Fitzpatrick Cup 2018- Tournament Preview

Fitzpatrick Cup – Tournament Preview

A sunny 7 degrees will greet the 11 teams contesting the Fitzpatrick Cup hosted by the University College Cork. 8 men’s and 3 women’s varsity sides will make the journey to ‘The Farm’ where three pitches will host a huge day of Aussie rules action.

First run in 2013 the Fitzpatrick Cup will be contested for the 5th time this year with both UCC and Birmingham taking home the title twice.

2018 will be the strongest field yet for the men’s division with UCC1, UCC2, Birmingham, Cambridge, Maynooth and Mixed Uni’s all returning to the competition whilst CIT and Dublin Uni’s will be competing for the first time.

Pool A will see a returning Birmingham looking to take back their Fitz title. They’ll be up against tournament regulars Cambridge and Maynooth alongside first-timers, CIT, who will be tough opposition.

Defending champions, UCC1, will deservedly go into this year’s tournament as favourites. They’ll be met in Pool B with very, very close rivals UCC2 alongside the Mixed Uni’s and first-timers Dublin Uni’s.

This year’s field is poised as the strongest yet, UCC1 have shown recent dominance but Birmingham are making the journey west with the sole purpose of taking the title back to English soil.

The women’s division will again host 3 teams with defending champions, UCC, taking on Cambridge and a Cork Mixed side.

The three sides will take each other on in the pool stages before Cambridge and UCC will face-off in the women’s final at 3pm.

Play starts at 11am with the men’s final culminating the days play with a 3:30pm ball up scheduled.

Good luck to all teams and officials making the journey.

Past Winners:

Men’s

2013/14 – UCC

2014/15 – Birmingham

2015/16 – Birmingham

2016/17 – UCC1

2017/18 – ?

 

Women’s

2016/17 – UCC

2017/18 – ?