UCC Sports Round Up
UCC rowers in the headlines again as their performances haven’t gone unnoticed on the world stage. UCC Quercus scholar, Ronan Byrne, has been nominated for the world rowing Filippi Spirit Award – a university rower who has demonstrated the core values of rowing in his/her social, academic and sporting life and, through these values, also enabled or inspired exceptional success in other people’s lives.
Fellow UCC Quercus scholar, Paul O’Donovan and UCC graduate Fintan McCarthy have been nominated for world rugby Men’s crew of the year for their success in the lightweight men’s double sculls. The ceremony will take place at the World Rowing Awards dinner on 22 November 2019 when the winners will be announced.
In local competition, UCC’s Hugh Sutton won the overall Open Men’s category in the Cork Sculling ladder on Sunday.
In other news, it was a busy weekend, for UCC Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams. The senior women had a busy weekend on the road. On Saturday they travelled north of the border to play against a strong Pegasus side in the Irish Senior Cup and were beaten 1-5. They then travelled across country to Galway to play Greenfields on Sunday where they recorded a 2-1 win in their EYLeague 2 match.
Meanwhile UCC Women’s “2” were beaten 0-1 by Harlequins in their Munster League Division 2 match. However it was winning ways for the remaining teams as UCC Women’s “B” won 1-0 against Dungarvan in their Division 4B match; UCC Women’s “A” defeated Midleton 4-2 in their Division 4A match and UCC Women’s Division 5/6 team defeated Harlequins “B” 2-1 in their match.
The men’s teams had narrow defeats in both, the Charity Cup, UCC senior men were beaten 0-2 by Bandon and UCC “C” Men were beaten 0-1 by Bandon “C” in their Division 3 match.
The Mardyke sports grounds was the venue as the senior men’s and women’s soccer teams began their Rustlers CUFL league, with mixed results. The senior men’s narrowly lost out to Athlone IT 1-2 while the senior women’s made a strong statement of intent with an emphatic 7-1 win at the hands of NUI Galway.
There were also wins for the men’s division 4 team, 7-3 against Kerry College of Further Education and men’s division 3 team defeated Carlow IT 6-2.
In local soccer news, the seniors got back to winning ways with a 5-1 win over St Mary’s in the Munster Senior league. The Academicals were beaten 1-2 by Mallow in their division 2 game while UCC overcame Banteer 4-2 in the Cork AUL.
In table tennis, Patrick Vaughan, 1st year student has been selected to represent Ireland at the Finnish Senior Para Table Tennis Open, Class 7 – a world ranking event from 10th – 14th October 2019. Patrick will receive a UCC Sports Scholarship on this week along with other UCC students.