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October 26th 2010 Soccer club sing sweet music with high tempo win David Toms

The smooth fast surface suited UCCs open and attacking style of play – a handful of the UCC team stood out very strongly, particu- larly Josh O’Shea and Rufus Holmes. The UCC keeper, Eoin Kelly,

also put in a strong performance being more than a match for the plethora of long and high balls Middleton threw at UCC unshaken defence. In every area of the pitch UCC

dominated the game. From the kick off their assured passing,

often working between tight angles and good use of the fast wingers on the flanks was to be commended. The rewards of such attacking play didn’t take long to present them- selves. A throw-in which fell to Luke Burgess who deftly laid it off was taken well by Rufus Holmes to put the College ahead inside the opening ten minutes. From here UCC maintained a

good shape keeping the pressure on Middleton who seemed to have the wind knocked out of them by the early goal. Middleton had a number of chances in the first half, the majority of them from headers,

Australia 4-22-15(105) UCC/CIT 0-3-3(12)

Michael Twomey Australia had a comfortable vic-

tory over a UCC/CIT combination under the lights at Pairc Ui Rinn on Wednesday night last. They proved far too strong for this inexperi- enced college team. However, apart from getting used to playing with a round ball, one would have to wonder how much the Aussies learned about themselves from this exercise. One thing for sure is that this

convincing display will give Ire- land International Rules manager Anthony Tohill plenty to think about for the upcoming test. This UCC/CIT combination, which contained a number of players re- covering from club duties three days previous, kept fighting to the end and did not let themselves down. This type of result was always

expected when a team playing the sport for the first time was coming up against full time professionals. It took a while from the home team to get into the game and this was obvious to see in the opening quar- ter as the Aussies led 19-1 by the time 18 minutes had elapsed. Australia began well and opened

their account as soon as the 2nd minute with a Travis Varcoe over. Brad Greene added two of his own while the influential Jack Riewoldt began to gain vital possession for the Australians on numerous occa- sions. In a rare attack for the UCC/CIT combination, Mark Collins neatly intercepted a pass and managed to score a behind. The visitors continued to dom- inate into the third quarter and they

increased their lead with a number of well

taken overs before

Riewoldt found the back of the net shortly after to score his side’s first goal of the game. With Sam Gilbert and captain Adam Goodes con- tributing handsomely to the score- board, they led 54-1 by the half-time interval. The inability of the UCC/CIT

combination to get on the score- board in the second quarter clearly indicates how much the Aus- tralians were on top. However, they ploughed on and had their most productive spell in the third quarter. Australia had their second goal of the night before UCC stu- dent Paul Honohan had the Col- leges outfit first over of the night in the 41st minute and this was quickly followed by a similar score from Cork senior Ciaran Sheehan. These scores gave the supporters something to cheer about and in general they began to play with a greater fluency and urgency to give a greater balance to the game. Hugh Curran, Colm O’Neill and

Andrew O’Brien added scores be- fore Australia had a couple of their own to lead 76-12 by the end of the third quarter. Unfortunately, the “Irishmen” were unable to add to their tally in the final 18 minutes as the Australians stepped up a few gears. Credit most go to a number of UCC/CIT players especially goalkeeper Brian Walsh, who de- nied the Australians certain goals. The Australians managed to add another 29 points in this quarter, including a further two goals from top scorer Brad Greene. One of these came seconds from time to propel his side over the 100-point

and what wasn’t collected by Kelly usually went wide of the mark. UCCs open play did see them

susceptible to the occasional break by the Middleton midfield but on one occasion the tight UCC de- fence collected the ball and broke in a counter-attack of their own, which saw Paul Landers take a strong strike on the outside left of the box. The shot was deflected by Middleton’s goalkeeper Jason Greene who used his full body to get in the way. UCCs second goal came just after the thirty-fifth minute when Rob Waters struck a sweet volley which the broke in the

mark. Having watched this awesome

display from the Australians one will have to wait with anticipation to see how the likes of Graham Canty, Michael Shields and Daniel Goulding and their Irish colleagues fare out against this well drilled side.

Scorers for Australia: B Greene 2-3-1 (22), J Riewoldt 1-3-1 (16), A Goodes 0-4-2 (14), E Betts 0-3- 2 (11), T Varcoe 0-2-0, S Gilbert 0- 2-0, T Bandfield 0-2-0, B Gibbs 0-1-0 (6 each), K Jack 0-1-1, P Dangerfield 0-1-1 (4 each), L Picken 0-1-0, K Simpson 0-0-3 (3 each), L Montagna 0-0-2 (2), D Swan, M Boyd 0-0-1 each. UCC/CIT: P Honohan, C Shee- han, H Curran 0-1-0 (3) each; M Collins, C O’Neill, A O’Brien 0-1- 0 each.

AUSTRALIA: D Fletcher (goal- keeper), T Banfield, E Betts, M Boyd, D Cross, P Dangerfield, P Duffield, J Frawley, B Gibbs, S Gilbert, T Goldsack, A Goodes, L Montagna, J Riewoldt, K Simpson, D Swan, T Varcoe, D Wojcinski, J McVeigh, G Ibbotson, K Jack, B Greene, L Picken. UCC/CIT: K O’Halloran (UCC), B Walsh (CIT (goalkeepers), D Óg O’Donovan (UCC), J O’Sullivan (do), P Crowley (do), A Greaney (do), S O’Donoghue (CIT), C O’- Driscoll (do), R Power (do), K O’Driscoll (UCC), A Walsh (CIT), P O’Flynn (do), S O’Hare (do), A O’Sullivan (do), BJ Walsh (do), C O’Neill (do), M Collins (UCC), P Honohan (do), L Jennings (do), J Buckley (do), D Casey (do), S Kiely (do), J Fitzpatrick (CIT), C Sheehan (do), H Curran (do), A O’Brien (do), JB Spillane (UCC).

Referees: D Coldrick (Ireland), P McEnaney (Ireland), B Rosebury (Australia).

box after an initial cross that was blocked. Middleton came out strong in

the opening minutes of the second half, but couldn’t mount any real pressure on UCC, although they came close the odd time. UCC late in the second had a chance to kill the game off when twice shots hit off the upright. Although they did- n’t get the extra goals, the perform- ance was nonetheless an assured one, and bar a few instances, Mid- dleton never really troubled the de- fence.

UCC AFC: Eoin Kelly; Sean O’- Callaghan, Andrew Neville, Michael MacSwiney, David O’- Donovan, Michael O’Donovan, Rob Waters, Luke Burgess, Josh O’Shea, Paul Landers, Rufus Holmes. Replacement: Paul O’Mahony for Josh O’Shea 80mins. Middleton AFC: Jason Greene; Martin Hickey, Stephen O’Leary, John Mallon, Peter O’Halloran, Ian Maher, Tom Daley, Ian Stapleton, James Murphy, Andrew Knowles, Michael Kennedy.

Junior club review UCC J3 Rugby

Mike McCarthy

© HC Not many college sports

teams can claim they have the same core group of players for three years; such is the frivolous nature of college sports. J3 is a mixture of talented players with low ambition, players coming back to the sport from a long ab- sence and newcomers to the game. It provides students with the opportunity to play winning rugby in a laid back and fun at- mosphere. UCC J3 Rugby has been seen

for years as more of a social team than a competitive team. Last year the team went on to the Tait Cup Final which proves that these players are as passion- ate about the game as the rest of the rugby teams in the UCC Club. The social atmosphere of the team allows players with strenuous college responsibili- ties to play rugby and enjoy the game. The team made a good start

to this year’s season, with a nar- row defeat in a friendly to a

strong Tralee J2 side. Off the back of this result, the J3’s went on to win their first league game with a bonus point victory against Bantry Bay away from home. They were unfortunately defeated in their second game of the league by a clever and pow- erful Ballincollig side. The team has taken positives from this de- feat and keen to improve their game in the away game to Ballincollig which should de- cide this league. Finally it must be mentioned

that while striving to win this year’s league and intervarsity’s, the social aspect of team is still strong with the squad meeting after matches to socialise. This often leads to a certain young American being hung up by his ankles while wearing a onsey! If you like to hear more from the J3 team and wish to join in sup- porting the team, follow them on the Facebook page Uc- cRugby Jthree.

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