It was a cold, early spring morning when the Bedouins (Women’s 3rd Team) took to a frozen pitch for the 9th Varsity match against their Oxford rivals but by the time the final whistle blew the sun was shining on yet another fine Cambridge victory.
Following an intense warm up and some words of wisdom from their coaching team of Philip Balbirnie and James Waters, the girls took to the pitch raring for action.
Under the marshalling eye of Captain Clare Sibley, the Beds soon found their rhythm and controlled possession with some fluid attacking play. Emily Bates and Becca Langton tormented the Oxford defence but frustratingly opportunities for the breakthrough went begging.
Oxford began to play their way back into the game and but for some heroic defence from Rachael Barraclough and Sarah Donaldson Oxford would have led at the break. Aware of the first goal’s importance, the Beds restarted eager to register an early advantage.
Thankfully it came. Following a short corner, Sophie Palmer picked up the ball and from a neat reverse stick cross she found Lucy Maxwell who slotted the ball home.
Buoyed by the exuberant Cambridge support the Beds’ second soon followed when Cat Davidson applied the finish. Oxford were dejected and Cambridge paraded the champagne hockey, spraying the ball to each other across the pitch.
Oxford did fashion a late opportunity but were thwarted by a Beth Cash double-save and a brilliant clearance from Kate Unsworth. It was Cambridge’s only win of the day and assertion of the Bedouins’ continual varsity dominance.