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Summer of Sporting Success for UCC

Pride on our chest, belief in our heart, sport in our bones. The motto of UCC’s sports strategy
certainly shows the high regard in which sport is held in the University. The variety of sports on offer
is a credit to the college’s commitment to community and success. The summer months are prime
time for competition, and the summer just gone saw many UCC clubs and individual students thrive
in many disciplines.

UCC Soccer has been played at a very high standard over the years, and the UCC J2 Soccer team got
the summer off to a cracking start defeating City Wanderers 6-1 in the City Challenge Cup. The 9 th of
June saw the beginning of the Intervarsity’s Rowing Championship in Lough Rynn, Co Leitrim. UCC’s
Hugh Sutton won the Men’s intermediate 1x while Ronan Byrne was victorious in the Men’s senior
1x. There was also great news for Women’s rowing, as Emily Hegarty and Tara Hanlon were selected
for the World Cup in Poznan.

Rugby in UCC has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and it continues to produce top
class players. John Hodnett was awarded The Celtic Ross Sports Star of the month award in
recognition of his performances with the Irish U20’s winning the Grand Slam. John was also awarded
a Munster Academy contract for the 2019-20 season due to his excellent form for UCC, Munster A
and Ireland. The Irish U21’s Women’s hockey team competed in the Four Nations tournament in
Dublin, where Ireland made the final. UCC’s Hannah Humphries was on the panel for the
tournament. The UCC Senior soccer team reigned supreme in the O Connell Cup to top off an
unbelievable season, which saw them win The Collingwood Cup, The Munster Senior League and
finish runners up in the Beamish Cup to Avondale United. Rob Slevin of UCC was awarded Munster
Senior League Player of the year and subsequently moved to League of Ireland side, Waterford FC on
loan until the end of the season.

It was a magnificent summer for Irish Golf, with Shane Lowry producing a sublime performance in
Royal Portrush, but UCC’s very own Seán Desmond won the Munster Student’s Championship in
Tipperary by 2 shots. Seán continued his fantastic form by winning the South of Ireland Open
Amateur Championship at Lahinch in July. The World Student Games took place in Naples from the
3 rd -14 th of July and the Irish Universities soccer squad included several UCC students. Rob Slevin,
David Coffey, Gordon Walker, Simon Falvey, John Kavanagh, David Philips and Pierce Philips were all
selected for the team which reached the quarter final, with Greg Yelverton at the helm. UCC and
Cork City FC’s Ciara MacNamara was chosen for the women’s University team, and they got off to a
fantastic start defeating the defending champions Brazil 1-0. Unfortunately, the Irish women’s team
were narrowly defeated by Russia on penalties in the bronze medal match.

On 6 th of July, UCC Student Grace Furlong competed in the Irish U23 Athletics Championships. She
came 1 st in the Triple Jump with a distance of 11.75m. Louise Shanahan of UCC represented Ireland
at the European U23 Athletics Championship in Sweden in July. In late July and August, it is
impossible to avoid the hype and excitement around the GAA Championship. UCC GAA is one of the
biggest clubs within the college, and many UCC GAA members enjoyed great success. The Cork
Men’s U20 team produced an unbelievable comeback in the Eirgrid All Ireland Final against Dublin to
be crowned Champions. Dublin raced into a 1-6 lead without reply before Cork hit back with 3 quick
fire goals before half time to win on a score line of 3-16 to 1-14. UCC students Brian Hartnett, Jack
Murphy, Colm O’ Callaghan, Colm Barrett, Ian Giltinan and Mark Cronin were all involved in the
squad. Kerry were victorious in the U20 B All Ireland Hurling Championship, beating Down

comprehensively 3-22 to 0-12. Two UCC Students, Liam Twomey and Gearoid Fennessy started on
the Kerry team. The 2018/19 season was very successful for the UCC Cricket Club who reached the
quarter finals of the Inter-varsities and the final of both the Cork T20 Cup and the Munster Division 2
T20 Blast, topping the league stage with an incredible 7 wins in 8 games.

UCC and their sports teams pride themselves on dedication and learning. The chemistry and
relationships created through sport, plays a huge role in the success and achievements earned by
the students involved. Incoming first years are always encouraged to join teams, as there is an
incredible variety to choose from, and the new energy brought to the club drives the present
athletes to strive for better. It is these new students that keep the future of the clubs alive.