The DCU Women’s team clinched the league title by defeating IT Tralee at the Belfield Bowl and in doing so, ensured that they finished their league campaign unbeaten…

Reflecting on the triumph, club captain Aoife O’Brien could not hide her delight. “This is the first time the club had ever won any competition,” she said. “The manner in which we did it is really something to be proud of.”

After a disappointing semi-final end to their own league ambitions, the DCU Men’s team followed the lead of their female counterparts in adding to the DCU trophy cabinet as they clinched the all Ireland Colleges 7s title.

This impressive string of results, along with the staging of regular social events and the development of a working relationship with St Michael’s House, did not go unnoticed by the college officials and both clubs were duly honoured at the annual ‘Clubs and Socs’ awards night.

Individual award-winners on the night included Rachel Kelly, who landed the title of ‘Best Fresher’ and David Lynch, who landed the award for the ‘Best Administrator’.

Undoubtedly the most satisfying of announcements for all involved in DCU Rugby though were the ladies’ capture of the ‘Most Improved Club’ award, and the men’s honour of being voted the overall title of ‘Best Club’.

“It was great to see all the hard work rewarded,” said DCU Men’s Rugby Club Chairman James Kelly. “Rugby needed a lift in the college and I would like to thank the Leinster Branch for all their work in getting Jack Hanratty on board as our Rugby Development Officer. The committee and Jack have worked very well together in this his first year and it was great to get our hands on some silver ware!”