UCC Women’s Hockey awarded Munster Senior League Title

Congratulations to UCC Women’s Hockey Club who were awarded the Munster Division One title over the weekend by the Munster Branch, on a percentage basis having run up a perfect record in the top provincial competition. CofI were awarded the men’s title.

For both, though, the abrupt end to the season meant both frustratingly missed out on the closing stages of EYHL2 and a shot at promotion back up to the top tier EYHL1.

For UCC’s women’s coach Graham Catchpole, he was happy his side got recognition for their campaign, winning all their Munster league games and reaching the senior cup final.

“It is really unique times and a strange situation. Nonetheless, it is a nice reward for the efforts the team put in.”

“We would have been confident we would have gone on and won the title despite having some very tough games against Belvedere and Bandon in particular which went to the wire. But the girls probably feel they did enough.”

UCC were in the frame for a playoff place in EYHL2 with two games to go but will now have to be content to have another shot at it next season. What format that takes remains to be seen.

On another note, UCC Men’s Hockey Club captain, Steven Scanlan, was shortlisted for the Student Sport Ireland Leadership Award. The winner was announced at their annual Networking Event which took place virtually last Thursday. Unfortunately, Steven did not win the overall title but it was a tremendous achievement to be shortlisted for the national award.