As we start the new year it’s time for all Colts players & parents to stay fit & healthy so next Wednesday January 24th we have Mayo GAA dietician Caroline Brosnihan giving a free talk in the Dalton Inn at 7.30pm. It’s for all Parents & Youth players to come along & get tips on eating healthy & staying active in 2018.
We will also have details of child welfare & player support happening within the club. If anyone has an questions on this contact club secretary Robert Campbell on 087-7411619.
Often training on the Rugby pitch is all about developing skills and building teamwork and, as a spectator, it can seem a bit bland. Occasionally though a combination of circumstances can throw you and the kids a ‘bone’. Yesterday was such a day. Everyone was all geared up for a trip to Gort for a Boys Blitz when the dear old Irish weather intervened as it has so often this season – Gort called, pitch waterlogged!
Not wanting to waste a Saturday we hastily arranged training on the AstroTurf. Two sessions – Young ones first, older ones after.
Going for the try line
As usual we began with a pick-up game while we waiting to judge the turn out, more kids and coaches arrived, the game grew and the fun developed. By the time we stopped to think we had 10 minutes of the session left so we played on. Coaches against kids (I should say kids against “bigger kids” given the amount of ‘glory hunting going on from some of the coaches). At the end we had a group photo and I think you can see from some of the photos just how much fun was had (never mind skill and teamwork)
As the second session began and some of the coaches began to tire it became obvious that the new arrivals wanted their share of fun too. No time for the ‘Oldies’ to give up and lie down. Challenge issued and accepted.
Breaking the line
Another hour of pick-up rugby in the finest spirit of the game. We had solo runs, passing out to the wing, tackling, Rucks, Mauls – you name it we had it. By the end we had all scored tries, given long passes, wrestled balls out of the maul, tackled, been brought down, even carried the ball over – and that was just the coaches. There were certainly more smiles than anything else as we finished and the biscuits and sweets were raided.
What started as a disappointing day as we missed out on a blitz turned into one long festival of fun rugby. All the coaches, at least, felt full of zest and energy – at least on Saturday, by Sunday this coach at least felt the need for a wheelchair.
Colts U15s vs Carrick-on-Shannon
The U15 Colts survived a late push from Carrick to hold on to win 37 to 31. A bright start saw Kyle Leonard score the first try with a powerful run, Joe Prendergast converted. Carrick hit back with a fine converted try. The Colts piled on the pressure in defence and it paid off when Jack Sheridan pounced on a mix up to touch down. Kyle Leonard, with the kick of the day, converted. A well worked move from the back of the scrum let Micheal Hett score in the corner.
The Colts up 19-7 at half time.
Carrick scored a try directly after half time and this seemed to rattle the Colts who conceded another shortly thereafter. Carrick were now very much back in the game. Michael John Duffy helped steady the ship with a try, but Carrick again came up with a try of their own to keep in touch. Two penalty kicks from Kyle Leonard and Daragh Joyce kept the Colts ahead. Carrick scored a try to get back within one point. But Kyle Leonard secured the win with a quick tap penalty and another powerful run to touch down in the last play of the game.
Final Score Colts 37 – 31 Carrick-on-Shannon
Colts U14s vs Dunmore
The Colts U14s fell to their first loss of the season on Saturday against Dunmore.
Final Score Dunmore 17 – 7 Colts
Colts U13s vs Buccaneers
The colts u13’s hit the ground running this morning with a very impressive display against Buccaneers on a cold day in Ballyhaunis. A lively start to the game saw the Colts pile on the pressure and were rewarded with 2 penalties which were both converted by Matty Morris who is in fantastic form this season. Liam Walsh ran in a great try to leave the colts 11-0 up at the break.
More of the same in the second half with some joyful ball through the hands saw Liam Walsh score two more tries with Adam Thorthon also crossing the line after a great line break all three converted by Morris. And to cap off a great morning Brian Hett bundled over the line in the last play to seal what was the performance of the season so far special mention for Danny Noone who was outstanding today. As always we had great parental support and our tea ladies Queen Mary, Annemaire, Glenda, Muiresa
Final Score Colts 37-0 Buccaneers
U15 Girls vs Portumna
The first Christmas cracker of the season was served up today when our U15 girls hosted Portumna in the league. The Colts started strongly with great teamwork moving the ball through the hands as they stretched the Portumna defense. Chloe Nevin and Mae Hession were making great yards out wide and they kept the opposition pinned back. The first score of the game came off the back of the scrum when Kaitlyn Mullaney broke quickly and scored. Abbie Ronayne completed the conversion with a fine kick to leave the girls 7 up. The Colts kept up the intensity and this led to a penalty where Aine Mangan tapped quickly and drove through and didn’t stop until she got to the line and Abbie Ronayne again got the two extra points. Colts 14 – 0 ahead. Portumna, under pressure, now fought back and forced our girls to tackle and ruck bravely led by Molly Agger Aisling Hahessy and Aoife Meehan. After half time both set of girls went toe to toe . The power, skill and determination was a credit to ladies sports. There was no score in the second half but that didn’t take away from a very competitive half of rugby. Special mentions, however, to Saoirse Quinn, Ciara Nyland and Abbie Ronayne who saved certain tries with some savage tackles. Lara Quirke and Laoise Kelly helped by Nicole Mullee Leanne Kelly and Megan Kearns were brave at ruck time. The last 5 min had the Colts defending their try line and it has to be said that the determination and passion and, most of all, the team spirit was inspiring to see.
Final Score Colts 14-0 Portumna