Oxford University Hockey Club (OUHC)
The Blues have returned from holiday and are training here at Oxford University Sport ahead of travelling to Bristol from 23rd September-26th for pre-season tour. The men will host a game against University of Bristol at Iffley and then travel to Bristol, where they will be training and playing a return fixture against Bristol, as well as playing local club side Firebrands.
Thu 19th, Bristol University (H) & Bristol University Women v Women’s Blues (H)
Mon 23rd, Bristol University (A)
Tue 24th, 7:30pm Firebrands (A)
Sat 28th, 2:30pm Oxford Hawks (H)
Club Captain Duncan Graves said “It’s great to be back. We have a large proportion of the Varsity squad from last season returnng on both sides of the club, as well as being joined by freshers and promising 2nd XI players, so there is a real competition for places. We are looking forward to a rigorous pre-season schedule to set us up for the coming season. There will also be pre-season, starting on Monday 30th September, for the 2nd and 3rd teams, and we’re looking forward to having the whole club back together at Iffley.”
The men are certainly looking to get up to speed over the coming weeks before the start of their BUCS Premier South and weekend South League campaigns, two competitions they came close to winning outright last year.
The Varsity dates have been announced recently. The Blues Varsity will take place on Sunday 9th March 2014 at Southgate Hockey Club. There will be alumni games, schools matches, and then the Women’s and Men’s Blues Varsity matches. The match is again being generously sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, the club’s main sponsor.
2s/3s Varsity, traditionally one of the best days in the OUHC Calendar, will be held on 24th February at Oxford University Sport. Supporters are welcomed to all our regular Wednesday and Saturday fixtures, as well as the headline Varsity matches.
Club trials for new players are on Sunday 13th October from 10am-2pm. Prospective players should sign up at the club stall at Fresher’s Fair.
Full information and fixtures on the Oxford University Hockey Club website
Oxford University Rugby Football Club (OURFC)
OURFC are touring France currently, and last week took on a Biarritz side comprised of ‘B’ team players Under 23 up and comers, and this week they faced Bayonne Under 23 at Stade des Remparts.
Each year OURFC put together a pre-season tour in September with 30-40 players, coming together to not only bond and get to know one another, but also so that coaches can get a close look at which players to draft into the Blues team ahead of the Varsity Match in December.
In the last two seasons they toured Russia, but this year it’s a two week trip to the South-West of France, specifically the French Basque country. In the first week they’ll stay in a small village in the heart of the Basque mountains, where they will train on the local club’s pitch, go rafting, hiking, and even do some co-training sessions with local club’s first team.
More information at Oxford University Rugby Football Club
BUCS Wednesday League Fixtures
Many teams are in action starting Wednesday 16th October. Full fixture dates for all league teams are now out and viewable on the British Universities & Colleges Sport website
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