Revealed: The draw for the 2016 Independent.ie Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups
The draws for the 2016 Independent.ie Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups took place earlier today at Croke Park and there are some interesting fixtures ahead.
Reigning Fitzgibbon Cup champions University of Limerick will open the defence of their crown away to Dublin IT on January 28 before making the short trip to Mary Immaculate College in round two.
Their final group game is at home to NUIG while Group A has thrown up some intriguing games with big hitters like UCC, LIT and UCD vying for two available spots at the Fitzgibbon weekend in Cork IT on February 26/27 next year.
Meanwhile, defending Sigerson Cup winners Dublin City University will get their bid for back-to-back titles underway with a knock-out tie at home to Athlone IT on January 26/27 or February 2/3.
League champions UCD face a likely trip to Dangan to play NUIG, who play Trinity in a preliminary game, with this year's Sigerson Cup weekend hosted by Ulster University on February 19/20.
The full list of fixtures can be found below:
Independent.ie Sigerson Cup 2016
Preliminary Round (First team named at home)
Trinity College v NUI Galway
Cork IT v Garda
St Pat's v GMIT
First Round - (First named team at home)
UCC v St Pat's/ GMIT
NUIG/Trinity v UCD
UL v IT Tralee
NUI Maynooth v Queens
Ulster University v Garda/CIT
St Mary's v DIT
IT Carlow v IT Sligo
DCU v Athlone.
Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup 2016
Group A: UCC, UCD, NUI Maynooth, Limerick IT
Group B: IT Carlow, DCU, St Pat's Drumcondra, Waterford IT.
Group C: DIT, UL, NUI Galway, Mary Immaculate Limerick
Group D: CIT, GMIT, Ulster University