With the competition returning to Birmingham for the second year running it was always going to be a tough ask of any team to prise the Fitzpatrick cup out of the University of Birmingham trophy cabinet. This proved true with UoB retaining their title beating 2013 winners UCC Bombers in the final.
Six teams competed in the Universities Fitzpatrick cup on Sunday 24th January 2016 with a 50/50 split of English & Irish teams. University College Cork (UCC) were able to bring two team across and Maynooth also competed in their first competition showing encouraging Higher Education growth from Ireland!
The pool stages saw some competitive matches including a draw between Oxford and UCC2. This left Oxford topping pool B on percentage- full pool standings and results below:
Pool A standings:
1. University of Birmingham
2. University College Cork 1
Pool results: UoB 3.3.21 def UCC1 1.4.10; UCC1 5.3.33 def Cambridge 0.1.1; UoB 7.5.47 def Cambridge 4.4.28
Pool B standings:
2. University College Cork 2
Pool Results:UCC2 6.4.28 def Maynooth 2.2.14; Oxford 5.5.35 def Maynooth 2.1.13; Oxford 3.4.22 drew UCC2 3.4.22
It is fair to say eventual winners UoB didn’t hit their full potential until the semi-final stage defeating UCC2 by a convincing 62 points. The second semi final was decided by a much smaller margin with UCC1 ensuring Irish representation in the final.
SF1- UoB 10.10.70 def UCC2 1.2.8
SF2- UCC1 3.4.22 def Oxford 3.2.20
This left UoB and UCC to fight out for the trophy. Halftime in the England Vs Ireland final contest was close with both teams missing opportunities with UoB leading at the break 1.2.8
to UCC 0.4.4. UCC would be left to rue their inaccuracies unable to score a goal in the final with UoB running out winners 6.6.42 to UCC 0.7.7. UoBs Ryan Cawley received Best-on Ground for the final.
Birmingham have a busy 2016 planned with upcoming matches against Oxford, Cambridge, Huddersfield Rams and North London Lions as well as hosting their own tournament.
AFL England Universities Coordinator Ian “Fabio” Kafka had this to say about the event: “For the second year running the tournament was held in Birmingham, but with more teams in the competition, it was a much more competitive day than it was last year. It was fantastic to see so many new faces playing the sport and hopefully continue playing for many years. Congratulations to Birmingham who ran out worthy winners for the second year running.”
All photos from the day can be seen at http://on.fb.me/1ORwHsD
Written by Claire Shapland and originally posted at http://www.aflengland.org/?p=1227