The Sporting Weekly

The latest news from around UEA and the sporting world.


Derby Day is just a week away and the first signs of spring are starting to emerge. If we can have anything like the sunshine that UEA basked in yesterday than Derby Day should attract some large crowds. Here’s a look at the sporting events of the last week and those coming up.



Tickets for the Derby Day LCR are all sold out. Still, the black market is sure to circulating tickets for what should be a packed and hopefully celebratory LCR.


If you watch one sporting movie this week

The Fighter – A boxing film based on the life and career of Micky Ward, an Irish fighter. A strong cast including Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale make this an worthwhile watch and the fight scenes are especially intense.


Who’s Up and Who’s Down


Ryan Giggs – By the time this article goes out Giggs is likely to have made his 1000 senior appearance in football against Real Madrid at Old Trafford. An excellent achievement, check out the BBC’s footage highlighting his record of scoring in every Premier League season.

Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton is getting the best out of his Mercedes in the pre-season tests and could challenge for the title after all.


The Chelsea hierarchy – A lack of support for Rafa Benitez in the wake of relentless abuse from fans and still not willing to offer Frank Lampard a new deal.

Rory Mcilroy – Walked off the goal course with toothache and continues his patchy form.


The Results

UEA Lacrosse suffered heavy defeats in the build up to Derby Day. The Women’s 1st’s lost at home to Birmingham 2 – 26 and the Men’s 1st’s fell to a 12 – 1 defeat at Loughborough. There were wins for the Women’s Rugby, Hockey and Netball sides against some top opposition including Loughborough.


The Quote

“Every sport pretends to be a literature, but people don’t believe it of any other sport but their own.” Alistair Cooke


What to Watch

Derby Day – If you’re on campus this time next week and have time to kill or are wondering where everyone is heading then follow the crowds and take in a match at Derby Day.  Essex are sure to bring a decent crowd and the day isn’t complete without the fans to cheer UEA’s sides on.

Six Nations – After a break last week the Six Nations returns. Ireland vs. France is the main event on Saturday whilst England host Italy on Sunday looking to maintain their unbeaten record.