The beautiful thing about the future is your state of ignorance – you just don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ve been kicking bored footballs about and hitting inanimate bags for the last few weeks. Training can sometimes be a synthetic affair but it whets the appetite for the real deal.
The whistle blew for the start of our seasons today with visitors Roscrea providing opposition for our JCT and for a selection of our 15’s. The 15’s stole a march on their older brothers kicking off five minutes earlier and racing into a quick lead with a well worked try in which the backs and forwards combined seamlessly. This set the tone for the rest of the half with the lads picking up from where they left off last season with some scintillating, mesmeric rugby.
The 15 starters had clocked up a healthy lead by the time they were replaced at half time. Significantly we had a mean defense which wasn’t in the mood to be in any way charitable.
The new 15 which swarmed onto the pitch for the second half took time to get up to the pace of the game and the visitors got a few scores before the lads began to show the coach what they could do. But as the half wore on the Munchins boys grew in stature and got their just rewards with a hat trick of tries.
Meanwhile the Juniors got caught cold in the opening minute conceding a try from the first kick, but they stayed cool and gathered themselves to gradually turn the screws and run out winners by three tries.
There was a good turn out of parents who chatted easily between the breaks in play and a hoard of first years arrived after their own training to get a taste of what schools rugby is all about. The Seniors who were also training took in the last ten minutes lolling like veterans, remembering their own time in a Junior shirt.
Well done to everyone who helped make today happen and who will help make the season which is now unfolding.