UCC Sports Round Up
In a dramatic end to the AIL Division 1A, UCC Rugby needing a win to avoid the relegation playoffs drew 20-20 with UCD at the Mardyke on Saturday. With the clock running down, UCD drew level with the final kick of thee match – a penalty to force the draw. Unfortunately, the draw means that UCC are down in a relegation/promotion play-off – starting on Saturday 27th April, when they are at home to Malone.
Meanwhile, the UCC U20’s had better fortune when they defeated Clontarf in the semi-final of the Fraser McMullen Cup in Dublin on a score line of UCC 27-26 Clontarf.
Moving to the water, where UCC Rowing the rowing Intervarsities in Leitrim at the weekend. Unfortunately, due to horrendous weather the event was called off after a couple of events.
However, UCC senior Women’s crew got to row & won their Women’s Senior 4’s event consisting of Niamh Casey, Aoife Casey, Selma Bouanane and Margaret Cremin.
On the International scene, UCC was also well represented on the Irish squad which competed in Piediluco International Regatta, Italy at the weekend. Quercus Scholar, Ronan Byrne, came 3rd in the men’s double schull.
UCC Graduate Aifric Keogh, and Monika Dukarska had a good race to finish fifth overall in the Women’s senior pair, while another pair combination of Aileen Crowley and UCC Sports Scholar Emily Hegarty finished 7th
Ireland put 2 x 4 Women crews together for Sunday rowing: with Monika Dukarska, Aifric Keogh, Sanita Puspure and Tara Hanlon in one boat & came in fourth and the second four of Claire Ferrick, Emily Hegarty, Aileen Crowley and Eimear Lambe finished right behind them in fifth.
Onto Polocrosse, UCC competed in the Polocrosse Intervarsities in Dublin at the weekend and the UCC 1st team were overall winners. The team consisted of Daniel O Leary, Cormac Birrane, & Lauren Murphy. UCC 2nd team finished 3rd in the competition. The team consisted of Martina Hanley, Jessica Tallis & Kate McSweeney
Moving to Hockey, UCC Senior men were beaten 3-4 by Catholic Institute in their final Munster league match of the season. The UCC senior women defeated Catholic Institute 2-1 in Limerick in their final Munster league match of the season to finish runners-up in the Munster Senior league & retained their place in the EY League for 2019/20.
The Mardyke Arena was the venue for last weekend’s Powerlifting Intervarsities as UCC hosted the competition with a resounding success with UCC as overall winners.
UCC picked up a number of awards on the day, “Best Club”, “Best Male Lifter”: Kenneth Nwaezeigwe, and “Best Female Lifter” : Freya Hammer.
There were first place finishes for Andrew McEllistrim, Dan Kashoranti, Kenneth Nwaezeigwe, Freya Hammer, Tracey Kelley in their respective weight categories. While there were 3rd place finishes for Connor Logue, Sam Smith, Siobhan Hynes and Angela O’Connor.
Onto the Basketball court, congratulations to UCC students Hollie Herlihy & Hannah McCarthy & UCC Graduates Niamh Dwyer & Amy Fitzgerald who were part of the Fr Matthews team who won the Women’s Champions Trophy in Dublin yesterday. Also, congrats to UCC graduate Daniel O Sullivan who was part of Ballincollig’s Men’s Division 1 Final League Cup with a 90-67 win over Dublin Lions
Congratulations to UCC graduate Claire Rockall who was part of Maree’s 73- 65 win over University of Ulster Elks Women’s Division 1 Final League Cup.
The results for the Irish Student Trampoline Open 2019 are as follows:
- Novice Mens – 2nd Place Eoin Shortiss
- Intermediate Mens – 1st Place Donnacha Kavanagh
- Intervanced Mens – 2nd Place Darragh Roberts
- Elite Pro Mens – 1st Place Jack Davis
- Elite Pro Ladies – 1st Place Nicole Geaney
- Synchro Level 3- 1st Place Jack Davis & Nicole Geaney
- Tumbling Level 3 Ladies – 3rd Place Nicole Geaney
- Tumbling Level 3 Mens – 1st Place Jack Davis
- DMT Level 2- 1st Place Nicole Geaney
- Highest Male Form- Donnacha Kavanagh
With all of this it allowed UCC to bring home the title of ISTO Champions with a score of 302.8. This is the first time in six years that an Irish club has won this title and the first time the UCC has ever won this award.
UCC had 3 gymnasts in the Dublin Open over the weekend with the results as follows:
- Intervanced Ladies- 1st Place Aoife Collins
- Elite Men – 1st Place Cian Scully
- Elite-Pro Men- 1st Place Dylan Boon
- Higher Synchro – 3rd Place Dylan Boon & Marinane Quirke Bolt (UCD)
UCC Jnr 2 defeated Corkbeg 3-2 in their league match at the weekend
UCC Jnr 1 were beaten 2-3 by Leeds in their league match at the weekend
UCC Jnr 3 defeated Greenmount 2 – 1 in their league match at the weekend
UCC competed in the badminton intervarsities in Belfast at the weekend with the first team winning the Shield competition