League Finals Day Results

March 28, 2014  |  News  |  Share

GMIT Celebrate their win in the SSI Men's Volleyball Final

In what was a feast of third level sport Waterford IT today (26th March) hosted the annual Student Sports Ireland League Finals Day.

A total of eight competitions were down for decision with finals held in Badminton, Volleyball (Men’s and Women’s), Men’s Rugby (Division 1, Division 2 and Seconds League) and Women’s Rugby (Divisions 1 & Division 2).

Athlone IT ended IT Carlow’s dominance of college’s rugby for 2013/2014 with a resounding 35 -7 victory in IRFU Student Sport Ireland Men’s Rugby Division 1 Final. With IT Carlow winning all three finals that the college’s rugby teams had participated in during the day only Athlone IT stood between ITC and a clean sweep of college’s rugby titles for 2013/2014.

With victory in the Women’s Division 1 Final over UL quickly followed by emphatic wins in both the Division 2 and Seconds League deciders over UL and Athlone IT ‘B’ respectively it looked like a clean sweep was very much on the cards.

However AIT went into the match buoyed by their win over ITC in the group stage of the competition and as the match developed it was clear that AIT’s overall strength and clinical finishing, especially in the first half, meant that the outcome of the match was never in doubt. Although AIT led 26 – 0 at half time and eventually won 35 – 7 the final result does not adequately reflect the effort put in by the Carlow lads who went into the final as defending champions.

Student Sport Ireland Chairperson Carmel Lynch, accompanied by IRFU Union Committee Member Nicholas Comyn and IRFU Third Level Development Officer Eoin Hogan, were on hand to present the Division 1 cup to Athlone IT captain Martin Staunton.

In a short address Mr Comyn congratulated both Student Sport Ireland and the IRFU on the continued development of the colleges’ rugby stating “that third level rugby is of great importance to the IRFU”.

The SSI Chairperson Carmel Lynch acknowledged the IRFU’s ongoing investment in the third level game stating “on behalf of SSI I would like to thank the IRFU for their commitment to the game at third level. Not only does the IRFU provide significant support to SSI in its development of both the Men’s and Women’s Colleges’ Leagues but the investment that has facilitated the expansion of the network of College’s Rugby Development Officers in recent years is to be commended”.

In what was the first of five rugby finals Cork IT defended Limerick IT in the Women’s Division 2 final with a 13-10 victory.

Waterford IT Sports Hall played host to brilliant finals in the Badminton and Men’s and Women’s Volleyball competitions. DCU ‘A’ won the Badminton after a titanic struggle with DCU ‘B’. DCU also reached the final of the Women’s Volleyball competition but were defeated by a strong NUI Maynooth side.

Buoyed by their boisterous and passionate supporters Galway Mayo IT powered to victory in the Men’s Volleyball competition. After overcoming Griffith College in the semi-finals (2-0) the GMIT lads took early control of their final against Trinity College and ran out easy winners by two sets to nil.

To view the full schedule of competition and results please follow this link: 2014 Student Sport Ireland League Results

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