The University’s Inter-Student Cricket League continued last week with an impressive performance by the undefeated Belgrove Eagles to see off the threat of the lowly Glenomena Giants. Even without run-scoring wicketkeeper Adrian Huang and leg-spinner Jonny Knox, the Eagles soared to 162 runs in twelve overs, with only three wickets taken. Fast bowler Nagesh Yadav led the Eagles’ scoring with 36 not out.
With a mountain to climb and regular at the crease Andrew Downey not available, the Giants executed an admirable attempt at an unlikely victory. Led by the in-form Chris Sloan, who totalled 53 runs not out, the Giants came thirty runs short of their opponents. This loss leaves them with an unenviable winless record so far in the season, while keeping Eagles dreams of an undefeated campaign very much alive.
Republic of Ireland Under-21 manger Noel King has named an 18-man squad of domestic-based players to face the Irish Amateur side. King has chosen four UCD players on his shortlist. Paul Corry, Andy Boyle, Ciaran Nagle and Keith Ward will be given a chance to represent their country. Boyle, Nagle and Ward are all members of the FÁS FAI training programme. The programme is designed to offer unemployed players invaluable training to help them progress to the next level, while also providing educational opportunities to the participants.
The UCD Taekwondo Club recently travelled to Co Cork for the annual Irish International Championships – the largest competition on the Irish Taekwondo calendar. With great performances in last year’s competition, the club were hoping to keep up their good reputation and they did not disappoint. They returned to UCD with a tremendous haul of 15 medals in numerous weight classes, disciplines and levels for both male and female competitors.
– Ryan Mackenzie