Trinity Sport Club Highlights from the 2019 / 2020 Season
Here's a look back at the sporting highlights from the 2019 / 2020 season
Published: Tue, 21st April, 2020
Despite trainings being cut short and competitions cancelled there has been no shortage of standout sporting moments throughout the ’19 / ’20 season for Trinity’s sport clubs. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights to be proud of, in no particular order. Well done to all involved, and here’s to an even more successful ‘20 / ’21 season!
Dublin University Fencing Club were crowned Intervarsity Champions for the thirteenth year in a row:
On the weekend of March 7th and 8th in DCU, Dublin University Fencing Club won the Irish Intervarsity’s Championship for the thirteenth year in a row in a streak stretching back to 2008. The latest title equals the record number of consecutive titles won from 1979 to 1991 which is also held by Trinity. It is Trinity’s 43rd title overall in the competition’s 66-year history.
To win the coveted Frank Russel trophy, Trinity’s teams competed in six events divided into men’s and women’s in each of the three fencing weapons: foil, épée, and sabre. Every match won in each event counted towards the score to determine the overall champions. Out of 36 matches fenced, Trinity won 33 to retain the Intervarsity’s ahead of UCD, with 27 wins and NUIG with 23.
Trinity Meteors crowned Division One champions and earn promotion to the Super League:
Trinity Meteors were crowned Division One champions in Leixlip, running out 80 – 65-point winners over St Mary’s of Castleisland in the National League Final. The game certainly lived up to its billing, as the sides were neck-in-neck from the off with just one point separating the teams at the half.
A huge start to the third quarter from St Mary’s saw them edge into the lead behind superb work from Emma Sherwood, Lorraine Scanlon and Denise Dunlea, but Trinity Meteors weren’t behind for long and, led by taliswoman Edel Thornton and superb performances from Trinity Sport scholars Lauren Grigsby and Sarah Kenny, they edged back into the lead by four points going into the last quarter.
It was raining threes for Trinity Meteors as the final quarter got underway though, with Thornton and Grigsby both draining a number of key shots from outside the arc, and despite a superb comeback charge from St Mary’s, with Siofra O’Shea and Sherwood leading in superb fashion, it wasn’t to be, as Trinity Meteors became clinical on finishing and stormed home to league title glory and promotion to the Women’s Super League with an 80-65 point win.
DUHAC Maintain clean sweep of Cross-Country Colours Titles:
DUHAC’s distance athletes dominated the colours Cross Country on Saturday (22nd February) against UCD on a windy, exposed course in Phoenix Park. Trinity athletes finished first, second and third in both the men’s and women’s races. The women and men retained two separate trophies, DUHAC athletes now have Track, Road and Cross-country colours titles in both men’s and women’s.
DUHAC Ladies team claim top spot at the Cross-Country Intervarsity’s
DUHAC Ladies Captain Cliona Murphy fresh off a dominant Colours Cross Country performance took control of the race early on opening up a solid lead, she was followed home seconds later by Caron Ryan who was just pipped to the silver medal by Irish International Claire Fagan. Sorcha McAllister had a great run finishing in 8th place and Claire Rafter put in an amazing last lap to push up to 15th and round out the scoring quartet. An anxious wait followed while scores were tallied however the DUHAC Ladies took home the top prize, adding to their road relays victory earlier in the year! This was also the first time Trinity College Dublin had won the women's team event since the race was held in 2014.
Trinity Camogie Team claim the Fr. Meaghair Cup with a win over UCD:
Trinity Camogie team claimed the Fr. Meaghair Cup with a win over UCD at Waterford IT Arena, capping off a hugely impressive season with a 0-13 to 0-08 victory over their rivals. A dozen points from Trinity Sport Scholar and Limerick Camogie star Laura Stack who solidified TCD’s 0-13 to 0-8 triumph over UCD’s second team in the UPMC Fr. Meaghair Cup Final.
Trinity co-captain Juliette O’ Flynn commented on the win, “Massive thanks has to go to our managers Shane and Ailbhe Noonan for all the work they’ve put into our team over the last three years, it would not have been possible without them.” The victory means that Trinity will now move up a division and play in the Purcell Cup championship next season.
DUAFC claim the Farqhuar Cup at College Park:
Dublin University Association Football Club (DUAFC) claimed their first silverware of the season with a win over National University of Maynooth at College Park to win the Farquhar Cup. DUAFC looked set to take the win in normal time with a 3 – 1 lead coming into the second half however NUIM forced the match to penalties with a score in the 89th minute after a defensive mix up that allowed NUIM’s Cillian Duffy to get the equaliser. The penalty shootout was a dramatic affair with the score tied at 7-7, DUAFC’s goalkeeper Dan Grace managed to save a penalty, leaving Stephan Duran with it all to do. He stroked home confidently, clinching the Farquhar Cup for the hosts.