Pictured: The U8's before their Blitz on Sunday
U8’s Blitz in Nenagh
NORFC under 8's hosted UL Bowes and Scarriff in 8 as side matchs at Lisatunny on Sunday last 12th Feb. Nenagh and UL Bohs had two teams. The blitz kicked off at 10.30am and all sides showed sheer determination. The line breaks by each team and offloading in attack was excellent. Also in defence Nenagh tacked very well. The lads are doing very well and we can see a dramatic improvement in the last few months.
Training resumes next Sunday in Ballymackey all weather at 10.30am. New members are still welcome.
U10’s Blitz in Shannon
Nenagh Ormond R.F.C. under 10’s panel made their way to a cold Shannon R.F.C. grounds in Coonagh on Sunday for a Blitz against the hosts and Garryowen. We held our own against the bigger city clubs and all the lads can feel proud of their performances. Well done to everyone who played and thanks to all the parents who travelled.
Training resumes next Sunday in Ballymackey (11.30am.)
U12’s Blitz in Nenagh
Last Sunday NORFC welcomed Ballina and Birr RFC's to a bitterly cold Lisatunny. On one of the coldest days of the season 19 hardy Nenagh lads turned up and defied the cold weather by playing some really good rugby against quality opponents. Our recent emphasis on tackling is starting to show with the coaches remarking that there was a marked improvement in this element of the game. We divided into 2 equal teams and as usual each player got loads of game time. Just like Joe Schmidt we have our own injury list, with Jack O Callaghan, Aodhan O'Connor, John Kennedy and Eden Courtney all unavailable. We wish all these players a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing them all return to the field of play in the near future.
On the day there were strong performances from Robbie Dunne in particular and Fintan O Keefe. Special mention to Josh Morgan for his strong ball carrying. Highlight of the day was the much improved ball retention, and there was a marked (and welcome) decrease in soft turnovers.
We are improving all the time, training is going well and the additional Thursday night training is well attended. We reiterate that individual match results are unimportant at this stage, what's important is that our young players enjoy their rugby, participate fully, feel part of team and make friends.
We thank Ballina and Birr for very sporting games in difficult conditions and a special mention to our parents who braved the elements to support our teams. Thanks to the parents who helped out with the catering/parking etc
Next Sunday we are away to Tullamore RFC .
Under 14 League Nenagh Ormond 10-5 UL Bohemian/St. Mary’s
Nenagh Ormond Under 14s welcomed UL Bohemian/St. Mary’s to Tyone on Sunday morning last. The match opened with UL Bohs on the attack, making good ground through their big forward pack and putting Nenagh on the back foot for the first five minutes. The Nenagh lads weathered the storm though and made their way out of danger and into the Bohs half but at times a lack of composure coupled with strong competition from Bohs at the breakdown meant they couldn’t convert the territory and possession into scores.
Early in the second quarter Nenagh found themselves again in possession in the visitor’s half but Bohs put on the pressure and pushed the home side back before turning over the ball. They took full advantage and recycled well to score in the corner. The score remained unchanged until the break and a frustrated Nenagh side went in five points down at half time.
Nenagh started the second half with renewed determination and were camped in the Bohs 22 for the first ten minutes. Their hard work and perseverance was rewarded when quick hands from backrow players Eoghan Tighe and John Brislane got the ball out to the backs and into the hands of fullback Adam Cleere who backed himself and went over in the corner. Ten minutes later Nenagh again got themselves into a good position and patiently went through the phases before Cleere again showed great pace and strength to score his second try and leave the final score at 10-5.
Although delighted to get the win in what is a very competitive League, the lads have tougher tests ahead and know there is plenty of work to be done in the next couple of weeks. Training continues every Wednesday night at 7pm in Tyone.
Team: Adam Cleere, Darragh Ryan, DJ McGrath, Evan Rainsford, Sean Kenneally, Paul Seymour, Niall O’Sullivan, Jack Gleeson, Sean Fitzgerald, Paddy Ryan, Darragh Tucker, Tom Kennedy, Sonny Dower, Eoghan Tighe, John Brislane (c). Reps: Cian White, Leo Tsang, Adam Steed, Kieran Tinkler, Andrew Ferris, Thinus Lombard.
U18 Cobh Pirates 21 - Nenagh Ormond 20
After winning all their matches and having qualified for the knock-out stages as group winners, before this match, an under-strength Nenagh Ormond Under 18 lost their final Pan-Munster plate match away to Cobh Pirates in cold and windy conditions in Cobh on Sunday.
Playing with the wind and the hill in the first half, Nenagh got off to the best possible start and were ahead straight from the kick-off. The kick-off was fielded by Jake O’Kelly, who made some ground. The ball was passed out the backs and full-back Conor O’Brien made a break on the overlap. He off-loaded superbly to the supporting Fiachra Carey, who touched down near the posts. Conor O’Brien slotted the conversion to put Nenagh seven points up.
The match was delayed after 10 minutes when the appointed referee limped off injured and Nenagh coach and referee Enda Murphy made a brief cameo with the whistle while waiting for a local replacement to arrive.
After twelve minutes Nenagh stretched their lead. Following some good forward pressure, Nenagh found themselves camped on the Cobh line and after some unsuccessful forward surges, the ball was spread out along the backs for Daniel Molamphy to touchdown just inside the corner flag. Conor O’Brien kicked a magnificent conversion from the touchline to put Nenagh fourteen points to nil up.
Cobh were given a lifeline two minutes later when some slack tackling in midfield allowed their impressive centre Matthew Sloan take a great angle to burst through and race clear score a try under the posts. The conversion was slotted home to cut the deficit to seven points.
Conor O’Brien was unlucky four minutes later when an ambitions penalty from the half way line sailed just wide of the left upright. However he was to make amends on the 25th and 28th minutes when two well struck penalties stretched the Nenagh lead to 20 points to 7 at half time.
Playing against a strong wind and uphill, a thirteen point deficit was never going to be easy to defend in the second half and Cobh cut into the lead five minutes into the second half when once again centre Matthew Sloan made a great line through the centre to take advantage of some slack tackling to score under the posts in a carbon copy of his first try. Once again the conversion was slotted home to make the score 20-14 in favour of the Nenagh lads.
The decisive score came with ten minutes remaining when from a comfortable position on half-way, a poor pass was intercepted by that man Sloan again who once again raced clear to score under the posts for his hat-trick. The conversion was successful to put Cobh one point clear.
Nenagh battered the Cobh defence for the remaining few minutes but couldn’t get the decisive score. With five minutes remaining substitute Tommy Wells charged down and caught an attempted clearance to race through from half way, but was caught just short of the line. The support phase was stopped by a deliberate knock-on from the Cobh full back. Nenagh were awarded a penalty but the momentum was lost. Nenagh took a scrum and were subsequently awarded another penalty for deliberately lying on the ball. This time Nenagh elected to kick, but Conor O’Brien was unlucky when his kick from wide was caught by the strong wind and drifted just wide of the posts.
Despite the defeat the Nenagh coach and players are in confident mood leading into the knock-out stages of the Pan-Munster Shield as group winners, and a home quarter final to come.
Nenagh Team 15 Conor O’Brien, 14, Felim Tuite, 13, Fiachra Carey, 12 Darragh Flannery, 11, Ben Duff, 10 Daniel Molamphy, 9, Shane Mitchell-Steed, 8 Evan Murphy, 7, Orrin Moore, 6 Stephen Harding, 5 Jake O’Kelly, 4 John Spillane, 3 Michael Kennedy, 2 Seamus O’Meara, 1 Jack Lynch. Subs, Tommy Wells, Shane Flynn, Alex Hayes
AIL: Galway Corinthians 18 – 34 Nenagh
Having somewhat struggled in their last 2 outings, the Ormond lads travelled to Corinthian Park Galway joint top with Highfield and Malone ,all on 36 points, but with Malone having an extra game played. Nenagh have always struggled to perform in Galway and with the added timing of a Friday Nights Lights fixture and the busy traffic in Galway on a Friday evening, the hope of not having an unsettling pre match build up was a worry leading into this fixture. Also factoring in that Nenagh have not won on the road since the opening AIL fixture against Belfast Harlequins was a monkey off the back we needed to offload. The weather conditions were a crisp cold dry evening and the strong travelling Nenagh support needed all the winter woolies to keep themselves warm. Corinthians having won their last 3 home games needed a victory to try and keep themselves away from second last place to avoid having to play in the relegation playoffs at the season end.
Started brightly and a successful penalty from out half Simon Keller had the home side 3 nil up after only 2 minutes played. The response from Nenagh was a total team control for the next 15 minutes. Their dominant set piece at scrum and line out set the platform for Nenagh to run in 3 tries from Peter O'Leary, Conor Muldoon and Eoin Gardiner, of which Clayton Stewart converted 2 of them. This had Nenagh 19-3 up and cruising, the pick of the 3 early tries would have been the first score which was the result of slick back movement, O'Leary hitting the line from full back and weaving his way over the white wash. But to be fair to the home side, they rolled up their sleeves and a second Keller penalty and a try at the stroke of half time from the former Irish under 20 scrum half Stephen Kerins got Corinthians back to within 6 points, with the score at the break 19-13 to Nenagh.
The first score in the second half was going to be crucial. John Coffey replaced John Hayes for the second forty and a yellow for Viapula in the first minute of the half must have had the Nenagh coaches worried, but not for long. A Stewart penalty was followed by a well finished try from Kevin Seymour after wonderful vision from Stewart whom weighted a sweet cross field kick which Willie Coffey collected and side stepped 2 scampering defenders and fed Kevin Seymour to score to the relief of the Nenagh supporters. At this stage Keith Quigley and Mike Slattery had entered the fray, for John Healy and John O’Flaherty. Corinthians response was a try from out half Keller to bring the scores to 27-18 to Nenagh but within 2 minutes and before the last quarter approached, the try of the game was scored from Willie Coffey. Another back play from the half way line saw Coffey entering the line from the blind wing at pace, he surely side stepped 2/3 defenders as well as beating a couple of scrambling tacklers to score a great individual try. The added conversion from Stewart was the final score of the game 34-18, as Nenagh played out the last 20 with ease. Shortly after the last score Nenagh emptied the bench with Kevin O'Gorman and Ethan Maloney coming on for Kevin Seymour and Willie O'Connor for the final 15 minutes.
So Nenagh travelled home with a 5 pointer which was very pleasing however with another huge game for the Ormond team away to Banbridge next Saturday, the worry from head coach Ivan Muldoon will be the injury list of Healy, John Coffey, Muldoon and O'Connor will be huge headache for the week ahead. Its hard to see all being match fit or even half of the injury lads but fingers crossed. Have Nenagh won up in Rifle Park yet, I don't think they have and next Saturday will be interesting to see if they can back up this performance with another.
It was a great team performance, maybe the best of the season and certainly a huge improvement from the last 2 outings. When Stewart is in form, the team play well, but again that needs the pack to be dominant and on Friday night they set a platform with a strong set piece for Stewart to pull the strings. It must also be said that the young guns also shone well on the night, with O'Leary, Gleeson, Willie Coffey, Healy , and John O’Flaherty all making huge contributions in a team effort, but man of the match goes to an elder statesman in Eoin Gardiner whom at scrum half varied his passing and kicking game well and he also sniped in for a try.
Nenagh: Fergal Brislane, Conor Muldoon, John Hayes, Kevin Seymour, Kevin O’Flaherty (capt), John Healy, John O’Flaherty, Lemacki Viapula, Eoin Gardiner, Clayton Stewart, Willie Coffey, Willie O'Connor, Derek Corcoran, Killian Gleeson, Peter O'Leary, subs all used John Coffey, Keith Quigley, Mike Slattery, Kevin O'Gorman, Ethan Maloney
Corinthians: Colin Joyce, Dylan Donnellan, Craig Hansberry, Joe Campbell, Colin Raftery, Pat O'Toole, Sam McCormack, Stephen Kerins, Simon Keller, Conor o Donovan, Cathay Evans, Dave Panter (capt), Owen Daly, Ross Keller, subs Alan Bane, Sean Masterson, James Connolly, Ger O'Connor, Jack Feeney
Referee Jonathan Peak.
Updated 12:32 - 13 Feb 2017 by Colleen Mccullough
Underage Girls Rugby
Underage Girls Rugby training has commenced Saturday mornings in New Ormond Park at 10.30am. We welcome all girls between the ages of 11 - 15years. Whether you’ve played before or just want to come out and try it for the first time, all are welcome. We aim to have at least one blitz before April so come along and give it a go!