The Varsity Match
The Varsity Match is held annually between Oxford and Cambridge University, usually towards the end of Hilary Term, in mid- to late February.
The early Varsity Matches were held at the Crown Baths at the Kennington Oval, as Cambridge lacked a covered pool. Reports of the early Varsity Matches concentrated mainly on swimming, so little is known about the development of the water polo match, although it is known that the early years were fairly turbulent due to a major shake-up in the rules of water polo at that time.
The men's match originated in October 1891, and is the oldest water polo fixture in the world, predating the Olympic final by 9 years. Barring suspensions between 1915-1918 and 1940-1945, the match has been held every year, with Cambridge 67-34 in front, and 15 draws as of 2016.
The first ladies match was held in 1984, following an attempt by Oxford to field a woman in the 1983 men's game. Cambridge lead Oxford by 22 to 11 overall.