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Sat 02
Thomond
10
-
41
League
Ballina R.F.C. 1st XV
Tries
A Corduff, C Quinn, D Prendergast (2), M Murphy, C O'Neill
Penalties
D Prendergast
Conversions
D Prendergast (4)

Match preview

By Michael Gallagher
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In old money, Saturday's trip to Thomond will be a journey of 125.6 miles from our Moyyside base to the gates of Liam Fitzgerald Park.

The journey will be a tourist's dream taking us from the glory of North Mayo, through Galway, Clare and into the Treaty City. If one was on vacation with some visiting friends it would be heavenly - however, Saturday's band of travelers will take no heed of the landscape and sights to see, instead they will be concentrated on one thing and one thing only - a game of rugby.

These are the trips Ballina RFC longed for as we eyed a return to the AIL - days when we would be tested to the limit by the finest of teams the length and breadth of Ireland and no better place to test oneself than in the capital of World rugy, Limerick.
Thomond RFC played their first ever game on Sunday, October 15th 1944 against Garryowen in Thomond Park - need one say more! This is a club steeped in rugby royalty!
Current Munster and Ireland star Keith Earls is a proud Thomond man, following in the footsteps of former internationals Eddie Halvey and Jim Tydings.
The Limerick men will pose our biggest challenge of the season to date - no doubt about that - and we're under no illusions as we prepare for the trip to LImerick.
Last Saturday, Thomond led Midleton as the final play of the day unfolded and we know how impressive a statistic that is.
When Thomond came to Heffernan Park, we know how ultra-competitive they were that day. On Saturday, that competitiveness will reach new levels.
However, that's what All Ireland League rugby is all about. Testing oneself against top quality opposition on the road is what we dreamt about for years and now we're loving every minute of it.
Saturday will be a tough challenge for David Newman, JP Leonard and the squad, but they're looking forward to it. A tough battle against Seapoint certainly focused minds last weekend and every point will be hard-earned from here on in.
There is very little news coming out of the camp this week and there's a very business-like atmosphere around Heffernan Park but as far as we can ascertain, the squad are in good shape and looking forward to Saturday afternoon.
It may be 125.6 miles to Thomond but it's a journey we're all looking forward to. Best of luck to both teams!

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Match details

Match date

Sat 02, Mar 2019

Kickoff

14:30

Competition

Division 2C

League position

1
Ballina
10
Thomond