It was 7am on Saturday 22 October as the U13’s gathered in the dark at the gates of Bandon Rugby Club with a busy line up for the day ahead.
We arrived on time at Garryowen at 09.20 for our second game of the season. We had a squad of 20, with only 19 fit to play. The dressing room was boisterous with the lads eager to stretch their legs after the 2 hour coach journey.
The lads all wore black armbands in honor of Anthony Foley and were in a fighting spirit as they took to the pitch.
Starting line up: 1. William O’Mahony, 2. Liam Egan, 3. Oisin O’Connell, 4. Kain Donnellan, 5. Adam Warner, 6. William Nolan, 7. Charlie O’Sullivan, 8. Darragh Collins O’Brien, 9. Paddy Gaffney, 10. Peter Symington, 11. Eamon Twomey, 12. Tim O’Leary, 13.Angus Seigne, 14. Jack Callanan, 15. Jules Sonnes – Substitutes: Cian Johnson, Niall Kelly, John Galvin, Donagh Wilson
Injured: Aaron O’Rielly
The team did Bandon Rugby proud, running in four first half tries and a conversion, before managing to touch down and convert twice in the second half. Garryowen may have been shell shocked in first half but turned on the pressure as they came out after half time and with some slick passing and a couple of missed tackles, took their opportunities to score and convert three tries.
The Bandon defense held firm and the score ended up 36 – 21 to Bandon.
The game was played with flare, spirit and great sportsmanship as the teams lined up to clap each other off the field of play.
Trys: Jack Callanan x 3, Eamon Twomey, Darragh Collins O’Brien, Kain Donnellan
Conversions: Peter Symington, Niall Kelly x 2
With the first part of the day over, it was time to move onto Thomond Park for Munster vs Glasgow.
It was a heartwarming atmosphere and tribute to Anthony Foley followed by a great display of rugby.
The journey home was long from Thomond, we returned a squad of tired boys to their parents just before 19.00hrs.
We hope it is a day the lads will never forget…
Coaches: Ben, Patrick, Con Dan & Alan