Varsity football: in conversation with the captains

In anticipation of the upcoming Varsity Football Match, the OxStu has been fortunate enough to interview the captains of the men’s and women’s Blues teams, Laurence Wroe and Caroline Ward. Laurence, addressed exclusively by his teammates as ‘Loz’, is a third-year Physicist at Pembroke. Caroline, or ‘Caz’ to her teammates, is studying for her Finals […]

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To dope or not to dope? That is the question

Maria Sharapova. Lance Armstrong. Ben Johnson. Justin Gatlin. Asafa Powell. Five world-class athletes who have been banned from their sports for using illegal strategies to enhance their performance. We do not hesitate to condemn them for cheating, and rightly so – they have broken the rules. But are these rules valid? Should certain performance-enhancing strategies […]

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Cuppers: Teddy Hall electrify Iffley with late winner to reign supreme

After cutting their teeth on the biggest stage of them all as defeated finalists last season, St Edmund Hall AFC roared with a vengeance at Iffley under the Friday night lights, defeating Christ Church 1-0 in a disciplined display of passion, drive and ambition. Teddy electrified the fiercely contested occasion in the 85th minute as […]

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101st Varsity Match approaches for Oxford University Lacrosse Club

Next week, on the 25th February, St John’s College playing fields in Cambridge will play host to the 101st Varsity Lacrosse match. With men’s and women’s blues teams, a mixed team and male and female second teams (the ‘Iroquois’ and ‘Swifts’ respectively), there should be plenty of excitement to justify the bus journey. While Cambridge […]

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Christ Church to Face Teddy Hall in Cuppers Final

Played only a stone’s throw away from Iffley itself, at Christ Church grounds, the geographical proximity of the opening Cuppers semi-final match is fitting, as it mirrors the progression to the business end of the tournament, where the history books are written. Both Christ Church, and their opponents Exeter, were all too aware that Thursday’s […]

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It’s Time for Wenger to Face the Comfy Chair

For nearly a decade now, there have been murmurs of discontent regarding Arsène Wenger’s management of Arsenal. As Arsenal see yet another Premier League title slip from their grasp, those murmurs are quickly becoming a roar. It’s fairly easy to pinpoint the source of Arsenal fans’ displeasure; they haven’t won a Premier League title since […]

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Six Nations – an unrivalled afternoon of entertainment

I must confess not to be the greatest expert on, or fan of, rugby union.  I barely follow the Premiership or the European Champions Cup, and my only run-out for the college team was remarkable only for my consistent ability to fumble the ball in increasingly imaginative ways. The Six Nations is different though. As […]

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First Ever Double-Header Varsity Football Match Announced

This week the Oxford and Cambridge University Football Clubs revealed that, for the first time in history, both the women’s and men’s teams will play on the same day at the same venue. The news follows successful negotiations with Barnet Football Club, whose stadium, The Hive, will serve as the battleground for the biggest match […]

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Stoke Give Berahino the Chance to Mend his Reputation

Saido Berahino holds aloft the Stoke City number nine jersey, a beaming grin etched on his face as camera shutters flick away, capturing the start of a new chapter in the 23-year-old’s career. Berahino cannot help but chuckle when a reporter engages him: “You’re not normally allowed to talk, are you?” The ensuing question, however, […]

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Southgate to liberate England from tactical wilderness

Gareth Southgate sat motionless, deep into the six additional minutes at White Hart Lane, the stern look plastered on his face starkly juxtaposed with the rapturous noise echoing around the ground. The newly appointed England manager had the demeanour of a man who was watching with an agenda that was yet to be finalised: learning, […]

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Oxford University Water Polo: A Club Steeped in History

Oxford University Water Polo Club has a rather distinguished history. The water polo Varsity Match is the oldest water polo fixture in the world, with the men’s match originating in October 1891 – nine years before the first Olympic final – meaning that last year’s match was a significant one, marking the 125th anniversary of […]

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Interview with Racing Legend Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda is a man whose reputation precedes him. The straight talking, highly intelligent racing legend is a senior executive at the all-conquering Mercedes Petronas F1 team. In this interview he discusses how Mercedes climbed to the top, his annoyance with ‘bullshit journalism’, and his unsurprisingly old-school opinions on F1, from making the cars more […]

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