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CIT 2nds to play National College of Ireland in ICRU Division 2 Final

CIT 2nds will travel to Portlaoise RFC next Tuesday, May 2nd to play NCI in the final of Division 2. NCI are a very strong outfit, they were also unbeaten in their section during the league phase, and overcame DCU easily in their semi-final. CIT 2nds have played all season with one objective, to reach this final. They are now there, and they will give everything to bring home the silverware. Lets hope they do it. Match kicks off @ 2pm.

CIT Seconds beat Dundalk IT to reach ICRU Division 2 Final

CIT 2nds travelled to Templemore to play Dundalk IT in the semi-final of ICRU Division 2 competition. The seconds squad travelled with a full-squad of players, except for Darren Frahill, who cried off that morning with stomach flu, to play the match during the Easter break. In a very close game, CIT eventually came out on top, winning 18-13.

A delayed kick-off was not the ideal preparation. The two teams had warmed up, ready for a 3pm kick-off, only to find out that the referee would not be available until 4pm. DKIT started the first half with the infamous Templemore win behind their backs. CIT 2nds worked very hard all half to contain the DKIT attack. The two teams exchanged penalties, but tactical kicking, and a dominant pack, kept CIT in their opponents half. With ten minutes to the break, CIT turned down an obvious kick for 3 points, in an effort to get the seven, but a cruel intercept, saw DKIT breach the CIT backline to run the length of the pitch for a try under the posts, and the half finished 10-3 in the northerns favour.

CIT had the wind for the second half, and the accurate Colin Corkery boot would ensure CIT would play this half on the attack in the DKIT twenty-two. CIT scored an early penalty, but to DKIT's credit, they refused to allow CIT to score again for over 20-minutes. CIT pack dominated and in a series of scrums, ruck and mauls, DKIT persistant infringements caused the referee to loose patience, and awarded a penalty try, converted by Colin Corkery. CIT had gained the lead for the first time. Within 5 minutes, CIT had scored again, a John Harper try, which was unconverted. CIT had an 8-point lead, and all looked well, but DKIT were not finished. The last 10 minutes were theirs, and quickly they were awarded a penalty, to bring the score to 18-13, and within one score of CIT. They threw everything at CIT, but could not get that elusive score, the final whistle blew and CIT 2nds were off to their first Division 2 final. Final Score 18-13.

Squad: 15: Colin Stanley, 14: Alan Mackessey, 13: Peter Downey, 12: Sean Hennessey,
11: Alan Jennings, 10: Colin Corkery, 9: Sean Noonan,
1: Noel Finnernan, 2: Willy McCarthy, 3: Dave Lucey - Capt., 4: Shane Redfern,
5: Kevin Fitzpatrick, 6: John Harper, 7: Darragh White, 8: Kelvin Maye.

Subs: 16, Jerry Cronin (for Dave Lucey (45min), 17. Shane Deane, 18. Vincent Fitzpatrick, 19 Killian Casey (for Darragh White 15min), 20 Michael Cummins (for Colin Stanley 20min), 21 Conrad Lehane, 22: John Bowlin, 23: Shane Flood; 24: Darren O'Sullivan

CIT loose in ICRU Division semi-final

This year’s season for the C.I.T. Senior 1st team ended at the semi-final stage yesterday in Limerick. A very brave performance by our team ended in disaster when L.I.T. scored a try 1 minute from time, (as everyone was gearing themselves up for extra time). Having said that the team rallied at the kick off and Paul Hurley, who has really led this team over the year, almost pulled the game out of the fire in the dying seconds with a fantastic strong burst up to the twenty two, then an equally impressive offload to Dave Ryan who took the ball up to inches from the line where Limerick dived all over the ruck and scrum half to kill the move. The ref however saw nothing wrong and decided to blow the final whistle.

After the game the atmosphere was one of utter disbelief and disappointment at yet another loss to L.I.T. However the progress that we have made over the last few years has now made us a real force in colleges rugby and I know that we will lift that elusive crown in the not to distant future.

Squad: 15: Jeff Hitchmough, 14: Peter Martin, 13: Paul Hurley - Capt,
12: Eric Moloney, 11: Jonathan Coughlan, 10: Tom Barry, 9: Ollie McGlinchey,
1: Dave Ryan, 2: John Kerins, 3: Jim Mackessy, 4: Eamon Murphy, 5: Paul Memery,
6: Batt Duggan, 7: Maurice Power, 8: Joe Donovan.

Subs: 16, Joe Moynihan, 17. Eoin Crean (for J.Kerins 60 Mins), 18. Tim Ryan (for Dave Ryan 45. Mins but the switch was reversed after 50mins due to an injury to Tim), 19 James Kenny, 20 Bryan O'Connor

CIT win first colours match

On yet another unique and very special day for the rugby club last Wednesday the team ran out for the colleges first ever colours rugby match. This event was decided on at the start of the year as a way of giving the local clubs recognition for the fact that they have supported us through the years by allowing their players play in the Irish colleges competition. Yesterdays match consisted of players from a wide range of clubs in Cork and beyond – as you will see below this piece. Colours is a great tradition, where students get to compete for their college at the highest level of their sport. Usually there is a once-off momento, and in our case, the students were awarded their match day jersey. Waterford IT were the opposition and after last year's defeat in Waterford, the CIT team were well up for the challenge.

Lead by captain, Paul Hurley, CIT took to the field supported by a big crowd who had come to support them. The match was covered by Chorus TV. Both teams knew that a win was vital to their chances of progression in the competition. Waterford had travelled strong and took the game to C.I.T. early on. The first half was close affair, but two mistakes by WIT allowed CIT in for two tries (Paul Hurley, John Kerins), both converted (Colin Mahony). HALF-TIME 14-0.

The second half was a different game. CIT had the wind behind them, WIT had tired, and the Cork team dominated scoring five tries (Ollie McGlinchey, Batt Duggan, Paul Hurley, Eric Buckley and Maurice Power), three converted (Colin Mahony (2), Jeff Hitchmough), with WIT only getting one penalty in response. FULL-TIME 45-3. For a full report, click here.

Squad: 15: Tom Barry (Cork Constitution), 14: Paul Hurley (UCC) - Capt.,
13: Jeff Hitchmough (Midleton), 12: Eric Buckley (Youghal), 11: Jonathan Coughlan (Sunday’s Well), 10: Colin Mahony (Highfield), 9: Ollie McGlinchey (Cashel/Garryowen),
1: Dave Ryan (Highfield), 2: John Kerins (Highfield), 3: Jim Mackessy (UCC), 4: Eamon Murphy (Sunday’s Well), 5: Cian Walsh (Sunday’s Well), 6: Joe O'Donovan (Sunday’s Well), 7: Maurice Power (Highfield), 8: James Frahill (Cobh Pirates).

Subs: 16: Joe Moynihan (Sunday’s Well) for D. Ryan (45min); 17: Batt Duggan (UCC) for J. Kerins (45mins); 18: Eoin Crean (Sunday’s Well) for C. Walsh (15min); 20: Michael Cummins (Highfield) for O. McGlinchey (55 min); 21: Peter Martin (Highfield) for E. Buckley (60mins) ; 22: Peter Downey (Highfield) for J. Hitchmough (60mins) 23:James Kenny (Sunday’s Well) for J. Coughlan (55min); 24: Tim Ryan (UCC) for P. Hurley (70mins)

The event ended with a very enjoyable night had by all who attended the afters function in the Loft bar of McCarthy’s (former Tennis village), where Don Spicer (Staff President & ICRU exec. member) and Tim Ryan (Club Captain) presented Parchment square with one of the match jerseys.

A special thank you must go to the sponsor of the event PARCHMENT SQUARE without whom the event could not have taken place. We would also like to thank first team sponsor A.I.B., the registrar’s office and of course CHORUS (for televising the event.

Finally the PARCHMENT SQUARE Man of the Match award went to PAUL HURLEY – Paul was captain for the second match in a row and again collected the man of the match award.

Colours match vs Waterford IT this Wednesday

You are all most welcome to support CIT in its first colours match against Waterford IT. Colours is a tradition in third level universities/colleges where the elite of the particular sport compete against their most bitter rivals in the "colours" match. Oxford vs. Cambridge, U.C.D vs. Trinity, even LIT vs. UL. As UCC had no interest, we asked WIT, and they were more than happy to provide us with the opposition. So come and support your college, in this new venture, on our rugby pitch behind Leisureworld, at 3pm on Wednesday, 1st March. This event is sponsored by Parchment Square student accomodation, and will be televised by Chorus.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:22 AM
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CIT Rugby Development Officer: John Murphy      Tel: 021-4326157      Email: rugby@cit.ie