The action got under way at Iffley Road on Saturday afternoon when the Greyhounds hosted their annual encounter with the Kew Occasionals, who included a number of former OURFC players in their squad – not least 2008 & 09 Blue Ross Swanson, who captained the visiting side. In a classic case of ‘a game of two halves’ the Greyhounds produced a dominant first 40 minute performance to lead at the interval by 24 points to nil – try scorers, wing James Povey, 2nd row Hugo McPherson and No 8 John Aaron Henry, with fly-half Tom Dyer converting all three tries and adding one penalty. The second 40 saw the Occasionals put in a much stronger performance and with the Greyhounds making multiple changes, the visitors scored three tries without reply, with two converted to make the final score 24 points to 19 in favour of the students. The Greyhounds next fixture is a home quarter-final tie in the Oxfordshire County Cup on Friday night against Oxford Harlequins.
On Sunday afternoon the Whippets played host to Guys Hospital at Iffley Road and produced a good all round performance scoring five tries to win by 33 points to 14. Try scorers, back row Fraser Cheetham, 2nd row Joe Murphy, No 8 Tristan Louveaux, centre Brooke Keats and fellow centre Kyle Grant with fly-half James Baker adding four conversions.
Also on Sunday afternoon the Panthers welcomed Chesham Ladies II to the Marston Sports Ground for their first home match of the season. The Panthers fielded an inexperienced team, with the majority new to rugby this academic year and just one survivor from the Panthers’ Varsity match last March. As a result the team took time to settle, allowing a well-drilled Chesham back-line to score freely. However as the match progressed, the Oxford girls grew in the game with aggressive tackling and high-intensity attacking play. The match ended with the Panthers knocking on the Chesham try-line but unable to convert the pressure into points. Final score 0 – 59. Forward and back of the match went to the impressive Mollie MacGinty (St Hilda’s) and Katarina Martinovic (St Catz) respectively.