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Sunderland ‘Til I Die – Season Two Review

Sports fans have had to adapt to get their fix over the past three months. Rewatching the 2005 Ashes, or dabbling in viewing the Korean (or Belorussian for that matter) football league come to mind as short term solutions. The return of the Bundesliga shows that there is light at the end of the sports tunnel. Yet sport is...

Should we be supporting our university teams more?

Early on during my illustrious career as a Saint Sports writer, while still naïve in the world of university sport, I was tasked with reporting on a 1’s XI Hockey match. With my experience of hockey limited to my trials and tribulations on the Year Nine B-Team, I felt rather unprepared for such a lofty task. Nevertheless, I refreshed...

Return of the Bundesliga – what to expect from Europe’s 1st returning league.

Before all this, say to any football fan that, “it’s only a game” and you would likely have been met with a face of anger, grief and all-round disappointment. In the past couple of months though, that statement could never have felt more relevant. Or, at least, the football itself is of little importance in these ever-changing times. The...

St Andrews Links Trust Loses Legal Battle

The senior management of the Old Course of St Andrews have recently lost a legal battle over trademarking rights. They wanted the rights to the town’s name as a means of securing their own brand and to prevent other companies from around the globe from using it in the promotion of their own products.  Despite already owning the rights to...

Triumph for St Andrews Pool Society

It’s not often that we get the chance to report on some of the lesser known sports societies. I find this somewhat surprising given the small nature of the university anyway. All that aside, the women’s 1stof the St Andrews Pool and Cue Society have provided me with a quality exception to the rule. It is a sport that I...

Men’s 1s triumph in St Andrews derby

It’s often a competitive and feisty encounter when two teams from the same university must play each other. On Tuesday this was no different for the men's 1st vs Mens 2nd team football match, the stakes were just a little bit higher than your average BUCS game. This was the semi-final of the BUCS Conference Cup. It was also...

Adam’s Column

Despite its popularity across the globe, golf can never seem to escape the stigma of being, well, a bit boring. It’s played by middle-aged white men in spotty trousers apparently. It might be a strange thing to say in a town like this which is, of course, dominated and makes a living from this very sport. Walk far enough...

Men’s 1s hold on for crucial narrow victory over Glasgow

As the sun’s rays cascaded through the trees on a blissful spring-like afternoon, St Andrews’ 1stXI Hockey team were gearing up for one of the most important games of the season against top of the league Glasgow. Glasgow, undefeated in the league, presented quite the challenge to a St Andrews team which had been unfortunate to come off the...

City and Saracens: How much is too much?

At first they just started out as innocent rumours. “City out”, “City banned” whispered their way around the hallowed streets of St Andrews at around 6 o’clock on another listless, predictably boozy Friday night (to others it may have been notable for being Valentine’s day). Yet a full on wildfire was to explode in the space of a few...

How should we deal with cheating?

If a student cheats at the University of St Andrews, be it via plagiarism or academic misconduct, the punishment is clear and systematic. Sanctions are in place to ensure that all students are playing by the same rules, thus meaning no one has an unfair advantage.  All sport requires the exact same level of oversight. In a market valued at...