Ahead of their opening game of the new Superleague Season against the DCU saints on Sunday, UCD Marian secured a confidence boost as they took the spoils in the Stuart Robbins Memorial Tournament in Limerick. They beat the UL Eagles by a convincing ten points in the final after having staved off stiff competition in the pool stage from the Stu Robbins All Star team, Killester and Neptune, who they beat in overtime. UCD will be looking to defend their National Cup title this year and also bring their success to the Superleague which begins this Sunday when UCD travel to DCU.
The Women’s first team kicked of their season with a 2-2 draw at home to Railway Union on Saturday. Deirdre Duke scored on her debut for UCD as did Anna O’Flanagan to put UCD 2-1 ahead but a late equaliser from Jean McDonnell meant a share of the points. Their next games are on Saturday against Loreto and Sunday against Trinity.
Meanwhile, the Men’s first team will begin their season this Saturday at home against Monkstown after their scheduled meeting last weekend against Railway was postponed. They go into the season having won their final preseason game against Portranne by a convincing 9-3 last Tuesday.
The other Superleague kicks off this weekend as the first round of matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday. As in previous years, the format will consist of four leagues split between Saturday and Sunday and two cup competitions. The usual mix of amateur athleticism, misplaced enthusiasm and bizarre nomenclature are to be expected for the upcoming season.
The UCD Surf Club was the winner of the prestigious Best Stand award at the UCD Sports Expo held in the Sports centre last week.