Amazing 8s pick-up where they left off to register first wins of the New Year
By Jaime McKeown
Cool heads lead to a mine of tries as Amazing 8s dig deep at, yes, you guessed it, Coolmine!
Sunday 27 January 2019 @ Coolmine RFC
With the Santa hats and Christmas jumpers safely packed away for another 331 sleeps, Seapoint’s Amazing 8s togged out in their rugby finery to put on a dazzling display in their first blitz of 2019.
Coolmine were the gracious hosts, with DLSP, Stillorgan and our very own Amazing 8s lining out on the artificial turf in a battle for the hearts and minds of watching spectators and loyal supporters who were once again blessed with sunshine yet cursed with a biting wind to up the chill factor to -11 (we need a sponsored hip fla…, err, I mean tea and coffee flask!).
With the lads in peak physical condition following a spate of “car wash” training drills, once again they put their bodies on the line in a fantastic display of attack, defence and picking bits of black rubber out of their hair.
Yet give them a field of ice and they’d get their skates on – no surface has proved insurmountable yet and it was a case of plastic fantastic on the 4G pitch.
Tackles were made, protective bridges were formed over beautifully-placed ball, the opposition were bundled into touch (and possibly the next county were it not for the fence) and, ever importantly, tries were scored through a combination of quick thinking, skills, power and of course, great teamwork.
With thanks to the deputy junior sub-editor interns, below follows a snippet of the highlights (once again, errors and omissions excepted but there is a standing invitation to come and whack this editor over the head if your son didn’t get a mention):
On Pitch One:
- Stephen running the full length of the field for a Sean Cronin like try
- Losing count of the tries scored by Eoin - way into double digits
- Ross and Cian chop tackling anything that moved and nailing it every time
- Tom getting his defensive wall built - when he wants to shout, he knows how!
- Matthew definitely having the most original try celebrations - but he earned them
- Rory getting very annoyed with the ref’s interpretation of the offside rule. Unfortunately, the ref was his dad although he did get a nice intercept try (a skill which didn’t come from the ref’s side of the family!)
- An unbelievable hold up on the line by the whole team to stop a certain Coolmine try in the last game which had Andy Farrell’s fingerprints all over it ?
On Pitch Two:
- Dylan “The Destroyer” O’Dwyer tackled like he had just finished a week-long course with Richie McCaw
- Luke “Steel Bandit” D’arcy once again delivered a high tackle count executed with great technique
- Hughie D got a chance to open the throttle with a couple of barnstorming runs
- Oscar scored a brace of tries in all the games despite having to battle the sub-zero temperatures
- Jamie was never far from the action and drove for the line on two occasions only to be “held-up” (pesky meddling video ref!)
- Killian K had some streaking runs leading to tries and put in some great tackles
- Matthew B combined well from halfback and grabbed a selection of long range tries
- Paddy played an inspirational role against DLSP putting in some crunching tackles
On Pitch Three:
-Amaury brushed off several suspect tackles and knocks, linking-up well, tackling whatever ran his way and crossed the whitewash on more than one occasion
- James demonstrated the miracle of the Irish health system on his first blitz back since injury to show determination and scored both for Seapoint and the opposition in a cameo when they were short on numbers (maybe less of that next time please James!)
- Also rewriting the medical texts was Sam who came off the sick list and on to the score sheet to punctuate some great runs despite the opposition’s best/worst efforts to stop him
- The “newbies” Lochlann and Tristan showed no signs of aural wetness yet took to the game like ducks to water – well done on your first scalps!
- Ciaran was solid in in the middle, handling well and played the offside line like a pro
- Ryan and Sean demonstrated power and pace to jinx through the defence and tear up the line to touch down on the one that counts
- Dexter put in a great shift in the engine room, keeping possession when it looked like the ball was lost and increasing his impressive tackle count.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg- the team effort in demolishing the post-match snacks was a spectacle in itself!
So well done all and thanks again to the players themselves who are improving week on week, the coaches-cum-refs/refs-cum-coaches, and of course the parents for getting the kids there on time and wrapped up for what was a great turn-out for the first blitz of the New Year.
Remember –tackle low (no jersey grabbing/swinging), no wrestling with your teammate for the ball, even if the ref is wrong, they’re right (at least while on the pitch!) and enjoy the first Six Nations weekend!
Seapoint Amazing 8s – with a defensive backstop like that, no wonder the opposition want to negotiate