Every year, each of CUHC’s six teams takes on their Oxford counterparts in the annual Varsity matches. For the 2nd and 3rd XIs (and a specially prepared Men’s 4th XI), these matches are held in late February with the venue alternating between Wilberforce road and Iffley road. In 2020, this event will be at the other place, Iffley Road Sports Centre.

The Blues’ matches are held two weeks later, typically on the second Sunday of March, on neutral turf. Since 2003 the matches have been played at Southgate Hockey Centre in London. Varsity is the pinnacle of any Cambridge student’s sporting life, and selection is highly competitive for all seven squads.

The 2nd and 3rd team Varsity Matches took place at Wilberforce Road, Cambridge in February 2019. Results bucked the recent trend of Cambridge dominance (9 from 10 in 2017 and 2018) with the dark blues playing some winning hockey in five close games, two of which going to penalty shuffles.

The 119th Blues’ Varsity match was held on Sunday 3th March 2019 at Southgate HC. This year it was kindly sponsored by JMAN Group. The Women’s blues narrowly lost 2-1, conceding two early goals but subsequently puzzling Oxford with a well-worked short corner routine. The Men’s blues recorded a triumphant 3-2 win courtesy of an absolute screamer from TJ Jackson.

2018/19 Blues Teams

2019 Men. Cambridge 3 : Oxford 2
Name School College
Toby Brooks (Gk) Eastbourne College Clare
Matthew Cockerill RGS Guildford St. John's
Fergus McNab Firrhill High School Magdalene
Sean Gilmore (C) Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys Jesus
Ed Tyler Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School Sidney Sussex
Hantian Wang RGS Guildford Jesus
Matt Roberts The Portsmouth Grammar School Queens'
Bill Taylor Exeter College Homerton
Kieran Gilmore Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys St. Catherine's
Monty Fynn Oakham School Gonville & Cauis
Thomas Jackson Warwick School Girton
James Campkin The Portsmouth Grammar School Fitzwilliam
Seb Shaw Bingley Grammar School Jesus
Jonathan Parke Salesian College Clare
Harry Atkins RGS Guildford Clare
Johny Staunton-Sykes St John Bishop Catholic High School Jesus
2019 Women. Cambridge 1 : Oxford 2
Name School College
Morgause Lomas (GK) Repton Homerton
Freddie Briscoe Norwich School Corpus Christi
Hatty Darling Malvern College Christ's
Hattie Bevan (C) Cheltenham College Gonville & Cauis
Lucia Corry Forest School Magdalene
Olivia Shears Perse School for Girls Jesus
Alicia Murphy Henrietta Barnett School St. Catherine's
Emma Preston King Edward's VI School (Southampton) Jesus
Izzy Austin Bradford Grammar Trinity
Amy Edwards Victoria College Belfast Gonville and Cauis
Bethan Moncur City of London Freemen’s School Newnham
Bella Padt Latymer Upper School Emmanuel
Annalise Whitehead The Abbey School Robinson
Lucy Lawrence St. Peter's School (York) Trinity Hall
Izzy Montgomery Dean Close School Queens'
Mollie Ring-Hrubesova Nonsuch High School for Girls Murray Edwards

For more information, please visit the website of the JMAN Group Varsity Match (Blues’ Varsity)

Varsity Video Library

Highlights Courtesy of Galvanised Hockey, promotional videos from CUHC-TV