UCD Marian have been experiencing a rather dramatic drop in form of late. The National Cup champions had a disappointing double-header weekend, losing to both Bord Gáis Neptune and Belfast Star, to put their playoff hopes in doubt.
Since their miraculous victory in the cup final, when they beat 11890 Killester, the Students have struggled. They have dropped to third place in the Northern Conference and currently find themselves two games adrift of the second place DCU Saints, with a disappointing 8-11 record. DCU also have two games in hand.
With only one game remaining for UCD Marian, the Students look set to miss the playoffs. What’s more, their next opponent is Killester, who have hit their stride and will no doubt be looking to enact their revenge for their shocking cup defeat when the sides meet in the Sports Centre this Saturday.
The University’s canoe teams competed in the national intervarsities last week. They were well represented, with teams participating in whitewater, canoe polo, long distance and freestyle. Unfortunately, they only enjoyed modest success; exiting in the group stages and finishing in sixth place overall.
The club enjoyed their best result in the whitewater discipline. The three-person team of Karen Vejsbjerg, Nuala McAuley and Matthew Enright finished in a respectable fourth place – behind UCC in first, runners up UL and only three seconds off DCU in third.
The other big event, freestyle, was somewhat disappointing for UCD. The team, consisting of Matthew Enright, Simon Rowan, Nuala McAuley and Maryanne Doyle, placed fifth in a tough and strongly contested competition. UCC took gold in the event but, despite strong performances and excellent results across the board, could only finish second in the overall standings, with an impressive UL contingent taking gold.
– Ryan Mackenzie