COTW: Mens Rugby Union

To start HMedia’s new ‘Club of the week’ sports feature, we thought we’d kick things off with a real classic of University sports, namely, Mens Rugby Union.

Hallam RUFC’s success over recent seasons prompted them to be first pick after their 1s won Northern 2B last year, whilst also winning the conference cup, with the 2s also gaining promotion.

We sat down with 1st team mens captain, Josh Britton, to ask him how he thinks RUFC is doing at Hallam.

How are you finding Northern 1A this year?

Josh Britton

“We’ve noticed that 1A is a lot more physical, you’ve got the bigger teams and more 1st teams in there”

“Last year we had quite a big side, but then we’ve lost a lot of third years to placements, so a lot of the 2nd year boys have stepped up, and they’ve done really well, but they’ve noticed now that theres a big change in how different the leagues are, so the league we’re in now is a very competitive and physical league”

How well do you think Rugby Union is progressing at Sheffield Hallam?

“Oh yeah, a hundred percent, we’ve had two league promotions and one conference cup win”

“I’ve had a lot of injuries which have put me out for a bit, but from what I’ve noticed is that Hallam Rugby has become bigger, numbers have become a lot bigger”

“We’ve had a bigger influx on freshers coming in, at the freshers fair we had 130+ sign ups, which is really good for us because we needed the numbers after everyone had left last year”

How are you finding your first year as captain?

“It’s a new step for me, I haven’t really captained a side before, but it is a good chance for me to work on my skills and help out the team”

How are you guys feeling about Varsity for this year?

“Varsity is always a big game, it’s weird because you forget everything thats happened in the league and just focus on varsity, thats what I want the boys, all three teams to do”

“Whatever happens in the league just focus on Varsity, obviously its a big day and it’s great to get revenge on Uni Of, which I think we can do”

How big is the difference in quality between us and Uni Of?

“In terms of quality I think we’re there, there’s just little things we need to build on, which is probably the same for them”

“We played them earlier on and lost 10-0, but the game didn’t justify that, we should’ve put points on them, we’ve had big injuries and boys away on placement as well, so they’ll be back for Varsity as well which is good”


(Named and shamed by 1s captain Josh himself)

Who’s the fastest player you’ve seen?    Jordan Hamilton


“Jordan Hamilton… but it pains me to say that”

“This’ll go straight to his head”






Who’s the slowest player you’ve seen?   Harry Thompson

IMG_4974.jpg “Without a doubt”





Who can’t handle their drink?    Finlay Smith


“I’ve seen him in some bad states”







Who can drink for days?   Lewis Bloor



“Lewis can drink quite a bit”

” Everyones basically the same”






Who loves themselves the most?    Jordan Hamilton

IMG_4972“Reckons he knows everything”







Future captain?   Angus Raj Learmonth


“There’s a lot of chance for second years next year to step up…”

“I’d say Front Row Angus”




Sheffield Wednesday October Review – Connor Thorpe

October was certainly a month of disappointment for Sheffield Wednesday, who failed to win away for the second month in a row.
Their struggles on the road meant that the Owls finished the month in 14th place, some way away from the early pacesetters in the Championship.
The pressure was mounting on under-fire manager Carlos Carvalhal as Wednesday prepared to open the month with a Yorkshire derby clash against Leeds.
The Owls came into the test on the back of two consecutive defeats, but they ended a miserable week with a triumphant 3-0 victory on home soil.
Gary Hooper extended his excellent scoring run to seven goals in as many games, as his first half brace had the Owls in cruise control at the interval.
Kieran Lee’s stunning 25 yard volley put the game beyond all doubt in the second period, as his powerful effort soared into the top right corner.
After the international break, Carvalhal’s men travelled across the Pennines to face bottom club Bolton Wanderers. The Trotters were without a league win all season prior to the contest, but that dismal run finally came to an end as the hosts posted a 2-1 win.
A stunning Sammy Ameobi curler got the ball rolling for Bolton after just ten minutes. Sam Hutchinson’s own goal just past the hour mark doubled Wanderers’ advantage, before a scrappy goal from Kieran Lee set up a grandstand finish. However, it was too little too late as Wednesday fell to yet an away defeat, with some supporters were chanting for the manager’s head during the game.
A reverse at the Macron Stadium was followed by a 2-0 loss at Pride Park, as Wednesday lost to Derby for the 13th time in their last 19 meetings.
Captain Glenn Loovens returned to the starting XI for the first time since August, but the Dutchman was sent off after just four minutes for a professional foul on Matej Vydra.
Vydra converted the penalty and the Rams added a second four minutes from time when Bradley Johnson when Bradley Johnson lashed the ball into the roof of the net.
The Owls returned to Hillsborough to host another Yorkshire derby, as Barnsley visited S6. Wednesday, who haven’t lost at home to the Reds since 2008, took the lead through a fortuitous Adam Reach goal. The winger lined up a left footed drive from the edge of the box but he slipped, and the ball ricocheted off his standing foot into the bottom left corner; wrong footing Barnsley ‘keeper Adam Davies in the process.
The opening goal may have been a product of ladyluck, but the equaliser was anything but that. Barnsley drew level in the second half when Harvey Barnes spectacularly curled the ball into the top right hand corner from 25 yards.
A disappointing month did at least end on a high, as Wednesday managed to beat Millwall by the odd goal in three at Hillsborough. Reach scored his second goal in just four days when he converted a low cross from Morgan Fox in the third minute.
Their lead didn’t last for long though. The Lions drew level through Tom Elliot, who stabbed home at the back post after Fred Onyedinma’s effort was deflected into his path. Wednesday did manage to take a lead to the interval, and it came through Jordan Rhodes. The frontman headed in a Jacob Butterfield corner to end his agonising wait of nearly seven months for a league goal. That proved to be the winner, and Wednesday fans will be hoping that a much needed victory will be the catalyst for a more productive November.
October stats:
P5 W2 D1 L2
Scored 7
Conceded 6
Clean Sheets 1
Top scorers: Gary Hooper, Kieran Lee and Adam Reach (2)

Team Hallam Results: Week 3. Wednesday 25th October



Home Team

Away Team




Northern Conference Cup Badminton Durham University Mens 2nd Sheffield Hallam University Mens 3rd 0 8 Lose
Northern 1A Badminton Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st Bangor University Mens 1st 8 0 Win
Northern Conference Cup Badminton Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd Leeds Trinity University Mens 1st 6 2 Win
Premier North Badminton Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st Loughborough University Womens 1st 2 6 Lose
Northern Conference Cup Basketball Edge Hill University Mens 2nd Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd 105 47 Win
Northern 1A Basketball Northumbria University Mens 2nd Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st 64 61 Win
Northern 1A Basketball Northumbria University Womens 2nd Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st 62 76 Lose
Northern 2B Football Lancaster University Womens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Womens 2nd 5 3 Win
Northern Conference Cup Football University of Leeds Mens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd 1 5 Lose
Northern 1A Football Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st University of York Womens 1st 7 2 Win
Northern Conference Cup Football Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st Keele University Mens 1st 2 0 Win
Northern 2A Golf Bangor University Mixed 1st Sheffield Hallam University Mixed 1st 6 0 Win
North A Hockey Nottingham Trent University Mens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st 0 2 Lose
Tier 5 – South East & Yorkshire Hockey University of Sheffield Womens 4th Sheffield Hallam University Womens 4th 1 5 Lose
Trophy Hockey University of Dundee Mens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd 4 0 Win
Trophy Hockey University of Worcester Womens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st 1 2 Lose
Northern 3B Hockey Sheffield Hallam University Mens 3rd University of Hull Mens 1st 2 3 Lose
Northern 3B Hockey Sheffield Hallam University Womens 2nd University of Sheffield Womens 3rd 1 0 Win
Northern 3A Lacrosse University of York Mens 2nd Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd 1 8 Lose
Northern 1A Lacrosse Northumbria University Mens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st 5 14 Lose
Northern 2B Lacrosse Durham University Womens 3rd Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st 1 21 Lose
Northern 1A Netball Newcastle University Womens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st 47 66 Lose
Northern 9B Netball Sheffield Hallam University Womens 5th Teesside University Womens 3rd 62 9 Win
Northern 8B Netball Sheffield Hallam University Womens 4th University of Hull Womens 4th 74 18 Win
Northern 2B Rugby League Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st University of Huddersfield Mens 1st 28 22 Win
Northern 3B Rugby Union Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd York St John University Mens 1st 17 26 Lose
Northern 5B Rugby Union Sheffield Hallam University Mens 3rd University of York Mens 3rd 35 48 Lose
Trophy Rugby Union Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st University of Dundee Mens 1st 32 17 Win
Northern 2A Rugby Union Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st Durham University Womens 2nd 42 0 Win
Northern 2B Squash University of Sheffield Womens 2nd Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st 3 1 Win
Northern 1A Squash University of Leeds Mens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st 4 1 Win
Northern Conference Cup Squash Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd University of Salford Mens 2nd 1 0 Win
Northern 2B Table Tennis Durham University Mens 2nd Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st 0 17 Lose
Northern Conference Cup Tennis University of York Mens 3rd Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd 10 2 Win
Northern 3B Tennis Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st University of Sheffield Mens 2nd 6 6 Draw
Northern 2B Ultimate (Outdoor) University of York Mens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd 0 15 Lose
Northern 2B Volleyball Leeds Beckett University Mens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd 3 1 Win
Northern 3B Volleyball Sheffield Hallam University Womens 2nd Teesside University Womens 1st 2 3 Lose
Premier North Volleyball Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st Durham University Womens 1st 0 3 Lose
Premier North Volleyball Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st Durham University Mens 1st 2 3 Lose
Premier North Water Polo University of Nottingham Womens 1st Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st 18 8 Win

Josh Nimmins: Your Sports and Physical activities officer

As the BUCS season begins, the sporting rivalries of both Sheffield Universities are soon to be re-ignited, therefore it seemed only appropriate to start proceedings by talking to the man at the centre of student sport life – Your new Sports and Physical activities officer, Josh Nimmins.

After bidding farewell to previous Sports officer Laura Baggs, students elected Josh Nimmins to be their voice and to support and develop all things sporting at Sheffield Hallam. Eager to see what he had in store for the 2017/18 academic year, I went down to HUBS for a chat.

Having been part of the Snow sports committee, as well as playing in Ice hockey varsity finals (and triumphing in them) its fair to say that this man knows a thing or two about sport.

Why did you run for election? 

“I’ve always been involved in sport and the union through being a part of the Snow sports committee, I was president for two years”

“I just wanted to keep it going, getting more people involved in sport and wanting to do it on a bigger and better scale”

One of Josh’s election proposals was to change what he calls a ‘one size fits all’ approach to TeamHallam membership. Instead, Josh wants to introduce different tiers of TeamHallam membership, which will allow clubs to pick the membership type which suits them the best.

Additionally, Josh proposes to change the way in which memberships are paid. He believes that paying membership fee’s in instalments, as oppose to one big payout, would be far more beneficial for sports teams.

“There’s a lot of different clubs, who all have different needs and different support, it’s important that everyones getting the best deal for them”

“It’s just about making it fair for everyone, thats the important part”

Are you as committed to improving provision for leisurely sports participation as you are for competitive University sport?

“Yes, absolutely”

“We have a great array of social sport events that we do throughout the week, we have inter-mural leagues and a lot of ‘give it a go’ sessions which can, in fact, be more populated than our club sports”

“I think there are a variety of options for everyone, I think its just the knowledge of these events which go under the radar”

“Sometimes people are scared to find them, hopefully this year I can bring the opportunities to them”

In light of Josh’s commitment to participation, as well as sporting excellence, Josh hopes that his ‘sports-swap’ campaign will be a success. This involves creating opportunities for sports teams to showcase their particular sport to others, in bids to increase membership.

“I think it’s really good that we, as University sports teams, come together a lot more”

“In the past, we’ve been a bit divisive, which is through no fault of our own, it’s just that we’re all very competitive people”

“Being able to showcase your sport is a real way to get involved with each other and become more of a collective and I think it’d be really beneficial for some people to put themselves in other peoples shoes and step outside their comfort zone”

Perhaps the most important question of all, is one that I saved until last:

How do you plan to knock UoS off their ‘perch’? 

After another year of Varsity domination by The University of Sheffield, last year marked five years running since Sheffield Hallam last won the competition. Perhaps an even more embarrassing feat for the Maroon Platoon is that UoS has now become the first university to win Varsity five years in a row.

The minimum one would expect from a newly elected sports officer is a fiery competitiveness and desire for beating our very noisy neighbours. Josh does not disappoint.

“I’m probably one of the most competitive people, so losing isn’t really much of an option for me, it’s gonna be a real test, but it think we can do it”

“ I think definitely getting clubs to make it their focus is an important part of it, committing to being better, turning up to training, playing every game before varsity as a lead up, so that thats on their mind and thats what they want to win”

“They have a massive buy-in from their uni, it kind of takes over their lives, they’ve been winning for the past 5 years, hopefully this can be the year that we change all that”

Adam Hagan 

Sheffield Wednesday vs Leeds – Connor Thorpe

When Sheffield Wednesday host Leeds on Sunday, it will be one of Carlos Carvalhal’s biggest game as Owls’ manager. Not from the club’s perspective, but from the perspective of a manager who finds himself under immense pressure – the most he’s been under since taking the job in 2015.
That’s because the Owls have only taken 13 points from their first 10 games, lying 15th in the table.
Add to that the humiliating defeat in the Steel City derby last weekend, coupled with the lack of a reaction in the midweek reverse at Birmingham, and you have a manager who seems to be on the brink of losing his job.
Therefore, it’s probably not a great time to face a team who’ve been defeated only once all season.
Leeds have been one of the early pacemakers in the Championship, and a derby victory on Sunday would see them climb back into the top two.
Despite losing last season’s top scorer Chris Wood to Burnley, the Whites certainly haven’t found goals hard to come by.
Kemar Roofe and Samuel Sáiz have netted six times, midfielder Calvin Phillips has registered four goals and Pierre-Michel Lasogga has struck three times in as many games since arriving on loan from Hamburg.
On a more positive note for Carvalhal, the hosts have no fresh injury worries ahead of the derby.
The sidelined trio of Glenn Loovens, Almen Abdi and Sam Hutchinson are all back in training, and are pushing to be fit for Sunday’s clash.
Goalkeeper Kieren Westwood is expected to miss out with fractured ribs, so academy product Joe Wildsmith will deputise between the sticks.
Leeds will be without the suspended Liam Cooper. The centre-half was dismissed in United’s 3-1 defeat at Cardiff in midweek.
Caleb Ekuban will also be unavailable through injury.
However, Thomas Christensen will be delighted to welcome Eunan O’Kane and Vurnon Anita back into his squad, as the midfield pair have recovered from their spells on the sideline.
Connor Thorpe 

Sport England grant for SHU Canoe

SHU Canoe have already had a very active year, being involved in Tyne Tour, BUCS Whitewater Race and U-Canoe training since the academic year began. However, the club started 2017 with the fantastic news that they were going to receive a grant for over £9000 from Sport England, following lots of hard work from the committee.

This grant is vital for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the club and the money received will be used in two key areas: firstly to develop personal paddling and leadership skills, through subsidising the cost of the UKCC Level 1 coaching course for members. Secondly, for improving and developing the club’s canoe polo programme. The club plans to buy a new fleet of polo boats and paddles, in different sizes, and also to send a number of members on refereeing courses.

Canoe polo is an intense contact sport, similar to basketball, which is played in specialised canoes. Games consist of two halves lasting 7-10 minutes, with a minimum of five players on each side. The winner is the team who has scored the most goals by the end of the game. While polo may sound simple, it is a very physically demanding game that requires fitness, stamina and teamwork. Having new kit will make polo much more enjoyable and increase performance, with the club aiming to buy boats in a variety of sizes, which will ensure that everyone can learn in a safe and comfortable environment.

SHU Canoe have already had a lot of success in polo this year, becoming the champion of their division in the North and Central Canoe Polo League in January and taking part in the Ladies League. However, there’s still plenty more polo fun to be had before the end of the year, with both Varsity and BUCS looming on the horizon, where SHU Canoe will hopefully debut their new kit.

If you are interested in polo, or in finding out more about what SHU Canoe, please get in touch with the club through details found on the Hallam Union website.


Words by Emily Bush