Thursday 11th Oct
U17 vs Galwegians
Playing under lights we got into the game quite quickly with a try from Jack Neenan just 5 minutes into the game playing with the wind. This was a wake-up call for tabletoppers Wegians to ramp up the pressure. We stood up and showed a much improved defense from our previous game and went in at half time trailing 19-5.
The second half started well for us, but a slight mistake allowed Wegians to take advantage and go over for a try. We bounced back from the set back and with a high work rate from backs and forwards, we went over the line with a try from Nial McCabe. A lapse of concentration from this allowed Wegians back over the line again. Instead of throwing in the towel our lads dug deep, having only a squad of 17, two subs on and now a double injury to Coner Toughey, a battered flanker Matthew Merrick had to return to the pitch, with the last throw of the dice and a great break from front row Padraig King, inspired the team to go forward, eventually going over the line on the stroke of full time with a try by Thomas Keane.
With a few 17s missing we want to give a great thanks to Claremorris U16s who gave us a massive dig out on the night.
Final score Glaswegians 41-19 Colts.
U14 vs Creggs
The U14’s played Creggs in very blustery conditions last night under lights. A strong start by the Colts side saw them control the game from the beginning and with, 20 mins gone, an ‘on song’ Oisin McNicholas had crossed the try line four times. This magical performance came through hard work and a great team effort; there was quick ball through the hands from side line to side line leaving Creggs unsure where the next attack would come from.
The Colts scored two more tries before half time with Ruadhan O’Connor scoring his first try for the Colts finishing off a fine run by Adam Thornton. Liam Walsh touched down to end the half with a fine run from 20 metres inside his own half.
There was more of the same in the second half with Walsh adding another and Full back Thornton also touching down. McNicholas added his fifth of the evening to leave the Colts scoring nine tries in all. Matty Morris had a fine evening with the boot in very difficult conditions converting four from nine. Creggs did score a consolation try late on but a convincing win for the Colts with a great team performance by all who took to the field
Final Score Colts 53-5 Creggs
Saturday 13th October
Our U18 girls braved the rain and travelled to Ballinsloe last Saturday . The strong home team started quickly using their Connacht and Irish players to great effect racing into the lead, the Colts found it hard to get their hands on the ball early on. However, with some big tackles and some aggressive rucking the Colts girls started to gain yards and confidence. Our girls turned the tide with good possession and kept the ball well through the phases. This hard work allowed Aoife Meehan to find the gap to score under the posts and Abby Ronaynne popped over the kick. Our girls played the conditions well and kept working hard in tight and Kaitlyn Mullaney broke from the ruck to score next. It was Ciara McHugh Murphy, one of those hard working forwards, who took a tap penalty and drove over the line to score. All the hard work took its toll and Ballinasloe pulled away for the win. But another positive performance from all our u18 girls
Final Score Ballinasloe 48 – 19 Colts
Sunday 14th October
Our U16 girls hit the road to Athlone to face Buccaneers on Sunday. The girls were determined to put in a good performance after a home defeat in the previous round and they started with powerful running and excellent rucking. The home side had no answer for this early pressure and Rosie Ganley powered over for the first try. The Colts did not let up and the tries came hard and fast. Saoirse Quinn at scrum half used the possession well with Ciara Nyland and Jenna Mortimer scoring two tries each. Niamh Corless ran a great line to break through and scored a fine try. Buccaneers were scoreless at half time but came back into the game and scored some fine tries. However, our girls had done enough to get the win. So a fine team performance from the girls gets the league back on track.
Final Score Buccaneers 28 – 42 Colts
Saturday 13th October
Mini Blitz against Sligo
We took 80+ Minis to Sligo on a very wet Saturday morning.
The Colts u7 and u8’s played really well out classing Sligo in all games at blitz today.
The u10s outplayed Sligo u11 B team in very wet conditions.
The U12s had another good game with many good performances from a large panel.
Big Thanks to Supporters
Well done all who took part and an especial thanks to all the parents and supporters who have turned out to support all the Colts teams so far this year.
An extra mention must go the Juniors who, with a panel of 22 players fit and ready to play, were left waiting by opponents who didn’t turn up for the Junior’s first home game – as well as to the nearly 100 supporters there to cheer them on!