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Champions League: last 16 review (part 2)

Imagine not liking football. As the champions league concluded its round of sixteen fixtures for yet another year, let’s look at what continues to be a competition filled with shocks at every turn this season. Juventus 3 – 0 Atlético Madrid (3-2) In my review of the last round of fixtures, I suggested PSG were the only team who, having gained...

Champions League: Last 16 review (part 1)

After a few months of painful waiting, the flip-flopping of the Premier League title race and the Chelsea goalkeeper’s soap-opera antics, Europe’s most elite competition returned a couple of weeks ago. As always, the competition’s first round of last sixteen fixtures both conformed to and went against our expectations with Spurs, Real Madrid and PSG all in the driving...

Saints slip up to Strathclyde

Despite the sunny weather that graced our coastal town this week, the performance for the Men’s First Basketball team was not quite so sunny. After a hard-fought battle, the boys just couldn’t quite come out on top, losing 53-69 to Strathclyde’s first team. Currently in fourth place in their BUCS league, they faced third-placed Strathclyde in their latest fixture. Winning...

BUCS Nationals success for St Andrews’ finest Judoka

Tensions were high on the morning of 15 February as 13 members of the Judo team set off on the long bus journey to Sheffield, to compete for our university in the BUCS national championships, due to a combination of anticipation for fighting, and hunger (as many had been cutting weight to make their weight categories for competing the...

Catching up with the Quidditch Club

The Harry Potter book and film series have been subject to a number of offshoots over the years. Perhaps most recent is the divisive issue of the Harry Potter-themed shop on Market Street. An obvious and growing descendant of the Harry Potter world is the wizard sport quidditch. The quidditch craze quickly reached St Andrews and St Andrews University...

Saints hold on for thrilling final game triumph

Looking out of the window as I am writing, the skies are leaden and the traditional Scottish mist has descended, but when St Andrews’ Women’s Rugby first XV played their final fixture of this year’s BUCS season it was as if spring had arrived for the late season fixture between the league leaders. Conditions could not be more perfect...

Saints slip up to clinical Aberdeen

Despite an improved second-half performance, St Andrews Women’s first team fell short to an Aberdeen side that took their chances well and frustrated the Saints throughout the game. The Saints came into this game in great form: with three successive league victories in BUCS Scottish 1A, they sat second in the table. Unfortunately, Edinburgh University’s firsts had completed all their...

Brits abroad: is the Premier League’s superiority under question?

Aaron Ramsey has reportedly just signed a pre-contract deal with Juventus worth £400,000 a week, making the Wales midfielder the highest paid British footballer in history. The sheer size of the contract may have been enough to make Ramsay pack his bags and leave Arsenal for Turin, but it also serves as the latest example in a growing trend of...

The new sporting craze aiming to sweep St Andrews

The summer of 2018, can be said to be something of a special summer for sport in the UK. Along with major sporting events such as Wimbledon and Test Cricket, it was the year football almost came home, in what was a passion filled World Cup. Yet another craze seemed to be taking the UK by storm… Fortnite.  Snapchat...

Golfers running for great causes

When one is asked to envisage their stereotypical golfer, the more casual fan, perhaps even just a completely random person on the street, would not necessarily associate this individual with a high level of stamina. After all, why on earth would this be necessary in a sport that is perceived by some to merely just involve standing around whacking...