College students doing us proud

Published 20/02/2013 | 05:44

Whoever said college was a doddle should have a look at the carrying on of a collection of Wicklow GAA stars over the last few weeks. Far from consuming cans of cheap lager, eating noodles and watching Home and Away are the lives of this band of athletes.

Knockananna and Wicklow camogie player Sinead Byrne pocketed her second Purcell Cup medal as her college DCU defeated Maynooth in the final to make college history by being the first team to win the tournament two years running.

Sinead lined out at corner back on the winning side making a drastic change to her normal attacking role with club and county.

"I was playing corner back," said the delighted student. "I always play there for the college, I didn't think I'd like it at first but they told me I did very well so I was delighted," she added.

The Knockananna star is over the moon with the big win and has high praise for the 30 other players on the DCU panel.

"It's absolutely unbelievable to win it again," she said, "everyone of the girls are just brilliant, you couldn't ask for better and there's great craic," she added.

Other Wicklow players to feature in college competitions were Glenealy's Laura Manley who played with Maynooth who were beaten in the semi-final. And Claire Byrne, another Knockananna camogie stalwart, enjoyed success when she lined out with the victorious Athlone IT in the Fr Maher Shield on Saturday.

To the men then and this Friday night sees several Wicklow footballers go head to head as the Sigerson Cup semi-finals take place.

For DIT Robert Lambert will line out in goals while John McGrath may play at some stage while they will come up against Conor McGraynor who will most likely feature for their opponents DCU at some stage.

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