Eight WIT sports teams were in action in a number of 3rd level competitions including soccer, ladies rugby, the kayak club and basketball
Last week saw the men's soccer team win a 3rd consecutive All-Ireland college futsal title and the WIT won the competition in great style on home turf in the WIT Arena.
Our senior camogie team had a comprehensive victory over Mary Immaculate College in Limerick but our senior hurlers suffered a very disappointing defeat to DCU in the opening round of the Fitzgibbon Cup.
This week the camogie team play UL in both teams final group game; both teams are shaping up nicely for the upcoming Ashbourne Cup and this will be latest match in what has developed into a great sporting rivalry between the both teams over the past number of seasons. UL are the reigning Ashbourne Cup champions and boast nationally renowned players such as Beth Carton and Caoimhe Costello. WIT will be led by Julieanne Malone of Kilkenny and with players of the calibre of Laura Treacy and Lorraine Bray, amongst others, the WIT ladies will certainly not be going into the game with any inferiority complex. This game has a 6.45pm throw in and will be played in the UL Arena.
Senior and Fresher Hurlers
The senior and fresher hurlers are in championship action on Thursday and the seniors travel to Dublin for the second week in a row and know that nothing other than a big win over Trinity College at 7pm in Trinity's grounds will suffice if they stand any chance of qualifying for the latter stages of the Fitzgibbon Cup this season.
The freshers hurlers championship campaign commences with a home game against Limerick IT at 7.45pm in the WIT Arena. The freshers preparation has been geared towards this date and its all systems go for Thursday night under the lights against LIT. WIT have a strong team with Tipperary minor winners Michael Whelan & Sean Downey as well as Laois underage star Sean Downey backed up by a strong Waterford contingent including John Kennedy (Mount Sion), Ciaran Kirwan & Shane Rellis (Fenor), Aaron O' Sullivan (Ballygunner) and Ronan White from Wexford. Richie Power of Carrickshock and Kilkenny fame has been a great addition to the management team this season for the fresher hurlers and his experience of big games should help team manager Alan Roche and all the fresher hurlers majorly.
The college basketball teams are also in action this week and the all conquering ladies team are at home to Cork IT at 12.30pm on Wednesday afternoon in the WIT Sports Hall on the Cork Road Campus. The girls won the Division 1 colleges title and intervarsities double last season and are striving to emulate this achievement if possible again this season. The team have a 100% record so far this season and will want to continue their winning ways on Wednesday afternoon.
The men's team are also in great form this season and make the long trek to Sligo on Wednesday for a 5pm tip off against IT Sligo knowing a win will ensure a semi final spot in the league.
Two of our soccer teams play this week and the men's soccer Division 2 team host Athlone IT at 3pm on Tuesday afternoon in the WIT Arena in the colleges cup and our ladies soccer team are also in cup action this week and play IT Tallaght on Thursday afternoon; this game has a 2.30pm kick off and is in the WIT Arena.
WIT ladies rugby team play a colleges league game on Wednesday evening and Athlone IT will be our opponents on Wednesday evening when the team host their Midlands rivals at 5pm in Waterford City RFC.
Last but not least our kayak club have their annual intervarsities this week in Belfast and the 18 strong team travel north for a hectic weekend and will compete in a variety of events including slalom, whitewater, water polo and long distance over the course of the competition.
Good luck to our students and teams thus week who represent the college so well on and off the sporting pitches and venues around the country each week.