The 2015 Spring League got under way at Vancouver Technical School on Friday night last, March 20th. The weather was wet and miserable but there was plenty of enthusiasm in the air for the two opening night clash’s.
Defending champions, The Wibblies, opened up the defence of their title against the pre-tournament favourites, The Saints. The Saints edged the early proceedings and held a 3-1 to 1-3 lead at the interval. It was a lead that they would maintain in the second half but, the Wibblies showed why they are defending champions as they battled strongly in the second half to keep the game on a knife edge. Daragh Meredith bossed the play around the middle of the park and was a launch pad for many Saints forays into the Wibblies half while cutting out many Wibblies attacks. It was the fifth goal that stopped the brave fight back as The Saints focused on defence from then on to ensure that they would not concede goals. In a game where goals were the order of the night, the Saints edged out the Wibblies on a score line of 5-3 to 3-4.
The second game between The Cougars and Beast Modes was a very closely fought affair. The Cougars with a mix of Australian and Irish talent showed that they will be very competitive this year and it was noticeable how the Australian players are significantly improving with the round ball. The Cougars opened the game with an early goal after forcing a Beast Modes turnover. Beast Modes slowly came into the game taking a one point lead into the interval, 1-3 to 1-2. A potential goal of the tournament from Beast Modes Brian Naughton early in the second half did not dent the Cougars belief as they found the net twice more in the second half and looked the likely winners heading into the final stretch. Beast Modes increased their tackling as the game entered the final minutes and a few vital turnovers lead to some crucial scores. With 30 seconds left it looked like the spoils were going to be shared but from a turnover, Darren Mc Andrew was hauled down in front of the goals leading to Eamon Quinn converting the pressure kick with the last kick of the game to secure the win.
Thanks to Dave Foley who refereed all the games on the night. It is always a thankless task and even more difficult in the driving rain.
Round 2 is next Friday from six at Vancouver Technical School. You can see the results, fixtures and standings in the link below.