Women’s Blues Hockey

first_imgThe Blues looked to kickstart their faltering start to the campaign bytaking on newly-promoted Cardiff in a top-tier BUSA South Premier clash.Oxford started brightly from the first touch of the ball, pressuring theCardiff back four via the new diamond midfield formation being trialled bycoach John Shaw in a bid to freshen up the tried and tested women’s system.The tactical shift bore almost immediate fruit, with a switch around theback through the pivotal Jo Sumpter resulting in a right flank advance. Thesprightly Jess Barnes, well served all day by the midfield, tore away fromher marker with a characteristic change of pace and fed Beth Wild whorattled home an unerring across goal shot to open the scoring. BuoyantOxford were still tested by the immensely talented Cardiff spine but quicklylearned to frustrate their talismanic players and dominate proceedings.Despite conceding a succession of short corners, Cardiff couldn’t find ariposte, largely due to the imperious form of Jess Hughes and the composeddefensive duo of fresher Jo McNaught-Davis and captain Vicky Anderson.Hughes brought out a spectacular double-save midway through the second halfafter another threatening Cardiff break and the near-miss spurred the Bluesinto action, as the ball was brought out of defence again a rapid break wasspearheaded by Alice Cook, seemingly reborn in her behind-the-front-tworole. The forward phalanx won a timely short corner but the initial shotwas saved, only for the ball to fall to Sumpter in the second phase who,with time on her side, made no mistake from the top of the D. Oxfordcontinued to create chances and a fast end-to-end game was enjoyed by themodest watching throng but they couldn’t pull away into a further leaddespite many clear cut chances, and the game ended 2-0last_img read more

Harvard Overseer to perform at Nobel ceremony

first_imgHarvard Board of Overseers member and virtuoso violinist Lynn Chang ’75 was selected by the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee to perform at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10.“This is an important and exciting moment in our history,” said Chang, who is professor of violin at Boston Conservatory. “Music is a universal language that has no political agenda. Yet music can change hearts and open minds.”last_img

Champion finish for Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke

first_img10 Sep 2016 Champion finish for Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke birdied the last two holes on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa to score a one-shot win in the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions tournament. He pipped Dorset’s Bradley Cox (Broadstone), who was playing his first England event; while Wiltshire’s Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) climbed into third place with his closing three-under 70, the low round of the day. Clarke, 18, (image © Leaderboard Photography) is an England boy international who signs off from junior golf with this win and he said: “This is great, I couldn’t ask for more. “I’m especially happy for the county because they’ve been so good to me over the years – I’ve been playing for Lancashire since I was 11.” He finished the 36-hole tournament on one-over after rounds of 74 and level par 73 – despite a continuous downpour and lack of sleep. “We couldn’t get here in time for a practice round,” said Clarke, from Hillside. “We left at 3am this morning and I couldn’t sleep on the way down so I played on about three hours sleep. “I was expecting to be half decent in the first round but I thought I might lose energy in the second – but I didn’t.” After this morning’s round Clarke was three behind Cox, who opened with two-under 71, and the afternoon round developed into a battle between the pair. Clarke caught the Dorset player with birdies on five and six but dropped back with a triple bogey on the 13th after getting into trouble with a bad drive. Cox, who was playing ahead, was soon finishing his round and signing for a two-over total. Behind them George Gill from Warwickshire was also well in contention. “I realised I needed to get it in gear and somehow I managed to do it,” said Clarke. He birdied the long 14th despite having to play his second shot from well below his feet, then he holed a 12ft birdie putt on 17, before pulling off a remarkable up-and-down for a winning birdie on 18, chipping out of a dip and from under a tree to 10ft. This was Clarke’s only appearance at the Boys’ Champion of Champions – although he has held the Lancashire title before, in addition to the county U14 and U16 championships. On the previous occasion he qualified he was unable to play because he was representing England in Canada. Runner-up Bradley Cox (Broadstone) was a little disappointed with his second round 77 but he said: “It was tricky out there, everything was soaking and I’d only had about 15 minutes between rounds.” He went on: “It’s a good day’s work, it’s my first England event and to come here without expectations and to finish as I have is really good, I’m over the moon.” Cox, 18, has played golf for only four years, turning to the sport after he was ruled out of football by injury. “I wouldn’t change it now,” he said. Meanwhile Jake Bolton staged the comeback of the day, scoring three-under 70 this afternoon to improve on his first round by 10 shots and take third place. “This morning I missed fairways and didn’t hole any putts. This afternoon I was a little bit more aggressive, but not overly, and I knew that if I shot three or four under I would move into the top five.” Bolton and Danny Daniels (Essendon) who finished sixth are among four players flying off tomorrow to represent England in the Canadian International Junior Challenge. George Gill (The Warwickshire) dropped back into fourth place after a double bogey on the 17th proved costly. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more