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Charlotte’s Column

Recently, a study by the Brain Injury Group at the University of Glasgow discovered an alarming link between footballers heading the ball and dementia. They discovered that former professional footballers are three-and-ahalf times more likely to suffer from dementia and other serious neurological diseases. Although the study did not look into whether it was from heading the older, heavier...

Friends close, enemies closer? A look at intra-club matches in St Andrews

As many involved in University sport will find, an odd quirk of BUCS sport is the prevalence of two St Andrews teams being in the same BUCS league for a season. The men’s cricket 2nd team being in the same league as the men’s cricket 3rd team, or in football, the women’s 2nd team being in the same league...

Witzmann the hero as Saints punch their ticket to the next round

The three highest men’s football teams may have been out of action last Wednesday, but that wasn’t enough to deter from a veritable feat of University football that took place mid-afternoon in the Sports Centre, down from the Observatory. Simultaneously at 2 pm, a feisty derby between the Saints’ 5th and 6th teams was taking place while on the...

Same year, new sport: what clubs should I join?

Contrary to popular belief, St Andrews does field teams in sports besides football and hockey, and there’s no better cure for post-independent learning week blues than taking up a new sport, or even just giving them a try. The cornucopia of sports on offer at the Sports Fayre can certainly be overwhelming. Once you’ve signed up for about a...

Saints fall short despite positive performance

With the men’s world cup final taking place last weekend, rugby season is very much in full swing. However, far from Japan on a cold but nonetheless sunny afternoon in St Andrews, the women’s rugby team took on their Stirling counterparts. It was a performance marked by determination, but ultimately one where the Saints did not get the result...

Bulgaria v England – what on earth happened?

Let me paint a picture for you: it’s a Monday night, you sit down to watch the football and the whole game goes by without anyone being racist. Doesn’t sound too far fetched, does it? But, on Monday night, England took on Bulgaria in Sofia as part of the Euro 2020 qualifiers and what occurred in the proceeding 90...

Has the Scottish Premiership finally got a title race again?

It’s easy to get carried away in football. The image of a league table, along with any team’s respective fortunes could change by the end of next week, on the back of a 1-0 victory, a shocking 4-0 loss or, as is the norm these days, an overturned decision courtesy of VAR. Yet, if the early days of the...

Saints narrowly beaten by stronger Strathclyde

The St Andrews Men’s First Team started their BUCS 2A league campaign two weeks ago with a hardfought draw against a very strong Heriot Watt 1s. The Men’s first team will surely be targeting promotion from 2A, having had a strong intake of freshers this year and in the previous two years having finished at the top end of...

Saints sunk by opportunistic Aberdeen

Conditions may have been perfect, the sky may have been completely cloudless, yet the St Andrews men's hockey 1st XI were unable to live up to the occasion, with the visitors from Aberdeen ultimately taking the spoils from this lunchtime showdown in the sports centre by 3 goals to 1. The Saints were looking to build upon their 4-2...

Charlotte’s Column

Sport in the 21st century is becoming increasingly money-oriented. Whether in the sales of merchandise to the sponsorships athletes receive, it’s all about the sales. You see it everywhere. In my gym at home, for example, there’s a huge cutout of Anthony Joshua advertising Lucozade bottles printed with his picture on it. It’s a bizarre phenomenon that’s come about...