Simon Bewesy Duke
Saturday 7th June 2014 at Guards Polo Club
Cambridge – 6; Oxford – 1
A widely discussed and thorough build up to the match left no doubt that a hard fought game would be in store with little room for guessing at a favourite too early on. Speculation on team line up and solid practice match performances produced a sizable crowd at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, for not only the Varsity match but also the Queens cup and Old Blues matches before hand. The Cambridge side of Angad Singh, Simon Bewsey-Dyke and Oli Lawrence captained by Sam Browne, fielded a mixture of old hands and fresh talent with Sigh and Lawrence playing in their first varsity match. A slightly frantic opening chukka saw Singh slot one past the Oxford number 4 to give Cambridge an early lead. Shortly after that an ambitious near side shot from Lawrence brought the first chukka to a close at 2-0 to the light blues.
The experience of Bewsey-Dyke shone through at the start of the third chukka to produce a smoothly timed run finishing flawlessly really showing the product of the Cambridge training system. Unfortunately, a moment of disorganisation caught Cambridge off guard allowing the dark blues to put their first goal on the score board bringing the score to 3-1.
Early in the third chukka Lawrence took advantage of a melee in front of the goal mouth to put one past an increasingly frustrated Oxford side and this was followed in quick succession by Singh hammering home a fifth goal to really ramp up the pressure on Oxford. Some fantastic team play followed with the light blues stretching the play and allowing Lawrence to put the nail in Oxford's coffin with a 6th and final goal. The forth chukka was slowed slightly with horse changes and tack malfunctions and finished with only 3 players for each Oxford and Cambridge on the pitch after Reynard, the Oxford captain, was required to make a pony change and Browne matched him to support from the side lines.