27th Nov

UL Hosts Flag Football Intervarsities

"On Saturday, November 25th, the University of Limerick played host to the inaugural Flag Football Intervarsities, a thrilling event that brought together teams from UCD, Trinity, Ulster University and Maynooth University. The UL Vikings emerged as a standout team, defeating the Ulster University Elks twice, as well as Trinity and UCD, earning them a well-deserved spot in the final. However, they faced tough competition and ultimately fell short against the formidable Maynooth University Hurricanes, a team accustomed to the competitive Flag Football Premier Division. What makes the UL Vikings' performance even more impressive is the fact that most of their players had only three months of football experience. Despite this, they demonstrated remarkable skill and resilience, especially considering they were up against a team from the Flag Football Premier Division. The entire roster can take pride in their collective effort, proving that dedication and determination can overcome experience gaps. The standout player of the day was cornerback Ciaran Harris, who earned the title of Team MVP. Harris showcased incredible defensive prowess, leading the team with an impressive eight interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. The offensive MVP honor went to quarterback Arianna Constant, while linebacker Darragh Healy was recognized as the defensive MVP. These individual performances highlight the well-rounded talent that contributed to the team's success. A special thank you was extended to the team coaches, Evan Quigley and Cealan O'Neill, whose guidance and expertise played a crucial role in the Vikings' impressive showing. As the team looks forward to the regular season, there is palpable anticipation for what they can achieve with more experience and continued dedication. The Flag Football Intervarsities served not only as a platform for competition but also as a testament to the growth and potential of flag football at the University of Limerick."

15th Nov

UL go down fighting against TU Dublin

"CUFL Premier Division Quarter-finalUniversity of Limerick 2-3 TU DublinThe University of Limerick’s league campaign came to a disappointing but thrilling end with a 3-2 loss at home to TU Dublin this afternoon.This match had those in attendance on the edge of their seats from the first minute to the last and indeed within the opening minute the home side found themselves a goal down.As two UL players contested a high ball it spilled loose, a quick ball out to the left wing allowed the Dubliners to drive forward before delivering it to the area where it was quickly dispatched into the net.Despite this very early setback UL quickly grew into the game eager to make amends for being caught by such a sucker punch. With nine minutes played Tom Kidd made strides forward before getting a shot on goal that went just over the bar.Just two minutes later the Shannonsiders had strong appeals for a penalty turned down by the referee after it appeared Tom Kelly was fouled in the TUD area. Kelly has shown aerial prowess throughout the league campaign and with sixteen minutes on the clock he latched on to a well hit cross from Conor Carew. The Maynooth native was unlucky to see his effort deflected wide for a corner.While the home side were enjoying the majority of the chances their opponents posed a constant threat when they broke on counter attacks seeing a header just go over the bar mid-way through the half while a goalward bound shot was blocked by one of their own players shortly after.Spurred on by these warning shots UL took control of the game and some fine linkup play orchestrated by David McCarthy helped them get into dangerous areas.From a throw in Alex Cuddy found himself in possession of the ball, the Athlone man showed some great footwork to evade his marker before heading for the byline. He sent a looping cross to the back post where his centre back partner Tom Kelly was waiting to head UL level with thirty two minutes played.Soon after Kelly was called into action at the other end of the pitch producing a perfectly timed tackle to snuff out a dangerous attack. The last chance of the first half fell to Tom Kidd, Oisin Breen played a perfectly timed ball over the top that saw Kidd race through on goal. He stuck his shot well but the keeper spread himself to deny the chanceThere was a real feeling of déjà vu for UL at the start of the second half as they found themselves a goal down inside the opening five minutes. Despiteng the second moiety on the front foot their momentum was brought to a shuddering halt from a long throw-in. The ball was sent into the area and as it bounced up it hit the hand of a UL defender, there was contact but it certainly wasn’t intentional. The referee pointed to the spot and the Dubliners made no mistake converting from twelve yards.UL would once again have to pull themselves back into the game but in doing so they would have to gamble pushing numbers forward. Tom Kelly and Ewan O’Brien both put their bodies on the line to produce crucial tackles to insure the deficit remained at one goal.With sixty minutes played David McCarthy delivered an inviting cross into the area but none of his teammates could capitalise on the chance created by the Clareman.The Shannonsiders were getting joy in the wide areas and the introduction of Theo Joyce and Leon Daly was a real signal of intent as they went in search of an equaliser. In fact Joyce almost had an instant impact on proceedings.The ever industrious Eoin Redmond darted up the right wing picking out the Connemara man with a well-timed ball, Joyce looked to guide the ball towards the bottom corner but the TU shot stopper was alive to the danger producing a fine save to keep his side in front.Just when it looked like an equaliser was coming for UL the wind was taken out of their sails when a momentary lapse of judgement saw the turnover of possession in a dangerous area. TU Dublin advanced towards goal and made no mistake in stretching their advantage to two with sixty eight minutes on the clock.Once again UL showed the spirit and determination that has come to define the squad in recent years as they went all out attack. They were left incredulous by the officials when what had looked to have been a certain goal was not given.A smart ball over the top enabled Daly to exploit his pace, the Sixmilebridge man raced towards goal, jinked past the goalkeeper and sent the ball towards goal. The ball had appeared to have crossed the line before a TU Dublin boot managed to pump it clear but neither the referee not linesman was willing to award the goal much to the frustration of the home side.Opting to use a three man defence as they sought a route back into the game UL were singing the praises of goalkeeper Josh Coady who produced a massive save to deny TUD who had broken through on goal in the seventy fifth minute.Yet again UL saw a strong appeal for a penalty fall on deaf ears in the eighty fourth minute however with five minutes to go they would be awarded a spot kick of their own.Joey Rushe was the man charged with the task of taking the kick, the Regional United man struck it well but it was at a good height for the keeper who had guessed correctly diving to his left.While he was denied from 12 yards Rushe made no mistake from 30 yards as he arrowed a free kick into the bottom corner of the TU net three minutes from time to tee up a grandstand finish.  The visitors found themselves under the cosh for the reminder of the game as UL launched an aerial bombardment of the area, Eoin Redmond tried his luck from the edge of the area while Daly perhaps had the best effort as his shot was deflected just wide of the upright.UL would not return to the dressing room wondering ‘what if’ with Coady sent forward for a late corner, the TU keeper came out to claim the ball but in doing so let it slip from which a scramble ensued, amid the chaos UL were unable to poke the ball goalward and in the end it was booted clear in the last act of the game.The Shannonsiders can take great pride in the performance they produced to fight their way back into the game twice against a side boasting several League of Ireland players.While they would have loved to be looking forward to a league semi-final next week they can now focus on their exams before the regrouping in the new year as they set their sights on the pinnacle of college football – the Collingwood Cup."

24th Oct

UL hit Waterford with six of the best

"CUFL Premier Division Group 3University of Limerick 6-1 SETU WaterfordThe University of Limerick completed a clean sweep of three wins from three games in their final group clash as they comprehensively defeated SETU Waterford 6-1 on the North Campus in Limerick this afternoon.Three games in as many weeks would always require UL to draw on the depth of their squad and several players were handed their intervarsity debuts today. The new faces were clearly eager to stake a claim for ang berth going forward as Limerickd the game on the front foot.With just two minutes on the clock Ciaran Jennings broke away on the right wing, reaching the byline the Sligoman looped a cross into the Waterford box with Alex Sidorov forcing the keeper into action. Just a minute later Jennings was again involved as with his back to goal he flicked the ball backwards over his marker allowing Marcus Hogan to race through on goal. The Treaty United midfielder’s effort was just saved.That duo would link up again to break the deadlock with just five minutes played. Hogan delivered a corner into the mixer where captain on the day Jennings rose the highest making no mistake with a powerful header.Waterford’s unorthodox decision to use an extremely high line invited pressure on their defence which UL duly obliged. The concession of set pieces was a recurring theme in the opening quarter with the home side coming close to scoring again with twelve minutes played.  From a corner Sidorov was again denied by the Waterford shot stopper but the ball could only be scrambled clear to winger Theo Joyce. With space to manoeuvre Joyce curled an effort just wide of the upright. The Shannonsiders were dealing comfortably with their opponents forays into their half with centre back duo Alex Cuddy and Tom Kelly snuffing out any long balls while right back Luke Ryan did well to rebuff advances on his wing.UL’s set piece maestro Joey Rushe saw a 14th minute free kick well saved and a driven strike from range a minute later also stung the gloves of the Waterford keeper. It very much felt a matter of when not if Limerick would move two clear and that goal would arrive after twenty five minutes.Hogan whipped a corner towards goal, the keeper got there in time but dropped the ball bundling it into his own net.UL were comfortably the better team but Waterford still posed danger on the counter, one such attack was stopped in its tracks by a bone crunching sliding tackle from Tom Kelly. The Maynooth man won the ball and managed to slip it to Hogan who produced an instinctive flick that released Jennings in on goal with his shot winning a corner.That set piece would see the arrival of the third goal. The corner was headed away by a Waterford defender but only as far as Theo Joyce, the Connemara man played the ball to Oisin Breen who sprayed it wide to Ewan O’Brien.The Regional United man showed real football intelligence in opting for a low driven ball towards the back post instead of a high looping cross, Kelly who had stayed in the area from the corner, calmly guided the ball into the bottom corner with 39 minutes played.The last action of the first half served as a wakeup call to UL as Waterford broke at speed down the right winning a corner from which a header went narrowly wide. Danger averted and UL took a three goal lead into the half time break.Any hopes of an unlikely Waterford fightback were dashed just three minutes into the second moiety. Already on a yellow card a Waterford defender became frustrated with a free kick awarded against his side, his protestations became too much for the referee who showed him a second yellow condemning him to an early shower.Just five minutes into the second half UL stretched their lead to four. Yet another corner was delivered, a header at the front post sent it towards the back post where Sidorov slid in to complete the move.To their credit, despite being a man and four goals down, Waterford hit back with an instant response. A quick passing counter attack down the right culminated in Pat Walsh guiding the ball into the bottom corner of the UL goal in the 53rd minute.That was to be the last real moment of note from a Waterford perspective as UL made their numerical advantage count taking a stranglehold of the game. With the luxury of a talented bench the home side brought on some of their more experienced players to finish the game in style.UL controlled possession as they continued to look for yet more goals. Their efforts were eventually award from – you guessed it – a corner in the 75th minute. The towering presence of Tom Kelly was picked out, his first effort thundered off the upright, the ball was loose in the six yard box but Waterford could only clear it as far as Kelly who could make no mistake at the second time of asking.The sixth and final goal for the Shannonsiders arrived three minutes later. Eoin Redmond played a superb through-ball out the left wing. Substitute Donnacah O’Leary raced away from his markers towards goal. The Treaty United man took the goalkeeper for a merry dance before laying the ball off to Leon Daly who dispatched it with aplomb despite two Waterford defenders throwing themselves at the ball as it made its way towards goal.In truth UL could have further added to their impressive tally, two minutes from time Theo Joyce saw a curled effort hit the post while the last kick of the game fell to Daly who saw a strike from the edge of the area just go over.The players can now look forward to a home quarter-final after a very impressive group campaign. The draw for their next opponents will be made before the end of the week but they will enjoy a well-earned rest next week after three consecutive matches."

17th Oct

UL stun Carlow with 3-0 away win

"CUFL Premier Division Group 3SETU Carlow 0-3 University of LimerickThe University of Limerick continued their fine start to the league campaign with an impressive win away to SETU Carlow this afternoon.Encounters between these two sides rarely disappoint and that was the case once again as two conflicting of football went head to head. The first chance of the game fell to UL as a fourth minute throw-in was scrambled clear by the Carlow defence.After that clear cut chances came at a premium in the opening quarter, the home side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but struggled to break through the resolute Limerick defence. Several attempted passes looked to slip their wingers in behind but UL were never troubled often guiding the ball out for a goal kick.As the half wore on UL grew in to the game and would have the next real chance, a Joey Rushe free kick was floated in to the box where Eoin Redmond rose highest only to see his header go just over the bar.UL disrupted a Carlow attack in the thirtieth minute with winger Theo Joyce producing a moment of pure quality as he took possession of the ball inside his own half. The Connemara native accelerated away from his marker and left two more Carlow players in his wake as he reached the edge of the area. His cross was well hit but unfortunately it was unable to find one of his teammates.Just two minutes later Joyce was again influential for UL as he linked up with Alex Sidorov on the edge of the area. The ball was eventually played to Leon Daly who unleashed a venomous strike that went narrowly wide.As the clock reached added time in the first half UL once again created a chance from a corner with Tom Kelly the latest player to head just wide. Carlow were well aware of the danger their visitors posed and looked to hit them with a sucker punch just before the break. As they surged forward on a dangerous counterattack there was a real sense of danger however, a superb defensive tackle from Redmond snuffed out the danger seeing the sides head in to the break level.Spurred on by their half-time jaffa cakes the opening ten minutes of the second half was much more open compared to that of the first. With forty nine minutes played Hampus Fredriksson broke at speed and looked to play in the mercurial Daly, his pass however was just too strong for the Clareman to reach.As had been the case in the opening moiety Carlow looked to exploit the wings as they attempted to break the deadlock and Conor Carew was kept busy cutting out any danger coming down the left wing.With sixty minutes played Joyce once again was the dangerman for the Shannonsiders, he cut in leaving his marker for dead before whipping in an inviting cross that just missed the heads of two UL attackers.It was very much a case of when not if the opening goal would arrive and Carlow came closest first. A quick break down the right wing in the sixty second minute saw the ball fired across the face of goal but amazingly it evaded the Carlow forwards with UL clearing the danger and launching an attack of their own. The ever dangerous Leon Daly was fouled on the right wing gifting UL a free kick in a dangerous position.Left back Joey Rushe had already shown glimpses of his talent over a dead ball and the Regional United man sent the ball towards the front post. Eoin Redmond had timed his run to perfection losing his marker before guiding a diving header into the bottom corner of the Carlow net with sixty three minutes played.The home side looked to respond immediately but in doing so they left themselves vulnerable with Joyce creating yet another chance, his cross found Carew just inside the area, the defender powered the ball towards goal but his effort was blocked and eventually cleared. The men from the Treaty County could smell blood in the water and would increase their advantage in the sixty ninth minute.Turning over possession UL surged forward and sent the ball in to the mixer, this was scrambled clear but the danger was not averted as the ball fell to Redmond just outside the area. The Corkman took a second to compose himself before dispatching the ball into the bottom corner of the Carlow net with gusto.The hosts were well and truly at panic stations now as they desperately looked to find a way back into the contest. UL could easily have stretched their lead to three after seventy two minutes when Fredriksson slipped the ball through to Joyce who found himself one on one with the keeper, a deft chip was just tipped away by the shot-stopper.Despite conceding more chances Carlow were not out of the game and Josh Coady produced a fine save from a seventy sixth minute corner to keep UL’s two goal advantage intact. Coady was again called into action in the seventy ninth minute to deny the hosts.Carlow launched an aerial bombardment of the Limerick box but the centre half partnership of Tom Kelly and Alex Cuddy dealt with this with relative comfort as they rebuffed the Carlow advances.Chances were still coming for UL and only a superb save from the Carlow goalkeeper denied a powerful strike from Limerick captain Ewan O’Brien in the eighty third minute. The wait for a third goal wouldn’t go on for long as just two minutes later the Limerickmen were once again celebrating.Substitute Ciaran Jennings conjured up a cross of the highest quality from the extreme left picking out Daly at the back post. The winger made no mistake to head home UL’s third five minutes from time ending any slim hopes of a Carlow fightback.UL were not content with a three goal lead and looked to add icing to their cake through substitute Donnacha O’Leary, the winger’s fresh legs saw him race through on goal however the Carlow keeper did well to spread himself well to insure the game ended 0-3.Limerick sit top of Group 3 in the Premier Division with two wins from two games and a spot in the quarter-finals now guaranteed. They will hope to continue their strong form next Tuesday when they welcome SETU Waterford to Maguires Astros. "

26th Sep

UL GAA Brand Statement

"At UL GAA Wolves, we're a pack united by the unwavering spirit of the game. Our journey begins with the core value of embracing supporters and followers, nurturing a bond that transforms each individual into an integral part of our thriving wolf pack. just as the strength of a wolf lies in the pack, the strength of UL Wolves lies in the collective passion that binds us together.Central to our identity is the immense significance of the GAA team - a cornerstone of clubs and societies that shape the heart of our community. We recognise the GAA's colossal impact, an our brand seeks to amplify its importance by bringing its enormity to the forefront. UL Wolves stands as a tribute to the teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship that define the GAA's essence.We unite the visual elements that make the UL Wolves experience truly exceptional. The players, the supporters, and the team's iconic imagery merge seamlessly, underscoring the indispensable role each person plays in the grand tapestry of the game. Our logo is a testament to the holistic unity of the GAA experience.Our visual identity is designed to ignite excitement, capturing the electrifying energy that courses through every match, every cheer, and every shared moment. This energy is channelled into an impactful and easily recognisable logo, a beacon of our commitment to the game's dynamic spirit. With its distinctive form, our logo is a symbol of unity and pride, visible from any distance and across all media platforms.At the heart of our branding strategy lies accessibility. Our logo shines against a unifying background scheme that ensures its clarity and vibrancy across divers applications. From merchandise to digital interfaces and print materials, our logo stands tall, a symbol of unwavering loyalty to the game and our pack.UL GAA Wolves brand isn't just a logo; it's a living testament to the shared love for the game, a fusion of elements that harmonise to create an experience greater than the sum of its parts. We invite you to join us in celebrating the unity, excitement, and enduring spirit that define UL Wolves - where every supporter, every player, and every moment are woven into the fabric of greatness. "

25th Sep

AGM & Info Night

"Our AGM is taking place this Tuesday 26th at 7pm in S205 Schuman Building. The AGM is where we elect our committee for the coming academic year. With the election of a new committee always comes the stepping down of an old one. While of course they will still be kicking around the place (Can't get rid of them haha), its important to recognize how far we came and the people who made it happen. Kat, Connor and Maeve were our hard working treasures this year. They slaved away on all the finances throughout the year without you knowing anything about it. And it all paid off, this year we were awarded with one of the best budgets we ever have. All thanks to the hard work and planning of these fine people.The safety and development of our club is extremely important to allow us to grow our members skill level and ensure we are all safe while doing so. Elyssa updated the clubs safety statement this year after unexpected influences made us all worried about the clubs future. She led the charge making sure the clubs members were covered. If you have seen our Instagram in the last year you'll see since September 2022 our quality and frequency boosted. This is all thanks to the talented work our Public Relations Officer Charlotte put in. Now we have amazing montages to show off to other clubs, new members and for ourselves to look back on. I don't know how you can make Achill Island look as cool as Morocco, but you definitely captured what a Surf Club trip is. Did you know the club won intervarsity's last year? No? Well we did. Celtwake the wakeboarding intervarsity for all Irish college was organized by our very own Aaron. We had a very successful turnout and we ended up winning the thing too (shush, not like that). As well as this Aaron spend a lot of his own time driving our members down to Ballyhass himself to take them wakeboarding. And it only broke his car once. A very well done to the most hidden part of UL Surf Club. A veteran of the club, having had completed 5 tours years in the club as our humble equipment officer, Brian did much more than organizing equipment. From trips, meetings, pool sessions Brian is always around looking to help wherever he can. Brian helped organize many of the funding requests for the equipment you use in the pool session, skate sessions and trips. Water without surfboards is just swimming, and we ain't a swim club. Many of our older members have already moved on from their positions in previous years and simply hold the title of Advisor to the club. Always there giving a helping hand explaining the quirks of C&S we hadn't a clue about. Very big thank you to Kieran and Frank, our former President and Treasurer who helped the club get where we are today. There are so many other people to thank. Some more on the committee such as Joe, Nick, Emma, Kelly, Colm, Hannah and Johanna. Who helped organize the Merch, Events, and Trips right up until now. Some of them are still kicking about, so no farewell just yet, your time will come. A big thank you as well to all the International Students who join us each year for all the adventures. You know who you are, you were always apart of the group and still are even though you home now. Keep up the surfing wherever you go, and don't be a stranger, you always have a board here. Finally the most hidden part of the club that help more than you might think. Hiding in pain sight like everyone else, but secretly an Alumni cult,  who can't get enough of the cheap student lifestyle..... but with big boy money now. Some say you can sniff them out by counting the number of Patagonia items they're wearing. Last but definitely not least. Our overthrown outgoing Dictator President, Elias. Elias basically single handedly took us all to Morocco, our first international trip since before the pandemic. And it was a hit. Every single member said it was one of the best trips they have ever been on. (Those who disagreed we traded to the locals for 'good price my friend'). The trip was so successful it was chosen by all Clubs and Societies in UL as the Event of The Year. Our first award as a club in many years, if even. Elias is always around to help, always available for events, and always working away. Even this week getting ready for our Achill Trip, Elias is the one organizing the spots (No small job), making sure we can take as many people as possible. Thank you very much from all the committee for all the work you did throughout the year.Thank you very much to you guys, all our members who make this all worth it. We had an amazing year. To our incoming committee no pressure, but big shoes to fill. "

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