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Rain affects UoR January sport

A wet beginning to 2014 has meant a series of postponements and cancellations for sports teams at Reading University.

BUCs fixtures have been depleted for the first four weeks in a row of the Spring Term so far, whilst the Campus Sport 11-a-side tournament is also suffering from a backlog of fixtures.

The men’s university football teams are yet to play in 2014, although the women did manage a fixture between themselves at SportsPark towards the end of January. Similarly most of the Rugby teams are yet to play game, with one or two away fixtures managing to go ahead.

The rain hasn’t been a problem of course for indoor sports such as badminton and squash, although the dire start made to 2014 from the squash team might make them wish it could indeed rain indoors. A win over Brunel this week may go some way to lifting the dampened spirits of the Squash club.

The backlog in fixtures will no doubt mean a hectic second half to this term, with any free Wednesdays for teams with postponements likely to be taken up with their rearrangements.

Elsewhere the Campus Sport 11-a-side league has also suffered from similar problems with the weather. There is yet to be a single weekend where a full set of fixtures have managed to take place. Use of the SportsPark astro pitch has meant at least four games can still take place each weekend, and two further games on a Wednesday should the pitch be free. Sooner rather than later the pitches at Bulmershe will have be utilised on Wednesday afternoons in order to work through the large pile-up of fixtures awaiting most teams.

The Campus Sport 5-a-side tournament has been able to go ahead however on the 3G pitches. The two leagues reached their conclusions in January, and the competition is now coming to an end with the final taking place this Wednesday (13th Feb) at 2pm on the 3G pitches. ORganisers are encouraging anybody to come down and support the finalists.

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