DIT Soccer players compete at the World Student Games

23rd July 2009

University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, July 1st-13th 2009.

The World Student Games held every 2 years took place this July at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. A 69 strong student contingent from Ireland representing 7 different sports made the trip with 4 students from DIT among the Irish Team.

On the Irish men?s soccer team Stephen Roche was participating in his second games having travelled to Thailand in 2007 and along with Davy O?Sullivan and Dean Zambra made up the DIT representative?s on the men?s team.

The ladies soccer team included DIT?s Rachel Jenkins who was attending her third games having competed in Turkey in 2005 and Thailand in 2007. Rachel graduated in 2008 and qualified to compete under the year down policy.

There was mixed fortunes for both teams, with the men narrowly beaten by Uruguay, Italy and Korea in the group games by just a single goal in each game. In their playoff games they were beaten by 1-0 by Canada but in their fifth game they were convincing winner?s over Ghana beating the African nation 4-1. DIT?s Davy O?Sullivan scored a hat-trick of header?s in the game.  In their final game it finished 1-1 with Morocco but the Irish side went out on penalties. Davy O?Sullivan scored again in this game bringing his goal tally total to 4 goals over the six games.

The ladies team got off to a winning start with a 3-2 victory over Hungary which followed defeats by by Poland, France and Japan. They had a convincing 6-3 win over South Africa but in their final game the table?s were turned when they met Hungary again who defeated them 3-2.  The Irish Ladies team won the Fair Play Award for this competition having only picked up 2 yellow cards over their 6 games.

The next World Student Games will be held in China in the summer of 2011.

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Stephen Roche, Brian Norton, Rachel Jenkins,
Dean Zambra (missing Davy O?Sullivan)

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Joe O?Brien ? DIT Men?s Soccer Coach
Tony O?Connor- DIT Men?s Soccer Coach
Stephen Roche ? travelling student
Professor Brian Norton ? DIT President
Rachel Jenkins ? travelling student
Dean Zambra ? travelling student
John O?Carroll ? FAI Football Facilitator for DIT
Stephen Dempsey ? DIT Ladies Soccer Coach
Missing student ? (Davy O?Sullivan)

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Irish University Team v Italy at the World Student Games

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