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DOUBLE DISAPPOINTMENT FOR PARK IN THE WEST
DOUBLE DISAPPOINTMENT FOR PARK IN THE WEST
The song says that, It's a long way to Tipperary, but it was a much longer journey home from the West on Sunday evening last for both the Waterpark Under 17's and 19's squads after they had suffered defeat at the hands of Galwegians and Buccaneers respectively in their All Ireland Semi-Final fixtures played in the Showgrounds, Galway earlier in the day.
UNDER 17 ALL IRELAND SEMI-FINAL
GALWEGIANS 36 - 12 WATERPARK
Waterpark's dream of retaining their All Ireland crown evaporated at the Showgrounds, Galway (A supposedly NEUTRAL VENUE according to the IRFU Rules & Regulations) on Sunday when they were comprehensively defeated by a much bigger and physical Galwegians side by 36-12, who now go on and face Gorey in Naas in the Final on the last Saturday in April.
Ahead 7-0 through a converted try within twelve minutes, the Galway side stretched this lead to 14-0 with a similar score ten minutes later. To their credit Park fought back and cut the deficit to 14-7 when Gareth Molloy crossed for his sides opening score which Dylan McGagh converted. However just on the stroke of half time Galwegians added a further three points with a penalty to leave the score at the break 17-7.
Size does Matter
To be honest, as much as the Park guys tried, the difference in size between these sides was substantial and the physicality that came with it began to take its toll as the game wore on, and another converted try on fifty minutes pushed the score to 24-7 in favour of the tribesmen. Even though they were on the back foot Park upped their game again and on the hour mark Kalani Moore got over for Parks second try and the margin cut to 24-12. Unfortunately with Park having given their all, two further tries in the final eight minutes, one of which was converted, put a slightly lopsided look on the scoreboard and Galwegians victorious at 36-12.
This should go down as a learning curve to these guys and they can hold their heads high, as they have represented the club in exemplary fashion throughout this competition. They can take credit in the fact that they achieved a very difficult task in putting back to back Munster Titles together. What they should have learned from this game is that it is extremely difficult to go forward from being Provincial Champions and win an All Ireland title in consecutive years. However the thing to do is put this one match behind you and look forward to the remaining games that have to be played in your local competitions and prove to all concerned that you can bounce back from adversity and emerge on the other side a stronger squad of players.
UNDER 19 ALL IRELAND SEMI-FINAL
BUCCANEERS 15 - 8 WATERPARK
With the 17's having bitten the dust in their Semi, it was left to the 19's to carry the flag for the Southern Hemisphre, but alas their dream also came to an abrupt end when they were defeated by Buccaneers, from Athlone, by 15-8. Again even with the disparity in size, fortunately this was a much closer affair and at half time Buccs had their noses in front at 3-0. However after the break the Athlone side upped the ante and with the breeze at their backs crossed for a converted try within ten minutes to push the score out to 10-0. Park replied with a Tom Kiersey penalty five minutes later to peg back three points at 10-3, but on the hour mark and with Park under serious pressure another try from Buccaneers increased the deficit to 15-3.
From then on Park were fighting a rearguard action but somehow they dug deep into their reserves and produced a lovely move with only a few minutes remaining, which ended with Andrew Moore crossing for their only try of the game and the final score at 15-8 to Buccaneers. On a point of information nine of the Buccaneer players also play their rugby at Under 21 level for their club which kind of puts things in perspective.
As with the 17's these guys will also have to put this disappointment behind them and look forward as they have an East Munster Cup Semi-Final against Clanwilliam next Sunday. Irrespective of what happened in Galway last Sunday both teams got to the last four at their respective age groups in Ireland, a feat not to be sneezed at.
On behalf of the club, all the supporters and myself I would like to congratulate both squads on reaching the All Ireland Semi-Finals. This was a tremendous feat to achieve and kudos should be given to all those associated with each squad both on and off the field.