UCC and IT Carlow are set to face each other once again in the HEC div 1 league final today Wednesday November 25th.
For the second time in two years the black and red coloured colleges will meet in the final as UCC seek revenge for last year’s loss. ITC won the Division 1 title for the first time in 2014 and will be hoping to continue their successful league campaign with back to back titles. The IT Carlow side boasts a number of inter-county stars such as Waterford’s Colin Dunford, Tipperary’s Tommy Nolan, Laois trio Cha Dwyer, Picky Maher and Dwane Palmer along with Kilkenny’s Kevin Kelly to name just a few. UCC have gained a number of their talented players such as Eoin Gough who were narrowly defeated in the fresher final against UL last march and crowned fresher league winners. To add to this UCC also host proficient hurlers such as Shane O’Donnell, Alan Cadagon, DJ Foran and Tadgh Burke.
The 2014 champions defeated CIT in their first round by three points on a score line of 2-18 to 1-18, University College Cork also started their league campaign with a winning streak defeating Munster neighbours WIT 2-25 to 1-17.
In round two the sides met for the first time this year when the sides couldn’t be separated racking up 21 points a piece, making today’s final a winner takes all affair.
In round three IT Carlow dismissed WIT in IT Carlow on a huge scoreline of 3-18 to 0-9 while UCC experienced a difficult battle against next door neighbours CIT with the 2014 finalists coming out of that game with a single point on the board once again (UCC 0-15 CIT 0-15).
The Quarter-finals were comfortable wins for the pair of finalists as UCC demolished UCD with a 17 point win over the Dublin side (UCC 5-18 UCD 0-16). UL were the next team to fall at the hands of IT Carlow, The Carlow side hitting a seven point victory in IT Carlow.
The semi-finals were a much tighter affair as the first of the two semi-finals played in Mardyke seen UCC defeat Mary Immaculate Limerick by five points. DIT were winners of the home venue for the second semi-final as IT Carlow scraped a two point victory to ensure their league final spot and a chance to retain their title once again.
Throw in the WIT carriganore sports grounds at 5pm.