Sports

Dave Mahedy: A look back at the UL sporting director’s life in sport

(Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the print edition of An Focal in March 2019.) By: Ronan Coughlan You can always rely on a Taxi driver for a good story.  I tell the driver that I am headed to the Arena to interview the UL Director of Sport.  “Who, Mahedy?” he replies.  “The very man I tell him”.  To …


Pitch Perfect: Maguire’s Fields open

By: Mike Finnerty Maguire’s Fields have officially opened at the University of Limerick. The pitches, which were voted for in a student referendum in 2016, consists of 4 full-length football pitches, 2 GAA pitches, 1 grassed pitch, 3 “ball walls” and is complemented by a “golden mile” running and walking track. Alan Ward, manager of the 50 metre swimming pool …

2019 Rugby World Cup: England brush aside Tonga in dour affair

England 35 – 3 Tonga England started their Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaign with a game against Tonga. As heavy favourites, England were expected to blow the Tongans away. A moment of silence was held before the game for Akilisi Pohiva, the Tongan Prime Minister who recently passed away. Tonga then performed their Sipi Tau, possibly bearing extra importance for …

2019 Rugby World Cup: Italy out of blocks against spirited Namibia

Italy 47 – 22 Namibia Italy and Namibia started off their Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaigns looking to get the better of each other in a tight affair. Namibia got off to a fine start in the fifth minute when an Italian lineout didn’t go to plan and the Namibians took full advantage of it. Scrum half Damian Stevens finished …

2019 Rugby World Cup: Ireland romp home against shell-shocked Scots

Ireland 27 – Scotland 3 Ireland and Scotland faced off in a possibly very pivotal game in each of their Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaigns this Sunday morning. A possibly pivotal game, as previously mentioned, this game was highly anticipated by many and a lot was expected from both sides. The game started off very energetically with Stuart Hogg providing …

2019 Rugby World Cup: Australia take while to get going; Fiji impress

Australia 39-21 Fiji Australia and Fiji kicked off Pool D of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in the first of Saturday’s three games. The Wallabies went into this game as favourites but had endured an inconsistent 2019 pre-RWC, only showing flashes of their quality. The Fijians were confident as usual, performing their traditional Cibi dance with pride. Australia seemed to …

2019 Rugby World Cup: France see off hardened Argentina

France 23 – Argentina 21 France and Argentina got Pool C of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) started this morning in a very early, and very pivotal, big game. Both teams are very inconsistent, which added to the excitement as you never know which French or Argentine side will turn up. Both teams have vanquished Ireland in past iterations at …

2019 Rugby World Cup: Resounding New Zealand win has implications for Ireland

New Zealand 23 – South Africa 13 New Zealand and South Africa kicked off their Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaigns in Yokohama this morning. The game was made out to be the dress rehearsal to the final by many, even sharing the same stadium. The incumbent three-time winners versus the two-time winners – a real clash of titans, and a …

Japan Versus Russia: 2019 Rugby World Cup begins with convincing win for hosts

By: James Roulston Mooney Japan 30 – Russia 10 The 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) kicked off today with the opening match-up of hosts Japan taking on Russia in Pool A. A lot of tries were expected in this game, with Japan being thought of as clear favourites. Not a lot was considered of Russia after their heavy defeats at …