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)
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.