Although this is sadly our last issue until Michaelmas, the world of Oxford sport continues. In a bid to keep you up to date, we take a look at the ‘best of the rest’.
Cricket varsity is arguably one of the biggest sporting events in the Oxford calendar. After the Boat Race and rugby varsity, the cricketers manage to give themselves the most time to shoe the Tabs.
On 12th June, the varsity campaign kicks off, with both the men’s and women’s Blues T20 matches away at Cambridge. Then, on 27th June, both Oxford and the other place descend on Lords for the one day varsity match, for women and men. Finally, and hopefully to complete the hat trick of Dark Blue victories, the men’s Blues travel to Cambridge for a second time, for their four day varsity match. Lets hope for a Tab shoeing five times in a row.
You may have thought/hoped/prayed that with the last day of Summer VIIIs came the last day of rowing. You would be wrong. Oriel, who are currently men’s Head of the River, host their annual Oriel Regatta on 13th June, on the Isis. This is a day of side-by-side match racing, so there is a chance to see the cream of Oxford’s crop in boats other than VIIIs, and maybe we can actually answer the eternal RowChat question… who is the fastest on the river?
On 5th and 6th July, both Blues teams will take on their old rivals in the tennis varsity at the Moor Park Golf & Tennis Club. The teams have had a strong season, and will be looking to avenge their losses from 2014. The second, third, and fourth teams take on the Light Blues in Cambridge on the weekend of 20th June.
In the realm of athletics, the Oxford and Cambridge athletics teams are joining forces on 29th June to take on a team from across the pond, from Harvard and Yale. This will be the 45th match between the two sides, and will take place at Oxford’s very own Iffley track, so is perfect spectating fodder for you poor souls still here in 10th Week.
We are entering the final stages of Croquet Cuppers 2015, and the cream is rising to the top. Gone are the eager freshers, chilled out second years, and procrastinating finalists. The only players left are serious about their croquet, and will continue to battle it out until the end of term.
Though September is a very, very long way away, pre-season is the way to go for those attempting to make university teams next year. More than that, pre-seasoners are able to feel superior to those little freshers who join in Freshers’ Week, as they already have all the stash. Result.