After a near-universal cancellation of fixtures over the last two weeks, the Cambridge Blues teams are facing a potential fixture pile-up which could derail vital preparations for upcoming BUCS and Varsity matches.
CURUFC's first scheduled game of the year - against Durham University - was one of the first to fail the pitch inspection due to a frozen Grange Road pitch. Football, Golf and Hockey encounters over the weekend followed the script and - with several inches continuing to fall since - BUCS fixtures in lacrosse, football, rugby and hockey were cancelled yesterday. In addition, even indoor sports such as water polo were affected due to travel problems across Britain's roads. The cancellations have started to affect preparations in the build up to Varsity matches, despite the optimism, commitment and determination displayed by the Cambridge Blues. One person who is eager to get going is CUAFC Captain Ross Broadway: ‘The snow has put a swift halt to all the momentum we built on tour in Spain, and we've now got a huge fixture pile-up to look forward to in February. All we've managed so far in Lent is an hour of indoor football, so we can't wait for the warmer weather to return so we can get back to business in both leagues.'
Rugby League Club President Andy Winfield said ‘the snow always causes a disruption and you have to be prepared to work with whatever you can get. So far we've moved sessions indoors into Trinity Gym and Fenners. This meant we've still been able to come together as a squad, and get some good conditioning work done, even without having access to the pitches."
Nonetheless some sports survived the weather, with four of those: Tennis, Badminton, Real Tennis and Basketball all recording Blues victories. Most others have continued training if not competing.
And for some, like Cross-Country runners, the snow was just a normal hazard for this time of the year.