Selwyn mixed lacrosse team played their last match of the season against Jesus this weekend. As the current leaders of the league, we know this would be a tough game but to make the challenge even greater, we had a team of just 8 players against their squad of 14. Regardless, the game got off to a great start with Selwyn putting pressure on the ball to force interceptions and collect ground balls. Awesome turn-overs by Rachel Eatough and Hiro Fudeuchi helped to keep us in the game, and a beautiful trio of passes resulted in one of the few goals of the term. Meanwhile, Jesus continued to pass the ball well with a number of experienced players and moved past our defence to score goal on goal. At half time the score was 6-1 to Jesus and a decision was made to take this as full time score and play a friendly. Jesus donated us two players to even out numbers and before we knew it Selwyn was on fire; awesome drives down the pitch from Matt Zhang matched with well-timed moves by Abi Thellusson resulted in two further Selwyn goals. Whilst the match was not a win for the scoreboard, it was one of the best matches we've played and a great way to finish the season!
Mixed Netball Selwyn 17-14 Churchill Team: Will Scott, Matt Wilson, Carla Hill, Laurence Moscrop, Issy Fleming, Alex Griffiths, Monique Dunne, Bex Thrush and Emma Collins
As the end of the season and potential league victory looms ever closer, the Selwyn Mixed Netball Team were faced with uncertainty and apprehension this week before their match against the recently promoted Churchill team. The first quarter began with a nerve-wracking start as Churchill immediately sprung into action with a fast goal. With Lewis in centre and Monique in attack, the ball soon made its way to the goal third where Carla and Laurence teased the Churchill defence before securing our first goal of the match. With Selwyn dominating possession of the ball throughout the rest of the quarter, the score ended at a promising 4-3. The arrival of support in the form of mamma and pappa Collins spurred the team on to pull ahead of Churchill in the next quarter. Excellent defence by Matt and gazelle-like interceptions from Issy kept the Churchill score behind Selwyns and the quarter ended at a strong 9-5. With Will and Laurence providing seasoned advice to the team in the absence of Captain Amber, Selwyn entered the third quarter feeling optimistic but still cautious. The skilled play in the middle third by Alex, Emma and Laurence continued to surprise the opposition and despite Churchill’s towering defence, Carla masterfully secured more goals for Selwyn. But the Churchill team were not giving up without a fight - some outstanding goals from their GS kept Selwyn on their toes with the penultimate quarter ending at 14-10. Selwyn had the win in their sights but the last quarter featured enthusiastic play from Churchill. A sudden flurry of goals by the Churchill shooters was soon put to an end by Will and Matt’s powerful defence. As Bex, who had been admirably umpiring the match, blew the final whistle, the score stood at 17-14 to Selwyn - another victory in the bag. It was a well fought game and one of the best played this season on both sides. With 7 matches down and only 2 left to go next term, can the Selwyn Mixed Netball team make it a clean sweep?
Day One – Tuesday 27th February 2018: W1 were full of enthusiasm, nerves and excitement after a term of hard work and training. For a couple of our crew it was their first experience of bumps, so they were blissfully unaware of the carnage that can unfold! We went off with a strong start, holding off a very strong Darwin W1 until Grassy corner, where Kenneth, our cox, made the correct and safe decision to concede early to an imminent bump, as continuing around the corner would have resulted in a crash. Kenneth was complimented by CUCBC for his sensible and smart coxing during the race!
Day Two – Thursday 1st March 2018: Unfortunately Thursday did not see any racing. Races were cancelled for all divisions due to the heavy snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures.
Day Three – Friday 2nd March 2018: After a monumental effort, starting at 7am to clear the snow and ice from the towpath, racing went ahead on Friday 2nd of March. Today we were being chased by Sidney W1, and chasing Darwin W1 who had bumped us on Tuesday. The bitter temperatures and harsh wind meant that the whole crew were suffering a bit in the cold after sitting around at the start. Unfortunately, various blunders during the count-down meant that we did not push out straight and the crew were not ready for the start. This resulted in us rowing straight into the bank on the start, with Emma’s blade getting stuck under some metal and wooden framework sticking out into the water. Amazingly, after a catastrophic thirty seconds, we were still managing to hold of a strong Sidney Sussex who had beaten us convincingly in a head to head race a couple of weeks before. The crew put in a valiant effort, managing to pull away from Sidney and consolidate slightly, but in the end of we just couldn’t make up for our start, and Sidney caught us on plough reach. Despite the result, the crew rowed exceptionally well and with guts and determination.
Day Four – Saturday 3rd March 2018: After another early start shovelling snow and ice on the tow path, W1 were ready to take on their final race. Saturday saw us chasing Sidney Sussex W1 and being chased by Robinson W1. We had a strong start, but Robinson appeared to be storming off the start and quickly gained to within a boat’s length of us. After initially looking like it might be a very swift bump for Robinson, we managed to keep holding them off, pushing away slightly, with Robinson then gaining back, and us pushing away slightly again. This determined row continued right up until Ditton corner, when the strong Robinson crew eventually got the bump.
Despite the results, we are so proud of the W1 crew this term. They have been full of determination, enthusiasm and hard work and have made such massive improvements. Their commitment was highlighted when they all turned up at 8am to shovel snow and ice off of the towpath, meaning that bumps could go ahead for us and other crews. We are very excited for training camp and for our May Bumps campaign.
Selwyn Defend like Lions to Set Up Date with Destiny
Selwyn Men’s Hockey 1-0 Jesus Men’s Hockey
Selwyn avenged their defeat to Jesus in last year’s cuppers semi-final by narrowly edging a repeat of the same tie this year to advance to the final of Cuppers.
Every great sports team in history has an identifiable point at which they became great, and for Selwyn men’s hockey, that day was today. Truthfully, Selwyn have lost more games than they’ve won this year, but showed real character and teamwork to overcome a Jesus side that had already beaten them in the league this year.
The game started nervously for both sides. Jesus pressed Selwyn back into their own half for much of the opening 20 minutes with Selwyn looking dangerous on the break. A lofted through ball from Adam Shafiq set the pacey Octave Masson through on goal however his cutback was unable to find the onrushing Phil Marriot. A second chance fell Selwyn’s way shortly after, with Octave Masson playing a ball into the Jesus area that bounced off both posts thus remaining in play. In the scramble that ensued, Dangerman Daniel Hyman was unable to beat the keepers boot to the ball as Jesus cleared their lines. Selwyn missed a guilt edged chance on the stroke of half time, Adam Shafiq beat a player down the right wing and then cut the ball back for Octave Masson, had the ball been placed either side of the Jesus keeper, Selwyn would have been ahead, but Selwyn’s magnanimous skipper failed to convert for the second time, and lightning had indeed struck twice.
He would not be denied a third time however, such the player that he is. After a string of Selwyn penalty corners, Octave Masson fired a fizzing strike low to the goalkeeper’s right. After deflecting off a Jesus stick, the thud of ball on backboard meant that Selwyn were ahead. What followed was a rear-guard performance to match and exceed any level of hockey Selwyn have previously produced.
Having just ran a half marathon, the man of the match Sam Webb was unflappable, staying tight and repeatedly tackling the dangerous Jesus striker. As Jesus bore down on the Selwyn goal, the backline stood firm, led by the resistant Elliot Wilde and the illusive Will Hurrell. Selwyn’s calmness was typified by the no-nonsense clearances of Arthur Boitelle and Max Downing’s cool ball control. This meant that the assured Will Scott didn’t need to make a save throughout the 70 minutes of the match.
Selwyn will face the star-studded St. Catherine’s in the Cuppers final in Easter term, very much as underdogs, however this is a tag Selwyn are getting used to. St. Catherine’s should be all too aware that it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but about the size of the fight in the dog. However, come what may in Easter, today is a celebration of a rare achievement for a Selwyn sports outfit. Cuppers finals aren’t a frequent occurrence at Selwyn, and the college should be proud of 12 valiant players who have accomplished something no Selwyn hockey side has for many a year.