The Blues finished Michaelmas Term unbeaten and the top of their league (Midlands 2A) after a string of strong performances. This year’s Blues team sees a mixture of new and established combinations taking to the court, with the return of Zoë Starbuck (Netball Blue 2018) and the introduction of second-year Rachel Mercer stepping out alongside the defensive end of Tabbie Brough, Thea Krumins and Fenna Agnew, who are now in their third year of playing together in the Blues.
Despite achieving six wins, Michaelmas has not been without its problems for the Blues. Both Rachel and Caitlin sustained injuries which ruled them out of matches, yet strong whole-team performances and support from the Jays meant that the Blues were able to remain unbeaten. Special shout-outs are due to the shooting duo of Clodagh and Zoë, who played the full 60 minutes for 3 consecutive matches as a result of Caitlin’s injury (although Millie and Thea were eagerly waiting in the wings to step in and shoot should the need arise).
Lent Term looks to be a tough one for the Blues, with matches every week including against the two teams lying 2nd and 3rd in the league; however, the strong performances and great team spirit of the Blues throughout Michaelmas leave me hugely confident that Lent Term will prove equally as successful.
Millie Quayle, Blues Captain
The Blues after beating Oxford Brookes and Loughborough 4s
Caitlin Reilly (3rd year, Magdelene)
Clodagh Bottomley (2nd year, Trinity)
Zoë Starbuck (1st year postgrad, Wolfson)
Millie Quayle (Captain, 3rd year, Jesus)
Rachel Mercer (2nd year, Selwyn)
Rosie Schofield (MPhil, Homerton)
Tabbie Brough (Vice-Captain, 6th year, Queens’)
Fenna Agnew (3rd year, Churchill)
Thea Krumins (4th year, St John’s)
Clare Pearson (5th year, Fitzwilliam)
BUCS DIVISION: EY MIDLANDS TIER 2A
League Match Results:
Blues 44 – 25 Oxford Brookes 1s
Blues 50 – 36 Loughborough 4s
Blues 46 – 35 Birmingham 4s
Blues 50 – 29 Loughborough 4s
Conference Cup Results:
Blues 76 – 43 Coventry 2s
Blues 50 – 32 Cambridge 2s