Seapoint Under 15's win their first competitive fixture of the year
By Terry Sheehan
Great debut for six players including Mana Tito
Seapoint Under 15's traveled to Kells to take on North Meath in their first competitive fixture of the year. We traveled with a full team including newly arrived Rugby league convert Mana Tito from Australia. This was also the first Seapoint match for Abe Tormey, Alex Hughes, Hugh O'Neill, Barra Whelan and Nathan Harrington who joined the squad at the start of the season.
Seapoint started slowly and let North Meath in for an easy try early on in the game but a great finish by Prop Andrew Kavanagh got Seapoint on to the score board which was duly converted by Adam Power who converted four of the six tries scored. One of the conversions even brought a mutter of praise from his father.
Due to the intensity of the game after the quiet opening, an early injury to a North Meath Player meant that both teams had to reduce to 14 players. By half time Seapoint were beginning to assert their dominance and were scrummaging very well. Dan Gleeson was having one of his best games in a Seapoint shirt and our front row were giving it their all. Recent convert from back row to centre, Carl Byrne was calling for the ball at every opportunity and running intelligent lines.
A number of changes were made at half time to ensure all players had a run and it didnt change the work ethic of the team. Mana took to the field in a borrowed shirt for his Seapoint debut and went on to score three tries. What a debut!
Seapoint eventually outscored North Meath, 6 tries to 3 in what both teams described as a very enjoyable game. As is their custom, North Meath were as sportsmanlike off the field as on it, as they insisted on feeding everyone before we began the journey back to Dublin with smiles all around.