Mixed Netball Selwyn 18 – 8 Queens Involved: Amber Morgan, Will Scott, Laurence Moscrop, Carla Hill, Emma Collins, Georgia Burns, Lewis Nicolson, Alex Griffiths and Matt Wilson. Having beaten Queen’s in Michaelmas 23-0, hopes were high for another strong victory to keep pace with Trinity on goal difference, having narrowly lost out in the Michaelmas League on goal difference by two shots. The first quarter demonstrated the ruthless efficiency of the attacking trio of Carla, Laurence and Emma, to lead Queens by 10 points to 1, in spite of Laurence deciding that, when he did not have the ball, he could quite happily sit down on the court and try and sort out his laces. The second quarter continued the fluidity of the attack, with Amber linking up well with Lewis and a quarterback-esque pass from Laurence, to finish the quarter 13-3. With Will having to leave the pitch due to a knee injury, Queens were able to rally behind their GA, a Blues netballer, scoring 5 well-taken shots. However, the defence of Alex, Georgia and Matt were able to respond in the fourth quarter with some stunning rejections and intercepts, playing along to the running commentary of Will and Laurence from the sideline. The game finished 18-8 in Selwyn’s favour, leaving them unbeaten this term. Hopes are high for a strong league finish and a resounding cuppers effort come 3rd March.
Selwyn have been on a steady path to improvement and were ready to face Michaelmas rivals Homerton once again. The game got off to a good start and Homerton made an impressive trio of passes to score an opening goal. Selwyn quickly responded with fight and determination to intercept passes, fight for ground balls and gradually win back possession. However, with a number of University players (and subs!) the Homerton team continued to move the ball well and create scoring opportunities. Selwyn defence responded with impressive interceptions and kept calm control of the ball but despite best efforts, the speed and accuracy of the Homerton attack proved too strong. Homerton went on to score a further two goals, making the final score 3-0. Whilst we could not quite achieve a win, the scoreline was a great improvement on our Michaelmas match and we look forward to a rematch at Cuppers!
It was on a crisp, bright Winter’s Sunday that Dangerman Daniel Hyman proved the difference as Selwyn overcame a resilient Christ’s team. Selwyn started well, moving the ball quickly and finding each other. Early in the game, Richard Wang played a good inside pass to Adam Shafiq who then played a weighted ball down the line to Octave Masson who raced onto it with the pace of a greyhound. His run along the baseline eliminated three Christ’s defenders and the goalkeeper, he then squared the ball for Dangerman Dan who was crashing into the area and slammed the ball into the Christ’s goal. Truthfully, Dan was the difference all game, his dangerous nature meant the Christ’s defence didn’t know what to expect next, Dan’s stochastic behaviour meant even he was unaware of his next move. It was just before halftime that Christ’s were able to level the scores, a lapse in concentration from the Selwyn defence allowed a Christ’s player to plant the ball pass Selwyn’s Ted Mackey who was excellent all game and make saves at crucial times to prevent Selwyn from conceding more than once. After halftime, Selwyn were frustrated by the Christ’s defence who were looking to keep the game tight. This meant that there were few chances for either side. It wasn’t until a rare foray into the opposition half by Elliot Wilde that Selwyn made their breakthrough to win the game. He fed the ball to Octave Masson who, with great skill, beat a couple of defenders, rounded the goalkeeper and planted the ball into the net. As his performance indicated, Dangerman Dan (resembling Fernando Torres in his prime both in looks and skill) was waiting at the back post ready to tap in had Masson’s shot not found the net. Selwyn were professional in the last 10 minutes of the game managing to hold on to possession effectively and remaining resolute in their shape. Arthur Boitelle make some excellent tackles and Max Downing seems suited to his new central midfield position. It’s all well and good having a strong side who have good players in all positions, but the best sides need gamechangers, they need matchwinners. That was what Dangerman Dan was to Selwyn today, his blonde hair flowing in the wind, his involvements infrequent albeit decisive.
As the above suggests, all students are eligible to apply for the Student Sports Grants (Maintained by the Hermes, Vickerstaff, Agelasto, Piercy and Rich Funds) to help cover sporting expenses ranging from subscription fees to travel expenses. Generally, awards are given to students who play competitively at University level or above but college sport is also included.
Bullish Cavill wins it for Selwyn In Cuppers Dog Fight
Selwyn Mixed Hockey 1-0 Robinson Mixed Hockey
It was Eleanor Cavill who proved to be the difference as Selwyn inched past Robinson in a scrappy first round Cuppers encounter. Robinson started the game brightly against a mixed Selwyn side that was low on confidence with both the men’s and women’s side not having won in previous weeks. Goalkeeper Will Scott was forced into making some good early saves with Robinson in the ascendancy, he did excellently to tip a low drive around his right post to keep the game goalless. Selwyn gradually grew into the game however. Elliot Wilde caused problems for the Robinson defence with his long aerial balls and some good link up play between Sophie Wilson, Katie Archibald and Octave Masson getting Selwyn into good areas albeit the final pass to create a goal-scoring chance was lacking. Robinson started the second half well, Will Scott making more saves to keep the game scoreless. It was in the last fifteen minutes that Selwyn shirts started finding each other and their passing started to click. This extended period of pressure would prove to pay off with around five minutes remaining. After a string of Selwyn short corners, Eleanor Cavill drilled the ball past the Robinson keeper, the thud of ball on backboard resoundingly confirming her return to the team. In truth, she played excellently all game, constantly offering an outlet at right-back and winning well over half of her 50-50 battles, deservedly winning Player of the Match. Selwyn closed the game out well, preventing Robinson from creating another chance as the clock ticked down. In the end, Selwyn probably deserved their win in what was a game with few chances. What matters however is the fact that they took their chance when it came to them and will advance into the next round of the cup.