Michaelmas 2018 Sports Report

JCR Sports Rep Eoin Simpkins has written the following report on sport at Christ Church during Michaelmas Term, which has proven to be very successful for a wide range of teams and individuals. 


Christ Church's sports clubs excelled this Michaelmas, having one of the most successful terms in recent years for the college. Every club saw improvements on last year’s foundations, thanks greatly to a fantastic level of participation by our very talented new first years!

The Boat Club celebrated a successful term for both senior rowers and novices, with the seniors competing at the Head of the River Fours, the novices competing at Christ Church Regatta, the men’s A boat coming 2nd overall, and the Boat Club as a whole competing in Nephthys Regatta, and winning!

The Men’s Football Club 1st XI have built on last year’s league victory and promotion by shooting to 2nd place at Christmas and making their way to the Cuppers Quarter Finals under the leadership of veteran goalkeeper Ollie Grell (Literae Humaniores, 4th year). They’ll be looking to go all the way and make it one better than the heroes of 2016/17 who made it to the final, while hopefully securing back-to-back promotion. With four or five first year footballers playing every week for the 1st XI, the future is very bright for ChCh AFC.

The 2nd XI have also benefitted from new arrivals; notably captain Tristan Balakrishna’s (History and Italian, 4th year) return from his year abroad in Sicily and JCR President Joseph Grehan-Bradley (Ancient and Modern History, 2nd year), who has scored some wonderful goals since rediscovering football.

The Women’s XI have also ended the term with a few wins under their belts. Jessica Webster’s (Economics & Management, 2nd year) leadership and Georgina Lloyd-Owen’s (Music, 3rd year) speed and clinical finishing have put the team in a good position going into Hilary.

The Rugby Club are currently enjoying their best run of form in over 2 years, while celebrating the 40th anniversary of the last time the club won Cuppers. Rejuvenated by new arrivals such as Felix Le Merle (MSc, 1st year) and Dom Reedy (Experimental Psychology, 1st year) and led by Eoin Simpkins (Mathematics, 2nd year), they recovered from defeat to Jesus College on the opening weekend of the season to brush aside LMH/Hugh’s, Exeter College and Brasenose College, before winning a classic against Magdalen College, with the winning try scored as time expired, to secure promotion into Division 2 for Hilary term.

It was also a joy to see our very own Megan Wellens (Philosophy and Theology, 3rd year) represent the Dark Blues in the Varsity Rugby Match at Twickenham.

The Mixed Basketball Club were unbeaten through Michaelmas, thanks to the inspirational leadership of captain Stefan Petrevski (Mathematics, 2nd year).

The Mixed Netball Club also enjoyed a fantastic start to the year. Captain Rosie Wright (Biology, 2nd year) has recruited a great group of first years, adding to the existing talent in the older years.

It was fantastic to see the revival of the Lacrosse and Swimming teams this term, as well as success on the Hockey field, the Darts Oche, and of course, last but by no means least, the Pool table, partly thanks to the establishment of the development 2nd team.

Finally, Rory England (Chemistry, 4th year) masterminded the founding of the weekly circuits class run by Rob Hyder-Wilson (Medicine, 4th year). The all-inclusive class is aimed at promoting health and fitness in the college, as well as acting as a fitness session for the more competitive sports clubs at the House.


Header image: Circuits class on our artificial grass