Students On Sport

A group of A-Level Students reporting on the wide world of sport.

F1 Testing: 5 things we learned from the first test — March 1, 2018

F1 Testing: 5 things we learned from the first test

Testing has become famous for throwing up red herrings around each teams’ performance, but some pretty clear patterns have begun to appear following the first round of testing.

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F1 Testing – Day One: How each team perfomed — February 26, 2018

F1 Testing – Day One: How each team perfomed

After a seemingly endless winter break, Formula One is finally back with all cars being on track together for the first time.

Whilst the testing does give us an early barometer for a team’s level of performance, it’s always dangerous to read too much into these tests. Most of the teams are still learning about their cars, no-one’s performance is truly optimised and fuel loads can vary from full race loads to the amount needed for a hail mary qualifying run.

So, how did each team get on in our first day at the Circuit de Catalunya?

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VAR: Doomed to fail or just needing improvement? — February 17, 2018
Who is England’s Third Seamer? — August 1, 2017

Who is England’s Third Seamer?

Headaches around the selection of the England test side are nothing new, there’s always a batsman or two that’s woefully out of form whilst another is scoring runs by the bucket load at county level. This time however, it’s the bowlers’ turn to create problems. In a stark contrast to the batsmen there appears to be an abundance of pace bowlers who’d be more than capable of slotting into the test side. Continue reading

Ballance returns to England team and Dawson receives surprise chance — July 1, 2017

Ballance returns to England team and Dawson receives surprise chance

Keaton Jennings’ debut heroics in India have earned him the right to keep his test spot, whilst Gary Ballance’s incredible domestic form has ensured he gets a recall. For the bowler’s it’s a chance for the so far uncapped Toby Roland Jones to get his first game whilst Mark Wood returns following injury problems and there’s a surprise call up for Liam Dawson. Continue reading

The Wayne Rooney Saga: Time for United to let go? — February 23, 2017
Gallery: All new cars for 2017 in pictures — February 22, 2017
Sauber Become First Team To Unveil 2017 car — February 20, 2017
The ICC Awards 2016: What Happened? — December 22, 2016

The ICC Awards 2016: What Happened?

Every year the ICC hands out it’s pick of awards, with the most prestigious prize normally reserved for the test player of the year. Contrary to most award ceremony’s, the ICC doesn’t host a glitzy event filled with players in tuxedos, totally unable to speak without first asking their PR teams if it’s okay, but this was no glam event, far from it. Simply a series of tweets dragged out over a seemingly endless time frame.

But as with all of these events ceremonies there is an element of debate over which player truly deserves their place or how it is disgraceful that another player was overlooked entirely. So, here at Middle and Off, we decided to go through award by award and judge how well the ICC have selected their winners.

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Durham’s punishment is unjust, harsh and dangerous for the club’s future — October 29, 2016