- on behalf of Amelia Hughes
Lennard Lee of the OUSWPA asks a few post match questions:
How do you feel the Oxford team has come along this year?
The squad is larger and stronger than it has been in a number of years. Everyone has improved hugely in a very short time. The whole squad has worked really hard and helped us get to a place where we gave Cambridge a real scare. Even the Cambridge Coach was impressed with the improvement since the teams last met in December. Our defence is really strong and effective. We move the ball down the pitch really well, but our score to shot ratio is low.
Who was your man/woman of the match this year?
Amelia Gurley - our fantastic goalkeeper
Who was your most improved player?
Bryony Henry, for two brilliant goals
What was the best goal of the Varsity competition?
Holly Redford Jones scoring in the bottom left corner from right wing, floating the ball straight over the goalie.
They are physically bigger and stronger than Oxford.
Anything you wished might have been different if you could do it again?
We had many shots at goal, but few of them were successful. If we had scored on more of our opportunities we could have won the match. This is an area to work on in the future.
Would you care to share with the alumni about possible future plans/directions for the club?
We want to continue the rate of improvement of this year. If we do we will be in a much better position this time next year. We are hoping to have more full court time in training, so that we can train as close to match conditions as possible. We are lucky to have the amount of water time that we do, but full court time would enable us to take our training to another level. Match practice and high intensity are important to our plans for the next year.
Finally, anyone you’d like to thank or mention?
Our captain Milly has been amazing this year, as have our vice-captain Nicola and social secretary Bryony. We will be very sad to lose Milly, Bryony and Amelia and they will leave a massive gap in the squad.
A huge thank you goes to our coaches Rose and Mac, for putting in so much time and support to make the squad as strong as it is. Their arrival has marked the start of new successes in Oxford Women's Water Polo.