Open Indoor Intervarsities 2015

This year UCC sent two teams to Open Indoor Intervarsities which was held in Gormanston, Co. Meath on the 21st and 22nd of November.

After finishing in second place in 2014, the lads of UCC1 had been working incredibly hard all season in the hope of bringing home a gold medal this year. The tournament got off to a great start for the team as they managed to score more than 50 points in their first two games on Saturday morning. As the day progressed, all the hard work that the lads had put in all year became evident. They went undefeated in their final two matches of the day which secured them a place in the quarter finals on Sunday morning. Things were looking good for UCC1 as they headed into the quarters against DCU, a team who they had met previously on the Saturday. After taking an early lead, the game continued very much in UCC’s favour and they progressed easily to the semi-finals. After another comfortable win in the semis against DIT, UCC1 found themselves in the trophy final for the second year in a row. Here they faced an experienced UCD team who they had previously beaten on the Saturday. However, during the Saturday game, UCD had become familiar with UCC tactics and following the defeat they were determined to come back fighting in the final. After an unfortunate start UCD took an early lead and despite a commendably performance from the UCC1 lads they were unable to bridge the gap that had been created. UCC1 returned to Cork with silver medals for the second year in a row.

MVP: Donnchadh McAuliffe and Bryan Dornan

MSP: Tom Murray

Score List:

  • UCC1 23 – 0 DCU2
  • UCC1 28 – 1 UL3
  • UCC1 15 – 8 DCU
  • UCC1 13 – 6 UCD
  • UCC1 15 – 6 DCU
  • UCC1 17 – 2 DIT
  • UCC1 7 – 11 UCD

 

UCC2 also got off to a very successful start on Saturday morning with two comfortable wins over DCU2 and NUIG2. Next they faced another NUIG team but unfortunately things did not go quite as well as they had in the first two games. NUIG1 were considerably more experienced than the previous teams and despite UCC2s best efforts, they were unable to beat them. Following this loss, UCC2 were faced with what yet another challenging match up as they took on a very intense and experienced UL first team. The UCC lads put up a great fight and it made for a very exciting game but unfortunately they could not match up to the experience of the UL team and they suffered their second loss of the day. The final game on Saturday was another tough game for UCC2 as they went up against eventual tournament winners UCD1 in an attempt to secure a place in the quarter finals on Sunday. Again the lads put on a great performance but it was just not enough to beat this well gelled UCD team. Despite these three losses the lads kept their heads held high and went into Sunday morning fighting for a place in the plate final.  Early wins over DIT2 and UL2 ensured that UCC2 secured a well-deserved place in this final when they, once again, went up against NUIG1. The fact the both teams had played each other previously meant that they were familiar with one another’s plays and tactics and this made for a very exciting plate final. UCC2 took an early lead of 2-0 but following this lead NUIG1 really upped their intensity and went on to win the plate with a scoreline of 11-6. UCC2 finished the tournament in 10th place.

MVP: David O’Regan

MSP: Alan Reidy

Score List:

  • UCC2 16 – 1 DCU2
  • UCC2 12 – 3 NUIG2
  • UCC2 6 – 14 NUIG1
  • UCC2 6 – 11 UL1
  • UCC2 8 – 14 UCD 1
  • UCC2 9 – 5 DIT2
  • UCC2 11 – 7 UL2
  • UCC2 6 – 11 NUIG1