25th Jan

UL Belfast Bound for '23 Collingwood Cup

"Collingwood Cup Preliminary roundTrinity College Dublin 1-2 University of LimerickUL can begin preparations for the 2023 Collingwood Cup after seeing off Trinity College in a hard fought preliminary round clash in College Park this afternoon.The Dubliners had come out on top when the sides met at this stage last year and in the CUFL Premier Division South last November. UL were eager to make amends andd the game on the front foot. Eoin Redmond and David McCarthy both saw shots go just wide within the opening five minutes.It looked as if the deadlock would be broken after nine minutes when a long ball forward saw Adam Foley race through on goal, the Trinity shot stopper Lee Steacy was forced to rush out but his clearance was far from perfect allowing UL to win a corner that was dealt with by the home side.It felt very much a case of when not if UL would take the lead and they did so in some style. Goalkeeper Josh Coady found his target in midfield, a quick ball into space on the right wing saw Cullen McCabe produce a lung busting run to the end line. The Clareman delivered a perfect cross to the edge of the area where Conor Butler composed himself before hitting a first time volley low into the bottom corner of the Trinity net, leaving Steacy rooted to the spot with 20 minutes played.Just five minutes later Steacy was called into action, a freekick from Conor Whittle found Redmond in the area, he played the ball back into the danger zone allowing McCarthy to pull the trigger however his effort was smothered by the keeper.The home side were struggling to get a foothold in the game and were reduced to speculative efforts from range. The men from the Treaty county continued to push forward and would increase their advantage in the 37th minute.Adam Foley produced a fine run on the left wing taking on his marker before reaching the by-line, the Limerickman looked up and slipped the ball to McCarthy who made no mistake to tap home from close range.The second half saw the home side switch things and personnel up as they looked to match UL’s intensity. It was a much closer affair but the Shannonsiders were up for the challenge, the battleground of midfield saw no punches pulled as Darren Butler, Redmond, Conor Butler and Tom Kidd did well to disrupt Trinity attacks while continuing to supply balls to their teammates going forward.Set pieces were crucial for both sides with Trinity looking to exploit their height advantage, on two occasions they came close to reducing the deficit however McCabe and Conor Butler produced goal line clearances to keep UL ahead. UL captain Tom Carney came closest to scoring in the second half, from a freekick he sent a header goalward only to see the ball crash off the crossbar.Trinity would not go down without a fight and to their credit they fought until the end finding the back of the net from a long throw-in in the 92nd minute. It was however too little too late.UL will face DCU in the quarter-finals of the Collingwood Cup on Monday February 13th in Belfast in what will be the first traditional Collingwood since 2020.   "

3rd Jan

Berlin Open 2022

"Last December, the UL Archery Club embarked on their very first International Trip! We wrapped up warm, bow and arrow in hand, and flew to Berlin on Thursday, December 15th. Luckily, we had a fellow German on the team to help us figure out the train system and we arrived at the open training session for 10:30 am. We grabbed our jerseys and entered the shooting arena bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The atmosphere was buzzing and we were surrounded by the world's top archers.Qualifications began at 17:00 and we shot on tri-spots (a new challenge for our barebows!). Even though we were full of nerves and excitement, it didn't deter us at all. Everyone performed to the best of their ability and did amazing. We replenished ourselves with currywurst that evening and headed to bed, resting up for the next day of shooting.On Saturday, qualifications took place for the next round of archers. We got there early and shot alongside them. This was a great opportunity to watch and learn, as well as befriend archers from team GB and Germany. During breaks, they coached us and suggested new methods. It gave us the motivation we needed for the second-chance session that we were all doing Sunday.Sunday was the last session where we competed against one another. The target was arranged like a flower, making it very difficult to hit. Sadly, none of us qualified for the semi-finals. We watched the qualifying athletes, eager to learn how it is done. The finals were set up like a vegas show, with flashing lights and loud music. Our team barely left our seats out of fear of missing anything. After the award ceremony, we got out our wolves flag and took out the final group photo together, before heading off to dinner with other Irish archers.Our team slept on every train, plane, and bus on Monday. We all got home safely, tired and eager to get back to training next month to pass on our new skills to our advanced archers.We are hoping to attend the 2023 Berlin Open next year with even more budding archers. We are so excited to finally be a part of something bigger. See you next year, Berlin!"

18th Dec

Semester 1 Wrap Up

"Well, Semester 1 is over! It’s been an action packed 4 months. So let’s take a look back on what the Games Society got up to in Semester 1 of 2022/23.Wed off the year with an AGM to pick our hard working committee members. We had a brilliant turnout of members both new and old.With committee and members in tow, we resumed our weekly events. We had Tabletop Night, Consoles Day, and our Dungeons and Dragons 101 Workshops. There was so much to do, and something for every type of gamer to enjoy!In October, we hosted a board game night in association with Campus Life Services. We had a great time, and gained a few new members along the way.Towards the end of october, we had the Feminist Society x Games Society collaboration. We had a movie and game night where we watched The Help (along with some pizza)!Halloween saw a spooky edition of Tabletop Night, where we dressed up in costumes and had a great time.The start of November brought us our Pub Quiz, which we did with the help of the Fencing Society and the Computer Society. We had a massive turnout, and it was a great night for all involved.Following that, we had our first GSoc trip of the year, where we went to Dungeons and Donuts in Galway. We also got to wander around the beautiful Christmas markets in Eyre Square. It was a great first trip of many!To wrap off the semester and have a bit of fun before exams, GSoc went paintballing! We had a great few hours of intense competition, and more than a few cheeky headshots. That’s a wrap on the semester! We hope everyone enjoyed Semester 1, and we can’t wait to see everyone back in Semester 2, where we have many great events planned!Happy Holidays!-Games Society Committee"

22nd Nov

40x20 Doubles Intervarsities 2022 Recap

"UL Wolves Handball Club continued their winning streak this past weekend in Galway at the ICHA 40x20 Doubles Intervarsities where took home gold in 4 grades, Women’s Open, Men’s A, B and C respectively. The tournament took place in Galway venues during the weekend of 18-20th of November. After our recent success at the 60x30 Intervarsities last month in Wexford the UL contingency were looking forward to the weekend, ready for a busy and intense schedule of games and determined to bring back more trophies to UL.Preliminary rounds took place on Friday evening in with the Women’s Open taking place in Indreabhán, Men’s Open in Moycullen and the Men’s B and C grades in Salthill. A total of 20 UL players made the trip to Galway, comprising of a mixture of players from Open to Beginners. After some outstanding games across all divisions the scene was set for the finals on Saturday evening with UL contesting four titles in the Women’s Open, Men’s A, B and C.First up on the schedule was Evan Murphy and Colin Healy in the Men’s Open Semi-Final where they faced MTU pair Adam Walsh and Conor Walsh. It was a fast and entertaining game, but the UL pair fell short on this occasion. Henry McGrath and Sean Murphy played their way to the Men’s A final where the defeat UCG pair Ashling Mullin and David Donohue.The Women’s Open final was yet again another all-UL affair. Niamh Heffernan and Sinead Meagher returned in flying form to defend last year’s victory. They beat fellow UL teammates Cliodhna O’Connell and Aisling Shanahan to retain the Women’s Open Doubles title for the second consecutive year.Cian O’Donnell and Jack Glynn were next up, playing together for the first and came home with the Men’s B title where they defeated UCD resulting in the third win for UL.Well done also to Aoife Guildea and Aoife Hurley who reached the Women’s Open Doubles Semi Final but unfortunately came up short against their own college teammates and eventual winners Niamh and Sinead. Well done to Darragh Ducey and Adam Coggeran who reached the Men’s Open Doubles Quarter Final before losing out to TCD. Eoin Hegarty and Keith Crehan teamed up in the Men’s A but lost out by the narrowest of margins to UCG.Special mention and congratulations to new members and beginners Sandy O’Callaghan, Patrick Nevin and Alan Costello who have shown great dedication, determination and improvement since joining our club. They played excellent handball throughout the weekend. Sandy and Patrick and proved that all the training was worth it when they came out victorious in the Men’s C final defeating UCG. A huge well done also to Alan Costello and Adam O’Shea who took part in the Men’s B, reaching the semi-final but losing out to UL pair and eventual winners Cian and Jack,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. UL returned home with 4 titles in the bag bringing the tally to 7 titles in the last two tournaments.Massive thanks to everyone in Galway Handball and especially the ICHA who made the weekend possible. Everyone was well looked after, and all the courts and venues were in excellent condition as always.Next up on the agenda is the 40x20 Singles in Belfast at the end of January, perhaps the most prestigious event on the Intervarsity calendar where we endeavour to replicate the skill and winning attitude displayed at the weekend.Keep up to date with all our tournament news and results by giving us a follow us on 'ulwolveshandball' on Instagram and Facebook."

21st Nov

Rostrevor Weekend Trip

"Hello hello!We are just back from a weekend in Rostrevor and although our bodies are sore and tired, we are still buzzing. Hopefully Monday will be kind to us.On Friday we started the trip with some great music and games on the bus and a bit of a party in the glamping pods where we were staying. On Saturday we spent the day sending Mega Mission, On The Pulse and some cheeky Bins Runs.  We had the whole uplift booked out and the trails all to ourselves! Everyone attempted the tech trail On The Pulse, which was a big step up for a lot of people, well done to everyone! A couple of cased jumps resulted in broken wheels, but thankfully no broken people (except for the broken egos maybe). In the evening a "lift the cereal box with your teeth" game got so competitive we accidentally spent 3 hours stretching, and some flexible individuals got so far that there was no edge on the box left (basically they were trying to lick the bottom of the box off the floor - disgusting). After all the stretching our bodies were sorer than ever, so the Sunday red loop peddling was tough, but we were rewarded with some beautiful views of the Carlingford bay. Except for one descent (where some of our members decided that tumbling down a steep mossy bank is a better strategy than riding it), it felt like we were peddling uphill all day, even though we did more descending then climbing - next time we might try Round Wood for some better trails. We finished the day with the best hot shower of all time at the bike centre and finally headed home. A quick stop in IKEA because Isak was feeling homesick, a quick purchase of some spare tubes in Decathlon and before 10pm we managed to get back to the Boathouse, all sad the trip was over.Thanks to everyone for coming - what a great trip - great fun and great biking! Some amazing biking progress seen this weekend! Thanks to Jamie for being the bus driver and all our members who were helping to run things smoothly during the trip!Cannot wait to go again! Until then keep SENDING IT!"

16th Nov

UL lose tight encounter with Trinity

"CUFL Premier Division SouthUniversity of Limerick 1-2 Trinity College DublinUL suffered their first defeat of the season as a 91st minute goal saw Trinity College take a vital three points with them back up the M7.This game was always going to be a close encounter as first played host to second with a win for either side crucial for their hopes of reaching the league semi-finals. The first chance of the game fell to UL after just two minutes. An attack down the right wing culminated with Cullen McCabe whipping a dangerous ball into the area. Dean Hegarty rose the highest at the back post forcing Trinity goalkeeper Lee Steacy into action.That chance would prove to be the only moment of note for some time as both teams battled to establish a foothold in the game. Trinity had the next chance of note when they picked up a loose ball in the 27th minute and raced towards goal. UL keeper Josh Coady spread himself well pushing the forward wide with his shot petering wide. The rest of the half remained an even affair with Trinity slightly edging it on chance creation but the stalemate could not be broken in the opening half.The wait for a goal wouldn’t go on much longer as UL were celebrating a goal just 34 seconds into the second moiety. Leon Ryan raced forward from kick-off playing the ball to David McCarthy who managed to poke it out to the left wing to Adam Foley.Foley burned his marker and reached the area unleashing a venomous shot on goal, Steacy was able to stop his effort but couldn’t hold on to the ball it spilled loose and Conor Butler made no mistake to put UL into the ascendency.The Shannonsiders wouldn’t hold the lead for long as Trinity drew level in the 52nd minute. UL lost possession from a throw-in deep in their opponents half, a long ball down field wasn’t dealt with allowing a Trinity forward in on goal. Coady made a fine save to deny the visitors but much like his counterpart he was unable to hang on to the ball and Trinity capitalised.It became apparent that neither side would be content to settle for a draw, it was end to end action for the remainder of the clash. UL created the next goalscoring opportunity in the 59th minute, Butler whipped the ball in from a corner with Conor Whittle popping up at the back post, he sent a half-volley goalward but Steacy was alert to the threat.Trinity created opportunities of their own as the match wore on but UL managed to keep things level through some last ditch tackles and fine goalkeeping.Football can be beautiful but it can also be very cruel and UL experienced the harsh side of sport today. Defending a corner in the 90th minute UL looked to break forward however the referee adjudged there to have been a foul as they played out on the far right of their box.Trinity sent forward their big men, the free was delivered to the back post, the first header was saved but it fell loose where it was bundled over the line. There was no time left for the home side to launch a fightback as they tasted defeat for the first time this season.UL now have a week off before the final game of the league season away to UCC. Only a win will do under the lights at the Mardyke if they are to remain in contention to reach the league semi-finals."

1st Nov

UL settle for 1-1 draw with TUS Midlands

"CUFL Premier Division SouthUniversity of Limerick 1-1 TUS MidlandsUL battled back from a goal down to earn a hard fought draw against TUS Midlands in miserable conditions this afternoon on Maguires pitches.The hosts enjoyed the best of the early chances with a strong shot from Alex Sidorov testing the TUS goalkeeper inside the opening two minutes. Conor Butler was the next to try from range with his strike rising just over the bar with five minutes played.UL could very well have taken the lead after nine minutes when a long ball over the top caught the TUS defence off-guard, Oleg Vysochan raced on to the ball and poked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper only to see a defender get back to clear the danger.The men from Athlone created the next chance, from a corner they powered a header goalward but Gavin Dillion was on hand to head away their effort. Another long ball from UL created the next goal scoring opportunity, Josh Coady launched the ball to the right wing where Nikodem Kozlowski controlled it with a deft touch, racing forward he was confronted by the TUS keeper who had advanced to try and clear the danger. The winger chipped the ball over his opponent and the shot went narrowly wide from an acute angle.UL were once again rueing their misfortune in the 31st minute when a quick freekick saw Vysocgan whip the ball into the box where Ciaran Jennings and Tom Carney rose to meet it unfortunately their combined effort saw the ball fizz  past the upright. Both sides continued to press but the game was locked at 0-0 when the referee blew the whistle for half-time.The second half got off to the worst possible start for UL as they were reduced to ten men for an off the ball incident. This pivotal moment gave TUS a huge boost in confidence and they set about making the most of their numerical advantage. With 54 minutes on the clock the visitors were celebrating a goal however their celebrations were short lived as the flag was up for offside. UL were still rocked by the sending off and with 56 minutes on the clock TUS took the lead from an attack down the right that was tapped home at the back post.To their credit UL did not let this setback derail them and they immediately pushed for an equaliser. A 67th minute free-kick saw Tom Carney win a corner from the set-piece TUS cleared the first effort but the danger was not fully averted with Conor Butler popping up at the back post to head home the equaliser. Despite being a man down UL were not content to sit back and settle for a draw and they set about finding a winner. Substitute Leon Daly found himself in possession on the right wing, he jinked past his first marker and surged toward the area in between two TUS players as he did he was brought down just inside the box leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot with 76 minutes played.Unfortunately for UL their string of bad luck continued as their penalty effort crept just over the crossbar. Both sides continued to search for a winner but ultimately the deadlock could not be broken with the points shared.After three weeks of consecutive action UL now enjoy a week off before welcoming Trinity College to Maguires pitches in two weeks’ time."

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