The last academic year was a big one for Maynooth University sport.
Maynooth University captured the inaugural Jerry Murray/Notre Dame Invitational at Waterville Golf Links with James Sugrue (1st Arts) the individual winner.
The reigning Irish Senior Cup champions finished 12 strokes ahead of Texas A&M at the famous County Kerry Links with UNC Wilmington a further 16 strokes behind in third.
Sugrue shot a final 73 to capture the individual title by three strokes from team mate Eugene Smith, who closed with a 72, on three over par 219. Connor Black (78-78-72) was the best of the visitors alongside his Texas A&M’s team mate Ben Crancer (72-81-75) in third and fourth respectively on 12 over par 228 with Notre Dame’s Miguel Delgado (75-79-76) fifth on 230. We are all very proud for our Maynooth University Golf Team.
Maynooth University’s men’s and women’s golf scholars got off to a flying start on day one of the Irish Intervarsity Championship at Rosslare with ten players firing sub par rounds.
Irish International Stuart Grehan (2nd Entrepreneurship) stole the show on day one firing seven birdies and an eagle on route to a superb round of 63 (-9) a new course record at the sunny south east venue. Grehan, a double Irish major championship winner last summer recorded eight ‘3s’ on his card and remarkably missed birdie chances coming home at 14,15,17 & 18 stating
“It could have been 61 easily”
Grehan is certainly in form having just broken the course record at New Forest Golf Club firing 65(-7) only a week ago competing in the midlands winter alliance. Grehan leads by four shots from fellow Irish Internationals Alex Glesson (UCD) 67(-5) the defending champion and teammate Robin Dawson (2nd Equine Business) 67(-5). A host of Maynooth players make up the chasing pack in the top ten places; Eugene Smith (1st Arts) 69(-3) T4th, James Sugrue (1st Arts), Ronan Mullarney (2nd Business Management) 70(-2) T6th, Jordan Hood (1st Astro Physics), Kyle McCarron (2nd Arts), Gary Ward (1st Product Design) and Liam Grehan (2nd Arts) 71 (-1) T9th,
Men’s scores available HERE
Maynooth equally had a strong start in the women’s event with Shannon Burke (2nd Arts) posting a 71(-2) to lead by two strokes from teammates Shannen Brown (3rd Arts) and Molly Dowling (1st Arts) both posting 73’s (level). Gemma McCarthy is a further two shots back after a 75(+2) T4th with Meadhbh Doyle shooting 76(+3) T6th.
Women’s scores available HERE
In Soccer, the mens Senior Squad reached the Semi Final in the Premier North Group and also narrowly defeated by UCD in the Collingwood Semi Final. The Mens B soccer Team made it to the Semi Final also in their first time playing Division 1 but also were narrowly defeated for a place in the final. The Mens Fresher C squad lost to UL in the Semi Final of the Harding Cup in Nui Galway. This year we are resting our hopes on the Ladies Team who travel to Athlone It for the Intervarsities this month. Last year they reached the Semi Final but we know they are going to go one better this year! Go MU Girls!
We had a number of historic 'firsts', With the Archery Team lead by Diego winning All Ireland Titles this year.
Archery is sweeping the boards this year. Maynooth University Archery Club took home a huge haul of silverware from the Student Nationals despite being without some of their very best shooters.
The Nationals, held this year in Nemo Rangers’ Sports Ground in Cork, are an annual event where archers from colleges throughout the country compete for honours in several individual and team events. MU suffered a setback even before the shooting started, as two of the best archers in the club, all but certain to win their category, had to pull out. But the depleted team battled on bravely and placed in 3 out of the 4 team categories and 2 individual categories.
The college sent ten archers to the competition in the barebow, recurve and compound categories. At the end of the day the team came first in mixed and barebow team and second in recurve team as well as bagging the silver in individual male recurve and third place in male compound.
Several individuals shone on the day, including the team Captain Diego Coyle Diez who narrowly missed out on the gold in the recurve category, losing by just one set, Christoph Nellinger who shot an incredibly 450 out of 600 on his first competition ever and ensuring that MU took the barebow team gold, while narrowly missing out on third place in the individual category and Laury Despres who came back from an equipment error early on in the competition to just lose out to one of the best female recurve archers in the competition by the narrowest of margins.
Full List of Awards
Mixed Team Gold: Diego Coyle Diez, Christoph Nellinger, James Floyd Barebow
Team Gold: Christoph Nellinger, Ciaran Martin
Recurve Team Silver: Diego Coyle Diez, Domhnall O Poil, Hugh Farrell
Male Recurve Silver: Diego Coyle Diez Male Compound Bronze: James Floyd
The fun and friendly ethos of Maynooth University Student Sports Clubs are the backbone of the Student Experience of Life on Campus in Maynooth University