Victorious 1973 CURUFC team’s reunion at the Clubhouse
Some 14 of the victorious 1973 CURUFC side, supplemented by others who toured Rhodesia in summer 1974, met at the Club on 4 December 2018. Guests had travelled from all over the world: Australia, South Africa, USA and Dubai.
In addition, Donald McKenzie, (Magdalene 1972-74) a Zimbabwean Hawk (cricket) and cultural attaché for the Tour, plus Austin Jessop, (Fitzwillian 1970-73) the 1972 scrum half also attended. We finally welcomed as our Guest, the then coach, Ian Robertson (Christ’s 1966-68)
Robbo had just retired from a lifetime of service to rugby broadcasting and we were delighted to say thank you for all he has done. In return, he regaled us with just enough anecdotes to make us buy his autobiography, but not so many that we chanted the end of the stories.
For lovers of history, we toured as the Light Blue Travellers, since both the university and Labour Government opposed our visit. Each tourist was given the opportunity to decide if he wished to tour a country led by what was then an ‘illegal’ regime, having declared UDI from the British Government (and incidentally was at war with terrorist infiltrators, some led by Mr Robert Mugabe). One player turned the opportunity down.
We won all seven matches, played all around the country. Four players played every minute of every game. No substitutes. To bring us down to earth, on one occasion we were given an armoured car escort from Victoria Falls airport to our hotel.
Whatever your politics it was an extraordinary opportunity, fully grasped.
Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties
Derek Pringle (Fitzwilliam 1979-82)
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, November 2018
Long listed for The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award
‘Pringle’s tale is both a love letter to the greatest player of his generation, Sir Ian Botham and an engaging romp in which cricket only plays a walk-on part.’ Michael Atherton
The Eighties was a colourful period in English cricket. As a member of the most successful team in Essex’s history and an England side capable of extraordinary highs and lows, Derek Pringle was lucky enough to be in the thick of it….
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Hawks & Ospreys celebrate University of Cambridge Sport in House of Lords
A Hawk at the Olympics – Rio 2016
By Gordon A. S. C Wilson (Jesus 1986, CU Hare & Hounds, CU Athletics, CU Ski and Snowboard)
Mike Brearley (St John’s 1960-1963)
Published by Little, Brown September 2017
The Times Sports Book of the Year 2017. Daily Telegraph Sports Book of the Year 2017
This 12-page PDF, The Point of Sport (171Kb) forms a chapter in Mike Brearley’s book ‘On Form’, which was published in September 2017.
It was delivered by Mike as the Club’s inaugural Sports Lecture at Lord’s in March 2017.
Mike Brearley OBE (St John’s 1960-1963) captained Cambridge University, Middlesex and England. He captained his country in 31 of his 39 Test Matches, losing only four. He was the President of the MCC in 2007–08. Since his retirement from professional cricket he has pursued a career as a writer and psychoanalyst, serving as President of the British Psychoanalytical Society 2008–10. Previous publications include The Art of Captaincy: What Sport Teaches Us About Leadership (2015).
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Internationals and Olympians in nine sports
A 12-page A5 booklet published in March 2017 covered five sports: Athletics, Cricket, Hockey, Rowing and Rugby Football Union. The latest (16-page) version published In October 2017, shown here, includes four additional sports: Association Football, Fencing, Golf and Lawn Tennis.
The next edition is planned for April 2018. Will your sport be included in that edition?
An A2 poster of All Olympians can be downloaded by clicking on the image. It is a list created by the University and updated by Hawks’ Club in March 2017
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