Mens Results 2017

Date Fixture Time Home Team Away Team Result

Mon 11 Sept  MDL League II             Oxford                      Stafford             W 10-9

With players turning back from their summer vacations Oxford had a full team for once, giving us a major advantage over the seven travelling players of Stafford. The first quarter saw Oxford pull ahead 4-2 with a full press to work the visitors hard.  The second quarter Oxford held back and should have pulled further ahead but missed a crucial penalty. The third quarter also remained level pegging, giving Oxford a 7-5 lead going into the final quarter.  The fourth was tense with the score at 9-9 before CaptainDavid called a time-out which allowed the team to get themselves together before getting the final goal. With this winning performance it's going to be hard for Ash, Alberto and Simone to get into the Oxford 13 man line up.  The vital two points gets Oxford off the bottom of Division 2 and leapfrog Kettering, hopefully into safety but a win vs Boldmere B would seal that.

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Mon  4 Sept   MDL League II              Oxford                      Worcester         L  14-18

Oxford's first home game of the season in the newly refurbed Radley pool ended in a tight game but ultimate loss to 2nd in the league Worcester.  The visitors started strongly with the Worcester no.3 scoring 5 of his 9 goals in the first 2 quarters.  Oxford saw a gap of 3 goals by the end of 2nd quarter but while keeping that pretty level, never closed that gap in 2nd half of game.  Next week's game vs Stafford a must win to climb above Kettering out of the Division 2 relegation zone.  Hopefully Sam as much on fire as in this game with his 6 goals for City.

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Wed   5 July    MDL League II             Warley B                   Oxford              L 10-5

The last away game of the season Oxford scraped an away team together to fulfil the fixture. First quarter we eased into the game at 4 all. Then Warley used their bench to great effect by bringing on two of their A team players on who played us in the cup earlier in the season to open up a lead. Oxford from 10-5 down after half time couldn't close the gap and with only one sub and Alberto getting two majors we had to put Alberto in goal. Shaun got three majors and had to sit out for last quarter leaving no subs. Disappointing display by Oxford but Warley are unbeaten in the league. 
 Home fixtures to c.ome, Oxford back at Radley - could they pull off 5 wins?

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Sun    11 June MDL League II             Worcester                Oxford                L 9-4

This was Oxford's only away win in 2016 and a team of 9 travelled up hoping to repeat the feat again. Oxford trailed 3-0 after the first quarter with the home side attacking the deep, but kept in the running until the start of the 4th quarter with only 5-2 to catch up.  Unfortunately too much loss of possession did not give Oxford the quick early goals they needed while the home side pulled ahead to 9-2 before Chris Gurney fired in two late consolation goals in the final minute.

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Thur  18 May   MDL League II            Kettering                  Oxford                 L 11-9

Oxford played a well discipline 1st quarter attacking the shallow and got them selves 2-1 up. The 2nd quarter we couldn't score which ended up losing us the game as it was evens for the third and fourth quarters.  Even though no individual made major mistakes, all players felt they where on the wrong end of the result.  Oxford have started 3 games in the league with narrow losses. We have some ideas to work on in training to solve our downfall.Watch this space to see if we can win our next game!

Sun  14 May  Southern Counties Div I  

Oxford - Southampton   Lost

Oxford - Worthing         Lost

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Mon 8 May    MDL League II               Stafford                    Oxford                  L 9-4

Oxford travelled with 10 to Stafford looking for there first win for this season. Iannois had a great first quarter in goal only conceding one goal. It was a shame that we couldn't score more than one the other end!  Oxford played some good polo in patches but needed to be aware of supporting players before shooting. Or when it opens up for a quick shot, deciding to pass the ball. Only Sam and Ash got goals. Ed picked up two early majors stopping him playing his normal game by being cautious of getting wrapped with a third major.  A lot better performance than last year and hopefully a change of fortune when we travel to Kettering next game.

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Fri  5 May    Town vs Gown 2017       Oxford Uni                Oxford City           L 12-7

A blitzkrieg start from the Uni caught the town team by surprise as the students romped to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter.  After that, City settled down and kept pace with the University, drawing each of the next 3 quarters, but never recovering from the 5 goal gap.

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A finer looking mob you will find hard to find!  Oxford A at TvG  17

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Sun 23 Apr   Midland League II   Boldmere B - Oxford                                    L  11-9

Oxford's first league game was lacking that killer instinct. Oxford had chances with two penalties being awarded during the game in Oxford's favour, one being missed and the other being fumbled. The wood work was getting hit but the goals didn't come. On another day this should and would have been a different result. The plus side was that its a good turn out for the team and a fantastic turn out on the supporters front. (Seven) It was a shame we couldn't get the result we where looking for. Goals came from Sam (4), Ash (4) and Norbi.

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Mon 20 Mar  Midland KO Cup    Oxford - Warley A                                           L 15-18

Oxford hosted Division One side Warley A with some national league players in the visiting squad.  The home team started well in the first quarter only losing it by 1 with a 8 goal handicap start. Things slipped in the 2nd quarter with Alberto gets two majors and Warley getting 5 goals back. Bad boy Alberto went in goal to play a blinder while John Buckley got wrapped for kicking out. The match was stopped for several minutes while Matt got attention for a broken finger. Final quarter saw Oxford only one goal behind with three minutes to play, but in the end Warley were too good to let this one slip from their grasp.  Great home support and now to focus on Midland League Div 2.

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Sun 19 Mar  Friendly                 Dunstable -  Oxford                                         W 6-8

Oxford played local team Dunstable for the first time and a good practice game.  Attacking the shallow end in the first quarter, Oxford kept it level at 1-1.  The deep end attack gave the visitors a 2-4 lead which they maintained in the third quarter to finish 4-7.  It should have been a formality to extend the lead in the final quarter but Dunstable gave Oxford a scare with two goals to narrow the lead to 6-7 before a final Oxford goal sealed the result at 6-8.  Great friendly and great hospitality after the match.

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Mon 23 Jan   Friendly                 Oxford - Warwick NLT                                     L 3-11

Oxford's first home game of the season saw a first quarter to be proud of. The team pressed all over the pitch and really defended well. We didn't get any break through in front of goal through out the entire match thanks to good goal keeping from Warwick NL goal keeper. A real good work out for the team and enable us to look at substitutions. Fitness told in the end and a score line of 3-11 didn't reflect on how close the match was. Really good game over all with an excellent first quarter.

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Sun 22 Jan   Friendly                  Witney - Oxford                                            W 11-9

First game of the New Year saw Oxford play Witney. First quarter Oxford attacked the deep and stamped there mark on the game. 6-2. The second quarter we where held and really struggled in attacking the shallow with to many standing infringements from our new players. The third quarter Oxford attacked the deep and took control and nearly pulled off a set move apart from the finish. The last quarter we undid what was a good first game of the season by not defending. Final score was 11-9 who would of guessed when it was 10-5 after the third!

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Mon 17 Oct     MDL2                      Camphill - Oxford                                            L 14-7

Last league game of the season and unfortunately Oxford could not extend the away winning streak to two games but still finish a comfortable mid table in Div 2.

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Sun 9 Oct        MDL2                      Worcester - Oxford                                          W 8-9

Oxford do it the hard way to grab first away win of the season.  Trailing 5-1 at the start of the second quarter after squandering chances in first quarter attacking deep, the visitors started to claw their way back.   However, it was not until deep in the final quarter that Oxford finally took the lead courtesy of comeback-kid Gurney discovering what he could do from the pit.  99kg Golley filled up most of the Oxford goal to hang onto the lead in the final minute.

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Mon 19 Sept    MDL2                      Stafford - Oxford                                              L 9-22

A little bit of a hangover for Oxford after 4 of Oxford players took part in British Waterpolo league in Sheffield. With only seven players traveling arguably the longest away game in the Division it was important not to get any early majors. It only took 34 seconds for one player to rack up two majors in the first quarter. David G was assigned between the posts for the first quarter in the deep and Markus took the middle two quarters before David G finished off in the shallow goal in the 4th.
Goals where hard to come from with Ash scoring 4,Geoff 2 & Ed, John C & David G 1 a piece. With the AGM around the corner we need to look at roles within the club and one being Captain who ensure we get a full team to away games.

Mon 15 Aug                   Friendly    Oxford - Coventry                                             L 6-20

Oxford has raw talent but needs to perform better as a team against the likes of strong Coventry, who were in Division 1 last year.  A useful exercise especially on man up and man down

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July fixtures

Sadly two walk overs.  Firstly Camphill could only turn up to our pool for a match with 6 men so a friendly with some borrowed players took place, but Oxford getting the 5-0 walkover.  Then Oxford's turn to find itself unable to field a team to play HGSOB who get the full points.

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Sun 19 June   MDL2                                 Boldmere B        Oxford                  D 9-9

Oxford travelled with 8 man team to Boldmere, never an easy game.  The visitors started well with a 2 goal lead by half time but Boldmere pegged it back to 7-7 in the final quarter, but goals from Adrian (4 on the night) and Ed ensured Oxford returned home with a point and a move up to 3rd in the league.

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Mon23 May     MDL2                                 Oxford             South Derbyshire  L 6-25

Oxford got a spanking at their pool earlier in the league but attributed part of that heavy loss to the small shallow end pool.  However, no excuses for the heavy loss in our double deep end pool at Radley with the visitors storming to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.  Two of the opposition scored over 20 of their goals combined and were a handful.  The result leaves Oxford in 3rd position, one point behind Camphill and two points ahead of HGSOB who have a game in game.

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Sun 22 May     Southern Counties           Worthing             Oxford               L 15-12

Sun 22 May     Southern Counties           Southampton      Oxford               W 6-7

report to follow

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Wed 11 May         TvG              Oxford Uni             Oxford City                      L  11-8

Oxford City lost in the Town v Gown A 1st team fixture in a match where 2 of the town's players clocked 3 majors.

 

L-R - Geert Mommen, Ashley Keen, Matty Veale, Stuart Winter, Adrian Dorantes, John Cardy, David Golley, Norbi Sinka, Nik Klusmann, Ed Wibberley,  Alberto Tallarigo, Simone Lombardini, Brennan Nicholls

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Mon  9 May          MDL2            Oxford                   HGSOB A                          D 9-9

Never an easy match against experienced HGSOB, where last season Oxford sneaked a 14-13 win and key to staying up.  This time the home side led 9-5 and was on track for another 2 points in the league but the Brummie visitors clawed their way back to share the points. Ash was good for 4 goals with 2 from Nick and other goals from Shaun, Adrian, and Geert.  Result does move us into 2nd place (see league tables page).

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Friday 6 May        TvG               Oxford City B        Oxford Uni B                    W 16-4

9 man Oxford squad started slowly against the younger fitter students but pulled away in final 2 quarters to show that old age and treachery overcomes youth and skill.

 

L-R John Cardy  Jeff Karoly John Buckley Reg Koster Rob Tate Matt Veale Sam Adamson Andrew Stewart and Alberto Tallarigo

 

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Mon  25 April       MDL2             Oxford                  Stafford                            W 11-10

Oxford showed a mixed performance against Stafford in the Midland League in their third Midland League game of the season.  After a close run first quarter, Oxford stormed ahead to lead 8-3 by half time.  Job done you would think.  And despite leading 10-4 into the 5th minute of the 3rd quarter, Oxford let that 6 goal buffer slip to a single goal win by the final whistle.  Ash (4) and Adrian (3) were the main goal providers with John C, Nick, Simone and Matt all getting on the score sheet. 4 points from first 3 games a much better start than the 2015 season.

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Sun   24 April       KO Cup          Boldmere             Oxford                              L  23-18

Oxford knocked out of the cup despite valiant effort against a strong Boldmere.  A last flurry of goals by Ash was not enough to turn the result around.

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Mon  11 April        MDL2            Oxford                 Worcester                         W 19-11

Back to winning ways in Midland League with convincing home win.

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Wed  23 March     MDL2            S. Derby               Oxford                               L 30-8

A long string of wins for Oxford comes to end with first league match of 2016 ending in a thumping by South Derby.   This was a strong, fit and fast team who knew how to play their shallow end pool very well, an Achilles heel for Oxford to play in that kind of pool.  Goals came from Ash, Matt and Sean with lots of majors for the visitors.  Back to the drawing board for next game.

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Mon 21 March       KO Cup         Oxford (10)          Camphill (8)                     D  24-24

Ashley Keen scored his 4th and decisive goal with seconds on the clock until the final whistle, with his crucial goal ensuring that Oxford progress to the next round of Handicap KO Cup.   Oxford started well with a hattrick from Adrian allowing the home side to keep pace with the visitors from Birmingham at 5-5 at end the first quarter.  However, our own Diego Costa clocked 3 majors and was excluded, allowing Camphill to build up a lead despite fine efforts from both Ash and Norbert Sinka.   Oxford had a two goal handicap advantage (10-8) over Camphill and with the handicap scores added on to make it 24 each, the Midland League rule is that the lower club goes through on a draw.

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Mon 7 March          Friendly       Oxford                    Warwick                          W  13-11

Oxford on a 5 match win streak with Warwick being the latest scalp in a friendly match at home pool Radley.  A good opportunity for new players to be embedded before the Midland League starts and a chance to put into practice the training drills of the past weeks.

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Wed  17 Feb           Friendly       Coventry                Oxford                              W  11-12

A great away result in the large 50m pool up the M40 in Coventry.   This Division 1 side was equalled by Oxford, albeit with a scary 3rd quarter where a 7-4 lead was pulled back to 8-8 by the home side due to effective counters following attacks where Oxford need to differentiate between a fast shot goal following change of possession vs more patient build up to increase the percentage of shots converted to goals.   Oxford rallied in the final quarter to squeeze out a victory that bodes well for the league in 2016.   Final footnote - was it the Dave Golley saved penalty at the start that made the difference between win and draw?

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Sun  20 Dec             Friendly       Witney                   Oxford                              W 5-16

A good friendly game before Christmas and great opportunity to practice in shallow pool - a new experience for some of our overseas recruits who have never played other than double deep.

Oxford scored 6 goals attacking the Witney deep end both quarters and also got 2 a piece for the quarters attacking shallow end.   John Cardy and Sean Pert were top scorers with 4 each while Matty Veale helped the home side with a goal from him.

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Wed 25 Nov                                 Oxford                    Army (Signal Corps)        W 10-5

A great session for new players to be embedded in the team and also practice in the shallow end pool at Nuneaton. 

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Mon 16 Nov                                  Oxford                             Aston                       W 25-7

Fears of relegation to Division III soon overturned after early first leg loss with 3 goal deficit, with a commanding 7-0 first quarter.  New captain Geert Mommen was adamant that a full press would product the results, and it did.   Top scorer was Ash Keen with no less than 11 goals, followed by Simone Lombardini who was both man of the match and t*t.  Ed Wibberley picked up miss but had consolation of beating his brother in the battle of the Wibberleys.  Aggregate 33-18 ensures Oxford stay in Division 2 of the Midland League for 2016.

 

    

Hands up if you want to stay up in Div 2.         Oh no, voted Miss of the Match again!

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Thur 22 Oct                                  Aston                              Oxford                       L 11-8

Oxford always struggle in shallow end pools and the Aston pool par for the course.  Pulling back the 3 goal deficit in this home/away aggregate play-off is a challenge but very much do-able on 16 Nov.

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Mon 21 Sept                                 Oxford                            Warwick                     L 7-8

Despite the loss, a terrific performance by Oxford vs league leaders Warwick where the home side narrowly lost by one goal.   A clear indication that Oxford belong in Division 2 and hopes now rest on HGSOB beating Warley in final game on 2nd October in a pool where visitors always struggle.

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Sun 20 Sept                                 Worcester                        Oxford                       L 22-6

Oxford like Arsenal in disguise and manage to clock up so many majors that they finish game with just 6 in the water.

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Mon 7 Sept                                   Oxford                             HGSOB                       W 14-13

Do I hear the theme tune of the great escape?  Close fought win over HGSOB puts Oxford a point above Warley B with both sides just 2 games left to play.  Stuart Winter man of the match.

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Wed 13 Jul                                    Warley B                        Oxford                        L 15-13

Warley B grab a precious 2 points and move up to 5, just one point above Oxford on 4 with a home win.  Once again Oxford suffering the harsh end of the whistle with top scoring Ashley Keen and Geert Mommen both clocking 3 majors and exclusion.  A tough end to season in September looms.

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Mon 6 Jul                                       Oxford                           Camp Hill                    W 11-9

For the second game in a row, Dutchman Geert Mommen was Oxford's top goalgetter with a tally of 4 edging out hattrick Ash.  Camp Hill travelled down with 7 experienced players but have beaten Oxford at Radley in the past with that quality over quantity.   It looked to be heading for a repeat snatch and grab from the Birmingham side until Oxford finally laboured to draw level at 8-8 at the end of third.  The final quarter saw a marked push by the home side against a tiring Camp Hill and 3 goals put a 11-8 buffer in that which could wear a late visitor goal without jeopardising the precious 2 points.

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Tues 30 Jun                                    Boldmere                      Oxford                         L 9-8

Heart-wrenching not to swim away from Sutton Coldfield with at least 1 deserved point.  Oxford started well with a full press and great defending including fine saves from Brennan, and stormed ahead to 1-4 lead.  However, Boldmere changed tactics to mirror Oxford's full press and levelled the game in third quarter.  It was all poised for 8-8 draw when Boldmere got a surprise goal with seconds left on clock and Oxford's very late man up did not give enough.  Geert was Oxford's top scorer.

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Mon 22 Jun   Oxford                      Boldmere                                                          L  9-11

After a close beginning, the visitors opened up a small lead which they never gave up.  The return match just 8 days later in Sutton Coldfield.

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Sun 14 Jun   Warwick A                 Oxford City                                                        L 18-2

After the exciting wins in TvG and SEC2, back to the hard slog of MDL 2 and with only 8 man team, a spanking at the Warwick pool.

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Mon 8 Jun    Town v Gown             Oxford City                    Oxford Uni                  W 18-13

Oxford men's team pick up two trophies in the space of 2 days with the annual Town v Gown trophy following winning SE Counties Div 2.  Ash Keen was on form with no less than 7 goals for town followed by Simone (4) and Chris (3).   Norbi,  Stuart and John C picked up the others for City while solid defending at the back ensured the men's team secured the win and regained the title lost to the students in 2014.

Team at Basingstoke 6 June winning Div 2

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Sat  6 Jun  SE Counties Tournament 2     Dover                 Oxford                    W  12-17

In the second and final tournament at Basingstoke,  Oxford built on the strong position of the first tournament when it won both games.  In the second tournament, Brighton could not raise a team giving Oxford a 5-0 walk over.  In the decisive match against Dover, Oxford proved to be too strong and won 17-12.  By winning the league, Oxford are promoted to SE Counties Division 1.

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Thur 4 Jun KO Cup                         Kettering                      Oxford                      L  28-25

A hat trick of goals by Dave Golley was not enough to help in Oxford's goal tally over Kettering in their small narrow pool - always a challenge for the City team used to double deep end pools. The handicap advantage was enough to keep Kettering ahead to progress to the next round.

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Mon 1 Jun MDL2                             Oxford                          Worcester                 L 12-18

A wake up alarm could be required for Oxford as they were caught napping in the first quarter going 6-0 down.   After that, the team did well and matched Worcester, a much improved side over recent years with one players accounting for the majority of the visitor's goals.   Man of the match for Oxford was Norbi with Greg and Dave picking the other awards.  Focus on Kettering in Cup on Thursday now the team's priority.

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Fri 15 Apr MDL 2                             HGSOB                          Oxford                      L  17-7

Always a struggle to play Handsworth in a small, shallow end pool that the home team know well. Had it been majors rather than goals, Oxford won that element 13-4 with 3 players getting wrapped - bad boys were Ash, Geert and Jeff.

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Mon 27 Apr MDL 2                          Oxford                          Warley                      W  11-10

After the poor league start with a loss to Camphill, Oxford's cup win over South Derbyshire has inspired the team back to winning ways in the league with a  hard fought 11-10 win over Warley. The team had a 4 goal cushion at 9-5 eroded in the 4th quarter to nearly throw it away, but hung on for the win.   Man of the match was young Marcus Karoly while Geert got the Pipo award for being majored out.   Chris Gurney was on form with the goal scoring until he joined Geert with 3 majors and Simone topped the tally with 5 goals.  Dave Golley got miss of the match.

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Mon 20 Apr KO Cup                        Oxford                          S Derbyshire              W 23-21

Oxford started Handicap KO Cup round 1 with a 12-4 advantage start over the Division 1 visitors but scored enough goals (11) to outrun the tally of 17 from the Midland side, edging it by 2 goals to progress to the next round.

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Mon 23 Mar  MDL2                          Camphill                       Oxford                         L 20-9

Disappointing start to the 2015 Midland League division 2 campaign with a spanking by Birmingham side Camphill who came out of the blocks early in the first quarter.   Chris Gurney was man of the match for a fine tally of goal for the Oxford side while Stuart and American John picked up the other awards for being majored out and a good miss respectively.  John Cardy's coaching sessions cannot come early enough.

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Mon 23 Feb    Friendly                    Oxford                           Witney                       W 15-10

Game of two halves with an Oxford team comprised of younger and more mature members of the squad faced local team Witney.  The visitors took an early lead of 1-3 and were still level after two quarters at 7-7.  However, the double deep end pool and better fitness for such pools gave the home side a steady advantage to secure a 15-10 win. Brian and Norbi share man of match award.

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SEC2 Tournament based league 2015

Oxford - Portsmouth  w  11-10

Oxford - Sevenoaks  w 17-11

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In the Portsmouth match, Oxford came out quite rusty and were behind for most of the match. Portsmouth had only seven men and there was no shot clock, which led to a very slow pace. Oxford slowly pulled themselves together and gained a lead in the third quarter and held it to win.
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Oxford played much better in the second match and with some good teamwork pulled an early lead. The match got close in the third quarter, but Oxford pulled away in the fourth quarter.
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Simone was man of the match with some excellent goals in the first match, Matt Wardle MotM for the second. Ash got miss for the first, Dave miss for the second match. Dave annihilated the competition in the t*t category with a multi-faceted display in the second match, and landed t*t for the first match for trying to defend his actions.

 

Oxford team, winners of both opening games in Southern Counties Div 2 2015.
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Mon 19 Jan   Oxford - Reading  W  11-5

What a difference a week makes.  Oxford had a big squad out to play home friendly vs Reading where the match was close in the first quarters but eventually Oxford pulled away for a comfortable first win of 2015.

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Mon 12 Jan   Warwick A vs Oxford A   L  18-5

Lacklustre performance by Oxford travelling up the M40 so work cut out to improve for 2015.

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Mon1 Dec  Double Header vs Warwick

Home Oxford A - Warwick A  L  12-17

A 7 man team battled well against a strong Warwick outfit in the first round of friendly fixtures. With the score 4-3 and 8-6 in favour of the visitors at the end of the first two quarters, they eventually extended their lead to win 17-12. A game of missed penalties saw Adrian miss one for the home side and stand in keeper Chris save one from Oxford old boy Matt Wardle.

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Away  Warwick B - Oxford B  L 13-6

Mirroring the game development back in Radley, Oxford B also kept it close with 3-3 and 4-4 scoreline at the end of the first two quarters, but could not adapt to the shallow end pool to keep the pace.  James Law won 4 out of 4 swim offs for the ball and along with Markus Karoly, the teenagers played extremely well in this fixture.  First Oxford match experiences for JJ, Brian and Antal with the latter scoring some fine goals for Oxford.

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Mon 29 Sept  Oxford - Warwick w 14-12

After a poor start to Midland League 2014, Oxford finished in style winning 5 of the last 6 games including this final home fixture vs Warwick (lost away 17-10 earlier in year).  Oxford took an early lead and never surrendered the 2-3 goal cushion largely thanks to excellent goal keeping by MotM Brennan Nicholls.  While Norbi can score with left or right hand, probably left or right foot too, Dave G tried his luck at shooting with his left arm and earned recognition for that one.

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Mon 15 Sept  Oxford - HGSOB   W  12-11

Once again Oxford left it very late and made it very tense to seal the win with the narrowest of margins.  After a disciplined pre-match team talk by John Cardy, the home side stormed ahead to lead 6-3 after a high tempo first quarter.  However, Handsworth reacted to Oxford's tactics and came back to level the game at 6-6 at half time and even took the lead into the last quarter 9-10.  Late goals by man of the match Adrian gave Oxford their 4th and vital win of the league season with one game to go.  Post match celebrations included a birthday cake for man-of-the-match nominee Dave.

Thurs 11 Sept  Walsall - Oxford W 13-14

Two goals from Two-Tone Dave Golley (pictured below) helped the Oxford side get back to winning ways with a hard fought away win at Walsall.   City trailed the Birmingham side 10-9 going into the last quarter but rallied late to take the 2 points back down the M40.  Ash Keen's tally of 8 goals included the winner with around 1 minute left on the clock.   The fight to stay in Div 2 continues

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Tues 2 Sept   Boldmere - Oxford L 14-7

Game of mixed halves.  For sure Oxford were the equals of the Sutton Coldfield side in the first and third quarters, but poor spells in the second and final quarter cost us the game.  We started off taking the lead and some fine saves by welcome return of Brennan in goal showed the team promise.  However, the large and youthful squad of Boldmere were quicker in reactions on the numerous reversals.  Man up situations where Oxford put the formation in place always led to goals whereas rushed ones did not.

  Dave shows his Cricket tan at the Boldmere game

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Mon 23 Jun   Camphill - Oxford   W  6-11

Is this a Crystal Palace like climb from the bottom of Division 2 to safety?  After 2nd win in 2 days, the signs are looking up thanks to John's coaching sessions.

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Sun 22 Jun   Oxford - Paragon W 20-13

Oxford post first win of the Midland League 2014 campaign with a home win over visitors from Stoke on Trent.

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Fri 13 Jun    Brighton - Oxford L 16-5

With Pedro's car of 4 stuck in traffic, only 6 on the poolside for 9 pm so with a borrowed goalie we started vs Brighton and were 9-2 by half time when reinforcements arrived.  A lively evening drink in Brighton after.

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Wed 28 May Sevenoaks-Oxford L 11-7

Alex Gibson and Gareth Davies come out of hibernation to play for Oxford.

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Sun 25 May  Warwick - Oxford  L  17-10

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Sun 18 May  Town v Gown  Oxford Uni - Oxford City L 7-6

A tight game but where Oxford Uni's fitness and speed on the counter-attacks caught out the City team.   From 7-4 down, City battled back to 7-6 and had a great chance to level the game with 20 seconds left on the clock but not to be.  Gown win the men's fixture for first time in a number of years.

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Mon 12 May MDL2      Oxford - Walsall  L 10-12

Oxford so close to taking points here but just slipped away.  After a close first quarter with 1-2 down, the visitors stormed ahead 1-6 in the second quarter before the home side woke up and began a heroic comeback.  The pre-match board session looked to be producing dividends when Oxford turned the game round to lead 10-9 in the final quarter.  Despite a squad of 13, it looked like tiredness kicked in to let the points slip away.  MotM was Norbi while Stu (two hands) and Ash (shot hitting Adrian on the head) picked up the other awards.

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Mon 28 Apr  SEC2       Oxford - Sevenoaks  L 7-11

Despite taking an early 2-0 lead and keeping it level at 3-3 after 2 quarters,  Oxford had the regular one quarter slump where the visitors took the lead and never gave that up.   A good game for many new players to get into the team for home game.

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Mon 14 Apr  MDL2      Oxford - Boldmere B  L 13-17

What a difference a few weeks make where we had 12-15 players for home games and tonight only a bare 7 to face Boldmere.  Kept pace for 2 quarters (9-9) but lost a game we should have won with a bigger squad.

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Sun 13 Apr  Friendly   Oxford - Witney W 17-7

Old boys friendly to include ex-member Mark Ashton, back from Oz on a visit, and chance for Dave Eyles to join in.  After close first 2 quarters, 8 man Oxford pulled away to win comfortably with Mark getting all 3 awards.

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Mon 31 Mar MLD2        Oxford - Camphill L 7-12

A 7 man team of experienced too good for Oxford.  John Cardy motm.

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Sun 30 Mar  SEC3        Basingstoke -Oxford L 20-7

8 man Oxford faced a much improved Basingstoke side

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Thur 27 Mar MDL2       Paragon- Oxford       L 21-11

8 man Oxford travelled up the M6 to furthest away game in Newcastle-under-Lyme.  Narrow and shallow end pools prove a problem for Oxford - despite leading 2-1 in the first quarter and keeping close to home side until halfway, a poor third quarter left the team trailing behind where defensive errors gave Paragon too many counter-attack breaks in numbers.

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Mon 24 Mar  SEC2        Oxford - Portsmouth  D  11-11

So close to a win but a two handed block in last minute gave the visitors the peno to level the game.

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Thu 20 Mar  KO Cup     Kettering - Oxford  L 11-6 (with handicap  16-6)

Oxford started 5 goals behind due to handicap and the 8 man squad had promising first quarter with 2 quick goals to narrow the deficit to 5-2.  However, Kettering recovered to widen the gap but Oxford still in contention until a poor 3rd quarter.   While Dave Golley was good for 2 of Oxford's 6 goals, MotM was Chris Gurney who also picked up miss.  Cardy's stains earned him the other title. 

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Mon 3 Mar    SEC2        Oxford - Brighton W 19-6

Two wins oh the trot for Oxford with a strong team beating the south coast visitors.  The game started close with only 2-1 up after the first quarter which extended to 6-2 by halfway.  However, the 5 subs for Oxford kept providing speed in the home side while 2 sub Brighton tired considerably in the final 2 quarters.  Adrian put a solid number away from the pit to get MoTM.

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Mon 17 Feb  SEC2         Oxford - Basingstoke W 12-11

After a delay of an hour due to accident on A34 the game started with Oxford being 2-1 up after the first quarter partly due to Basingstoke starting with only six players.
Rotating keepers each quarter Geoff in the third kept us in the game with some great saves. But it was Ash in the last 2 seconds of the match when Basingstoke equalised at eleven all with 2 seconds left made him man of the match by scoring from the half way line. Adrian ends up with T*t with another Spanish moment with ref decision.

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Thurs 6 Feb   SEC2        Portsmouth - Oxford L 19-8

A 7 man squad turned up for the big pool at Portsmouth.  Chris was man of the match with Adrian missing a one on one. 

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Sun 26 Jan    Friendly    Witney - Oxford W 8-18

A very useful practice game for some players who have never played in shallow end pools.  This showed as the hosts kept up with Oxford for the first 2 quarters with Oxford only narrowly 6-4 ahead.  However, a third quarter attacking the deep end gave Oxford 9 goals without reply from Witney and secured the solid win.   Joint men of the match were James and Kris with a fine goal from James and superb third quarter stint in goal from Kris.

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Mon 13 Jan   Friendly    Warwick-Oxford  L 21-9

Despite losing a few players prior to the game, still a strong 8 man squad up the M40 for a tough game vs. Warwick.   MoTM was newly engaged Dave Golley saving a penalty.

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Sat 30 November  Carmarthen Tournament
Welsh Wanderers L 15-8; Aberystwyth W 19-9; Carmarthen L 16-9
With the men's team entering the Welsh tournament organised by the Keen brothers I watched 9 games played by A and B teams lasting 7 hours! There was plenty of mixed ability waterpolo to

watch at poolside in the rather humid Carmarthen pool along with fellow supporters and a large

picnic hamper to keep us all going!
Ashley and David were first to arrive on the scene refereeing and on the table. Having no subs

the remaining five arrived after a 3 hour long drive with only 10 minutes spare before jumping

into the pool for their first out of three matches.
The first game kicked off with David in the overly sized shallow pool goal, Ashley scoring a

penalty and Adian being kicked which resulted in the oppositions player being wrapped for

brutality. Oxford had plenty of shots on goal, but had no subs and a shallow pool at their disadvantage. Although some great play Oxford were a little late getting into their usually stride

which resulted in a loss.
The second game began an hour later against a mixed gender team and Oxford had now got

into the zone. At half time Oxford were miles ahead on goal difference with some excellent

back flick goals from Adrian supported by John and great saves from Simone. Oxford got a

little too confident in the second half and Aberystwyth had one particular strong player which

shone throughout the tournament which soon reduced the overall goal difference but couldn't

catch up. A win for Oxford!


The 3 hour interval summary!:
2 x Siestas - Simone and Adrain
2 x Economist journals - read by John and Simone
1 x Mathematical report (which no one understood) -
read by Greg
1 x Sudden recollection that I was in fact a player for the girls team having not

seen me before with clothes on and not wearing an unflattering cap! - by Jeff
3 x Refereeing - Adrian, Ash and Greg
6 x (mini) Bottles of Prosecco consumed - by spectators Ashley's mum Delia, Lucy,myself.
1 x Consumed container of jelly babies and mini muffins - by all
Entertainment - Swansea vs Carmarthen B - A dispute broke out between two players with

 fists and balls being thrown resulting in both players being wrapped for brutality. Within 10 mins

after the testosterone had lowered, hand shakes and smiles had been exchanged and all was well.
The finale against the hosting team was the most pleasurable to watch with some excellent game

play from all the guys. Jeff (his first tournament for Oxford) played in goal for the first half and

was a strong wing for the second. John, Greg and Simone all playing their consistently high

standards. Adrian and Ash the two main goal scorers - with Ash scoring a goal from the halfway

 line with seconds to spare having won a foul against his rival brother Chip. All to have been led

by David's team talks and strategy game play. Although not a win the guys could certainly leave

the pool with their heads held high. With more players for next year - watch out Carmarthen -

the shield will be returning back to the Oxford trophy cabinet soon!!
Overall a great day and I would only encourage our girls to get involved next year with a

potential mixed gender B team and an organised stay over!
The fantastic five had to return back to Oxford whilst Ashley and David represented Oxford

at the presentation after drinks with great sportsmanship and a welcomed invitation by all for

next year.

 

Star Reporter on the ground:  Charlene

 

Carmarthen action and team (Greg was reffing at time of photo)

Top: L-R  Jeff, Adrian, John.  Bottom L-R: Dave, Ash, Simone

Mon 18 Nov  Friendly                  Oxford                       Oxford Uni 2nd         W 21-6

Who said old age and treachery would not overcome youth and speed?

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Sun 13 Oct   Friendly                  Witney                        Oxford                      L 11-8

A friendly to put 3 new players in for first match ever as well as someone's first game for over 20 years.  Kris, James, Markus and Jeffrey all performed extremely well against a Witney side that had a few Oxford guest players where Chris Gurney scored more goals for Witney than he does for us normally.  A great chance to practice shallow end attack/defence and superb hospitality in pub after.  Must do again soon.

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Mon 23 Sept  MDL2                      Camp Hill                    Oxford                      L  10-12

Oxford caught napping again at the start of this game and trailed 5-0 behind before the team woke up to the job in hand.   Once that happened, the visitors took control of the remaining 3 quarters and narrowed the gap to one goal at 10-9 but could not push all the way to take the lead. Goals from our Southern Europeans led the way with Dave Golley doing a heroic effort in goal on the night.  The team finished mid-table in Division 2 with this result

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Mon  16 Sept MDL2                      Oxford                         Warley B                 W  16-12

Oxford left it very late and needed an inspired spell by Captain Norbert Sinka to secure 2 vital points which seem likely to secure the team's place in Midland League 2 for another year.

Warley turned up with no less than a 13 man squad and the teams were evenly matched until the start of the last quarter when MotM Sinka efforts helped the team turn around a 9-10 position to a comfortable 15-10 lead.  Brennan Nicholls was on top form in goal again with Pierre Vila picking up the two other voted awards. 

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Tues 10 Sep MDL2                       Boldmere B                Oxford                      L    9-12

Not a great week for Oxford.  Firstly we could not get a team together for the away game vs HGSOB on Friday 6 Sept so had to forfeit the points for that game.  A small but strong squad of 8 players ventured up the M40 to play bottom of table Boldmere B.   While leading 6-7 at the start of the final quarter, the youngsters of Boldmere took charge while the Oxford team ran out of steam, losing the final quarter 6-2 and the game by 3 goals.  Stuart and Norbi shared MoTM while Simon and Ash collected the other awards.

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Mon 15 Jul    MDL2                       Oxford                        Boldmere B              W 11-10

Oxford finally get back to winning ways and some precious points to move the team closer to the middle of the table.   But never the easy way.  After a solid start and 4-1 lead, the home side got a bit carried away with that early success and missed countless opportunities to extend the lead with poor finishing, meanwhile the young Boldmere team countered quickly and went ahead.  In the final 2 quarters the lead changed hands several times but Oxford just squeaked it - a missed penalty by Boldmere in the final 2 minutes costing them dearly.  MotM was John Cardy with Ash eluding the other two awards.  Next match is HGSOB in September.

Mon 1 Jul      MDL2                       Oxford                        Worcester                L 12-24

Oxford truly spanked by a much improved Worcester who seem to have been injected with some new younger talent and looks like they are destined for Div 1 next year.  A 9 man Oxford side struggled to keep up and constantly caught on the breaks - even losing 4 goals from our own man ups on loss of possession.  No real misses and Ash did fire enough in to help us into double figures at least and earned MoTM for that.  Those who did not reply to TEAMER got the T award.

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Mon  10 Jun  MDL2                       Oxford                        CampHill                   L 12-13

A game of many missed opportunities - Oxford had a fine spell in the third quarter to not only draw level but take a lead.   But an undisciplined last quarter and too many majors, too many missed changes meant they narrowly missed taking any points from this game.

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Thu   6 Jun    MDL2                       Paragon                    Oxford                        L 19-9

A depleted 7 man team carried out the long trip up the M6 to play a much stronger Paragon side than earlier in the season.  After a first quarter of 6-2 down, the Oxford team always chasing the game despite Spanish injection of talent.

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Thu  16 May  SEC2                       Guildford                   Oxford                        not played

After carnage in the pool on the Wednesday night, this time it was carnage on the M40 - see Dave's car below after aquaplaning in heavy rain. Thankfully no one injured and the 5 who made it to the Surrey pool were able to play a makeshift friendly.

Wed 15 May  MDL2                      Warley B                     Oxford                        W 10-11

Simon Almond's first Midland League game for Oxford was described by him as being "rather agricultural".   A polite way of saying it was extremely rough and tumble physical!  With only a 8 man squad, Oxford started a goal down before slowly building a 4 goal lead with some great possession of ball and only shooting (and scoring!) in the last seconds of 30 seconds.  Top scorer was Simone (4) but he suffered for his work with broken toe being diagnosed late night at A&E.  See below the shiner and gash we picked up with unseen challenge.  With injured players in the water, both Reg and Gergely wrapped so finished game nervously with 6 in the pool and saw 7-11 lead whittled down to 10-11 but hung in for the win with nail-biting last minute.  Man of the Match shared by Chris and Simon with Simon also picking up Miss for an open goal while Reg's misreading of the ref's signal and jumping in thinking it was a goal meant he was first to be wrapped and gets t*t for that.

Shiner star at Warley

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Mon 29 Apr  KO Cup                    Oxford                         Warwick                     L 11-15

Oxford team with guest coach Eduardo between Norbi and Chris

Oxford hung on till the start of the last quarter with the score 10-10 but too many missed chances during the game and too many errors left the vistors with the chance to progress to the next round.  Guest coach Eduardo from Bilbao felt the team played better than the previous week.Hungarian clean sweep of the 3 awards for the night.

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Mon 22 Apr  MDL 2                      Oxford                         HGSOB                         D 12-12

Oxford snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat in their third game of the season.  Trailing HGSOB for a large parts of the match, some times by as much as four goals, the home side managed to narrow the gap and draw level in the final quarter to grab a precious point. 

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Mon 8 Apr   MDL 2                       Oxford                         Paragon                      W 14-9

Oxford get vital first points in a tough Midland League 2 game in first home game of the season.

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Thurs 14 Mar  MDL 2                   Worcester                   Oxford                        L 19-9

A squad of a bare 7 players travelled west to face Worcester in the first game of the 2013 Midland league.  In a mirror image of the home game a few days earlier, Oxford kept the game close (12-9 after 3 quarters) but a final quarter collapse flattered the home side.  Man: Simone   Other awards: Both to Ash

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Mon 11 Mar  SECL 2                    Oxford                         Guildford                    L 5-10

Oxford lost this top of the table clash with Guildford to see who would pull away to take Division 2 title.  While keeping the game close in the first half (only trailing 5-6), the home side let the visitors run away with it in the final 2 quarters to lose 5-10.   Man:  Norbi   Tit: John B.

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Sat 23 Feb  Town v Gown           Oxford Uni  vs Oxford City                       W 12-13

City extend string of runs over University but do it the hardway after trailing for first 3 quarters to come from behind with 4th quarter rally.

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Sun 27 Jan  SEC2                         Basingstoke                Oxford                   W 9-10

Simone Lombardini man of the match as Oxford's division 2 streak of unbeaten continues with just Guildford home and away to follow.

Adam scrubs up well for wedding photo with Ornella

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Mon 14 Jan Friendly                   Oxford v Southampton                                L 6-14

A tough lesson for Oxford in how to handle a team that does a proper full-press.  While we kept in touch initially (1-3 for first quarter), poor passing under pressure led to far too much change in ball possession without even a shot on goal.  Other Oxford weakness areas exposed by a strong, physical and fast Southampton side included too static an Oxford attack, lack of reaction when ball lost and slow to set up man-up situations.  Brennan made some excellent saves to restrict the visitors from an even larger tally and was voted MoTM.

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Mon 7 Jan   SEC2                        Oxford v Sevenoaks                                     W 12-8

A good start to 2013 for Oxford mens team as they won the home fixture vs Sevenoaks.  However, still sloppy defence allowed far too many goals and something to be worked on for the future.  Simone Lombardini picks up his 2nd MoTM award for some fine play.

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Wed 12 Dec  SEC2                     Sevenoaks v Oxford                                      W 6-8

After two consecutive years of losses down in Kent, this time the 8 man Oxford team managed to come up trumps with Player of the Year 2012 Ashley Keen opening up his bid for retaining the trophy with Man of the Match, while Dave G got the miss and Chris G the other coveted award.

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Mon 6 Dec     SEC2                    Oxford v Basingstoke                                     D 9-9

The Southern Counties league will give Oxford vital essential practice in preparation of the 2013 Midland Leauge Div 2 season - and judging by the team performance this is badly needed. Only 1 goal from 6 man up situations plus a dire goal-shot ratio means the attack needs urgent fine tuning and 101 in passing the ball, while we got caught on the break by not responding immediately on change of possession.  Next game at Sevenoaks to put some of this right.  John B man of the match while Ash got miss for taking 100 shots to net 5 goals.

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Sat  24 Nov   Tournament         Oxford lose final 6-7

Oxford returned to Carmarthen in Wales in an attempt to retake the winner's shield which it won in 2010 and 2011.  It was not easy for the host team to book the pool on the right date which led to a small but strong squad heading west.  Oxford won its group rounds 9-5 and 16-1 but the lack of subs on the bench meant that the team just lost out in the final 7-6 but a credible second place. New man Simone voted Oxford's player of the tournament.

 

 Above and left - Oxford team in Carmarthen

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Mon 12 Nov   Friendly               Oxford City                  Oxford Uni                  L 9-11

Town had not learnt the lesson from the last game vs the local students which was to start focused and press the oppostion.  As result, the home team were once again 4-1 down after the first quarter before slowly fighting back to level terms.  However, while the last game ended in a draw, this time Town let a 9-9 position in the last quarter slip to a narrow win by uni.

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Mon 29 Oct   Friendly                Oxford City                   Oxford Uni                 D 8-8

A welcome friendly as the City side were caught napping in the opening quarter with the University team taking a deserved 4-0 lead.   This continued into the 2nd quarter with a 6-2 score line until the town side finally remembered the useful tactic called "passing the ball" to fellow player in a better position to score. Remembering this strategy enabled the home team to draw level to 6-6 at the halfway mark.  The final two shorter quarters were much tighter defended by both sides to finish up with a scoreline that accurately the difference between the sides.

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Tues 18 Sep  MDL 2                    Solihull                        Oxford                         L 18-7

Oxford finished the Midland League Division 2 with a heavy loss to a young Solihull side.  The visitors started well attacking the deep and led 3-1 before sloppy defence allowed the home side to draw level 3-3.  However, the second half when Oxford attacked the wide shallow end, the tactics on attacking a shallow goal once again sadly lacking and Solihull opened a big lead they never gave up.  With Worcester getting a lucky walkover on Warley B this put them on 8 points and one point up on Oxford who may be challenged by second place finishers of Div 3.

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Thur 13 Sept MLD2                     Worcester                   Oxford                         L 15-14

Oxford were caught napping for the start of this game and only woke up half way through the second quarter, by which time there was a mountain to climb.  When they eventually got their act in gear the team performed well - winning the last quarter 5-1 but the home side on to possession in the last minute to hold on to win.  A great start by MoTM Matt Whiteley.

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Wed 25 July   MDL2                     Warley B                     Oxford                         L 10-8

Once again Oxford struggled to come out of the blocks looking sharp and this ultimately cost us the game.   Lossing the toss and attacking deep end first, we should have piled on the goals at the start but no, we went 4-1 down and missed chances and man ups.  Once we recovered and got into the game, we drew level and in fact took the lead.  Going 7-7 into final quarter, we did tire with only 8 players and Warley ran out winners in a tough, physical, fast and well matched game. Dave Golley won MoTM for interception, storming swim and fine goal in single solo move in third quarter.  Was it drugs or were we imaging this?  Ash gets Miss and special mention for good food after.

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Mon 23 Jul   Friendly                  Oxford                      Milton Keynes       L 10-15

Clearly Oxford underestimated the strength of recently formed Milton Keynes who had a few experienced players in the side who were both tough to mark and accurate with shooting - unlike Oxford's shots on goal.   While the revised defence play arranged by Norbi improved the situation at the back, our finishing up front was not good enough to close the gap.

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Mon 9 Jul  MDL2                          Oxford                       Walsall                  W 5-0

Unfortuntately Walsall could not get a team to travel down and cried off.  Oxford offered to replay the match in September but the league decided this was not possible and awarded points to Oxford.

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Mon 2 Jul  MDL2                          Oxford                         Worcester          W 18-17

Oxford's luck returns - or is it more, the harder you try, the luckier you get?  Oxford have struggled in the last year or two against arch rivals Worcester and with 2 minutes to go and 15-17 down it appeared as if that run was to continue.  However, the home side put in a tremendous rally in the final minutes to take the important 2 points with Dave Golley's man-up equaliser getting him Man of the Match, while club stalwart John Cardy netted the other two awards.  Dave shows below what true MotM eat to stay on top of their game - John C, take note!

 

 

Wed  20 Jun          MDL2              Coventry                      Oxford                     L 18-10

Normally Oxford play a match well with just one poor quarter to lose the game.  This time it was the first and last 2 minutes of the match which cost them dearly.   Ashley Keen was on form to show that we can avoid the woodwork and scored 8 of our goals.

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Mon 18 Jun  KO Cup                    Camphill                      Oxford                       L 11-8

A game of missed chances.  Our prolific goal scorer Adam had a strategy of breaking the goalposts and crossbar of Camphill rather than scoring and others followed his lead.  If only a fraction of our woodwork shots had gone in, we could have progressed to the next round.  Norbi was awarded best scars of the night.

 

Thurs 24 May    MDL2                  Walsall                        Oxford                        W 10-11

A hard earned 2 points away could be vital in the battle to stay in division 2 as 8 man team travelled up to Walsall.  Oxford started well with a 0-2 lead but poor marking let the home team turn this round to 5-2 to them.  Oxford regrouped and got level and then 6-8 lead before once again counters by Walsall getting the game back to 8-8 with one quarter to go.  Oxford had a good spell in last quarter to lead 9-11 into final minute and then a nail biting last 30 seconds with the score at 10-11 but still managed to see the game out (just)and secure the vital win. American John was voted MotM.

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Mon 21 May  MDL2                      Oxford                         Camp Hill                  L 7-11

Gergely Berczi man of the match in this home defeat. Oxford were on equal terms with teh visitors with exception of the second quarter which they lost 6-2 and cost them the points.

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Mon 14 May  MDL2                       Oxford                         Solihull                     L 5-11

Clearly Arsene Wenger needs to come over to Oxford to put the team on a true athletes diet in order to improve results,

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Wed 2 May   Town v Gown           Oxford Uni                  Oxford City                W 6-8

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Mon 30 Apr MDL2                       Oxford                         Warley  B                   L 17-21

A game of missed opportunities for Oxford.  If 50% of the easy chances had been converted, we could have won this game.  Rushing to take shots when a better man was free or holding up was the right answer cost the home team the points.  Oxford were good in spells and several times closed the gap from a few goals down to level or one up, only to follow by a spell allowing Warley to regain the initiative.  One point fom three league games - more is needed to stay up in Div 2.

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Wed 25 Apr  KO Cup                   Warley A                      Oxford                       w 17-18

8 man Oxford travelled up the pouring M40 to face Div 1 Warley A in the Midland KO Cup. A strong opening quarter by the visitors surprised both Warley and Oxford  and was critical to the win. Warley came back strong in the 2nd quarter and things started to look grim when stand in captain for the night John Buckley was majored out in the 3rd leaving the team with no substitutes.  However, the defence was ChelseasvsBarcelona-style doggedly determined including some key stops from Man of the Match Brennan Nicholls.  A late goal by John Cardy was the icing on the cake as Oxford progress to the next round.

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16 April  MDL 2                            Camp Hill                    Oxford                       D 10-10

A good away result vs Camp Hill with John Buckley MoTM.

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1 April    Friendly                       Reading                       Oxford                       D 14-14

An extremely nice fixture vs a friendly yet challenging Reading side.  Alex Gibson came out of retirement to make the team  up to 7 players and vowed to start coming back to training.  John Buckley had an excellent game and was nominated for MoTM along with Alex and Norbi, but it was the Hungarian Captain whose great goalkeeping got him the votes.  We were comfortably 14-10 ahead in the final quarter but tiredness set in on the swim back/Reading breaks that allowed them to equalise in the last minute.

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26 Mar   SERL2                            Oxford                        Crawley                      L 11-15

Once again Oxford started off well (3-1 lead) but let this one slip away.  Both sides seemed well matched and the scores went up evenly with the game level or only 1-2 goals in it...until the last quarter.  Oxford squandered chances with poor shots although the Crawley goalkeeper was up to Bren's standard with both making very good saves.  Greater creativity in attack needed by the home side when the ball in the pit play was getting us neither goals or free throws.  SERL2 provided 8 excellent league games to keep Oxford with regular play before the start of Midland League 2.

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12 Mar     MDL 2                          Oxford                         Coventry                    L 7-14

A bright start to Oxford's return to Division 2 Midland League soon fizzked out.  Oxford came out of the blocks taking a 5-2 lead in the first quarter and at the half way mark were still in control 6-4.  However, in the second half of the game Coventry put 10 goals away vs only one from the home side.  It's going to be a tough season back in Division II although if Oxford can play as well as they started this game and continue for the whole of the game...

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8 Mar        SERL 2                        Guildford                     Oxford                        L 20-11

Many thanks to all who turned up to make this game happen - we had cried off as we could not raise a team by 6.30 pm on the night before the game but Norbi roped in a guest player and our Moldovan player was able make it an 8 man team.  Looks like Guildford drafted in some ringers as this was not the same side we played earlier in the season.  One game to go in Southern League and Midland League kicks off Monday vs Coventry.

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27 Feb      SERL 2                         Oxford                        Basingstoke                W 11-8

Once again Oxford made hard work of a match it should have won more comfortably earlier on. A 4-2 lead in the 2nd quarter looked like the springboard but the young Basingstoke side fought back to take a 6-7 lead.  The home side dug in and laboured to take back the lead with some fine goals (but also superb misses) from Ashley.  JC was man of the match.

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 Adam on the ball                         Gergely blocking, Javier marking

Matt blocking and Jordache raising arms out to stop the shot in goal

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22 Feb     Friendly                       Oxford Uni                  Oxford City                  W 9-10

A bare 7 man team from Oxford overcame early set back, trailing 4-1, to sneak past Oxford Uni in friendly at the Rosenblatt.

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20 Feb    SERL2                           Oxford                         Sevenoaks               L 11-12

Oxford battled with this season's turnaround side Sevenoaks - bottom of table last year and very much on top this year.  Home side started off behind but came back late in the game to take the lead even into final quarter but could not hold on to take full points.  John Buckley added colour to the pool and Ash was nominated for a fine miss towards the end.

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1 Feb      SERL2                            Crawley                      Oxford                      L 15-9

A match which clearly indicated a wake up call to Oxford if the team wants to hold its position in Midland League Div 2 this year.  While we kept level with Crawley in their large K2 pool in the early stages and lead 4-3 into the second quarter, it was poor accuracy in our shooting and slow reaction to their breaks that let Crawley take 10-5 lead at half time.  Oxford looked to be coming back into the game in the third quarter with 3 quick goals to narrow the gap to 10-8, but then the hosts slowly increased their lead.  Jan (T), American John (M), and Adam (Man) got the awards for the game.

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15 Jan     SERL2                           Basingstoke                Oxford                      W 12-14

A 9 man Oxford team did well to secure the win against a Basingstoke side where we could never really pull away.  The game remained close throughout and was only 13-12 in the final quarter when Basingstoke missed going level but hit the crossbar on a penalty.  Chris had a fine stint in goal in the last quarter but MoTM went to Gergely. 

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14 Dec    SERL 2                          Sevenoaks                  Oxford                      L 14-7

8 man Oxford did well to keep up with the Kent team enriched by students back for Christmas - the first quarter 2-2 and the second half 5-5.  However, a poor 2nd quarter where we leaked in 7 goals without reply was the killer.  MoTM John Cardy left his M&A paperwork to join the team along with Brett tempted out of retirement for the night and Gaz swinging by to guest as well.

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28 Nov    SERL 2                           Oxford                        Guildford                  W 13-9

Just as in the Oxford uni and Camarthen games, Oxford City left it late to seal the win.   The first game of South East Counties Div 2 was a hard fought fixture against Guildford, where the score was level 8-8 going into the last quarter.   Once again Ashley had the double honour of both Man of the Match as well as Miss of the Match.

26 Nov    Dyffed Tournament      Camarthen                 Oxford win tournament

The 9 man Oxford team retained the Graham Walters Dyffed Challenge Shield after seeing off the opposition in the 4 team tournament.  After an early win against Pembroke where Oxford managed a comfortable 17-3 win, the crunch game was the middle one vs Camarthen where Ashley was to face both his brothers playing in a family feud match..  In that decider, the home side took a 2-0 lead but Captain Norbi assured the team that calm play, stamina and experience would see them through, which it did. Oxford started the fourth quarter with a 9-5 lead.  While the hosts narrowed this to 9-7 they were never able to close the gap which Oxford had created for themselves (including a fine goal at the last gasp of a 30 second possession by Dave Golley - his shot was simply too hard for the goalie to control).  In the final game vs Aberystwyth University, Oxford cruised to a 14-3 win to take the trophy.  Man of the tournament was the club's TJ  Javier Oloriz who laboured tirelessly to ensure the defence was tight, with Brennan also making some excellent saves. Oxford will be back in 2012 to defend the trophy.

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23 Nov    Friendly                       Oxford Uni                   Oxford City                 W 7-8

Norbi had enough players to do ice-hockey changes of 5 players per quarter, leaving just Gareth and the goalie for the whole game.  Oxford started sluggishly in the first quarter and trailed 2-0 before the second string showed the way and turned this into a 3-4 lead by HT.  From there, we managed to hold the lead until the end.

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13 Nov    Friendly                       Witney                         Oxford                        W 7-15

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29 Sept  MLD3                             Worcester                   Oxford                        W 7-27

Oxford's 8 man team completed the Divsion 3 fixture list for 2011 with a convincing win at the Worcester pool, going 10-0 up in the first quarter.  Ash and Chris got the votes for the minor awards with Jan getting MoTM for a fine performance in goal - and a stand out performance in man up.

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12 Sept   MLD3                            Oxford                         HGSOB                        W 15-4

What a difference to have a full and fit squad and compare the final result vs away game 10 days earlier.  A good start with 3-0 up followed by a slight wobble letting the visitors back to 4-2, but from then on it looked like it was always going to be Oxford's game.  Ash was nominated by Norbi for both minor awards before the game started and, sure enough, he was voted for both after. Adam got MoTM for defending and passing as well as scoring some fine goals.

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2 Sept     MLD3                            HGSOB                          Oxford                       L 15-11

Luckily Oxford was already assured of promotion before this game, however, a chance to keep the 100% win record was lost.  A team of just 8 players, some not 100% on fitness and health, made the trip to Handsworth.  While Oxford took an early lead and several times came back to within one goal of the Brummies, in the end the errors of standing, exclusions and missed goals cost the team and the first MDL3 loss of the season.  It will be a different story when Oxford host the return fixture on 12 September.

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12 Jul      MLD3                             Aston                          Oxford                       W 6-11

A tight squad of 9 players turned up for a challenging match vs the Aston team.  The home side kept the game close with some excellent goals and Oxford led only by a narrow 5-7 margin in the third quarter.  Oxford did well on the counter-attacks and the final quarter attacking the deep gave a few extra goals to fix the result at 6-11.  There is a stewards enquiry over alleged vote rigging after and NotW and FiNA officials to investigate irregulaties between votes from those who actually made it to the pub after vs those in a certain car with dodgy satnav.

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4 Jul       MLD3                             Oxford                      Worcester B                pts awarded

Worcester could not get a team for this game but the MDL would not allow any replay which we wanted, and awarded the points to Oxford.

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29 Jun      SC2                              Sevenoaks                  Oxford                       L 5-4

An 11 game winning streak stretching back some 3 months came to close with Oxford narrowly losing their last southern counties Div 2 game to bottom of the table Sevenoaks.  The weakened side of 8 players struggled once again in a shallow pool but the key reason for the loss was inability to find the back of the net with shots, while Bren did his bit in goal and was MoTM.

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27 Jun      MDL3                           Oxford                         Wednesbury           w 28-4

What a difference a week makes.  Against Wednesbury a week ago, Oxford were 1-0 down after Q1 and only got into the lead in the final quarter.  This week Oxford lead 9-0 in Q1 and never gave up that lead - although to be fair the result was only put beyond doubt with Dave Golley's fine goal in the 4th quarter to make it 28 for the home side.  Gergely was MoTM.

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20 Jun      MDL3                           Wednesbury                Oxford                      W 3-5

Oxford had a long string of misses from all players to allow Wednesbury to take the lead with 1-0 at half time with the home side shutting out Oxford from scoring attacking the deep end with clever double pit marking.  Things looked grim at the started of last quarter with Oxford trailing 3-1 but Adam decided to show the rest of the Oxford side how to score and we just edged out by a 2 goal lead. Captain Norbert got unanimous vote for miss of the match with his lob attempt.

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13 Jun     MDL3                             Oxford                        Warwick B                 w 17-6

A long game but lots of goals and good action from both sides.  Ash picked up the minor awards with Norby taking MoTM.

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6 Jun      MDL3                             Oxford                        Boldmere B               w 22-8

First triathlon at Blenheim does not wear out John Cardy who is man of the match.

26 May   MDL3                             Warwick B                   Oxford                       w 7-12

The win makes it 7 wins in a row for Oxford, but the City side made hard work of this.  Starting the final quarter with a 9-5 lead, the home side got two early goals to narrow the gap to 9-7.  Goals the prolific Adam gave the security buffer back and he was voted MoTM. 

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23 May    SC2                              Oxford                         Crawley                     w 10-8

A game of two halves. Crawley started very strongly and took a 5-2 lead at half time.  However, the visitors tired in the third quarter and allowed Oxford back into the game and start the last quarter 9-5 in front.  As in the game before, Oxford nearly choked on the lead in the last quarter, allowing the lead to slip to 9-8 before a final Oxford goal gave the home side the 2 goal safety margin to see out the last 36 seconds.  Adam was man of the match.

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19 May    SC2                              Cranleigh/Guildford   Oxford                        w 10-11

After winning the first match 18-1, Oxford turned up to the superb pool at Guildford expecting an easy win. With a 3-0 start, it seemed to be heading that way.  However, the team never got more than a 3 goal advantage which was the start of the final quarter 10-7 to Oxford.  Some great plays from the home side levelled the game at 10-10 but captain Norby steadied the troops and we scored a final goal to secure the game and keep possession until the clock ran down.  Karlis got MoTM for some superb saves.

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17 May    MDL3                            Boldmere B                Oxford                         w 12-21

After a poor start with the home side winning, Oxford's 8 man team turned it round to win with a comfortable margin.  Jan Gehrman was man of the match with John Cardy's 6 goals also worth noting.

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6 May      Town v Gown               Oxford Uni                  Oxford City                 w 7 - 12

That makes it 4 in a row for City in TvG stakes, altough still a long way off the run Uni had from 1996-2004.  City started bright with a 3-1 lead but the younger, fitter Uni players were quick to react on breaks when possession changed while City players were caught napping.  Uni were 5-4 up and at the start of the final quarter it was finely poised at 7-7.  However, Oxford were inspired by broken-armed coach Chris Gurney to a great last quarter with 5 unanswered goals. Man of the match was Matt Wardle. 

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17 Apr      SC2                             Oxford                         Sevenoaks                 W 20-7

Match report to follow. John Buckley and the Oxford away supporters voted MoTM.

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11 Apr      MDL 3                          Oxford                        Aston                          W 20-4

After a string of defeats it was good to get back to winning was with a strong performance by Oxford.  5 goals per quarter and top scorer Ashley Keen with 8 to his tally.  Man of the Match was John Cardy with 4 goals to show there is plenty of life in the old boy still.  Thug of the Match was Dave Golley who clocked 3 majors in the game.

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1 Apr       SC2                               Brighton                     Oxford                        L 13-10

A scoreline that flattered Oxford as we never really got into this game and our late surge (won last quarter 4-2) could be down to Brighton putting in some substitutes in knowledge the 2 points were safe.  Score lines of 3-1  7-3 and 11-6 reflect the widening gap as the game progressed.  Oxford's error of crowding the hole man were finally resolved in the last quarter and Ash (man of the match) was able to find the back of the net with the open space.  If only we'd started the game like that.

28 Mar     KO Cup                         Oxford                         Worcester                  L 8-12

Oxford team total is less than the sum of its parts again.  On paper and on the poolside we had a strong side of individual talent which we were not able to convert into a team performance.  A telling sign was 9 man up opportunities in the game with only 2 of these converted to goals.  Oxford missed 4 early man up opportunities in a row at the start of the game before taking a small 2-0 lead which was soon pegged back.  A poor second quarter saw the visitors take a 3-7 lead with an Oxford resurge in Q3 bringing it back to 7-8.  However, any thoughts of Worcester tiring in the hot pool water soon disappeared as they knocked Oxford out of the cup with 4 goals in the final quarter.  At least the focus can now be on getting out of Division 3

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26 Mar    Oxford Mini Tournament results

                                                    Oxford A                      Oxford B                    W 5-4

                                                    Oxford A                      Witney                       W 10-3

                                                    Oxford B                       Witney                      W 10-0

The mini tournament wo by Team Gurney with comeback in the 2nd half of the deciding game vs Team Sinka.  Norby's team lead by a score line of 4-1 at half time and were set to cruise to victory until Chris's boys found the strength to overcome the spa-like heat of the pool and score 4 goals without reply to sneak a 5-4 win.  There was blood in the pool in the second game when Oxford A took on Witney with Killer Golley always a force to be reckoned with. 

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20 Mar     SE2                              Oxford                         Cranleigh                   W 18-1

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12 Mar      SE2                              Oxford                        Brighton                      L 12-14

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2 Feb       SEC2                            Crawley                       Oxford                        14-14

Norbert man of match in game of missed opportunites and vital penalty save by Karlis Atvar.

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4 Dec       Tournament                Camarthen, Wales                                     Oxford win

City of Oxford finished a year of mixed results with a uplifting tournament win in Wales.  The 6 team tournament had 2 pools of 3 teams in preliminaries.  Oxford started against University of Aberystwyth and won this comfortably 12-5.  The next game was against the more experienced Aberystwyth Old Boys and this proved to be a tough match, with Oxford trailing at half time. However, the team pulled together and ran out to 8-6 match and pool winners.  In the final they faced Bath University who had won their pool on goal difference.  Once again Oxford started the game trailing from behind but ran out to win the match and tournament 7-5.

Dangerous Shark found in Camarthen pool - 5 teams suffer.

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22 Nov    Friendly                       Oxford                         Southampton             L 11-16

A welcome friendly vs a strong squad from down the A34.  Although we were missing Norbert and John Buckley, we still managed a team of 12 players including new youth player Freddie Scheckter.  Oxford performed reasonably well in the first 2 quarters and kept level at 3-3 and 6-6 and were leading 7-6 in the third when the collapse came.  Southampton ran out to 14-7 by the end of 4 quarters with the home side tiring and losing concentration.   An extra quarter was agreed with the final score a more respectable 11-16.   Greg showed how easy it is to miss the entire goal when on 2m alone and unmarked,  Dave G tried to get the ball past a defender by bouncing it off the pool wall like a 5-a-side football player, the red mist came down over Gabor twice and not fair on the very good refereeing from the 2 Oxford uni guys, and Freddie scored his first goal for the club.  Some great saves by both Bren and Karlis taking turns in goal and hopefully team lessons to be learnt for the game vs Bournemouth next.  Adam was MoTM.

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30 Sept    MLD2                           Walsall                        Oxford                        L 17-14

An extremely early start time to this fixture meant that we kicked off with only 7 in the water with 4 good players still travelling to the pool.  After a poor Q1 with 5 goal deficit, the team rallied to 2 goals each in Q2 and then with a full strength side fought back to get within 2 goals in last quarter.

Mark scored a goal in his last game but did get award for one last po-or pass and grumpy moan. Gareth and Adam shared men of match award and Karlis showed he wasn't to be messed around with.

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25 Sept   Mark Testimonial         Mark Old Boys             Norby Youth              8-13

Old age and treachery did not overcome youth and skill this time.  Norby's team took a solid 4-0 lead in Q1 before the old boys fought back in Q2 with 2 goals each to make it 6-2.   Mark doing a stint on the side reffing inspired his team to come out the blocks quickly in Q3 with 4 goals to level the game at 6-6.  However, they were not able to sustain this effort and the youngsters pulled away to finish the game 13-8 in an enjoyable last game at Radley for Australian bound Mark.

Mexican Wave

click here for the video link of the wave in motion

 

 

Chris pushes Ash's face in water.     Adam fishes ball out of back of net as old boys score.

 

Norby steals off Mark while defender is innocent.    Trying to inspire tired old men.

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Click here to see all of Karen Gurney's excellent pix of the game

Click here to see Leisa Ashton's pix of BBQ after

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20 Sept   MDL2                            Stafford                        Oxford                      D 10-10

Oxford's failure to find the back of the net in the final quarter was the difference between winning this game and the draw.  The visitors were 7-9 up in the third quarter and still maintained a 8-9 lead at the start of the last quarter with Oxford attacking the deep.  Against the run of play for the first 3 quarters, Stafford were the team scoring and lead 10-9 before Oxford levelled 10-10.  A time out in the last minute did not inspire to put away the winning goal.  Division 3 looms for 2011

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13 Sept   MDL2                            Oxford                          Camp Hill                  L 7-20

Not the result we wanted.  Started off with 5 goals from the visitors without reply.  Man of the match was top scorer John Cardy, scoring 2 in the last minute of the game. All to do in the away game at Stafford on Monday 13th.

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6 Sept     MDL2                            Oxford                         Warwick                     W 7-5

Do we hear the theme tune of "The Great Escape" in the background?  Oxford were on 2 points and 4 behind second from bottom Stafford on 6 points before the tough game against Warwick, who had already beaten us twice this year, once in the cup and once in the league.  A must win game started with 13 players under Captain Norbert's command.  Initially the team could not convert superior possession into goals, and trailed 0-1 and then 1-3.   But the strength in numbers, stamina and patience paid off as the team pulled level and then headed into a 6-4 lead at the start of the final quarter.  The team kept their cool and finished the job 7-5.   This leaves us on 4 points, 2 behind Stafford with 3 games to play including key game away at Stafford.  Man of the match was shared between Adam and Goalkeepers (newbie Karlis Atvars and stalwart Brennan Nicholls). The club said farewell, hopefully temporarily, to Iago Nova returning to Spain.

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7 Aug      Tournament                 Faversham                  Oxford                       2nd

This is the third year Oxford have taken part in the Faversham outdoor tournament.  While the club won the event in 2009, this year we had to settle for 2nd overall.  Oxford beat hosts Faversham, Canterbury Old-Boys, and Monsoon but lost 4-2 in the deciding game against Ealing, the tournament winners in 2008.  Norby was man of the match with Ash and Chris picking up the other awards. 

 

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28 Jul      MDL2                            Warley B                     Oxford                        L 14-7

Very disappointing. A game of 2 halves – at half time it was 5-4 to us and looking like we could win in a tight game.  Second half of game we folded and lost ~10-2 (losing the last quarter 6-1 after starting it at 8-6 and still being in with a chance). They played with more discipline, playing a good 7m drop which meant that we were forced in to speculative shots or bad/missed passes. We were also playing a 7m drop but were ineffective as discipline was not there and we did not get back as a team.  Very disappointing and really a game that we should have won.  Iago was Man of the Match for second game in a row.

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23 Jul      MDL2                            HGSOB                         Oxford                        L 20-3

A squad of only 8 players travelled up to Birmingham for a tough fixture in a small pool.  Adam clocked his 3rd major halfway through the game and Reg decided it was time for his 3rd at the start of the last quarter, leaving the team to see out the game with just 6 in the water.  Iago played a blinder in goal with some athletic steals, while Mark picked up both Miss and T*T awards which he accepted graciously.  Okay, he didn't, but that is part of the fun.

Missing report is home 5-0 walk over vs Stafford on 12 July when the visitors did not turn up. Our first points and Stafford are on 6 so we need at least 4-5 points from last 5 games to stay up.

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28 Jun     MDL2                            Oxford                        Walsall                       L 6-13

Oxford had a reasonable game, except for Q3, against one of the stronger sides in Div2.

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21 Jun     MDL2                            Camp Hill                    Oxford                        L 13-11

An Oxford side without a win in the league so far started well leaving seasoned veteran Mark on the side for most of the 1st Q. The Q finished 3 all. Q2 saw a lot of goals both ends with Brennan (MoTM) saving a fantastic penalty stop in the shallow end. Oxford conceded a total of 4 penalties this quarter. David G also popped up with a cheeky lob over the keeper to keep the scores level at seven all. Q3 started off badly with Greg being wrapped for his 3rd major but the scores level at 9 all with everything to play in Q4. Q4 we went two goals down before John B got wrapped for his 3rd major. Oxford only having 8 players and two players wrapped played the rest of the quarter with six men. Oxford lost the quarter 4-2 and the match 13-11, overall great performance but an extra player or two could have avoided having to play 3 minutes with 6 men.  Report by D Golley    Mark Ashton adds "best food ever from an away team"

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14 Jun     MDL2                            Oxford                         HGSOB                        L 5-12


With the World Cup under way it was time for Oxford to start to win in the league. Q1 we started slow with a 5-0 deficit, full bath press was not working. Q2 we found some form and won the Q 3-2 with alternative tactics. Q3 7-3 down we had to put some chances into the back of the net, which never came. So ended up 2-3 down in the Q. With it being even in Q2 & Q3 all we had to do was win the final Q by 6 which wasn't going to happen. Q4 We applied full bath press but it never really worked and ended up losing 12-5. MoTM was Iago with Brennan and Norby picking up other awards. Match report by the Gollster

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6 Jun       MDL2                            Warwick                      Oxford                       L 10-1

Oxford were down to the bare seven which shocked Warwick as we have been up to 17 players in training.  The first 1/4 was a tight affair with only one goal being scored in the shallow end by Warwick.  Second 1/4 we trail 4-1 and very much in the game, however two of our players were on two majors which we could ill afford.  The third 1/4 we changed keeper to limit a player being sent out and ending up only 6-1 down going into the final 1/4. The final 1/4 we lost concentration and stamina with two of the seven players either doing a triathlon before the game and the other playing for the first time after 2 months of injury.  The final score 10-1 to Warwick.  We look forward to seeing Warwick at our pool later in the season to compete with Warwick's hospitality with great food after the game .

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6 June    Blenheim Tri

J Buckley  1.18.57  Swim 11.31   Bike 37.24  Run 24.19

C Gurney 1.27.35   Swim 13.24   Bike 41.34  Run 25.27

R Koster  1.28.31   Swim 11.36   Bike 43.01  Run 27.51

M Ashton 1.31.25   Swim 12.07   Bike 45.32   Run 26.34

D. Toomey 1.142.10 Swim 12.19  Bike 48.14  Run 34.09 (2009 result)

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20 May   MDL2                            Kettering                     Oxford                        L 15-11

While the weather has at least changed from the poor start to the spring, no sign of change with Oxford mens polo team in Midland League 2010.  Although leading 3-4 after Q1 and close to Kettering at the halfway point, the all-too-frequent collapse in one quarter came in Q3 which allowed the home side to build a lead which was too much to close in the final quarter.  Ashley is looking like a dead cert for season's Miss of the Match award, while Chris Gurney beat some good candidates for T*t award.  Dave Golley scored impressively to get Man of the Match. Some of the fan club mentioned below travelling away now as well but will this last if we don't start winning?

17 May    MDL2                            Oxford                         Warley                       L 12-14

After a great comeback in TvG, Oxford followed the Kettering game pattern and let the game slip in the last quarter.  After a good start in Q1, the team had a howler in Q2 and trailed 4-9 at the half way point.  A rally call from the captain and vice captain got the team motivated in Q3 and we pulled level to 10-10.  However, a poor start to the final quarter allowed the visitors to establish a 3 goal lead which we never could close back down.  For once Ashley did not get Miss of the Match and this went to Nick Boaz while Mr Buckley was voted City's best player.

Special mention to our "international" supporters and fan club:  Renata (no Rene); Grade "A", Olga and UART.

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9 May     Town vs Gown              Oxford Uni                   Oxford City                W 7-9

Into unchartered waters with 3 wins vs Oxford uni on the trot for Oxford City.  It didn't look promising in early stages at City missed loads of chances which Uni did not - the students taking a 4-1 lead.   City closed the gap mid-game only for University to take another 3 goal lead again in the third quarter 7-4.   City closed the gap to 7-6 as the final quarter started and managed 3 goals without reply to win the game.  Brennan Nicholls in goal was man of the match, saving a vital penalty in the last quarter as well as numerous other fine stops.  Other nominations went to captain Norbert Sinka with superb all round play and 5 goals and Chris Gurney with sharp defending and 2 goals.

Oxford City TvG 2010 team: Back L-R Nick Boaz, Ashley Keen, Adam Novak, Chris Gurney,

Gergely Berzci, Brennan Nicholls, Mark Ashton, Gabor Aliban.  Front row L-R Iago Novoa,

Norbert Sinka, John Cardy.  Obscured from view: Reg Koster (probably doing something

to Chris Gurney)

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26 Apr    MDL 2                            Oxford                        Kettering                    L 12-13

Always a tight fixture vs Kettering with draws or decisions by one goal, and this game no different.  Oxford led 11-8 at the start of the 4th quarter but Kettering responded with 2 quick goals to narrow the gap and cause the home team to wobble. Oxford lacked the powerful shots on the Kettering goal in the last quarter and Kettering ran out leaders by a goal.

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12 Apr    KO Cup                          Oxford                         Warwick                     L 11-16

Despite nearly 19 players on the roster, we had only 10 available for this first Midland League fixture of the season.  With the appointed referee crying off on the afternoon of the game, we had to provide our own referees to reduce the Oxford squad further.  A rusty, disjointed performance against a Warwick side that played far more as a team.  Gergely was Oxford's man of the match and Norby's pass to the hole man, marked by 3 players when Oxford had a man up, got a special mention.  Dave Golley's blistering shot provided a stunning goal in the 4th quarter.

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21 Mar    Southern Counties Tournament

Day 2 of the tournament started with a tired and slightly hung over Oxford team starting poorly against Basingstoke.  John Cardy's pep talk to stop the rot improved matters but still our worst result of the weekend losing 17-5 with Ashley majored out early in third quarter.

Our last game was against East Invicta and Oxford started much better, taking the lead and keeping pace with the East Kent side, trailing only 8-6 in the third quarter.  The weekend's pace took its toll in the final quarter for Invicta to win 14-7, with Sunday's man of the match Dave Golley making some excellent saves in goal.

20 Mar

8 man Oxford squad faced previous tournament winners Worthing but did not disgrace themselves, losing 12-5 after being close up to half way.  In the second game against a strong host side Jersey, Oxford were up to 7-7 in the scecond and only trailed 10-8 at the start of the final quarter, losing 16-11 in the end.  Saturday's man of the match was Nick Boaz with some fine goals, Ashley got miss and Dave Golley received the other coveted award for nomimating himself.  The team were introduced to the potent Hungarian Unicum drink by captain Norbert Sinka to boost morale.

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14 Mar    Friendly                       Witney                           Oxford                      W 2-20

9 man team out for Sunday evening friendly vs local neighbours and chance for shallow end pool experience.  Miss of match shared between Ashley (lob that never quite made it) and Adam (hit crossbar with open goal).

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31 Jan    Southern Counties

                                                    Worthing                     Oxford                        L 11-15

One of our better performances against the Worthing side full of talent, especially after they took apart Jersey with close to 20 goal differential.  Only trailing by 2 goals at halfway, the team kept going.  Man of the tournament was captain Norbert Sinka, who also picked up Miss after his penalty on the Saturday was not even close to on-target. Sam joined us for this game and he was an extremely welcome addition to the team.  A great learning curve for Jersey and Midlands.

                                                     Jersey                          Oxford                       L 5 - 15

Our worst performance over the 2 days and this was probably the team we had the best chance of beating.  Once again we kept in touch with a slower but more physical game, trailing 5-7 at half time but then sloppy defending led to string of unanswered Jersey goals. Mohammed scored a lovely solo goal and Brennan took a point blank shot in the face - a bleeding nose was worth saving the goal and luckily his television career will not be impacted.

30 Jan                                       Southampton              Oxford                         L 10-12

A close game and level at 9-9.  Oxford will rue being awarded 3 penalties and missing all 3 (Ash, Nick and Norby).  Also some tired and sloppy defence not swimming back to assist Brennan's fine performances in goal - saving some 1-1 shots is one thing but if no one is there to defend the simple rebounds....  Sadly Andrew Johnston had his shoulder dislocated in the second quarter and had to be rushed to hospital in great pain.  We wish a speedy recovery for him.

                                                   East Invicta                 Oxford                       L 13-20

The East Invicta side of young but experienced players had earlier trounced Jersey so an 8 man Oxford were staring at a possible trashing.  However, the team pulled together a terrific performance and held Invicta to close contest in first 2 quarters.  Ashley was particularly on fire with goals and Brennan pulled off some "top drawer" saves. 

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2009 Results

20 Dec    Friendly                       Witney                         Oxford                        W 9-12

Once again a laboured start in shallow end pool, only gaining the lead in 3rd quarter. 

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15 Nov    COSC swim championships

100m FreeStyle   Ashley Keen 57.23    John Cardy 1.03.54  Dave Golley 1.06.03

50m Butterfly      Ashley Keen 28.67    John Cardy 30.75     Dave Golley 33.86

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2 Nov     Friendly                        Oxford City                 Oxford University      L 13-20

Old age and treachery were not able to overcome youth and skill.  A full squad of 13 Uni players put a high pace on the game.  Initially, City were able to respond and actually led 4-2 in the first quarter.  However, the students recovered and ended the quarter with a 2 goal lead and they maintainted the differential per quarter for the rest of the match.  Oxford's highlight was Norbert's goalie save with his foot!

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11 Oct      Friendly                      Witney                         Oxford                       W 8-13

A 7 man team laboured in the shallow end pool of Witney - something we need to practice more. The game went up evenly, partly down to poor finishing and Ashley picking up award for miss and t*t of the game.  Only in the last quarter was Oxford able to utilise breaks and better finishing to put some distance between the sides.

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29 Sept    KO Cup Semi Final      Oxford                         Boldmere                   L 10-14

Oxford lost this match by a team clearly fitter, faster and better than the home side.  Oxford crowded the attack with static players, which led to lots of possession loss and the inevitable rapid counter from the youthful Boldmere side.  Sam and Gabor were joint man of the match with some fine goals, but a large tally of missed chances from the team also added to the defeat.

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22 Sept   MDL Div 2                     Solihull B                    Oxford                        W 11-15

How do you get a great 7 man team to play for Oxford?  Easy, start with 13 available to play a few days before, see the numbers dwindle to 8 on the night and get the 8th majored out in the second quarter!  Oxford made hard work of finally defeating the basement club of Division 2 and there was too much to chose from for Miss of the Match.  Victory only really secured in the last quarter and on final whistle we heard Oxford would probably get walk over anyway as one of the Solihull players was first team and not eligible to play.  We end season on 15 points, currently putting us on joint 2nd along with Warwick but results of other games still to come in could push us down a bit, but hopefully we finish top half of Div 2.

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14 Sept   MDL Div 2                     Oxford                         Camp Hill                   W 5-0

Walk over as Camp Hill could not get team to play on the night.

 

7 Sept     MDL Div 2                     Oxford                         Warwick                     W 8-6

A welcome return to winning ways with a good result against Warwick.  Man of the Match Norbert Sinka had a superb game in goal with plenty of fine saves and steals.  Newbies Ed Allsopp and Andy Ewing got their first league game with the club.  Oxford trailed 1-3 early on, and it was 5-5 going into the last quarter, but goals by Brett, Andy and Ed secured the 2 points.

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24 Jul       MDL Div 2                    HGSOB                         Oxford                       L 18-7

Handsworth maintained their 100% home record in their very shallow pool against Oxford, who kept the pace in the beginning but the depleted squad could not last the distance.

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18 Jul      Tournament                 Faversham                                                  Oxford 1st

A new piece of silverware for the trophy cabinet is the first place in the Faversham Waterpolo outdoor tournament.  An 8 man squad of Brett, John C, Mark, Chris, Norbert, John B, Ashley and Oxford old-boy Luke Williams nabbed the trophy by beating Warwick Uni 5-4 in the final.  In the preliminary rounds, Oxford beat host Faversham 5-4 and Monson Tunbridge Wells 7-2 but lost to Warwick Uni 4-6.   The Oxford team got better as the evening progressed and beat Warwick in 1-2 place final to take first place.  In the other play-off, Faversham beat Monson to take 3rd place.

Pix to be posted soon.

Faversham Tournament winners

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29 Jun    MDL Div                        Oxford                         Walsall                       L 12-15

A string of 2 wins in a row now followed by 2 defeats in a row.  This time a poor result vs a 7 man experienced side from the Midlands.  Oxford always chased the game with Walsall maintaining a 1-3 goal lead throughout the game until Oxford closed the gap to one goal in the last quarter. However, both our South Africans got excluded - first Darren for throwing a wobbly at the referee and then mild-mannered Sam for alleged kicking when he was only trying to escape being squeezed by the trunks.  The visitors ran out to 15-12 and overturned the home defeat they suffered to Oxford earlier in the season.  Man of the match for Oxford was Hungarian boy-wonder Gabor, suprisingly still in the water at final whistle and 6 goals, while Brett clocked an award for an Appollo 11 pass across the pool in a man up.  We await more match bans which is not good preparation for cup semi final.

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22 Jun    MDL Div 2                     Camp Hill                     Oxford                        L 12-11

Oxford left it just a little to late to close the gap on Camp Hill - the home team lead 12-8 with less than 3 minutes to go before a late surge by Oxford closed the gap to 12-11.   City will rue missed chances earlier on in the game which could have led to shared points or even a win.  Sam Wells was man of the match with Chris Gurney and Reg Koster easily winning Miss and Tt of the game.

15 Jun    MDL Div 2                      Oxford                        HGSOB                        W 12-7

Important 2 points secured against HGSOB in a very physical game with 3 exclusions.  Oxford struggled to find the target in the first 3 quarters and were chasing the game, trailing 2-4 at one point and the game level at 5-5 at the start of the final quarter.  However, fitness and shot accuracy finally paid off with the home side taking the final quarter 7-2 to secure the victory.  Men of the match honours shared between Brennan Nichollas (2 penalties saved!) and Chris Gurney on form with 3 crucial goals.  Darren excluded in last quarter for tussle with their pit defender and Mark was on the receiving end of a punch from their holeman in the dying minutes - the latter resulted in HGSOB's second exclusion and Mark converting the penalty. 

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7 Jun      MDL Div 2                      Warwick                      Oxford                       W 13-14

An extremely useful 2 points in an excellent away game, but where we let a 7 goal lead in the third quarter slip to make it a nail-biting last 17 seconds when Warwick reduced our lead to one.

Darren De Bruyn, man of the match, was on fire with some great goals, but also adding to the tally with a string of goals was Sam.   Brennan had a superb game in goal and saved a crucial penalty.  From 4-2 and 7-3 at the end of the first and second quarter, we ran out to a 12-5 lead before the Warwick fight back. Oxford once again on the receiving end of majors (18 to us vs 5 to Warwick) which led to John B, Chris and Brett all being excluded.  A great team effort with so many contributing to the one goal difference including Norby's cheeky long shot and Ashley's first quarter goal in dying second which was allowed as the whistle went with the ball in flight.

1 Jun      MDL Div 2                      Oxford                        Solihull B                    W 15-5

A complete turnout of all registered players, with captain Norbert kindly offering to put on his coaching cap instead of a white waterpolo one.  After a reasonable start, the home side lost its way a bit with squandered chances and making hard work of it, with only a 6-4 lead by the halfway.  However, improved accuracy and overall advantage of 13 players continually putting fresh players in the water lengthened the lead to a comfortable 15-5 win.

21 May    MDL Div 2                     Kettering                    Oxford                        L 11-5

A weakened side without some of the big shooters and without Brennan travelled up to Kettering with a 9 man squad.  Oxford trailed 7-3 at half-time but steadied the defence in the second half to keep their scores down with the last quarter level.  Brett was voted man of the match, Reg missed a sitter and a circus double-act with John B and Chris got them the other award.

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18 May    KO Cup                       Nottingham                  Oxford                         W 25-22

A great team performance by a 9 man Oxford squad making the long trek up the M1 to play a strong Division 1 Nottingham.  Norbert Sinka made a guest appearance in goal with some cunning steals and fast, accurate long balls on the counter.  The defence held strong in the first two quarters such that by the half way mark Nottingham had only scored 2 more goals than Oxford.  Man of the Match Darren de Bruyn was on terrific accuracy and scored 7 goals, each time knocking the confidence of the home team.  A shaky third quarter but some strong ball possession and 2 goals by Sam in the final quarter to give us the 3 goal lead, taking the team to the semi-final stage.

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11 May    MDL Div 2                    Oxford                         Boldmere                    L 8-12

Another game where we received the lion's share of majors (17 vs 6) and ended up with 3 players wrapped.  Man of the match for Oxford Chris Gurney with John Buckley getting miss of the match and Darren got the other award.

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20 Apr     MDL Div 2                    Oxford                         Kettering                    D 12-12

A close game with Oxford chasing Kettering for nearly the entire game, at one point 2-5 down.

Oxford finally took the lead 12-11 with 2 minutes to go only for Kettering to equalise from a man up.  Oxford had a chance to take 2 points with a man up in the last 40 seconds of the game but couldn't convert the advantage.  Man of the match shared between Norbert and Chris with Miss to Darren (despite his 8 goals) and Tt to Gabor for getting majored out in his first league appearance for the club.

7 Apr      MDL Div 2                     Boldmere A                 Oxford                         L  13-12

A frustrating game and a missed opportunity, not helped by a lop-sided share of majors (Oxford 12, Boldmere 4) which even their coach agreed was skewed.  Back to the drawing board for the next home fixture vs Kettering on Monday 20 April, where we also need to address a greater spread of goal-scorers - Darren scored 9 of our 12 goals which is a great tally but makes the team too reliant on a single Plan A.  On the plus side, a hospitable pub welcome after game.

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19 Mar    MDL Div 2                     Walsall                        Oxford                        W 13-15

A superb last quarter effort gave Oxford the victory by 2 late goals to secure a win in the first game in Division 2. 

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12 Mar    MDL KO Cup                   Kettering                    Oxford                        W 15-16

Darren De Bruyn, with 8 goals and Mark Ashton men of the match and putting Oxford through to the next round of the Midland League Knock Out Cup.

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2 March   Town v Gown (mens)  Oxford City                  Oxford Uni                 W 14-9

For the first time ever, City retained the Town vs Gown mens trophy with a victory over Oxford Uni at Radley pool.  The game got off to a lightning start with John Cardy putting City 1-0 up 10 seconds from start, and by 2nd minute six goals had been scored and teams level at 3-3.  However, a good spell in the final minutes of the first quarter and 2 goals by captain Norbert Sinka gave the home team a 7-4 lead.  By half time, the lead was increased to 10-6 and it was all over by the end of the third quarter with 14-7.  Uni put on a good show for the last quarter to narrow the scoreline, but a clean-shaven Sean Hotchkiss with 6 goals could not match the City boys.  South Africans De Bruyn (5 goals) and Wells (2) were good for half of City's goals while newbie Ashley Keen got his first hat trick for the club.  Vice captain Brennan Nicholls pulled off some "top-drawer" saves but man of the match award went to Sinka (also good for a  shot that went through the "pane" barrier).  Thanks to Ian Porter of Brookes for reffing the game.

 

SW League Tournament Weekend 24-25 Jan  & 21 - 22 Mar

See League Tables page for results and final league table for SW Region 2009

 

 

12 Jan       Friendly                         Oxford                           Warwick                      W 9-8

 

 

Achievements

2010 & 2011 Camarthen Waterpolo tournament winners

2011 Division 3 Winners Midland League

2008-11 Oxford Town vs Gown Mens Winner

2009 Faversham Tournament Winners

2008 Midland League Div 3 Champions

2008 Southern Counties League 3rd

2008 Faversham Tournament 2nd 

2005 Oxford Town vs Gown Champions

2002 Midland League Knockout Winners

2001 Midland League Knockout Winners

1997 Midland League Div 3 Champions

1995 Midland League Knockout Winners

1995 Oxford Town vs Gown Champions

1991 Birmingham League Div 2 Champions   

 

 

  Mens Team 2008

Back Row L to R  John Buckley, Brett Phipps, Brennan Nicholls, Norbert Sinka, Samuel Wells, John Cardy.  Front Row  Reg Koster, Jonathon Rivlin, Mark Ashton, Chris Gurney, Dave Golley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mens Team 2004

 

Back L-R:  Reuben Hunter, Richard Harris, Chris Gurney, Brennan Nicholls,  Dean Toomey, Reg Koster        Front L-R:  John Cardy, Dave Eyles, John Buckley, Mark Ashton, Zsolt Kovacs

 

 Mens Team 2001

Back Row L to R  Stuart Winter, Chris Gurney, Brennan Nicholls, James Cooper, Brett Phipps  Front Row: John Buckley, Dean Toomey, Mark Ashton, Reg Koster

 

 

 Mens team 1997

 Back Row L to R  Stuart Cardy, Ian Lakeman, Brett Phipps, Bob Bradley, Keith Musgrave, Mark Ashton. Front Row  L to R  John Cardy, Luke Schubert, Dave Eyles