This season saw Garbally Senior Cup team looking to capitalise on the success of last year. With eight from last years’ squad and a number of players who have worn the Connacht jersey at various underage levels, we were a side with plenty of experience and skill.
We began in September under the guidance of Mr. Michael Horan. There was plenty of long evening spent working on drills and our fitness. Our first fixture pitted us against Calasanctius Oranmore. The game finished in our favour getting our senior cup campaign off to a brilliant start.
Our second match of the season saw us travelling to Athlone to play a struggling Athlone Community College squad. The final score was 43-0 to Garbally.
Our next game saw us overcome a shaky Ballygar side who travelled to Garbally. We had won three games in a row however, we were quickly reassured that there was much harder games in the near future.
Such as when we travelled to Athlone to face Marist, a team which had been proven hard to beat in the past. This was our last game in the league and we were looking at a top three finish if we won. We couldn’t have gotten off to a better start with a brilliant try from David Freeman in the first five minutes of the match. However, with a lapse in concentration we were left on the back foot and conceded a try. The match finished with a slender victory to Marist.
In late January we faced “The Jes” once again in the first round of the Senior Cup. The Jes had shattered Garbally’s senior cup expectations last year and we hoped for a different outcome this year. We got off to a good start with both teams applying pressure, our defence was the first to crack and we conceded a try before half time. We battled hard in the second half however we couldn’t match the sheer strength and speed of the Jes squad. The match finished 19-0 in Jes favour.
We would like to thank Michael Horan for his hard work and dedication throughout the year.
Back row: D. Curley, K. O’Neill, S. Curtin, T. Murphy, V. Naughton, P. McCormack, C . Dolphin,
P. Connolly, G. Egan, K. Kelly
Front row: M. Tierney, N. Gibbons, D. Byrne, K. Gavin, D. Freeman, C. Loughrey, D. Murray,
Seated: D. Goode, R. Keller
Missing from photo: D. Walsh, J. Walshe