Sports highlights (Weeks 7-8)

Wednesday 1 December 2021


The following highlights from various sports clubs and teams were compiled from recent reports. If you have a result that you'd like to feature in the next round-up, please contact


Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club (CURUFC) Women’s first team defeated Oxford University Rugby Football Club (OURFC) Women 15-0 in the inaugural fixture of the Women’s 88’s Match, honouring the first Women’s Varsity Match that took place back in 1988. Rhiannon Osborne (2016, Medicine) was in the starting XV and Suzi Pozniak (2019, Geography) was selected as a replacement. (Varsity)

The CURUFC Women’s second XV secured a solid victory over Nottingham Trent, with Jamie Chen (2020, Computer Science) scoring the fourth try of the match to help the Light Blues extend their lead, with the game ending at 39-14. (Varsity)

The annual match between the CURUFC Men’s first XV and a guest Micky Steele-Bodger XV remains one of the showcase events in the Cambridge calendar, having been inaugurated in 1948. This year's match at Grange Road started positively with St Catharine’s full-back Alex King (2019, Natural Sciences) breaking from inside his own half after barely two minutes on the clock before being tackled at the 22. Sadly, the score finished 14-21. (Varsity, Cambridge Independent)

Meanwhile, Connor Collins (2021, HSPS) was part of the front row for the victorious Men’s second XV who beat Aston University 45-11 at Grange Road. (Varsity)


In the Winter Head, the M1 8+ were the eighth fastest out of 24 crews on the river and M2 4+ came third out of five crews. Sadly, the women’s crews weren’t able to race due to illness, but the novices crews came through for the College: the women NW1 finished in second place (winning three out of four of their races, and there was less than a length’s difference in the final) and the men NM1 came fourth (winning their first two races and missing out on winning their third by about a length). A special mention goes the our supporters, as Carmen Failla, Head Rowing Coach & Boathouse Manager, explains: “The St Catharine's squad were out in force… cycling and cheering all day for the novices.”

Mixed Hockey

The mixed squad finished their final game of the term 2-2 against St John’s, despite fielding one fewer player than our opponents. Off the back of earlier victories against Downing and a combined Trinity-Fitzwilliam side, this latest result means that the team remain unbeaten this year. (The Kittbag)

Men’s Football

St Catharine’s took on Darwin in the Cuppers competition, with the match ending 1-1 after extra time. After 20+ penalties, the team emerged triumphant and secured a place in the quarter finals where they will meet our neighbours Corpus Christi. (The Kittbag)

The team should also be congratulated for soaring to the top of Division Two in the league, following a 5-3 victory over Trinity Hall. (The Kittbag)

Men’s Badminton

After the first win of the season against Queens’, the first team went on to beat Homerton 9-0, securing the College’s place in Division 1. The second team lost 5-4 to Churchill in a “close fought battle”. (The Kittbag)