UCC Old Boys’ Match – 11th March, 5 pm, Mardyke

This Saturday afternoon, the Mardyke will host the clash of UCC vs Buccaneers (KO 2.30pm) in the Ulster Bank League. However, unbeknown to most, another game will be taking place afterwards with a different outcome in mind. Now in its 7th year, a team of former UCC junior players gathered from across the globe shall challenge the might of the UCC Bulldogs (J3) in what has popularity become known as the UCC Old Boys Charity Game(KO 5pm). The idea for the game was pioneered by the evergreen Dan Daly in 2010 as a means to catch up with old teammates and to get to know the next generation of junior players. What began on a cold October night as a game of rugby pitting age and experience against youthful exuberance has evolved every year since. The decision to add a charity fundraising aspect has been hugely successful for both the initial charity Irish Guide dogs for the Blind, and more recently the Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club.

The Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club was founded in 1992 by a small group of volunteers who took a group of deserving children on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris. The club has grown in size and strength since then and now organises events including Santa visits at Christmas, Easter egg hunts and regular visits to the wards by Mickey Mouse and his Disney cohorts. The annual trip to Disneyland Paris of sick and terminally ill children is still the main event of the club however. Last year, the Old Boys game raised just shy of €2,000, which enabled the charity to pay for three ill children to travel, accompanied by nurses who ensured the best of care throughout the trip. This year we hope to surpass this total and help this worthy cause as much as possible. We have established an online donations page at www.gofundme.com/uccobg  where any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.

For those attending the senior game there will be an opportunity to donate during the game with volunteers at hand. We would also ask for all interested parties to remain to take in what promises to be a fantastic game of champagne rugby. It’ll be the closest thing to ba-ba rugby to be witnessed in Cork this year!

We look forward to seeing you there.