UCC Water polo club travel to Dublin for intervarsities

On Friday and Saturday, UCC’s water polo team travelled to Dublin to compete at this years intervarsities. Four UCC ladies formed a scrap team with UCD and two men formed a team with DCU. In water polo, a lot of the action takes place under the water with kicks to the gut, ankle grabbing and swimsuit pulling all permitted in the sport. Having low numbers able to attend this particular event, the UCC teams had to be tactical in their approach once in the water, using attacking skills they had learned from the coaching team, Finbarr Hedderman and their club captain, Zach Anderson.

UCC Ladies first match was against Trinity College Dublin. Trinity made a formidable opponent and were obviously well practiced in the sport, going on to win the finals the next day. UCC’s Megan Exner-Brown, while holding off a TCD player, scored a goal, giving the whole UCC team a boost. The next game for the ladies side was against the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. Rachel Keane, ladies captain, created many scoring opportunities by creating a pass line from the goalie to the forward line. Able to hold their own a lot better, UCC and UCD ladies scored 4 goals against their opponents.

On the Saturday, UCC/UCD ladies played DIT. Claire Roche and Eimear McKenna, both successfully scored goals. In the second half Eimear loped the ball to Claire, who had positioned herself straight in front of the goals and batted in right over the goalie for another UCC goal.

UCC’s men, Michael Coyne and Mikey Kelly, played Queens University Belfast for their first game. In a gruelling match, where the scrap team only had 2 subs while QUB had five, QUB dominated the game. UCC men went on to play NUIG, where Michael made a few well-timed blocks, preventing NUIG from scoring. Multiple score efforts were made by Mikey, putting NUIG in a defensive mode and in the end it was the UCC/DCU who had the upper hand. Water polo has been a growing sport in UCC in recent years, offering students a different kind of water sport to compete in. Overall, intervarsities proved to be rewarding weekend for UCC Waterpolo, who credit their coaches for an improved performance on last year. The team are now looking forward to continuing training for the rest of the year and hoping to enter full UCC teams at future events.

– Eimear McKenna

In water polo, a lot of the action takes place under the water with kicks to the gut, ankle grabbing and swimsuit pulling all permitted