A shorter than usual, and less detailed match report this week as yours truly added A & E shuttle to the usual responsibilities of bag carrier, bottle washer and general go-for. Fresh from their success of the Harry Gale final last week, coaches Eamon and Darragh made 12 changes to the starting 15 . This afforded these players an opportunity to get valuable game-time and allowed the coaches to have a look at the depth in the squad. Starting on October 17’th the team face into a five-week schedule without a break, so having access to a large squad of players who are all familiar with the team systems will be essential to a successful campaign.
Coaches and management were greatly enthused as Seapoint emerged victorious in what proved to be a hard-fought competitive game. Other than Alan Casey (scrumhalf) who left the field after 10 minutes with a dislocated shoulder (replaced by Daniel Drohan), the starting team played most of the game with very few substitutions (Brindley for Manning, Alex Lee for Adam Power) being made in the closing minutes. 10 minutes into the first half, Louis Whelan scored the first try by picking off an interception on the opposition 22 and dotted down under the posts. Manning duly converted. Later in the first half, a second intercept by Louis from further out resulted in his second try. A storming break down the wing by Conor McCaul created a try for fellow forward Conor Eivers. That left the halftime score was 19 points to 7. In the second half when the game was in the balance (19 points to 12), sustained pressure by the Seapoint pack created an all important try for Hayden Hempenstall . In the closing minutes Coolmine scored a third try to leave the final score at 24 points to 17 which overall was probably a fair reflection on the contest.
This was an excellent performance for a team that largely hadn’t lined out as a unit before. Unsurprisingly Hugh Ross played a leadership role in the pack greatly assisted by McCaul and Eivers. Manning was solid at 10, playing smart rugby and displayed good game management capability. The backline was solid, Louis Whelan looked very sharp picking off two intercepts resulting in two tries. Popular choice for man of the match is Hayden Hempenstall who was busy throughout and scored the insurance try in the last quarter.
I am very happy to report that Alan Casey’s shoulder was attended to in Blanchardstown Hospital and Alan was home recuperating by early evening. We wish him a speedy recovery. The squad have a welcome break next weekend but face into a tough schedule in the Prem. 2 League commencing with an away fixture to Barnhall on October 17’th. This team has huge potential and this match proved there is enough strength in depth across the squad to be the foundation for a successful campaign. The team deserve all the support we can give them.
1 Conor McCaul, 2 Hayden Hempenstall, 3 Eaun Hall, 4 Cillian O’Donnell, 5 Jack Hall, 6 Conor Eivers, 7 Sean Finn, 8 Hugh Ross, 9 Alan Casey, 10 Stephen Manning, 11 Mikel Herrero, 12 Dara O’Grady, 13 Philip Bolger,14 Louis Whelan, 15 Adam Power, 16 Liam Forster, 17 Daniel Drohan, 18 James Brindley, 19 Alex Lee.