Sports highlights (Weeks 5 & 6)

Thursday 16 November 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


Dan Twine, a final-year Natural Sciences undergraduate at St Catharine’s, competed in and won the Sokol Cup in Brno, Czech Republic, on 4 November. He faced a field of 42 fencers and ended up going undefeated across the day, winning the final 15-13. This is his first international title and the first time he has ever made the podium at a competition that counts towards his international ranking. (Fencing Time)


The Queens' College Boat Club’s annual ergo competition (QErgs) is one of the largest indoor rowing competitions in Europe. The St Catharine’s College Boat Club (SCCBC) fielded three teams: the mixed seniors’ team came sixth, the novice women’s team came fifth and the novice men’s team came eighth. (SCCBC)

The club returned to the water for the Winter Head on 11 November. Our men’s coxed four finished fifth despite it being their first outing together. Thanks to plenty of novices stepping up to join experienced members, the club fielded both a women’s coxed eight and a women’s coxed four, who finished tenth and fifth in their respective categories. (SCCBC)


“Punctuality was lacking but the hockey was nowhere near slacking” for the mixed team’s 4-3 win against a combined Trinity Hall-Fitzwilliam College team. (The Kittbag

They then faced the combined forces of Downing and Churchill Colleges. Despite conceding two early goals, the team were able to draw level by half time and then pull ahead in the second half for a 6-4 victory. (The Kittbag)

Rugby union

The St Catharine’s-Homerton men’s side was assigned to Division 1 after a successful start to the new season. They faced tough competition in their first league match, finishing 14-17 down against the Trinity-Christ’s team. (Cambridge University RFU)

They then regrouped for the first round of the Cuppers knockout competition on 11 November and won convincingly 27-17 against a Pembroke-Girton side who failed to capitalise on their home advantage. (Cambridge University RFU)


Our mixed team were sitting top of the league after Robinson College forfeited their match. St Catharine’s then secured a 7-0 victory against Churchill and “wheel love, as always, carried yet another 5 points home”. (The Kittbag)


Chilly weather and our opposition (Trinity Hall) were no match for our mixed team, who snatched a 11-10 victory after being 4-1 down by half time. (The Kittbag

The ladies team seem to be upbeat about the prospect of relegation from Division 2. Their 13-4 loss against Homerton was followed by a 23-10 defeat to Robinson, but the second match report cheerily ends, “We’re so ready to get back on our winning streak in div 3 next term”. (The Kittbag)