Scottish and English University students have an Irish field day in Birmingham
Three 2011 BUGAA Hurling and Camogie tournaments were played at Pairc Na hEireann Birmingham on Saturday 5th November 2011.
1. QMU (Edinburgh) 4-1 Liverpool John Moores 1-2
The second ever Club Camogie Tournament at British Universities produced an action packed, high quality tournament with many close, competitive encounters, probably the best of which was a closely fought semi-final battle between Scottish rivals QMU and RGU (Aberdeen) that went to extra time. QMU eventually won that game by a goal, and were confronted by a good Liverpool side in the final captained by Clodagh McPeake from Lavey, Co. Derry in the final.
Niamh Donnelly from Kilcoole, Co Wicklow receives the 2011 Universities Championships Camogie Shield from Michael Collins Chairman of Warwickshire County Board on behalf of her Queen Margarets University (QMU, Edinburgh) team mates.
2. St Marys / Imperial (London) 1-3 Liverpool Hope 0-2
For the first time in Universities Hurling the 2nd Division Championship permitted amalgamations and it was an amalgamated team that emerged victorious in the form of the 2 neighbouring London Universities. St Marys / Imperial overcame LJMU in an earlier semi while Hope had beaten Dundee in 2 very competitive games, and the final was a great hurling spectacle. Liverpool Hope were captained by Ciaran Duggan from St Columbus (Galway) who also plays for Fullen Gaels current British Club Champions and top scorer in the 2nd Division was Ryan Jones from Eglish, Co.Tyrone.
The winning 2nd Division team was captained jointly by John McGuckain of Imperial College and Donal McCann of St Mary's Strawberryhill. Both coincidentally hail from Co Down - John is a native of Downpatrick and Donal is from Ballela, neither Hurling strongholds ...until now !
3. Napier University, (Edinburgh) 4-20 Robert Gordons University, (Aberdeen) 0-7
Napier University have written another Chapter in University GAA in Britain when they overcame a spirited RGU side to win their 6th consecutive British University Championship title. They were once again the dominant team in the Championships and will contest the 2012 Fergal Maher Cup in Cork on the first weekend in March 2012. Player of the tournament was Eamon Duane from the Killimor Club (Galway) who is a Health Sciences student at Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh and captain of the RGU team was Paddy Fitzgerald from Kildimo, Co Limerick.
Timmy O Connell from Borris-Ileigh (Co Tipperary) captain of Napier University Hurling team and an Architect student at Edinburgh University receives the Michael O Leary trophy from Michael Collins, Chairman of Warwickshire County Board.