The blue group also features Dublin University and DCU. Trinity ran up eight goals against RCSI, thanks to Andy Gray’s four, but a 1-1 draw with UCC means they will have a fight on their hands to qualify. Henry Butler scored for Trinity, levelled by Varsities veteran Richard Barrett.
Hosts DCU could prove an interesting package. They got underway with an 11-1 win over RCSI with just Gareth Watkins available from their quartet of stars. The other three, Alan Sothern, David Harte and Conor Harte will arrive at the tournament this evening in time to play in their three group games tomorrow.
The ‘Green’ group sees Ulster universities UU and Queen’s, CIT and UL lock horns. UU have a formidable line-up on paper with internationals Eugene Magee and Geoff McCabe on their roster, along with Dane Ward and Chris Gregg. The former two may not be allowed play, though, in the tournament’s latter stages givent the proximity to the Irish game with Argentina.
As it is, CIT look the team to beat. John Hobbs is again organiser in chief with a smattering of Harlequins, C of I and Bandon players at his service. They beat UU 2-1 and survived a Queens’ scare. Leading 3-0, CIT rotated the bench and found themselves in a game at 3-2 before easing away to win 5-2.
In the Chilean Cup, UCC’s hopes for three-in-a-row got off to a great start as they scored a goal in each half to beat NUIG 2-0. Aine Connery – on the recovery road since breaking a finger three weeks ago – got the first, Fiona O’Connell getting the second. In the ‘Pink’ group, UCC’s main rivals once again sees them face last year’s beaten finalists UCD, a side riding high in Leinster Division One.
UCD beat CIT 9-0, despite the inclusion of Cliodhna Sargent in the Munster-side’s squad. NUIG got back in contention with a 2-1 win over CIT but will have to go some to outdo the Belfielders.
The ‘Red’ groups favourites are UU Elks – complete with Shirley McCay and Emma Clarke, who have made the move from Randalstown, Phillippine Berly from Stade Francais and Frances Kreft who has arrived from New Zealand. They snuck home with a 1-0 win over Trinity to add to a 2-1 win over Queen’s.
The Elks look sure to progress as they face what look the two weaker sides, RCSI and DCU, tomorrow, leaving a fight for second between Trinity and Queens.
Pool A (Blue Group)
UCC 1 UCD 5; DU 8 RCSI 0; DU 1 UCC 1; RCSI 0 UCD 8; DCU 11 RCSI 1
Standings Games played/points (goal difference): 1. UCD 2-6pts (+16) 2. DU 2-4pts (+8) 3. DCU 1-3pts (+10) 4. UCC 2-1pt (-4) 5. RCSI 3-0pts (-30)
Pool B (Green Group)
CIT 2 UU 1; UL 1 UU 7; CIT 5 Queens 2
Standings: 1. CIT 2-6pts (+4) 2. UU 2-3pts (+5) 3. Queens 1-0pts (-3) 4. UL 1-0pts (-6)
Pool A (Red Group)
UU 2 QUB 1; DCU 1 RCSI 0; DU 0 UU 1; DU 8 RCSI 0; DCU 0 Queens 4
Standings: 1. UU 2-6pts (+2) 2. DU 2-3pts (+7), 3. Queens 2-3pts (+3), 4. DCU 2-3pts (-3) 5. RCSI 2-0pts (-9)
Pool B (Pink Group)
CIT 0 UCD 9; NUIG 0 UCC 2; UL 0 UCC 3; CIT 1 NUIG 2
Standings: 1. UCC 2-6pts (+5) 2. UCD 1-3pts (+9), 3. NUIG 2-3pts (-1), 4. UL 2-0pts (-3) 5. CIT 2-0pts (-10)