Looking back on the best of Varsity sport

Here are some selected Varsity reports to highlight some of the sporting action you may have missed during the vacation. The standard of sport was very impressive with a thrilling atmosphere for all those involved.


Oxford emerged victorious in a closely contested Varsity following last year’s draw. Many records were broken in a day that featured 17 Blues times, 11 personal bests, and four club records. The final result was an amazing 93-87 win for Oxford (49-41 for women and 44-46 for men). The day featured many extremely close races and ultimately Oxford came out on top.


Three Oxford University Netball teams went to Cambridge. Cambridge made a very strong opening performance in the first match against the Oxford Emus, taking a 4-goal lead by the end of the first quarter and then managed to eke out a win of 45-40 despite the Emus’ remarkable turnaround. Oxford Roos also had a hard fought match ahead of them, and it featured some brilliant netball but they ultimately lost 53-32. Following the first two matches, there was mounting pressure for the final match of the day and the Blues pulled it off in spectacular style by earning a historic win of 47-26 to cap off a very successful day for the club.


The 112th Fencing Varsity match featured four teams (Men’s and Women’s Assassins and Blues). Cambridge won the Men’s Seconds match 133-126, in what was the tightest match of the day. The Women’s Assassins stormed to a large victory of 134-70. The Women’s Blues went into Varsity with confidence to win their match for the third year in a row 112-74. Men’s Blues also emerged victorious 134-96 to mark the first time in a decade that both Blues took the Varsity titles.

Athletics (indoor)

An 80-strong Oxford team went down to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre with a win in the men’s discus to start the day off. A win for Cambridge by 50cm in the women’s javelin was the closest event and there was a palpable increase in atmosphere as the day went on. Highlights include a fourth consecutive match record set by the women’s 60m hurdles team, and the men’s throwing quartet gaining a comfortable win in the hammer. Both the men’s and women’s teams won the 4x400m, and Oxford gained a great overall win in the high jump. Men’s track won 5-1, and women’s track drew 3-3 with both field teams winning 5-3 to beat the Tabs.

Image credit: Oxford University Athletics