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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.
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University of Ulster Talented Athlete Entry Scheme Now Open!

Applications are now open for the University of Ulster Talented Athlete Entry Scheme for entry to Ulster in 2014. Formerly known as the Elite Athlete Entry Scheme it is designed to assist talented young sports performers in gaining access to a quality education at the University of Ulster whilst attaining success at the highest levels within their chosen sport.

UUC RFC 1stXV
Scrum Half Glenn Bailey Left and Backrow Vice Capt. Ollie Millar Right

The Scheme recognises the sacrifice in time, effort and crucially – in examination performance – which may result from taking part in sport at the highest level. Under the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme, the University of Ulster allows a reduction in the points required for entry to full-time undergraduate courses.

Details provided through the respective links include general Scheme information, the Scheme Application Form, a list of eligible sports and confirmation of the total number of reduced entry tariff places that will be awarded through the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme to performers in team sports.

Further information if required may be obtained by contacting the Scheme Administrator by emailing schemeadministrator@ulster.ac.uk

Talented Athlete Entry Scheme – Application Documents

Application form
Eligible sports
Maximum number of successful applicants permitted (by sport)

Away win in donegal

Great away win for Uni 2’s

UUC 2’s travelled the lengthy distance to Donegal RFC, from the kick off it was clear that the Donegal were out to make good on the 62-0 defeat they suffered at the Sam Logan Stadium. Both Donegal and Uni started off brightly with both teams defending tremendously with both teams missing some scoring opportunities at the posts but it was UUC to score first from some beautiful hands taking the uni lads up to the Donegal 22 but failed to capitalise, Matt ‘Tails’ Hill had a fantastic game at fullback controlling the game well, and importantly keeping Donegal back in their own half with well fielded kicks, but the sustained and constant pressure that
Was exerted onto Donegal resulted in a penalty just before half time, Richard Murphy once again showing his fine kicking ability took the 3points.
Half time 0-3
UUC made one change as Joe ‘Zeus’ McKinney was replaced by Liam ‘George’ O’Discin at the half time break. The second half saw the uni lads start with far more vigour than Donegal, such was the intensity number 8 Aaron Doherty charged down a kick just past the UUC 10metre line, kicked the ball on, and showing a fantastic turn of pace beat the Donegal winger to slide over the line, Conversion slotted over my Murphy 0-10.
This sparked the game into life as Donegal were now chasing the game and the defensive line led by returning backrower who put in massive tackles all day causing turnovers, this never let Donegal anywhere near the UUC try line. From a resulting scrum Doherty picked up a great hook by Scott ‘Randy’ Stevenson beating their seven and stepping 10, his line drew in the covering winger, he then popped up to the uni 9 who got hauled down just short of the line but hand the whereabouts to put a pass up from the deck to oncoming support of Stuart Whitcroft who went over in the corner, conversion missed 0-15
As Donegal were chasing the game hard now, they were starting to throw the ball wide at any occasion but the unrelenting pressure from the UUC backline saw a speculative pass picked of by Whitcroft who went half the length of the pitch to dot the ball below the posts, Murphy kicked the conversion 0-22
The rest off the half saw UUC play most of the game in Donegal territory, but on occasions couldn’t exploit their field position as the lineout was letting them down, but continued pressure resulted in Ty Young making a great hit followed in by Hetherington and it was a penalty for UUC Donegal were holding on, Murphy again calmly stepped up to the mark and took on the 3 points 0-25.
5 mins before time saw Hetherington making a break from the back of a maul beating 2 defenders, a breaking a great tackle he popped the ball outside him to supporting prop Linsey ‘Phats’ McLaughlin who burst over the line, but alas the referee deemed it a forward pass. Final Score 0-25
A great performance on the road for the UUC lads as returning player Kyle Hetherington scooped the man of the match award for his outstanding efforts on the pitch.
Next up is Letterkenny at home who are mid table and a very capable team indeed, the lads will have to hit the training fields this week to ensure a home win.

2ndXV Suffer First Defeat

It was a wet and windy day at Lime Park Armoy, the pitch was heavy under foot but the students battled hard from start to finish as the two best defensive teams in the league went head to head. Luck divided the teams in an outcome in a match that could have swung either way on the day.

The first half was a close fought encounter as both teams defended vigorously and a strong referee kept Armoy honest but first points went to Armoy after 15mins of play as they kicked a penalty, 3-0. The students battled back hard and only after Armoy conceded 8 penalties in a row did the students finally take advantage of a positional penalty and kicked 3 points of their own, 3-3. The continual penalty count frustrated the students as they couldn’t gather momentum against Armoy a yellow card may have enabled the game to settle down into some rhythm but this wasn’t to be and it was Armoy to strike next 10mins before half time by kicking a penalty to take the score to 6-3. 5 mins before half time the University lost hooker Jeremy Gregg who took a nasty tackle.

The second half saw the student start the more aggressive of the two teams stretching Armoy from one side of the pitch and Jamie Ball kicked them well deep into the corners, a knock on from a lineout by Armoy saw a scrum 8 metres from the line and pick up from Aaron Doherty drive well from the back of the scrum and quick recycling of the ball seen Stuart Whitcroft dive for the corner only to be denied by millimetres on the touch line.
The students found it hard to create any flow in their game due to excessive penalties from Armoy, however credit has to go to Armoy on their well drilled defence as they played the conditions well and kept the students at bay. It was this strong defence that put pressure on the students which saw a break down in communications and a dropped pass, the quick thinking of the Armoy number 6 saw him hack the ball through, he controlled the ball well to see him go over the line 10mins before time, the converted to make the score line 13-3. The students battled bravely to the last minutes of the game and believed if the game were to continue it would most definitely have finished on a different score.

Although the students were beaten they can take great pride from the game, as it was a hard fought game from both teams, and one of those games that could have went either way. There will be hard lessons learned from this game, and the students shall take them on board and implement them at training to help secure a victory in their next game away against Inishowen.
Man of the Match went to Jamie Ball at scrum who kept the students heading in the right direction.

Ballymoney worked hard for their win

The 1st xv travelled to Ballymoney for the 2nd round junior cup game billed as the major local derby of the round, which offered both clubs the opportunity  of making the quarter finals for the second year in a row. The home team ran out deserved winners 17 – 6 in a good natured advertisement for the game and a hard encounter but only after their young neighbours gave them a real challenge to solve and for an hour the upset was a real possibility.

The game started with the students receiving the kick off which was well fielded by skipper Dunlevey who aided by second rows Leonard and McCullough drove hard into the Ballymoney midfield, quick ball recycled several times saw the students get into the home teams 22, but an unforced error allowed the ‘toon’ to clear their lines. The game for large periods of the first half ebbed and flowed with both sets of backs and forwards challenging each other but in general cancelled each other out. on the half hour mark the game came to life with an excellent student attack from hooker Ryan Eecock forcing a penalty from the home teams no6 going off his feet and offering the first kick at the posts from 30 m out however Whitcroft grazed the outside of the upright to leave things scoreless, the students pushed hard with some good lines being cut by centres Winder and fresher Henry but the professionalism of the home defence kept the students out.

Ballymoney then attacked opening the students up, however a great scramble defence and a superb tackle by Sam Hall kept the Ballymoney winger out, shortly after a soft penalty was conceded and the home team out half made no mistake to give the home team the lead.

The students through there impressive wing forwards Henley and Millar and props O’Neill and Wilkinson made real ground and forced a penalty from the mean Ballymoney defence which Whitcroft converted to level things. Just before half time and probably what became the telling pattern of the game was Ballymoney for the second time got into the Uni’s red zone and came away with another 3 points to go into half time 6- 3 in front.

The second half saw the students now playing towards the Clubrooms with the elements on there backs and the knowledgeable home crowed could sense an upset was possible and things tightened up shortly into the half when the students levelled things when they forced a penalty from a great break by fullback Rowden who used all his 16 st and 6′ 4” frame to make good yards and only by slowing the release of the ball did Ballymoney stop a probable try. The uni Out half punished accordingly. The students now in full flow were awarded another penalty from about 40 m out which dropped just under the crossbar, to Ballymoney’s relief.

Ballymoney showed, perhaps the difference between the teams from this point on that when they ventured into the Uni 22, two times in the next phase of the game once to convert a hard earned penalty and crucially to score the games only try by recycling 15 phases to eventually score in the corner. The conversion missed to give them a 14 – 6 lead.

The students to their credit continued to attack with Winger Sharpah and scrum half Murphy making strong runs and Dunlevey and Wilkinson plundering into Ballymoney territory even the introduction of fresh legs in the back row from the lively Aaron Doherty were all to no avail and importantly no points return. Disappointingly verbal and slow retreat from penalties, the indiscretions cost the university hard won yards and perhaps the game. Individuals should be looking at themselves rather than commenting on others, this would surely have helped their cause more. Ballymoney converted a penalty on the final whistle to rightly keep the bragging rights as the best team in the area however also knowing that the students made them work hard to make the quarter finals

UUC 2’s Too Strong for Ballymoney

The individual performances coupled with a titanic backline effort dragged Uni over the finish line as victors against a much bigger and more physical Ballymoney team.

As soon as the game started our error became clear. What Uni lacked in size they more than made up for with speed and sheer ferocity in contact. With a rampant back row led by the outstanding Number 8 Aaron Doherty, and Number 7 Joe ‘Zeus’ McKinnley barely missed a tackle all game. Uni’s pack ran Ballymoney off their feet in the first half, suffocating them and linking brilliantly with the backs.

And what a back division! Feeding off the sheer number of offloads from their pack, the Uni back line, led by Tommy McLaughlin at fly half and the effervescent scrum half Mark Gillespie tore into Ballymoney. Within 10 minutes Uni were on the board, choosing to run a penalty from ten metres out and Tommy went in virtually under the posts. Ballymoney stepped up the pressure forcing themselves into the Uni 22, but struggled to deal with the physicality of Uni and lost the ball. Quick hands out the back line saw Jackson the full back scoring again under the posts. Towards the end of the half and after shrugging off a few injuries both Tommy and Jackson where on the score sheet again. Continued pressure from the Uni forwards resulted in a scrum just outside the 22, a quick hook and quicker feet from the number 8 left the Ballymoney backrow bemused as he sprinted past them to dot the ball down between the post. Half time Score 36-0

After the half-time talk, Ballymoney came out and began to play with more purpose. It paid dividends at first, the Ballymoney forwards scoring under the posts, and then some poor tackling from Uni saw them score again under the posts. Uni regrouped under the posts and came out fighting; the inexorable physicality of the Uni defence began to tell, soaking up everything that Ballymoney could throw at them, leading by example Jonny Dingley new to the club this year making tackle after tackle. The telling moment of the half came when Ballymoney’s forwards knocked the ball on and Tommy McLaughlin swept the ball up in full stride side stepping 3 defenders and running half the pitch to score just beside the posts. Uni continued the pressure as Jackson made a fine tackle on the Ballymoney centre and turned the ball over, and cleverly seeing the open space, chipped the ball over the oncoming Ballymoney rush defence and collecting it to score under the posts.

The last 10 minutes saw some end to end action, as Ryan Gilmore drew two defenders to unleash new comer Tony Colgan down the wing to score on his debut to rugby and for the Uni. A mistake by the Uni saw Ballymoney who, never looked like quitting, continue there onslaught of forward play with great close quarter handling they fooled the uni lads as the big prop went over the white wash in the dying moments of the game. Final Score UUC 2’s 58-21 Ballymoney 5’s.
A well deserved man of the match award goes to Jonny Dingley for his outstanding defence and ball carrying skills. And a mention to Gareth Bell the injured captain for his organisational efforts with the 2ndXV squad that has helped introduce great depth to the club.

Next week UUC 2’s look forward to welcoming newcomers Tir Chonaill to the Sam Logan Stadium at Cromore Road.

Dear Fresher

Welcome to the University of Ulster Coleraine Rugby Football Club. We have been in existence since 1968 during this time we have become associated with an exciting open brand of rugby which we pride ourselves in. Our ethos is to help you develop your skills, fitness, self confidence and if you wish sporting administration skills. We welcome you to become part of our club during your 3 or 4 years at Coleraine and hope you will have an excellent experience on and off the field through participation.
We currently field two Saturday teams, the 1st xv playing in Qualifying 2 and the 2nd xv in the Minor league; we also compete in the Irish College’s Rugby Division 1 league on Wednesday afternoons. We currently have a squad of Players who have joined us from senior teams north and south of Ireland with representation at u20 inter-provincial, Irish and Ulster colleges and Ulster u18’s. Last year we had five leavers from the 1st xv return to their home clubs. They are now playing senior rugby, Qualifying 1 and Qualifying 2 rugby. In recent years we have won leagues and cups and participated in over sea tours. We have also had club members go on to play , inter-provincial rugby and indeed achieve international representation.
Do not feel playing for your university would be a backward step in your rugby development or career.

How can you join?
Contact some of this year’s officials:
Captain Mike Dunleavy 07597600954
Vice Captain / Club Secretary Lee Murphy 07783956654
2nd XV Capt Gareth Bell 07895743349 or through our web site via the contact link, or just bring yourself along to the sports fields every Monday 5.30pm and Thursday 6.30pm, everyone is welcome.

So you are aware Ulster branch rules and regulations – You can transfer as an incoming or returning student up until the 31st January 2012 If you are an AIL registered player you can if you wish become a dual status transfer which allows you to play for your University but still be available to play some AIL matches for your home club.

Coaching and facilities
The Coaching team this year includes Nathan Moore a former club Capt. in the 1990’s he understands student rugby and prides him self in player development ethos,
He has been apart of the Ulster Branch coaching programme, and a club development officer across the province with several clubs. Player coach Jamie Wilkinson, graduated from the university last year and turned down offers from many senior clubs for his talents to continue his development and coach forward skills and strength and conditioning at the club. Brett Campbell and Alan McCully have been coaching and promoting student for over 30years, all are IRFU qualified
The club has access to excellent indoor and outdoor Facilities, two quality match pitches, 2 pitch size floodlit grass training area’s. Indoors, a superb fitness suit and a strength and conditioning studio. We would also look at nutritional and sports psychology as a matter of course.

This is a short period in your rugby career and we as a club will want you to develop your skills and express your talent and return to you home club a better player for the rest of your career.

George Tees Cup Won Again

Five years in a row for UUC RFC

UUC RFC have once again retained The George Tees Cup (Formerly the Dooley Cup for 1 year) for Fourth year running. Dooley Cup – 2007, George Tees Cup – 2008/09/10 and now 2011!
The development side that included many new faces put in a consistent performance throughout the tournament.After winning all of their matches in section 1 they faced Ballyshannon in the final who won section 2.

 

The Table looked like this:

FIXTURES

Ballymoney 28-0 Rainey

Inishowen 0-12 UUC

Omagh 0-0  Ballymoney

Rainey 7-5 Inishowen

Inishowen 0-0 Ballymoney

Omagh 21-0 Rainey

Ballymoney 5- 15 UUC

Rainey 0-47 UUC

Inishowen5-19 Omagh

UUC 24-0 Omagh

 

Ballyshannon kicked off and from the catch, and great inter play between Martin O’Niell and Jamie Wilkinson allowed UUC to force their way deep into the Ballyshannon half. Indiscipline from Ballyshannon at the ruck resulted in a penalty for UUC in front of the posts. Alan Whitcroft slotted the conversion to give UUC a 3-0 lead.  From the restart Ballyshannon put pressure on with hard tackles and great line defence work, but a superb kick into the corner by Alan Whitcroft gave the UUC men a great chance to compete in the lineout deep in the Ballyshannon half.  UUC turned the ball over and with good hands allowed Sam Hall to score in the corner.  The  half time whistle blew and the score stood at 10-0.

UUC kicked off and Ballyshannon showed their power in the pack mauling the UUC forwards up the pitch close to the UUC 22, from there Ballyshannon were awarded a penalty but the penalty was missed.  22 Kick off and possession was given back to Ballyshannon, however the good chasing kept them deep in their own half, and with continued pressure from UUC, Ballyshannon knocked on and gave UUC a scrum. A cleverly worked move between the number 8 and scrum half resulted in a well taken try for Lee Murphy in the corner, conversion was missed. Determined pressure from UUC resulted in a quick turn over and with well worked section of interplay between the forwards Daniel Morgan powered over the line to start his first full season with UUC with a well deserved try, conversion scored 22-0. This however did not dampen the Ballyshannon spirit and in the dyeing minutes a brilliant move from their back line resulted in a try for Ballyshannon, with the conversion missed.  The full time whistle went and UUC deservedly won the game with a final score of 22-5.

This is a real positive sign for the development of UUC RFC for the future with new players like Scott Stevenson, Ryan Gilmore, Stuart Whitcroft and Joe McKinney joining the club for the first time this year, and showing an excellent level of skill on the pitch.

 

UUC RFC would like to take the opportunity to congratulate City Of Derry RFC in their excellent work in organising this rugby event to the highest standards every year.

 

Match Report – Lee Murphy, Pictures – Bernard Doherty

Rugby Scholarships

The University will award up to two postgraduate Masters Course scholarships to high level rugby players who currently reside out of the UK.

One of the scholarships will allow an Irish qualified rugby player who resides outside of Northern Ireland but is Irish qualified. The other will be an international based player.

In addition to playing for UUC RFC each scholarship will include:

• Tuition fees to a postgraduate masters course of choice based at the Coleraine campus.
• Assistance to living costs throughout the year.

Anyone interested should send their name, date of birth, postal address, a brief CV of their rugby career and academic qualifications to:
Gareth Millar, Rugby Development Officer at millar_redsox@hotmail.co.uk