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Keble College Women's Football Club in the Cuppers Final

Tuesday 27 February 2007

Next Saturday Keble College Women’s Football Club (KCWFC) will face its biggest challenge in five years when it takes on Christ Church/Oriel in the Cuppers Final.

The road to the 2007 Cuppers Final was a rocky one. After an exodus of talented players from last year’s team due to graduations, the KCWFC squad was left with only eight players—not enough to even field a team. The remaining women chipped in by recruiting volunteers from amongst their friends to fill out the roster for Keble’s sake. Now, thanks to two terms of training sessions, plenty of league games for practice, and a steady stream of pearls of wisdom from coach Samuel Hampton, our women are at the pinnacle of their football season. KCWFC knocked out St. Catz in the Cuppers quarterfinals and Somerville in the semis, handily beating Teddy Hall—the champions of the last two years—along the way.

Team Profile:

KCWFC is composed of Kebleites from all years with a wide range of previous experience who come together to keep fit, have fun, and play some serious football. The team mix on and off the pitch without any cliquishness or elitism, and is made up of both JCR and MCR women. Strong graduate involvement tends to be rare in college sport, but thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of captain Sophie Palmer and vice-captain Helen Pugh, both of the MCR, KCWFC boasts a well-integrated team that carries the relationships they’ve built whilst playing into their everyday college lives. KCWFC team members include Furies (University second team) players, first-time footballers, and everything in between. Our women hail from all over the world and study a broad range of subjects.  

 Come along and cheer your college on to success in the Final against “Chchoriel” at 2pm at the Marston football grounds. Both the quarter- and semi-finals were won by single goals scored in extra play, so you’re guaranteed an exciting match!