Friday, 27 November 2015

At the game

Dixon Phillips were in amongst the scrum of Cambridge professionals who touched down at the 68th annual Steele-Bodger rugby match at Cambridge University's rugby ground this week.

Michelle Oliver, Paul Dixon, Oliver Phillips and Matt Dempsey lined up at a packed Grange Road for the always well-supported Cambridge event.

The Light Blues fared better than the England team had on their own turf in the recent Rugby World Cup by banking a 36-33 victory over the select Steele-Bodger's XV in what is the traditional final dress rehearsal ahead of next month's Varsity Match against the old enemy, Oxford University, at Twickenham.

It is also one of the main professional networking events of the year, so we made a try at converting opportunities, throwing ourselves into the line, binding with clients and contacts and tackling the opposition. Three quarters went home after extra time but one of us played on with another pack, propping up the bar into the night and conceding a penalty in the morning...


Monday, 23 November 2015

That's how we roll

Dixon Phillips have been rolling high both on the lanes at the annual Handelsbanken bowling evening and at the blackjack tables at the COEL casino night.

Oliver Phillips and Matt Dempsey were on opposing teams, Tayabali Tomlin & White and McTear Williams & Wood respectively, at the Cambridge Leisure Park where all 28 lanes were filled with local businesses from accountants, solicitors and estate agents. Matt scored respectably and Oliver less so, but both struck out on the charity raffle as part of the Handelsbanken bowling event which raised more than £4,000 for its chosen charities.
Oliver then swapped his bowling shoes for a dinner jacket and joined Paul Dixon to try their luck at blackjack, roulette and wheel of fortune along with other COEL clients and contacts at 12a Club. Oliver was a winner last year but over-confidence was his downfall this time – John Russell of Cater Jonas taking the gambler crown with the most COEL dollars in his pocket at the end. It was a rocking night, with excellent company, music and food to accompany the fun (but professionally managed) gaming tables.