Saturday 20th October
U15 vs Gort
Colts U15s traveled to Gort in South Galway for their 3rd league match on Saturday. Having suffered a heavy defeat at the same venue last season Colts were determined to put in a performance.
The game started – but the Colts didn’t. They found themselves 10 points down in as many minutes courtesy of some very passive defending. The Colts gained a foothold in the game with Evan Flynn and Luke Colleran winning some crucial turnovers. Multiple phases saw backs and forwards combine well to gain field position. Brian McWalters crashed over for an unconverted try after a strong run. Gort immediately replied after the Colts Knocked on from the restart with a converted try after a well-executed set piece. The conversion was good leaving them 17 5 up. The Colts through Evan Flynn won another turnover and more carries from James Heaney and Brian Eagney saw Brian McWalters cross for his second try just before the break. Jack Melvin nailed the conversion to leave the score 17 to 12. Colts again dozed off and Gort got through for a soft try. Halftime score 24 to 12.
Colts were pumped up for the restart and aided by the stiff breeze took control of the game. Pressure was applied all over the pitch with great tackles from Isaac Boyle, James Heaney and Moses Finn setting the tone. A great break and chip ahead from Jack Melvin saw Oisin Kilroy skin the defense to score in the corner. Jack Melvin added the extras from wide on the right to cut the arrears to 5 points. Brian McWalters operating at 10 due to Oran McNulty’s injury, went on a run from the halfway line. Using his now famous Milltown side step he beat 4 defenders before being grounded 5 metres short. In close support was Luke Colleran who collected the ball, threw an outrageous dummy and crashed over to tie the score. The conversion was missed but 3 minutes later Jack Melvin landed a penalty from the same spot to put the Colts ahead for the first time. The last 10 minutes saw both sides go close but a good spell of Gort pressure saw Gort tie the game up with a penalty.
Both teams were disappointed not to win but a draw was a fair result.
Man of the match was Evan Flynn with a gritty display of carrying, tackling and turnovers. He was well supported by Brian McWalters, James Heaney, Luke Colleran and Oisin Kilroy.
Sunday 21st October
U12 vs Corrib
The U12s had a postponed blitz game against Corrib. Due to many commitments elsewhere, the panel was down to 11 players. Corrib brought their full squad of 20 and it was agreed that they would split into 2 teams and everyone would get 2 games. In the first game Corrib proved a strong side who were keen to spread the ball wide to some good runners. Both sides played some good rugby and the tackling and passing improved as the game went on. The second game saw the 2 Corrib teams play each other while the Colts watched from the side-lines. In the final game the Colts looked to spread the ball wide and started to play some good rugby. Everyone enjoyed themselves. A special thanks to all those who brought food and helped organise the ‘feeding hordes’ after the game
U13 vs Monivea
Well done lads. U13s played a friendly against Monivea and came second. The team were missing a number of the ‘leaders on the pitch’ and it showed. Monivea were well drilled and put in a good performance