Varsity Canoe Polo and Marathon 2018 There had been plenty of faff in the lead up to Varsity this year: a tree fell down two days before the event and blocked the marathon course, our polo goals were suffering from a collection of ailments, the most critical being the tendency of one of them to sink, and Cambridge were short of a few ladies to compete at the marathon. But Andy and Jon made short work of the blockage, Andy and Jen scaled trees make a suspended polo goal, and Inese stepped in to complete the ladies team. Bring it on Oxford- Cambridge was ready!
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Having trained tirelessly through the cold, the rain and the snow, CUCC approached their first tournament of 2018 with confidence. The latest edition of the regional Division 3 tournament saw Cambridge making the quick trip to Stevenage to play four games against local rivals, including club sides Castle and Nomads, as well as university teams from London (combined colleges) and Surrey.
Half the team got up bright and early on the Saturday morning. The other half decided to sleep in and were the last ones to leave the campsite… Once the whole team was assembled at Taf Bargoed lakes, we watched a couple of matches and then got on the water early to warm up ready for our first match. It got off to a shaky start. Helen managed to bin herself before we even got to the pitch. After finally rescuing her, the team were eager to get started and excited to play some polo!
The Cambridge canoe polo team competed in BUCS over the weekend over the weekend of 16th-17th April, finishing a very respectable 15th out of the 31 teams in the Open division. The team won three and lost three games, but demonstrated considerable growth through the tournament, exemplified by beating a Liverpool team in the final round of matches who had in turn beat us in the opener.
Last weekend we had our annual Varsity competition against Oxford University Canoe and Kayak Club. Sadly it was an overall loss for Cambridge. However, every event was closely fought so a massive congratulations to everyone that took part. We did manage to triumph over the dark blues in some events with both the Men's Polo and Men's Freestyle teams recording wins. Final congratulations go to individuals who got top 3 finishes - Shahid Wahab for 2nd in Freestyle and to Alex Ross for 3rd in both Freestyle and Marathon. A full report will be written up soon.