In a busy weekend for QUBAFC the Colts begin their NAFL 3F campaign at home to Ravenhill YM IIs on Saturday at 1400 at the Dub.
Elsewhere the Firsts are at home to Coagh United (1500 KO) and the Seconds have a long trip down the Ards Peninsula to Portavogie Rangers in NAFL 2B (1400 KO)
The Northern Ireland Colleges League has been in existence since 1970. This season’s NICAFL will be starting in mid-October and will finish in early December. As last season, there will probably be a Belfast group and a North West group and the winners of the two groups will play off in the final.
The Belfast group will probably comprise UUJ, St Mary’s, Stranmillis, Queen’s. UUJ Freshers and Belfast Met will NOT be participating this year.
Ruairi Taylor who works for Queen’s Sport, is probably going to manage our first team in the NICAFL.
Queen’s have lots of players this season. Can we find a couple of people to player/manage a Seconds/Colts team? Because of work commitments none of our “Saturday” coaches is able to help on Wednesdays so this will only happen if some of our players are willing to take it on. It is not a mammoth task, just 4 games plus a possible play off final.
Interested? If so please contact me asap ( email@example.com or 07748554061) and I will talk you through what all needs to be done. The NICAFL Secretary wants to get on with making the fixtures so we need to make a decision on this by the end of this week.
It would be great if we could offer Wed football to more of our players.
After a successful recruitment campaign our Fresher’s trials begin tomorrow and continue on Wednesday. A huge number of prospective players have responded and Wednesday has an especially large number. If anyone is able to help out from 4pm on Monday or Wednesday can you please contact Ian McArthur (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Denis Clarke (email@example.com) as soon as possible. Thanks!
The Firsts took three points away to Banbridge, with Patrick Stuart getting the only goal of the game. Unfortunately the Seconds lost by five goals to two at home to Aquinas.
The Irish Universities Football Union (IUFU) has granted the hosting of the Crowley cup to Queen’s.
This will be the first time we have had the honour of hosting the Crowley since 2003. The first Crowley was competed for in 1970.
Undoubtedly our visiting teams will be delighted with our facilities and we will aim, with the help of volunteers from within our club, to run a first class event.
The Crowley will be on the weekend of 12th March. We expect 8 teams to take part and the competition will last for 3 days. A decision still has to be made as to whether it will start on Friday 11th or Thursday 10th March.
To take part in the Crowley, players must be current students and must not have played in the Collingwood Cup in the same season.
Over the next few weeks we will welcome a number of new players to the Club.
New players can join the Club:-
- At the Fresher’s bazaar in the Students Union on Wed 30th September
- Trial games for new players will take place at the Queen’s Playing Fields (the Dub) on Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th October.
- At the bazaar, each player will be allocated one of these days for his trial.
- The trial games will take place on both grass and 3G pitches so please bring suitable footwear for both surfaces.
- Bring shorts, socks and boots, we will supply you with shirts to wear on the day.
Played at a high standard?
If you need more information of if you have played recently at a good level of Intermediate standard football and you think you are good enough to play for Queen’s first team in Division 2 of the NIFL Championship, please email either our first team manager Peter Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org or chairman Denis Clarke email@example.com and include details of who you played for and your best playing position.
Training is adapting to the conditions and the updated schedule is here.
We are delighted to welcome Luke Ogilvie to the club as manager of our second team.
Luke has recently come to live and work in Northern Ireland. He is still a young man but has considerable coaching experience in the north of England and we expect that he will be an excellent acquisition.
Niall Donnelly, a recent graduate from Jordanstown, has agreed to be our physiotherapist.
Niall is a welcome addition to our staff and we all hope that he will have an enjoyable and rewarding time with us.
We are delighted to confirm that, following recent meetings, Lavery’s Bars, Bradbury Place will again be our club’s main sponsor next season.
Similarly to last year we will have a number of club social occasions in Lavery’s throughout the season, details later.