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DUFC men and women look forward to 'a real one-off game'

Published: 29th March 2018

For the first time in Colours history, the women of DUFC (Trinity Rugby) and UCD will have their own day to celebrate this unique rivalry.

Traditionally the women played as the curtain raiser for the men’s game but this year they will play on College Park the day before as part of a Colours Festival of Rugby. The full programme is as follows:

  • Saturday March 31 – DUFC U20s v UCD (UCD Bowl), 3pm
  • Tuesday April 3 – DUFC Juniors v UCD (College Park), 7pm
  • Wednesday April 4 – Tag rugby blitz (College Park) 3pm; DUFC Women v UCD (College Park), 7.30pm
  • Thursday April 5 – DUFC v UCD (College Park), 7.30pm

DUFC Women captain Molly Boyne is proud to be part of the side who will be the first to have their own stand-alone Colours game.

Support
“It’s hugely special. Normally, we play on the same day as the guys and it’s a huge opportunity for them to be able to come and support us at our game and us to be able to support them properly in their game the next day.

“To be centre stage for the first time in College Park under the lights is a massive honour and having our own lunch with our family and friends is a great tradition to start going forward.”

For Molly, Colours is an even bigger occasion as she will be the first out on to College Park this week leading her side.

“Being their captain, it’s an honour to lead them out on to College Park for this Colours match. It’s such a great group of girls who work hard for each other and train hard. Each is individually really talented and when we come together as a team there is so much potential and drive.”

Honour
Colours week is also going to be special for final year engineering student Michael Courtney, who is looking forward to captaining the male side.

“It’s an honour to captain in a Colours game. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I’ve come to Trinity. The lads don’t really need much motivation so I’ll be taking a step back in terms of that but it’s still a brilliant honour.

“The atmosphere is exceptional. I remember two years ago we played in College Park and we won. I came on as a sub and just coming on was amazing – there were about 2,500 people here all around the terrace and it was brilliant. It’s a real one-off game, I know it is a league game as well but the mentality you bring into it is like no other game in the Ulster Bank League.”

Photo (L-R): Eva Jackman (UCD), Michael Courtney, Colin Byrne, Molly Boyne (DUFC) and Jamie Glynn (UCD)