Tribesmen open new rugby league season with high hopes

Galway Tribesmen Rugby League team to take to the field this weekend for their first competitive match of the new season.

The Galway outfit will travel to Meath to face the Longhorns in Ashbourne on Saturday after their first round game was postponed until later in the calendar.

The Tribesmen have been in full training for the last number of weeks, and Saturday's match will be a real test against the Longhorns.

A tough encounter is expected against last year's winners, but it will provide a good gauge of where the team stands and what they need to do once again to be competing at the business end of the season.

2018 was a good year for the Tribesmen, who once again managed to qualify for the ROI final, before being beaten by the emerging powerhouse of Rugby League in Ireland, the Longhorns.

This time around the Galway team will be hoping to go one further and recapture their form of a few years ago when they went on to win the All Ireland trophy.

Galway has been bolstered by a few players returning after a hiatus, as well as some talented emerging youth, and Galwegians will get their first chance to see them in action at home he first home on June 1 against the newly-formed Barrow Cudas from Carlow at NUIG Dangan.

The Tribesmen, who have always tried to be innovative and at the forefront of developments in the game, will be hosting the inaugural national U19 nine-aside competition this year.

It is the first time there has been any competitive under 19 activity outside the greater Dublin area, and represents a milestone, not only for the Tribesmen, but also for Rugby League Ireland.

The competition will take place on Sunday June 26 at Southpark, The Claddagh. The tournament will also be preceded with a training session of the Irish clubs' elite squad, who have a number of upcoming fixtures. All are welcome to attend both events.

The Galway Tribesmen are sponsored this season by C2 Security, Hyundai Galway, and Tonery’s Bar.

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