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It promises to be a busy weekend in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups.
It promises to be a busy weekend in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups.

Preview: Weekend's Electric Ireland Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup action


GAELIC FOOTBALL

Saturday January 11

Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup Round One

Queens University v TU Dublin City Campus

Sunday January 12

Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup Round One

Maynooth University v St Mary's, Maynooth University North Campus, 2pm

Athlone IT v Letterkenny IT, Athlone IT, 2pm

IT Sligo v UL, IT Sligo, 2pm

IT Tralee v IT Carlow, IT Tralee, 2pm

UCD v Ulster University, Belfield, 2.15pm

DCU Dochas Eireann v Garda College, DCU, 3pm

NUIG v UCC, Dangan, 4pm

By Cian O'Connell

Dangan, on the banks of the Corrib, provides the backdrop for the eagerly anticipated first round clash between NUIG and UCC.

Managed by former Mayo forward Maurice Sheridan, NUIG have made progress in recent campaigns, but they face a talented UCC on home turf.

Mark White, Sean O'Shea, Liam O'Donovan, and Seanie Powter are included in UCC's panel, while Killian Spillane will play for Templenoe in the AIB All Ireland Club Intermediate Championship on Saturday.

NUIG's panel is sprinkled with inter-county players too most notably Mayo's Eoin O'Donoghue and Matthew Ruane.

There should be a lively match involving DCU Dochas Eireann and Garda College.

Paddy Christie's DCU will be prompted by Evan Comerford, Paddy Small, Shane Carthy, and Jordan Morrissey, while Garda include Donegal goalkeeper Shaun Patton.

A Donegal colleague of Patton's, Paul Brennan, will play for IT Sligo against UL, who are powered by Mayo's Fionn McDonagh and James Carr.

Kerry's Brian O Beaglaoich and Clare's Keelan Sexton are other notable UL players.

Prolific UCC and Kerry forward Sean O'Shea.
Prolific UCC and Kerry forward Sean O'Shea.

Dara Moynihan, David Clifford, Tony Brosnan, and another Templenoe footballer Gavin Crowley are eligible for IT Tralee, who face IT Carlow.

Athlone IT will need to restrict the influence of Letterkenny IT's Michael Langan when tussling in the midlands.

Hope is also attached to Maynooth University with Ethan Devine, Jimmy Hyland, Naoise O'Baoill, and Niall O'Donnell in their panel against the Oisin O'Neill inspired St Mary's.

Con O'Callaghan, Peadar O Cofaigh-Byrne, Cillian O'Shea, and Stephen Coen will be leading figures for UCD against Ulster University.

Tyrone duo Michael McKernan and Lee Brennan bring experience and class to the UU ranks.

On Saturday Queens University and TU Dublin City Campus, with Brian Howard and Conor Rehill, get the action underway.

HURLING

Sunday January 12

Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup

Group D

UCD v IT Carlow, Belfield, 12.30pm

Group A

DCU Dochas Eireann v UL, DCU Sportsgrounds, 1pm

Trinity College v Maynooth University, Santry Avenue, 2pm

Group B

TU Dublin City Campus v Mary I, Grangegorman, 2pm

Limerick IT v Waterford IT, LIT, 2pm

Group C

NUIG v UCC, Dangan, 2pm

UCC and Cork hurling star Darragh Fitzgibbon.
UCC and Cork hurling star Darragh Fitzgibbon.

In the highly competitive environs of the Fitzgibbon Cup a positive start matters deeply so this weekend is loaded with importance.

At Belfield UCD featuring Huw Lawlor and Ronan Hayes will expect a demanding assignment against IT Carlow.

The visitors' panel is nicely stocked with accomplished players including Laois custodian Enda Rowland, Shane Reck, Cathal Dunbar, Richie Leahy, and Liam Blanchfield.

Santry Avenue hosts a key encounter between Trinity College and Maynooth University.

TU Dublin City Campus will be relying on significant displays from Warren Kavanagh and Darragh Egerton, who possess plenty of inter-county experience against Mary Immaculate.

During the past decade Mary I have made real strides in this competition with manager Jamie Wall a key influence.

The well regarded Jamie Wall is in charge of the Mary I Fitzgibbon Cup team again in 2020.
The well regarded Jamie Wall is in charge of the Mary I Fitzgibbon Cup team again in 2020.

Mary I include Eoghan Cahill, Tim O'Mahony, and Gary Cooney, but they will treat the TU Dublin Campus challenge with the utmost care.

Na Piarsaigh forward Peter Casey will supply a potent threat in the LIT attack, while Austin Gleeson is Waterford IT's talisman.

The meeting of NUIG and holders UCC promises to be interesting also.

Kevin Hussey and Brian Concannon will be important players for Jeffrey Lynskey's outfit against a star studded UCC.

Shane Conway, Mark Coleman, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Conor Boylan, Mark Kehoe, and Brian Turnbull are involved for UCC, who are anxious to retain the title.

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