Aussie Rules gear up for Rebel Shield & UCC Sports Round Up
The UCC Aussie Rules Club kicked off this year’s college AFL season with exceptional numbers turning up to the first few training sessions with over 50 men and 20 women kicking footy’s on Wednesday evenings. The club has new coaches for both its men’s and women’s team that will be aiming to hold the Fitzpatrick cup for the third time running. This will be no easy task as our club prepares for its trip to Oxford in February.
The men’s team were straight into competition with the inaugural Leeside League between UCC, CIT, and local AFL Ireland premiership team, the Leeside Lions. A brilliant league set up for all teams to get game time before the main competitions in the New Year. UCC blooded a lot of new young players in the first rounds of the league and this game experience paid off in the final round of the league with UCC finishing with a flurry over local CIT rivals.
The Bombers next task at hand is the first leg of the annual Rebel Shield between UCC and the Lions. The Lions experience has paid dividends to them in the last 2 years taking home the trophy as the Rebel Shield was for many years the Bombers first game of the year. This time the Bombers have game time under their belts and the momentum from the last match going into the game it should make for an exciting contest no doubt. This game is scheduled for Friday night at 7pm under the lights in the Mardyke Sports Grounds so why not come along enjoy the spectacle.
In other UCC Sports news, UCC Fencing club have been busy competing in a number of events throughout the country in the past number of weeks with good success. Earlier in November UCD hosted Belfield Sabre and the Sabre Team Nationals. UCC acquired a few medals there with former UCC student May Jeanette Fast placing second in Women‘s sabre individuals competition.
In women‘s team sabre a mixed UCC/NUIG team consisting of UCC former student May Jeanette Fast and current student Emma Murphy and NUIG‘s Gráinne O‘Connor placed third. In the men‘s team sabre event the UCC team consisting of UCC graduates Kevin MacSweeney and Donnacha Carroll and UCC‘s current student Jack MacSweeney came second.
More recently, UCC fencers competed at the Derry open. Lillias Healy managed came first in Women‘s sabre. In men‘s sabre Nigel Johnson Steeves and Kevin MacSweeney came joint third.
UCC Equestrian competed in the Tetrathlon Intervarsities and performed very well. Jack Murphy came 2nd in men’s individual, Aoife Duggan McSweeney came 3rd in women’s individual, and UCC Team 1 of Aoife Duggan McSweeney, Roisin Duggan McSweeney, Jack Murphy and Mike Healy came 3rd overall.