SSI League Finals A Spectacle of Third Level Sport.

Waterford IT Badminton and Men's Volleyball Teams celebrate together after winning their SSI League Finals.

SSI League Finals A Spectacle of Third Level Sport.

March 26, 2015  |  Domestic, News  |  Share

On what was a brilliant spectacle of third level sport the 2015 Student Sport Ireland Finals Day was hosted by Maynooth University on March 25th.

With St. Mary’s Belfast, DIT and Maynooth University all retaining their Netball, Karting and Men’s Rugby Fresher titles respectively and DIT regaining the Pool title in the weeks leading up to Finals Day plenty of top class sport was anticipated at MU with nine competitions to be decided.

And we were not disappointed with enthralling contests throughout the day in Badminton, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s rugby.

Waterford IT was the first college to claim a title on the day overcoming two DCU teams to comprehensively win the Badminton competition. However WIT’s day did not end there with the college also impressively claiming the Men’s Volleyball competition with a two set to nil win against a strong Trinity College side in the final. TCD had earlier in the day participated in what many considered the match of the day by just getting the edge over reigning champions Galway Mayo IT. With five premier players in their team GMIT were expected to retain their title but in an absolutely enthralling contest TCD emerged victors in the deciding set progressing to the final on a score of 26-24. However after defeating UCD in the semis WIT were too strong for the Trinity side in the final.

DCU were crowned Women’s Volleyball Champions defeating UCC in the final. However the foundation for DCU’s victory was their hard fought semi-final victory over Athlone IT. Having lost the first set 22-25 the DCU ladies won the next two sets, but just about, with a score of 25-23 in both. UCC had defeated Trinity College in their semi-final game but the battle hardened DCU had enough to overcome the Cork ladies in the final.

Out on the Barnhall RFC rugby pitches a total of six finals were played with the University of Limerick being the big winners of the day. The UL ladies were up against reigning champions and recent intervarsity winners IT Carlow in the Women’s Division 1 final. In what was a repeat of both the 2014 SSI and the 2015 Intervarsity Finals UL always seemed to have the edge throughout the contest winning on a score line of 16 – 5. UL also won the Men’s Division 2 title defeating IT Carlow 39-21. In what was a difficult day out for the Carlow college their Men’s teams also lost out to DIT in the Division 3 final and to Athlone in the Division 1 final. The Women’s Rugby Division 2 A and B titles were claimed by DCU and UU Coleraine who defeated Waterford IT and IT Tallaght respectively.

Our thanks to the over 2,000 students, with the assistance of their coaches and Sports Officers, who participated in the seven leagues over the year. We hope you enjoyed participating in the your competition and in doing so representing your college and fellow students.

To see the full set of results from the seven league finals please follow this link: SSI League Finals 2015

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