DIT Students Through to Quarter Finals at World University Games

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11 July 2013: Two DIT students playing for the Irish men’s and women’s football teams are through to the quarter finals of the World University Games.

Paul Malone and Seana Cooke are representing both Team Ireland and DIT at the 27th World University Summer Games, which are taking place this year in Kazan, the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.

Seana Cooke, who is from Dublin, studied Culinary Arts in DIT and graduated in 2012 – under the rules of the games, she is given a year’s grace to compete after graduation.

Seana plays for Raheny Women’s Football Team, who last year won the Bus Eireann Women’s Football National League. She recently gained a cap playing for the Senior Women’s International Football team in Cypress and has also played Under 21 International for Ireland.

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She played for one of the most successful women’s football teams in the UK – playing on the Arsenal team for three years.

Paul ‘Patsy’ Malone is currently studying engineering at DIT and as well as playing for the current league winning DIT soccer team, he plays for Bray Wanderers.

Paul, who is from Wexford, also has the distinction of being the most capped player in the history of Wexford Youths, who he previously played for.

Several more DIT players qualified for the men’s football squad but due to commitments to their home teams in the Airtricity League, they were unable to be released for the squad.

The men’s football team have qualified for the quarter finals at the World University Games and will face France in tomorrow’s (Fri, 12 July) match. The women’s team plays Great Britain in the quarter finals later today.

John O’Carroll, Soccer Development Officer at DIT, said, “It’s a great opportunity for Paul and Seana individually – they get to complete at the highest level of third level soccer in Ireland. They get to represent both their college and country at international level and are flying the flag for DIT.”

To keep up to date with Team Ireland’s progress in the competition, see www.thirdlevelfootball.ie.

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