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Reading compete at first ever British Quidditch Cup

On the weekend of 9th-10th November, the Reading Rocs Quidditch team travelled to Oxford to compete against 15 of the best Quidditch teams in the country at the inaugural British Quidditch Cup.

The rules of “Muggle Quidditch” don’t stray far from the game detailed in the Harry Potter books. There are 7 players of mixed gender: 3 Chasers, 2 Beaters, a Keeper and a Seeker.

Chasers try to shoot the quaffle (a volleyball) through one of the opponent’s three hoops. » >

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Reading lose Big One in round of cup matches

The Men’s football 1s suffered a gutwrenching defeat at the hands of Coventry in the first of the year’s ‘Big One’ events. Supporters, chearleaders, and student media all added to the atmosphere to watch Reading lose on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the last 32 cup match. A full match report will be in the next edition of the newspaper.

Elsewhere in last week’s BUCs fixtures, the Men’s Rugby 1s also suffered a tough defeat, conceding a try in the last minute to condemn them to yet another loss.» >

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An interview with Ed Jones

The Reading University Rugby Club is one of the largest and most influential teams on campus. Steeped in tradition and values that maybe earn it an unfair reputation amongst the student population. Ed Jones, now in his 3rd year of a Pharmacy degree, is the Community Rep and winger for the 3s team. Ed has kindly agreed to shed some light on the club and his experience over the past 3 years.» >

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Campus Sports 11-a-side league round-up: Week 6

Week six of the intramural 11-a-side league saw a whole host of tight fixtures. In League A Wessex Freshers maintained their position at the top of the table, but only after a 1-1 draw against lowly Windsor who snatched a late equaliser. Bulmershe and Badger kept up the pressure on league leaders Wessex with 2-1 and 1-0 wins over Law Society and Sherfield Hall respectively. Mackinder managed to continue their record of not having yet drawn a game by beating Benyon Old Boys 2-1.» >

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Men’s Hockey shine in latest BUCs fixtures

Five straight losses had only served to stiffen Reading Hockey 1s’ resolve. A tough regime not unlike SAS basic training had been implemented which saw the Knights training half naked in the aim of preparing themselves for the sub arctic conditions of Sonning Lane. Currently in the relegation zone a lot rested on this Premier division game against Bath.

A few believers had braved the tundra to turn out and support the university’s flagship sports team.» >

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Campus Sports 11-a-side league round-up: Week 5

The Geography Society continue to lead the way in Division B and overcame a tough challenge at the weekend, defeating Wessex Old Boys 3-2. The Geographers remain the only unbeaten team in Division B and the goals of Matt Maynard have certainly played their part in maintaining this record; he added another couple at the weekend to take his tally to nine for the season. The Greek-Cypriot’s stay second following a tight 2-1 win over Benyon with Christos Ioannou scoring a brace.» >

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An interview with Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell is a the president of the University of Reading Korfball Club.

Korfball can best be compared as similar to sports such as Basketball and Netball and is a rare mixed gender sport. Jack joined the Korfball club as a fresher looking to try something new.

“I joined Korfball because I wanted to try something new at uni. I looked for the more obscure things at freshers fayre and ended up signing up for Korfball!» >

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Best week of season so far for Knights

Wednesday’s accumulation of 16 wins, and also 2 draws and 13 losses, was the best win percentage for Reading Knights so far this season in BUCs competition.

The Men’s lacrosse side continued their record of winning every game since a loss on the first day of the season with a 16-2 thrashing of Brighton, whilst the Women’s team also won, beating Brunel 10-6.

The Women’s hockey 1s had a particularly impressive day as they beat Chichester 5-1, whilst the Ladies volleyball victory over Surrey was another highlight.» >

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