Fitzpatrick Cup 2017: Review
In what proved to be a memorable weekend on Leeside, the Bombers showed their class and nerve in a well contested tournament, with both teams topping their perspective groups and meeting each other in the final. This feat has never been achieved before in the history of the Fitzpatrick Cup, and in the tournament’s first visit to the Cork college it was only fitting that the Bombers prevailed as winners.
UCC 1 made light work of their perspective group, beating the likes of Oxford, Cambridge, and the Mixed Irish Universities Team to top the group in style. In their semi final, they showed their power and defeated a strong Oxford team to progress onto the final. UCC 2 had a shakey start losing to the ARFLI All Star Team but quickly recovered by beating both Oxford and Maynooth in back to back games to top their group also. In a tightly contested semi final, UCC managed to best the Mixed Irish Universities Team, setting up an all College final.
The Grand Final itself proved to be a quite physical affair with UCC 1 coming out on top. At the final whistle, members of each team embraced each other as brothers in what was an unforgettable tournament for the Bombers. A special mention must also be made for the UCC Crusaders team with the women in their first ever appearance managing to win out and claim top spot along side the men’s team.
After re-capturing the Fitzpatrick Cup, the Bombers are now focusing on the Irish Universities Tournament, and the Leprechaun Cup in Belfast in the coming weeks, while also keeping a close eye on the Rebel Shield in April. The Bombers only have a small lead into this Second Leg of the Shield and are hoping to retain the Shield as well as bragging rights, having only won the Shield last year for the first time in the history of the club. If the College is able to produce the same form and play with the same style as seen at the Fitz, then reclaiming the Shield should be an achievable feat. Nevertheless this will be a tightly contested affair at the Mardyke this April and its definitely a fixture to note in your calendars.
From us here at Bombers Headquarters, we’d just like to thank all who helped with the running of this year’s Fitzpatrick Cup and making it such a memorable tournament on its first visit to Leeside. Without the help of those in the Leeside Lions our Parent Club, the college itself, our Coaching Staff Chris and Sull, and of course AFL Europe, the Fitzpatrick Cup would not have been able to achieve the heights it did on February 4th. We hope we can still count on your continuing support in the future, and we hope to deliver more trophies in the years to come. Bombers abú!