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2001 Varsity Match

OXFORD 28 CAMBRIDGE 27

Third week saw the women's Blues pool team complete a rare double triumph for Oxford's pool players. Following the resounding win in the men's Varsity match, the women's team turned over their Tab counterparts in a dramatic finish.

The Colours Snooker Club played host to the 11th Annual Ladies' Varsity Pool Match. The Oxford team had a wealth of experienced players from last year's encounter, supplemented with fresh blood from the Hilary Term trials.

The singles matches were played first, Cambridge taking the lead with their own style of open pool and riding their luck at times to leave the half - time score at 22 - 14 in their favour.

During the break Captain Shelley White inspired the team with a rousing team talk, firing up the Oxford side, who returned to take the tables by storm with a faultless display of tactical pool.

Only one doubles game was conceded to Cambridge and by the last frame of the match, the score rested on a knife-edge at 27 - 26 frames to Cambridge, and Oxford leading nine games to eight .

In the final frame, on which the title rested, Rosey Hughes and Natasha de Soysa, having produced two amazing clearances in the first two frames, kept their cool to take the frame, game and match with an unbelievable and unforgettable pot on the black.

The valiant comeback of the Oxford side was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team, encouragement and coaching prowess of Jujhar Sohi and the support of Colours Management.

In the history of the Cup, Oxford have won 7 times and drawn once with Cambridge taking the title on 3 occasions. This year marked the third consecutive win for Oxford - a feat which Cambridge have yet to even attempt to match.

After the match, the Team were showered with champagne, and congratulations from the Captain Shelley who was also pleased that the best individual scoring records went to both Lucy Moore and Kellie White - two newcomers to the Varsity Team.

It was a well-deserved and well-fought victory, and the team are already eagerly anticipating another win in Cambridge next year.

For further information contact the committee on OUWPC@hotmail.com