11 July 2011

Castleknock Invitational 2011 Review

Castleknock College, Sat July 9th, 2011

Kevin, Breandán, Colm, Diarmuid, Simon, Martinus, Steven, David, Turlough, Mark
Avril, Orla

9 teams entered this blitz this year, traditionally the format of this blitz is split into a Competitive Cup section for the stronger teams, and a Recreational Plate section for the weaker teams. Due to our seeding we were deemed strong enough to compete in the Cup section of this (after winning this at the previous blitz), good experience for us and a good measure of our ability, normally we would be in the recreational.

As can be seen from the squad above we were a bit short on girls, the rules allowed playing of 7-3, so we managed to borrow a girl for each game.

Round 1
There were just 4 teams in the Cup. First round was a round robin. First game was versus "Slackers", this was a team made up of players from the Premier Division Sluggers and the Div 1 Packers. This game didn't quite start on time so was shortened. Got of to a nervous start, shipping 5 runs in the first inning. Couldn't quite catch up and lost 5-3 in the end, one that got away.

Next game was versus Wild Kegs (made up of Premier Division Kegs and Div 2 Wildcats). We were cruising in this game, unfortunately we had a nightmare inning, shipping 8 or 9 runs, however we pulled it bag and won by 1 run in the end.

Next game was against Div 1 table toppers and favourites the local team, the Bearcats. They proved a little too strong for us and we were never in this game.

Results Rd 1
Galway 3 v 5 Slackers
Galway 11 v 10 Wild Kegs
Galway 1 v 12 Bearcats

Team P W L %
Bearcats 3 3 0 1.000
Slackers 3 2 1 0.666
Tribes 3 1 2 0.333
Kegs 3 0 3 0.000

Round 2
After finishing third, this put us into the cup semi final against the second placed Slackers. This game was played as a full 7 innings game. Very tight low scoring game, in the top of the last inning Galway were going in just one behind, managed to get bases loaded with 2 outs, but unfortunately next batter was to strike out meaning a narrow miss to the final.

After this a 3/4 place play/off was played out, Galway were never really troubled in this running out easy winners. So third place overall in the tournament, pretty good result.

Bearcats went on to win the Cup final.

Results Rd 2
Semi Final - Galway 8 v 9 Slackers
3/4 Playoff - Galway 16 v 9 WildKegs