On Wednesday afternoon, the Women’s Blues had their BUCS season opener away against the Bristol University women. In the first must-win game of the 2017-18 season, the Blues came out on top finishing with a score of 10-7. The team, led by captain and two-time Blue, Sophie Behan, had a great first showing. The first score of the game for the Blues came at the 20-minute mark off a driving maul on the 5-meter line finished by fresher, and former Surrey county player, Vivian Leong. The second try for the Blues came shortly thereafter off an interception and 60 metre break by inside centre, Jo Dombrowski. Not ready to roll over, the Bristol University women doubled down the pressure and forced the Blues to work back in their 22. After a series of penalties committed by the Blues, the Bristol ladies were able to convert their momentum to a try in the 35th minute of the game. The kick was converted and the score at the half was 10-7 to the Blues. Despite a few bumbles in the second half due to some inclement weather, the Blues were able to hold on to their lead in the second period and secure the victory. The win over Bristol bodes well for the Blues as they head in to their Varsity Campaign. A dominant scrum and quick feet in the backfield have given the women more diversity of play than in past years and this was evident in the team win on Wednesday. Post-match, third-year medic from Lincoln College, Katie Collis, received the honor of forward of the match for her work in the second row and her consistent tackles throughout the game. Back of the match, went to try-scorer Jo Dombrowski, a post-grad from Kellogg College and returning OURFC women’s player who made her post-ACL surgery debut. It’s shaping up to be exciting season for the OURFC women, watch this space!