Trinity and UCD have battled it out at four different levels this past week.
Last Saturday, The respective U20s teams played out their last U20s League game in the Belfield Bowl. In one of the most physical U20s games in recent times, the two teams battled out a somewhat frantic encounter.
Trinity seemed to control large parts of the game without getting a comfortable lead. They won the game and the Jamsey Maher Trophy 13-10. This secured the seasons ‘double’ over their cross-town rivals.
The following Tuesday UCD got revenge when their Junior squad narrowly defeated Trinity Juniors 16-11 in an epic battle which could have gone either way in front of a large Belfield crowd. Trinity dominated the first half, but did not get any points on the board. UCD came back and took a comfortable 13-3 lead. Trinity showed great fitness to mount an attack near the end and kick a penalty 13-6. UCD came back and kicked another penalty 16-6. Trinity then scored a fabulous try after several phases to put the pressure on the home team.
The game ended with Trinity camped on the UCD line trying to secure the win.
On Wednesday night, it was the Ladies turn to play their ‘Colours’ game in College Park. A very talented UCD dominated the game and won 38-0. The score did not reflect the effort that the Trinity Ladies put in. They had many attacks and looked like scoring several times. The Trinity Ladies squad is hard working but young and relatively inexperienced compared to UCD who had many players from Division One of the All Ireland and Leinster leagues.
The two teams have different models. UCD play in the ISS league on Wednesdays (8 games total). In the ISS league a Club can call on players from the top Clubs in Leinster and beyond. Trinity Ladies have gone a different route, and play in the ISS league, but also the Leinster Division Three Senior Ladies league (14 League games plus Cup + ISS games).
Trinity are Developing a regular Club who play week in week out. Because we play in Division Three the top players obviously cannot play, and have to go to the Top clubs if they want to play for Leinster etc. It was the same as the Senior Mens back in the late 1990s when we were in the Old AIL Division four. The project will take time, but the improvement in skill and understanding of the game is developing all the time. As we progress the top athletes/players will naturally join us.
Well done to UCD who played some great Rugby on the Night.