The rise and rise of spread betting

A growing phenomenon which can be seen in betting is the emergence of Spread Betting amongst punters. In layman’s terms, payouts are based on the accuracy of the wager, rather than a simple “win or lose” outcome, such as fixed-odds with conventional bookmakers. With this in mind, a spread can be defined as a range […]

Just like watching Brazil

The 2009/2010 soccer Megaleague continues to be arguably the most enthralling sporting competition in Europe, if not the world.  Nineteen remarkable teams entered the well-established competition in September of Michaelmas term, with high hopes to become either Saturday or Sunday league champions. Now, as the delights of spring hit Dublin, the final few fixtures of […]

Dublin Head of the River

Intermediate clash on the liffey sees UCD’s Gannon Cup winning team continue strong. A beautiful Spring day greeted oarsmen at last Saturday’s Dublin Head of the River. Our own Dublin University Boat Club competed alongside UCD and Queens University, as well as local clubs Old Collegians, Neptune, Commercial and An Garda Síochána, amongst others. There […]

Trinity regain Maher Cup

Score Trinity 20UCD 3 Trinity U20s met their Belfield rivals UCD last Sunday in their third Super 6 fixture. Having already narrowly lost to UCD back in December, the students were determined not to be on the wrong end of the score line this time around. Due to poor weather conditions the venue for the […]

Trinity maul Malone to a bonus victory

Score: Trinity 30Malone 10 Trinity gained five valuable points and a good win for their efforts on a cold but beautifully clear sunny winter’s day in College Park on Saturday.The game was played on a gluepot of a field with a near frozen area in the Pavilion corner which is shaded by the trees. Trinity […]

The Ravens are joined by an eagle

Dublin University and USA Eagles international Scott La Valla last week made his debut for The Ulster Ravens. La Valla is no stranger to Ulster; he captained the USA team during the U19 Rugby Would Cup which was hosted by the province in April of 2007. At 6’5” and weighing 110kg his bulk and speed […]

The Super Bowl; or how sports lost its dignity

Ladies and Gentlemen. Roll up, roll up. The greatest show on turf is upon us once again! The Super Bowl, for one night only, the visible from space extravaganza and finale of the American football season. The behelmeted behemoths that take to the field on the first weekend in February every year show that it […]

An alternative Superbowl

Once a year, the rest of the world turns on its television around midnight and pretends to understand the incredibly complex rules of what it calls “American” football. This consumption of American culture is, as usual, largely done wholesale and without question. We are told that the Super Bowl is important; hence, it is important. […]

The darker side of the NFL

The full effects of the brutal tackles and head-on collisions in American football have not been given much recognition. Alexandra Finnigan reports. Having spent my third year on an Erasmus exchange in an American university in California, I was naturally exposed to the phenomenon of American football.  At first, I thought the game rather dull […]

Sports psychology: worth the attention?

Daragh McCashin takes a look at the rise of sports psychology, that elsuive practice of keeping a player in the much-hyped mental “zone.” Nearly every professional golfer has one on tour with them, it is one of the fastest growing areas in academic psychology and practicing psychology and, today, there is widespread acknowledgment of it […]


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