Tuesday 26 September 2017

2011 Sigerson Cup Contenders

NUI Galway

How they got here: Beat Sligo IT

Management: John Maughan,Tomas Tierney

Captain: Stephen Gilmartin (Sligo)

Titles: 22 (Last 2003)

Odds: 8/1

Notching up 3-11 against Sligo IT will fill NUIG with confidence going into the main event and with Mayo's Peadar Gardiner and Alan Dillon they have leadership and big-stage experience in their ranks.

DCU

How they got here: Comfortably beat St Mary's, Belfast.

Management: Niall Moyna (manager), Tony Diamond, Mick Bohan (coaches)

Captain: Kevin Nolan (Dublin)

Titles: 2 (Last 2010)

Odds: Evens

The champions return with a star-studded side packed with quality and are justifiably favourites. Skipper Kevin Nolan is joined by Dublin team-mates Bryan Cullen, James McCarthy, Paul Flynn and Paddy Andrews, while Donegal star Michael Murphy, Roscommon's Donie Shine and Sligo's David Kelly would pose problems for any defence.

UCD

How they got here: Qualified automatically as hosts

Management: Malachy O'Rourke (manager), David Murphy, Stephen Gallagher (coaches)

Captain: Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin)

Titles: 32 (Last 1996)

Odds: 7/1

Looking to end a 15-year wait for a title, the Sigerson's most successful college are desperate for success. Losing captain Peter Kelly to a cruciate injury was a big blow, but will look to Michael Fitzsimons to deputise, while much will lie on the shoulders of young Westmeath midfielder John Heslin and Ciaran Lyng up front.

UCC

How they got here: Beat GMIT 1-10 to 0-9

Management: Billy Morgan (manager), Kevin Murray, Paul O'Keeffe, John Corcoran (selectors)

Captain: Adrian Greaney (Kerry)

Titles: 15 (Last 1995)

Odds: 7/1

Meeting DCU in the quarter-finals was the draw nobody wanted, but Billy Morgan will look at the positives and look to hit the Dubliners cold. Kerry's Adrian Greaney will lead from the back, while the Nemo Rangers contingent, led by Barry O'Driscoll, are looking for a lift after last weekend's All-Ireland semi-final heartbreak.

NUI Maynooth

How they got here: Fought past Queens by 0-11 to 0-9

Management: John Divilly, Tommy Flaherty, Noel Mooney, Paul Cashin, Sean Cotter, Tom Maher, Brian Byrne, Tommy Flynn

Captain: Colin Freeman

Titles: 1 (1976)

Odds: 16/1

Have their eye on a semi-final spot after they were drawn against surprise package UL, although the Limerickmen are no lightweights. Portlaoise centre-forward Paul Cahillane is the main man in attack, while Lucan Sarsfield's David Quinn and Meath prospect David Dalton will lead the defence.

UUJ

How they got here: Hammered Cork IT by 1-16 to 0-4

Management: Adrian Mc Guckin, Barney McAleenan

Captain: Donal Morgan (Monaghan).

Titles: 5 (Last 2008)

Odds: 5/2

Their performance against Cork IT has alerted UUJ's rivals to their form and they are marked men coming to Belfield. Hot favourites to beat Carlow IT in the quarter-finals, they have a dangerous attack, spearheaded by Monaghan man Conor McManus and Tyrone's Matthew Donnelly.

Carlow IT

How they got here: Beat Athlone IT 1-15 to 1-11

Management: Mark Carpenter (manager), Michael Dempsey, Cormac O'Toole, Donal McNally, Colm O'Connor (selectors)

Captain: Kevin Meaney (Laois)

Titles: None

Odds: 40/1

This is the south-easterner's first ever appearance at this stage of the competition after beating Athlone IT. Wexford forward Ben Brosnan is the key man up front and is in flying form at inter-county level. Former Dublin minor Gerry Seaver brings workrate to the defence.

UL

How they got here: Stunned DIT by 2-9 to 0-13

Management: Declan O'Keeffe (manager), Denis O'Keeffe, Paul Shields (selectors)

Captain: David Moran (Kerry)

Titles: None

Odds: 9/1

The hurlers won the Fitzgibbon Cup last week, but UL weren't expected to get to this stage until they shocked DIT last month. Skipper David Moran is instrumental to their efforts and the draw has been kind, pitting them against NUI Maynooth.

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