As week five is upon us, it can only mean one thing; the UL GAA season is about to explode into action.
Lets take a look at the year ahead, which could prove historic for our Ashbourne Cup camogie team.
Like Dublin in football this year, our camogie team is looking to win 5 Ashbourne titles in a row, which has never happened in the history of the college.
Standing in their way of proving history is rivals UCC who have played them in the last four finals.
Like the Ashbourne Cup team, our ladies footballers won the championship last year and are now looking to win a record 13 O’Connor cup titles.
As well as the O’Connor Cup team, the freshers ladies football team are looking to add their 6th title in as many years.
All our ladies teams have flagged the flag high for UL in recent years, and no doubt they will have another successful year and be in the contention near the end of the year.
The men’s season is also shaping up promisingly.
After last year’s disappointment for the Fitzgibbon Cup team, they will be looking to bounce back with a better display by getting out of their group and hopefully progressing to the latter stages in the tournament.
They will hope that they have all their players available as injuries hit at crucial times last year, which didn’t help their cause.
Like the senior hurlers, our senior footballers will look to have a better season after been knocked out in round 3 to Carlow IT. They kick off their league campaign this Thursday against IT Tralee in Tralee.
The Intermediate hurlers will be looking to add another All-Ireland success after going through last year unbeaten by dispatching WIT and LIT in the opening rounds which set up a final with Leinster champions UCD, where they won with an impressive 2nd half scoring 2-9 without reply.
Our last champions of last year were the freshers hurling team who beat rivals LIT in a dominant display by winning 3-17 to 1-10. The fresher’s team will look to build on the success of last year and put in another champion-winning season.
After a very successful 2018/2019 season, the teams here in UL will want to improve on this and maybe win a few more All-Ireland titles than last year and have a very successful year.
Best of luck to all teams representing UL in the coming year.