Rathdrum shake off cobwebs with home victory
RATHDRUM kicked off their season by hosting Old Wesley in a ‘friendly’ at the Ivy Leaf grounds last weekend.
The end of the summer has been very active on the training pitch with Neil ‘Shorty’ Short back at the coaching helm of the Rathdrum outfit.
Rathdrum have a core of regulars who enjoy playing the flowing game Shorty employs on the pitch.
This season Rathdrum also welcome back Shane Byrne and Sean Kinsella who have been out with a long-term injury, it’s great to see them both back at the Ivy Leaf in a Rathdrum shirt.
The game, a warmup for both teams, was played in 20-minute sessions and was a real chance to blow off a few cobwebs and solidify the game plans for the coming season.
The conditions for September well suited to a warm-up match. The game while competitive was played in the spirt of rugby and enjoyed by both teams.
It was a flowing but a relatively low scoring affair, ending 12-7 to Rathdrum. Rathdrum clearly were well drilled, cycling the ball through the forwards.
However, there was very much evidence of the rust as often a promising attack fizzled out often due to simple error.
Old Wesley also offered stern opposition adding seven of their own in what was a well worked try.
Rathdrum’s hard work in the forwards was rewarded with two tries, one by the Captain Matt Binnion’s and a superb individual effort by Conor Parsons.
The game plan showed off Shorty’s natural flair for expansive rugby which allows the team to actively pressurize the opposition with fast forward play while the backs are often rewarded with space.
However, despite the pressure there seemed a degree of panic and Rathdrum failed to capitalise, credit must also go to Old Wesley’s solid defense closing down Rathdrum.
‘Rathdrum Rugby Club would like to thank Old Wesley for providing solid competition for the warmup game and wish them well for the coming season,’ said a club spokesperson.
The season starts in earnest this Friday as Rathdrum travel to UCD for an 8pm kickoff in Belfield grounds.
This coming week should allow the team to regroup and iron out the creases ahead of what is usually a competitive and closely fought game.
Team that played Old Wesley:
1. S Fennel, 2. S Byrne, 3. R Smith, 4. M Binnions, 5. S Burch,
6. C Swords, 7. R Bradshaw, 8. D Dowling, 9. S Kinsella, 10. C Parsons, 11. I Snell, 12. D Phelan,
13. D Hefferan, 14. N Fennel, 15. F O’Toole, 16. S Lee, 17. P Hudson,
18. K Merry.