Old Perseans showcase their talent in a weekend of Varsity Sport
5 Mar 2019
On Saturday 2 March, four Old Perseans played in the U20s Varsity Match at the Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club (CURUFC)’s Grange Road ground – a mini reunion for the Perse rugby Class of 2017.
Jasper Dix started in the second row for Oxford, having done so in the Varsity Blues match at Twickenham in December. He was joined at outside centre by Henry Hackett for the dark blues. Swapping their old purple shirts for light blue, Hasan Cuthbert started in the second row for Cambridge and was later joined by George Laing, who came off the bench to full back/fly half.
Cheered on by a number of Old Perseans and parents, the Oxford team won 33-0. Perse Head of Rugby Liam St John said: “It was superb to see so many of our OPs managing to combine academics and sport at such a high level. Hopefully this provides a springboard for those boys to go on to achieve full blues. It was really heartening to see so many OPs along to support too, with a number of boys there who also compete in top level university sport at Exeter and Durham.”
The weekend of Varsity sport wasn’t over there, with a record five Old Perseans playing in the JMAN Group Varsity Hockey Match on Sunday 3 March at Southgate Hockey Club. Sofia Baldelli (2018) was in goal for Oxford, with Rachael (2015) and Ellie Harrison (2017) joining her on the dark blue women’s team. After a near miss from a teammate, Ellie opened the game with a goal for Oxford in the 9th minute. Despite a last minute push from Cambridge they couldn’t match the dark blue team, with Oxford winning 2-1.
Returning Blues Conor Magowan (2015) and Nick Leach (2014) took to the pitch for Oxford in the 119th Men’s Varsity match in the afternoon. After ending the first half 1-1, Nick scored an excellent goal in the 37th minute to take Oxford into the lead. Unfortunately this was short-lived, with Cambridge scoring two further goals to end the match 3-2.
The record number of Old Perseans playing hockey at Blues level is a testament to the strength of the sport at The Perse. In addition to the five OPs in action in the Blues match, a further nine OPs competed in the Varsity 2nds/3rds/4ths matches in February – Libby Gower Isaac (2018), Tommy Goldberg (2017), Dilip Goyal (2015), Bradley Young (2016) and Will Woods (2015) for Oxford, and Fraser Allen (2018), Annabel Follows (2018), Anthony Kattuman (2016) and Ciaran Flaherty (2016) for Cambridge.
Many other Old Perseans achieve top-level successes at other universities, and we are always delighted to hear of their progress. We are looking forward to welcoming many of our sporting OPs back for the OP Sports Festival on 30 March.