First Year Rugby

By Donnchadh Reilly & Conor Payne

Since September 2010, The Garbally U 14 Rugby Team have been put through their paces by our coach Mr. Flanagan. We participated in the Connacht U 14 Rugby League.  Our league campaign began with a 24-5 victory over the Jes with tries from Cormac Coffey, Brian Horkan, Oisin Lyons and Jordan O’Leary.

Our second match was a heavy home defeat to eventual league winners Carraroe.   We dusted ourseves down and dug in against the “Bish” winning 12-10 in “the swamp” with tries from Frank Hopkins and T. J. Fahy

Clifden were our next opponents whom we defeated comfortably 27-5 with a brace of tries from Oisin Lyons and Eoghan Costello and I also managed to score a try.

Next it was on to Calasanctus where we put in our best performance of the season with a 36-12 away win.  A hat trick from Oisin Lyons and tries a piece from Gene Donohue, Hubert Darcy, Shane Kelly and Jordan O’Leary ensured second place in the league.

Our final league match saw us on the road again to Clifden. In a high scoring entertaining affair we lost 47-41 with tries from Oisin Lyons, Fintan Parsons, Rafeek Khan, T. J. Fahy, Jordan O’Leary and Micheal O’Neill.

We are looking forward to next years league campaign and participating in second year blitzes.

On behalf of all the players I would like to thank our coach Mr. Ronan Flanagan for all his time and commitment to the U-14 rugby panel.

Back row:  T. Finnerty, T. McDonagh, R. Ward, G. Donoghue, C. Coffey,

S. Kelly, H. Darcy, O. L yons, C. Cogavin, M. O’Neill, E. Galvin, S. Parker

Front row:  S. O’Hara, F. Hopkins, D. Curley, C. Grenham, D. O’Reilly,

C. Payne, R. Khan, M. Burnell, T. J. Fahy

Seated:  F. Parsons, M. Doherty, Mohammed Abdallah, B. Horkan, E. Costello,

J. Kelly