Sunday 22 October 2017

Galwegians put under no pressure to set top flight alight

Galwegians vice-president Billy Glynn
Galwegians vice-president Billy Glynn

Daragh Small

Galwegians vice-president Billy Glynn says expectations must be tempered ahead of a huge year for the club.

They welcome Division 1A rugby back to Crowley Park this term and it is set to be a tough season for the reigning 1B champions.

'Wegians finished top of the second tier in the 2014-15 season after a ferocious run-in and final-day clash with Garryowen, who also went up following a promotion/relegation play-off success.

"We would be very happy to consolidate in the Division 1A this season, but this team has constantly performed against the odds," said Glynn.

"The Dublin teams are dominating Division 1A now and it is going to be very hard to compete against them but you never know."

Galwegians host Cork Con in their opening fixture on September 12 and Glynn believes keeping things simple has been the secret to their success.

"They have gone from Division 2A to Division 1B and then on to 1A. And they did it with a lot of local players," he said.

"They didn't have any big stars, they just did it slowly and concentrated on fitness and coaching. That's paying off now.

"It's an amateur game they are playing. That is the big thing, they are all enjoying the game now, not under a lot of pressure and they are really getting a big kick out of it."

Irish Independent

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