Crunch time for GAA sides

by Tom Rooney

The month of February marks a busy period for DCU’s footballers and hurlers as they enter the business end of the season. Their respective league campaigns proved a mix bag last year, but the slate has been wiped clean and the championship awaits.

The senior hurlers will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing league campaign when they take on GMIT at St. Clare’s on Valentine’s Day (throw-in 2pm).  In addition to a place in the quarter final being at stake, Paul O’Brien’s side have the added incentive of settling the score after the Connacht men condemned them to Ryan Cup hurling after a razor thin relegation battle.

Having already been trounced by UCC by 7-18 to 0-10 in their opening game, the outcome of this fixture will be season defining.

The Intermediate hurlers entertain St Pats in the first round of the championship on February 16th, the winner of which will meet LIT in the quarter final.

After winning the league, the Intermediate footballers are now in the hunt for the double, but before thinking about adding to the trophy cabinet, they’ll have to navigate St Pats on February 9th at St. Clare’s. Whoever progresses will face the winner of GMIT v IT Carlow in the quarter final.

The Fresher footballers got their championship campaign of to a winning start in overcoming St Mary’s last Thursday in a fractious contest; they now advance to the quarter final where they will meet UUJ.

The Fresher B footballers begin the defence of their All Ireland title in the quarter final against UUC at the Mardyke on February 16th.

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