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New College Sporting Prowess

Saturday 4 July, 2009
by New College Admin
As New looks like having another strong sporting year we look back on '08

New had a purple patch for sport in 2008! Various teams and individuals performed strongly. New College took out several sports titles, including the coveted Rugby Union, men’s Basketball and the overall women’s Sports Shield. With recent '09 wins in Hockey and Rugby it looks set to be another stong year.

2008 was arguably the most successful year of New College sport in over a decade. In May 2008 New College’s Rugby team won the inter-college shield for the first time since 1996. The win in 1996 was the last shield in a four-year winning streak. Over half the College community turned up to see this magnificent bit of history occur.

In other wins New College’s men’s Touch Football team won the flag in their inter-college competition, with New’s women’s team coming in as respectable runner’s up. The women’s and men’s Netball teams both showed incredible form and took out their respective competitions. The men’s and women’s Hockey teams also competed for the premiership: the women came 3rd and men’s team 2nd. Overall New won more of the inter-college competitions than any other college – eight in all.

People were impressed by the good spirit evident in inter-college sport in 2008. The New College involvement reflects on the individuals as well as the team leaders and our 2008 Sports Directors – Scott Parlett and Pauline Ring. All year New College men and women did well in the overall points score.

The Master commended everyone on the success in '08: “I congratulate Scott Parlett and Pauline Ring and everyone who has participated in sport this year. It has obviously been a great year in terms of participation, collegiality, College spirit and performance. To end up with the Women’s Sports shield and as runner-up in the Men’s Sports Shield is a great achievement that hasn’t been equalled in my time at New College. Well done everyone.”

The College is keenly watching to see if we can replicate last years success in this our 40th Anniversary year.

Mark Fairfull