Sports Roundup: February 11th, 2020
The UCD Lacrosse team have had a great week two, with lots of new faces at training! The club recently ran a Reffing and Coaching course for the Women’s team on Saturday, February 1st, to upskill people in the area in order to keep up with the growing popularity of the sport seen throughout the country as of late.
Week three was another busy one for the club, who had their Freshers event on the night of Monday, February 3rd, and their first Game Day on Saturday, February 8th. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams will be traveling to Galway to play teams from Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork. With the Men’s team winning the Cup last semester.
UCD Lacrosse had their first game day of the season in Galway on Saturday, February 8th. Battling high winds and tough competition, the Men’s team came away with a solid win against NUIG, with Barry Carmody and Emmett Campbell putting in strong defensive performances. Their second game against UCC, again, saw UCD’s defence come to the fore. Brendan Byrne played well throughout the day, tallying two goals and a handful of assists.
The Women’s team’s first match was against Dublin City. It was a tough match with strong defence from Joy Boucher and Niamh Mahon and goals scored by Meghan Donahue, Emily Ann Byrne and Amy Hagen. Unfortunately, their second match against Galway was cancelled due to storm Ciara’s appearance, blowing the goals across the field in its wake. Both teams will look to build off their performances on February 22nd for the league’s second game day.
by Emily Ann Byrne
It’s been a challenging time for the UCD Olympic Handball Club over the last two weeks. Both Men’s and Women’s teams have undergone a bout of losses. On Saturday, February 1st, the Men’s team had a match against Dublin City Handball, losing lost 24-30, whilst the Women’s lost 27-18 against their female counterparts.
On Monday, February 3rd, the Women’s had another rough time, losing 36-24 to Dublin International HC.
by Emre Oktay
The UCD Men’s Hockey team remain in 3rd place and inside the coveted top 4 play-off places thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Glenanne. Despite playing the final quarter with a man less, Jazze Henry and Ewan Ramsay’s goals were enough to ensure the win. The Ladies leapfrogged rivals Pembroke into the top 4 also, with a 2-1 win over Catholic Institute. Aided by the return of their Irish internationals from South Africa, a kind run of fixtures will hopefully see UCD assert their playoff credentials in the weeks ahead.
The UCD Men’s Hockey 1st team played Corinthians this weekend, suffering a narrow loss of 4-3 after a heated effort. Meanwhile, the 2nds were pitted against Railway Union, where they succeeded in nabbing a 1-1 draw.
Elsewhere, the Ladies’ 3rd team played against their counterparts at Railway Union, breezing through to a well-deserved 3-0 win, with goals coming in from McLoughlin, Tice and Nyland.
by Neil Stokes
A large number of the UCD Fencing members participated in the Professor Duffy Memorial Team Èpèe on the 25th – 26th of January in Trinity. Two of their members (Sean Ryan and Sun Haocheng) were part of the Team that got 2nd place in Men’s Èpèe.
Elsewhere, the club are proud to announce that UCD Fencing will be hosting the Annual East of Ireland Competition.
by Tlamelo Malima
Both UCD Men’s tennis teams stand in good stead after two matches in their Dublin Winter League pools. The Firsts recovered from a narrow defeat in week one to beat Fitzwilliam 3-0 while the Seconds maintained their perfect record thus far. The Ladies recorded their first win of the campaign with a 2-1 victory against Donnybrook to lie mid-table in what is a very difficult Class 1 group.
by Neil Stokes