Lethal Groome bags hat-trick as Edenderry storm to glory
Edenderry kicked off 2016 with a highly impressive win over Roscrea in the Midlands Shield final.
Played in Mullingar RFC, Roscrea started the brighter, taking it to Edenderry from the first whistle, but good defence from the 'Derry pack kept out Roscrea in the opening ten minutes and eventually Edenderry began to get a foothold in the game.
From a scrum just inside the Roscrea half, Edenderry moved the ball wide and fast through the hands that released Jason Moore who broke the gain line and following a couple of strong hand-offs touched down under the posts for the opening score which was converted by Stevie Cummins.
The score gave Edenderry the confidence to really go at Roscrea and following a turnover inside their own 22 the backs moved the ball out to Willie Groome, who set off on a huge run the length of the field to score, again converted by Cummins.
Strong carries through the forwards from Mulligan and Reilly and good control from Brerton at scrum half saw Roscrea infringe under their posts; Cummins kicked the penalty to lead 17-0 mid-way through the first half.
The 4G pitch at Mullingar seemed to suit the Edenderry backs and following another perfectly timed pass from Cummins, Ian Curry found a gap in the Roscrea defence and was able to put Groome for another fine try.
The second half started slowly for Edenderry and continued pressure saw Roscrea cross the whitewash for a try which was converted.
Some fresh legs were then introduced and this spurred on a fine period of which following ten phases of continued play captain Shane Melia made a break, threw a dummy and made the hard 20-yard run to get the touchdown.
More good work in the engine room from Bergin and Hurst allowed a good platform for the 'Derry backs to cross for two more tries, first for Moore for his second try and then Groome for his hat-trick.
But the Edenderry men were not finished yet and after a day when many of the tries came through the backs, it was a fine rolling maul from the forwards which saw John O'Donnell score the final try of the game.
The final score was 50-7.
Groome with his hat-trick was the stand out performer but there was also great displays from the younger members of the squad the likes of Reilly, Judge and Fagan excelled mixed with the experience of Cummins, Curry and Melia.
A good opening to 2016 for Edenderry who next play at home in the Leinster League to Portlaoise on Sunday.
Edenderry team: 1 A Reilly, 2 M Rushe, 3 T Mulligan, 4 D Hurst, 5 M Bergin, 6 J O'Donnell, 7 B Holt, 8 S Melia, 9 R Brerton, 10 S Cummins, 11 C Fagan, 12 I Curry, 13 J Moore, 14 W Groome, 15 M Judge, 16 M Madden, 17 MJ Smyth, 18 G Johns, 19 T Fawcett, 20 B Walsh.