They weren’t the most ideal of conditions at Tallaght Stadium for the 2014 Shamrock Bowl yesterday. It was the Belfast Trojans vs. Trinity College. All the spectators were huddled into the covered seating on one the terraces. It was a pretty tight fit, but made it seem like the crowd was huge.
Jack and I got there pretty early because we had to catch the Dart AND the Luas so we left with plenty of time. There was a gaelic match on at Croke Park as well, so there were a lot of people using the Red Line. Fortunately we always seemed to be going in the opposite direction.
Not long after the game started the rain came down like never before. The game was even stopped for half an hour because of the lighting (the only weather that can really cancel a game). Compare these two pictures – the weather just couldn’t make up its mind.
After the rain, the groundsmen came out to roll the grass with their giant sponges, but it was really a waste of time as the rain kept returning with vengeance. I was really glad that wasn’t my job. All I had to do was watch, take photos and eat chips. I’m off chips at the moment because I need to fit into my wedding dress, but I made an exception this time.
Back to the game. There was no score though-out the first half, but Belfast always looked stronger. Trinity College’s star #2, who carried the who game last time, was struggling in the wet conditions. Eventually they scored one touchdown and the game remained on 0-7 to Belfast for the rest of the match. It’s hard to defeat the now 3 time champions!
Lots of people gave up and left during the final quarter and I don’t blame them. If Belfast hadn’t scored it would have been a stale mate and the weather was really bad. We stayed until the end, but I was really cold. Now I have the sniffles 🙂