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UCC dominate Fitzpatrick Cup

University College Cork hosted the AFL Europe intervarsity competition last month and also took home the men’s and women’s cups.  On a bright February Saturday at the UCC sports grounds the well organised event finished in perfect fashion for the hosts who have developed an impressive club in recent years.

Read report below from www.afleurope.org

A last-minute pitch change and some early rain didn’t deter participants at the weekends annual Fitzpatrick Cup hosted by the University College Cork (UCC).

With 8 men’s and 3 women’s teams in action it was always going to be a great day of Aussie Rules action.

Despite the muddy pitches, Group A got off to a flying start with UCC 1 and Irish Uni’s claiming early victories. Group B started in similar fashion with Oxford 1 and Mixed ARFLI showing their class.

Mixed ARFLI went through the Group stages undefeated but were unable to progress as they were acting as a top-up team after a disappointing late withdrawal from reigning champions, University of Birmingham.

The standings following the Group stages:

Group A
Team Played Win Loss Draw Points For Against Percentage
UCC 1 3 3 0 0 12 152 18 844.44
Irish Uni’s 3 2 1 0 8 84 59 142.37
Cambridge 3 1 2 0 4 37 83 44.58
Oxford 2 3 0 3 0 0 9 122 7.38
Group B
Team Played Win Loss Draw Points For Against Percentage
Mixed ARFLI 3 3 0 0 12 129 37 348.65
UCC 2 3 2 1 0 8 79 73 108.22
Oxford 1 3 1 2 0 4 47 82 57.32
Maynooth 3 0 3 0 0 34 97 35.05


The women’s competition was hotly contested with Maynooth claiming two early victories to sit atop of the table following the Group stages. They were closing matched-up with UCC and were scheduled to play in the grand final later in the afternoon after finishing second.

The standings following the Group stages:

Team Played Win Loss Draw Points For Against Percentage
Maynooth 2 2 0 0 8 46 14 328.57
UCC 2 1 1 0 0 16 19 84.21
Oxford 2 0 2 0 0 15 44 34.09

The Men’s semi-finals pitted UCC 1 against Oxford 1 and Mixed Uni’s against UCC 2 to determine who would be playing off in the Grand Final.

UCC 1 lifted another level to easily account for a valiant Oxford 1 outfit with the final score reading 77 to 12.

The other semi-final went down to the wire with UCC 2 eventually getting over the line in a 1-point thriller. Final score in that game read 24 to 23.

The women’s final was between Maynooth and UCC after they finished in the top 2 of the division. Only 4-points separated these two teams in the Group stages and with Irish Banshees Head Coach, Pat Leavy watching from the side-lines it was always going to be a tight contest.

The first half proved just that with possession hotly contested and the scoreboard reflecting accordingly. UCC got the better of the second half and overran the previously undefeated Maynooth women claiming the Fitzpatrick Cup with a score line of 30 to 8.

It was destined to be a UCC clean sweep of the Fitzpatrick Cup but it was yet to be decided which men’s team was going to take the spoils. UCC 2 were the obvious underdogs but the chance to knock off their older rivals in UCC 1 meant that they were primed and ready to go.

The first half was a thriller with both teams putting it all on the line. A couple of quick goals got UCC 1 out to a 3-goal lead going into half-time. UCC 2 scored the first goal of the second half and the crowd was calling for an upset.

The more experienced heads of the UCC 1 boys proved too much to overcome for the 2s with some late goals blowing out the score line, 50 to 14. A well-deserved clean sweep for all involved at the UCC Aussie Rules program.

Special congratulation to John Enright who came away with the Golden Whistle for his excellent performance both on the pitch but also off it for arranging the umpire squad and formalizing the umpiring appointments.

Player of the Tournament for the men went to Paul Murphy of UCC 1 which topped of a great week for him after being named in the first five Irish Warriors to be selected for the International Cup in August.

Best on Ground in the final for the women went to UCC’s Eimear Sexton for her ferocity around the contest throughout the entire game.

Extra special thanks to all the volunteers who assisted in putting on a fantastic day of football along with the organising committee at UCC for making sure the day ran smoothly.

The countdown to the Fitzpatrick Cup 2018 is on!

Women’s Champions – UCC Crusaders

Men’s Champions – UCC 1 

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Lions’ Roar Again

The 2016 ARFLI Grand Final played last Saturday was a famous occasion for the Leeside Lions as they secured their first Premiership in nine years defeating the Belfast Redbacks who have now lost back to back Grand Finals. The victory also means the Lions join South Dublin Swans at the top of the roll of honour with five Premierships in the history of ARFLI and also they gain the right to represent Ireland at the 2017 AFL Europe Champions League.

The scenic Mardyke on the banks of the river Lee
The scenic Mardyke Arena on the banks of the river Lee


Leeside Lions
Leeside Lions


Belfast Redbacks
Belfast Redbacks


Captains Padraic O’Connell and Gareth Baird with umpires John Enright and Bryce Fraser

Grand Final day was a cloudy, slightly damp day with a moderate cross field wind blowing. The ground was in perfect condition at the impressive Mardyke Arena in Cork city. One notable abseetee on the day was Lions’ regular ruckman Dominic Joyce who was getting married the same day. Reliable defender Sean Paul Henry was also absent for the Redbacks. The 3pm start was delayed by 20 minutes to allow the Redbacks sufficient warm up time as their bus was late to arrive at the ground.

The first quarter saw the Redbacks attack the river Lee end of the very scenic oval, but it was the Lions that had the better of opening exchanges. First a high tackle on Lions gun forward Matty Moore led to a goal from the subsequent free kick. Then Kerryman Vince Manning got another one for the Lions from a mark 40 metres out. The impressive Matty Moore marked 40 metres out and with deadly accuracy put the Lions three goals to the good. Late on in the first quarter the Redbacks managed a recovery. First Ryan McCloskey marked on the edge of the goal squared and goaled. Then Johnny Duffin got a 25 metre penalty for a late contact and goaled from 25 metres out. At the hooter to end the first quarter the Redbacks had pulled the Lions back to three points.

End Quarter 1 Lions 3.1 19 Redbacks 2.4 16


Perhaps the delayed arrival had flustered the Redbacks in the first quarter but they opened the second quarter with all guns blazing and took the lead for the first time when ruckman Gerard Walls scored a goal on the run from 50 metres out. Lions’ Australian forward Matty Moore then went on a scoring spree first kicking a goal from 30 metres after getting a free kick. Next after marking 40 metres out he got another goal and then another from open play.

The Lions rounded off the quarter with another goal, this time from talented small forward and Lions’ captain Padraic O’Connell. So even though the Lions had the same number of scores as the Redbacks at half-time they kicked seven goals to the Redbacks’ three, meaning they had pushed their lead out to 22 points. The player of the first half was undoubtly Matty Moore who kicked five goals by this stage.

End Quarter 2 Lions 7.4 46 to Redbacks 3.8 24

Matty Moore who had an impressive game


The resumption of play for the third quarter was a time when the Redbacks needed to get some early scores to avoid the final slipping away. The quarter started well with a free kick for a push on Redbacks’ Paul Brogan, resulting in a goal from 20 metres out. However shortly after that the Redbacks imploded. Gerard Walls was sin binned for 10 minutes for dissent and at the same time Shaun McElhone received a red card for contact with an umpire. Even though the Redbacks were now down a player for the rest of the game they managed the next goal. Then Lions’ Padriac O’Connell and Redbacks’ John McNabb exchanged behinds before Lions’ veteran forward Vince Manning got his second goal of the game. Lions’ on-baller Conor O’Halloran then scored a fine goal with a snap kick from a tight angle on the left side to put 19 points between the teams.

Redbacks go to forward John McNabb, then reduced the margin to 13 points with a big goal from 40 metres after being awarded a free kick. But again star Lions’ forward Matty Moore steadied the Lions’ ship with an impressive mark and goal from 25 metres out. Lions’ experienced defender Muiris Bartley then got up the oval and won a free kick 20 metres out that he scored a goal from. The quarter was finished off with former Irish Warrior Vince Manning’s third goal of the game. At the hooter the Lions had extended their lead to 31 points. Again it was the superior accuracy of the Lions’ forwards that was the telling factor in the three-quarter time lead. Up to this point the Lions had goaled 12 of 17 scores compared to Redbacks only goaling 6 of 16 scores.

End Quarter 3 Lions 12.5 77 to Redbacks 6.10 46

Michael Scanlon attempts to evade a tackle

The final quarter saw they Lions exert their dominance on the game scoring the first three goals of the quarter. First Dan O’Connell scored after being awarded a free kick. Vince Manning then got his fourth goal of the game soon followed by a goal from Michael Scanlon. Redbacks managed to pull a goal back but the game was long gone from their grasp at this stage. It was only apt that the final goal went to the best on ground at the 2016 Grand Final Matty Moore, who scored his seventh goal of the game from 10 metres out.

Final Score Lions 16.8 104 Redbacks 7.10 52

Best on Ground, Matty Moore celebrates the win
Best on Ground, Matty Moore celebrates the win


Matty Moore getting his award
Matty Moore originally from Adelaide getting his award

So it was the Lions who emerged victorious for the first time in nine years with only a few of the old timers having ever experienced the thrill of winning a flag before. The Lions victory was built on a solid defence only conceding 7 goals over the 80 minutes. Their ruckmen and midfielders worked well although Redbacks won more hit outs. It was the Lions forwards that really shone on the day with Matty Moore’s seven goals and Vince Manning’s four proving important in getting the Lions over the line in front.  Moore last won a flag with Darwin University Rats having previously played for Kilburn in Adelaide.  Undoubtedly the Redbacks will be disappointed, but a combination of less accurate goal kicking and poor discipline cost them dearly on the day.

Manager Chris O'Brien and captain Padraic O'Connell receive the John Lack O'Sullivan Cup
Manager Chris O’Brien and captain Padraic O’Connell receive the John Lack O’Sullivan Cup


The winners with their medals
The winners with their medals

The Grand Final concludes the ARFLI club season with the very successful carnival format proving popular with all the clubs for both men and women. Next up starting this weekend is the AFL Europe European Championships in London with both the Irish Warriors and Irish Banshees in action in the week long tournament.

Lions top after Leeside Carnival

Leeside Lions top the ARFLI men’s ladder after a very successful carnival in Cork on May 21st.

The second carnival (Rounds 3 & 4) results:

Leeside Lions 12.10 (82) d Galway Magpies 1.3 (9)
South Dublin Swans 5.8 (38) lost to Belfast Redbacks 7.1 (43)
Leeside Lions 14.11 (95) d Belfast Redbacks 2.0 (12)
South Dublin Swans 9.5 (59) d Galway Magpies 6.4 (40)

The Lions dominated the Leeside carnival, again having big numbers.  They easily won both games although the Redbacks were understrength compared to the previous Swans carnival in Dublin.  The Swans got their first win of the season against the Magpies and will probably be disappointed not to have got two wins on Leeside after a narrow defeat to the Redbacks.  The Magpies were out of luck on the day but put in a determined effort over the two games.

After four completed rounds in two carnivals, the ladder is:

Leeside Lions (Wins) 4 (Losses) 0
Belfast Redbacks (Wins) 3 (Losses) 1
South Dublin Swans (Wins) 1 (Losses) 3
Galway Magpies (Wins) 0 (Losses) 4

The next carnival will be held in The Claddagh, Galway City on Saturday June 11th as the home team look for their first wins of the 2016 season.

Leeside Lions Carnival

This Saturday ARFLI teams make the trip to Cork for round 2 of the ARFLI season.  Games are taking place from 1pm on Saturday May 21st at the Farm, Curraheen Road Sports Grounds on the edge of Cork City.  This week sees the Leeside Lions play the Galway Magpies and the Belfast Redbacks and the South Dublin Swans playing the Redbacks and Magpies.  The Lions and the Redbacks are looking to consolidate their position at the top of the table with both the Swans and Magpies looking for their first wins.


Fixtures for Saturday’s Carnival are as follows:

Game 1. Lions v Magpies ballup @ 1.00pm
Game 2. Redbacks v Swans ballup @ 1.50pm
Game 3. Lions v Redbacks ballup @ 2.45pm
Game 4. Swans v Magpies ballup @ 3.30pm



VAFA coaching UCC Bombers

The Victorian Amateur Football Association (the Big V) are currently touring Ireland playing International Rules contests against Irish GAA sides.  This is their third visit to Ireland after successful tours in 2013 and 2011.  They played their first game in Cork against Cork U21s last Thursday and played Tuam Stars on Saturday.  They have games against Combined Universities, Donaghmore/Ashbourne and an AFL London selection to come.  They had time to call to UCC Bombers Aussie Rules team during their time in Cork, read the report below.

from www.vafa.com.au

A number of VAFA Big V players had the opportunity to organise and run a training session with Irish university AFL team, UCC Bombers, on Wednesday night at the University of Cork.

Set up by coach and former Na Piarsaigh GAA Club player, Eoin O’Sullivan, the Bombers players had the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of kicking and handling thanks to the varied drills established by Big V coach, Cam Roberts, and his players.

Despite being new to the game, the 30 eager Bombers’ players showcased a strong desire to learn throughout the hour-long session, with coach Roberts concluding training with a fan-favourite goal kicking competition.

O’Sullivan sought out to organise the training session after he played against the VAFA during their 2011 and 2013 tours of Ireland.

The Big V are currently in the midst of a five-match series against Cork U21’s, Tuam Stars, Combined Universities, Donaghmore/Ashbourne and AFL Great Britain.

Thursday, October 15: VAFA vs Cork U21s
Saturday, October 17: VAFA vs Tuam Stars, Galway
Wednesday, October 21: VAFA vs Combined Universities 4pm St Patricks College, Drumcondra
Friday, October 23: VAFA vs Donaghmore/Ashbourne 7:30pm Ashbourne GAA Grounds
Sunday, October 25: VAFA vs AFL Great Britain