Back row (l-r):Shane Cawley (coach), Zoe Mannion, Stephanie Creed, Chloe O'Flynn, Denise McCarthy, Sarah Sheridan (cox), Eliska Smidlova, Charlotte May-Simera, Aoife Willis, Ailbhe Griffin, and Paul Giblin (coach). Front row: Rachel Willis, Emelia Ray and Sadbh Mannion
NUI Galway Boat club and its sister alumni club Gráinne Mhaol had a massively successful weekend at the National Rowing championships held in the National Rowing Centre in Cork over the weekend.
Team NUI Galway had an encouraging opening day winning the Men’s Intermediate Coxed Four, the Women’s Club Coxed Four and in a composite entry with Cork Boat Club, the Women’s Senior Coxless Four. NUI Galway’s alumni club, Gráinne Mhaol, took the Men’s Senior Coxless Four title for the third year in a row.
On Saturday, NUI Galway won the Women’s Senior Coxless Pair event with a commanding performance over the field.
The final day of the Rowing Championships saw three more wins for NUI Galway rowers who took the Women’s Club Eight title, the Women’s Senior Eight title - again in partnership with Cork Boat Club - and in the final race of the regatta, NUI Galway and alumni partners Gráinne Mhaol, came from almost a length down at one stage to win the premier event, the Men’s Senior Eight, by a mere 0.41 seconds in a thrilling battle with Trinity, a third successive Irish title for this formidable unit.
NUI Galway finished joint-top club with seven wins.
Sports Scholarship holder and current NUI Galway Sports Award winner Aifric Keogh won three senior titles in Eight, Four and Pair.
From the winning Men’s Eight, NUI Galway Sports Scholarship holders Rob O’Callaghan, Richard Bennett and Kevin Neville along with Gráinne Mhaol’s Fionnán McQuillan-Tolan will represent Ireland in the Men’s Heavyweight Coxless Fours event at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships being held in Varese, Italy from July 23-27.
The Mens Soccer club had a very exciting season with all four teams having a great seasonIntervarsityFreshers squad reached the Intervarsity (Harding) Cup Final in Limerick losing out by a 2-1 margin to UCD in what was an exciting final.Many of the Freshers were part of the squad that...
The Mens Soccer club had a very exciting season with all four teams having a great season
Freshers squad reached the Intervarsity (Harding) Cup Final in Limerick losing out by a 2-1 margin to UCD in what was an exciting final.
Many of the Freshers were part of the squad that participated in what was the best campaign for a number of years in the CUFL. This league is a mixture of ITs and Universities and typically played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Winter. Topping the group section the team reached the National Quarter Finals losing out to Trinity College in an away trip.
Our Collingwood Cup sqaud han an excellent tournament reaching the Cup Final for the fourth time in six years. Luck was not on our side in front of a large crowd for the historic 100th final which was played at Belfield UCD v NUI Maynooth and broadcast live on Setanta Ireland.
Competitive (Club Sqauds)
Both club squads playing the Galway Leagues had tremndous seasons. The Premier Division team finished fourth place in the league, their highest ever position in the Galway Premier league. They also had a magical cup run reaching the last eight in the FAI Junior Cup after winning eight rounds of cup game. The Junior Cup is the largest amatuer cup competition in Europe. The club got great expsoure from this locally, nationally and through various social media outlets due to the Quarter Final Draw being held at the Aviva Stadium hosted by Ray Houghton.
Our seconds team (The Colts) had a very succesful campaign winning the league title for the first time in recent years and having a very good run in the Cup reaching the Semi Final and only losing out for a place at Eamonn Deacy Park in the last minute. The team had a nice mixture of International students, undergrads and postgrads and helped out a lot at the committee level.
Recreational The club linked well with Soccer Facilitator in the refereeing of the Futsal competitions at Kingifsher. It served a dual purpose in (i) promoting recreation and also (ii) identifying some players for the "Colts" weekend competitive team. Hopefully ths can develpo further next year as more of the Soccer Club players help out with officiating and possibly helping the running the futsal leagues.
Social The social side of the club has been very strong with food beign provided after home games for the weekend teams and for the Intervarsity squad following midweek games. Fundraising was to the fore again and the club draw helped generate revenue to help run the club. The draw night was a great social occcasion with players from all squads meeting up. The club held a number of social events inlcuding a Player Awards ngith at the end of the season and also attended the very successful Sports Ball.
Numbers at training were very high as usual at the beginning of the season where there are open trials at Dangan every Tuesday and Thursday. Cages training was held every Wednesday for both the weekend teams.
Following trials when intervarsity squads were picked there was a number of trainign sessions held during the day and we may look at continuing this next year as daytime training suited a majority of the intervarsity players.
NUIG Badminton had a very sucessful weekend winning the Grade G Interleague All Irelands in Baldoyle on Sunday in a cliffhanging encounter against Nomads of Bray.
NUIG Badminton had a very sucessful weekend winning the Grade G Interleague All Irelands in Baldoyle on Sunday in a cliffhanging encounter against Nomads of Bray. After both teams had defeated Moyvane of Kerry in their opening match it came down to a winner takes all tussle between these two evenly matched teams. A hugely determined NUIG battled throughout the match against a talented Nomads team and both teams were tight at three games a piece going into the final mixed match. After losing the first set of the final mixed match 21-14 NUIG came out fighting in the second set and managed to win 21-15 leaving the destination of this years All Ireland down to the final mixed match. Nomads gained an early advantage in the final set leading at various times by 11-5 and 18-14 but NUIG were not finished yet and fought back to tie matters up at 19-19. With momentum in NUIG favour the next two points were won and with that the title was coming back West much to the delighted of the NUIG team and supporters.
Dear all, I would appreciate if you could circulate this email to your Sports Clubs. Student Sport Ireland invite applications for the 2013/2014 Event of the Year Award. The Event of the Year Award sets out to identify and recognise excellence in the organisation and delivery of intercollegiate...
I would appreciate if you could circulate this email to your Sports Clubs.
Student Sport Ireland invite applications for the 2013/2014 Event of the Year Award.
The Event of the Year Award sets out to identify and recognise excellence in the organisation and delivery of intercollegiate events by third level sports clubs.
Each club that hosts an intercollegiate event in the 2013/2014 academic year may submit a nomination form.
Student Sport Ireland is a company limited by guarantee registered in the Republic of Ireland. Registration No. 406137. Registered Office: Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland.
On the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of February the NUIG Archery Club hosted the 4th round of the intervarsity league and a charity event in aid of Cro? at the Kingfisher Sports Hall.
On the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of February the NUIG Archery Club hosted the 4th round of the intervarsity league and a charity shoot in aid of Croí at the Kingfisher Sports Hall.
The club delivered a great performance once again by winning gold in the following individual categories:
Male Recurve (Darren Wallace)
Male Compound (Carl Byrne)
Male Barebow (Sam Schultz)
Female Barebow (Nada Khaled-Abdo)
Beginner Recurve (Katrina Kelly).
The team also achieved gold in all the team categories:
Recurve Team (Darren Wallace, Aisling Finn & Fan Xingliang)
Compound Team (Carl Byrne, Callum Conroy & Nicole Shellenbarger)
Barebow Team (Sam Schultz, Tómas Mac Craith & Derek Naughton)
Mixed Team (Darren Wallace, Carl Byrne and Sam Schulz).
The team obtained 2nd and 3rd in many of the overall standings in all categories. It was a great day as the club continues to achieve and brings them one step closer to taking the league title with only two more competitions left in the season.
On Sunday 24th of February, a charity shoot was held in aid of Croí . The shoot was held in order to raise awareness of heart disease and heart defects in sports people which they not may be aware of.
Local businesses in Galway sponsored Raffle Prizes (Sub City, Charlie Byrnes, Sweetie Pies, Million Dollar Secrets, Anthony Ryans & Boojum) which was gratefully appreciated for there support.
As a result of people's donations and sponsorships we were able to raise €350 for the local charity. After meeting Barry McCann Fundraising Manager he explained where the funds raised would be going. The money will contribute towards the Cardiac Unit in the University College Hospital Galway, First Response and CPR classes, halter monitors, ECG scans and many more great causes in the West of Ireland.