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STUdent sport The Newsletter of the Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland

Volume 4 Issue 1

September 2007

Three Medals won in Bangkok Universiade The cream of Ireland’s student athletes tripled their medal haul on the final day of action at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. Ladies golfer Danielle McVeigh (Texas A&M University) finished at the top of the individual ladies leader board to confirm the gold medal that had always looked likely after a fantastic third round from the eighteen year old from Kilkeel, Co. Down. McVeigh was ably assisted by her team-mates Niamh Kitching (University of Limerick) and Gillian O’Leary (University College Cork) who each contributed scores to the team total to ensure that the Irish team would finish in second place overall and add a silver medal to the gold. Earlier in the games, Kilkenny’s Eileen O’Keeffe had landed herself a silver medal in the Women’s Hammer Throw. Danielle McVeigh takes a shot en-route to

Carrying high expectations going her gold medal finish in the World University into the games, the nursing student Games in Bangkok. from the Royal College of Surgeons did not fail to deliver and despite being some distance behind her personal and seasonal best she led from the first round only to be overtaken in the third throw. She was unable to retain the lead and finished in second place behind Darya Pchelnik of Belarus to kick start the celebrations in the Irish camp.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Athletics Taekwondo Golf Football (Women) Football (Men) Fencing Tennis Swimming Domestic Events 2008 Internationals CUSAI Details CUSAI Website Photo Gallery

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Welcome to College Sport Welcome back to another year of college from all at CUSAI and a particularly special fáilte romhat to all new students who are getting their first taste of third level sporting action this year. Sport and recreation play a huge part in college life both in terms of health, wellness and the benefit to your social life, CUSAI would like to encourage you all to get involved in your college’s sports clubs, recreation programmes and fitness centres. While CUSAI has traditionally been responsible for the Irish participation in the World University Games every two years, moves have been made over the last two years into putting better structures in place at home in Ireland. In collaboration with the Irish Sports Council and the National Governing Body for each sport CUSAI has been assisting and advising on the development of third level sport to cater for all levels of interest and ability from the casual first timer to the international elite performer. It is important to remember that college sport is not just for elite athletes, but any student who wishes to take part, please contact your college’s sports officer for details on any sport you may wish to take part in this coming year.


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Eileen Hammers Her Way to Silver Medal Ireland's Eileen O'Keeffe has won a silver medal in the final of the women's hammer throw at the World University Games in Bangkok with a throw of 68.46 metres. Darya Pchelnik of Belarus took the gold medal with a throw that just shaded the Kilkenny woman's mark; 68.74 metres. Ledvinova of the Czech Republic won bronze with 65.66 metres. After the medal ceremony a beaming O'Keeffe, who is studying theatre nursing at the Royal College of Surgeons said: "I'm delighted; it's brilliant, obviously it was very close but it’s just a great to win a medal at this level. I was ranked number one going into the final so that brings confidence but it also brings pressure so I'm pleased with how I handled the pressure out there."

9th Aug 9th Aug 9th Aug 10th Aug 10th Aug 10th Aug 10th Aug 10th Aug 11th Aug 11th Aug 11th Aug 11th Aug 11th Aug 12th Aug 12th Aug 13th Aug

1500m 1500m 1500m 100m 100m Hammer 100m 100m Half Marathon High Jump 100m 800m 800m 1500m 1500m 800m

Semi Final 1 Semi Final 2 First Round - Heat 3 First Round - Heat 1 First Round - Heat 7 Final Second Round - Heat 1 Second Round - Heat 3 Final Qualifying - Heat 1 Semi Final 2 Round 1 - Heat 6 Round 1 - Heat 7 Final Final Semi Final 2

Position

Name

Date

Event

Round

Irish Athletics Team – Official Results

Orla Drumm Deirdre Byrne Eoin Everard Ailis McSweeney Anna Boyle Eileen O'Keeffe Anna Boyle Ailis McSweeney Joe McAlister Sharon Heveran Ailis McSweeney Thomas Chamney David McCarthy Deirdre Byrne Orla Drumm David McCarthy

7th 4th 10th 2nd 4th 2nd 6th 4th 14th 9th 8th 4th 3rd 8th 10th 5th

4:20.88 4:15.61 3:51.36 12.13 12.13 68.46m 12.03 11.92 1:12.44 1.70m 12.14 1:49.05 1:49.59 4:16.58 4:22.78 1:48.16

Qualified Qualified Qualified Qualified Silver Qualified

Qualified

Taekwondo Only Just Missing the Mark Ireland’s sole Taekwondo representative, DCU’s Mark Casserly fought Isaac Estevan of Spain in the opening bout but lost out 2-3. Each fight consists of three two minute rounds with a judge in each of the four corners registering the hits. Estevan led 1-0 after the first and 2-1 after the second. In the third and final round Casserly went for it and registered a hit to bring the score to 2-3 but time ran out on the Tallaght man, and he exited the competition.

10th Aug

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Taekwondo

Grade

Competition

Date

Estevan went on to reach the Quarter finals of the tournament with two victories in the next rounds, and was unlucky to miss out on at least a bronze medal.

< 78 kg

Fight Details Mark Casserly (Ireland) 2-3 Isaac Estevan (Spain)


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Girls Grab Games Golf Glory There was double medal success for the Irish on their final day of competition at the 24th World University Games in Bangkok with Danielle McVeigh from Kilkeel in Co. Down winning individual gold and the team of McVeigh, Niamh Kitching and Gillian O'Leary taking silver in the women's golf competition at the Watermills Golf venue. McVeigh, who is studying at Texas A & M University, carded a four over par 76 to win the top prize by four shots from Diana Cantu of Mexico. McVeigh also takes the honour of being the first Irish athlete to win gold at the World University Games since Sonia O'Sullivan and Niall Bruton on the track back in 1991. Starting with seven pars in a row McVeigh looked as assured and impressive as she had all week around the course but her round came a little unstuck with a bogey on the par five eighth and a double bogey on the 308 yard par four ninth. In characteristic style McVeigh stayed cool and followed up with eight straight pars before bogeying the eighteenth. The Kilkeel native who plays out of Royal County Down won the gold with four shots to spare over her nearest challenger and playing partner for the final round Diana Cantu of Mexico who played herself into a silver medal position today with a one under 71. "Initially we were fairly disappointed about missing out on the team gold by just the one shot after leading going into the final round and that was all I could think about. It was only a little later when I had time to reflect that it sank that I had actually won", remarked a smiling McVeigh. "It's a huge achievement for all of us to do what we've done here this week. The disappointment we felt about losing gold only reflects our level of ambition so that's a good thing. A medal was my goal coming out here so to achieve gold is fantastic; it means an awful lot to me. I'm so happy to be representing my country so to win gold and silver for Ireland is very special feeling and makes me very proud indeed", she concluded.

Round 4

72 76 73 83 80

75 75 78 75 85

69 74 73 76 78

76 71 73 79 80

Total

Round 3

Country Ireland Mexico Japan Ireland Ireland

Round 2

Danielle McVeigh Diana Cantu Hiroka Ayada Niamh Kitching Gillian O'Leary

Round 1

1 2 3 18 32

Name

Position

Golf Women’s Individual Competition – Official Results

292 296 297 313 323

(+4) (+8) (+9) (+25) (+35)

Round 3

Round 4

154 152 159

153 150 150

149 145 148

145 155 146

Total

Round 2

Mexico Ireland USA

Round 1

1 2 3

Country

Position

Golf Women’s Team Competition – Official Results

601 602 603

(+25) (+26) (+27)

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Russian Roulette ends Epic Journey for Women The harsh lottery of penalties ended Ireland’s interest in the World University Games Women’s Soccer championships at the Semi Final stage after Shannon Smyth’s strike on half time cancelled out Russia’s earlier effort from Jenia Praporshikova who managed to beat the excellent Sarah Peters who received the accolade of Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the Universiade. The Irish had emerged in second place from the “Group of Death” with tournament favourites and eventual winners North Korea, World Cup Holders Germany and Universiade hosts Thailand. An opening day 3-0 defeat to North Korea was retrieved when Germany were put to the sword in the second game of the group on a scoreline 1-0 with Emma Mullin of Sligo IT securing the winner prior to her tournament ending prematurely due to an injury picked up in a strong challenge from a German player. The final group game saw Thailand’s challenge overcome 1-0 with senior internationals Sonya Hughes and Michele O’Brien combining to score the only goal of the game. France were to provide the opposition at the quarter final stage and for one member of the Irish squad, Tara MacMahon, the final result of a single goal victory was particularly satisfying having been raised in France with an Irish father, Tara currently studies and plays her club football in Toulouse, France. Squad Captain Sonya Hughes was the Irish goal scorer on this occasion. Russia and ninety minutes was all that stood between Ireland and a place in the final and the guaranteed medal which came along with that placing. After 90 minutes with the scores locked at one goal each, senior internationals Niamh Fahey and Edel Malone traded the two opening spot kicks with the Russians, until disaster struck with the next two kicks. Squad captain Hughes and MacMahon saw both of their efforts miss the target and with the accuracy of the Russians never in doubt, it was heartache for Noel King’s side. In the 3rd/4th Place Play Off, Ireland faced the glamour girls of football from Brazil, and quickly fell into a two goal deficit by half time. Fresh legs along with a never say die attitude saw the Irish girls get back into the game, and when Michele O’Brien scored her second goal of the campaign with twenty minutes remaining it appeared that the comeback of the century might be on the cards, despite a number of chances, the best of which fell to Nakita Burke of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, it was not to be and the Irish girls were to be deprived of the medal that their performances warranted. Irish Squad: Sarah Peters, Lyn Bradley, Emma Griffin, Niamh Fahey, Edel Malone, Marie Curtin, Méabh de Búrca, Tara MacMahon, Sonya Hughes, Nakita Burke, Yvonne McMonagle, Shannon Smyth, Carol Breen, Emma Mullin, Sarah McGrath, Victoria Mallett, Marie Gallagher & Michele O’Brien

Group C North Korea Ireland Germany Thailand

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P 3 3 3 3

W 3 2 1 0

D 0 0 0 0

L 0 1 2 3

F 8 2 5 0

A 1 3 4 7

Pts 9 6 3 0

Group Stage Ireland 0 North Korea 3 Ireland 1 Germany 0 Ireland 1 Thailand 0 Quarter Final Ireland 1 France 0 Semi Final Ireland 1 Russia 1 (Russia Win 4-2 on Penalties) 3rd/4th Place Playoff Ireland 1 Brazil 2


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Strong Performance from Men’s Soccer Squad Ever upbeat, Men’s Football manager, Noel O’Reilly reflects on a productive campaign for his young squad. Boasting a large number of first and second year students, this was definitely a squad for the future in this tournament with the average age of the Irish squad the lowest of the 15 teams who competed for the medals in Bangkok. “Don’t let the results fool you; this championship saw some fantastic performances from our lads. Having looked high and low at players in all the colleges and universities tournaments across the country and brining the lads together at various points across the spring and summer, including a two day camp immediately prior to travelling, the management team were happy that the squad was as strong as possible when we arrived in Bangkok.” said O’Reilly. He added “Of course overall the results were disappointing, but the group game against bronze medallists Thailand aside the performances were extremely promising, we competed with tournament favourites Czech Republic on the opening day and then lost by a single goal to eventual forth place Canada and then again to Morocco in the Quarter Finals before restoring some balance onto the score sheet on the last day of the campaign.” “We had a squad of twenty Irish students out there and by the end of the third game each and every one of those players had started at least one international game. It was a fantastic experience for them, and I’m sure that they will be back two years older and stronger for Belgrade in 2009.” Ireland started the campaign with a clash against pre-tournament favourites Czech Republic and managed to collect their first and as it would prove final point in the group with a 0-0 score line at the final whistle, next disaster struck when eventual bronze medallists and hosts Thailand produced a scintillating performance which would have blown any team out of the water to run out winners by three goals to nil. The final group game required an Irish victory over Canada and a Czech defeat at the hands of all ready qualified Thailand, neither were to materialise with the Czech restoring some pride with a victory and Canada scoring twice against the run of play and then holding off continuous Irish pressure to ensure that despite Evan McMillan’s late headed goal, defeat would be the result for Ireland. Morocco awaited in the lower half of the draw and despite a great performance, once again luck deserted the Irish as they were unable to capitalise on chances in both halves and were on the receiving end of a single goal defeat by the Northern Africans. With the late withdrawal of Iran, the Irish were straight into the 13th/14th place playoff against Kazakhstan, and as expected based on the difference of the playing standards between both countries, Ireland ran out easy winners through yet another good performance, the goals coming scored by Ray Lally (2) & Evan McMillan.

Group Stage Ireland 0 Czech Rep 0 Ireland 0 Thailand 3 Ireland 1 Canada 2 9th – 16th Place Playoff Ireland 0 Morocco 1 13th – 16th Place Playoff Ireland W/O Iran SCR 13th / 14th Place Playoff Ireland 3 Kazakhstan 0

Irish Squad: Billy Brennan, Richie Ryan, Carl Caulfield, Robbie Coombes, Darren Forsyth, Killian Gallagher, Kieran Harte, Ray Lally, David Last, Seamus Long, Stephen Lowry, Conor McDonald, Evan McMillan, Fran Moran, Ken Murphy, Declan O’Donnell, James O’Sullivan, Stephen Roche, Sean Ward & Paul Whelan.

Group C P Thailand 3 Canada 3 Czech Republic 3 Ireland 3

W 2 2 1 0

D 0 0 1 1

L 1 1 1 2

F 8 4 2 1

A 3 5 2 5

Pts 6 6 4 1

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Fencers make the grade at Bangkok Universiade Ireland’s leading fencer Siobhan Byrne was in the impressive IMPACT centre on the outskirts of Bangkok City in her favoured event; the Sabre weapon. The competition began as usual with the pool stage, and Byrne, on a fencing scholarship in Ohio State University won three of her six pool games. Her performances in the pool meant she advanced to the direct elimination stage. In the last 32 Byrne faced Kumagai of Japan with the winner deemed the first to reach 15. Kumagai raced into a 12-9 lead but in characteristic style Byrne fought back and drew level with three impressive hits. She then edged forward and closed out the bout 15-13 to reach the last 16. Byrne drew the number three seed; Shim Me Lee of Korea in that bout which was particularly close with the referee relying on the video playback to make many of the calls. However, Byrne lost out 15-9 to exit the competition. Siobhan’s disappointment was eased and a kinder light put on her result by the fact that Lee went on to win gold and take the title of women’s sabre champion. UCD’s Owen McNamee also competed in the sabre at the fencing venue but unfortunately bowed out after the pool stage after losing to some higher ranked fencers including the number two seed Korean Jung Hwan Kim who took home a bronze medal.

Tennis Trio gain valuable experience at Games Malahide’s Colin O’Brien, Anne Marie Hogan (UCD) and Leigh Walsh made up the tennis representation at the games, and some promising performances particularly from O’Brien and the mixed doubles pairing of O’Brien and Hogan both reaching the last 16 of their respective competitions. Colin O’Brien’s performance in the third round of the men’s singles in tennis was also a highlight. Despite a spirited performance O’Brien, from Malahide lost out by two sets to one (7-6, 4-6, 0-6) to the highly rated fifth seed; Jan Stancik of Slovakia.

Men’s Singles O’Brien received a bye 1st Round nd 2 Round O’Brien bt Kuschke (Namibia) (6-2, 6-2) Stancik, Slovakia bt O’Brien (6-7, 6-4, 6-0) 3rd Round Women’s Singles 1st Round Hogan received a bye / Walsh received a bye 2nd Round Jans (Poland) bt Hogan (6-2, 6-2) Bhambri (India) bt Walsh (6-1, 6-0) Women’s Doubles 1st Round Germany bt Hogan & Walsh (6-1, 6-1) Mixed Doubles 1st Round O’Brien & Hogan bt Malawi (6-0, 6-0) nd 2 Round Poland bt O’Brien & Hogan (6-0, 6-0) Page 6

After coming back from 5-2 down to force a tie break in the opening set, O’Brien swept through the tie break and took the first set. The second set went with serve until the ninth game when Stancik, ranked 400 in the world, broke the Irish serve and then held his own to take the game to the final set. In characteristic style O’Brien, who has just graduated from William and Mary University in Virginia, remained cool, determined to take the third set but the conditions, under the blistering sun took their toll and unforced errors began to creep into the Dubliner’s game. Stancik took the final set 6-0; a scoreline that flatters the Slovak.


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Progress in Pool for Irish Swimmers Ireland’s representatives in the swimming pool found the going quite tough although good swims from Barry Murphy and Melanie Nocher were enough to see them secure their place on the development squad for the 2012 Olympics for the coming year. All the aquatic action took place in the magnificent oncampus fifty metre competition pool, which was also equipped with a fifty meter warm up pool at the rear of the main stand. Murphy’s qualification for the ‘B’ final in the 50m freestyle event was the highlight of the week but unfortunately success was not to come the way of the Dubliner, a student in Memphis, Tennessee. National record holder Nocher from Holywood in County Down secured her qualification for the 2012 development squad with a good performance in the 100m Backstroke where despite not qualifying for the ‘A’ or ‘B’ finals was good enough to ensure her continued participation in the national squad.

4 x 100m Freestyle

th

10 Aug

800m Freestyle 200m Individual Medley 4 x 100m Freestyle 400m Freestyle

11th Aug

100m Breaststroke

12th Aug

100m Freestyle 400m Freestyle 100m Butterfly Stroke 100m Backstroke 200m Freestyle 50m Butterfly

13th Aug

14th Aug

200m Freestyle 50m Breaststroke 200m Backstroke 50m Freestyle 1500m Freestyle 50m Freestyle 50m Freestyle 'B' Final

Name Florry O'Connell Ciara Farrell Nocher / Farrell / Coady / Dawson Kevin Stacey Melanie Nocher Stacey / O’Connell / Murphy / Nixon Sharon Coady Barry Murphy Johnny Nixon Barry Murphy Kevin Stacey Florry O'Connell Melanie Nocher Sharon Coady Claire Dawson Kevin Stacey Florry O'Connell Johnny Nixon Melanie Nocher Barry Murphy Kevin Stacey Claire Dawson Barry Murphy

Time

200m Butterfly 50m Breaststroke

Position

9th Aug

Event

Date

Team Coach Keith Bewley was frank about his sides success levels in Bangkok “We had a very inexperienced team in Bangkok, with a few promising swimmers, and unfortunately injuries and illness didn’t help our cause but the experience of living, training and competing at an Olympic style event will stand to each of these athletes for the rest of their careers.”

26th 38th

2:05.39 34.69

16th

3:59.11

27th 27th

8:31.68 2:24.01

22nd

3:37.27

25th 19th 40th 36th 27th 52nd 27th 36th 39th 40th 42nd 33rd 19th 15th 25th 36th 7th

4:28.67 1:03.20 1:08.99 51.45 4:05.34 58.45 1:05.16 2:08.79 29.32 1:56.18 1:56.91 29.97 2:21.52 23.09 16:30.17 27.15 23.06

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Inter Collegiate Sport Calendar 2007 / 2008 October 2007 Handball (Gaelic) Tennis Hockey Rugby *

19th – 21st October 26th – 28th October 26th – 29th October October

60 x 30 Handball Intervarsities National Singles Championships IUHA Hockey Intervarsities Conroy Cup

Dublin Venues DCU QUB TBC

Irish Student Badminton Tournament Novice Boxing Intervarsities IUAA Road Relays Volleyball Intervarsities 40 x 20 Handball Intervarsities Trampolining Intervarsities Fresher’s Tournament HESPC Snooker Intervarsities Tetrathlon Intervarsities WSCAI Fresher’s Tournament

UL Dublin NUI Maynooth UUJ Galway QUB UL Spawell, Dublin TBC TBC

IUAA Indoor Track & Field Intervarsities

Nenagh

Early December

40 x 20 Singles Handball Intervarsities WSCAI Futsal Intervarsities

Kingscourt, Cavan TBC

31st Jan – 3rd Feb Late January

Senior Boxing Intervarsities Irish Universities Chess Championships HESPC Pool Intervarsities IUFU Harding Cup Karate Universities Canoeing Intervarsities IURCA Equestrian Intervarsities Fencing Intervarsities IUFU Collingwood Cup Judo Intervarsities Squash Intervarsities Tennis Intervarsities Sailing Intervarsities IUAA Cross Country Championships Orienteering Intervarsities

Dublin TBC Birr, Co. Offaly UU Coleraine QUB UL NUI Maynooth UCC NUI Galway TBC TBC UCC TBC TBC Galway Venue

Bouldering & Lead Climbing IV’s CFAI Umbro Cup Finals Basketball Intervarsities IUFU Crowley Cup Sigerson Cup Weekend Badminton Intervarsities Snowsports Intervarsities WSCAI Intervarsities Cycling Intervarsities Karting Intervarsities Fitzgibbon Cup Weekend Women’s Rugby Intervarsities O’Connor Cup Weekend WSCAI Interprovincials

DCU Salthill Devon, Galway Dublin TCD IT Carlow TCD Kilternan, Co. Dublin TBC UCD DIT TBC TBC TBC TBC

November 2007 Badminton Boxing * Athletics Volleyball Handball Trampolining Basketball Snooker Equestrian * Soccer *

9th – 11th November 10th November 17th November nd 22 – 24th November 23rd – 25th November 23rd – 25th November 24th – 25th November 30th Nov – 1st Dec November November

December 2007 Athletics *

January 2008 Handball Futsal *

February 2008 Boxing * Chess * Pool Soccer Karate * Canoeing Equestrian Fencing Soccer Judo * Squash * Tennis * Sailing * Athletics * Orienteering *

1st – 3rd February 2nd – 3rd February 1st – 3rd February 6th – 9th February 16th February nd 22 – 24th February 22nd – 24th February 23rd – 24th February 25th – 28th February February February February February Feb / Mar Feb / Mar

March 2008 Rock Climbing * Soccer Basketball Soccer Gaelic Football Badminton Snowsports * Soccer * Cycling * Karting * Hurling * Rugby * Ladies Gaelic * Soccer *

* Indicates Dates for competition are not confirmed and are liable to change

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2nd – 3rd March 5th – 6th March 5th – 8th March 6th – 9th March 7th – 8th March 7th – 9th March March March March March March March March March


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April 2008 Athletics * Paintball * Rowing *

IUAA Track & Field Championships Paintball Intervarsities Irish Universities Rowing Championships

TBC TBC TBC

April April April

Track Cycling Intervarsities

UCD

May

Triathlon Championships Cricket Intervarsities

TBC TBC

June June

May 2008 Cycling *

June 2008 Triathlon * Cricket *

* Indicates Dates for competition are not confirmed and are liable to change

European Collegiate Sport Calendar 2007 / 08 Sport Tennis Table Tennis * Handball (Olympic) * Badminton * Beach Volleyball * Futsal * Basketball * Volleyball * Football * Rugby 7’s * Rowing * Tennis

Event 4th EUC Tennis 2nd EUC Table Tennis 3rd EUC Handball 5th EUC Badminton 5th EUC Beach Volleyball 5th EUC Futsal 8th EUC Basketball 8th EUC Volleyball 6th EUC Football 2nd EUC Rugby 7’s 4th EUC Rowing 5th EUC Tennis

Venue Dublin, Ireland Latina, Italy Nis, Serbia TBC Antalya, Turkey Wroclaw, Poland Novi Sad, Serbia Camerino, Italy Kiev, Ukraine TBC Zagreb, Croatia Dublin, Ireland

Dates 3rd – 9th December ‘07 June ‘08 July ‘08 July ‘08 July ‘08 July ‘08 July ‘08 July ‘08 4th – 12th August ‘08 September ‘08 September ‘08 9th – 13th December ‘08

* Indicates Dates for competition are not confirmed and are liable to change

DCU to host EUSA Tennis in 2008 Dublin City University will host the 5th European Universities Sports Association Tennis Championships in December 2008 between the National Tennis Centre based in DCU and the Westwood facility in Clontarf. DCU Head Coach Jamie Pilkington is the driving force behind the original bid and now the organising committee for the event. “DCU have moved up a gear in terms of tennis at a national collegiate level, and having secured the national Intervarsity championships for the past two years, we are looking to increase the level that our club can offer to our students. “We travelled to the EUSA Championships in Holland in July 2006 and we got a feel for what this tournament is all about, and are currently preparing for our second attempt at the championships which will take place in Moscow, Russia in early December this year. “After hosting the Irish Intervarsity tournament earlier this year the committee of the club decided to make a bid to host this tournament as our playing facilities and ancillary resources along with some excellent people involved in the club lead us to think that we can make a fantastic job of entertaining the elite of Europe’s student college clubs in what will be a fantastic event.” The competition is expected to run from Tuesday, 9th December until the 13th December 2008.

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International Student Sport Calendar 2008 March 2008 WUC Chess *

Novokuznetsk, Russia

3rd – 11th March

April 2008 WUC Cross Country

5th – 6th April

Mauquenchy, France

May 2008 WUC Boxing * WUC Badminton WUC Cycling WUC Hockey

Kazan, Russia Braga, Portugal Nijmegen, The Netherlands Johannesburg, South Africa

May 5th – 10th May 21st – 26th May th 25 May – 1st June

Lodz, Poland Erdek, Turkey Venice & Jesolo, Italy

3rd – 9th June 27th – 29th June th 28 June – 6th July

June 2008 WUC Bridge * WUC Triathlon WUC Handball (Olympic) *

July 2008 WUC Match Racing * WUC Archery WUC Wrestling WUC Karate WUC Rugby 7’s WUC Taekwondo WUC Orienteering

Gdansk, Poland Tainan, Chinese Taipei Thessalonica, Greece Wroclaw, Poland Cordoba, Spain Belgrade, Serbia Tartu, Estonia

1st – 6th July 7 – 10th July 9th -13th July 11th – 13th July 16th – 19th July 16th – 20th July th 29 July – 2nd August th

August 2008 WUC Futsal (Men) *

Koper, Slovenia

28th – 31st August

September 2008 WUC Golf WUC Rowing WUC Flat Water (Canoe) * WUC White Water (Canoe) * WUC Sailing *

Sun City, South Africa Belgrade, Serbia Belgrade, Serbia Bratislavia, Slovakia Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2nd – 5th September 5th – 7th September 12th – 15th September 19th – 21st September 22nd – 27th September

October 2008 WUC Shooting WUC Futsal (Women)

Beijing, China Vitoria, Brazil

5th – 15th October 10th – 21st October

November 2008 WUC Weightlifting

Athens, Greece

25th – 28th November

Yet To Be Confirmed WUC Equestrian * WUC Squash * WUC Water Skiing *

Alger, Algeria Cairo, Egypt Beijing, China

TBC TBC TBC

Full Details for all FISU World University Events are available on www.cusai.ie or from the CUSAI Office * Indicates Dates for competition are not confirmed and are liable to change

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What is CUSAI???? This is a very good question that can be heard anytime the name is heard for the first time. Its fairly simple really, let’s go back to the very beginning. The Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland was formed in November 2005 when the Universities (CUSAI) and the Institutes of Technology (ISSA) decided to come together and form one organisation to oversee third level student sport. With financial support from the Irish Sports Council the new organisation set up home in Sport HQ, the new headquarters for a number of Ireland’s national governing bodies. With two full time staff working in the CUSAI Office the organisation has been quick to find its feet and along with the pre-existing international programme which includes the multi sport World University Games (or Universiade) and Championship events in which Irish students compete across the globe, CUSAI have now started to assist the National and Student Governing Bodies of each sport to develop competition and recreation programs to encourage more Irish students to stay involved in sport and physical recreation through their college lives. Having been involved with Women’s Rugby, Volleyball and Badminton over the last two academic years, CUSAI is currently discussing plans for a number of sports at third level including Soccer, Tennis, Hockey, Golf, Olympic Handball, Triathlon, Chess & Ten Pin Bowling. Keep a special lookout for developments across these sports at third level. CUSAI have also been busy developing relationships with NGB’s to further our international representation and developing on the success that has seen numerous athletes compete for Ireland at World University Events, even some you may have heard of: Sonia O’Sullivan (Athletics, Gold & Silver, Sheffield 1991), Derval O’Rourke (Athletics, 2 x Bronze, Izmir 2005), Paul Hession (Athletics, Silver, Daegu, 2003 & Bronze, Izmir, 2005) & Graeme McDowell (Golf, 2 x Gold, Coleraine, 2000) have all won medals at FISU competitions in the past along with numerous other Irish students. If you want to get involved in sport at college why not check out your college’s gym or fitness centre, speak to your sports officer or contact CUSAI directly. College sport is a great opportunity to meet people and make new friends, why not get involved today!

Colleges & Universities Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI) Address: Sport HQ, Joyce Way, Parkwest, Dublin 12 Tel: (01) 6251173 Fax: (01) 6251174 Email: info@cusai.ie Website: www.cusai.ie Chairperson: Kieran Dowd Vice Chairperson: Alan O’Connor, DCU Secretary: Brian Mullins, UCD Treasurer: Michelle Bennett, TCD Public Relations Officer: Deirdre Moloney, DCU Committee Members: Carmel Lynch, Carlow IT Colm Bonnar, Waterford IT Administrator Breifne Earley Tel: (01) 6251173 Email: admin@cusai.ie Administrative Assistant CJ Hogan Tel: (01) 6251173 Email: celia@cusai.ie Student sport The deadline for the October edition of “Student Sport” is Wednesday 26th September. If you wish you have your competition, college or club included in that edition please email your articles and photographs to admin@cusai.ie. Please not that any corrections or omissions can be sent to admin@cusai.ie.

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PHOTO GALLERY

Mark Casserly (DCU) at the World University Games Launch

Yvonne McMonagle, Kieran Harte & Nakita Burke (All Donegal)

World University Games Team at the Launch in Trinity College

Ailis McSweeney & Orla Drumm at the Opening Ceremony

Tara McMahon in action against Germany

Victoria Mallett (QUB) controls the ball against Germany

Francis Moran (UCD) competing against Universiade hosts Thailand

Captain Kieran Harte (UCD) attempts a tackle against Thailand

Orla Drumm in action in the 1500m Semi Final in Bangkok

DCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mark Casserly lands a kick at the Universiade

Anne Marie Hogan (UCD) makes her shot count in Bangkok

Irish tennis player Colin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien prepares to serve

Siobhan Byrne is ready for action in Bangkok

Owen McNamee (UCD) prepares to take to the piste in Bangkok

Siobhan Byrne in battle in the sabre event in Bangkok

Johnny Nixon in action in the pool in Bangkok

Kevin Stacey (NUIM) makes waves in Bangkok

Emma Griffin and Sarah McGrath celebrate with Shannon Smyth

Photos courtesy of Brian Lawless / Sportsfile / Irish Sports Council

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