Sports highlights (Weeks 7 & 8)

Friday 17 March 2023


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


Cambridge gymnastics teams at the 2023 Varsity meet
Cambridge gymnastics teams at the 2023 Varsity meet (credit: Alex Dunnet)

The Varsity gymnastics meet saw three St Catharine’s students representing Cambridge:

  • Will Chapman, a first-year Psychological & Behavioural Sciences undergraduate, competed for the Men’s A team.
  • Eloise Matthews, a fourth-year Natural Sciences undergraduate, was captain of the Women’s B team.
  • Ben Timmins, a third-year Engineering undergraduate, came third out of 12 gymnasts in the Men’s A individual competition.

While none of their teams were able to beat Oxford on 5 March, all three had a good competition.

Will said, “I really enjoyed the Varsity meet and have generally enjoyed getting back into gymnastics after 8 years since stopping! All things considered I was pretty happy with how I got on and managed to land all my routines as planned! While we did in fact lose, I still had a great time and enjoyed competing again.”


The 2023 Cambridge University Hockey Club women's Blues team in front of St Catharine's College
The 2023 women's Blues team (credit: Cambridge University Hockey Club)

Three St Catharine’s students were selected for the 123rd Blues Varsity Hockey Match on 12 March, which Cambridge won 1-0:

  • Nicole Cousins, a third-year Law undergraduate;
  • Katherine Nicholls, a third-year Natural Sciences undergraduate; and
  • Georgia Turner, a third-year Geography undergraduate.

Katherine was a returning blue but Nicole and Georgie made their debut and were both awarded their full blues.

In addition, three further St Catharine’s students played for the University’s second teams in Varsity matches this year:

  • Olly Gedney, a third-year Engineering undergraduate;
  • Karen Rodriguez Boidi, a third-year Music undergraduate; and
  • David Thomas ,a third-year Natural Sciences undergraduate.


Cambridge Jaguars celebrate their 2023 Varsity victory
The Cambridge Jaguars celebrate their 2023 Varsity victory (credit: Dik Ng)

Four St Catharine’s students were selected for the Cambridge Jaguars (Women’s 3rd XV), which defeated the Oxford Pumas by an impressive 47-0:

  • Caitlin Mackellar, a fourth-year Engineering undergraduate (Front Row);
  • Lauren Hulme, a second-year Natural Sciences undergraduate (Wing);
  • Lucy Newton-Ingham, a first-year History undergraduate (Wing); and
  • Georgia Turner, a second-year Asian & Middle Eastern Studies undergraduate (Front Row Sub).

The Cambridge LX Club (Men’s 2nd XV) put in an equally dominant display to defeat the Oxford Greyhounds by 46-0, with two St Catharine’s students in the side:

  • Connor Collins, a second-year Human, Social & Political Sciences undergraduate who had an outstanding afternoon at hooker, hitting all of his lineouts and scoring two tries; and
  • Owen Hanford, a second-year Natural Sciences undergraduate (Front Row Sub).

Sadly, these successes couldn’t quite be replicated by the Cambridge Tigers (Women’s 2nd XV), who lost 15-19, despite some late attacks and support from Alice Yau, a fourth-year medical student (Fullback), and Rachel O’Connell, a fourth-year Modern & Medieval Languages undergraduate (Front Row Sub).

There was another defeat for the Cambridge Centurions (Men’s 3rd XV), who lost to the Oxford Whippets 24-31. The side included Sam Hickley, a first-year History undergraduate (Full back).

Finally, Alex King, a final-year Natural Sciences undergraduate, has been selected as one of the substitutes for the Men's Blues Varsity Match at Twickenham on 25 March.


In case you missed it, our recent report covers the College Boat Club’s races and the St Catharine’s students who have been selected for the Boat Races. Read more.

Table tennis

Congratulations to the St Catharine’s College team who came top of Division 2 in the final rankings of Lent term. (Cambridge University Table Tennis)