The U20s, captained by a very capable Brian Larkin, started their season with 3 wins to qualify for the Premier Division 1.
They got off to a perfect league start with bonus point wins over Blackrock, Terenure, Clontarf, St.Mary’s and Navan. In late November and early December, we faced the well-resourced college teams. We beat Trinity with a bonus point on the back pitch and beat UCD in Belfield on the following Sunday.
At the Christmas break, we were unbeaten and top of the league! 2017 began as 2016 ended with bonus point wins over Blackrock and Terenure. At Clontarf, we let our lead slip away and ended with a draw when Tarf scored a penalty try on the last play of the game. St. Mary’s conceded to us and we followed that with a home win over Navan, scoring 8 tries!
Trinity and UCD were to round out the campaign. At Trinity, we won 38-29 scoring 6 tries to win the league with a game to spare. For good measure, we overcame UCD to maintain our unbeaten league season.
There were many representative honours: Ireland 20s: Tadgh McElroy, Oisin Dowling, Greg McGrath and Paul Boyle who was appointed Captain for the World Cup. Leinster U20s: Greg McGrath, Barry Fitzpatrick, Paul Boyle, Tim Murphy, Martin Mulhall, Oisin Dowling, Tadgh McElroy and Thomas O’Callaghan Munster U20s: Lee Molloy