Ballinasloe’s first team travelled to Galway to engage NUIG in the league on Sunday and while hoping to garner some return from this fixture came away without even the consolation of a losing bonus point. The final score 15pts to 5 leaves them in the wrong half of the league table and with some catching up to do. While there is no denying the students their merited win the Ballinasloe side did look bemused on more than one occasion at some of the refereeing decisions given against them resulting in a certain amount of frustration creeping into their game. Their efforts became fragmented and with that the focus to keep their game plan in tact went out the window. College on the other hand put in a determined performance and proved a much tougher nut to crack than in recent seasons. They held a height advantage at the line out where the lifting at times might be deemed to be of the dubious variety but they generally went about their business with an energy and drive that entitled them to the league points on offer. Despite their approach, Ballinasloe did have their moments and were unfortunate with some inaccurate kicks at goal especially efforts at either side of the interval. They were also unlucky
when they worked their way over the students try line only to knock-on and a great try chance went a begging. They did well to pull a try back late in the game courtesy of Conor Dolphin and this gave the side a lift but unfortunately no further scores came their way to give them something tangible to bring away from the encounter. Ballinasloe’s re- fixed first round league game against Carrick now gains added importance and a win here is essential to get their league campaign back on track. This fixture is due to be played at home on Sunday next but is more likely to go ahead on Saturday night under lights with a 7 o clock possible kick off.

Other Results:
The seconds fielded for a fixture away to OLBC and though defeated on this occasion, nevertheless, acquitted themselves quite well considering that most of the squad are young players moving up to senior status and new players coming on board. The U19s hosted visiting English school, Stamford Boys Secondary, in a friendly and after a tight contest the visitors won out by 8pts. The U17s went down to visitors Westport in the league by 27pts to 15 but are still awaiting the return of some older members of the squad.
The U13s had a runaway win over Buccaneers in their fixture.

LIAM COURTNEY
PRO BALLINASLOE RFC

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