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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.

-Adam Shafiq
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Selwyn College Hockey 4 – 7 Downing College Hockey

Downing’s number 4 hit 4 goals as Selwyn lost in this 11-goal thriller.
It was at St. John’s pitches that Selwyn looked to bounce back from their unfortunate loss last week against Queens’ college. They started well, debutant Manon Allen unlucky not to score when put through one-on-one with the Downing keeper. It was an excellent debut for Allen who displayed tireless running, played good passes and tackled well upfront.
It was to be Downing who took the lead however, a fizzing shot that Max Downing was unlucky not to keep out. A special mention must go to Max Downing who played excellently in his first appearance in goal and made several good saves.
Shortly after, Downing doubled their lead as a slick move left a man unmarked at the far post to tap in. It was after this that Selwyn showed huge resolve to haul themselves back into the game. Octave Masson scoring for the second week running with a low, driven shot past the Downing goalkeeper after Selwyn had counter-attacked both quickly and decisively. Pete Boothroyd scored his third goal of the season shortly after, he linked up well with Masson to turn in at the near post after another Selwyn breakaway. The score was now 2-2, Selwyn were back in the game.
It was on the stroke of half time that Downing retook the lead, the ball being placed into the bottom corner following a succession of short-corners. Their two goal lead was restored early in the second half and then became a three goal lead as they turned on the style and the Selwyn defence faltered.
Adam Shafiq pulled one back for Selwyn, scoring at the near post following a slick Selwyn-short corner routine, Selwyn had hope again with the score at 5-3 and time still left on the clock.
This hope was quickly crushed as Downing scored their sixth goal, the game seemed finally over. Masson finished well, his second goal of the game and third of the season, albeit only a consolation. It was in the dying second that Sam Webb was unfortunate to turn pass his own goalkeeper to make the score 7, truthfully there was little that he could do about the cross played in by the Downing attacker.
In truth, of the three games Selwyn have lost this season, this was the one they deserved to lose the most as Downing were excellent. Still, Selwyn can take heart from scoring 4 goals and a good performance despite the impression given by the score line. They must start to win games as well as perform well if they are to have a good season however.

-Adam Shafiq
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Men's Hockey Division 1 Results:

Selwyn 3-4 Queens

It was Adam Shafiq who went from hero to villain as Selwyn led a two-goal lead slip in Sunday’s hockey match.
A blustery day at St. John’s pitches started well for Selwyn, as captain Octave Masson opened his account for the season with an excellent finish that nestled past the keeper into the far corner of the net. The Selwyn strike-force was looking especially potent and this will worry other sides in the league, especially if Masson’s performances can reach the lofty heights that they did in his freshers’ year. On the lines of potency, James Ferrier finished excellently at the near post pouncing on the rebound from a short corner to make the score 2-0. It was Ferrier’s second goal in as many matches- he looks a real addition to Selwyn’s side.
In the second half, Queens’ began to turn up the pressure on Selwyn and showed some real quality. They pulled one back to make it 2-1 putting doubt into Selwyn minds. Adam Shafiq looked to have put the game beyond Queens’ when he too scored his first goal of the season, firing into the far corner of the goal beyond the reach of the goalkeeper after having been played in by Sam Webb. Following Shafiq’s goal, Queens’ may well have downed tools and accepted they were beaten but they showed huge resolve to drag themselves back into the game.
A rare mistake from new goalkeeper Will Scott let Queens’ back into the game as the ball bounced off his pads and was turned in by the Queens’ striker. Scott shouldn’t be hard on himself however, he had made some excellent saves to keep Selwyn ahead at this point, highly accomplished goalkeeping for someone playing just their second game. Queens’ then turned in a short corner to make the game 3-3 with five minutes to play setting the game up for a grandstand finish.
Selwyn had a fantastic chance to win the game, Masson unlucky to fire wide on his reverse stick after some great work to reach the centre of the opposition area. It would be previous goal-scorer Shafiq who would decide the game, however not at the end of the pitch he would have hoped. He failed to control a pass deep inside his own half, a costly lapse in concentration for someone of his experience. His mistake was duly punished by the Queens’ striker who rifled the ball into the net to make the game 4-3. Selwyn were unable to mount a last attack and Queens’ ran out as winners in the seven-goal thriller.
Sport is defined by moments of brilliance where players win games for their teams as well as by mistimed mistakes that are capitalised upon. Sadly, for Selwyn and Shafiq, it was the latter. Selwyn will need to show courage to bounce back in their next fixture against Downing College.

-Adam Shafiq.
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Selwyn Men's Hockey

Selwyn 3 - 1 Emmanuel

Selwyn Triumph In Nail-Biting Opener

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning." T.S. Eliot.

And so it was with Selwyn mens’ Hockey team; new year, new faces, new captain but same aspirations. It was in the late summer’s sun at St. John’s pitches that Selwyn took on Emmanuel College in a thrilling encounter.
As the game grew, it became clear that Selwyn were in a match with Emmanuel fielding some very skilful players. The first half was devoid of chances despite the standard being high. Debut goalkeeper Will Scott made a good save from a looping deflected shot and tricky winger and new captain Octave Masson was caught in the face by a flying stick minutes before half time but it would be Emmanuel going into half time rubbing their heads after Richard Wang pounced on a deflected shot from Adam Shafiq at a short corner to turn the ball in.
The second half started with an extended period of Emmanuel pressure which paid off; the ball being stuck past the Selwyn keeper following a flowing move. Selwyn hit back instantly however, Pete Boothroyd returning in style from his year abroad, finishing with a reverse stick shot. His running as well as the good positional play of Phil Marriott and James Ferrier resulted in some chances for Selwyn at the end of the match to put Emmanuel to bed but, truth be told, it was largely Selwyn that were hanging on at the end.
A crucial double save from Will Scott in the last minute kept Selwyn ahead and earnt him a well-deserved man of the match award. The feeling was relief at the final whistle. Emmanuel might have felt unlucky to lose at the final whistle but it will be Selwyn with three points on the board and optimism going into next weeks’ fixture.

-Adam Shafiq
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Morning everyone, ahead of the start of college fixtures this weekend, we have the Old Boys/Girls sports events happening today where the current team face off against past students. We'd encourage everyone to come support and catch up with alumni for a sport packed day.

Events are as follows:
Men's and Women's Football at Barton Road -11:30
Mixed Badminton at Chesterton Sports Centre - 12:00
Men's Rugby at Barton Road - 13:30
Women's and Mixed Netball at Fulbrooke Sports Ground - 15:00
Mixed Hockey at St Catherine's Pitch - 16:00
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*** Attention ***
Dear all,
It's great to see so many of you sign up to participate in the Old Boys/Girls event this year! Please don't forget to pay for it to the Hermes club account:
20-17-19
40815306
The cost of dinner is £33 for the alumni.
the deadline is 8 pm tomorrow, 27th of September.
Looking forward to seeing many of you on the day!
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