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THE LOCKER ROOM ISSUE ONE Tuesday 16th March 2010

ALSO INSIDE

Round up your college’s performance this term Latest College Tables AU president Katie Sykes on this term’s college sport Team Durham at BUCS Championships Finals Quentin Sloper evaluates Team Durham’s season so far

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Durham County Cricket Captain Will Smith on all things Cricket

REVEALED

Does college size really matter?


02 EDITORIAL

A long time coming

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

3-5: TEAM DURHAM AT BUCS Rajvir Rai Editor in Chief

The Locker Room goes down to the four day BUCS Championship Finals to see how our athletes got on. 6-7: COLLEGE TABLES

Find out how your beloved team is doing in their respective league. Are you destined for promotion, worrying about relegation or enjoying midtable safety? 8-9: WILL SMITH INTERVIEW

After a term of sweat, tears, and many caffeine-induced late nights, the first edition of The Locker Room is finally here – and not a minute too soon if you ask me. In a university that has an undisputed legacy of annually producing international calibre athletes and where 90% of the student body regularly participates in a sporting program larger than any other intramural competition in Britain, the coverage of sport is criminal! However, while many lambast Palatinate for not covering their respective college or university team, there is only so much that can be done with the finite resources at our disposal. Finding the right balance between fair coverage of the countless sports teams in Durham and newsworthy stories that interest our readership is, in many respects, an impossible task and something that has been problematic for all my predecessors. With only four pages of space, limited reporters and photographers (who all have various academic, sporting and social commitments) I fully believe that under the circumstances we do as thorough a job as possible. In an ideal world you would have a whole publication purely dedicated to reporting the latest sporting news, but even this ever did become a reality not all sports or teams would feature. For various reasons Palatinate and Team

Durham historically have never had the greatest working relationship. However, during my editorship I have made it a point to develop a close working relationship with our “supposed adversaries” and this supplement is testament to what can be achieved through a pooling of resources. A lot of credit has to go to Quentin Sloper whose commitment to improving sport at all levels is second to none. I would also like to thank all the Team Durham staff who have contributed to the production of this pullout, as well as all my colleagues on Palatinate who have supported me throughout the last term. A special mention must go to “Viza”, as they are affectionately known, for having the faith in me to finally make The Locker Room a reality, and giving me the freedom to do it in my own imitable style. Meanwhile Matt Richardson has to be given credit for doing some of the more tedious and inane work behind the scenes. While The Locker Room is in no way the absolute solution to the aforementioned problems, I at least hope that I have laid the foundations for my successors to build upon what I have started. However, for the section to continue to grow and improve we need more contributors, because a section is only as strong as its writers. Thus, I would urge anyone with the slightest passion in journalism, sports or writing to get in touch at sport@palatinate.org.uk. That’s enough of that; let’s talk about this first edition. The first of many I hope! The need to provide a more comprehen-

Team Durham Assistant Director of Sport

As the second term of the year draws to a close it is a good time to reflect upon what was always going to be a tremendously ex-

citing year for Durham University Sport and there is perhaps no better way to do that than by celebrating the production of The Locker Room. Palatinate have been hugely supportive of our sports programme over the last

BUCS Overall Championship Points Table

10-15: FIND YOUR COLLEGE

The Locker Room reflects on the last two terms of sport and gives its opinion on how all 16 colleges performed. YOUR THOUGHTS Please do email us at sport@palatinate.org.uk with any criticisms, advice or general feedback.

Editor in Chief Rajvir Rai sport@palatinate.org.uk University Correspondents Matthew Walters Tom Brown Senior Writers Kat Saunders Matt Richardson deputy.editor@palatinate.org.uk Ellie Middleton-Ross Delaney Chambers deputy.sport@palatinate.org.uk Head of Photography Jonny Allen photography@palatinate.org.uk Deputy Photography Delaney Chambers Sub-Editors Louise Quarmby Katie Ashcroft sub-editing@palatinate.org.uk Designed by: Rajvir Rai Cover Image: Delaney Chambers Special Thanks to: Jed Wee Quentin Sloper Katie Sykes Durham CCC Will Smith Yvette Thompson Vincent McAviney Liza Miller

A sparkling season of success for Team Durham Quentin Sloper

Rajvir Rai catches up with Durham graduate Will Smith to talk all things cricket.

sive round-up of college sport means that a significant proportion of The Locker Room has been devoted to condensing each college’s performances into a digestible format. While the fact that the date of publication nicely coincided with the BUCS championship in Sheffield gave us the opportunity to, for the first time ever, provide our readership with eye-witness reports of the progress of our elite university teams. To break up this monotony of reports, I decided very early on to try to arrange an interview with a famous sporting alumnus. Greenwood, Hussain, Strauss, Edwards and Carling are names that instantly came to mind, and with all due respect to Will Smith, who would actually be the first to tell you that, he isn’t mentioned in the same breath as these guys – yet! Smith is a man on the verge creating history and someone who has the potential to one day play for England. The idea behind The Locker Room was the need to break the mould and do something different, and in many respects the same principles are behind my decision to interview Smith over more well known ex-graduates – a decision that I think has proved to be vindicated. All this being said, our fate firmly lies in our readers’ hands! Before we commit to another issue we need to hear your views – positive or negative – on this supplement and more broadly on the sports section of Palatinate as a whole. So please do get in touch at sport@palatinate.org.uk. I hope that you enjoy reading the very first issue of The Locker Room.

Editorial Board

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Institution

Points

2008-2009 BUCS Position

Loughborough Nottingham Leeds Met Carnegie Edinburgh Birmingham Durham Bath Manchester Oxford Bristol Newcastle Exeter Imperial Cambridge Stirling Leeds Cardiff Swansea Southampton Northumbria Glasgow Brunel West London Warwick Brighton London Met.

2784.5 1156 1112 1089.5 1084 1074 1064.5 870 819 789 731 728 709 693 616 567 557 487 444 421 412 409 396 376 374

1 7 3 5 4 6 2 7 8 13 10 12 22 9 28 15 16 31 20 19 33 18 17 32 21

Table correct at time of printing, Monday 15th March 2010. An updated table can be found at www.bucs.org.uk

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twelve months and this joint venture is a credit to all of those that have been involved in piecing The Locker Room together – let’s hope that it is the first of many. The BUCS Championships, the culmination of the winter sports programme, has just taken place and it is pleasing to report that the Palatinates were represented by far more teams this time around than ever before. In BUCS Sport terms the question I was asked this time last year was whether we had fulfilled our expectations. Easter is of course too early to tell. There is still a lot of sport to take place including the cricket season, the BUCS rowing regatta and many cycling events – three of our strongest sports. However, I would be lying if I said that institutions did not have a feeling for the quality of their season by the time Easter arrives. Whilst statistics do not tell you everything, they are something of a useful barometer so it is perhaps worth noting that we have had no fewer than thirteen sides reaching the last sixteen of the winter sport National Championship, our highest total in recent years by quite some margin. It is perhaps worth going further – 10 of our sides reached the final eight, with five reaching the final four and beyond. We also had four Northern Conference 1 winners, all with a chance of playing in the Northern Premier League next time around. Outside of the league sport competition rowing has been as impressive, as always, at both the Small and Large Boats Head. There will be plenty more to come from the club over the coming months as they gear up for what looks like another impressive summer.

Our Canoe and Cycling Clubs have also been busy picking up medals and they too have more to come. Outside of BUCS competition it has been the England Hockey and England Basketball National League programmes that have commanded much of our attention. Women’s Hockey missed out on promotion to the National Premier League by the narrowest of margins last time around, losing in the play-off final. Currently sitting top of National League North they are well placed to be back at the play-offs in April, although there does remain some way to go. Men’s Hockey has got better and better as the season has progressed. Early season setbacks saw the Palatinates at the lower end of the table, however the team are now well placed for a top five finish in National League North. Men’s Basketball has had an unbelievably successful season. They have swept all before them, running away with the England Basketball National League Division 2 title whilst also winning the Patrons Cup on the way. They should be competing in the top amateur league in the country next season and are undoubtedly the most improved club in Durham over recent years. So have we fulfilled our expectations? Thus far the answer is very definitely yes – let’s hope we are saying the same four months from now! At this point in time it is probably opportune to let all students know that the College Festival of Sport will take place on June 13th this year – let’s hope for the same weather as we had last year. I do hope you enjoy reading the supplement. As is so often the case at Durham it has only been made possible by the hard work and endeavour of our students.


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Success for Lacrosse

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Men’s Firsts - BUCS Champions 09-10

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04 BUCS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Two BUCS Champions and lessons learned Team Durham travelled to Sheffield last weekend to take on the top teams in the country in the BUCS Championships Twenty-six sports, eighteen venues and five days of the highest calibre of university competition: this month saw Sheffield play host to the BUCS Championships for the third and final time. We cover all the titles, trepidations and tears as another dynamic Team Durham season draws to a close. MEN’S BASKETBALL Inch for inch, man for man, and pound for pound, Durham Men’s Basketball Firsts put in a tireless performance in Friday’s BUCS Men’s Championship Knockouts Quarter Final as they sought to match the speed and agility of Leeds Met. However, ultimately they succumbed to the narrowest of defeats as they were edged out 89-79 in a pulsating encounter at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. In a match that saw Durham attempt to neutralise Leeds Met’s attacking versatility with a defensive solidity and composure, it was the Yorkshire side who stormed into an early lead, running in 20-16 leaders at the end of the first quarter. It was in the second quarter that the Palatinates played some of the best basketball of their season, scintillatingly slicing open their opponents on a number of occasions to run in with a 43-39 half-time lead.  As the game ebbed and flowed, swinging one moment in Durham’s favour and the next in favour of Leeds, the Palatinates held firm with several three-pointers ensuring the game was tied at 63-63 going into the final quarter. With ten minutes remaining and Durham committing men forward, Leeds Met made sure to exploit their opponents’ defensive vulnerability on the counter-attack, scoring two-point baskets unopposed and unattended as they built up an ultimately insurmountable 89-79 winning margin. Ian Hewitt, Durham Men’s Basketball firsts captain, said: “We can be really proud of such a performance against what should be considered the tournament favourites. We were always the underdogs and to have kept things level for so long was a real testament to our hard work and determination. “There were only a couple of things that swung the tie in Leeds Met’s favour, and up until the last seven minutes or so I thought that we were in with a fighting chance of

getting a result. “We always knew that we would be put under pressure in the way that we were, but the way we performed suggests that we can come back in later years and do even better. Our next priority is to finish fifth in the competition, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that happens”. In a sport where strength in depth is so absolutely vital, with the ability to make game-changing substitutions quickly, effectively and often, Durham found themselves wanting against an outfit whose players ultimately had more stamina and the superior technique. However, the Palatinates didn’t disgrace themselves by exiting the competition at this stage. They have proven that they can compete at this level in basketball for long spells, and that a few minor adjustments – particularly in a defensive sense – will see them go from strength to strength next season.

The Palatinates played well in their Knockout Quarter Final against the tournament favourites

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Matthew Walters and Tom Brown

WOMEN’S LACROSSE Durham Women’s Lacrosse Seconds were crowned BUCS Trophy champions for a third successive season, sweeping aside a Cardiff Firsts side lacking confidence and composure in a 13-5 victory at Sheffield’s Mount St Mary’s School on Thursday afternoon.The Palatinates powered to an early lead inside the first fifteen seconds, with Alexia Arts slicing through the Welsh defence to dispatch a sublime effort beyond the helpless Morgan Finlayson. Durham continued to apply relentless attacking pressure, with goals for Millie Beeston, Polly Borrows (two), Rosie Antcliff, Louisa Ingham (two), and then a further goal for Borrows. It was a tide of fearless finishes - stemmed only by a solitary effort from Cardiff’s Anna Tomlinson – which ensured that the Palatinates ran in 9-1 leaders at the break. Cardiff opened the second half scoring through Philippa Tyler, and – following Louisa Ingham’s third of the match - Georgina Saunders boosted the Welsh outfit’s striking confidence with another goal, leaving the match poised at 10-3 with just over twenty minutes left to play. Durham increased their lead in the closing stages through further strikes from Borrows and Ingham, and a first BUCS final goal for Tessa Codrington. Late efforts from Anna Tomlinson and Eleanor Morris rounded off Cardiff’s scoring. JED WEE

Women’s Lacrosse Seconds retained their BUCS National Trophy for a third successive season

Katie Forbes, Durham Women’s Lacrosse Seconds captain, said: “It feels fantastic to be national champions.  It’s a recognition for all the hard work we’ve undertaken over the course of the season – every training session, every weight session, and every match. It’s been a real privilege to be involved with this side. “Before the start of the match, we really didn’t know what to expect from Cardiff.  They of course play in a very competitive league and have a number of international players, so we expected a tough match and we certainly felt the pressure in the closing stages as they began to pick holes in our defence. “The result is made all the sweeter by the fact that this was the last game in which we had Emily Blatter as coach, who has been a tremendous figure in overhauling and developing the lacrosse programme at Durham.  She’s worked tremendously hard, she’s been a great coach in terms of the tactics she’s introduced, and she’s built up a great personal relationship with each of the girls. This result was for our way of saying thank you to her.” Free-scoring, flamboyant and fearless, it’s been a tremendous campaign for Emily Blatter’s side, on five occasions scoring more than twenty goals in a single match and becoming well-respected across the country for their defensive composure and attacking invention. MEN’S LACROSSE Durham Men’s Lacrosse Firsts remain invincible and indomitable as they sealed a 17-6 BUCS Men’s Lacrosse Championship Final victory over Nottingham Firsts at Sheffield’s Mount St Mary’s School on Thursday afternoon. In a pulsating and often bruising encounter, the Palatinates fell behind in the opening stages to an early Nottingham strike – with John Meade

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levelling the scores moments later.  Meade scored another within seconds to send Durham into the lead, before Nottingham equalised to tie the scores for the second time in the match. As the half progressed, Durham grew in stature, confidence and composure, displaying signs of the attacking fluidity and dynamism that have become the hallmarks of their season. The Palatinates retook the lead, the game now poised at 3-2, with Jono Linebaugh’s strike followed by a piece of clinical finishing from Andrew Sousa. Meade, Linebaugh and Sousa each scored once more to fire the Palatinates into a 7-2 lead at the interval.

“It was in the second quarter that the Palatinates played some of the best basketball of their season, slicing open the opposition” A flurry of Durham strikes punctuated the start of the second period, their speed on the counter-attack and their scintillating wing play catching the Nottingham defence cold.  Kevin Discepelo, Scott Sullivan, John Meade and Omar Dupree each chipped in with fearless finishes to see the heretofore unbeaten side end the third quarter with a lead stretching to eleven goals to two. Final quarter braces for Jono Linebaugh and Kevin Discepelo, as well as first BUCS Final strikes for Daniel Kemp and Max Walters, completed the scoring for the Palatinates on an afternoon that put the perfect finishing touches to a season shaped by an unbroken series of twelve victories.

John Wheeldon, Durham Men’s Lacrosse Firsts captain, said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic with the result and the performance, and with the way we’ve performed throughout the season – we’ve worked hard together, and we’ve really demonstrated how far a team can come in a matter of months. We’ve made huge strides. “We always knew this would be a tough and physical match, and – although sections of the crowd were occasionally creating an awkward atmosphere for us – we’re really grateful that they came out to watch us, and ultimately drove us to perform to our best today. “Other teams have commented on the fact that as a team, and as a group of individuals, we are extremely hardworking – and that’s been the secret to our success this season.  We’ve trained hard, we’ve played well together – and it’s great to finally get recognition as national champions for that.” Having seen out a tough encounter against a physical Nottingham side and a hostile Sheffield reception, the undisputed fact remains that Durham have in their Men’s Lacrosse Firsts an outfit to be reckoned with on the national stage, deservedly named national champions after a season of scintillating attacking play and ruthless efficiency in front of goal. WOMEN’S TENNIS Durham Women’s Tennis Firsts are officially one of the top four university tennis clubs in the country, succumbing – despite early signs of real promise – to a 7-3 defeat at the hands of London Metropolitan University in their BUCS Women’s Barclays Championship Semi-Final at the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club in Sheffield on Saturday. Durham’s Lucy Scott and Sally Pearson made the most auspicious of starts, emerging 8-6 Doubles victors after a measured


WOMEN’S HOCKEY Last Thursday the Women’s Hockey Firsts hockey side took on Birmingham in the BUCS Championship Final. Having already lost to, and drawn with them earlier in the season, the Palatinates were hoping to make it third time lucky in Sheffield. Unfortunately, despite a spirited performance from Durham, Birmingham ran out 3-1 winners. Durham’s 2-2 draw with Birmingham last December had given them hope they could beat them in the Final, but they were undone by a player who had represented England at the Youth Olympics in Australia last year. Although a good side, Durham cannot boast anyone of such international calibre, and therefore can feel proud to have given Birmingham such a close match. 2-0 down mid-way through the second half, they pulled a goal back and Birmingham were clearly worried. Unfortunately, as Durham pushed for the equaliser, their opponents caught them on the break to seal the victory. However, when they look back at the season as a whole, Durham will not be too disappointed. Of course reaching the final of the National Championships was no mean feat in itself; they finished second to Birmingham in the Northern Premier League, and were dominant throughout the knockout stages. In the last sixteen they put eleven past a sorry Cardiff side, before thrashing Bath in the Quarters and defeating rivals Loughborough away from home to reach the Final. Durham fully deserve to be one of the top two university hockey sides in the country. Throughout the season captain Ruth Gordon has consistently spoken of the effort this team puts in during training. Right

from the offset their goal was to reach the BUCS Final and the players worked tirelessly to achieve this. On the pitch, Gordon represented the engine room in the midfield with Danielle Bamber consistently leading the line superbly and Gabby Foster chipping in with a number of crucial goals. Watching on from the sideline was their coach Gavin Featherstone, who has been instrumental in improving the team’s fortunes in recent years. As well as BUCS, the team also plays in a national league at weekends, and as current league leaders they look set to secure promotion to the National Premier League, the country’s top hockey division. So the team may have tasted defeat in Sheffield last week, but overall this season has been nothing short of a success for Durham’s female hockey players.

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and composed display against the Londoners’ Anna Koumantou and Annabel Bann. Over on the next court, Georgina Wire and Anna Oswald’s tenacious performance against Maja Kambic and Aleksandra Kujawska made for a fascinating spectacle, one the Londoners narrowly edged 9-7. The Singles matches saw Lucy Scott overcome the stubborn resistance of Anna Koumantou, followed by Koumantou’s Doubles partner Bann making amends with a 6-2 6-3 victory over the Palatinates’ Sally Pearson. Georgina Wire came up against an effervescent and flamboyant display from Maja Kambic, in which Kambic showcased her impressive arsenal of groundstrokes to win 6-0 6-1. In the final Singles match, Anna Oswald battled bravely but was ultimately undone by her opponent Aleksandra Kujawska to the tune of a 6-3 6-2 defeat. Lucy Scott, Durham Women’s Tennis coach, said: “We’re delighted with the way we’ve acquitted ourselves, and if you had said at the start of the season that we would finish in the top four nationally, we certainly would have taken that. “After our opening victory, we certainly felt that we had a chance in this match and on our day, Sally and I know that we can compete against the very best in the country when we play Doubles. “We are disappointed that we haven’t played more matches of this intensity this season. There’s a huge step up in terms of quality and intensity between the Quarter Finals and the Semi Finals, and so it would have been nice to have been more consistently challenged over the course of this year so as to better prepare us for a match against the quality of, say, a London Met side. “That said, there are plenty of positives to take away for next year and for future matches, and we’ll ensure that we’re back in Sheffield this time next year”.

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WOMEN’S FUTSAL Turning to Futsal, Durham Women’s Futsal Firsts – having reached the last eight through playoff victories earlier in the season – recorded a 4-1 victory over Loughborough to offset the disappointment of an early Sheffield exit, with losses against the universities of Bath, Northumbria and Brunel. Richard Warburton, Durham Women’s Futsal coach, said: “We’re delighted with how we’ve performed over the course of the competition and actually improved throughout the time we’ve spent in Sheffield. “Even though we lost 3-2 to Northumbria in our third match, we performed brilliantly against a side that are formidable national champions. “We’re naturally disappointed to be leaving the competition at this stage, although we’ve learnt a lot and will take that into our rebuilding work for next season. We’ll aim to make the Semi Finals next year.”

Woman’s Futsal lost to the National Champions, but can hold their heads high

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Farewell to Coach Blatter

Durham Women’s Lacrosse says goodbye to first-ever full time coach Matthew Walters and Tom Brown

Blatter transformed Lacrosse at Durham and made it the BUCS-winning team it is today

Durham’s Women’s Lacrosse Seconds team winning the BUCS National Trophy prompted jubilant celebrations in Sheffield, but the day was not without one sad note; it was the last ever game for Emily Blatter, Durham’s first ever full-time lacrosse coach. In 2008, Assistant Director of Durham University Sport, Quentin Sloper, had seen the potential the University Lacrosse sides had, but wanted to turn this into results. Employing a recognised lacrosse coach was not financially viable, so the decision was made to appoint a great player instead, in the hope that he or she would be able to inspire Durham’s athletes. And for great lacrosse players you only have to look over the Atlantic, where you don’t have to have watched American Pie to know that the sport is huge. At Goucher College in America, Emily had been phenomenal, ending two consecutive seasons as the fifth highest scorer across the entire United States. She also set the second longest scoring streak in American college history, netting in an incredible 43 consecutive games. When the opportunity to spread her talent into the UK came, she jumped at it. Emily was undoubtedly a brilliant lacrosse player, but it remained to be seen whether she would make a brilliant coach. She was certainly keen to make an impression, describing it as an “amazing opportunity”, and on her arrival she set about revo-

lutionising Durham’s training structure. She demanded a lot more of the players, introducing extra training sessions and even inflicting weight training on the girls. “They found it hard at first”, admitted Emily, “but eventually their hard work began to pay off”. Her approach to training may have been stricter – being late resulted in extra fitness training, and it was not long before everyone was on time – yet she still maintained a very personal relationship with each and every player. As a result she is well respected throughout all three of Durham’s Women’s Lacrosse teams.

“Emily has almost single-handedly changed the face of lacrosse at Durham - the number of college sides has quadrupled” She is also renowned down at Maiden Castle for her bubbly personality; you only had to witness her standing on a trailer at the Junior Fun Run, leading an under 6s’ warm up session, to see the fantastic energy she always has. In her first season as coach, Emily took

the Women’s First team to the Quarter Finals of the BUCS National Championships, and the Second team won the BUCS National Trophy. This season, the Seconds retained their title, and the Firsts went one better by making it all the way to the SemiFinals. Emily has almost single-handedly changed the face of lacrosse at Durham. Thanks to her, the number of college lacrosse sides has increased from three to 14, and Durham is the only university in the country to have three Women’s Lacrosse teams. Next season the number of men’s sides will increase from one to three. Emily has also helped introduce the sport to over 2,000 children from local schools, after establishing an after school academy. Meanwhile, thanks to the success of this programme, basketball and netball now also have full-time coaches. Many people across the university will be sorry to see Emily leave. Sloper has understandably said he has been “absolutely delighted” with the impact she has had, whilst the Women’s Second team captain Katie Forbes praised her coaching style, adding that the girls would be sad to say goodbye. So the next time you hear about Durham’s dominance in the sport of lacrosse, or when you see your college side playing at Maiden Castle, think of Emily Blatter, because without her none of that would have been possible.

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06 COLLEGE ROUND UP

College League Tables

College HatfieldA CollingwoodA Van Mildert A St. Aidan’s A St. Cuths A St. John’s A Hild Bede A Trevelyan A

St. Mary’s A Butler A Grey A Ustinov A St. Chad’s A Castle A John Snow A Hatfield B

College Castle A VanMildertA Aidans A Hild Bede A Hatfield A Trevelyan A

Women’s Hockey

Premiership

Premiership

Played 13 11 11 13 11 12 12 13

Won 10 8 7 6 4 4 2 0

Drawn

Lost

2 3 1 1 3 1 3 0

1 0 3 6 4 7 7 13

Points

College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

32 27 22 19 15 13 9 0

Hatfield A CollingwoodA St. Aidan’s A St. Mary’s A Ustinov A Grey A St. Cuth’s A Van Mildert A

12 11 10 12 10 10 11 10

9 8 4 4 3 2 2 2

2 1 3 3 3 3 2 1

1 2 3 5 4 5 7 7

29 25 15 15 12 9 8 7

Played 11 14 12 7 9 9 9 11

Won 10 7 7 3 3 2 3 1

Drawn

Grey A CollingwoodA St.MarysA St.CuthsA ButlerA

Lost

St. Cuths A Ustinov B Hild Bede A Hatfield A St. Marys A VanMildertA Castle A VanMildertB St.Chad’s

College Hatfield A VanMildertB VanMildertA Trevelyan A Grey A St. Cuth’s A

1 3 2 2 0 0 2 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 6 6 6 8 8 10

30 27 24 21 18 15 15 13 12 9 7 3

Division One

0 4 3 2 6 7 4 10

Lost

Points

College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

31 24 23 11 9 6 5 3

0 0 0 1 0 2 1 2

1 1 4 5 9 6 9 6

33 30 24 10 9 8 -2 -1

Hild Bede B StephensonA John Snow A CollingwoodB Trevelyan A HatfieldB CollingwoodC Trevelyan B Van Mildert B St. Aidan’s B St. Cuth’s B

9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9

9 9 7 6 5 5 4 4 4 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 1 3 4 5 5 6 6 6 9 9

27 27 21 18 15 15 12 12 12 3 -3

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

5 5 4 2 3 3

4 3 3 1 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

1 2 1 1 3 3

12 9 9 3 0 0

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

4 4 4 4 4

4 3 2 1 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 1 2 3 4

12 9 6 3 0

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

7 6 5 7 7 6 5 5

7 5 4 3 2 1 2 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 1 1 4 5 5 3 5

21 15 12 9 6 3 3 0

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

7 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 5

4 4 4 3 2 2 2 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

3 0 0 1 3 2 2 5 5

12 12 12 9 6 6 6 0 0

College St.Cuth’sA CollingwoodA Hatfield A Van Mildert A Grey A St. John’s A Hild Bede A Butler A St. Cuths B Castle A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

8 8 8 8 7 8 6 7 8 8

7 6 6 5 4 4 2 2 1 0

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

1 2 2 3 2 4 4 5 7 7

21 18 18 15 13 12 6 6 3 1

Division One College Aidans A StephensonA John SnowA St. Chad’s A Trevelyan A Hild Bede B St.Mary’sA GreyB CollingwoodB Aidans B Hatfield B

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

10 9 9 9 10 10 9 10 9 10 9

9 9 8 5 5 4 4 4 3 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 0 1 4 5 6 5 6 6 9 9

27 27 24 15 15 12 12 12 9 3 0

Women’s Rugby Premiership College St.Cuths A Grey A Hild Bede A Van Mildert A Hatfield A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

6 7 5 5 7

5 3 3 1 1

0 2 1 1 0

1 2 1 3 6

15 11 10 4 3

Division One College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

St. Chad’s A CollingwoodA St. Mary’s A Hatfield B

2 2 0 2

2 1 0 0

0 0 0 0

0 1 0 2

6 3 0 0

Men’s Astro Football

Women’s Astro Football

Division One

Division One

1 0 1 1 1 0

10 9 8 7 6 5 5 4 5 3 2 1

Drawn

Played

7 6 4 2 0 0

11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11

11 10 8 3 3 3 2 1

Premiership

8 8 7 7 5 7

Hild Bede A CollingwoodA Hatfield A Grey A Castle A St. John’s A Butler A Van Mildert A St. Aidan’s A St. Mary’s A Grey B St. Cuth’s A

Won

Premiership

Drawn

Points

12 11 12 9 12 11 12 9

Men’s Rugby

Won

Lost

Played

Women’s Basketball

Played

Drawn

College

Division One*** College

Won

Hild Bede A Butler A St. Chad’s A StephensonA John Snow A Castle A Trevelyan A St. John’s A

Premiership GreyA John Snow A Ustinov A Butler A StephensonA Aidans A Trevelyan A CollingwoodA

Played

Points

Men’s Basketball College

College

Division One

Division 1 College

Premiership

Men’s Hockey

Division One College

Women’s Netball

Lost 0 2 2 4 4 7

Points 22 18 13 7 1 0

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College VanMildertA St. Mary’s A ButlerA Castle A Trevelyan A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

8 8 7 6 7

7 4 4 1 1

0 1 0 1 0

1 3 3 4 6

21 13 12 4 3

Division Two College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Hild Bede C CastleB St Chad’s A CollingwoodD StephensonB John Snow B St. John’s B St. Mary’s B Hatfield C Van Mildert C St Chad’s B Butler B

11 11 11 10 11 9 8 10 8 8 11 6

11 9 9 6 5 4 4 2 2 1 0 1

0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0

0 2 2 2 6 5 4 6 5 6 11 5

33 27 27 20 15 12 12 8 7 1 0 0

Table Tennis Premiership College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Grey A HillBedeA TrevelyanA St. Aidan’s A Ustinov A St. John’s A Van Mildert A St. Chad’s A Trevelyan B

8 8 7 8 8 7 7 7 4

8 6 5 5 5 2 1 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 2 2 3 3 5 6 7 4

24 18 15 15 15 6 3 0 0

Division One College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Grey B HildBede B Butler A Grey C St. Cuths B St. Cuths A Van Mildert B St.Aidan’s B Trevelyan C Grey D

9 8 8 8 6 7 6 6 5 5

8 7 7 3 3 2 2 2 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 1 1 5 3 5 4 4 5 5

24 21 21 9 9 6 6 6 0 0

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Women’s Football

Men’s Football

Premiership

Conference Pool A

College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

UstinovA ButlerA CastleA VanMildert A John Snow A St. Cuths A Grey A Collingwood A St. John’s A St. Aidan’s A

9 8 9 9 8 8 9 8 9 9

8 7 5 4 4 3 4 3 0 0

1 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 1 1

0 1 4 3 3 3 4 4 8 8

25 21 15 14 13 11 10 10 1 1

Division One College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

St. Mary’s A Hatfield A Hild Bede A Collingwood B Trevelyan A St. Chad’s A Hild Bede B St. Aidan’s B

7 6 6 6 6 4 6 7

6 5 4 3 2 2 1 0

0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

1 0 1 3 4 2 5 7

18 16 13 9 6 6 3 0

Men’s Football

College Hatfield C Butler B CollingwoodF Hatfield D Stephenson C Castle B Trevelyan C St. Aidans D St. Cuth’s C Butler C Hild Bede F

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

VanMildertA HatfieldA Collingwood A Grey A St. Cuth’s A JohnSnowA

5 4 5 5 5 4

3 3 3 2 1 1

1 0 0 1 0 0

1 1 2 2 4 3

10 9 9 7 3 3

Premiership Relegation Pool College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

CollingwoodC Hild Bede A StephensonA St. Aidan’s A St. Aidan’s B CollingwoodB

4 5 4 4 4 3

4 3 2 1 1 0

0 0 1 1 0 0

0 2 1 2 3 3

12 9 7 4 3 0

Division One Promotion Pool College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Butler A Trevelyan A St. Mary’s A Castle A Hild Bede Ustinov A

4 3 3 4 5 5

3 3 3 1 1 0

0 0 0 1 0 1

1 0 0 2 4 4

9 9 9 4 3 1

College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

VanMildertB CollingwoodD St. Chad’s A JohnSnowB St. Aidan’s C Staff A

4 4 3 3 2 4

3 2 2 1 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0

1 2 1 2 1 3

9 6 6 3 3 3

Premiership

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

9 10 9 10 8 10 9 10 9 10 10

9 9 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 1

0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0

0 1 3 5 3 6 5 5 6 7 9

27 27 16 15 13 12 12 11 9 9 3

Conference Pool B College Grey C CollingwoodG CollingwoodE Hild Bede E St. Cuth’s D Castle C John Snow C VanMildertE St. John’s B Grey D

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

9 9 8 8 7 7 6 9 8 9

7 6 6 4 3 2 2 2 2 1

1 2 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 1

1 1 2 2 4 3 3 6 6 7

22 20 18 14 9 8 7 7 6 4

Men’s Squash Premiership College Hatfield A St. John’s A Castle A Hild Bede A VanMildertA Grey A St. Aidan’s A Trevelyan A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

6 7 6 4 7 4 4 6

6 6 3 3 2 1 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 1 3 1 5 3 3 6

18 18 9 9 6 3 3 0

Division One College St. Mary’s A Grey B VanMildertB CollingwoodB St Chad’s A CollingwoodB Butler A St. Cuth’s A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

6 7 6 4 3 2 3 3

5 5 2 1 1 1 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 2 4 3 2 1 2 2

15 15 6 3 3 3 0 0

Women’s Squash Premiership College

Division One Relegation Pool

Men’s Badminton

Played

Premiership Championship Pool College

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CollingwoodA Van Mildert A St. Marys A Hatfield A St. Aidans A Hild Bede A Butler A Grey A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

7 7 6 7 6 6 6 7

6 5 4 3 4 2 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 2 2 4 2 4 5 6

18 15 12 9 9 6 3 3

College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

VanMildertC Grey B St. John’s A StephensonA Hild Bede D St. Cuth’s B

4 4 4 4 2 4

3 2 2 1 1 0

0 1 1 1 0 1

1 1 1 2 1 3

9 7 7 4 3 1

Division Two Relegation Pool College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Hatfield B St. Marys B Hild Bede C Trevelyan B VanMildertD Ustinov B

4 5 5 4 3 3

3 3 3 1 1 0

1 0 0 1 0 0

0 2 2 2 2 3

10 9 9 4 3 0

Premiership College Grey A Butler A CollingwoodA Grey B Hatfield A St. Aidan’s A Hild Bede A Trevelyan A Castle A St. John’s A CollingwoodB

Butler A Van Mildert A Hatfield A Grey A Castle A John Snow A Hild Bede A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

9 10 9 8 9 10 9 9 10 8 9

9 9 7 7 5 3 3 3 3 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 1 2 1 4 7 6 6 7 7 9

27 27 21 21 15 9 9 9 9 3 0

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

5 6 6 6 5 5 5

5 4 4 3 2 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 2 2 3 3 4 5

15 12 12 9 6 3 0

Division One College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

St. Cuth’s A StephensonA Van Mildert B Collingwood A Trevelyan A Grey B St. Aidan’s A

6 4 6 5 4 6 5

4 4 3 3 3 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 0 3 2 1 5 5

12 12 9 9 9 3 0

Division Two College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Butler B Hatfield B CollingwoodB St. Chad’s A St. John’s A St. Mary’s A St. Cuth’s B Trevelyan B Hild Bede B

7 6 7 8 6 5 4 3 4

6 5 5 4 3 1 0 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 1 2 4 3 4 4 2 4

18 15 15 12 9 3 0 0 -3

Women’s Badminton Premiership College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Van Mildert A Butler A Trevelyan A St. Chad’s A Trevelyan B Hatfield A St. Aidan’s A Castle A John Snow A

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

7 7 6 5 3 2 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 1 2 3 5 6 6 6 6

21 21 18 15 9 6 6 6 6

Division One College

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Grey A St. Mary’s A Hild Bede A St. Cuth’s A StephensonA Butler B Collingwood A Grey B Van Mildert B St. Cuth’s B

9 9 9 7 7 6 8 9 8 8

8 7 6 5 3 3 2 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 2 3 2 4 3 6 7 6 6

24 21 18 15 9 9 6 6 6 6

Mixed Lacrosse Pool A - Term 2 College

Ultimate Frisbee

Division Two Promotion Pool

College

St. Johns A CollingwoodA Castle A Grey A St. Mary’s A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

4 4 3 3 2

4 3 1 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 1 2 3 2

12 9 3 0 0

Pool B - Term 2 College Hatfield A Trevelyan A Butler A StephensonA

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1 1 1 3

1 1 1 0

0 0 0 0

0 0 0 3

3 3 3 0

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08 WILL SMITH INTERVIEW

“Will is the sort of bloke who could sacrific

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Name: Will Smith Age: 27 Clubs: Nottinghamshire CCC, Durham UCCE, Durham CCC Batting style: Opening right-hand batsman Bowling style: Right-arm off break Highest first class score: Unbeaten 201 against Surrey during 2008 Career highlight: Winning the County Championship last year as Captain Career regret: That it has taken me so long to realise what I need to do to be a successful cricketer. When I was younger I was a bit naive and immature, and I regret that it took me so long to mature

What you didn’t know College: Collingwood Course: Molecular Biology and bio-chemistry Grade: 2:2 Highlight at university: Making lots of friends who I am still in touch with and hold very dear Moment to forget at university: I don’t have any real regrets, but I did get a little bit too stressed in my last year Best College bar: Castle Best Club: Klute Hobbies: Aspiring journalist Football Club: Rushden + Diamonds

60 seconds Best Batsman in the World: It has to be Sachin Tendulkar after his recent double hundred Best Batsman in the World: Nobody really stands out at the moment, but when Daryl Steyn is on top form he is right up there Best Test Side in the World: It is close but I would have say Australia just edge out India Best One-day Side in the World: Again it is a toss up between Australia and India, but South Africa are good on their day too Best Twenty20 Side in the World: Pakistan are the World Champions, but they are bit mercurial. India have a great team and I would rather some of their batsmen.

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Ask someone to name three products of Durham University’s Centre of Cricketing Excellence and the response is likely to be Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss and James Foster. However, in recent years one former graduate has quietly been making a name for himself and is hoping to make history come the end of this season. Ex-Collingwood student and now Captain of Durham County Cricket Club, Will Smith has quickly risen to prominence since returning to the North-East from Nottinghamshire in 2007. Averaging 51.38 with the bat as Durham won their maiden County Championship title in 2008, Smith ended the season as the club’s player of the year ahead of then England regular Steve Harmison, and former West Indie’s captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul. At the tender age of 26, and to the surprise of many, Smith was given the Durham captaincy after South African batsman Dale Benkenstein, who led the club to three trophies in two seasons, decided to step down and recommended the Luton born batsman as his replacement. “A lot of credit has to be given to Dale,” said Smith. “The fact that he was thinking about the future and how the club could progress shows what kind of captain he was. To have his backing and unwavering support was great, because I knew if I was having a hard time I could go to him and he would help me out”. Having been captain of our University, Durham County’s second XI and his school team – a side which included current stand-in England skipper Alastair Cook – Smith was always confident that he had the experience and ability to take over from Benkenstein. He said: “I think you have just got to be yourself, you can’t try and be like someone else – especially as a captain because people will pick up on this and realize that you are not being genuine”. “I have definitely learnt a few things from playing under Dale and Steve Fleming at Nottinghamshire, but I will always try and captain in a way that suits me and I feel is best”. According to Graeme Fowler, current head of the UCCE, it did not take long to spot Smith’s leadership skills and the fact that he would always captain in his own unique way.

“I am old-fashioned and prefer the four day stuff as it is a real test of your ability over a long period of time” He said: “What I like about Will is that he has his own mind, he always has done, and he is prepared to accept information but ultimately he always makes his own mind up”. It is testament to the kind of character and captain that Smith is that he readily admits that in the last campaign he was more focused on the team as a whole than his own individual performances. “Being my first year as captain I spent more time thinking about what I needed to do in that role and how I could get the best

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out of people, as oppose to thinking about myself and that is probably why my average did drop off a bit”. While Fowler commends Smith’s attitude to the Durham team, he hopes that his former captain focuses on himself a little bit more and in many respects becomes more “selfish” so that he can fulfil his potential. “Will is the sort of bloke who could sacrifice his own career in order to help Durham. Whilst that is fantastic and great for Durham, I still want to see Will play for England”. Smith guided Durham to a second successive County Championship title last season, and he fully believes that they can become the first county since Yorkshire in the 1960s to win a hat-trick of pennants. “It would be phenomenal if we could do it,” said Smith. “It is our main aim for the season and it is going to be a lot of hard work, but it is definitely something we can achieve”. Yet, Smith is adamant that Durham will try just as hard in the shorter formats of the game, but did concede that if he could only bring home one trophy at the end of the campaign he would like it to be the Championship. “I am old-fashioned and prefer the four day stuff as it is a real test of your ability over

a long period of time”. On personal note Smith is hoping that this is the year that he can finally score 1,000 runs in the Championship, a milestone that has so far eluded him. With the ECB restructuring the domestic game so that there are only three competitions (the LV County Championship, an enhanced Friend’s ProvidentTwenty20 league and the Clydesdale Bank 40 over competition) and introducing a new scoring system (now 16 points for a win and 3 for a draw as opposed to previously being 14 for a win and 4 for a draw) 2010 in many respects is a crucial year in the development of the game. Many have deemed these changes unnecessary and argue that they actually haven’t addressed the inherent problems at the centre of county cricket. Despite this Smith has backed the ECB plans saying: “I think what they have done is good and beneficial, and as long as they don’t try and tinker with too many things year on year they may have struck upon a formula that works”. Central to the ECB’s thinking was the need to reduce the amount of cricket in one season. But, paradoxically, the restructuring has led to more days of cricket despite the scraping of a tournament. Yet, Smith

believes that because of the increase in the amount Twenty20 games it “won’t feel like there is more cricket this year, even though there is”. To the disgust of many cricket traditionalists the annual curtain opener between the MCC and the County Champions is unconventionally being played away from Lord’s in Abu Dhabi, under lights and with a pink ball. While, Smith recognizes that ultimately the MCC have probably made such a decision so that they can make a “hefty financial profit” off the back of the game, he is looking forward to taking part in “such a historic, ground breaking” occasion.

“If I keep doing well in the short-term then who knows international reckoning may come in the future” Clearly, the game is being used an experiment to gauge whether day-night Test matches with pink balls could actually work, but Smith is sceptical of logic behind


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Clockwise: Will Smith with ball in hand ushers his troops onto the field of action, Smith shows us his skills with the bat (below right), Smith and Durham County Cricket pose with the County Championship Trophy(below).

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Smith has already, if only very briefly, experienced what it is like to be part of the England camp, having fielded as a 12th man for the Test side while at Nottinghamshire in 2006, and he is hoping that if he continues to score runs for Durham he can follow in the footsteps of his county team-mates, Graham Onions and Paul Collingwood, and to become a regular in the national side. “It is an old cliché, but it would be a dream come true,” said Smith. “However, I am realistic and I know that I will have to perform consistently well for the next two years before I can really start to think about making the step-up. “I want to be a good captain but I also want to do well as an individual too, I don’t want to focus on just one thing, I will always give my all to ensure that Durham is suc-

cessful and that I am playing well. “If I keep doing well in the short-term then who knows international reckoning may come in the future. But for now I am just focused on the season ahead.” Much has been made of current England captain Strauss’ decision to sit out the current tour of Bangladesh. Some believe it to be disrespectful to the hosts, while legendary Australian leg- spinner Shane Warne has even gone as far as accusing the former Durham student of “disrespecting Test cricket”. But Smith has backed his decision: “I think a lot of people don’t realize quite the rigours of international cricket, and I am sure he will come back from the break refreshed and hungry to do well. “He is an intelligent guy and he would

have known that the time was right for him to take a rest. I think you have to respect his decision and I hope he can come back and prove his critics wrong.” Ultimately, it remains to be seen whether Strauss has made the right decision. If England retain the Ashes next summer in Australia then even the staunchest of critics will be appeased. If they fail to do so and then have a dismal World Cup too, Strauss can expect this episode to be held against him. Nevertheless, the controversial decision has provided Cook, who was in need of some big scores to silence his own doubters, with the chance to show that he has the temperament and ability to one day take over from Strauss on a permanent basis. After last November’s debacle in South Africa, where Cook looked completely at sea whilst the hosts completed a humiliating 84-run win over England, many declared that the Essex opener was not ready for the responsibility that comes with the captaincy. But Smith has been impressed with Cook’s performances in Bangladesh so far and believes that his old school friend has what it takes to lead England. He said: “Cook is an intelligent player who knows the game well and I am sure he will be a great captain in the future as long as he stays fit and well. The Durham contigent in Bangladesh have had a mixed time. Collingwood has taken his great form from 2009 into 2010, and Smith had nothing but praise for the batsman. “He is a fantastic player,” said Smith. “For the last 12 months he has been one of England’s most reliable and consistent performers”. However, Liam Plunkett and Onions have had less successful tours. Onions has returned home due to a back injury, and Plunkett wasn’t able to make the squad for last Friday’s first test in Chittangong. “It has been hard for both of them, but they are top quality bowlers and I am sure they will move on from this and go onto have very good seasons.” It seems as if for one Durham player the England door is firmly shut though. Paceman Steve Harmison has been overlooked by the selectors for the last two tours and many believe that there is no way back into the international reckoning for the man who helped England to two Ashes victories. Yet, Smith believes that his teammate still has a chance of again one day spearheading England’s attack. “You can never say never to someone of Stephen’s experience and quality,” said Smith. Smith is astute enough to recognize that Harmison’s desire to prove a point to Geoff Miller and the rest of the selectors can only benefit Durham’s chances of retaining the County Championship this year. And what about those three years at

Durham university? Surely, he misses those early morning lectures on the science site and all the excitement of a night in Klute? “I absolutely loved every minute of my three years at university, and I wouldn’t swap them for anything,” laughed Smith with what I was pretty sure was a hint of nostalgia in his voice! “Without those three years I probably would not have had the success I’ve had over the last few years. I grew up a lot in my time Durham both on and off the field. “Graham is a great coach, he will give everything he can to help a player progress and he certainly improved me. He made me realize what I needed to do to take my game to the next level, and was just what I needed at that point in my career.” Smith is a quiet, unassuming man who has the technical ability, mental strength and attitude, not only lead Durham to the history books, but to one day represent his country. Despite being the cricketing equivalent of Gary Neville or Rio Ferdinand, in other words the captain of the best team in the country, Smith remains surprisingly down to earth and humble. Even more impressive is Smith’s acknowledgement that last season he focused more on others than himself. His potential jeopardizing of his own career for others speaks volumes for the integrity and nature of the former Durham student. What remains most striking, though, is that Smith doesn’t seem to quite realize the magnitude of what he has achieved. And more importantly, what he might yet achieve if he continues down the same successful path.

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such an innovation. “Under lights the conditions would change so much from one hour to the next,” he said. “In a four-day game you want things to progress naturally and not just suddenly change.” “They’re trying to do it because they see it as a way of making more money, but I hope it doesn’t happen because I can’t see how it would work.” Despite the talk being more about off the field events than the game itself, Smith remains focused and is treating it like any other first class game. Chris Tremlett, Mark Ramprakash and former Durham student James Foster are a few of the names in a very strong MCC side that should provide stiff competition for Durham. In some circles Smith has been tipped to force his way into the thoughts of the England selectors in the future. Benkenstein, who was nominated as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year for 2009, has even earmarked him as a potential England captain. While, Fowler believes that Smith has the ability “to push for a place” and hopes that the “obsession in this country” with picking young players doesn’t ruin the Durham captain’s change of proving himself at the very top level.

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ce his own career in order to help Durham”

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10 COLLEGE ROUND UP

Katie Sykes

At the outset of my presidency one of my main aims for the year was to ensure the college sport programme continued to run from strength to strength. As the winter sport leagues draw to a close and the preparation for summer sports begins, I can say with confidence that the Durham intramural sport programme is the strongest in the country. Despite the poor weather conditions at the outset of epiphany term, the 70-team strong college football league has been sucessful as ever. In the men’s competition Hatfield A beat John Snow A 2-1 to become the men’s premiership champions. Also still in the running for both the knockout cup and floodlit football competition, Hatfield look set to challenge for the treble. Elsewhere in football the addition of Collingwood G, the college’s seventh men’s side, into the men’s conference reflects the strength and depth of the college sport programme. College netball has been witness to a Hild Bede domination this year, with A, B and C teams winning the Premiership, Di-

Highlight of the season The Men’s Rugby A team have the chance to bring home some silverware in the Floodlit Plate final.

Moment to forget The Women’s B team will still be having nightmares about their 17-1 battering by Collingwood B.

topping their respective premierships. In College Hatfield Collingwood Grey St. Hild and St. Bede Van Mildert Josephine Butler St. Aidan’s St. Cuthbert’s Society Trevelyan St. Mary’s University St. John’s John Snow St. Chad’s Ustinov George Stephenson

their place in the premiership next year.

been in the prime position for the major-

2008-2009 Position

2008-2009 Points

This Year Points

College Size

6th 2nd 5th 4th 1st 10th 3rd 8th 7th 14th 11th 9th 15th 12th 13th 16th

1868 2260 2003 2100 2353 1076 2252 1540 1613 692 923 1127 609 874 714 407

1449 1416 1408 1257 1180 1118 903 720 718 708 682 575 510 411 402 398

824 1178 810 1234 1125 810 834 1153 712 676 821 447 1600 406 1600 1032

men’s division 1 the battle for promotion has been a thrilling one; George Stephenson A, John Snow A and St Aidan’s A have all been in contention for the two promotion slots. However, in a gripping end to the season Aidan’s defeated Snow to secure

Stephenson meet Snow on Wednesday in what is sure to be a fantastic match and will decide who will be joining Aidan’s in promotion. The overall college points table is the closest it has ever been. Grey college has

ity of the year with Collingwood following closely behind. With no outright leader and the summer sport leagues and college festival of sport’s points still to factor in, the esteemed title of ‘Overall College Champions’ is still very much in the offering.

their hands to stay in Division One. The Women’s teams have also had a disappointing campaign. The A team are 9th in the Premiership, and the B team finds themselves firmly rooted to the bottom of the Division One table having not won a game all season. Aidan’s women lie 6th in the Squash Premiership, with some promising wins against

Josephine Butler are 6th in the college points table – a fantastic achievement for a college only in its fourth year. The college’s enthusiasm for sport continues to grow, and a Butler cheerleading squad has emerged as a result. They have received some impressive training from the University coach and look set to encourage all of their sporting teams! It has been a great year for badminton in Josephine Butler. The Men’s A and B teams are top of the Premiership and Division Two respectively. The A team seem unstoppable, yet to lose a game, while the B team claimed 7-2 wins over Cuthbert’s, Chad’s and Hild Bede, and clinched 5-4 victories over Collingwood and John’s. In addition, the Women’s A team sit second in the Premiership having won 7 out of their 8 games. The college are also at the top of the mixed badminton league. Butler’s netball teams have, however, had a mixed season. The A team are seventh in the Premiership. While the B team bottom of Division Two, and have had their only points of the season deducted.

The Men’s Basketball team are 5th in the Premiership, but have had two great wins against rivals Collingwood, 45-36, and Aidan’s, 49-24. But the Women’s team have struggled this season, and, with no wins, they finished last in Division One. The Women’s Squash team have had a disappointing season, suffering 5 defeats. They did, however, win 3-2 in a fiercely contested match against Van Mildert. Similarly, the Men’s team have too struggled, and find themselves joint bottom of Division One with Cuthbert’s. But with games in hand they will be looking to move up the league. Many of Butler’s clubs who were promoted last year are performing brilliantly in the Premiership leagues this season. The Women’s Football in particular have had a great year and are currently one point off the top spot. Equally notable is the performances of the Men’s Rugby team, who have had five members go on to represent the University 1st side, and are currently 7th – an impressive feat for a team competing in the Premiership for the first time. They fought hard for

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Aidan’s have experienced a relatively fruit- start to the season means that the PalatiTeam Durham’s exceptional ful season with impressive performances in a variety of sports. The college are currently in 7th place in the college points table, with a respectable 903 points. There have been some great victories for their boat club, with Gary Blyth taking Gold at N.E.I.R.C (North East Indoor Rowing Championships) and, Women’s captain, Georgina Hales taking Bronze. Aidan’s Men were also crowned the fastest college in the team race and finished second overall to DUBC (Durham University Boat Club). The Men’s Rugby A team are top of Division One and have progressed to the final of the Floodlit Plate competition under Captain Tom Sedgewick. Meanwhile, the newly formed B team, under the captaincy of Rich Allinson, are continuing to find their feet, after taking their first win against in the Men’s Premiership, and their season Hatfield B. highlight was defeating Hatfield after an 18 The Women’s Hockey team got off to month undefeated stint. strong start last term under Captain Liz There have been some trials for the colOpenshaw and managed to triumph over lege’s football teams this season. The Men’s some tough opponents, even with a miss- A and B teams are currently fighting to reing keeper on one occasion! They have tain their Premiership status, while the C continued to play well this term, and are 3rd team are languishing near the foot of the in the Premiership. The Men’s team are 4th Division One table and have a real fight on

JOSEPHINE BUTLER Highlight of the season The Badminton Club have had an impressive year and the Men’s As may finish the season undefeated.

Highlight of the season The Men’s Football firsts hammered their Trevelyan counterparts 8-0 to win promotion to the Premiership.

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vision 1 and Division 2 titles respectively and after an incredible trophy final, Hild Bede A defeated Collingwood A to become knockout champions. In the mixed netball knockout competition- new for this year- Josephine Butler and Grey are looking strong but the title could still be anyone’s at this stage. In badminton Josephine Butler A look certain to take the men’s title. Butler women narrowly missed out on the women’s premiership which was won by Van Mildert A on rubber difference. The mixed premiership has been a popular addition to the college badminton programme. Josephine Butler A currently top the league undefeated, and they will hope to retain this form as they progress into the latter stages of the season to cement what has been a very strong year for Butler badminton. It should be a very exciting end to the college hockey season as both the men’s and women’s Premierships are being closely contested by Hatfield and Collingwood. The college rugby season has been exciting as ever. St Cuthbert’s Society should be very happy with how the leagues currently stand; their men’s and women’s As are both

Grey, Josephine Butler, and Hatfield. While the Men’s team are struggling in 7th position in the Premiership, having lost three of their four matches. But with games in hand they have the opportunity to move up the table. The Men’s Badminton team have had a torrid season and having not won a single game, relegation to Division Two is now inevitable. With two wins to their name, the Women’s team are performing slightly better in the Women’s Premiership. They are currently 7th, but with 4 teams all on 6 points their fate is still undecided. The Men’s Basketball team have struggled to pick up victories in the Premiership and their only points, thus far, have come from a walkover. However, the women’s team have managed to secure wins against Hatfield, Trevelyan and Van Mildert, which has propelled them up to 3rd in the Premiership. The Netball A team are currently 10th in the Premiership, but they have had points deducted for various reasons. The B team are just outside the relegation places in Division One, but with St Cuthbert’s B on minus 3 points they should be able to avoid the drop. their 13-12 win over Castle, while a strong defence helped them to secure their 20-7 victory against Cuthbert’s B. Butler Womens’ Hockey team have performed exceptionally throughout the year. Having lost their first match of the season 1-0 to Hild Bede, they have not tasted defeat since and are currently top of Division One. The team have also fought hard to make the Knockout Cup final, where they will face a strong Collingwood side. They have consistently racked up large score margins with a very impressive total goal difference of 62 throughout the year. Moreover they have only conceded 6 goals all season despite having had no goalie due to injury. The Men’s Basketball team are in a strong position to avoid relegation to Division One as long as they pick up points in their remaining games against Grey A and Stephenson A. With the team also through to the quarterfinals of the knockout cup after a 45-24 win over Castle, there is added optimism that the team can record its highest number of college points for a single season.


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CASTLE Highlight of the season UCBC have had an impressive year and recently became the fastest crew at Tyne Head in the IM3 category.

Moment to forget Women’s Badminton lying at the bottom of league after six losses and only two wins.

Durham’s smallest college St Chad’s currently find themselves term 14th in the overall college points table, with 398 points. However, despite Chad’s small size, the college have still caused quite a stir in the leagues this season, felling some of the great sporting giants along the way. Active sporting freshers and post-graduates breathed new life into the college’s sports teams as they set about taking on the rest of the University. As newcomers in Division One, the Men’s Football team have had a hard season. They finished bottom of their pool, and are currently third in a very tight relegation pool. However, they showed off their skill and determination in the first round of the Floodlit Cup, beating competition favourites Hild Bede A. The Men’s Rugby team also performed well in their respective Floodlit Cup, making it through to the semi-finals. Unfortu-

nately, they were unable to overcome a strong St Cuthbert’s outfit. However, they have had mixed fortunes in the Division One, winning five and losing four of their matches so far. They currently find themselves 4th in the table, but promotion seems near impossible. T h e Women’s Rugby team have performed well this sea so n with a new

Perennial sporting house Collingwood have earned themselves 1416 points so far this season, putting them in 2nd place in the overall college points table behind Hatfield. The Men’s Rugby A team are at the top of the Premiership with six wins under their belt. In addition, they made it to the semifinals of the Floodlit Competition, before being knocked out by Hild Bede A. The B team have struggled in Division One, where they are currently 9th having only won 2 out of their 8 matches. While the Women’s team have only played one game all year, losing 31-5 to St Chad’s, but did get a walkover result against Hatfield. The Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams are both 2nd in their respective Premiership leagues to their Hatfield counterparts. The women are one behind by one point, while the men are two points off the pace. The Men’s Badminton team are also performing well; the A team are 4th in Division One, while the B team are 3rd in Division Two and on the same points as 2nd place Hatfield B. The Women’s team’s losses have outweighed their wins this season, leaving them in 7th position in Division One and

one of four teams at the bottom of the table with only 6 points. On the squash courts, the Men’s B team are outperforming their A team counterparts in Division One. The B team sit in 4th, while the A team are in 6th, but with most of the games still to be played things are likely to drastically change. The women’s team have had a great season, managing to knock Hatfield off the top spot in the Premiership table. In pool A of the mixed lacrosse competition, Collingwood are 2nd after four games. They have had notable wins against Josephine Butler (11-5) and Van Mildert (114), but lost 13-5 to table toppers St John’s. However, on the basketball court, the Men’s team have had a tough time, losing all 5 games and they looked set to be relegated to Division One. The Women’s team, who are 2nd in Division One, have fared slightly better, winning three out of their four games and if they can avoid another defeat they should achieve promotion to the Premiership. The Men’s Football teams have had mixed luck. The A team are 3rd in the Championship pool, but the other teams

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ST CHAD’S Highlight of the season The Men’s Football A team proved giant killers in the Floodlit Cup as they dispatched Hild Bede A.

Moment to forget The Women’s Netball B team have lost of their 11 games this season and find themselves struggling in Division Two.

COLLINGWOOD Highlight of the season The Men’s Football firsts hammered their Trevelyan counterparts 8-0 to win promotion to the premiership.

Moment to forget Collingwood Men’s college basketball have had a tough time, losing all five games and set for relegation

“Our cricket team will be looking to dominateSimon next term” Prosser, Castle Sports Rep

The Men’s Squash team are doing well in the Premiership, currently sitting in 3rd place. Having won 3, lost 3, and with the same amount of goals for and against, the team have had a balanced season. Castle’s Women’s Hockey have had a mixed season, finishing 6th in Division One. The Men’s team currently find themselves in a three horse battle, with John Snow A and Chads A, to avoid relegation from the

Premiership. Castle’s pool teams have been impressive this season, and the A team are currently undefeated in Division One as they push to retain the trophy. Castle’s Men’s Badminton are currently 5th in the Premiership, with two great wins under their belts. They beat Hild Bede 7-2, and were also the victors in a close match against Van Mildert. However, three subsequent losses have halted their journey up the league table. The Women’s team have had a tough season with 6 losses and only 2 wins. This has left them at the bottom of the table alongside John Snow. Castle Netball have

performed well in the Premiership this season, and are currently 5th in the table. Some of their great victories include a 29-22 win over Grey, a 27-8 thrashing of Mary’s, and a 38-16 triumph over Cuthbert’s. Castle B have been outstanding in division two, and are 2nd in the league, after nine wins. Their only two losses have been against league leaders, Hild Bede and 3rd placed Chad’s. The Castle’s Men’s Basketball team have had a mixed season on the court; two victories have been interspersed with losses against Hild Bede and Cuthbert’s, leaving them 6th in Division One. The mixed lacrosse team have gained momentum with a large influx of freshers, and look set to dominate Durham lacrosse for years to come. Castle’s cricket team also hope to dominate the League next year.

intake of keen freshers, and have won both of their matches, beating Collingwood A, 31-5, and destroying Hatfield B 72-0. They are currently at the summit of the Division One table. The college’s hockey teams have had relatively successful season under the leadership of Jen Laws and Will Brooke. The Women’s team narrowly missed out on promotion, while the Men’s team respectably sit 5th in Division One. Chad’s A Netball team have battled hard all season and currently find themselves 3rd, joint on points with 2nd place Castle B. However, the B team have had a less successful season, but they have never been short on great team spirit, even on wet, cold Sunday mornings! Women’s Badminton have continued to hold their own in the Premiership finishing 5th, and the Men’s team sit quite comfortably in the middle of the Division Two league table. The Men’s Squash team have had a disappointing season so far, with more losses than wins, but with matches to play, they will be looking to move their way up the table. St Chad’s Boat Club also continues to go

from strength to strength. A huge number of freshers participated in the Novice Cup and a number of teams have been entered in regattas across the country. The college’s is also very much involved in sport at a higher level, with many students representing the University in rugby, rowing, cycling, boxing, hockey and

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promotion pool largely due to an impressive defence. However, they are currently 5th in the pool, after losing all of their games so far this term. The Women’s A team are 3rd in the Premiership, after solid victories against Collingwood, Aidan’s, John’s and Van Mildert. Having played all their games for the year, their final position is ultimately now out of their hands.

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University College currently hold 682 points, meaning that they are 11th in the overall college points table. The last two terms have proved to be a particularly successful time for Castle’s sports teams, with impressive results across the board. Michaelmas term proved to be a particularly successful time for UCBC (University College Boat Club), who excelled in the Novice Cup, with Lenin Meringue Pie IV getting Castle’s first victory since 1999. UCBC Mens also won their category (IM3) at Tyne and the women did equally well in their novice category. The first term also saw the emergence of a Castle Ultimate Frisbee team, who notched up a 13-7 victory in their first game. Since then they have only won twice, but look set to secure a mid-table position. Castle’s rugby team have had a poor season in the Premiership, and they are yet to secure a win. However they comfortably beat Trevelyan A in the first round of the Floodlit Cup with a commanding display from man of the match Tom Lowton, who scored two tries. Castle Men’s Football A’s had a great first term, finishing 2nd and qualifying for the

“despite Chad’s small size, the college have still caused quite a stir” Ashley Farrel, Chad’s Sports Rep

squash. A special mention should be made to Tom Beaumont who despite being in his first year is currently playing for the Durham University Rugby Union 1st XV. Equally impressive is the fact that a number of Chad’s women have stepped up the play for the Women’s University Rugby team including Beth Turner, Kate Langham, Lydia Meeson and Polly Crossman.

are all fighting to avoid the drop in their respective leagues. The C team currently sit top of the Premiership relegation pool after winning all their games this term. However, the B team look set to be plying their trade in Division One next season. While the D team having won two and lost two in the Division One relegation pool. The Men’s A team are also doing well in the Division Three Astro-league, and after seven wins, they sit 2nd in the table. The Women’s A team are currently 7th in the Premiership, while the B team’s impressive performances have moved them up to a comfortable 4th in Division One. The Women’s A team are also at top of the Astro-league, having only lost one game all season. In netball, the A team are 3rd in the Premiership, joint on points with 2nd place Hatfield and only 3 points behind 1st placed Hild Bede A. While in Division One, the B and C teams are battling each other for bragging rights as they sit 6th and 7th respectively and are only separated by 3 points at the minute. Meanwhile the D team are currently 4th in Division Two.

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Highlight of the season Cuths have continued to dominate college Rugby this year. The Men’s team have reached the Floodlit final again.

Moment to forget The Women’s Netball B team are yet to win a game in Division One and have only scored 24 points all season.

Highlight of the season Grey rugby club recored an impressive 28-13 victory over St. Aidans in the plate final.

Moment to forget Having scored 5 points all season it is no suprise that Women’s Squash team are bottom of their league.

HATFIELD Highlight of the season HCAFC at the top of the Premiership Championship pool and should end the season as champions.

Both women’s rugby teams have had torried seasons and are currently both bottom of their respective leagues.

One time leaders of the college points table, Grey now sit in 3rd place, with 1408 points behind their Hill rivals Hatfield and Collingwood. GCAFC (Grey College Athletic Football Club) have had a great year. The B team are currently second in Division Two Promotion Pool, and the C team’s top the Conference Pool B. Promotion now seems undisputable for both teams. Meanwhile the A’s are in 3rd place in the Premiership Championship Pool. The A team have also maide it to the semi-finals of the Floodlit competition with an impressive victory over favourites Collingwood. The women’s team have had a less successful season, currently lying 8th in Premiership table, but their stunning 6-1 win over Cuthbert’s and 8-0 defeat of Aidan’s must be given credit. As usual, men’s rugby has provided its fair share of ups and downs. The B team were much improved in Michaelmas, but finish Epiphany 8th in Division One, while the A team’s losses have left them 5th in the Premiership. However, the A team had a fantastic result beating rivals, Cuthbert’s A, 16-15, and made it through to the Floodlit Plate finals, where they will face a much imHatfield have had a stunning season, reigning supreme at the top of the college points table, with 1449 points. HCAFC (Hatfield College Athletic Football Club) are enjoying their best season in recent memory. An almost perfect record, along with a heap of goals, sees them second in Premiership Championship Pool. With a game in hand and only one point behind leaders Van Mildert A, Hatfield are widely tipped to 2009/10 as champions. They are also top of the Division One Astro-league, with seven wins and one draw and look well set to be crowned champions come the end of the year. The women’s team have also had an impressive year. They are yet to lose a game in Division One, and currently occupy a promotion spot. The men’s rugby A team also seem to be hitting form. Fantastic victories over Hild Bede, John’s, Josephine Butler, Grey, Castle in the league, and Van Mildert in the floodlit, reflects the strides they’re making. However, the B team are yet to win a game, and are rock bottom of the Division One table. Likewise, the women’s A and B teams have had equally disappointing

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The netball A team is at the bottom of the Premiership, securing just one win during the season. The B team have faired even

worse, and having not won a game all season they consequently sit at the bottom of Division One.

proved Aidan’s side. The women’s rugby team have had a more successful season, finishing the term in 2nd Premiership with notable victories against Hild Bede, 27-10 and Hatfield, 485.

Grey men’s hockey A team have played well and are currently 3rd in Division One, but with games in hands over the teams above them promotion is still a very real possibility. They also had a comfortable 10-0 victory against Castle in the knockout cup. While, several losses for the women’s team leave them in 6th place in the Premiership and only a point off above the relegation places.

Grey netball have had a solid season; the A team are 4th in the Premiership having secured some great wins against Hatfield, Cuthbert’s and Hild Bede. Grey men’s Basketball finished the term top of the Premership table and are yet to lose a game in the league, and recorded a notable victory over last year’s champions, Ustinov. The women’s team are also undefeated and sit top of the Division One table. The badminton teams have had a mixed season with the Men’s A team in 4th place in the Premiership. The B team are in 6th place in the Division One and after a tough season they looked doomed to be relegated The women’s A team are top of Division One, while the B team linger in 8th and are one of four teams on 6 points at the foot of the table. The men’s squash B team have fought their way to 2nd position in the division one table, after some great wins. Meanwhile the A team find themselves 6th in the Premiership, but with games hand they will surely climb the table. Unfortunately the women’s team have not fared any better. They are currently at the bottom of the Women’s Premiership, having only won once in 7 games.

leaders Butler B they may well still finish the season as champions. The women’s team have had a more trying season, and are one of four teams on 6 points in the lower half of the Premiership table. This can be attributed to some severe losses against rivals such as Chad’s and Castle. Hatfield’s mixed badminton team currently sit 4th in Premiership table. They had two initial wins, over Mary’s and John Snow, but subsequently were overpowered by Josephine Butler and Van Mildert. Hatfield’s men are unbeaten and top of the Squash Premiership, and with a game in hand over their nearest rivals they are in control of their own fate. While, the women’s team respectably sit in 4th place, having won three and lost four of their games this season. Hatfield’s mixed lacrosse team have been at the top of their pool for both the Michaelmas and Epiphany terms, and have yet to lose a game. Highlights of the season include a 15-7 win over Stephenson and a 9-1 victory against Castle

Hatfield’s netball teams also finish the season strongly, having seen a number of impressive wins and performances from all three teams. The A team are currently second in the Premiership and only 3 points behind league leaders Hild Bede A. The B team sit 5th in Division One, while the C team are 8th in Divsion Two but do have games in hand to push themselves up the table. HCHC (Hatfield College Hockey Club) are having an equally successful season with the women’s team sitting top of the Premiership by a single point. They have been prolific all year and have scored an impressive 25 goals in 11 games. While, the men’s A have gone from strength to strength and are at the top of the Premiership, and they have found the back of the net an impressive 44 times in 12 games! However, it is a different story for the B team. They currently linger at the bottom of the Division One table and only have managed to score once all season, but have let in 47 goals in their 10 matches. Overall, Hatfield’s consistancy means they fully deserve thier number one status.

“There have been a number of notable victories including GCRFC’s victory in the plate final”

Richard Owen, Grey Sports Rep

seasons, finish- i n g of the Premierand Division One respectively. Between them they have only one won game, and the B team are yet to even score a point. In badminton, the men’s A team have won over half of all their games this season, earning them 12 points and 3rd position in the Premiership. The men’s B team are 2nd in Division Two, after also performing consistently well this season. They have not lost all season and with a game in hand over

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in Division One; a well deserved win over Josephine Butler has been marred by losses against Grey, Collingwood and Mary’s. Cuthbert’s men are also at the top of Division One for Badminton, after a season filled with wins against Collingwood, Aidan’s, Grey and Trevelyan. However, the women’s badminton teams have had mixed luck. The A team suffered a run of losses at the beginning of the year, before picking up some wins, while the B team never really seemed to find their feet. Cuthbert’s are currently 7th in the mixed badminton league, after a fantastic 6-3 win over Van Mildert. The men’s B football team had a great Michaelmas, making it into the Division Two Promotion Pool, but have been unable to compete against other superior teams in the pool. The A team are 5th in the Premiership Championship pool, and the women’s team are 7th in the Premiership. It’s been a bad season for the Cuthbert’s hockey teams, with the women sitting in the relegation places in the Premiership, after 7 losses. The men’s team has faired slightly better, currently 5th in the Premiership.

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Cuthbert’s sports teams had a rather slow start to the season, but have started to acquire points in recent months, and they now sit in 8th place in the overall college points table with 720 points. Cuthbert’s have retained the title of rugby giants as the men’s and women’s A teams both sit at at the top of their respective Premiership leagues. Highlights for the men’s team include a 48-8 win over Hatfield and a 67-0 win over John’s. The team are additionally gearing up to defend their title of Floodlit champions in the final against Bede A. The men’s B team have not been quite as successful. They are lagging behind their A team counterparts with only one win, and are 8th in the Premiership. The women’s team, meanwhile, have won all bar one of their matches, taking down Grey, Van Mildert and Hatfield. It has only been Hild A that have stood in their way. The men’s basketball team are yet another Cuthbert’s team at the top of their game. They’ve had a great season with notable wins against Chad’s, Van Mildert and Castle and are top of the Division One table. The women’s team are 4th out of 5 teams


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Highlight of the season Hild Bede netball have dominated this year. They are currently top off all three divisions.

Moment to forget A winless season for the Men’s A and B Badminton teams is something that will haunt the whole college.

Highlight of the season The Men’s Rugby Club are in the hunt for promotion from Division One after some really strong defensive displays.

Moment to forget The Badminton club have not had the greatest of seasons. With both the men and women’s teams facing relegation.

The Mixed Lacrosse team have not lost all season and have recorded some big wins over their rivals.

Moment to forget The Women’s hockey teams have spent most of the season propping up the Division one table.

Hild Bede women’s hockey team are top of Division One, after a season filled with many impressive wins. The men’s season has been less successful with some notable

“St John’s are 12th in the college points table: an achievement for such a small college” While the women’s football team linger at the bottom of the Premiership having not won a game all season, the men’s A team played their way into the Division Two Promotion Pool. They have since beaten Stephenson Rangers, 3-0, and Cuthbert’s B,

1-0, lost 2-1 to Van Mildert, and drawn with Grey. They currently find themselves 3rd in the table and on the same points as Grey B who occupy the last promotion spot. The B team are 8th in the conference’s pool B, where two 5-1 wins against both Hild Bede E and Castle C, could not make up for the losses against Collingwood’s E and G teams, Grey’s C and D teams, and John Snow C. As a result of this are sit 7th in the table. The women’s hockey team have had a poor season at the bottom of Division One. The men’s team have also had their fair share of losses, leaving them two points above the relegation places in the Premiership. John’s netball A team are 6th in the premiership, while the B team sit in 7th position in Division Two. Additionally, the Men’s badminton team are 4th in Division Two, with an equal number of wins and losses. It’s been a great season for John’s mixed lacrosse team. They are flying high at the top of the league and are yet to lose a match. They have beaten Josephine Butler, 15-14, Trevelyan, 16-14, Collingwood, 13-5 and 19-3, Mary’s 13-6, Castle 24-3, and Grey

losses leaving them 7th in the Premiership and facing relegation. Bede A have had a poor season in the Premiership, but have made it through to the Floodlit Cup final. They take on reigning champions, Cuthbert’s, this week.The B team, meanwhile, are 6th in Division One. Hild A are 3rd in the Women’s Rugby Premiership table. They’ve had two great wins over Hatfield, 29-10, and Cuthbert’s, 19-15. However, a loss and a draw against Grey have left them unable to move up the table. Hild Bede Netball have had an amazing season, with their teams taking the top spot in every division. The netballers have shown some truly stunning displays of talent over the last two terms, and look set to continue their domination of the leagues next year. On the football field, the women’s A team have played well, but the B team have failed to hold up the Hild Bede expectation, having only won one game. They currently sit in 3rd and 7th place in Division One. The men’s A and C teams are fighting against relegation, while the B and D teams are playing for promotion.

game all year. The college football teams have also had a mixed season. The men’s B team are in the Division One Relegation Pool, and their only win was a 4-1 victory over the staff team. The team have subsequently lost to Chad’s and Van Mildert, and so it is yet to be decided whether they will win their fight. The A team have faired better; they battled their way into Premiership Championship, but have found it tough against the elite teams and are currently bottom. The women’s team have performed well in the Premiership, winning four out of their seven matches. The men’s basketball team have had a good season, and are currently behind basketball giants Grey in the Premiership. They won 61-50 against Josephine Butler, 68-57 against Aidan’s, 55-52 against Queen’s campus rivals Stephenson, and 41-33 against Collingwood. The only team they have failed to beat is Grey, who look set to take the championship. The club hockey teams have had respectable seasons. The men are 6th in Division one, and women’s team are 5th in Division one.

ROBERT BURGESS

Highlight of the season

“Hild Bede Netball have had an amazing season, their teams taking top spot in every division”

John Snow are in 13th place in the college points table, with 510 points. The men’s rugby team have performed exceedingly well in Division One and are only 3 points off a promotion place as things stand. Their strong defence means opposition teams have often gone the whole match without scoring. Though the squad is fairly small compared to the other colleges in Durham, their team spirit and passion for the game has definitely been the deciding factor in many of their matches. A special mention goes to Will Scowsill, Angus Brown and Michael Bailey who have consistently performed well. The netball teams have also performed brilliantly this year, winning all but one of their matches in both the league and cup in the Michaelmas term. Players such as Elizabeth Glancy, Aisling O’Reilly and Louise Boyle have helped the teams to remain consistent in the Epiphany team. The A team are 3rd in Division One and the B team are 6th in Division Two. On the badminton court, both the men’s and women’s teams have had a tough year, with the women at the bottom of the Premiership. The men are in the Premiership relegation places having won only one St. John’s are 12th in the college points table, with 575 points, which is quite an achievement for such a small college. One of the college’s biggest successes this year has been the men’s squash team. They are 2nd in the Premiership, and have won 6 out of their 7 games. The men’s rugby team have also performed well, with some notable wins over Castle, Cuthbert’s B and Josephine Butler. They currently sit 5th in the Premiership.

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thus far. Hild Bede C are slightly lower down the table in 10th position. While, in Division Three, Hild Bede D are 4th, having won a respectable three games. However, Hild Bede E have struggled, and are consequently 14th in the division. In the Table Tennis premiership, Hild Bede A are 2nd. Highlights of the season include a defeating Trevelyan, 7-2, and Ustinov, 6-3. In Division One, the B team are also 2nd, after a season filled with victories.

LAURA UNWIN

JOHN SNOW

JONATHAN ALLEN

HILD BEDE

Sporting giants Hild Bede are 4th in the overall college points table; 151 points behind Grey. The men’s badminton teams have had a disappointing season. The A team have not won a game all year and are at the bottom of the Premiership, while the B team are also yet to record a win and are bottom of the Division Two table. The women’s team have had a healthy 6 wins, putting them 3rd in Division One and just 3 points off a promotion place. In squash, the women are 6th in the Premiership. While the men are 4th and with games in hand they will be looking to finish higher, with 3rd an achievable target. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have had good runs this season. The Men are undeafeated and joint on 12 points with Cuthbert’s A and Ustinov B at the top of the Premiership. Bede and Ustinov have only played four games and look set to battle it for first place. While the women are 4th in the Premiership. In Division One pool, Hild Bede A are struggling in 15th, with only one win against Trevelyan. However, Hild Bede B are top of Division Two, with an unblemished record

19-13 – a truly impressive run! However, the same success story can not be told for the college’s pool teams. In Di-

vision two, the A team are in 12th position, and the B team are in 14th position. Both teams have won two matches.

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14 COLLEGE ROUND UP CHRIS WILLETS

ST.MARY’S Highlight of the season St Mary’s women’s basketball club being promoted after just two terms of existence.

Moment to forget St Mary’s College Netball have lost a string of matches against some of their bigger rivals.

STEPHENSON Highlight of the season

Moment to forget Stephenson’s women’s hockey team suffered a string of five defeats during two terms of play.

proved themselves, coming back this term to beat both Collingwood and Ustinov! One of the most successful teams in Mary’s is Women’s Football; with 6 wins under their belts, they are heading for promotion, and are also 2nd place in the top division of the Astro-League. The Men’s Football team have also had a number of good matches this year, in particular a 3-0 win in the Floodlit Cup against a strong Van Mildert side who had six university players. They have also won all of their promotion matches thus far – so watch this space! A strong men’s squash came back faster and more determined in Epiphany, making it to the top spot in division one. The men’s badminton team are 6th in division two after losses against John’s, Chad’s and Collingwood. However, the women’s team have had a much more successful run. They currently sit 2nd in division one, and have won against much bigger colleges, including Collingwood and Van Mildert. A special mention must also go to the Men’s Basketball team who won their first match in two years against Van Mildert. Fingers crossed it

Stephenson currently claim the unenviable title of being the bottom placed college in the overall points table, having secured a mere 398 points. The men’s rugby team have had a fantastic season though, and for many of the other colleges, they have become the team to beat. They have won all 9 of their matches, and it is not unusual for them to be 40 or 50 points ahead of their opponents at the end of a game. They currently sit second in Division One table with a game in hand over leaders Aidans A. Stephenson’s netball teams have also been successful. The A team are 2nd in Division One, and they look certain to achieve promotion come the end of the year. They’ve had some fantastic wins, including a 28-14 victory against Collingwood B, and 26-22 win over Queen’s Campus counterparts, John Snow. The B team are doing well in Division Two, after a solid season, which included a heart-stopping match against Hatfield C. Stephenson B eventually came out as victors, winning 15-14. Stephenson’s men are also unbeaten, after four matches, in Division One bad-

minton. They are currently second but have two games in hand over St. Cuthberts A and barring a dramatic loss in form they should end the season as league champions. The women’s team are 5th in Division One, following some mixed results. While the college is bottom of the mixed league, having only recorded 8 points all season. The men’s basketball team are 4th in the premiership. They started the season well, with a 7253 win over Aidan’s and a 81-42 win over Collingwood. However, the team’s subsequent losses have halted their journey up the league table. Currently, the men’s football A team are playing to stay in the Premiership. However, their fight is

ROGER BURGESS

The Men’s Rugby club have been a real force in Division One. They are currently the only team with a 100%.

Mary’s sport got off to a strong start this year, and they have slowly climbed to 10th place in the college points table. This year has seen the emergence of new established Mary’s sports teams such as mixed lacrosse, women’s basketball and women’s squash. The mixed lacrosse team overcame rivals, Castle, to climb to 3rd in their pool, while the women’s squash team have also done well, beating Collingwood, Grey and Hild Bede. They are currently 3rd in the premiership. The men’s rugby team had a shaky start to the season, but a 52-15 win over Trevelyan boosted their confidence and they now sit in 7th place. Their most recent win was a 19-10 victory over Grey B. Mary’s Men’s hockey team are dominating Division One this year, having scored 7 more goals than the team in second place, despite having played 2 less games. However, the Women’s Hockey team have not fulfilled their full potential this season, but still sit 4thin the Premiership. They notched up several draws and a win early on in the season, but subsequently lost 2-0 to Collingwood, 2-0 to Ustinov, 3-0 to Cuthbert’s and 2-0 to Grey. They have since

won’t be so long until the next one! Arguably even better were the women’s basketball squad, who, despite having only been founded in epiphany have now been promoted. This is despite having an entire squad of only 5 players! The netball first squad have had difficulties this season, being unable to defeat some of their bigger rivals. However, credit

must be given for their nail-biting win over Cuthbert’s. Women’s badminton have also performed incredibly well and have been promoted. As with basketball, this was the first year that Mary’s have competed in badminton. Mary’s boys badminton are not faring so well, with a mid-placed position in the third division.

going well as th team are currently It is currently looking positive, as the team are 3rd in the Relegation pool. After a 2-2 draw with A i d an’s, the

Bede, 5-0. Elsewhere, the women’s hockey team have had a season devoid of many victories, but still find themselves in 4th place. Despite having games in hand, the gap to third looks to big for the Rangers to overcome. The college are 4th in the mixed lacrosse league after solid wins against Castle and Grey. With the league so tight nothing is decided yet and all is left to play for next term.

team have gone on to win 3-1 against Hild Bede, and 1-0 against Collingwood B. They have only suffered one loss so far, a 2-1 defeat by Aidan’s B. The B team are currently playing to move from Division Two to Division one. Their fight for promotion has been rocky, starting with a 3-0 loss against John’s, followed by a win against Van Mildert C and a draw with Cuthbert’s B. But they were fortunate to only lose 2-0 to Grey B a few weeks ago. The Stephenson Rangers C are 6th in the Conference Pool A, after a season of mixed results. In the Astro-league, Stephenson’s women are 3rd. After a very shaky start, the division two team have gone on to beat John Snow, 5-4, Cuthbert’s A, 1-0, and Hild

JONATHAN SIMPSON

Trevelyan’s hockey, basketball and squash teams have had a difficult season. The men’s squash have been unable to secure a win, and are consequently bottom of the Premiership.

“As usual Trev’s have punched above their weight ” Martin Hind, Trev’s Sports Rep

TREVELYAN Highlight of the season Trevelyan College Men’s football A team were promoted to the Premiership this season

Moment to forget Men’s squash are firmly at the bottom of the league after having zero points and losing six games.

With 718 points, Trevelyan currently stand 9th in the college points table. For such a small college, this is an impressive effort. Trevelyan’s netball teams have done extremely well in Division One and the A team are 4th, and have had some solid wins against Hatfield B, Aidan’s B and Collingwood B. In particular, top-class Trevelyan

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netball was shown in their 37-4 win over Cuthbert’s B. The B team are currently 8th and have struggled against some of the more dominant teams in the league. However, surprisingly, when the two Trevelyan teams were pitted against each other, it was Trevelyan B that came out on top, winning the match, 14-12.

Likewise, the men’s hockey team are also are also desinted to be relegated from the Premiership having lost all 12 of their games this season. While the women’s team is 5th in Division One. The women’s basketball team are another team bottom of their respective league. With three consecutive losses, relegation to Division One looks on the cards. While the men’s have picked up 2 wins and 3 defeats and they find themsevles in the relegation places. The men’s rugby team have had a steady season, with 5 wins and 5 defeats, and are

“Stephenson currently claim the unenviable title of being the bottom placed college” In other news, Stephenson are preparing themselves for the addition of new sports equipment and centres. The X1 centre is set to become the home for university badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball teams. currently 5th in table. Meanwhile, on the football pitch, the men’s A team have made promotion by beating Butler 2-1 with a great goal by Oisin Whelen. The B team have remained in Division One after a 4-1 victory over Van Mildert D. At present the women’s team are 5th in Division One. The men’s badminton team had a shaky start to the season, with a loss against Cuthbert’s, but have since beaten Grey B, 6-3, Aidan’s A, 6-3, and Van Mildert B, 5-4. They are currently 5th in division one. The women’s A team are 3rd in the Premiership with six wins to their name. The mixed lacrosse team are 3rd in their pool. A great 6-3 win over Van Mildert was counteracted with a loss against John’s, who dominated the Trevelyan team for much of the match. Trevelyan sit 6th in the Division One pool league. Losses against Hild Bede and Cuthbert’s followed a promising start to year, where the team beat Josephine Butler, 7-2, and Collingwood B, 6-3. Trevelyan E are performing well in Division Two, sitting 5th in the league. While, the C team are 7th, the B team are 11th and the D team are 16th.


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Highlight of the season The Men’s Basketball B team have been in devasting form all season and look like real contenders for promotion.

Moment to forget Men’s Football B team are struggling at the foot of the Division Two Relegation Pool .

Highlight of the season

Van Mildert Women’s Football A team beat St. Aidan’s 10-0 and John’s 14-0 in an impressive Premiership campaign

Moment to forget Van Mildert Women’s Rugby team were mauled 70-0 by their St.Cuthbert’s counterparts.

Ustinov have, however, dominated their other four matches, winning effortlessly every time. Consequently, the team find themselves 3rd with a game in hand, but in a strong league they will need to be at their Last year’s college champions, Van Mildert, have racked up 1186 points over the past two terms, putting them in 5th place in the table. 263 points behind leaders Grey, Mild look destined to lose their crown. However, the college still have enough time to secure and top three spot. The men’s football teams have had mixed luck this season. The A team currently top the Premiership Championship pool, but have played a game more than nearest rivals Hatfield. The B team top the Division One Relegation Pool, and the C head up the Division Two Promotion pool, but the D team are fighting for their Division Two status and are second bottom of the Relegation pool. While, the E team are 8th in the Conference Pool B. Meanwhile, the women’s team are 3rd in the Premiership. Overall, they have a had a good season, with some great wins, including a 14-0 victory over John’s and a 10-0 victory over Aidan’s, but some disappointing defeats against rivals John Snow and Castle A has halted their progress to the top of the women’s Premiership – they look set to finish comfortably in mid-table. The men’s rugby team have done well in their first premiership season. Having won

nate victims. After 6 games with mixed results, the men’s hockey team are currently 4th in Division One. With an astonishing seven games in hand over second place Butler A, the team still have a very good chance of promotion – providing they can complete their fixtures! The women’s hockey team are 5th in the Premiership, following a season of ups and downs. The season started with a 2-0 loss against Colling-

wood, but the team soon found their feet and avoided defeat in their next games. They edged out Van Mildert 1-0, then drew consecutively against Cuths A, Grey A and Aidans A before dispatching Mary’s 2-0. However, their formed has dipped as they succumbed to several defeats over the last few months. In the pool leagues, Ustinov A are 3rd in Division One, after an impressive five wins, and just one loss. They find themselves on the same points (15) with Grey A and Castle A, who lie first and second respectively, having played a game more. While, Ustinov B have had a more difficult journey and are currently in 1 2 th spot having won two, lost two. In Division Tw o, Ustinov C are 13th, having lost times and won only twice in a disappoint campaign. In the Table Tennis Premiership, having won 5 of their 8 games so far, Ustinov A are 5thand one of three teams on 15 points. CHRIS WILLETS

VAN MILDERT

“In an amazing season they have won 9-0 on three separate occasions”

best to retain their title. While, the B team are 2nd in Division One, following a season of solid victories. Undefeated after four games, having scored an impressive 227 points, they look like real contenders for promotion as they have played two games less than table toppers St. Cuthbert’s but are level on points with them. In football, the men’s A team made it through to the Division One Promotion Pool. However, they have not won in 5, with notable defeats to Trevelyan (4-1), Josephine Butler (7-0) and Mary’s(3-0), and so will be once again plying their trade in Division One next year. The B team are struggling at the bottom of the Division Two Relegation Pool and currently look set to join the Conference having lost all three of their matches so far. The women’s team, however, have enjoyed a fruitful season, and are top of the Premiership. Throughout both terms they have played top class football and have the best defence and attack in the league. In an amazing season they have won 9-0 on three separate occasions with Collingwood A, Castle A and Chad’s A being the unfortu-

JONATHAN ALLEN

USTINOV

The postgraduate college lie 15th in the college points table, with 402 points. However, the college are still dominating in particular sports, especially Basketball. The men’s A team, who were champions last year, are currently 2nd in the Premiership after their year long winning streak was ended by Grey. Ustinov were forced to play this particular match without two of their star players, and with a full squad, Grey proved themselves to be real challengers to Ustinov’s title.

five out of their eight games the team find themselves 4th. The season’s highlight saw Mildert defeat Hatfield, 10-7, in a closely fought match. The women’s team, however, have been unable to shine in the Premiership and their only win of the season has been due to a walkover. The team have lost twice to St. Cuthberts A this season, with the second meeting ending in a thumping

70-0 defeat. The men’s Hockey club have had a successful campaign to date, and this is in no small part to the efforts of top scorer Richard Hartland who has helped propelled the team to 3rd place in the Premiership and into the final of the Knockout Cup. However, the women’s team have had a less successful year and are currently prop-

ping up the Premiership table. There is still time for them to climb out of the relegation zone as only two points separate them and 6th placed Grey A. The netball A team are 8th in the premiership. The season has been dotted with losses, but they’ve had wins against Josephine Butler, John’s and Grey. The latter match had everyone on the edge of their seats throughout all four quarters, and Mildert just manage to sneak the points as they won 21-20. After a mixed campaign the B team finished 9th in Division Two. After recoding 3 consecutive wins in a fantastic start to the Michaelmas term, the B team suffered a drastic loss of form and have only managed to win once during the remainder of the campaign. The Women’s squash A pushed Collingwood A right to wire for top spot in the Premiership, but a defeat at the hands of their rivals last term ultimately proved costly. However, they will still be very pleased with their second place finish.The men’s A team have been less successful only winning two matches all year and as a result they sit 5th in the Premiership. Meanwhile, the B team have performed well, and currently hold 3rd position in Division One.

The real college points table: points based on college size

How many points per person do colleges earn? Does size really matter? The Locker Room reveals the surprising results The often-heard excuse ‘Well, we’re a small college!’ resonates throughout Durham, but how relevant is that to sport? Does the size of a college actually determine its sporting success? By calculating exactly how many points each college has earned per person thus far, The Locker Room can finally answer this age old question that has caused countless students to argue in the early hours of the morning. Sitting at the top of the points-perperson table is Grey, who been reigning supreme for much of the last two terms. Howeever, they have recently been superseeded by Hatfield in the actual overall college league table, but in The Locker Room’s ammended table they are behind their Hill rivals - albeit by the smallest margins. However, more suprising is addition of Butler and St.John’s to the top five. The latter college being the real movers climbing an impressive eight places. In light of their

respective populations both colleges are punching above their weight. It seems that Collingwood’s size does contribute to its athletic success, as the Hill college giants drop several places. Sitting in the middle of the table are a large portion of Durham’s colleges, including St. Aidan’s, Van Mildert, St. Mary’s, Hild Bede, St. Chad’s, and Trevs, rounding off the middle of the table with almost exactly one point contributed per person. Only castle live up to the expected dogma ‘small college, fewer points,’ as the first college in the table with fewer than one point per person. It is the large colleges that round up the bottom four, with a shocking half-point per person contributed by Cuth’s, Snow, Stephenson, and Ustinov. Cuth’s in particular plummet five places in the ammended table. Overall, many colleges remain the same, with a few notable surprises.

Overall College Points-Per-Person Table College Grey Hatfield Josephine Butler St. John’s Collingwood St.Aidan’s Van Mildert St. Mary’s St.Hild and St. Bede St.Chads Trevelyan University St. Cuthert’s Society John Snow George Stephenson Ustinov

This Years Points

College Size

Points per students (2 dp)

Movement (from previous)

1408 1149 1118 575 1416 903 1180 708 1257 411 718 682 720 510 398 402

810 842 810 447 1118 834 1125 676 1234 406 712 821 1156 929 1031 1600

1.74 1.72 1.38 1.29 1.20 1.08 1.05 1.04 1.02 1.01 1.00 0.83 0.62 0.55 0.34 0.25

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