Medical World Cup14 July 2015
A team of past and present doctors from CUH recently participated in the Medical World Cup. The team included Joe Coyle (Consultant Radiologist), John Larkin (Consultant Surgeon), Liam Holland (Community Health), Mark Quinlan (Urology SpR) –and present –Denis Curtin (Geriatric Medicine SpR).
This year for the first time, Ireland entered a team into the Medical World Cup. This is a competition that first took place in 2004 in Brazil and featured 11 teams. Since then the competition has grown and grown and has been hosted in cities across the world including Brisbane, Seoul, and Budapest.
Interestingly, two outfield players must be over 40 at any given time during the match, and two must be over 35. The tournament's organisers can ask players medical questions at half-time, while players must show a copy of their passport, their degree and a photo prior to the tournament.
This year, Long Beach California was the venue and the competition included 18 teams. In typical fashion, the Boys in Green found themselves in the Group of Death which included the winners of the last 2 competitions, Brazil and Germany. With the luck of the Irish, the boys produced two 1-0 victories and two set piece goals! The ‘put em under pressure’ strategy however was to prove their undoing, and in the sweltering heat they were defeated by a single goal to the eventual winners, Czech Republic, in the quarter final. Still, there was a chance the end the competition on a high and the Irish team put neighbours Great Britain to the sword with a very satisfying 3-0 victory.
The competition will be hosted in Barcelona in 2016.