CUHC celebrated its 125th Anniversary on the weekend of 10th/11th January. To mark the occasion, 166 club members (altogether spanning 72 years of CUHC) gathered for dinner in the Hall at Jesus College.
The evening began with a champagne reception in the Prioress Room and Upper Hall followed by a logistically challenging group photo. With the seating plan designed to “maximise reminiscing potential”, conversation over dinner was predictably bubbling throughout as team members discussed goals, tackles and saves past as if they were yesterday. Speeches by President Andy Cairns (St. John’s) and Richard Dodds (St. Catharine’s) crowned a memorable evening. In search of further lubrication, many headed to Jesus Bar and the Hawks’ Club. A sizeable contingent even made it along the well-worn path from Hawks’ to The Regal.
In addition to the 125th anniversary, the evening introduced many to the Vann Club, CUHC’s alumni community. Visit http://www.cuhc.co.uk/welcome/vann-club/ for more information.
On Sunday new Blues’ Boards were unveiled in the Wilberforce Road Clubhouse. The boards list Men’s Blues since 1951 and Women’s Blues since 2005 (the year that the men’s and women’s clubs merged). Information on the boards and more can be found at our new, online Varsity Archive: http://www.cuhc.co.uk/varsitymatch/archive/ . Although all the names are there, the archive is still very much under construction and alumni have already been a great help in providing material (e.g. team photos) and pointing out mistakes. Our women’s records are incomplete pre-2005: help needed! Please email Tim Swinn () if you spot anything or have photos/articles to add!
Old Boys’/Girls’ Matches
The Men’s Blues kicked off the matches at Wilberforce Road at 11am. Despite the early (for some) start, a strong crowd gave support reaching levels last seen at Wilberforce Road during 2s’/3s’ Varsity 2012. Nick Parkes’ excessively large squad and supporters intermingled seamlessly to roar the Old Boys on to a 2:1 victory.
In the Women’s Blues’ match the current side put together some slick hockey to win 4:0, which included a Lily Elliott screamer into the top corner: the kind of goal that her brother Tom can only dream about.
The Wanderers concluded events at Wilberforce Road. Jamie Salter’s Old Boys’ side looked like they had never been knocked from their perch at the top of Prem B as they defeated the current side 5:1.
St. John’s pitches hosted the Nomads’ and Squanderers’ matches and saw thrilling comebacks by the current sides in both matches. The Nomads drew 2:2 whilst the Squanderers drew 3:3, mounting a late charge that will hopefully represent their season as a whole!
Photographs of the dinner were taken by Jet Photographic and can be found here: https://jetphotographic.com/browsecat.php?id=10983
Dinner photographs. Credit: Andrew Furlong and Becca Naylor.
Photographs below are of the unveiling of the boards and Blues’ matches on Sunday 11th January. Credit: Luke Ilott.