Following an early morning departure from the Carrowroe Retail Park, an Under 10 squad brimful of experience and hope set off for a rendezvous with fellow Connacht rivals Galwegians on Saturday. To say that the weather was atrocious would be an understatement. Resembling a scene from an AL Gore global warming movie, the pitch was composed of a number of muddy islands surrounded by encroaching flood waters. Undeterred, a Tigers side – captained by Jack McDonagh – tore into the opposition from the first whistle. Periods of unrelenting pressure from Sligo ensued. At times it was almost impossible to see the ball let alone gain any sense of who possessed it. Without reply, Sligo forced their way over the Galwegians try lie and led 3 tries to nil at half-time. Despite the onset of hypothermic symptoms, Tigers, playing a â€˜keep it up your jumperâ€™ style of rugby, managed to score two additional tries resulting in a 5 tries to nil route. What was particularly pleasing was the manner in which this side made first up tackles in horrendous conditions and how they adapted their style of play to the prevailing weather conditions. Outstanding performances all round with Freddy Stewart, Emmett Flanagan, Shane Oâ€™Hehir, Paul Kelly, Jack McDonagah and Jack Cox putting in eye catching and try scoring performances.
Similar commitment and technical ability will be required for the next outing in Tuam on Saturday 24th November. Travel arrangements to follow.