Amazing 8s fantastic run of form continues as imaginations know no limits (we reach for the sky…!)
By Jaime McKeown
Creativity on the pitch outshines editorial licence off it as Amazing 8s notch-up more wins and match report writer uses the Force to draft report in abstentia
Sunday 24 February 2019 @ St Mary’s RFC
February may have been the shortest month of the year so far (and by all indications looks set to remain that way) but it proved a long wait for the Amazing 8s as they were keen to get back on the pitch for the next round of Metro Blitzes.
Despite the mixed emotions of Six Nations Super Saturday a day earlier (sure there’s still Japan lads!), the squad were up bright and early to head to St Mary’s Rugby Club where the next crop of spring lambs were waiting for them… or were they wolves in sheep’s clothing? Only time would tell.
The last of the green warpaint from St Patrick’s Day training reminded them of the hard work on the windswept training grounds of Pitch 3 at Kilbogget and it was time to put the finely -honed skills into action.
What follows are eye-witness accounts from Coach-Cam given this contributor was away walking off a fry in Sligo at the time…
“Weather was super today. Following a vigorous warm up we were allocated each to play a Terenure side.
Team 1 played Terenure (3 times) & Stillorgan on a fairly baked paddock. The tackles went flying in from everyone from kick off, which was fantastic to see. There was good straight running (mostly!) and passing stats were off the charts for this level.
The lads had to get used to refereeing of the "breakdown" against a well drilled Terenure in Game 3 but were stoic and didn't let it spook them with the passing game coming to the fore.
James - direct running and outpaced Terenure several times.
Luke and Ross - lost count of tackles and assists and minor injuries.
Harry and Stephen - some valuable tackles and steals.
Ryan - used his physicality to make yards and protect the ball.
Leo - hard running and streaked across the line not to mention a try scoring assist.
Charlie - pugnacious defence - didn't take a backward step; foraged for ball against Terenure when going got tough.
Superb all-round performance by Team 2, who played and won three games against Terenure.
Tom was the master of the breakdown with very brave bridging to keep the team moving forward.
Mathew dazzled Terenure with his running game and worked hard at the ruck to keep Terenure out.
Rory made some great tackles and showed super reactions to score a breakaway intercept try.
Lochlann was at the centre of everything with some great bridging and brilliant in attack.
Mathew McL was furious in contact, pushing Terenure back in every tackle keeping Seapoint on top.
Daniel showed real flair, involved in every attack creating line breaks with some lovely passes.
Max has all the skills on display with massive bravery in defence and some lovely attacking play.
Hugh was unstoppable going forward setting up lots of tries with his power game.
Dexter had another powerful performance smashing many try scoring records and putting in some crushing try saving tackles.
For Team 3, Matthew B demonstrated a leadership role at half back with some dodging runs that made Terenure terribly dizzy.
Tadhg (debutant) - superb display of tackling with more than 20 tackles and 2 tries. A great find for Seapoint.
Dillon O’D - more tenacious tackling and some dynamic runs racking up a fistful of tries very quickly.
James D’Arcy - strong runs and great passing that opened tries for Paddy and Killian in the third game.
James - marched through Terenure like they were made of marshmallows. Scored a great try as well despite trying to convince the ref he hadn’t.
Killian K - silky running skills and masterful marshalling of the defences. Killian worked hard bridging and scoring tries.
Ciarán R - great running and tackling. Transferred to Terenure in the last game and helped them score 2 tries. We won’t be lending him again!
Cian - long range efforts up the left wing saw many Terenure men left in the dirt due to power and speed.
Paddy - powerful running up the middle, in the green black and blue followed by a stint in the purple black and white. Paddy managed to grab a few tries for both sides.
Everyone showed great teamwork and fair play which was very pleasing. Speaking with the coaches of the other clubs, they were very impressed by our tackling.”
So there you have it!
Thanks to the roving reporters, cantankerous coaches, loyal supporters, generous hosts and above all, the Amazing 8s.
Seapoint Amazing 8s – The Immovable Force that even Daz Ultra couldn’t shift!!