The 2020 edition of the Fitzpatrick Cup is just around the corner, with the finest University teams in Europe set to descend on Horspath Athletics Ground this Saturday, February 8th. Finishing up our Team Previews are Fitz Cup regulars, Birmingham University, who are back in Oxford with both men’s and women’s squads. UOBARFC President, Jake Joint, gives some insights into their tournament preparation below.
What has the last year looked like for Birmingham?
The year has been off to a great start for Birmingham seeing a record number of players and huge expanses of the Women’s team. Last year the Women’s won the NUL Grand Final with the men as runners up. Both squads have performed very well this year, with the men topping the NUL table.
What’s the aim of the team for this years competition ?
The aim of the tournament is to show how the Birmingham side has developed since the last Fitzpatrick two years ago. We are fortunate enough to enter a Women’s team this time round and are looking to give them some experience playing some very strong teams.
The tournament is back in England this year, much closer to home, will that help?
It will definitely help with our availability, we have lots of players keen to get out there! We will see whether the home advantage helps on the day.
Any young stars to keep our eye on?
We’ve seen a lot of rising stars this year, the two to watch out for are George Pepper and Megi Alexander.
What’s the key strength of the team?
We have many new players who have came from a variety of sports, these have given the team many different perspectives and lots of enthusiasm.
Who’s the coach in charge for this tournament?
We have Rob Morton and Theodore Wrigley as our Men’s coaches. We also have Eliza Larkey, Lottie Colquhoun and Phoebe Dalgas heading our Women’s team, the three of them have taken the team from strength to strength.