Universities Competition

Date:

Sat 12th Nov 2011

Venue:

Eton

Team:

Men:
1st pair: Rory Griffiths & Rob Wilson
2nd pair: George Illingworth & Ed Winfield
3rd pair: Alex Rattan & Andrew Crawford
4th pair: Alex Wessely & Jack Weller
5th pair: Stephen Craigen & Alex Jones
6th pair: Max Toomey & Cosmo Godfree

Women
1st pair: Elana Osen & Olivia Prankerd Smith
2nd pair: Anneliese OMalley & Marta Karbowska
3rd pair: Bonnie Tse & Eleanor Ward (Durham)

Result:

Men:
With somewhere in the region of 40 pairs attending, the day was a fantastic success for the sport and for the organisers. Cambridge 1 & 2 made it undefeated through the group stages, fought off stiff competition from Manchester & Bath in the quarter finals and met in the semis. Cambridge 1 won in 2 sets and went on to win the competition, beating off the North in the finals who sadly had to retire due to injury. This was a fantastic result for Rory and Rob, and meant that Cambridge secured the title for yet another year.

There were also strong performances from the rest of the squad, with Cambridge 5 going on to win Plate B.

Women:
The ladies part of the tournament was attended by 14 pairs from 9 different universities. With 8 seeded pairs, the competition was fierce. Cambridge 1 sailed through the group stages with an easy win against Oxford 4 (and a narrow defeat vs. reigning champions, Kings) to meet Bath in the quarter finals. After a tough match, Cambridge 1 lost out 12-7, 12-9 to the on-form Bath pair who went on to place 2nd. Cambridge 1 then finished in 6th place after the play-offs with the other pairs knocked out at the quarter final stage. They accomplished this with an easy win against Oxford 3, an easier win against Oxford 2 (who were forced to forfeit before the match had begun due to injuries sustained earlier in the day), and a very narrow loss to Durham 1 (15-10).
Cambridge 2 and the Cambridge/Durham pair played hard in the group stages, but ultimately lost out to the 2 seeds in each groups to progress to the Plate competition. After some impressive performances, Cambridge 2 finished 3rd in the plate competition to rank in 12th overall, with Cambridge/Durham following closely behind in 4th in the plate (13th overall) after a triumphant win over a more practiced Oxford 4.

The Universities tournament was therefore a resounding success for the whole Cambridge team.

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