Netball Girls Confident On And Off The Court

The netball Blues are bullish about Varsity and deny accusations from the Lacrosse squad that they have been overtaken as the most desirable girls in Cambridge.

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The Blues netball captain has told The Tab she is confident of avenging last year’s narrow defeat in their Varsity match on Saturday.

With less than five days until the team take on Oxford, we joined the girls for their final preparations and Vicky Colgate said that her team had the ability to end their exceptional season on a high: “I have faith in every member of the squad that they can help us secure a double Light Blue victory”.

After securing promotion last year, the Blues have topped their division and face play-offs against Exeter and Kent for the right to play in the premier league next year.

And Colgate now hopes they can reproduce similar form against the old enemy to reverse the 44-35 loss they suffered in Oxford last year.

The skipper also rubbished anonymous claims made recently that the Blues Lacrosse team have taken over as the most desirable sports team at the University.

Colgate told The Tab: “The netball team should most definitely retain their title of the most desirable girls in Cambridge. As a result of [Blues rugby star] Fred Burdon’s grueling Sunday morning fitness sessions they are in great shape. Anyone in Cindies later this term on our ‘kit night’ will realise that they are fully dedicated to both on and off court activities.”

The highly eligible goal-shooter Jess McGeorge (above, left), who will play in her third Varsity match, added that her lack of a date for Valentine’s day “does not show that the team is out of favour with Cambridge’s male population”.

The Netball girls, starting with the Blues and Jays team photos.

Concentrating on the game, Jays captain Sarah Gill told The Tab that she expected a “convincing win” for her team, who play just before the Varsity match.

“The Jays have had an exceptional season, winning 9 out of 11 games, and reached the BUCS Cup quarter finals. In comparison, Oxford have won only 3 of 9 games, and were knocked out in the second round of the BUCS Cup.

“On paper then, this year’s Varsity should result in a convincing win for the Jays. But we are realistic and know it will be a fight to the final whistle. Obviously, with the Jays coming out on top.”

The Netball Varsity match is on Saturday from 12.00-16.00 at The Leys School.


Jess McGeorge, Betty Wheater, Charlotte Penney, Vicky Colgate (C), Sophia Anderson, Livvy Robinson, Antonia Akoto
Subs: Mealy Garnett and Chloe Maine
Laura Gibson, Sarah Gill, Hannah Pennicott, Sophie Polisena, Libby Brewin, Emily Lester, Becca Brake
Subs: Kirsty Taunton, Jess Creak, Emma Griffiths, Philippa Geering