Blues Preseason Roundup

The Tab take you through all the games. Turns out they can’t play hockey in Bristol.

While us regular Joes have been sitting at home pretending to revise for collections uploading our snaps of our wonderful expedition to Tannu Tuva and East Timor (it was totes humanitarian and all that, yeah?), the Blues teams have been putting the work in.

The Tab brings you all the details and all the results you’ll ever need.

Men against boys: Brookes didn’t stand a chance


It was a fairly modest year for overseas tours, Hertford College RFC’s expedition to Mongolia aside. Having previous traveled to all four corners of the Earth in their various annual tours, OURFC went for a quiet one this year with a trip to the south of France, going down 24-21 to Biarritz A and 21-12 to Bayonne Espoirs.

Back in Britain, a young team without captain John Carter went down 19-10 to Richmond, but better news was to come with 32-7 and 52-3 trouncings for the U21s and Greyhounds respectively against Oxford Brookes sides.


On OUAFC’s side, there was to be no repeat of the 2012 sojourn to Le Havre, but the teams played out a full slate of preseason matches.

The Blues played out their annual fixtures with the Amateur Football Alliance (2-1 loss) and the Old Carthusians (2-0 win) and added a game against Bristol 1sts (3-1 win), while the Centaurs arranged games with 1st-teams from London’s Imperial (2-0 win) and UCL (3-0 loss).

The Blues finished up their preseason with another regular fixture, against Hartpury Academy, but succumbed to a 4-0 loss there.

This blurry transmission was the last thing received before news of the nuclear annihilation of Bristol came in.


Elsewhere, a full OUHC schedule saw highlights of 7-2 and 8-1 wins in home/away friendlies for the men’s Blues against Bristol; the women’s Blues lost their corresponding fixtures, but avenged themselves with wins over Clifton College (4-2) and Buckingham 2nds (3-1).

With some teams already kicking off their competitive fixtures, it’s going to be a big few weeks for our Blues…