UPCOMING FEMALE RUGBY FESTIVALS


Ulster Rugby in conjunction with Ulster University and Queens University Belfast are introducing female rugby festivals over the coming months.

The festivals are open to any third level education students aged 18+. 

Dependent upon numbers attending, the festivals will either use a cross-field 7-a-side format of the game or a full-pitch 10-a-side format. 
The events are not just for experienced rugby players as there will be Ulster Rugby coaches on-site to work with any novice players that fancy giving the game a try using a touch format game to help build confidence. 
Once the rugby is finished the plan would be that players would enjoy the host venue’s local Wednesday night social scene.

The initial schedule for the festivals is shown below:
Wednesday 8th February, Ulster University Coleraine Campus, start time 3pm

Wednesday 8th March, Queens University Sport Upper Malone (start time TBC)

Wednesday 5th April, Ulster University (Campus and start time TBC)

If you would be interested in attending the first festival on 8th February please register using the Eventbrite link below.
If you are concerned about transport, there will be people travelling so we can do our best to get you there just get in touch with Neal Johnston at Ulster Rugby on 07767 115 764.
Event registration:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ulster-rugby-third-level-education-womens-rugby-festival-tickets-31151679512

Source: Ulster Rugby

ARE YOU LEAVING SCHOOL THIS YEAR?

ARE YOU LEAVING SCHOOL THIS YEAR?

Have you applied to Ulster University for entry on September 2017?
If so check out our TALENTED ATHLETE SCHEME.
Successful applicants to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme will be offered a two grade reduction. 
Those who commit to represent the University in their chosen sport will be offered access to support services such as fitness testing, strength and conditioning, performance development workshops and facilities. They will also get Scheme merchandise, Sports Union Club membership, physiotherapy support.
Deadlines close on 15th January 2017.
Any queries just message the page!!
Click HERE to apply.

Photos: UUC Freshers v Athlone IT

On Thursday night November 24th at 7pm Ulster University Jordanstown was the venue for the Student Sport Ireland Men’s Rugby Division 3 final as Ulster University Coleraine take on Athlone IT ‘B’.  Ulster University Coleraine topped Division 3A, a group that contained IT Sligo, Letterkenny IT and Ulster University Jordanstown before defeating Dundalk IT in the semi-final last week on a 14-10 score line. Athlone IT ‘B’ recovered from an opening round loss to Galway Mayo IT in Division 3D to top the group after wins over Maynooth University and NUI Galway. In the semi-final last Wednesday, the midlands college defeated University of Limerick ‘B’ on a 24-5 score line.

In what  was a bruising and physical game, unfortunately for Captain David Gilkinson and his men they lost 29 -17 to Athlone.

We would like to thank everyone who came to support the guys at Jordanstown on a very cold and frosty night.

It has been a great achievement for the first year students who put in a tremendous effort to reach the final.

From the rest of UUC Rugby members and the Exiles well done on a fantastic effort guys.

Photos By Sam Smyth

Upcoming: Limavady 1st XV v UUCRFC 1st XV

This Saturday the UUCRFC 1st XV students travel to Limavady in thier second League match of the year. The students hope to finally overcome the Q2 League winners of last year although they know that it will be a hard battle.

Kick off is at 1430hrs at Limavady Rugby Club.

Call down and cheer on the men in green if your about.

ATTENTION UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS…

ARE YOU LEAVING SCHOOL THIS YEAR?
Have you applied to Ulster University?
If so check out our TALENTED ATHLETE SCHEME.
Successful applicants to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme will be offered a reduction in entrance requirements of 40 UCAS Tariff Points.
Those who commit to represent the University in their chosen sport will be offered access to support services such as fitness testing, strength and conditioning, performance development workshops and facilities. They will also get Scheme merchandise, Sports Union Club membership, physiotherapy support.
Deadlines close on Friday 15th January.
Any queries contact the UUCRFC Offical Facebook page.

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/sport/talented-athlete-scheme/

Students Win Again!!

UUCRFC 2nd XV have started their League campaign with a win against Armoy 1st XV. From the offset the students took the game to the vastly experienced Armoy team but the students came out on top after playing a game of open, free flowing, off the cuff rugby.

Tries on the day from

J Gilkinson , B Parke (2), J Stevenson, A Rourke (2), R Jackson and S McCleery with J Stevenson slotting 4 Converstions and 1 Penalty Kick.

Final score

UUCRFC 2nd XV 51 – 07 Armoy 1st XV

Team

1.Stephen McCleery

2.Peter McCully

3.Linsey McLaughlin (C)

4.Andrew Janes

5.Calvin Galbraith

6.Gary Burke

7.Samuel Hetherington

8.Daniel Morgan

9.Andrew Eastop

10.Brendan Parke

11.Andrew Rourke

12.Stuart Ballantine

13.John Gilkinson

14.Aaron Armstrong

15.James Stevenson

16.Scott Bashford

17.Ryan Jackson

Photos by John Kelly

UUCRFC 2nd XV v Armoy 

This Saturday 10th September sees the 2nd XV start their domestic season with a home game against Armoy. Armoy is the 2nd XV’s local rival the game will be a tough battle from the start for the students.

Kick off is at 1430hrs at the Sam Logan Stadium, Ulster University, Coleraine. If you are in town, call down and support the guys.
Reminder that parking on campus is free on a Saturday.

1st XV finish 2015 in Top 3

  The mighty UUC 1st XV have finished 2015 in the top 3 of the league. It comes as they played their last game of the year at Home to Hollywood, over coming the visitors 41 – 11.

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, we hope to see you in the New Year, kicking it off with the 2nd XV playing in the second round of the Foster Cup at home on the 2nd January against fellow students, QUB 3rd XV.

UUC 3’s make Butler’s Sheild Semi Final

UUC RFC 3rd XV take on Larne 3’s Away, Saturday 22-02-14 in the semi final of the Butlers Shield, a prospect that would never have crossed anyone’s mind at last years AGM when it was voted to start a 3rd XV side again after 12 years from when it was first removed from the fixture lists.
They are now sitting mid table in their own league and have reached a semi place, from which they can only hope but to go out and challenge for the final and win a place, ‘Win, Lose or Draw it is just an epic thought that this team has come so far this year, with some players that started their season playing for us on the 3’s have went on to play right up through the club. We have had this year, a french, spanish and german players all play for the 3’s this season, with Adrián Benedicto (Spanish) and Ben Schweighöfer (German) both being completely novice to the sport. Coming out to training and becoming a part of rugby and a part of a team which is fantastic and a credit to the club, and after the game Saturday whatever the result we will add some rugby songs for them too take back home, it is what the 3’s is all about’ Says Richard Boyd 3rd XV Capatin. He goes on to add ‘Rugby should be enjoyed at all times, and this semi final is just another game were we shall go out to enjoy, with no pressure to win, no pressure to lose, we are all mates and look out for each other and that is what a team is about. I hope that is what I have shown these lads this season though I have to say these lessons have been made easy in the support from Big William Waddell and Nigel Irwin who have all had a say in the sing songs on the way home from games.’

So whats next after the semi final?  ‘After the semi final win or lose we still have a few games left and we intend to go out and win them to end the season on high, fingers crossed with Ulster winning their game against Saracens April 5th, from there we will concentrate on developing a team for next year and hopefully achieve another fantastically enjoyable season. The great thing about student rugby is you get fresh new faces joining the club, and you have new challenges and you get to watch players grow and progress in their development. Like Aaron Hunter prop at Under 18’s and now the engine room beside Big willy at second row, busting a gut at training and every Saturday on the pitch. Jamie Byers at hooker who pound for pound is the toughest guy on the team, never backs down and never gives up. These are the people like everyone else on the team that has made it special this season, but it could not been done without the help of our Exiles stepping up to the mark when needed, especially when we had 3 teams out playing this year, so a special thanks goes out to them!’

It is evident that the 3rdXV will be around next season and we wish them all the best in their semi final campaign towards some silverware in their first year playing together. UUC RFC would like to invite all Mothers, Father, Brother’s, Sister’s, Aunt’s, Uncle’s Wives and Girlfriend’s to come along and watch the game at Larne RFC kick off is at 2.30pm.

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Start of season win for 2’s

UUC Power NI 2XV match report 14-09-13

The first fixture of the new season saw the uni second XV play their first round match of the Junior 5 League in good conditions against Dungannon 4’s
The game started very even with both sides getting share of position. The first infringement came from the Dungannon side and was in range for Tommy McGlaughlin. Penalty converted, 3-0. Dungannon replied from the kick off with some very forceful defence pinning the students into their 22 were Dungannon turned the ball over but a little knock allowed for a uni scrum, who coped tremendously well with the bigger Dungannon pack, allowed Tommy to kick the ball safely to touch on the uni 10m line. From a messy lineout allowed Angus ‘The Goose’ Jinks to borrow through from no where to gather the ball, and the uni pack did exceptionally well to recycle the ball from a very physical pack, with several phases of play later allowed Tommy a sneaky pot shot at goal with a drop kick, score now stood 6-0.
However this did not deter the advancing Dungannon lads as they upped the tempo of the game for the next 20mins of play and with some thundering runs from their centres and forwards Dungannon fought back with vengeance and succeeded with two converted try in quick succession, the half ended with a long range penalty from Tommy yet again to make the scores 9-14 to Dungannon.
Half time 9-14
The second half saw the students start off strong, and with the gathering of the ball by Richard Brunt, who was a thorn in the Dungannon lineout all day long stealing one against the throw, which led to multiple phases of play and saw winger Adam Crawford draw the full back and feed back inside to the ever tracking Captain Phil McLean to go over in the corner, conversion missed 14-14.
Unfortunately for the game, it saw the lose of 2 Dungannon players through injury from this high tempo and physical game, and with a suspect binning of their prop reduced the Dungannon lads to 12 men, and with an over extended period in the sin bin by the ref allowed Tommy to yet again slot over a penalty and yet another drop goal, 20-14, but the lack of numbers allowed the student side to physically wear the Dungannon boys out by spreading the ball from one side to the other and with an ever more powerful student defence, as the Dungannon lads strived for another try and turn over by prop Darryl McCorriston saw yet another section of multiple phases and off loads allowing winger Adam Crawford on his debut to run 45metres and score between the posts Adam dropped the conversion to make the score 27-14 for the final score.
Great start to the second’s season who have aspirations of following on from last years league win by targeting Junior 5, they also wish to pass on their best wishes to the injured Dungannon lads and hope for a speedy recovery

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UUC RFC Power NI 2’s continue Away Form

UUC RFC Power NI 2nd XV Continue Away Form after their win over Ballymena 5’s last week.
Conditions were perfect, cool but dry with a difficult low sun facing the UUC Power Ni 2’s in the first half at the Maynard Sinclair grounds in the surroundings of Stormont.
The first 10 minutes we were painfully slow to get started, a high ball was dropped under a difficult sun with their number 10 scoring from the consquenting lineout unopposed under the posts. 7-0 to the home team.
UUC Power Ni 2’s regrouped with Jamie ball slotting over 3 points from a penalty for offside at the breakdown, though missed tackles were the main problem facing the student side. This led to Civil Service’s second score in the corner scored by their number 14. Then as phases were being put together by the students an as play after play and gradually crept their position into Civil service territory, the Lineouts and scrums were becoming dominant you could see momentum was shifting. A charge for the line by a moving pack in the lineout with Jamie Ball sneaking out the back door to put ball over the line, conversion from the try scorer was successful. Service came straight back and scored a try through the forwards with some tight play. Conversion missed.
Final play of the first half saw UUC camped in the Service 22 a charge down from Outhalf Chris Elliott and in his motion of picking up the loose ball was taken out but Ball was gathered by the ever present Phil Mclean with an easy pick up and dive over the line for a try. Ref deemed the tackle without the ball to be a try scoring opportunity and sent the left wing to the bin for 10 minutes.
Half time score of 17-17
Second half saw a rejuvenated UUC side. Try saving tackles were being made and the lifting moral was gaining speed and confidence, an overlap in the home sides 22 saw debutant Jonny Harding placing the ball on the line under difficult pressure. Jamie Ball converted. Pressure was placed on the opposition backs and mistakes were made, the resulting pressure led to turn over ball and Nigel Irwin popped up on the wing to place the ball down.
10 minutes later a scrum on the 10 meter line inside the home teams half, Jamie Ball intercepted from the oppositions 10 leaving a 2 on 1 with the fullback. Nigel was there again to run in close to the post leaving the score 34-17. Play was scrappy towards the end with UUC’s defence the difference. The ref blew the whistle with the away side glad to be leaving with 2 points after a poor performance leaving them in 2nd place in Junior 6.
Man of the match was hard to pick but Nigel Irwin a veteran of the student side deserves this title.
Report By
Chris Elliott