Tipperary players active on colleges scene

Congratulations to the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) who won the Fitzgibbon Cup for the ninth time following a 1-17 to 1-12 victory over the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in Saturday’s final played at Queen’s University Belfast.

Congratulations to the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) who won the Fitzgibbon Cup for the ninth time following a 1-17 to 1-12 victory over the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in Saturday’s final played at Queen’s University Belfast.

In the semi-finals played on Friday, WIT defeated the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) by 2-21 to 3-17 after extra time while CIT defeated University College Cork (UCC) by 1-17 to 0-19.

Given the participation of four Munster colleges, there was a significant Tipperary involvement over the weekend. Colm Bonnar (Cashel King Cormacs) managed the winning WIT team which included Tomas Hamill (Killea) and Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule) in the half-back line and Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) lined out at corner-forward, scoring a point in the final. On the losing CIT side, John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) was their scorer in chief, getting 11 points in the semi-final and 5 points in the final. Conor Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore) lined out at wing-forward for CIT, scoring two points in the final while David Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields) made a substitute appearance.

On the losing semi-finalists teams, LIT included Martin Minehan (Kildangan), Philip Ivors (Ballingarry) and Mark Gennery (Portroe) in their starting line-up versus WIT while Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) and James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane, Captain) all started for UCC in their one point defeat by CIT.