With all the inclement weather coming our way lately, it is no surprise that there has been little action on the playing fields over the last month or so. Following on from postponements, due in the main to frozen or snowed over pitches, some fixtures are beginning to back-up. Our sixth round league fixture against Dunmore (at home) has already fallen foul of the weather twice while the first round Cawley Cupgame against Ballyhaunis has been re-fixed for Sunday January 2nd at home, kick-off 2.30pm after being cancelled on two previous occasions. The age grade teams also have outstanding fixtures to fulfill.Despite all the freezing weather to date, the forecast is for somewhat milder conditions over the Christmas period. This, no doubt, should assist with the playing of the traditional St. Stephen’s Day game between a President’s selection and an Exiles XV for the Sean O’Flynn Memorial Cup. This fixture has been played in the true Barbarian spirit over the years but it also carries a special efferesence, whether it is a senior player showing he has a trick or two left in the bag or a young tyro giving evidence that he is ready to step up, it never fails tocapture the interest of the crowd. Two strong squads have already been selected for this game which promises to have a special cut this time around with players champing at the bit for action having been in dry dock in recent weeks. Senior coach, Noel Mannion, will oversee the efforts of the President’s side while Damian Feeney, himself a veteran of many an O’Flynn Cup encounter, will call the shots for the exiles. Afterwards, the trophy will be presented in the club rooms where a full re-view and analysis of the action will take place.

LIAM COURTNEY
PRO BALLINASLOE RFC

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