St Mary’s College RFC J1 V Lansdowne FC J2
Metro League 2
Sunday 14th October 2018.
What a lovely afternoon it was, full of sun and calm with kaleidoscopes of autumnal colour. The not so large attendance minced past sunbathers, kite fliers, ice-cream men and chip vans to get to pitch side for this Metro League 2, game. That was the end of the illusions, as the game started.
Sadly the game was abandoned due to a serious accidental ankle injury to a Lansdowne player. As the game had passed the three quarter stage, the result stands.
Look at the score, obviously the game was rather one sided, for reasons. Lansdowne arrived with 14 men, and not having the requisite props available, there were non contested scrums.
The reason for our J1s playing against Lansdowne’s J2s is the result of a well-considered system brought in by Leinster to help equalise team strengths, with promotion and relegation within the junior rugby system. The problems are clear to see from both sides of equation, so it is probable that some adjustments are required.
Having said all that, Lansdowne did not capitulate nor flag, although clearly out gunned. It was an opportunity for the young motivated Marys’ players, vying for senior rugby places to hone their skills; and that they did with élan. It was good to see Niall McEniff back impressively and, Hugo Diepman getting back from injury and through a game without problem.
The scoring started after only two minutes and ended just after 62 minutes. The game ended on 64 minutes. They scored eight tries in all, and enjoyed their gallop in the sun. There were some highly skilful efforts and although not heavily challenged the attitude of the players was very good.
Credit has to be given to the senior coaches and well regarded young J1 coach, Tom Lynch, for assembling a vibrant skilful group of J1/senior players in all positions. Certainly the glowing smiles on the faces of Gareth, Ger and Paul showed how happy they were with the situation. Well done to all and indeed Lansdowne too for helping to make the game enjoyable to watch.
15 D O’Halloran, 14 E Clynes, 13 S McCahill,12 M Timmons, 11 M Talbot, 11 R Shields, 9 C Kavanagh, 8 D Lyons, 7 J Ringland, 6 M Ridgeway, 5 L Curran, 4 H Diepman, 3 P Dundon, 2 G O’Brien, 1 N McEniff. R Fanning, K Mannion, A Mooney, E Conroy, J Kennedy.