University College, Cork play University of Ulster, Jordanstown in round one of the Sigerson cup this Tuesday at 2pm in the Parnell’s club in Dublin.
2011 winners UCC will be hoping to win the Sigerson cup for the 21st time. UUJ will be hoping to win the Sigerson cup for the first time since 2008.
In last season’s Sigerson cup UCC defeated GMIT and Sligo IT before crashing out at the semi final stage to NUI Maynooth. In this year’s Ryan cup, the Cork students exited at the quarter final stage following a defeat by Queens University, Belfast. In this year’s Mc Grath cup, Kerry defeated the Cork students at the quarter final stage on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-10.
UUJ won one, lost one and drew one game in the Ryan cup before Christmas. In last year’s Sigerson cup, ‘The Poly’ defeated UL in the opening round before losing out to eventual winners DCU at the semi final stage. UUJ held a warm weather training camp in Portugal in December in preparation for their Sigerson cup campaign. The Belfast students suffered defeats at the hands of Antrim, Derry and Tyrone in the Power NI Dr Mc Kenna cup this January.
The Poly are able to call upon experienced intercounty players in the form of Chrissy MCKaigue, Paul Devlin and Ciaran Devlin.
UCC are able to call upon Kerry trio JB Spillane, Peter Crowley and Conor Cox as well as Tipperary midfielder Peter Acheson.
Players to watch
UCC – Conor Cox
The Listowl Emmets man is a tricky inside forward. Also a reliable free take and is vital to the Cork students cause.
UUJ – Chrissy McKaigue
Derry man Mc Kaigue is well known for his stint in Australia with the Sydney Swans. The Slaughtneil man is seen as being an integral member of the Derry team for years to come.
UCC have a great Sigerson Cup record so the 8/15 is well worth adding to any accumulators