West Munster U-15 League Final
Tralee U-15s captured the West Munster League title with a narrow win over Castleisland in Castleisland. Both teams got stuck in from the first whistle and did not let up until they walked off the pitch after what was an enthralling final.
Luke Barrett captained Tralee and led by example in every aspect of the game.
In the early stages both sides attacked and had to defend fiercely to prevent any scores.
Tralee tactics in the line out paid off which resulted in good possession and the scrums held up very well with Aaron Fitzgerald having yet another great game at prop and making many fine carries. Jack Drynan put his body on the line throughout the game and terrorised the Castleisland backs with many fierce tackles and also making good yards with the ball. Adam Mc Ellistrim at scrum-half settled in well and controlled the game keeping the pack moving forward and giving good service to his backs.
The home side were the first to score after getting an over-lap on the wing. Tralee responded well with the splendid Rory McNamara leading the way with his strength and skill, controlling the line outs, line kicks, tackling and making vital yards every time he got the ball. He was supported by Giles Appelby who had another powerful game at No.6 with many fine tackles. Adam Bohans general play at hooker was immense and he made a great contribution for the 60 mins.
Following a good drive up the pitch involving Iarla, Danny and Aaron a penalty ensued 10 yards from the home sides line. Cometh the hour and captain Luke Barrett stood up and demanded the ball from the scrum half. No one was going to stop him from that distance as he once again showed his determination and strength to get over the line for the score. Tom Hoare narrowly missed the conversion which left the score 5-5 at half time.
The second half started in the same high tempo and resolute defending by both sides kept the game very tight. The centre pairing of Iarla Courtney and Colm Carmody worked very well together and they showed their defensive and attacking skills to great effect and also had some lovely passing movements.
The wings of Kieran Dwyer and Danny Cournane dealt confidently with a lot of high kicks and ran back well at every opportunity and the pair let no one get past them.
Tom Hoare at out half controlled and varied the game well and when the option of a shot at goal came, Tom stepped up and slotted it neatly over the bar to get what would turn out to be the winning score. Tom Healy came on at scrum half and brought a different dimension to the game snapping out fast passes to the backs and bossing the forwards about.
Despite tense moments towards the end Shane Foley kept his calm at full back and tidied up every ball that was kicked his way and he ran back at the opposition at very chance with very good results. Jerdi O'Shea came on at wing forward and made many telling tackles and stopped the Castleisland side attacking a number of times.
The score finished 8-5 to Tralee and Luke Barrett accepted the shield.