Victory for UCC at Munster Open 2017!
Heading off to Munster Open last weekend, we had one objective in mind: for everyone to come home injury free and happy! Lucky for us, that objective was well and truly achieved.
Despite minor delays on the train, our 34 gymnasts made it to UL in time to compete on Saturday morning. The hours of training everyone had put in really paid off, as UCC immediately began to shine and show the world what we were made of! Novice ladies and men came first, with many stepping on the trampoline to compete for their very first time, but if they were nervous, they didn’t show it. Almost everyone landed 20 skills, which in itself is a huge achievement. The novice competition was followed by strong performances for UCC in Intermediate, Intervanced, and Advanced. Finally, it was time for the Elites to strut their stuff. We cheered on as Jack, Adam, Nicole and Becca competed for UCC, bringing home some incredibly impressive scores with even more impressive routines!
Exhausted after a long day, we had the competition dinner and medal ceremony to look forward to. UCC came home with plenty of silverware as name after name was called to the stage to receive the result of our hard work! Then it came to the results of the shield, to see who had won Munster Open Cup. To calculate the university scores, the top 6 form scores (execution scores) from each university are added up to give a college total. So who was it going to be – UL or UCC? Screams of delight went up from around the room when UCC was announced as the winners of the cup for 2017, with a huge total score of 315.75!
We’d like to give a huge shoutout and thank you to our gracious hosts UL, for running such a fantastic competition. We’ll be returning to UL next month for varsities and we can’t wait – if it’s anywhere near as good as MUNSTO it’ll be amazing!
Hugh Brien – Silver, Open Novice Men ; Silver, Closed Novice Men
Joe Phelan – Bronze, Open Novice Men ; Bronze, Closed Novice Men
Alissa Kautz – Bronze, Open Novice Ladies ; Bronze, Closed Novice Ladies
Shane Roberts – Gold, Open Intermediate Men ; Gold, Closed Intermediate Men
Shane O’Connell – Bronze, Open Intermediate Men ; Bronze, Closed Intermediate Men
Gráinne Ryan – Gold, Open Intermediate Ladies ; Gold, Closed Intermediate Ladies
Kevin Sheppard – Gold, Open Intervanced Men ; Gold, Closed Intervanced Men
Ciara Judge – Bronze, Open Intervanced Ladies ; Gold, Closed Intervanced Ladies
Seán Higgins – Bronze, Open Advanced Men ; Silver, Closed Advanced Men
Emma Ambrose – Gold, Open Advanced Ladies ; Gold, Closed Advanced Ladies
Aislinn Graham – Bronze, Closed Advanced Ladies
Jack Davis – Gold, Open Elite Men ; Gold, Closed Elite Men
Adam Doyle – Silver, Open Elite Men ; Silver, Closed Elite Men
Nicole Geaney – Gold, Open Elite Ladies
Rebecca Farrelly – Bronze, Open Elite Ladies ; Gold, Open Elite Ladies
Shield Scores: Jack Davis, Adam Doyle, Kevin Sheppard, Shane Roberts, Gráinne Ryan, Ciara Judge