Var­sity Match for Field Cup

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THE uni­ver­sity shoot­ers of Ox­ford and Cam­bridge bat­tled it out at this year’s Var­sity Match on 23 April for The Field Cup. The event, re­vived in 2011, was sponsored this year for the first time by Cham­pagne Pol Roger.

Ten­sion was high and tem­per­a­tures low as the con­tes­tants ar­rived at the Ox­ford­shire Shoot­ing School, how­ever, hot tea and ba­con sand­wiches soon had ev­ery­one warmed up and rar­ing to go.

The Var­sity Match is a 100-bird English Sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Each uni­ver­sity fields three squads – Men’s Blues; Men’s Golds; and Women’s Blues – all shoot­ing the same lay­out.

The Cam­bridge Men’s Blues ac­crued an early lead, with solid per­for­mances from re­turn­ing shoot­ers, but Ox­ford soon set­tled and, at the half­way mark, scores were neck and neck. A Cam­bridge near-wipe­out on a tricky si­mul­ta­ne­ous pair of rab­bits put pres­sure on the vis­i­tors but mixed for­tunes over the fi­nal stands meant it was any­one’s guess who had tri­umphed.

The Golds and Women’s squads faced an equally tough bat­tle, again with the fi­nal re­sult too close to call.

Back at the club­house, the scores were tab­u­lated, with the tro­phies, sport­ing glory, sub­scrip­tions to The Field and mag­nums of Pol Roger Re­serve pre­sented to the win­ning teams. Cam­bridge had swept the board with hard-won vic­to­ries in both of the Men’s com­pe­ti­tions and an ex­cep­tion­ally nar­row one-shot victory in the Women’s. Ed­ward Wil­son of Cam­bridge also took high gun with an ex­cel­lent 86/100.

Ox­ford’s con­so­la­tion came with the award of Women’s High Gun to Caro­line Green­halgh and per­sonal bests for many newer shoot­ers as a re­sult of ded­i­cated train­ing and a long-needed in­fu­sion of ma­teriel from Brown­ing, Ox­ford’s new spon­sor.

With Cam­bridge de­serv­ing it and Ox­ford needing it, the teams en­joyed post-match rev­el­ries, in­clud­ing a ven­sion and par­tridge din­ner pro­vided by Taste of Game. With the close of Var­sity 2016, all sights were set on 2017 and the next en­counter.

Luke Pepera, Damien Warner and Ed­ward Evans Diego Quinones and Philip Kelvin

Rob Youngs

Aure­lia Van­damme

Guil­laume Matthews

Ed­ward Roe

Harry Touche

Fenella Ch­ester­field

Han­nah Fitz­patrick

Chris Ed­wards

Jef­frey Martin

Chase Shaf­far- Roggeveen Teddy Cosco Emily Kruger Ed­ward Wil­son Re­becca Ku­per­berg James Shaw Thomas Lang­ton shoot­ing James Hol­land Fred­die Lawlor Jef­frey Martin Eleanor Miller Caro­line Green­halgh

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