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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...

Saints grind out priceless victory in relegation dogfight

The women’s hockey team’s most recent fixture was a must-win match against Edinburgh’s second team. In fifth place in the Scottish BUCS first league, the girls were at risk of relegation (albeit sitting six points above last placed Edinburgh threes) and being joint on points with their opponent meant winning would put them three points clear and improve their...

Saints fall to home defeat in try-fest

With the Six Nations well underway, this time of year is surely the peak of the rugby season, and, with just two league games remaining in the BUCS season, last Wednesday's game against Heriot-Watt was crucial for St Andrews’ men’s 1st XV. Having lost back to back games before the break, and with the previous week’s game called off...

5ths denied their place in history by pesky rivals

Valentine’s eve it may have been but when there is a place in the cup semi finals at stake against your most hated rivals from across the Forth Road Bridge it’s highly unlikely members of either team were going to be splitting a table for two at Little Italy following this bruising clash. Ultimately though it just wasn’t to...

Optimism aplenty for St Andrews’ women footballers

Going into 2019, the women’s football first XI is going from strength to strength. In BUCS 1A they sit second but are on level points with the first placed team. In cup competitions they have progressed into the semi-final of the Women’s Queens Park Shield. Since their promotion from Scottish 2A in 2015, this season the team has accumulated...