Emerald Warriors V St Marys
Saturday 1st October 2016, 3pm
With one of our biggest squads to date, we we’re feeling confident on our game against Mary’s, who have had trouble fielding a fill team. Most of us thought this would be our chance at winning, or a level competitive game at least. The pre-match talk was good, the warm-up was good (bar a few dropped balls and a pulled muscle). We were all set to go as we walked onto the pitch. So were Marys.
Within the first 20 minutes they landed 4 tries. Their attack was fast and aggressive, with strong runners taking the ball in, and our tackles were not intent enough to stop them. I’m not going to digress in the format of these tries. But the fact is that Mary’s wanted to win. Talking to their captain afterwards, they were badly beaten last week and were determined to turn that on its head in our game. Which they did straight away. True enough, we got back into the game in the second quarter, with our defence becoming more solid. In the second half, we scored a try thanks to a strong attack off a well executed lineout, and some great ball carrying into contact. It was noted that we were stronger in the second half, which we were, but the opposition held a comfortable advantage and did not need to fight for the game.
Our frustration came through, and some bad calls by the referee spouted cries from our players, which turned into arguments at the referee and amongst ourselves. This is not how you perform on a rugby pitch. You can punch the ground, shake your head in frustration, but animosity towards the ref, and towards your fellow teammates is not acceptable. No good ever comes of it. There is only one way to unleash your aggression and that is against your opponent on the field, then you will see results worth fighting for.
There was some very good play in the game, some excellent tackles and very good communication in our defensive lines. For those who played your first game, well done! There was notable play by Brendan Culleton using his speed to react and perform under pressure, and Stephen Ryan recovering balls kicked over into our back line and reacting well under pressure also. Man of the match went to Danni Ogilvy who carried the ball strongly into the opposition, and tackled well all through the game.
Our inexperience showed through a few times, which is understandable due to how new some of our players are. There’s only way to get up to speed and that’s to get back out to training, we have five training sessions before our next game, do your best to make it to all of them.
Final score: St Marts 47 – 10 Emerald Warriors
Warriors Team: Daniel McFadden, Richard Fagan, Marcus Connolly, Wilco Froneman, Conor Noble, Mark Mulligan, Simon Murphy, Stephen Carroll, Joseph Ward, Noel Noblett, Philip Brereton, Brendan Culleton, Lee Martin, Ioan Hughes, Ray McGovern, David Fitzpatrick, James Boyle, Michael Menton, Killian McManus, Danni Ogilvy, Seamie Mac Thomas, Stephen Ryan, Martin Rochford, Sean Ryan.