UCD cricket became the first club in the country to host a winter indoor cricket league this year. The competition began on October 21st and consists of four teams. Each team takes its name from a UCD residence.
So far, it has been the Belgrove Eagles who have dominated. The team includes Irish women’s international Hannah de Burgh Whyte. The team cemented their position at the top of the table with two comfortable victories over Roebuck Rhinos and Merville Magic. The league will continue throughout the winter and it is hoped that it will lead to the growth of cricket in UCD.
The college’s pool and snooker club held the annual UCD cup at the end of October. The final was contested between Steven O’Reilly and Brian McLean. It was O’Reilly who eventually came out on top, with a scoreline of 4-2, after a highly competitive final. This win allowed Steven to reclaim top spot in the rankings. The results of this event will be used to decide the UCD squads, which will represent the college in league games. With many talented players, the Students will be hoping for success in both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ leagues.
A successful season for the UCD Fencing Club continued this month. This time, it was the turn of the novices to show what they could do. Having brought a large squad to Cork, the Students were hopeful of a good showing and the beginners didn’t disappoint. Robin Coleman finished in fifth place and in doing so, won the ‘Best Beginner’ prize. Second year Ronan Quinn also overcame a number of injuries to finish impressively in third place. The team will now look to build on these solid foundations for the rest of the season.