by Fearghal Kerin.
UCD’s rugby side have had a mixed start as they kicked off their season with participation in the Leinster Senior Cup. This tournament acts largely as a opportunity for the teams to fine tune themselves with an away tie against Old Belvedere, in prepatation for the All Ireland League, which begins in less than a month.
Nonetheless, the Students’ first match was a disappointing defeat against last year’s beaten semi-finallists Lansdowne, with UCD unfortunate to lose 32-23 at the Belfield Bowl.
However, they managed to put this behind them, comfortably beating Barnhall in Celbridge, putting them in a strong position to qualify from their group.
Next up is a trip to nearby Greystones, where UCD will be looking to cement their progression with another good performance.
The formation of the new All Ireland League means that this is a big year for UCD Ladies Hockey side.
The league will be split into two pools of six, comprising sides from the four provinces, replacing the traditional provincial format.
The overall winner will then go on to represent Ireland in a European Club Championship on the continent, so this is a great opportunity for the college side to prove themselves on a national and potentially international stage.
UCD gained entrance to the league after victory in the Wildcard Playoff Tournament, on the back of victories over UCC and Galway and drawing against Belfast Harlequins.
be a one-sided encounter.
UCD Boat Club
At the Boating National Championships in Iniscarra in late-July, UCD won a record seven boating titles, confirming their growing reputation at the forefront of the Irish rowing scene.
Both the men and women had successes in the Novice 8’s, Intermediate 8’s, while the women also picked up the Intermediate Fours aswell as the Senior Double, effectively boating’s All Ireland.
UCD Cricket Club
UCD’s Cricketers were unlucky to be defeated in the final of the Irish Universities Cricket Association intervarsities.
UCD went into the final having shared the trophy with Trinity the previous year, but despite batting well in the run up to the final, UCD’s batsmen failed to make an impact against a strong DCU side and finished as runners up at the iconic cricket crease within Trinity College.
UCD will have an opportunity to exact revenge in the forthcoming Indoor Intervarsities, an event that has grown in popularity since it’s recent inception.
UCD Cycling Club
UCD cyclist Louise Moriarty won three golds in the National Track Champions in July. Moriarty took victory in each of the 500km, the 3km pursuit and the Scratch race, in what were competitive fields in the build up to the Olympic Games in Beijing.