Michelle is a 3rd-year lawyer who has decided to add to what must be an insignificant finalist workload by taking on the all-powerful (and all-consuming) role of OUBaC President. After leading W1 to a resounding victory in Var-'its the only match that matters'-sity, she hopes to inspire the club to show at least as much commitment as her W1 team showed throughout the whole of last year!
Tom is in the 2nd year of a DPhil in Mathematics. As secretary, vice president and IT officer Tom is clearly trying to spice up the boredom of doing maths all day with a little bit of paperwork. On court, Tom wears down his opponents with solid, unwavering shots and a cool, tactical mindset, as evidenced by his mastery of all possible variations of the clear. When he isn’t picking apart algorithms, or the weaknesses of his opponent’s backhand, Tom can be found in his favourite place – the pub.
A steady, competent level-headed character whose commitment to the club is greatly appreciated. Hailing from the land of Cheshire, Jack’s pastimes include jazz appreciation, chemistry appreciation, and reflecting on his time as M2 captain. Some say his resemblance is somewhat of Jesus. Whether or not this is because he has been infected by his college is unknown, but what is known is that he will keep the club accounts in shape. What’s more, his previous treasurer has not left him with any chasing up to do, so Jack will not have to perform any miracles.
Having completed calculus, Andrew is looking to fill his abundance of free time by taking the helm of M1. Although his recruitment methods are unconventional, we hope wiichat will be able to provide strength and depth to the squad this year. His strong tactical (C) game, and resilience both on and off the court stand him in good stead for the upcoming season. Part teddy bear, part shark, let’s hope he lasts longer than his average time on a night out.
Since joining the club, Rachel has input valuable cheering at Varsity and boosted many a game with her iconic Scottish 'GO!'. Her Scottish nature, giving her enthusiasm both on court and while drinking, will undoubtedly make her a great and well-loved captain.
Visionary, encyclopaedia, M2 Captain. After securing 4 years of sweet DPhil stats funding, Tom ‘Ladfield’ Hadfield - as he is affectionately known by himself - is in the early embers of a OUBaC career surely set for the history books. An emperor of quantitative analysis, Tom’s number-crunching ensured he not only masterminded a narrow victory in his debut singles varsity match, but also calculated his way into our hearts. Yet, although Tom ‘smashed’ the Tabs, ‘served’ up great banter, and ‘lifted’ our spirits when we were down, 2017/8 was not all plain sailing for our favourite bespectacled Cheshire lad. This year Mr. H was forced to wrestle with the divorce from his first love - the University of Bath. But time, copious brunches, and shiny new Oxford stash, heals... Aside from wildly obscure golf trivia, expect more unwelcome updates from Exeter’s MCR, more poor chat, more nostalgia about all things Bath, more memes from an astonishingly endless supply, and more celebratory walks into the tramlines when he put a big right hand to the floor (wins a point).
I think I speak for the club when I say I love Tom Hadfield.
Leasha takes over as this year’s W2 captain. A 2nd year medic at Oriel, her enthusiasm and dedication knows no bounds (as does her ability to do the splits when lunging too far). Leasha will be sure to keep the team spirit and commitment high and we know this team is in safe hands for local league matches and the all-important Varsity.
Anuj, a 2nd year mathematician, may love to go clubbing but badminton always comes first (sometimes he even has a shower in between). As his predecessor dumps M3 in the top division this year, Anuj looks to train up M3 quicker than he kills off tabs at Varsity dinner pre-drinks. Anuj would also like to invite everybody to his flute recital, stay tuned for details!
A political scientist in the 3rd year of his DPhil, Jacob will need to put his theories on Dictatorships into practice if he is to keep the alumni in line at the annual dinner. Whilst Jacob's tendency to play every point at 200mph and to mumble incoherently have lead some commentators to compare him to the Tasmanian Devil, make no mistake: He is a formidable presence on court and once his shoulder is fully healed will (so we hear) be a match for anyone. After his varsity was tragically cut short this year due to suspect floorboards, Jacob will be looking to nail down a spot in M1 and ensure it is the Tabs who recieve the knockout blow in 2019.
As captain of M3 and entz rep, Anuj’s enthusiasm knows no bounds. Though maybe overkeen at welcome drinks resulting in a night lost in Oxford, Anuj has more than made up for a shaky start by being present at every training, match and social - hence also taking on the role of O.U.Ba.C.’s resident pushy parent. As entz rep Anuj will certainly impart his love of post-training pub sessions as well as rallying the squad with questionable drinking games, and not even his flute recital will keep him from club commitments. The enigma known as Grace is as committed to turning up to training as she is to handing in her work by the deadline. However you can draw her out very easily with a two bottles of red, a pub crawl, and a night out. This 2nd year history student is our Club’s "Wine Mom" and you can get on her good side fairly easily, by acknowledging that the Midlands exists. With her as entz, you can be sure that exciting, yet random social events are just round the corner.
Stepping up to O.U.Ba.C.'s most demanding role is Ser Jay, a third year PPE student at Harris Manchester College. Responsible for managing the notorious peg-board system at clubnight sessions and ensuring that members have paid their dues, Ser Jay is also the first point of contact for anyone interested in getting involved in recreational Badminton at Oxford.
Fresh off completing an open water charity swimathon, Michael will be looking to put those skills to good use to avoid drowning in paperwork as the new L&C Secretary! A third year chemist at Jesus College, Michael's duties include nagging college captains to get their league matches played and conducting the draws for the cuppers competitions.