GAA team wins championship for the third year in a rowWednesday 30 March 2016
Liverpool Hope’s Gaelic Football team is celebrating winning the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championship for the third year in a row. The team represented the university at matches around the country, eventually beating Dundee University 4-15 to 0-4 in the final.
Liverpool Hope’s first win in 20 years came in the 2011/12 season, which GAA Vice Team Captain Aidan McCartan says, “was an historic event, leaving a legacy for Liverpool Hope GAA teams to follow.”
And follow they did. “Since then, Liverpool Hope have won the all Britain Championship four out of the past five years,” says Aidan. “This season we have been very successful - if we look at competitive games throughout the year, we only lost one game against New York in the group phases of the Railway Cup, whom we then went on to beat in the final. We did have a tough route to get to the final and win the All Britain championship, but we ended up doing it without losing a game.”
The All British Championship win gives Liverpool Hope the opportunity to represent Britain in the trench cup competition which is held in Ireland every year.
Aidan said: “Having won the title, I feel this team has left its legacy on GAA at Liverpool Hope. On a personal note, I feel privileged that I have played with three very good teams in my time at Liverpool Hope, having played in three All Britain finals and won all three.
“What makes Liverpool Hope Men's GAA such a good team is the unity and camaraderie that comes from within the team. Anyone that goes to Liverpool Hope knows that the university is a nice size and that everyone knows each other. Everyone on the GAA teams are very close and friendly with each other, and we also socialize with the ladies GAA team.
“I feel the friendliness and unity gives us an advantage over other teams, as you are playing with your best friends at the end of the day. Unity along with hard-work, attitude and commitment are the ingredients which I feel has helped Liverpool Hope become such a success over the last few years. Speaking on behalf of everyone who has played a part in the Men’s Hope University GAA team past and present, I would say that if the GAA team had not been established here, I wouldn't have had such a great time – being a part of the GAA team makes you feel like Liverpool is your home.”