Highs and Lows for College in 2017

Away from the pitch; it has been an equally tried and tested year for UCC’s other clubs. Following a mixed year for the college’s soccer and GAA clubs the baton was firmly passed to judo, surfing, squash, archery and tennis and who enjoyed a multitude of successes over the intervarsity season. UCC Judo added to…

Super 8 Super Challenge

On the 25th of February the GAA passed the motion to introduce a trialled Super 8 into next year’s championship. The proposal, which will eliminate the All-Ireland quarterfinals, will replace the current system with two groups of four, with the top four counties progressing to the All-Ireland semi-finals. It is a decision which has come…

Rebels Roles Reversed?

As this edition goes to print, the 2016 All Ireland series will have come to a halt. Tipperary have claimed the Liam McCarthy, Kilkenny have won the Camogie for the first time since 1996, and Cork Ladies Footballers will have won yet another All Ireland title. On the other side of Leeside, things appear more…

Reaching Out and Reaching In

Flashback to 2011: A 15 year old Dylan was off collecting his Junior Cert results, eating Burger King and reading the adventures of Green Lantern & the Blackest Night. In another room my father was off debating the transfers, and Cork’s chances of reaching an All Ireland final. The idea of sports was a foreign…

Tea Time Fillers:

The national sport of Afghanistan is Buzkashi, where teams on horseback attempt to place a goat carcass in their opponent’s goal.   The 1947 All-Ireland Football Final between Cavan and Kerry was contested in New York City, to mark the mass emigration of Irish people to America 100 years earlier during the Great Famine.  …

The Black card: A pure detriment to our game.

“Here we go again. The black card debate”. My immediate, intrinsic reaction to the conflicting voices which converge every Sunday night. This widely-discussed topic seems to be at the epicentre of all Gaelic football enthusiast’s agenda at the moment. So much so that even a laborious five minutes attention devoted to Mr. Joe Brolly technically…

Dozen Point Loss for Cork Hurlers

  Allianz National Hurling League: Tipperary 2-27 Cork 2-15 All the good work of last week’s encouraging performance against Kilkenny was undone as Cork succumbed to a heavy defeat from Tipperary in Thurles today. A twelve-point loss putting the Leesiders back to square one as they prepare to face Galway in a relegation play-off to…

Rebel Army Dominate the Farney

Allianz National Football League: Cork 1-20 Monaghan 1-13 Cork were comfortable seven point winners in today’s Allianz Football League tie against Monaghan in Páirc Uí Rinn. From the outset the home side meant business, racing into a 1-5 to no score lead in the opening ten minutes. The ball being worked with ease down the…

Power Surges to Pip Rebels

Allianz National Hurling League: Cork 2-22 Kilkenny 2-23 In what looked to have been the final attack of the game, with the scores level at 2-22 apiece, Cork keeper Patrick Collins is bringing the ball out and assessing who to pass to. He spots Luke Farrell around the 45 yard line. Cork are still alive…