The wait is over! DIT SIGERSON CUP CHAMPIONS 2013

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The DIT Senior Football team defeated UCC 3-09 to 0-08 points on Saturday in Athlone IT, to claim the colleges first ever Sigerson Cup title in one hundred and one years of the competition. DIT proved to be worthy champions playing a brand of exciting attacking football combined with a miserly defence which didn’t concede a solitary goal throughout the competition.

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This historic success came on the back of a successful Div 1 league campaign which now sees the college complete a historic league and championship double which hasn’t been done at this level since 1978. Indeed the only defeat the team incurred this year was at the hands of Kildare by four points in the O’Byrne Cup.

The lack of tradition didn’t seem to phase DIT going into the final as UCC were in search of their 22nd title. “My main concern for the team was that the lads would remain focussed after defeating the former champions DCU in the Semi Final, exclaimed DIT’s GAA development Officer Darragh Biddlecombe. “But Aidan O Shea and Captain Colin Walshe were excellent all weekend in keeping the guys grounded and focussed.” “These lads who are now in final year have soldiered together as Freshers where they won an All-Ireland title, but they also had the heartbreak of two years ago losing out to UL in the Sigerson after comfortably winning the league. All this was stored up and ensured nothing was going to be taken for granted.”

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Aidan O Shea on the pitch had a colossal Sigerson, pulling out man of the match performances in earlier rounds against NUIG and Maynooth, with a toss up for man of the match between himself and full back Bryan Menton who kept Michael Murphy scoreless from play in the Semi final against DCU.

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O’Shea’s commitment to the cause has been complete. A former DIT club chairman, he was central both literally and figuratively “I’ve won all I can in college,” said the Logistics student, “but this is a sweet one seeing as we probably beat the three most consistent teams in the tournament over the last three years in UCC, DCU and Maynooth. We did it the hard way. Hopefully it won’t be another hundred years before the next title comes.”

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Darragh Biddlecombe GAA Officer after the final said “This is a great achievement for the Club and the college. IT should be enjoyed and celebrated not just by the team, but all who have soldiered in the past for years for DIT GAA, without whose contribution we would not be here today. Everyone both academic and externally who have helped and supported the club throughout the years. Also for all the other clubs and sport in the college I hope it will give us all a lift for the future.!”

The DIT Panel

Robert Lambert - Wicklow - Strategic Management
Kevin O'Brien - Dublin - Business Management
Bryan Menton - Meath - Architecture
Gary O'Hare - Louth - Electrical Engineering
Ross Sheridan - Cavan - Planning & Environmental Management
Nick Devereaux - Dublin - Building Services Engineering
Aidan O'Shea - Mayo - Logistics & Supply Chain Management
David Givney - Cavan - Construction Economics & Management
Martin Reilly - Cavan - Electrical Engineering
Mark Collins - Cork - Economics & Finance
Ciaran Reddin - Dublin - Business Management
Darran O'Sullivan - Kerry - Marketing
Thomas O'Connor - Kildare - Leisure Management
Jason Doherty - Mayo - Energy Management
Conor Martin - Cavan - Leisure Management
Colm Fahy - Dublin - Leisure Management
Conor Walsh - Dublin - Business Management
Alan Nestor - Meath - Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Jeremy Mahon - Laois - Building Services Engineering
Barry Carr - Donegal - Electrical Engineering
John McGrath - Wicklow - Construction Management
Eoin Murray - Dublin - Construction Management
Oisin McGinty - Donegal - Construction Economics & Management
Johnny Gallagher - Donegal - Energy Management
Darren O'Reilly - Dublin  - Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Shane O Connor - Dublin - Business Management
Harry Dawson - Dublin - Retail & Marketing Management
Comrac Gordon - Mayo - Business Management
Paul Maguire - Dublin - Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Conor Cronin - Dublin - Marketing
Pierce Maxwell - Wexford - Business Management
Pierce O'Connor - Wexford - Retail & Marketing Management
McDarragh Fitzpatrick - Meath - Construction Management
Ross Hazley - Dublin - Electrical Engineering
Marcus Fitzmaurice - Dublin - Construction Management
Sean George - Dublin - Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Brian Sankey - Cavan - Leisure Management:

Senior & Inter Management Team:

Manager: Sean Fox
Selectors: Billy O Loughlin (Grad Msc Strategic Management), Tony Lambe
Coaches: Des Newton, Ciaran Stone ( Kevin Street) , Alan O Mara (Grad Bsc Journalism)
Stats: Ian O Connell (Grad Bsc Logistics & Supply Chain)
Kit: Noel Dunne (Bolton Street)
Medic: Dr. Pat Duggan, Roy Brennan
GAA Development Officer: Darragh Biddlecombe

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