Sunday 19 May 2019

Bristol trip a Slam dunk for NUIG youngsters

NUIG side that toured Bristol in Salthill
NUIG side that toured Bristol in Salthill Sportsdesk

NUIG RFC under 13s and 14s toured Bristol over the St Patrick's weekend to play matches against St Brendan's Old Boys RFC and a Bristol Development side.

In total, 45 players and 25 coaches and parents made the trip, and the matches took place at Bristol Rugby's Portway rugby development centre on St Patrick's morning.

Honours were shared with the NUIG U-13 side narrow winners, and St Brendan's Old boys edging the U-14 match.

After the matches, both sides retired to Manor Farm FC to watch Ireland beat England in the Grand Slam decider.

On Sunday, all matches in Bristol were cancelled due to heavy overnight snowfall so the squad took refuge in a trampoline park and laser quest for the day.

On Monday, they visited the world's first suspension bridge, at Clifton to admire Brunel's magnificent crossing of the Avon Gorge.

All in all, the trip was a great success and was of huge benefit for the young rugby players in their development both on and off the pitch.

Six teams and four clubs battle it out for underage glory at Sportsground

This Sunday is one of the biggest of the year for Boys Youths Rugby in the province as the Under 14, 16 and 18.5 finals take place at the Sportsground.

First up at 12pm is the Under 14 final as league champions Corinthians go in search of a double with a meeting against Galwegians.

'Wegians have been impressive in their route to the final, beating Monivea, Buccaneers and Sligo all by 18-plus points.

Corinthians, meanwhile, just edged past Ballina by a point in the last four, while they also saw off Loughrea and Creggs en route to the decider.

Then at 2pm attention turns to the Under 16 final as Galwegians again take to the field - this time against Monivea.

These same two teams also contested the Under 15 Cup final last season, with Galwegians emerging victorious by 15-12.

However, they lost to Ballinasloe in the Under 16 League final earlier in the season and will be hoping to make it second time lucky for silverware.

The Under 18.5 final is the last to be decided as Corinthians take on Buccaneers in what should be a cracking affair.

Buccs are league champions after victory over Creggs in the final, while the same Buccaneers team also won the Under 17 League and Cup last season.

Corinthians stand in their way of a league and cup double, with the side seeing off NUIG 17-3 in the quarter-finals and Oughterard 25-18 in the semis.

All in all, it is set to be a brilliant day's action on College Road, and the very best of luck to the four clubs and six teams.

Irish Independent

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