Maynooth Charity Blitz (29 February, 2020)
|Dublin Bay Raptors||2||1||1||0||38||45||3|
|Maynooth University Hurricanes||2||1||1||0||25||45||3|
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|29.02.2020||Maynooth University Hurricanes||19||Louth Mavericks||13|
|29.02.2020||Dublin Bay Raptors||25||Gwent Gators||19|
|29.02.2020||Gwent Gators||32||Maynooth University Hurricanes||6|
|29.02.2020||Edenderry Eagles||26||Dublin Bay Raptors||13|
|29.02.2020||Louth Mavericks||A||Edenderry Eagles||A|
The day started with Dublin Bay Raptors building up a 13-0 lead with two touchdowns against the Gwent Gators, before the Gators scored three touchdowns, and led 19-13 at the half. In the second half, led by Joe Grey at Quarterback, the Raptors scored another two touchdowns to win 25-19. the Raptors TD’s were scored by Sean Douglas (two), Conor McGroarty and Bart Barden.
Louth Mavericks played the Maynooth University Hurricanes in the other opening match. the Mavericks went 6-0 up with a touchdown before the Hurricanes scored two touchdowns and a extra-point to go 13-6 up. The Mavericks replied with a TD, converted for two points, to lead 14-13, but the Hurricanes scored with 28 seconds left to win the game. Nathan Hearty, the Louth QB scored their first, then the second Mavericks TD was scored by Declan Mulvihill. Joe Kinahan completed three touchdown passes to Matty Kiernan, Colm Ennis and Killian O’Loughlin for the Hurricanes.
In their second match, the Gators won 32-6 against the Maynooth University Hurricanes, wit Matt Bourke getting in the endzone to put the Gators 7-0 up, and then the Hurricanes replied with a TD to make it 7-6. More scores in the second half, including a juggling catch with one foot in the endzone by Christopher Barry Bartlett-Legge saw the Gators win 32-6.
In the other match played in the second round of matches on the day, Raptors player Sean Douglas sprained his ankle, leaving them with four on offense, and they lost the match to the Edenderry Eagles 26-13, with Bart Barden and Conor McGroarty scoring TDs. The combination of the injury to the Raptors player and the stormy conditions due storm Jorge, with driving wind and rain, left the orgaisers with the decision to call off the rest of the tournament.
The louth Mavericks versus Edenderry Eagles match was abandoned at half-time.
The Maynooth University Hurricanes held a Charity Flag Football Tournament in aid of the Ataxia Foundation Ireland on 29 February 2020, involving Irish teams Dublin Bay Raptors, Louth Mavericks and Edenderry Eagles, as well as Welsh team the Gwent Gators.
Internet / Phone Conversations
 O’Farrell, Lloyd, Dublin Bay Raptors What’s App Conversation (29 February 2020; 14:25)
 Joe Grey, What’s App Conversation (3 March 2020 at 15:06) quoting Robbie Tighe, Louth Mavericks from Maynooth Charity Blitz What’s App Conversation ( 3 March 2020, 14:59 to 15:03)
 Joe Grey What’s App Conversation (3 March 2020 at 16:59)
 McGroarty, Conor Dublin Bay Raptors What’s App Conversation (3 March 2020 at 19:03)
 Eirball Facebook Page (2020)Post 29 February 2020 “OK. was out in Maynooth University today for a Charity Flag Football Competition in aid of Ataxia Foundation Ireland. Doing the stats for Dublin Bay Raptors in driving wind and rain (from the comfort of the Press Box after halftime in Game 1 i.e. Joe Grey’s car). it was hard to see all that was going on but here are the Dublin Bay Raptors game stats for Game 1 – a 25-19 victory against Welsh Side Gwent Gators:” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2411792852466403&id=2226857640959926 [Accessed 3 March 2020]
 Eirball Facebook Page (2020)Post 29 February 2020 “And the stas for Game 2 today – a 13-26 loss to the Raptors’ bogey team Edenderry Eagles – unfortunately we lost Ireland team member Sean Douglas to a sprained ankle after 4 plays, and the tournament was called off after the second round of matches due to the weather, but here are the Dublin Bay Raptors Offensive & Defensive Stats for Game 2:” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2411794682466220&id=2226857640959926 [Accessed 3 March 2020]
 Gwent Gators Facebook Page (2020) Post 24 February 2020: “This coming weekend, the Gwent Gators head over to the Emerald Isle as part of our Pre Season tour, to take part in the Maynooth Charity Blitz Tournament at Maynooth University.” [Internet] Available from:https://www.facebook.com/GwentGators/posts/1020393998359740 [Accessed 3 March 2020]
 Gwent Gators Facebook Page (2020) Post 2 March 2020: “So the updates over the weekend didn’t happen as planned. Blame Storm Jorge and the alcohol 😎” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/GwentGators/posts/1026222314443575 [Accessed 3 March 2020]
 Gwent Gators Facebook Page (2020) Photo 24 February 2020: “This coming weekend, the Gwent Gators head over to the Emerald Isle as part of our Pre Season tour, to take part in the Maynooth Charity Blitz Tournament at Maynooth University.” [Internet] Available from:https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/87135154_1020381378361002_2983123746514010112_o.png?_nc_cat=106&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=C_MEaZuUnHwAX8wNudT&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=84eb43cc00abd261589b122e9ff3aedf&oe=5E97F437 [Accessed 3 March 2020]
Thanks to Joe Grey, Sean Douglas, Tom Gallagher, Conor McGroarty, Bart Barden & Lloyd O’Farrell (Dublin Bay Raptors).
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