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Varsity Quiz 2006
On a bright and breezy Saturday morning in March, eight Cambridge students hopped on the X5 to Oxford to do battle in the most glorious of Varsity sports - quizzing! A varsity 'sport' whose trophy, despite five previous attempts, had only been laced with the colours of the dark blues...
As is tradition, the reserves team went first against their Oxford counterparts. The match was incredibly close with both teams' scores staying within 25 points of each other for the majority of the match. The Cambridge team showed that they knew nothing about biology and large parts of literature and history, but were very up to date with world records in women's athletics. Oxford unfortunately got the last couple of starter questions correct meaning that they stumbled over the winning line with a victory margin of just 35 points.
The Varsity Quiz Then came the main event. For the first time in years, Cambridge fielded a strong team that could hopefully give Oxford a fright and finally wrestle the trophy from them. Cambridge started fantastically - building up a good lead of over 100 points. However, as the match progressed, Oxford slowly started clawing back the advantage until going into the final question, it emerged that Oxford had for the first time in the match, a slender lead of five points. Oxford got the starter right and snatched the victory from Cambridge at the death!
So, unfortunately for the honour of Cambridge, Oxford retained its possession of the Varsity Quiz trophy. One year it will finally be liberated from its detention on the Thames for a pleasant abode along the Cam... but this was not to be the year. Yet things are looking up for the Cambridge team; they fielded a strong Varsity squad, all but one of whose members will be returning to compete for Cambridge again next year. Whilst losing on the final question still means that, well, you lose, this was by far the closest Cambridge has come to unseating Oxford since the very first Varsity match in 1999.
Cambridge still yearns for the trophy, and has high hopes for next year, when the tournament will be played on its home ground.
The final match saw a battle of the two Quiz Society committees... interestingly, this complete match was played in less than fifteen minutes, due to the need of the Cambridge players to catch their transport back to the fens. The Cambridge team did their society proud and romped home by well over 100 points!