U12 blitz in Ballymena was a big test
Letterkenny progress well in quality blitz in Ballymena
On a cold and windy evening Letterkenny U12s made the long trek to Ballymena to play against clubs and school sides in this well run blitz.
Letterkenny played four matches losing two, drawing one and winning one.
The size of the players in these teams was at first a shock to the Letterkenny boys and some high tackling was ineffective in stopping the momentum. Once the Letterkenny lads started tackling lower the the opposition were stopped. The first game against Balllymena was a little too soon after the long car journey. Davy Geoghegan played very well and made excellent ground with strong physical running. Oisin McGuinness also was very quick on the wing and scored a lovely try after the backs had moved the ball wide with lovely passing through the centres Connor Gallagher and Dan Gallagher. Dara Murray, Aaron Gibson and Thomas Langford also played well and were competing for the ball at the rucks and setting the defensive line. The game was lost due to some good Ballymena play, but Letterkenny improved during the match to finish strongly.
Next match was against City of Derry and was a much better performance with Davy Geoghegan and Ollie Worth combing well to open Derry up to score some good tries. Rory O'Brien scored a great individual try with good pace and sidesteps to beat the defence. Eoin Whitmore got stuck in and tackled really well to add to the team effort. Harry Lee and Sam O'Donnell shared the duties at scrum half and both played very well to feed the back line. Mark Franklin was effective around the pitch and won good line out ball through the matches.
The next match was against an enormous team from Cambridge House School. The large centre was very hard to stop but the Letterkenny lads realised they had to double tackle to stop these players and also hit low to take the legs. Once they started tackling early and low the game improved and they finished strongly. Oisin McGuinness and Ethan Sweeney both played very well with excellent tackling and Oisin showing great pace not the wing to score again.
The last match was a little affected by injury as we lost Rory O'Brien Thomas Langford and Aaron Gibson to injuries. The lads again went down to early scores against Ballymoney HS, but again fought back and finished the day with a terrific try after Davy Geoghegan drove up the right and beat several defenders before going to ground. The ball was recycled and the half backs Harry Lee and Dan Gallagher moved the ball left to Ollie Worth powering up the middle with a lovely dummy pass first and then a well timed pass to Oisin McGuinness to score in the corner. A great team try by everyone to cap off a great evening of rugby.
The game sense and skills are improving and also held up well when playing some quality club and school sides. We are a better side if we work hard to support and keep the ball moving with lots of passing. Keep up the good work!
Well done everyone and thanks to the loyal parents for supporting on a cold evening a long way from home.
Training next Saturday 9.30am as usual. No Monday training this week due to bank holiday and half term.