The four-time reigning, defending Shamrock Bowl champion Belfast Trojans started their 2016 campaign in emphatic fashion, trouncing the Craigavon Cowboys 62-0.
After their first game of the season was postponed, the Trojans were champing at the bit to get into competitive action and it was the perfect performance and scoreline to put the rest of the SBC on notice.
The trio of Dave Colvin, Matt Armstrong and Jona Siri were unstoppable all game and opened the scoring with back-to-back-to back touchdowns in the opening quarter, through the air to Colvin followed by a pair of rushing touchdowns to the running back duo. Colvin made it 28-0 early in the second period with another smart catch from a James McKelvey pinpoint throw, while it was Siri again running through would-be tackles for the fifth touchdown, after James Gallagher intercepted a wayward Peter Loughran pass.
Colvin notched his hat-trick shortly before the interval, catching a slant pass and holding off three tacklers to find the endzone. Belfast rotated in the second half, with the majority of the squad getting ample game time.
It was Armstrong extending the lead early in the second half with another trademark burst up the middle. Colvin added a rushing touchdown back in his customary running back role, and first year Trojan Conor Fearon added the final score on a tough catch in traffic over the middle.
The defence as ever was superb, shutting out a disappointing Cowboys unit. Neil Graham delivered shuddering hit after shuddering hit, while Connor Whitla also got an interception and new Trojan Michael Kane recovered two fumbles on special teams.
Belfast’s SBC team return to Harlequins RFC for their home opener on Sunday 24th April as they welcome the South Dublin Panthers, but before that the IAFL1 squad have their first home game of the season on April 17th as the Louth Mavericks visit.