22 March 2017
The WSCAI Intervarsities are set to kick-off tomorrow afternoon. This year's competition is hosted by UCC in Cork.
Twelve teams are set to compete across the Cup, Plate and Shield competitions across the two days providing twelve games for spectators to take in.
In the Cup competition, newly crowned WSCAI Premier Division champions Maynooth University are set to mount their challenge for double glory when they take on UL, who will be anxious to collect silverware after last week's disappointing defeat in the League Cup Final to NUI Galway.
The Galway girls are on the other side of the draw as they encounter UCD for a third time this season. On both occasions, the Dublin side have inflicted defeat upon their Western rivals and will hope to make it a hat trick against a Galway side who have been rejuvenated in their cup run.
In the Plate competition, hosts UCC welcome last year's Cup winners IT Carlow to the Mardyke. While any game against UCC in Cork is a tough contest, IT Carlow face an uphill battle off the back of a difficult campaign with captain Rachel Graham one of a few key players who miss out through injury.
The winners of that tie will face either IT Sligo or Waterford IT in Friday's final with the best of the North-West set to take on the best of the South-East. IT Sligo were defeated in last year's Cup final and suffered more agony two weeks ago in the Premier Division final against Maynooth and will hope to make amends in this competition against a Waterford side who have had a relatively quiet campaign so far.
In the Plate competition, Trinity College return to the competition after a hiatus that spans over two decades. Their chances of continuing their fairytale season face a significant roadblock in the form of Ulster University. Ulster were well beaten in the final of this competition last year but have reached the Division One final and on paper the form edges toward them against Division Two opposition.
In the other semi-final tie, the team that faces UU in that Division One final will square off against another Division Two side as DCU take on the Garda College. With the talents of Wexford Youths trio Aisling Frawley, Aoibhin Webb and Orla Conlon amongst the ranks of the Dublin side, the Challenge Shield winners, the Garda College, will have their work cut out for them if they are to cause an upset tomorrow.
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Thursday 23rd March
Intervarsity Cup Semi-Finals
University of Limerick v Maynooth University 2pm The Farm
NUI Galway v University College Dublin 4pm The Farm
Intervarsity Plate Semi-Finals
University College Cork v IT Carlow 2pm The Mardyke
Waterford IT v IT Sligo 2pm The Farm
Intervarsity Shield Semi-Finals
Trinity College v Ulster University 4pm The Farm
Dublin City University v Garda College 4pm The Farm
Friday 24th March
Intervarsity Cup Final
3pm, The Mardyke
Intervarsity Plate Final
1pm, The Farm
Intervarsity Shield Final
1pm, The Farm
Intervarsity Cup/Plate/Shield 3rd & 4th Place Play-Offs
All 11am, The Farm