19 February 2017
The 2017 IUFU Collingwood Cup kicks-off this week hosted for the first time by Maynooth University. We took a sneak peak at the squad lists and picked out five players that can carve their name into the 103 year history of the competition
Jack O'Connor (DCU)
The Cherry Orchard youngster was the star of the recent IUFU Harding Cup, a competition exclusive to fresher students as DCU claimed their first ever success. The forward bagged five goals during the tournament, including the opener in the final, and has also scored five times in the CUFL for the Glasnevin side. If DCU are to be involved at the business end of the tournament, they need O'Connor to be in top form
Shane Daly-Butz (UCC)
Involved with the Republic of Ireland Amateur side and the Colleges and Universities National Team. He made headlines in September when he grabbed a goal and an assist for the Amateurs in the Regions Cup against a Macedonia side in Italy. His pace and willingness to take on full backs will grow in importance throughout the week.
Gary O'Neill (UCD)
The captain of the holders, O'Neill also picked up the Player of the Tournament award last year and will have an influential role in deciding whether the Belfield side will retain their crown. He'll be alive to everything in the centre of the park and will strike fear into opposing teams if he lines up a free kick on the edge of the box.
Stephen Dunne (Maynooth University)
One of the remaining members of Maynooth's maiden Collingwood Cup success in 2014, Dunne will be hoping to sign off on the campaign with a second winners medal. His experience in the back four for the hosts will be invaluable for the challenges that lie ahead.
Conor Barry (NUI Galway)
Captaining Galway this year, Barry has already made his presence felt in the CUFL as he scored an important goal in the Division One Quarter Final win against Letterkenny IT. Expected to play a creative role, he will be crucial in breaking through stubborn defences and creating chances for the likes of Alan Murphy to get on the end of.