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 1st XV v Coleraine 1st XV

This Saturday, 3rd September 2016, sees the return of the domestic league for UUC bad they start there campaign in Qualifying 2. Not only is it the league opener for the UUC men, it is also the local derby as the students take on the town. 

Kick off is at 1430hrs at the Sam Logan Stadium, The Sports Pavillion, Cromore Road, Coleraine.

If you are about the town, call down and show your support for the men in green in what will be a highly entertaining game.

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 1stXV Take First Points On The Road

UUC RFC 1stXV defeat CIYMS 17-15 at Belmont

UUC got their first win and points of the season as they defeated CIYMS at Belmont. The students got off to a poor start as CI scored an early try in the first half. Try was unconverted. At the restart the students switched on and challenged the kickoff. Unfortunately the ball was knocked on by UUC leading to a CI scrum. Ross Hackney picked at the tail and was put back by UUC’s John Dillon and Jonathan “Taff” Brown.
The students managed to string a number of phases together and looked extremely dangerous playing with the wind at their backs. It wasn’t long until UUC got on the scoreboard. Glenn Baillie broke the CI line and he managed to get over the try line for a touch down. Calum Rowden stepped up and slotted the conversion. UUC lead 7-5 at half time.
The students had to play into the wind during the second half. It wasn’t long before CI conceded a penalty for ill discipline in the 22. Calum Rowden stepped up and slotted his kick making the score 10-5 to the students. The two teams battled hard against each other until CI scored a try against the students. Try unconverted and score 10-10. The students hit back from the restart and soon regained the ball. A number of phases through the forwards battered CI back towards their line and the pressure eventually told as Gareth Millar spotted a gap and squeezed over the line for the students second try. Calum Rowden calmly slotted the conversion. Score 17-10 to the students. The students regained the ball from the restart. An unfortunate error allowed CI to score their third try of the day. Again CI’s out half missed his third conversion.
The game finished 17-15 to the students. Big congratulations to the students for their outstanding performance and great win away from home. Man of the match was a very tough decision as everyone in the team played extremely well. Glenn Baillie who had a fantastic game managed to clinch man of the match.

Report By
Gareth Bell

Winning on the road

2012 Exiles

Exiles 2012

The Exiles kicked off this year with a new kit as the old one has served its time for well over  20 years. It is with special thanks to Danny Coyles at The Anchor Bar and Michael McQuitty from Onside Sportswear who helped in sponsoring a new Exiles Kit.

Present in picture left to right Dave Orr Exiles President Select XV, Danny Coyles and Lee Murphy UUC 1st XV Vice Captain.

 

In the 40th year of this long standing tournament of UUC RFC past players come back to pit their skills against the youthful current players of the present teams. This year’s special occasion brought back some old touring teams including the UUC Touring Team Of 1982 and from 1992 as Rupert West had a cataclysmic thought when talking to Dave Lougheed on his flight from Auckland to LA and they remember with fondness the colour of the Ex-Larne Mayor’s Blood on that day in Kingston Canada! Then came about the 1992-2012 reunion of his teams’ triumphant tour of Canada. His plan now hatched as he went on a recruitment drive to put the band back together and form the 1992 Exiles Dream Team to take on the UUC 2nd XV.

 

The game was a hard fought game. Unknown to the Dream Team the UUC 2nd XV have been a very strong this season with several players featuring on the 1st XV team. As the 2nd XV had been out for their pre game warm up practicing moves, the Exiles in true spirit of the occasion managed 1 lineout and 1 scrum, 5 minutes before kick off. I dare say if the 92 side knew what was coming at them they would maybe have had second thoughts as some hadn’t played rugby in over 10 years a tad more practice would have been done. The game itself was from one end to the other with such ferocity the touring exiles found it difficult to keep up as they found themselves 3 try’s to 1 down at half time.

A fantastic purple patch by the Dream Team saw them claw back 2 quick try’s in 10mins to 3 try’s a piece, but the students fought back hard to score again to take the lead. It has to be said a few injuries and a lack of fitness was starting to tell but with a regathered kick off saw quick possession to the wings and the Exiles go in at the corner with 10mins left to play. Undeterred the 2’s came back hard from the proceeding kick off and managed to get a turnover penalty. A quick tap and fast recycling saw the students go over in front of the sticks with the crucial 2 points to come. Calum Rowden comfortable converted 34-32 to the UUC 2’s. The Exiles Dream team haven’t lost in 10years and this day wasn’t going to be one of them as they regrouped under the posts and decided the last 5 minutes of the game was win it or die trying! Kick off and Aussie lock Andy Kennedy gathered possession for the Dream Team. Quick ball delivered by the ever present Michael McQuitty to Jacko (Michael Jackson – former Ulster player and cousin of Ulsters Paddy Jackson) saw a thundering run up the middle of the pitch. A couple of pick and goes from the backrow let the Dream Team edge ever closer to the line  with some fantastic defense from the uni 2’s kept the Dream Team at bay until Andy Kennedy used his 6 foot 7inch frame to nudge over the line!

34-37 to The Dream Team, the closest game in many years but played in the true fashion of a Barbarians game.

 


Exiles Dream Team 2012

UUC 2nd XV Class of 2012

 

UUC 1stXV vs Exiles President Select XV

We now turn our attentions to the main event, the 1st XV clash against the President Select XV. This is  a long running tradition were past Captains invite players to represent the President Select Team. An invitation that is steeped in history and tradition and is considered an honor to be selected for the Presidents XV. In recent years it has been a very one side affair with the UUC 1’s dominating the games, but Dave Orr Captaining the Presidents side put together on paper a formidable team.

 

But it was clear to see from the start the game was not going to be easy for the President’s team as they leaked an early try in the corner inside the first 10 minutes. You could tell by the slick moves by the students that the year long training had become second nature as they secured another 3 try’s before half time, 4try’s to 1 to UUC 1’s.

 

The President’s team did not deter and as often is with tradition started to open the game up and fought back hard to secure 2 fantastic try’s in quick succession notably the line break of  David Thompson aka Tompo scoring on a somersault touch down, much to the cheering delight of the watching crowd.

The openness of the game saw John Dillon intercept the ball for the students only to be called back. The Exiles also intercepted but in this occasion scored.

The score line swopped a few times but ultimately the shear power and fitness levels of the UUC 1’s told as they put a sizable gap in the score line in the last 20mins of the game.

Final Score saw UUC 1’s hold on their reign as Exiles Champs 59-27.

The winning UUC 1’s League Winners 2012 and The Spirit of Exiles….

 

UUC RFC would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all the Exiles that turned up to play and support this fantastic day in the clubs history and long may it continue. UUC RFC would also like to thank The Anchor Bar Portstewart, The Senior Common Room and Spar Coleraine Campus for their sponsorship which helped UUC RFC win Qualifying League 2 and get promotion into Qualifying League 1.