Grounds staff across Oxford were forced into a host of cancellations as inclement weather wreaked havoc with 1st week sport. In college football, just three matches went ahead as planned, as frozen pitches proved unmanageable even for the most battle-hardened of players.
Among the fixtures called off was Jesus’s Third Division clash with Univ, and with the hosts unable to realistically challenge runaway leaders Hertford for promotion, Jesus captain Ryan Loeffen-Gallagher was disappointed that the OxStu’s planned coverage of the match could not materialise. Loeffen-Gallagher’s programme notes had referred to Jesus’s reputation as ‘wizards of the semi-driven mid-range volley’, a claim that we are unfortunately not currently able to verify.
In the week’s shock result, Brasenose defeated Division One leaders New 1-0 thanks to a late Alex Gordon-Weeks strike. While Brasenose moved level on points with Balliol and Teddy Hall, New courted controversy with an ill-judged reaction to Blues forward Sam Donald’s booking for simulation. An official New College FC tweet described the referee’s decision to award the yellow card as the “biggest miscarriage of justice” since Mark Clattenburg failed to spot that Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll had spilled a shot from Tottenham’s Pedro Mendes over the goal-line back in 2005.
Elsewhere on the Twittersphere, Netherlands international cricketer Izzy Westbury last week described the OxStu as “Oxford’s best student newspaper…#quality”, with particular reference to the Sport section. Receiving such glowing praise from a sportsperson of Westbury’s renown was a moment of great pride for OxStu Sport; let’s hope for more of the same!