Basketball Intervarsity Huge Success
Ulster University Jordanstown hosted the basketbal intervarsities on April 10th until April 12th. The University hosted over 32 teams from all over Ireland to take part in the three day event.
Patrick O’Neill helped to organise the successful event and also coached Ulster University’s men team. Throughout the three days, there were 60 games of basketball played. The tournament took place across three venues on four courts.
“The tournament was a great success. It is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sporting event for University students. From ensuring the officiating, both table officials and referees, to running the games on a tight timetable, the organising committee did a fantastic job. Ruth Neill was key in helping organise volunteers and putting a framework in place for the event. Mark and his team really went above and beyond in the sports centre, while Declan, David and Charlie all supported with taking on key roles during the tournament.” Said Patrick O’Neill.
Ulster University had a men and women’s team in the competition. Ulster University had a good run throughout the competition. The men’s team got to the men’s ‘A’ final when they beat UCD by a single point in the semi final. Ulster University were hoping to retain their title but were beaten 77-69 by a strong and physical NUI Galway team.
“They were physical inside. We were chasing them for the whole game. The belief was there that we could come back but we left it a bit late. We fought hard for the whole tournament and it was a good game in the end. They deserved the win.” Said Ulster University team captain Martin McDonald.
Despite losing in the final, Ulster University coach Patrick O’Neill did not let that dampen the spirits of a great sporting event. “The team are disappointed that they didn’t get the win and retain their title but the best team won and it was a close and exciting game with the result only being decided in the final minute. As coach I am so proud of the attitude and team spirit displayed all weekend.”
Ulster university ladies were unlucky not to reach the semi finals. They were beaten by University of Limerick 56-26 and DCU 51-43. They defeated Carlow IT 50-44 but unfortunately it was not enough to gain a place in the finals.
Ulster University’s ladies player, Ashley Montecchio received an All Star for her performance throughout the tournament. Ronnie Thomas and Marty McDonald also received an All Star for the UU men’s team.
The Women’s ‘A’ Intervarsity final was won by Trinity College Dublin, beating Cork IT 49-45. Griffith College Dublin won the Men’s ‘B’ intervarsity final beating IT Carlow 77-60. The women’s ‘B’Intervarsity final was won by NUI Galway who beat Dublin IT 77-44.
Article by Emma Ryan