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).
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