The 3 Positions, 2nd VIII and 3rd VIII varsity matches were all held on Saturday 9th March, the same day as what would be a fantastic CURA dinner. Things were due to kick of around 11am, however Oxford delay’s kicked the schedule back by two and a half hours. Cambridge, who were well prepared and organised, took this opportunity to relax and watch Oxford scramble to get ready.
Things kicked off with the 3 Positions varsity, known as the Lermann. It consisted of 4 man teams shooting one card in the prone, kneeling and standing positions. The score remained tight throughout the match, with a 2 point lead to Cambridge after the prone cards, and 5 point lead to Oxford after kneeling. In the final detail the Cambridge shooters held their nerve. Between them, David Firth, Nick Hall, Johnny Waite and Ed Kim put down a winning score of 927 to beat Oxford’s 921, including an impressive score by Waite of 244.
Whilst the Lermann was coming to a close, the 2nd VIII match, known as the Kensington, had already begun. All of the Cambridge 2nd team had been with reach of the closely contested 1st team places and were looking to prove themselves under the pressure. The huge depth of CUSBC was demonstrated by not one single person dropping below 187, a fantastic achievement. Oxford had some strong shooters but were let down by their tail end, showing a much greater variation in scores across their team of eight. The final score was 1503 (Cambridge) vs. 1482 (Cambridge). This was not far off this year’s Heslop score, and bodes well for CUSBC replacing those 1st team shooters who will be leaving this year. Matilda McAleenan top scored for Cambridge with 191.
This year also saw a 3rd VIII match, which saw the newly donated ‘Ex-Captains’ Challenge Cup’ being won for first time. Unfortunately Oxford were let down by one of their team, who did not turn up. A confident Cambridge kindly agreed to take an average across the team to work around this, although this is arguably a disadvantage to the Light Blues. This match was an easy victory for Cambridge, who produced a score 1433, beating Oxford by 130 points. Johnny Waite showed his 1st team experience, and why he already has a CUSBC half blue, by putting down the top score of 193. Following closely behind was Krit Sitathani with a score of 190. The first ever engraving on the Ex-Captain’s Challenge Cup will be ‘2013 Cambridge’.
After a long day, where 38 shooters ploughed through 86 cards between them, Cambridge came away with 3 more victories to add to successes in the Heslop (1st VIII) and Bentata (Women’s IV) just a few weeks ago. This means Cambridge yet again achieved the clean sweep, taking home all the silverware. Celebration took place throughout the night as Oxbridge shooters, past and present came together for a highly commended CURA dinner. As the season comes to a close, CUSBC will be hoping to help Cambridge University Officer Training Corps retain the Land Command Small Bore Championship on Saturday 16th March. After this, the focus will shift to Easter Bisley training as the Full Bore season begins and CURA looks to extend run of varsity success.
CUSBC Captain 2012 – 2013