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Match Report: Men’s Weekend of Success

Bishops Stortford Tournament and KCL

Mens Tournament

Cambridge 1st Team 1-1 Army
After a fantastic land warm up by the team which included a walk to the wrong school in Bishops Stortford, the team were in great spirits before the tournament. Whilst we were somewhat intimidated by the army team’s large rigs and receding hairlines, one look at our very own man mountain Balint calmed our concerns of a physical mismatch. A defensive lockdown from both sides and some interesting shooting from our own team led to the 1-1 draw. Man of the Match went to Niall O Caoimh for a stunning shift in defence with highlights including, blocking literally 18 shots, and being Irish.

Cambridge 1st Team 9-2 Old Storts Team
This game was summed up by one man and one man only, that is Youssef ‘Bulldog’ Badr. His roller coaster of emotions started with the original team email where his name was sadly outside the privileged 13 to grace the first team. After a few people were subjected to rants and a passive aggressive message or two later, Youssef found himself on the train down to Bishops Stortford for the big tournament. Both in attack and defence in this game Youssef excelled and shone brighter than anyone else, clearly his keen training over summer has proved useful. A personal highlight is his assisting pass to Adam, which reminded me of Paul Scholes picking out a teammate’s big toe from 90 yards across Old Trafford. Long live Badr.

Cambridge 1st Team 3-3 Colchester
Coming off a high in the last game came a stern test against club side Colchester. Whilst they possessed a few decent players in their arsenal, it seemed their tactics were nothing short of disgusting. Implementing child labour strategies as we faced off against what can only be described as a pre-pubescent collection of conscious bones. Whilst the game seemed to be under control, in the last two minutes we squandered the game with poor defence of annoying route one polo. Man of the match went to Adam ‘incredibly American’ Streeter for his display just after half time as he proceeded to pull off exactly what he explained in the team talk and pull an unwitting victim into pit and savagely slammed the ball home. His performance was improved by phrases such as ‘Big D’ and ‘Great O guys’.

Cambridge 1st Team 3-2 O*ford
GDBO GDBO GDBO. I love beating O*ford, even though I said I didn’t care, I really do. We controlled the whole game and they only had a shot when Rhys had an interesting understanding of the word ‘slide in to the corner’. The best bit was that no matter who we put in the pool we still spanked them back to that horrible excuse of a university they hail from. One man (basically a child) stood out in his abuse of their scattered defences. Ben ‘probably TJ’ TD was pinging them in from literally anywhere and was only denied a beautiful hat trick by some dubious reffing. A great start to the season for our fledgling prodigy.

We came 2nd in the tournament behind only O*ford, although we all know who the real winners are.

Cambridge 2nd Team 8-5 KCL Men’s team

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A quick team talk before seizing victory

An unbeaten weekend was capped off by a valiant display by our 2nd team against a decent Kings College London team. With the team 3-5 down going into the final quarter, a combination of stellar coaching by yours truly (mostly that I feel) and the combination of V’s 5 metre shooting with Balint’s dominance in pit meant the team cruised to an 8-5 win in style. It truly was men against boys. Man of the Match was easily rewarded to Brian in net as he saved shot after shot after shot. The other team was basically shooting at a reinforced brick wall with arms and a soothing American accent. And wihle our game predominantly followed the rules of the sport, I’m sure the women’s team can let you know how their subsequent ‘water polo game’ against the KCL women went. Hint: slightly less rule-abidingly.

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The men in clear control

 

CUSWPC Water Polo Trials

The new year is upon us, and with it a new season of water polo, filled with BUCS matches, socials, and varsity! If your interested in joining the men’s or women’s water polo team drop by our stall at the freshers fair, sign up, or come down to trials!

Saturday the 8th of October at the Leys School Pool
Womens: 3:15-5pm
Mens: 6:15-7:45pm

Feel free to message us on facebook or contact the women’s captain, Laura Schubert (ls668), or the men’s co-captains, Rob Gourely (rg528) and Joseph Wu (jw895), if you have any questions!

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Varsity Swim 2016

On the 26th of June,  8 Cambridge athletes travelled to Henley-on-Thames in preparation of one the biggest races on their sporting calendar. They were about to do what few other Cambridge student athletes have ever done before. Henley’s hallowed 2112m stretch of the River Thames, from Temple Island to the Leander Club, is no stranger to competitions. But it is less accustomed to ones quite like this. For not only was this an Oxf*rd vs Cambridge Varsity event but, unlike the rowers training on the river when the Cambridge team arrived, the Varsity teams would be competing in, not on, the water.

That’s right. Welcome to the Varsity Swim.

Erik Henley

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Cambridge Henley Swim Mob Match!

If any Cambridge University affiliated (current students, alumni and staff) want to do some open water swimming, there is the Cambridge Henley Swim Mob Match on the 26 June.

THE HENLEY CLASSIC is a 2.1 km endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held over the Henley Royal Regatta course, very early on the Sunday morning before the Wednesday start of Henley Royal Regatta.

The Mass Participation Mob match is an event run during the Henley Classic, with Cambridge Swimmers going up against those from Oxford. Continue reading

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Swimming Cuppers 2016

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Last Saturday, the 7th of May, teams of a record number of 17 colleges gathered at Abbey Leisure Complex to compete against each other in the 25m pool. Teams arrived in great spirit – despite the 2-3 mile cycle from town. They were greeted by officials wearing shiny party hats and after a few announcements warm-up was on the way. It was great to see swimmers of all abilities come together during this friendly competition. Since half and full blues swimmers are not allowed to compete in individual races, these were an ideal place for some to experience their first ever swimming race! The ones I personally talked to all loved it but where absolutely destroyed afterwards. That’s exactly the way you should be feeling after a good race! The relays featured a significant number of blues swimmers – a very inspiring sight for some of the less experienced competitors. Continue reading

Swimming Trials!

Trials for this year’s swimming team are on Friday 9 October at 7pm at Parkside Pools (next to Kelsey Kerridge; CB1 1LY). Come get to know the team and  swim 100m freestyle, and 100m of a stroke of your choice. For any more info, please contact captains Erik (es619) and KP (ksp30), or see us at the CUSU Freshers’ Fair on October 6-7.