UCC Sport Review of past week
It was a successful weekend for UCC Rugby, as Senior team picked up their first win of the AIL campaign. It was an even affair in the opening exchanges with UCC taking the lead thanks to Rob Hedderman try which was converted by James Taylor. Dublin University levelled the game thanks to Donal Liddy’s try converted by James Fennelly.
With the sides level at the break it was UCC who started quickest. Ryan Murphy reaching the try line, and Taylor once again coolly slotted over the conversion. The lead was short lived as DU levelled the game once again. Into the final 10minutes and this time Taylor converted from his own try. In the dying moments, UCC’s Matt Bowen secured a bonus point, with a try on 78minutes. Taylor stepped up to make it 4 out of 4 for his conversion tally for the day. A great result for the squad to build on going in to their next two games, away to Lansdowne followed by a home game to Garryowen. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs had a strong finish to 2018, with a convincing win 57-19 over Cobh Pirates on Friday evening.
The new year will see a busy schedule of fixtures for UCC Soccer club. Last week, the draws for the Rustlers College Universities Football League Quarter Finals took place, with four of UCC Men’s Soccer clubs in the draw. All fixtures will kick off the last week in January. In the Men’s Premier Division, UCC will travel to DIT, while in Division 2 UCC face an away day to Galway Technical Institute. Into Division 3, UCC host Rathmines College FE while Division 4 side travel to DCU.
University of Limerick are set to host the final stages of the 2019 Rustlers Irish Universities Collingwood Cup in February. UCC have been winners on 13 different occasions dating back to 1974, with the most recent being in 2017. UCC will face DCU in their opening game with a potential semi-final date against the winners of Mary Immaculate College, Queens University and UCD.
Switching to GAA, UCC Senior Hurlers have been in impressive form throughout the league campaign. An impressive opening win against Waterford IT, 3-14 to 0-15, was quickly followed by a narrow 1-point win over IT Carlow. In the final group game, it was a local derby against local rivals Cork IT, and it was the college that came out on top with a single goal being the difference between the two.
Next up UCC faced Dublin IT in the quarter finals, and with a 2-point win, they marched onto a semi-final show down with University of Limerick. The Shannonsiders had been in impressive form throughout the campaign themselves, but it was the College that looked more convincing from start to finish and were victorious 1-18 to 16points. So like their footballing counterparts, UCC Hurlers faced off against DCU in the final. Unfortunately, the success wasn’t to be repeated as they lost by a 4-point margin.