Varsity Football victory “This is the greatest day of my life”

Gerald Wu 30 March 2013

After a thrilling 3-2 Varsity comeback, Cambridge captain Ross Broadway had the widest smile out of everybody in attendance. His delight was evident when he claimed that the victory had made it “the greatest day of my life.”

Things did not go according to plan in the first half, with Cambridge conceding soft goals through lapses in the defence. “I was disappointed that we didn’t pass the ball around in the first half. But we started communicating more in the second half and Oxford couldn’t get near us at the end.”

The Cambridge fans feared for the worst when Oxford edged ahead 2-1 right before half-time, after Solomon Elliott cheaply gave the ball away in midfield.

Did Cambridge still believe they could win the match? “When the chances came we knew we could win. Also, the crowd was great today; we could only hear Cambridge songs.”

On man of the match and hat-trick hero Rick Totten, Broadway remarked: “Rick was unbelievable tonight with his finishing. The great thing about our team is that there are three or four players who can finish well. We know we can score and the tempo throughout the game was encouraging.”

As for the tactician behind the Light Blues’ success, Cambridge coach Che Wilson cut a proud figure after the match. “I am so proud of every single player. I can’t put it into words. In the first half, the team showed some nerves. But in the second half they got that out of their system and played some attractive football.

“Everything we worked on in training throughout the whole season paid off.”

Summing up the season, Wilson said: “It has been a great season so far. Winning the BUCS league and now the Varsity match, and we still have the BUCS Trophy final coming up. It sounds really cliche, but we take every game as it comes. We will enjoy this victory for the time being and focus on the cup final later.

“It isn’t just the starting eleven that put in the hard work, it’s the people behind the scenes as well. It’s a genuine collective effort. I don’t think anyone could take the smile off my face for some time.”

On the much anticipated post-match celebrations, TCS Sport gathered that Wilson is heading for an early night and a cup of coffee, while Broadway quipped: “Don’t ask me in the morning.”

Gerald Wu