 2nd May 2020 at St Cross College - Save the date! More information to follow in the New Year. See the Facebook event page.
Only 10 more days to go! OUWPC's women are heading to Malta for water polo boot camp, a tour generously sponsored by Dame Helena Morrissey DBE, a lifelong advocate for women in sport. Read more about it here.
Go to the Varsity 2019 page for scores and pictures from the weekend.
Oxford Womens’ Blues
The Oxford Women’s Blues Team have been going from strength to strength this season, sitting comfortably mid top of their BUCS league, scoring 165 goals in competitive matches this season. This multinational squad, for the most part all have several years experience playing polo, including two returning captains; Lucy Wright and Hannah Wilson – who is reprising her role as captain from 2006-7.
This dedicated squad has not only been training hard in the pool but also benefited from specialised strength and conditioning training, which has played a valuable role developing the squad into a more professional team. This year the women’s squad undertook a training tour to Budapest, the home of water polo, and learnt valuable lessons on game awareness, ball handling and contact play.
This group of girls brings an incredible level of dedication, enthusiasm (notably Anna Szyszko, VC, who hasn’t been seen without a smile since 2003) and drive to the pool, and are looking forward to the challenge of playing Cambridge as underdogs, in a shallow end pool.
Oxford Womens’ 2s
This newly created team has only really been separate from the rest of the squad of girls for a short period of time. The team is made up of some returning players, and a large number of new comers to water polo. They have had a steep learning curve this year over the course of several development squad matches, with increasing success with every match.
Several members of this team joined the Budapest Tour, which resulted in a dramatic improvement in game awareness and skills over the course of the season. Many of the starting 7 for this team narrowly missed out on positions in the 1sts, and have perhaps more to prove than the Blues this Varsity weekend.
Under the guidance of captain Leah Taylor-Kearney, and vice captain Matilda Hadcock, this team has amalgamated into a tight knit group, with boundless enthusiasm for the sport. What they lack in experience they are sure to make up for in determination, ready to do OUWPC proud as the first ever Women’s Seconds Team.
Oxford Mens’ Blues
The Oxford University Men’s Blues have gone from strength to strength in the 2018-2019 season. Coming off the back of a BUCS Premier South and Varsity win in the previous season, the team demonstrated that this was not a singular occurrence, finishing the current season with only 1 defeat and finishing 2nd in the league behind a very heavily fortified Cardiff side. This high position has enabled the Blues team to be eligible for Full Blues for a second year running – a feat which has not been achieved in recent memory until last season. This achievement is no doubt due to the excellent depth within our Blues squad, who started the season with a squad of 18 (which was difficult to whittle down to 13 for every game). This depth enabled the team to fight valiantly in every fixture despite being plagued by various injuries throughout the season. Special mention should be given to those players in the 2nd Team Varsity who consistently aided the Blues team in their times of need, and played to their best ability and stepped up when required. It has been a pleasure to lead the team this year, and will be an honor to walk out with them at Varsity.
Oxford Mens’ 2s
The Oxford Men's 2s come into Varsity off the back of a very successful season. With one of the biggest squads we have ever to pick from, and some great new additions to the squad, we secured second place in BUCS Midlands 2A.
We started the season with a hard fought win against Nottingham Trent, inflicting their only defeat on them all season. Our first meeting against the Cambridge 2s resulted in a resounding 15-1 win for Oxford, an excellent team performance all round. We also won a close game away at Oxford Brookes, coming out 6-5 winners with just 8 players available.
After just one loss in Michaelmas term, we headed into Hilary, securing another win against Cambridge 2s, this time a much closer game. Water polo newbie Tommy Pullan having his best game in the pool yet, scoring the bulk of our goals and seeing us over the line for a 13-11 win.
We had one more hard fought win against Leicester, which was achieved thanks to a beautiful lob from former club president Ameen Chekroud with the scores tied and just 90 seconds on the clock. Those results secured second place in the league for us, one of our highest ever finishes. It's been a huge effort this year with a squad including several young players - Matt Rosenfeld, Matt Webb, Josh Greensmith, as well as good performances from seasoned members of the squad Ameen Chekroud and Tom Morcom. Thanks to Ajay Kapur for all his work coaching.
After a much closer game this term, we're excited for what will be a close Varsity match!
Over the Christmas holidays the OUWPC ladies had a very successful tour to Budapest. We were hosted by one of the largest water polo clubs in the city, UVSE, who we played and trained with throughout the week. Whilst we played a lot of water polo, we also found the time to watch a national semi-final, explore the city, go the Szechenyi baths and spend time at the Christmas markets.
Thanks go to UVSE for hosting and feeding us, and to Christy for organising such a great tour!
BUCS match against UEA away.
Really fun day, despite a very long drive and a very short warm up, the Oxford ladies put in a fantastic performance.
Starting with Rhiannon in goal, who is gaining confidence since her return and starting to really own the space between the posts.
Outfield TJ Ophelia scored her first goal for OUWPC, and survived the notorious TJ minibus challenge.
Leah Taylor Kearney, Zara Ahmad and Gabrielle Bourret-Sicotte all were tenacious in the press and worked hard to shut down any offensive play from the opposition.
Soraya Kezelmann and Catherine Mills were absolute super subs, and made a massive difference to controlling the play once in the pool.
Our starting outfield players were cool, calm and played intelligent polo despite a lack of structure from the opposition.
At the top of the 4th quarter Jodie R White, Lucy Wright, Emily Van Heerden, Leonor VA, Anna Szyszko, all showed the depth of ability and fitness that our squad has, which resulted in 10 goals in less than 8 minutes.
FINAL SCORE: 14-8 (to Oxford)
After last week’s triumph, the Oxford Mens Blues lined up once more at the Rosenblatt Fortress for their home fixture against Imperial College London. This was no ordinary fixture against the London side however, with OUWPC alum, and previous Mens Captain Joseph Ortiz making his return to the Rosenblatt for the opposition side. However this fixture also saw the return of OUWPC alum Nicolas Lippolis for the Dark Blues as he just couldn’t stay away.
The first quarter began fiercely contested, likely as the boys focused too much on Ortiz to notice the other IC threats as remained level at 1-1 for the majority of the period. However, a burst of activity saw goals from Dr Richard O’Halloran and Seh Woon Neo to end the quarter 3-1. IC rapidly responded in the second quarter bringing the game level to 3-3 through a lapse in Oxford concentration, before a rapid flurry of Oxford goals from VC Joshua Silverbeck, O’Halloran, Pietro Ferrero and Neo to end the quarter 7-4.
The second half saw the Oxford Boys retain their strong lead, with goals from Neo and Ferrero, whilst IC also scored 2. The final quarter saw more drama however, with final majors being given against Lippolis and Captain Ajay Kapur. This did not stop the momentum of the Dark Blues however, who in this quarter put 5 goals past a tired IC side, including a goal from Social Secretary Patrick Isaacs to close the game out, leading to a final score of 14-8.
Goals in this game were scored by Ferrero (6), Neo (3), O’Halloran (2), Silverbeck (2) and Isaacs (1), whilst the major king title this week is awarded to Lippolis (as he was majored out of the game first). The next fixture will prove to be the first test for the lads as they make the trip down to Wales to face Cardiff.
Match Report – Bath Home Coming into the new season and with the intake of some exceptional freshers, the Mens Blues side lined up at the Rosenblatt Fortress for their season opener against newly promoted Bath University.
The opposition were clearly nervous and started off tentative, allowing the Blues to go 2-0 up within the first 2 minutes with excellent goals from senior superstar Seh Woon Neo and incoming fresher Pietro Ferrero. It was not long before Bath clawed it back to 2-2, before the quarter ended with the Blues 3-2 up after a rocket penalty from Neo. The second quarter was initially closely contested with Bath quickly equalizing. However, a focused Oxford side slotted in three goals in rapid succession thanks to Neo, Ferrero and last season’s top goal scorer, Dr Richard O’Halloran, before Bath capitalized on a slip in concentration and ended the half 6-4.
The third quarter saw a similar picture being painted, with goals from O’Halloran, Ferrero and Neo seeing Oxford maintain their 2 goal lead at 9-7, before a fourth quarter display of excellence seeing the side reach a final score of 12-9.
The game saw 3 goal-scorers from the Dark Blues: Neo (6), Ferrero (4) and O’Halloran (2), with the Major King award for the most majors also being awarded to Ferrero (2)
Today was a big day for the OUWPC girlies, with only one real training session under our belts we faced our first BUCS match of the season.
Firstly, our goalie Matilda Hadcock playing for the first time as no.1, had an incredible start, almost keeping a clean sheet, including facing down a penalty - woo! Watch out Alice Fisher she’s coming for your T-Shirt and or title.
We played an impressive tight press picking up from where we left off last year, Charlotte Lou Lay, Leonor VA and Catherine Mills absolutely shutting down passing options to the point that the clock ran out on the Brookes attacks frequently.
Our vice captain Anna Szyszko worked tirelessly in defence to shut down any breaks Brooke’s created, whilst also scoring 3 goals.
Emily Van Heerden a new comer to OUWPC, slotted into play on the wing beautifully, winning 3 swim offs and also scoring 3.
Soraya Kezelmann truly channeled her inner Hungarian today stealing the ball, countering and scoring 6 goals in as many minutes, to become the top scorer in the match, in a spectacular display of dominance.
Today saw the triumphant first appearance for
Ophelia Donoghue and Zara Ahmad who both are picking up the tactics and skills incredibly fast, creating arcs and breakaways already - well done ladies!
Also playing in her first match of water polo was Gabby Bourret-Sicotte who not only scored on her debut but also won a swim off, although she has some homework following the tip off👐
Jodie White and myself started our campaigns for Major Queen, and I look forward to a close battle for this title 😏.
All in all I couldn’t be prouder of how tonight went. We have some work to do yet, but a great start to the season.
AWESOME WORK OUWPC LADIES!!
Congratulations to our newly elected committee.
President Jodie White (Univ)
Treasurer Nick Corbett (Wadham)
Secretary Catherine Mills (Pembroke)
Women's Captain Hannah Wilson (Oriel)
Women's Vice Captain Anna Szyszko (Exeter)
Men's Captain Ajay Kapur (St Catz)
Men's Vice Captain Josh Silverbeck (Wadham)
Second's Captain Alex Picksley
Men's Social Sec Patrick Isaacs (St John's) and Saul Blankstone (St Hugh's)
Women's Social Sec Soraya Kezelmann (Pembroke)
Men's Tour Rep Patrick Isaacs (St John's)
Women's Tour Rep Christy Sadler (St Peter's)
We are sad to bid farewell to the out going committee. They did an excellent job. A special thank you goes to Ameen Chekroud, OUWPC President, for organising an outstanding Varsity and for all of his hard work throughout the year.
Oxford Town vs Gown water polo matches are the highlight of the social calendar in Trinity Term.
The Men's 1st team dominated their match, winning comfortably. Their star goalie, Luca Rottoli was even able to make his debut outfield proving that he is a man of many talents.
The women's team faced fierce competition in an extremely close match. Oxford City just clinched the win in what proved to be a very physical match.
The Men's 2nd team showed why they were crowned Varsity Champions in an excellent display of water polo. The women's team came out en masse to support the men and the whole club celebrated the men's 2nds victory with trip to Vinnie's.
Final score: 7-6 to Oxford
The build up was over, the whistle blew to start the Women’s 2018 Varsity match. The girls exploded into a sprint for the ball. Reached first by our own Charlotte Newman, the ball was flicked back to Oxford to begin the first attack in their possession. In a matter of seconds the ball was stolen by Cambridge, who then proceeded to counter down the pool, taking Oxford with them. Oxford’s defence pressed tight, it was clear already that the strength of both teams was a close match. Just 21 seconds into the game Oxford committed a major foul, leaving Cambridge in an un-ideal man-up. The tabs didn't waste this advantage — Oxford’s strong and intelligent defence didn't quite cut it, and the first goal of the match was scored by Cambridge Captain Ella Erwin.
39 seconds down on the clock. 1-0 to Cambridge. The crowd was screaming for Oxford. The next 8 or so attacks from both teams ended with a sharp steal, a near miss of the goal, or, for Cambridge, usually a powerful save by Oxford’s unbelievable goalkeeper Alice Fisher. With less than two minutes left of the first quarter, Anna Szyszko drops the ball into pit where it’s grabbed by Captain Lucy Wright who scores a flawless back-shot. 1-1, the game is equalised and the first quarter is over.
Not long into the second quarter, Oxford’s Ruby Sedgwick makes a drive towards the goal with the ball, picks it up and smashes it into the back of the net. The crowd goes wild, cheers travel from all directions, Oxford had finally gained the advantage they wanted. However, Cambridge soon sprung back into action, scoring another goal, this time with even players, making the score 2-2. Again, it was clear this was going to be a close game… or was it? Halfway through the second quarter, Anna Szyszko scores a powerful goal for Oxford. Excitement fills the room: the team, the crowd and even the lifeguards are cheering at the top of their voices. On the next attack Oxford quickly steal the ball and Emmie Mediate gives her everything in a counter attack. Finding herself without a defender, she received an unbelievably long pass from the other side of the pool and in one smooth motion slammed it past the Cambridge goalie and into the net. Then, the next attack for Cambridge is stolen again by the Oxford powerhouses. The arc was set up, the press by Cambridge was aggressive, tight and strong but this was never going to stop Emmie from scoring another goal against the Tabs.
An incredible plethora of goals in the second quarter meant the blues finished the first half of the Varsity match 5-2 up.
Cambridge’s first attack in the third quarter was cut brutally short by a tackle from Charlotte Newman. Charlotte sprinted with the ball away from every nearby tab, calmly faked a shot at the goal as defenders approached, and scored. The game became heated and Cambridge scored a goal on their next attack. But, in no time at all a strong and smooth goal from Lulu Vulpe-Albari took Oxford up to a fierce 7-3.
The fast-paced, aggressive match began to take its toll on the blues. Cambridge scored three more goals, bringing the score to a very tight 7-6. Oxford still had the lead, but with more than two minutes left on the clock, the Varsity win was still very much up for grabs for both teams. With 60 seconds left, and no more goals, Oxford’s coach, Dom McLoughlin called a timeout. They talk tactics for slowing down the game and holding procession of the ball for as long as possible. They focus on a strong defence and a safe attack. The teams swim back out as the mental and physical intensity of the game reaches its climax. The whistle blows, 60 seconds began to race down on the clock. Captain Lucy Wright and Vice Jodie White pass the ball between them on the right wing under Dom’s instruction for the last 20 seconds, Cambridge frantically trying to steal.
In what felt like a fraction of a second, the timer buzzes. No goals had been scored. The game was over. Champions Oxford cheered with excitement, Dom and the team on the bench leapt into the pool. The blues held each other in the water, jumping and splashing with overwhelming joy.
Oxford take the win for the first ever women’s finale. A historical moment for both teams, and an unforgettable achievement for the Oxford women.
Final score: 13-13, Oxford won on penalties
The Oxford team carried a lot of momentum into this year’s Varsity match, having recently secured 1st place in the BUCs Premier South, and were aiming to secure a successful season by reclaiming the trophy after last year’s defeat in Cambridge. There were many returning faces from the previous year including Joe Ortiz, Seh Woon Neo, Dominic McLoughlin and keeper Luca Rottoli, however four players as well as new coach Petar Momcilovic were playing in their first varsity.
The game began with an exchange of goals from both sides that would set the precedent for the entire game. Cambridge came out with a very high press, however Seh Woon Neo would present an unsolvable issue playing in the hole for Oxford, scoring two in the first quarter while new addition Richard O’Halloran fired in from the outside of the arc. Cambridge were equal to Oxford for most of the quarter however and even went into the break ahead 4-3 due to some strong outside shooting.
The next two quarters followed this pattern, with neither team able to open up more than a single goal’s lead. Joe Ortiz kept the Cambridge pit attack quiet and even contributed a goal of his own in the second, however Cambridge continued to find success from the outside. At the other end of the pool Neo and Richard continued to work as one-two punch in attack with Neo piling on four goals and Richard a further two. By the third quarter Neo and fresher Saul Blankstone’s work in pit attack had begun to tell with the major count leaning heavily in Oxford’s favour, creating further opportunities for Oxford chances as Josh Silverbeck and Richard looked to connect during the man up periods.
Despite the fourth quarter seeing two Cambridge players wrapped, the Tabs opened up the first two goal lead of the game at 13-11 with 2:30 left on the clock. An intense passage of play saw several successful Oxford steals leading to a man up goal for Richard and an equalising goal with 30 seconds left to play from Neo and even a narrowly missed chance in the dying seconds for Oxford to seal the game. The final score was 13-13, however in a break from tradition the captains decided to finish the game with a penalty shootout. Mention should also be given to Gianfranco Messina, Nick Corbett and Patrick Isaacs all of whom made major contributions off the bench and, as they had all season, proved the depth of the squad and allowed for the Oxford team to wear down Cambridge.
Varsity hero Luca Rottoli (who would then go on to save two penalties in Oxford’s semi-final game vs Durham) saved two of the Cambridge penalties while Joe Ortiz, Richard O’Halloran, Freddie North and Seh Woon Neo all scored - securing the win for Oxford.
This win and the following run to the BUCs championship semi finals capped off a fantastic season for the team which secured full blues for the first time this decade. A major thanks should go to coach Petar Momcilovic who has had a massive influence on all our games (due to his calm and reassuring demeanour) and is due most of the credit for the team’s success.
Men's 2nds Match report: Final score 9-3 to Oxford
Some of the greatest film series have been ruined by a third film: Godfather III, Matrix Revolutions and of course Shrek III, so there was understandable trepidation when Oxford 2s faced off against Cambridge 2s for the third and final time for the 2017-18 season, the two previous league wins like a cryptocurrency in an internet-free zone: useless.
As the match approached, the tension lay heavy in the air, like a writer heavy-handedly forcing tension into a scenario. One man felt no such pressure, as he eased Oxford into the lead just 18 seconds into the match, Jonner Donner-Wittkopf expertly spinning his man and beating the ‘keeper. He was joined on the scorecard by Thomas Morcom, who doubled the Oxford lead going into the first rest period.
The relentless full-bath press of the Oxford, facilitated by a 6-man bench, combined with brilliant front-marking of the pit by Louis Waloschek and others, limited Cambridge to speculative shots from distance, and eased Oxford into a 5-1 lead at half time, goals coming from the two above-mentioned scorers and the mercurial Barclay Bram.
The third quarter was a far tighter affair, as after two Oxford goals to open the quarter, the dark blues attack was quelled by a strong Cambridge defence. The highlight of the quarter was a Hail-Mary by the Cambridge keeper to their cherry-picker, who was unmarked on the 8m, being intercepted by the Oxford keeper and Captain Jack Counsell, who flicked it back for an easy goal for Morcom. The quarter ended with the score 7-3, with Fergus O’Leary inked into the goal scoring ranks.
Oxford earlier in the season had let a 7-1 lead lapse into a narrow 8-7 win, so were very aware of Cambridge’s ability when the game breaks down to counter-attacks and counter-counters. With this in mind, the dark blues continued to dictate the play the way that had been bountiful for the previous three intervals; the full-press sealed as tightly as two of the flat Lego pieces on top of each other. The quarter was scoreless for the opening 5 minutes, and when Cambridge took a time out with 3 minutes remaining, only stupidity could allow a 5-goal swing. An Oxford man-up with 2.20 left was converted with aplomb by Bram, and then with 26 seconds remaining, Waloschek fired in his first to send the dark blues into rapturous applause and into the long night.
Final score 9-3 to Oxford. In the three years that this writer has played in the second team Varsity, Oxford has never been stronger than in 2018 and debatably the scoreline was flattering to Cambridge. It was the perfect apex to a great season, and I’ll leave you with a Wayne Gretzky quote. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”
Michaelango the Sistine Chapel, Nicola Salvi the Trevi fountain, OUWPC Women the Iffley Road Sports Complex; all great artists need their canvases for their magnus opus. The team continued their perfect run of form, with yet another win in the BUCS league. The first quarter was a tense affair, with goals from Emmie and Rosie, tempered by a Leicester goal. However, it was in the second quarter, that the dark blues began to pull away with Rosie finding the net again, along with Anna and Lulu, leading to a 5-3 lead at the halfway interval. The second half started as the first with more Oxford goals, and at the other end, an intensive defensive effort marshalled by ‘keeper Alice, and pit defence Anna strangling the supply to the pit attack. Going into the final quarter 7-5 up, the strong fitness and extensive bench of Oxford showed, with another 3 goals, including a brace from Soraya, to ease to a 10-6 win over Leicester. The counter-attacking improved over the match, with the wing-play strengthening, as to best utilise the excellent swimmer the team possesses. The team looks to continue its unbeaten run over to the Christmas vacation, and hopefully through Hilary, with Loughborough coming up in the next few weeks.
Oxford 2nds 17- 7 UEA
Just like the film crew of Blue Planet 2, Oxford Men’s Water Polo Second Team were back in the water; the millions of years of evolution giving them not the ability to live miles below the surface of the ocean, but the ability to play high level water polo in BUCS Midlands 2A. The team were looking to get into the winning ways of early season, after a close lose to Nottingam last week. There was a debut for Jorrit Donner-Wittkopf, who quickly opened his account with a first quarter goal, to take the team in 2-0 after the first period. The second quarter was a tighter affair, with the half whistle blowing at 5-3. The highlight was a delightful backshot by the debutant, and the full pool press was very successful, pushing UEA back out of shooting range, making the job far easier for deputising ‘keeper Rottoli.
This pressure, combined with excellent match fitness, began to show in the scoreline during the third quarter. Bram, Birch and Isaacs all scored in a fantastic team display, with the arc and pit looking strong, despite lack of usual pit attack due to injury. The team did struggle against man up, but good discipline limited the situations in which this was applicable. The fourth quarter was a true feat of strength, the 7 Oxford goals in no way flattering the team, as wet passes were better directed to avoid interception, and Oxford managed to keep the structure even as the game broke up. The final score 17-7. The second team look forward to the next match away at Leicester, a chance to win the prestigious M40 double.
1. Luca Rottoli
2. Calum Bradshaw
4. Ameen Chekroud
5. Barclay Bram
6. Stuart Birch
7. Alex Picksley
9. Patrick Isaacs
10. Tom Morcom
11. Fergus O’Leary
12. Joost Kimpel
13. Jorrit Donner-Wittkopf
Oxford 17- 1 Nottingham Trent
Oxford were off to a great start when Charlotte won the swim off (no surprise there). The first goal was a belter from Lulu after just over 20 seconds putting the team in front from the go ahead. The Dark Blues were strong in defense with Ashley in pit defense making a superb steal and Alice in goal proving why she is known as OUWPC’s best goalie with some fantastic saves.
Oxford looked dominant throughout the match with Lulu scoring 3 more goals, Hannah scoring a hat-trick and a number of goals from Ashley, Lucy, Charlotte and Ruby. Oxford improved on their man-down defense tactic since their last match. Nottingham Trent didn’t score a single goal from the 3 man-up’s they had across the match. The Dark Blues were held their own in defense against an aggressive team.
Trent seemed to fatigue in the third quarter and Oxford took advantage of this. Ruby, Anna and Ashley scored from a one on one shot against the goalie- the Trent players were no where to be seen. The Oxford girls dominated play and made some really strong and well calculated drives to score some excellent goals. Nottingham Trent’s goal came towards the end of the match but didn’t dent the score line as Oxford claimed a win with a goal difference 16 (apparently a magic number for the women).
Oxford 2s 29- University of Leicester Firsts
The season started as all seasons do, with the first game of the season, as Oxford 2s romped a 29-2 victory against University of Leicester Firsts. Oxford were playing an experimental side, with surely the one of the few times a GB player has played for the 2s. It was a mixture of the old names avid 2s know by heart, and a few faces raring to showcase their talent to the new coach.
The first goal of the new season was slotted in by Matt McLoughin after only 22 seconds, one of 7 goals for the prolific left-hander. He was quickly joined on the scoresheet by Luca Ameri, with a quick fire hattrick before the break; Oxford going in 8-0 after the quarter. The second quarter was largely more of the same, with Silverbeck and Waloschek grabbing their debut goals for the Dark Blues, though Leicester got a consolation before half time, going in 15-1.
The third quarter was probably Oxford’s strongest quarter, with the arc properly setting up, and the dominance continuing, with five more goals. In the final quarter, Oxford scored 9 more, Leicester one, as the play broke down into more counterattacking play, with the fatigued opposition suffering from a severely diminished bench.
Final score: Oxford 29-2 Leicester. The 2s hope to continue their goal fever in two weeks’ time against Nottingham, on the march to BUCS promotion, and – later – eternal fame.
Oxford 11-6 Cambridge
Some absolutely amazing work from the girls, especially considering this was their first match together and they were a goalie down!
The first half was just the team getting used to playing matches again, but by the second half they were on fire with our players holding their own in defence, Cambridge barely got a shot at the goal. Our counters were fantastic- everyone reacted fast to the whistle and swam down the other end of the pool to get a great advantage.
Excellent (and super strong) goals from Lulu, Rosie and Ruby. We can’t forget Charlotte’s double hat-trick! Really amazing drives from Char with the ball, the defenders were nowhere to be seen.
Unbelievable plays from Davina and Lavanya in their first ever water polo match! Well done to both of you, by the end you were sticking to your players and doing some really great passes. Lavanya was marking strongly on the arc, and Davina tackled the ball off a tab! #shoe
Soraya did an incredible job in goal in the shallow end. You made some really strong jumps and blocks, as well as grabbing the ball from pit attack. There was some really nice goal keeping from Emmie and Ashley as well, you both focused really well on the game play, always knowing where the ball was and judging the next pass round the arc.
Anna, your steals we’re incredible! There were so many times a Cambridge player comfortably had the ball and you would just claim it and sprint down the wing. After all that great defence work you didn’t even get a foul! Rosie you made some great calls with switching in and out of pit, this type of communication is really vita in a match.
Thank you to everyone who came, you all played incredibly! Special thanks to Emmie for the heavenly muffins! Cant wait for the rest of the season with such a strong team.
The OUSWPA annual old members' dinner will be held this year on the evening of Saturday 13th May (3rd week) at Somerville College.
2.30 - 3.30pm: OUSWPA AGM (Massey Room, Balliol College)
4 - 5pm (tbc): Old Members Water Polo Match (Rosenblatt)
7pm: Drinks Reception (Somerville)
7.45pm: Dinner (Somerville)
This is a lovely event where current and former members of the swimming and waterpolo clubs come together to celebrate the year’s achievements and generally catch up and have fun. You are all invited and strongly encouraged to come!
There will be a prosecco drinks reception followed by a three course meal. A "wine with dinner" ticket includes a bottle of house wine at an additional cost of £14.70. You may wish to share a bottle of wine with a friend so please co-ordinate this amongst yourselves.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Standard ticket: £31.30 (students); £40.30 (alumni)
"Wine with dinner" ticket: £46 (students); £55 (alumni)
Please fill out this form to confirm your attendance: https://goo.gl/forms/qXEM32moPJRFk1RK2
Matt Webb and Ameen Chekroud are the Men's social secretaries.