The Commentary Box: HT16 1st Week

I’m sure that after the exciting victory in the Varsity Match at Twickenham last December (a record-breaking number of consecutive victories for the game) everyone is looking forward to continued competition in the New Year. Fortunately, the sporting season is far from over, with a great number of fantastic fixtures in the near future.

The men’s rugby union team will be playing again on the 27th of January, this time facing the RAF first team, and will be looking to continue their winning streak. After facing an 0dds-favourited Cambridge squad, the team should be enormously proud of their historic achievement and obviously have a fantastic season ahead of them.

Oxford’s rugby league team also has a season well underway, with the next fixture also taking place on the 27th of January, versus Cardiff, shortly followed on the 30th by the highly anticipated annual “Town vs. Gown” match. The team have posted an outstanding season record of 9-3, and look to continue their strong offensive drives in the coming months.

Outside of the rugby world, sports teams at Oxford have remained competitive in the off season, continuing training for other early Hilary matches. The men’s ice hockey team begins competing on the 24th of January, and will play Cambridge twice in the upcoming months, with the final Varsity matchup occurring in March.

Swimming’s Varsity match will occur in late February, following a training camp that just concluded in Spain; in addition, the BUCS Long Course Championship held later in the winter season, competing against multiple other universities for the chance to take home the ultimate trophy for swimming.

Hilary term promises a most competitive winter season, and we’re all looking forward to supporting our teams on the field, on the ice, and in the pool. See you then!