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The RCSI Men's GAA competed in the Corn Na Mac Léinn competition at the Sigerson weekend.

21 February 2017

The RCSI Men's GAA travelled down to the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan In Mayo this past weekend to compete in the Corn Na Mac Léinn competition at the Sigerson weekend.

Sigerson 2017 

The team travelled down on Friday morning for the Semi Final against GMIT Letterfrack. The early morning seemed to go against RCSI at the start of the opening half with Letterfrack running the show. Gradually RCSI found their feet and began to control the game and went in at the break 2 points up on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-6. Unfortunately, Calum Quinn picked up a hamstring injury towards the end of the half while playing a stormer in the middle of the park. RCSI had the wind at their backs in the second half and they had it tell running out 7 point winners at the end, 2-10 to 1-6, sending RCSI into the final the next day against UU Magee.

 

The game on Saturday proved to be a step too far for the lads with injuries and fatigue catching up with the lads who all put in a gallant performance ultimately losing out by 3 points, 1-14 to 1-17. The lads were 8 points down at half time and had left themselves too much to do in the second half although they did manage to pull it back to 1 point at one stage. This is the second time that RCSI lost to UU Magee in the final in the last 3 years.

There were heroic performances by each and every player with everyone standing up to be counted, a particular mention to Philip Bogue who really drove the team through the semi-final from centre back. Other notable mentions go to Stephen Smith, John Reynolds, Kieran O'Connell (all of whom were playing with the college for the first time this year), Fergal Hynes, Killian Cox, Ahmed Alsaffar, and James Garvan.

 

There was serious commitment shown throughout the year which culminated in Ahmed and Ciarán Fitzgerald playing the match on Friday travelling back to Dublin afterwards and then travelling down early the next morning for the final. Also, John Peacock and Iarla O'Domhnaill both sat an exam on Friday and travelled down for the final on Saturday.

High ball 

There was a lot of travelling support for both days which was greatly appreciated by the lads with some support making a 4-hour trip each direction to watch the matches.

With most of the panel eligible to play again next year hopefully the club will be able to push on a take the extra step. All the lads would like to thank manager Noise Maguire for his time throughout the year.

  

 

Also a very special thank you to the final year students Fionn Maguire, Patrick Farrell, Killian Cox and Brendan Brennan who have given great service to the club throughout their time in the college.

 Runaway

As a club, we would also like to thank the college for the support they've given us this year. 

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Ian Kelly, club captain and final year pharmacy student, has been instrumental in the running of the club. He has been a prominent leader throughout his time at RCSI and will be greatly missed on and off the pitch!