08 November 2010

Galway IV Nov 2010 Review... Plate Champions


First up, UL second team the DT's. hit the ground running in the morning here winning easily in the end.

Next the All Ireland Champions the Orig-inals. They probably took us a bit lightly and we should have inflicted there only defeat of the weekend and one of their few against Irish opposition this year. With bases loaded and just one out with the scores level in the bottom of the last it was there for the taking but unfortunately we didn't manage it. However this was there only game they didn't win the whole weekend.

Next UCD's top team the 56's. Didn't quite get the bats going in this one, getting only the one run, one that got away really as we should have been a match for them.

Next a new team, UCC in their first year. We were cruising in this one up by 13 runs with just one bat left for them. This was our nightmare inning of the weekend, shipping 9 runs. Held on for victory though but a close shave.

Next up was UL JD's, this team ended up being a mish-mash of players from UL, UCD and Waterford IT. Also they were all male so their results were all to be registered as walkovers to their opponents. Perhaps because of this we didn't play as competitively, going down 8-3 in the end.

The last game on Saturday was against UCD's second team the UCD TD's. Tiredness was setting in a bit at this stage and we just narrowly defeated them 8-7, a game which we should have won easier but a good win in the end.

First up on Sunday was the NUI Base Invaders. This was the first ever meeting between the Galway sides and the first ever staging of an official Galway annual Trophy. With many players who have only been playing a month or 2 NUI put up a pretty good performance but were never quite in the game. Tribes running out 11-4 winners and winning the new Galway Cup.

See pictures of this game (courtesy of Roberto & Marta) here

Our last group game was against UL's number one team the 55's. The 55's showed some outstanding defensive play especially, holding us to just 1 run and a couple of hits. Beating us easily enough in the end. Also as we only had 9 players at this stage we needed to draft in a few. Thanks to Daniel from NUIG for helping us in this one.

After all league games played the final positions were calculated. Tribes finished 4th out of the 9. The top 3 would contest the Cup (UL'55's, UCD 56's, Orig-inals). Orig-inals running out easy winners against the UL 55's in the final.

The Plate was to be a rematch against the Base Invaders. This was to be a full 7 inning game. The wind had picked up a lot at this stage and turned the game into a defensive battle with big hits hard to come by. This was a very close game, although we were never headed by the Base Invaders at any stage they were only 1 or 2 runs behind for most of the game. The turning point was a 5 run 6th inning which gave us some breathing space. With a 6 run deficit to make up it was still nervy times in the bottom of the last but we held out to win the Plate. Also thanks to Stephen from Cork for helping us in this game, he played a blinder at catcher.

So all in all a great well run competition in St Mary's. The weather held off for teh most part and wasn't too bad.

Kevin, John McG, Roberto, Justin, Tim, Graham, Colm, Martinus
Angelica, Orla, Jacinta, Marta

Results (Note not all may be exact):

Group stages
Tribes 13 v 4 UL DT's
Tribes 5 v 5 Orig-inals
Tribes 1 v 8 UCD 56's
Tribes 17 v 13 UCC
Tribes 7 v 0 UL JD's
Tribes 8 v 7 UCD TD's
Tribes 11 v 4 NUIG Base Invaders
Tribes 1 v 12 UL 55's

Plate Final
Tribes 10 v 6 NUIG Base Invaders