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1st Jul
NEWS

American Football Clinic Home Semifinal

"The University of Limerick Vikings are bringing the American Football Ireland championship playoffs back to Limerick for the first time since 2017; it will also be the first time a semi-final has been played at UL since 2012.  The Vikings secured a home field game for the Division 1 playoffs after defeating the Westmeath Minotaur's Sunday afternoon in Mullingar.Sunday’s game was a rematch that had been much anticipated by the Vikings for two weeks.  Prior to the game, lashing rain had members of both teams wondering if the game would be played at all.  Eventually the rain subsided, the sun shined, the game clock began, and kickoff commenced with the Vikings opting to kick the ball to the Minotaur's.This was a much different game than the one which took place at Maguire’s Field in Limerick two weeks ago, a 17-0 loss for the Vikings.  In Sunday’s match up UL executed well in all three phases of the game. The UL run game was excellent in the difficult conditions with Aidan Maher and Reece Moloney picking up first downs and Maher gathering all four TDs in an impressive MVP performance. Defense continued to dominate with Jake Kelly and Robert Browne combining for six sacks – Kelly producing five, Browne having 1.  On Special Teams the Vikings tipped field position in their favor with blocked punts, recovered kicks and excellent kicking from Danny Quilter. Defensive backs Adam Wixted and Evan Quigley each came away with an interception. On the verge of being shut out themselves, the Minotaur's were able to muster 6 points after a costly third down penalty by the Vikings.This was a much needed win by the Vikings as they have battled throughout the season for a spot in the postseason, and a homefield decision.  It was also a huge morale boost for UL who enter the playoffs in good formWhen the final whistle blew and the two teams shook hands, players on both sides concurred it was a great game with the Vikings leaving it all out on the field on both sides of the ball. We look forward to welcoming the winner of the Donegal/Derry Vipers and Cill Dara Crusaders game to Limerick on the 17th of July. "

13th Jun
NEWS

Triwizard Tournament

"THROWBACK TO OUR WEEK 10 TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT!!The Triwizard Tournament came to life for two important reasons:1) Harry Potter is amazing; 2) I wanted a competition that everyone, regardless of kayaking ability could win.We utilized the week 10 pool sessions and made it a week-long event, running 3 events over 3 pool sessions.The first event was freestyle, where everyone had two 45 second runs to show what they had to offer. Anything Harry Potter related was given extra points. Freestyle is an important kayaking discipline here in Ireland. Also, within the club it is the easiest to practice, through pool sessions and offers the foundations for all the other disciplines.The second event was boater-cross, a very common whitewater race, where every competitor starts at once. We had balloons in the pool and winning the races involved not only getting the boats across the line, but the unpopped balloon too. The rule for the first race was that the team's balloon couldn't leave the water, which resulted in some very interesting techniques to maneuver the balloon to the finish line. The second race involved keeping the balloon out of the water. It was great to see everyone really taking the rules of boater-cross seriously and trying to find inventive ways to win.The final event of the week was polo. This is another major discipline the club caters for, but in keeping with the Harry Potter theme, it had to be quittich. We set up  a snitch that was a lemon, having first proven it floated:), and then bluggers that were space hoppers.Overall, it was amazing to see everyone getting involved and all skill abilities able to win!!The event was such a success that it has now become the Annual Triwizard Tournament.Thanks a million to everyone who helped out and took part during the week. See you all again next year!!"

30th May
NEWS

Centre College NCAA Football Team

"The UL Vikings American Football team hosted the Centre College Colonels, a NCAA Division 3 team from Kentucky, USA for a weekend of football and cultural exchange. Both teams played a friendly exhibition in front of a large crowd enjoying the sun and facilities in Maguires pitches. As expected, the Colonels were well on top but the Vikings performed bravely in the face of superior opposition. QB Kieran Gilhool stood in the face of a strong pass rush and completed passes to recievers Danny Quilter, Reece Moloney and Fin O'Donovan. Running Backs Aidan Maher and James Connor found limited space running the ball but kept the ground game ticking over. Our Defense struggled to keep a lid on the potent Colonels Offense but Adam Wixted and Adam Keane performed well in coverage. In the 2nd half, both squads mixed their teams and played a friendly scrimmage with the Colonels bolstering the Vikings numbers. The intensity cranked up a notch and Irish linemen on both sides of the ball performed well, notably Chris O'Mahony, Rob Browne and James Pelham-Burn. It was an incredibly fun and positive day to showcase football, rounded out with a BBQ and some well earned post game drinks in the Stables. The Colonels also attended a hurling match the next day, Clonlara vs Ballyea in the Clare Senior championship which converted some new fans to the game. A huge thank you to everyone in the Vikings and Colonels organisation that made this possible, we look forward to the next game which is vs Westmeath Minotaurs on 5th June in UL. Liam RyanUL Global"

18th May
NEWS

End of Year Roundup

"UL Handball Club End of Year RoundupAs we are now at the end of the academic year we would like to look back on our achievements throughout the semester. In November 2021 we travelled to Ennis to play in the ICHA Doubles tournament in which we took home both Open titles in the Men’s and Women’s grade.The Open favourites, Niamh Heffernan and Sinead Meagher (UL) cruised through their side of the draw in the Open competition with a comprehensive win over DCU in the semi-final securing their place in the final against close rivals Fiona Tully and Ashling Mullin of NUIG. The girls played extremely well across all aspects of their game, with good power serves and killing of the ball, ultimately proving too strong for the NUIG pairing winning in 2 straight games, 15-6, 15-8.The second final saw Tadhg O’Neill and Mark Rodgers (UL) take on UCD’s Brian Mahon and Diarmuid Mulkerrins in the Men’s Open Final. Despite a busy schedule of games over the course of the weekend, the UL pairing, produced a dominant and strong performance outplaying their opponents to win 15-2, 15-2.We also had some strong performances throughout the weekend from Barry Greene and Keith Crehan in the Men’s C grade and also Henry McGrath and Fionn Slattery in the Men’s A. Overall, the weekend was a great success with our players showcasing great skill and determination throughout all grades and proudly represented both UL Handball Club and the University of LimerickNext up after Christmas was the ICHA Singles Tournament in February in Belfast, which is widely regarded as being the most prestigious event on the Intervarsity Calendar and the UL contingency were looking forward to the long journey up north to Belfast in the hope of adding to our previous success in the Doubles.Evan Murphy played numerous games on route to the Men’s B Final and came out on top with UL’s only win of the weekend over Fergal McWilliams of WIT. First year, Rory Grace secured his place in the Men’s A Semi Final but narrowly lost out in the tiebreaker to the eventual winner Diarmuid Mulkerrins UCD. Rory showed a promising display of Handball throughout the weekend and no doubt next year he will advance further and be a key player for UL Handball Club. Tadhg O’Neill played in the Men’s Open competition and reached the Semi Final against Kevin Diggins but unfortunately, had to concede the match after winning the first game, due to injury. It was a great weekend for UL Handball with some great performances coming from all grades, beginner to Open.Unfortunately, due to Covid issues and general logistics we were unable to travel to the US Collegiate Championships that took play in Springfield, Missouri however it is something we look forward to for next year.Overall, it was a hugely promising year for all players in UL Handball Club and we look forward to welcoming back both new incoming first years and our current members in the coming academic year. As always, you can keep up to date by following our Instagram and Facebook page, 'ulwolveshandball'. We look forward to seeing familar and new faces again in September!"

18th May
NEWS

ICHA Doubles Ennis

"UL Wolves Handball Club took home gold in both the Women’s and Men’s Open Doubles Finals last weekend in the first ICHA Tournament in 18th months. The tournament took place in Clare venues over the weekend of 5th-7th November. This being the first tournament back since our trip to Austin, Texas in 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic, the UL contingency were looking forward to the weekend, ready for a busy and intense schedule of games and determined to bring back some silverware.Preliminary rounds took place on Friday with Saturday being the busiest in the lead up the finals. After some outstanding games across all divisions the scene was set for the finals that evening with UL contesting both Open grades and also the Men’s and Women’s A grade.Aoife Hurley and Dearbhail O’Keefe lost out at the semi-final stage to finalists Fiona Tully and Ashling Mullin (NUIG) in the Open grade. While favourites Niamh Heffernan and Sinead Meagher (UL) cruised through their side of the draw in the Open competition with a comprehensive win over DCU in the semi-final securing their place in the final against close rivals Fiona Tully and Ashling Mullin of NUIG. The girls played extremely well across all aspects of their game, with good power serves and killing of the ball, ultimately proving too strong for the NUIG pairing winning in 2 straight games, 15-6, 15-8.The second final of the night saw Tadhg O’Neill and Mark Rodgers take on UCD’s Brian Mahon and Diarmuid Mulkerrins in the Men’s Open Final. Despite a busy schedule of games over the course of the weekend, the UL pairing, produced a dominant and strong performance outplaying their opponents to win 15-2, 15-2.Sean Coughlan and Nigel O’Callaghan (UL) fell short of securing their spot in the Men’s A semi-final losing out in the quarter final stage to the eventual winners from MTU Shane Murphy and Gearoid O’Connell. It was a well-matched game with the UL pair taking the opening game. The second game was hard fought, and the MTU pairing came out on top to force a tiebreaker in which UL lost out on a score line of 15-14.Aoife Guildea and Aisling Shanahan played extremely well to reach the final in the Women’s A competition. Unfortunately, on this occasion they were unsuccessful and lost out to a more experienced and strong pairing from UCD.We also had some strong performances throughout the weekend from Barry Greene and Keith Crehan in the Men’s C and also Henry McGrath and Fionn Slattery in the Men’s A.Overall, the weekend was a great success with our players showcasing great skill and determination throughout all grades and proudly represented the University of Limerick. Credit to the ICHA who organized the event and ensured everything ran smoothly while implementing all Covid-19 guidelines.We will now look forward and start training for the 40X20 Singles in Belfast in January, perhaps the most prestigious event on the Intervarsity calendar and endeavour to replicate the skill and winning attitude displayed at the weekend. To keep up to date with all our tournament news and results, follow us on 'ulwolveshandball' on Instagram and Facebook. "

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