Green shoots appearing for Garryowen despite tough defeat in Galway
I was up in Galway last weekend cheering on my home club Garryowen as they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion back to Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League.
There was a fantastic Garryowen support up there for what was a great game, and you have to remember that Connacht were taking on Ulster just up the road, so it was a testament to the Galwegians fans who turned out in force also.
But it was heartbreaking for the lads - they could have won it if they had just held on to possession and protected the ball a bit better.
In terms of rugby style, there was a great offering from both sides but I think Conan Doyle's men were a little bit naïve and a few loose offloads cost them.
If they can learn to harness that and protect the ball a bit more, they could become a major force even over the coming weeks.
And they will need to because it doesn't get much tougher than St Mary's at Templeville Road next Saturday.
Mary's hammered Dolphin 45-18 up there last weekend so they are hitting a bit of form at the right time ahead of their biggest game of the season.