UCC Soccer claim Collingwood Cup
What a week it’s been for UCC Sports Clubs. UCC soccer claimed the Collingwood Cup Final for a 14th time. Coming from behind against hosts University of Limerick. UCC’s Simon Falvey equalised with only minutes on the clock in normal time. Early into extra time captain Rob Slevin headed home Garan Manley’s pinpoint corner.
Following on from his Player of the Tournament performance with UCC In the Collingwood Cup, UCC’s Robert Slevin has been nominated for the FAI “Intermediate Player of the Year” Award. The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 17th March in Dublin
In the GAA club a busy week of action, first up the senior footballers took on IT Carlow in the Sigerson Cup quarter finals. Making light work if their opponents with a score line of 4-21 to 0-05 to progress to a semi-final showdown against NUI Galway on 17th February in Mallow.
Like their footballing counterparts, the senior hurlers also faced IT Carlow in the Fitzgibbon cup quarter finals. Despite the efforts of Carlow, the result never looked in doubt, as UCC ran out winners 3-19 to 1-11.
The Ladies Gaelic footballers started their O’Connor Cup campaign strongly with a 3-09 to 1-10 win over DCU in Dublin.
The senior Camogie team headed to Mallow over the weekend to compete in the Ashbourne semi-finals. It was a game of two halves with the blustery conditions affecting both teams. UCC were behind to Waterford IT by 4points at the interval, however UCC scored 5points without response to book their place in Sunday’s final against defending champions UL. The final was evenly contested throughout but with UL scoring critical goals at key stages this proved the difference between the two side. UL retained their crown for another year with a 3-08 to 0-8 win over UCC.
There were quite a few UCC Rugby Club players on representative duty this weekend. Cian Bohane (Captain), James Taylor, Peter Sylvester, Shane O Hanlon, & Bryan O Connor who are part of the Irish Students team who defeated Scottish student 31-3. Bohane and Taylor both on the scoresheet.
John Poland was part of the Club Ireland team; John Hodnett was part of the Irish U20 team and Alison Miller, UCC Graduate, was part of the Irish Senior Women’s team.
UCC Fencing club were in Dublin as UCD hosted the East of Ireland Open. In the Women’s Sabre, UCC dominated the podium placings. Graduate Aoife O Loughlin came 1st, UCC student Lillias Healy came 2nd while another UCC student Rita Diczhazi came 3rd. Meanwhile in the Men’s Sabre, Kevin McSweeney, UCC graduate and current coach in the club came 3rd.
UCC Swimming Club competed in the Sundays Well Swimming Club Open Masters at the weekend. In the 25-29 Age Group, Andrew Namespetra took gold in the 100m & 200m Freestyle, Natalie Krakowsk took Silver in the 50m Breast stroke & bronze in the 50m Backstroke and Seth Coccia took Bronze in the 50m Breast stroke
In the 19-24 Age Group: Ross McAuliffe took Gold in the 50m Freestyle, Butterfly & Backstroke and Roisin O Donovan took Gold in the 50m Freestyle and Bronze in the 50m Breast stroke and Colm Doyle took Silver in the 50m & 100m Freestyle. Excitingly Ross’s Butterfly appears to equal the existing Irish Masters 19-24 record and the Backstroke, at 28.17 secs, to exceed the old record. This is currently being checked.