03 January 2012
Manager Diarmuid McNally got an early Christmas present when holders UCD received a bye into the semi finals of this seasons Harding Cup.
With only seven universities entered it was a welcome lucky break for the holders who will now prepare to bid for a third successive victory in the Irish Universities major competition for First Year Students.
UCD started their recent run of victories in the Harding Cup by capturing the trophy two years ago in Galway with a comfortable win over the University of Limerick. While last year they managed to overcome the hosts NUI Maynooth 1-0 to retain the cup for a second year.
This seasons’ competition will be hosted by UCC from February 10 -12 with the final set for Cork’s Mardyke Arena on Sunday February 12.
UCD are set to face the winners of the University of Limerick and Dublin University (Trinity College) quarter final tie in their semi final clash on Saturday February 11.
Unfortunately the no show by the four Northern Universities- Belfast’s Queens plus the Universities of Ulster at Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee has reduced the entries to seven and as a result no decision on the format of the Harding Plate has yet been made.
IRISH UNIVERSITIES HARDING CUP DRAW
Friday February 10 2012
DCU v UCC; University of Limerick v Dublin University; NUI Maynooth v NUI Galway; bye UCD.
Saturday February 11 2012
University of Limerick or Dublin University v UCD; DCU or UCC v NUI Maynooth or NUI Galway.
Sunday February 12 2012
Harding Cup Final.« Go Back