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Fitzgibbon Cup 2011 - 25th & 26th February
Waterford Institute of Technology have the honour of hosting this year's third level colleges' hurling finals weekend; a weekend packed full of drama and top class hurling can be expected as the semi final and final matches of the Ulster Bank Fitzgibbon, Ryan and Fergal Maher Cups unfold on the weekend of Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th of February. This is a huge honour for the Waterford IT GAA Club as it's only the clubs third time to host this prestigious competition and all six games over the weekend will be played in the state of the art WIT Sports Campus, in Carriganore.
The event will also coincide with the official opening of the WIT Sports Campus by the President of the GAA, Mr. Christy Cooney, on Friday February 25th. The facilities within the Sports Campus include three multi sport grass pitches, a hugely impressive astro turf surface which encompasses one full sized GAA pitch as well as two soccer pitches as well as the sports pavilion with its eight dressing rooms, a team meeting room, physio rooms and a drug testing medical centre. The campus has been established as the training centre for the WIT sports clubs as well as the county's GAA teams and its reputation as a centre of excellence is growing by the day.
The Fitzgibbon Cup weekend involves all three Third Level Hurling competitions and will bring the top four colleges in each competition together for the semi finals, with the top two playing off for honours in the final. Once again this year the final of the Fitzgibbon Cup will be televised live on TV on TG4 and it is expected that over 400 students will partake in the finals weekend and over 5,000 spectators will attend the games over the weekend.
The hosting of this prestigious weekend of hurling will provide a profile boost for Waterford Institute of Technology on a national level and plans are well underway for the weekend. Anyone that attends Fitzgibbon Cup matches on its respective weekend each year enjoy a well-organised event but few know of the work that needs to be put in behind the scenes in the months before hand. The WIT committee have been working diligently over the past number of months so that the college host a successful and vibrant sporting weekend. WIT GAA Club have an excellent record of hosting major third level GAA events during its 29-year history, including hosting the Fitzgibbon Cup weekend on two separate occasions; in 1993 and also in 2000.
With a host of current and future inter-county hurling stars sure to be on show it promises to be an action packed weekend. Among the expected throng of spectators are sure to some very interested inter-county managers; keeping an eye out at all times for the next big thing to emerge on the scene, another player that can add that bit extra on the big day come championship.
The draw for the Ulster Bank Fitzgibbon Cup was made, with 4 groups of 3 teams and the top 2 from each group proceed to the quarterfinals. WIT have been drawn in the proverbial group of death with old rivals UCD and Davy Fitzgerald's Limerick IT, having played both games drawing one and losing the second their faith for qualification to the next round lies in the hand of LIT when they take on UCD next Teusday in the final game of the group.
WIT welcomes all hurling followers to make their way to the WIT Sports Campus on the weekend of Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th. Preparations are well under way all hurling lovers are being urged to come along and support the home college in their pursuit of a ninth Fitzgibbon Cup title, the details of which will be circulated next week.
2011 ULSTER BANK FITZGIBBON CUP DRAW & Results to date:
All matches throw-in at 2pm unless otherwise stated (extra-time if necessary)
Group A: WIT, UCD, Limerick IT
Group B: NUIG, Cork IT, DIT
Group C: St. Pat's-Mater Dei, UUJ, GMIT
Group D: UL, UCC, DCU
RESULTS TO DATE:
Round Robin Results Thursday 27.1.11
WIT 0-15 v UCD 1-12,
NUIG 0-17 v Cork IT 2-12,
St. Pat's-Mater Dei 2.22 v UUJ 0-10,
UL 1-15 v UCC 0-16
Round Robin (February 2):
Limerick IT 1-13 v WIT 0-13,
DIT 1-15 v NUIG 1-15,
GMIT 2-8 v St. Pat's-Mater Dei 1-09,
DCU 0-8 v UL 4-18
Round Robin (February 8):
UCD 0-15 v Limerick IT 1-15,
Cork IT 4-13 v DIT 1-13,
UUJ 1-10 v GMIT 2-16,
UCC 4-18 v DCU 1-08
Quarter-Finals (February 15):
Semi-Finals (February 25):
Final (February 26)