On Wednesday afternoon at the Marston Sports Ground, the women’s Blues secured their status in BUCS Premier South with a hard fought but deserved 21 points to 14 victory over Bristol University. With just one match to go, away at Cardiff Met next Wednesday afternoon, their focus for the next two weeks will be on being as well prepared as they can for the challenge that Cambridge will bring to Twickenham for their Varsity Match. Full report of yesterday’s victory to follow.
1 Gwen Cartwright 2 Pat Metcalfe-Jones 3 Jenny Smith 4 Sophie Taylor 5 Leanne Robinson 6 Harriet McCay 7 Caitlin McArdle 8 Elmarie van Heerden 9 Carly Bliss 10 Catherine Wilcock (Captain) 11 Mille Rose 12 Heli Copley 13 Princess Ashilokun 14 Affi Bunting 15 Sophie Trott
Replacements: 16 Hester Odgers 17 Jesse van der Grint 18 Carolina Matte-Gregory 19 Mollie MacGinty 20 Imogen Duffy 21 Gemma Robson Katarina Martinovic
Later that evening under the lights at Iffley Road, the Whippets overcame not only a committed and well prepared Oxford Brookes XV, they also managed to dampen the spirits of a large, vocal and predominantly Brookes crowd as they secured a fine victory in the ‘Oxford Derby’. The Whippets opened the scoring early on with a penalty from fly-half Tom Humberstone, but Brookes almost form the restart when they scored a converted try, much to the delight of their supporters. However, this was to prove to be the last time the Brookes supporters had much to cheer about, as the Whippets took a stranglehold on the game and showed intent in attack and commitment in defence. Lead by their dynamic young back row forward Tristan Louveaux, who put in a Man of the Match performance and is surely one to rise through the OURFC ranks during his time at Oxford, the home side kept the score board ticking over at regular intervals during both halves. Louveaux notched a brace in the first 40 minutes, with Humberstone adding a second penalty to make the score 16 points to 7 at the break. The second period saw most of the play deep in the Brookes half as the wind allowed Humberstone to kick to the corners and the well drilled Oxford pack kept the pressure on their opposite men. No 8 Saasha Agureev scored the Whippets first try after the interval, followed soon after by hard working lock George Warr grabbing one too. Captain Fantastic completed his hat-trick when he seized an an overthrown Brookes line out and crashed over from 5 metres, but the bets was saved too last, when the Whippets backs attacked from deep before linking with the forwards in a passage of passing that saw the ball pass through several pairs of hands before rangy 2nd row Joe Murphy finished off the move by stepping the full-back to score near the posts, Humberstone adding the extras to make the final score 38 points to 7. The Whippets have one more outing this term when they host Harwell at Iffley Road on Friday 2nd December, kick-off 8.00pm in the quarter final of the Oxfordshire County Shield.
1 James Calderwood (St Benet’s Hall) 2 Ryan Power (St Hugh’s) 3 Christian Goldsmith (St Hugh’s) 4 George Warr (New) 5 Joe Murphy (Lady Margaret Hall) 6 Fraser Cheetham (Hertford) 7 Tristan Louveaux (St Peter’s) (Captain) 8 Saasha Agureev (Oriel) 9 Rob Balfour (St Hilda’s) 10 Tom Humberstone (Lady Margaret Hall) 11 Angus Livingstone (Worcester) 12 James Povey (St Peter’s) 13 Kyle Grant (Wadham) 14 Tom Hammond (Trinity) 15 James Baker (St Anne’s)
Replacements: 16 Josh Navarajasegaran (Merton) 17 Ben Parker (Brasenose) 18 Isaac Uwins (St Hilda’s) 19 Stuart Greeff (Green Templeton) 20 Louis de Kock (Kellogg) 21 Armond Boshoff (Green Templeton) 22 Charles Wells (Oriel) 23 Ravi Ghosh (Exeter) 24 Hugh Garbutt (New) 25 Mark Fuller (St Edmund Hall) 26 Wilfred Sandwell (Queen’s)