Buccaneers winger Tom McGann states case in U-17 trial
Buccaneers winger Tom McGann staked his claim with a hat-trick of tries in the Connacht U-17 trial held at Galwegians RFC on Tuesday.
The game held in good, if a bit blustery, conditions plays a key role in the selection process for next season's Connacht U-18 schools/youths squad.
Players from all over the province are competing for places in the intense summer training programme, which will culminate in September's inter-provincial championship.
Charlie Couper headed the triumphant Black team, who were 20-15 winners over Jarlath Naughton's Greens.
The teams were level at half-time, 10-10, in an open contest, with an extremely high level of off-load and rucking skills on display.
McGann's pace proved the difference after the break with two searing tries from his own half.
The Greens were competitive throughout with tries from Sligo's Yusuf Shelabi (2) and Eamonn Kelly of the Jes. Buccaneers Kyle Higgins also touched down for the Blacks, who were well marshalled by scrum-half Barry Walsh, a member of the historic St Gerald's Junior Cup success.
His counterpart in the trial Rory Gaffney, brother of Connacht Eagles prospect Ciaran, also had an outstanding game and showed versatility playing at both No 9 and out-half, giving the coaches much to ponder for the coming season.
Their form will now be monitored as they return to club and school duty before more representative action at Easter.