Varsity Pool & Snooker Matches
The Varsity Pool match is contested annually between Oxford and Cambridge in Trinity term. No records show when the first Varsity Pool match took place, but apparently the men's title has been contested since the 1970s. The original trophy with records of the earliest matches was mislaid by Cambridge in the period 1997-1998 after they won the title in 1997 for the first time in ten years. Oxford reclaimed the title the following year in 1998, continuing to win it every year until 2006 when Cambridge travelled to Oxford and recorded a 50-40 victory. Cambridge was successfully defended for the title in the following three years, including a 45-45 tied match in 2009. Oxford regained the Varsity Pool title in 2010 with a 49-41 victory.
A Varsity Women's Pool match is also an annual affair, with records dating back until 1991. The Oxford University Women's Pool Team typically dominate and have not lost a Varsity match since 1998.
An inaugural Varsity Snooker match took place at the Cambridge Snooker Centre in May 2003, which Oxford won with a close score-line of 17-15. Despite plans to make the event an annual occurrence, the match wasn't recreated for 12 years when in 2015 in Oxford the home team beat their Cambridge counterparts convincingly 27-5.
Archive reports for each year can be found in the drop-down menu under the Varsity navigation link.
If you can help track down the original Varsity Pool trophy, or provide an insight into the history of the Club, please get in touch with a member of the Committee (see the Committee page).
One of our alumni, Ian Hill, was able to provide a photo of the medal he received from the 1985 Varsity match.