Thursday 23 February 2017

Tough going on the club scene of late

Johnny O'Connor

Corinthians went from a time where they had players like Kieran Marmion, Ultan Dillane, Eoghan Masterson, Finlay Bealham and James Connolly to possibly having to play their rugby in the fourth tier of the Ulster Bank League
Corinthians went from a time where they had players like Kieran Marmion, Ultan Dillane, Eoghan Masterson, Finlay Bealham and James Connolly to possibly having to play their rugby in the fourth tier of the Ulster Bank League

It's difficult times for a former club of mine, Corinthians, and their problems have come about through no fault of their own as far as I can see. They are probably victims of their own success if anything, writes Johnny O'Connor.

They did so well to get up to Division 1B a couple of seasons ago and looked to be on the cusp of making it into the top tier for a while, but that never materialised.

Galwegians made the jump instead, and with Buccaneers in 1B, and Corinthians now struggling at the bottom of Division 2A , it seems all the good young talent in Connacht is choosing to go elsewhere.

Corinthians went from a time where they had players like Kieran Marmion, Ultan Dillane, Eoghan Masterson, Finlay Bealham and James Connolly to possibly having to play their rugby in the fourth tier of the Ulster Bank League.

It's a terrible fall from grace, but like everything these things work in cycles and they will be back challenging Galwegians before too long.

It wasn't too long ago when 'Wegians were a few divisions down and all of the talent was out on the Tuam Road, so hopefully they can get back to that soon. But players need to be distributed better in the province, to give every side a fair share.

Irish Independent

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