with Fearghal Kerin.
UCD’s scheduled clashes in the Higher Education Championships fell victim to last week’s poor weather conditions, with the Senior Footballers’ tie with University of Limerick which had been scheduled for Wednesday as well as the Senior Hurlers marquee clash with last year’s defeated finalist’s Limerick IT postponed due to an unplayable Belfield pitch. Though this results in an unnecessary disturbance for both the Sigerson Cup and Fitzgibbon Cup squads, the weather had rendered the pitch in no fit state for field sports. The ties have been rescheduled for this coming week, with the hurlers in action on Tuesday and the football game taking place on Thursday.
The UCD Boxing Club has continued its recent successes by retaining the Fred Tiedt Cup once more. The trophy, better known as the Annual Colours competition has made it’s way to Belfield for the third year running. Trinity hosted the games at the beginning of the month, though home advantaged proved of little solace as the UCD team dominated the later fights to take a narrow victory by 5 fights to four.
The lighter Trinity fighters had the advantage, while UCD’s heavyweight completed a clean sweep in the later contests. One star for the Belfield outfit was Thibault Claudon, who was declared Boxer of the Tournament after his defeat against Michael Gibbons in the 60kg weight category.
UCD’s basketball players travel north on 26th February to take part in the Intervarsities that will be joint-hosted by Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster, Jordanstown. This has been a successful year for UCD, with Marian doing well in the Superleague and the Under 20s having won the National Cup last month.
UCD are traditionally Ireland’s superpower in Colleges basketball, having won the previous four Intervarsities, and five of the last six. Coach Kevin Foley will hope to prolong this domination on their trip to Ulster.
Under 20s Rugby
UCD’s Under 20s are continuing their quest for JP Fanagan glory, although they will be disappointed to have missed out on the opportunity to face Trinity last weekend with the game again being postponed due to the frosty weather. Though UCD have already comfortably beaten their Colours rivals, Trinity have come back on form, inspired by outhalf David Joyce who recently made the step up to AIL, scoring 20 points on his debut. Victory over Trinity will be crucial if UCD are to regain momentum after slipping to defeat against fellow favourites Lansdowne in January, although they have followed this up with commanding victories over Blackrock and Belvedere a they prepare for their final two Super Six clashes.