In what was a successful weekend for the Club. Trinity U20s squads achieved a crucial double over Universities rivals UCD in Sunday’s double header. On a beautiful sunny day in College Park, both Trinity U20s squads won convincingly. The Pennant started the day with a 34-3 win to gain their own double over their Belfield rivals after winning in UCD by a similar margin. The Pennant, captained by Dave Murphy, played some breathtaking rugby with some fine ball handling and support play by backs and forwards.
In the Premier game UCD led 12-0 at half time after Trinity had dominated most of the possession and position on the field. But UCD punished Trinity and scored two well taken tries against the run of play.
Early in the second half UCD had their best patch of the game but this time it was Trinity’s turn to score against the run of play, as they came back with a sensational try by Right wing Bryan Mollen who chased a speculative Michael Courtney kick through to score a ‘length of the field’ try. This score seemed to break the spirit of the visitors. Trinity then followed up with another try when wing Rob Vallejo was put away out wide again by Michael Courtney’s huge cut out pass. With the score at 12-12 Trinity were well and truly back into the game and they tore into UCD. It was only seemed a matter of time before they scored to take the lead. UCD came back but did not really get close to scoring, and after several phases Rob Vallejo gathered a delightful grubber through by his out half Tommy Whittle to score the much needed bonus point try. Trinity possibly should have scored one more try when they dropped the ball over the line on the last play of the game!
Not only was this a vital league win for Trinity, but they brought the Jamesie Maher Trophy back to College Park. It’s a trophy played for over the two league games every year between the Colleges Premier U20s teams. After incredibly drawing over the two games last year, this season Trinity have won both league encounters with UCD 25-13 and 28-12. So they win out 53-25 on aggregate over the two games to let Trinity Captain Conor Gleeson proudly lift the trophy for his College. With the U20s Pennant winning both games this season with UCD, the future in the club looks to be in good hands.