UCC Hockey begin their busy campaign
UCC Women’s Hockey began the Irish Senior Cup first round with a short trip across the city to Garryduff to play against Church of Ireland (CI). With the heavy downpour putting the game in doubt, it was all systems go when the umpire gave a thumbs up to proceed.
In the early exchanges, it was end to end with both teams having spells of possession. It was UCC who took their opportunity, with Christina Dring opening the scoring inside the first quarter. Moments later Irish International Hannah Humphries was called into action to deny CI and equaliser. From this moment on, UCC had a period of dominating possession and shortly before half time, Elva Kerr added a second to give them a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time.
Into the second half and CI pushing hard to get back into the game, got their just rewards. However, moments later in the third quarter UCC pounced on poor play from CI Aoife Collins was on hand to restore UCC’s two goal cushion.
The college side held out in the final quarter to advance to the next round.
Hockey is a sport with a rapidly growing popularity around the country and UCC hockey is proud to fly the flag for the sport in UCC. UCC Ladies Hockey Club is the biggest hockey club in Munster. With six teams competing in every division of the Munster hockey league and cup competitions. As well as competing in Irish Senior Cup and the seconds team compete in the Irish Junior Cup. The club pride themselves on being extremely inclusive and welcoming to all existing and new members alike, whether you’re looking to pick up a hockey stick for the first time or looking to play amongst our international athletes such as Hannah Humphries and Jenny Clein, UCC Ladies Hockey Club has a team for you.
All of the teams train twice weekly and play their home games on the Mardyke water-based pitch – a top class training facility which has played host to multiple international hockey games over the past few years.
There have many successes within the club last season. The firsts team came in second place in the Munster Senior Cup, they also beat Catholic Institute in a nail-biting match to secure their place in EYHL 2 for this coming season. The seconds team came second in the Munster Junior Cup final, losing out to a strong Cork Harlequins side. The division six team beat Blackrock Hockey Club to take home the Munster division six cup and they also achieved promotion from the division six league to the division five league for the coming season! The club is looking forward to continuing and building on our successes this year.
The social side of the club is just as important as lifelong friends are made through the club. A plethora of social activities run throughout the year in conjunction with the men’s hockey club, most notably the annual hockey ball held in the Rochestown Park hotel, and the Christmas party- two highly anticipated events in our calendar that are not to be missed!
We would strongly encourage anyone interested to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on any of the clubs social media pages. We look forward to hearing from you soon!