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Campus Sports 11-a-side league round-up

Saturday the 19th October saw the first fixtures of the Sports Park’s Campus Sport 11-a-side league take place. Division A debutants Badger FC got off to a respectable start, overcoming Benyon Athletic Old Boys 2-1 in a tight encounter. Lone striker Rob Bryan-Smith played a pivotal role in the victory, scoring the first goal from a Jack Leafe cross. He then caused a communication breakdown in the Benyon defence, resulting in a defender heading an audacious through ball from Ellis Lawson past his own keeper and into the net.» >

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An interview with Aaron Lee

Aaron Lee is a committee member for RUSNO, one of Reading University’s biggest societies. They welcome any members, from beginners to pros, and organise the infamous ski tour, and snowball.

“Friends and family got me into my sport, as well as my ski instructor. I’ve been doing snow sports since I was six.

“RUSNO is the one of the biggest societies on campus, has the best socials, the biggest tour, and the cheapest ski holiday you’ll ever go on.”

If you’re yet to be sold on what RUSNO has to offer, Aaron answered enthusiastically when asked what in particular there is to look forward to this year,

“Tour!» >

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Reading go top of Premier B South with last gasp penalty

Reading 1st XV made it two wins from two thanks to a last minute penalty from scrum half Max Edmonton to top Premier B South in a tight affair against Cardiff 2’s. Cardiff travelled to Berkshire looking to make amends for a narrow defeat to St Mary’s the week before, whilst Reading were aiming for back to back victories following their historic win away at Hartpury last Wednesday.

Despite horrific conditions throughout the morning, the skies cleared over Whiteknights as Reading kicked off with the wind behind their backs.» >

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Mixed results for Reading as Women’s Football start well

The first week of BUCs action for most of Reading University’s sports team was a mixed affair. With only the Rugby Union teams in action last week, it was an opportunity for the ‘Reading Knights’ to get their seasons up and running, and some teams fared better than others.

There was a good start for the Women’s Football 1s as they dominated their game against UCL (RUMS) to run out 2-0 winners.» >

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Congratulations to England

An entire nation of football fans breathed an enormous sigh of relief when the final whistle went at the end of a special night at Wembley. England boss Roy Hodgson admitted to suffering from pre-match nerves in the build-up to his side’s encounter with an awkward Poland team, as the possibility of qualification loomed. As we know, England were incorrigible and superfluous, winning two-nil. It gives us cause to reflect on a campaign that began in September 2012 away to Moldova and culminated this week.» >

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Premier League shaping up for competitive year

Before it even kicked off, this Premier League season was talked of as potentially being one of the most exciting and unpredictable campaigns in years.

So far it has certainly lived up to that billing, albeit with only seven games played.

Arsenal and Liverpool occupy the top two spots in the table with 16 points apiece. Both it would appear seem set for a strong season. Liverpool, without the distraction of European football, will be desperately chasing a Champions League spot.» >

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Yid – Diffusing racism or divisively offensive?

The ongoing controversy surrounding the use of the term ‘Yid’ is placing football in the headlines for what many will think are the wrong reasons.

Now referred to as ‘the Y-word’, the term was initially adopted by Tottenham Hotspur’s (Spurs’) opponent’s fans, in reference to Tottenham’s strong north London Jewish contingent of supporters.

It was a term intended to to be divisive by emphasizing the Jewish following of Spurs, with negative connotations.» >

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Reading claim historic victory away at Hartpury

Reading’s Rugby Union 1st XV claimed the university’s first ever win on Hartpury soil on Wednesday afternoon with a tremendous bonus point 24-17 win. Whilst Reading had beaten Hartpury on two of their past three meetings, the Berkshire side had yet to take anything away from Gloucester in living memory. However, fresh off a good pre-season win against Brunel the week before, a young and exciting side made the journey to the west country with high spirits.

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