Pictured: Members of NORFC, Ballina/Killaloe RFC and Roscrea RFC who took part in a girls blitz on Saturday.
U16 Nenagh V Newcastle West
In the North Munster U16 league Nenagh Ormond hosted Newcastle West in Lissatunny on Sunday. Having lost narrowly to the visitors away in a challenge match a month ago we knew the size of the task ahead of us, in every sense of the word. They have a huge pack and they are not lacking in size in the backs either.
Following basic errors and missed tackles on our part, their first two attacks inside the first ten minutes yielded two very soft tries. We were having significant difficulty getting to grips with their big men who were being used to good effect on crash ball missions. If Paddy Power was watching he’d have paid on an away victory straight away and gone home to put on the spuds.
When the half-time whistle sounded, incredibly, Nenagh were back in the game and the score was ten all. Staring a heavy defeat in the eye at ten nil, the Nenagh boys finally got stuck in and started to give NCW a bit of their own medicine. Great work in the forwards saw Nenagh repeatedly cross the gain line as they brought play inside the opposition’s twenty-two for the first time. When the ball was finally put through the hands, winger Aaron Sharkey was on hand to break the attempted tackle and cut back inside to get over for a well-worked team effort.
Within minutes we were in again – this time Ruairi Moylan finished a powerful run and dotted down to bring us level after around twenty minutes. NCW were stung by this incredible turnaround and they fought to regain the initiative and end the half in the lead. After sustained pressure in our half NCW edged their way towards our line following a series of powerful surges which resulted in infringements at the ruck and offsides on our part. As their big centre crashed over under the posts to put them back in the lead, somehow we managed to get under him and he was unable to ground the ball.
The second half was not long underway when Cathal Ryan drove out from inside our ten metre line with several NCW players attempting to put a halt to his gallop. Somehow he was still on his feet going forward when they finally dragged him down just short of their twenty-two...Cathal Delaney was in support and after gathering the pop pass he unfortunately knocked on in the tackle with the line at his mercy. NCW failed to find touch following the scrum and we ran back at them. A few quick rucks had their defensive line under serious pressure five metres out. Delaney was on hand to power his way through the cover and this time he made no mistake. Liam King added the extras and we were 17-10 ahead. Some slack marking again in our own half allowed the visitors to capitalise on another mistake and they raced in under the posts and the match was all square again.
Nenagh refused to buckle and our greater fitness levels and better ball handling skills were starting to have an impact. Once again the backline used quick hands to send Liam King racing for the line only for him to be tackled into touch five metres out. Their lineout was stolen in the air by Dylan Murphy at the front of the lineout. Back on terra firma he drove through the despairing tackles of several opponents and stretched to deservedly restore Nenagh’s lead. NCW mounted one final sortie but our defence held firm. Hugh Guest broke back downfield from half-way inside our half and he fed Ruairi Moylan on the switch. He cut a diagonal line through the remaining cover and he cantered all the way to the corner to put the result beyond doubt. Final score 27-17 to Nenagh. Great credit is also due to Newcastle West who contributed much to a very entertaining game of rugby. Finally, we would like to wish Dylan Murphy all the best with his wrist surgery this week and we wish him a speedy recovery. Hopefully, he’ll be back some time in the New Year.
Match Panel: Joe Cooney, Jack Deane, Cathal Delaney, Richard Donaldson, Daniel Gleeson, David Grace, Hugh Guest, Josh HoughHorrigan, Jack Keays, Liam King, James Meagher, Ruairi Moylan, Dylan Murphy, Eoin O’Meara, Daniel Quigley, Sean Richardson, Cathal Ryan, Aaron Sharkey, Shane Whelan, Danny Wilkinson.
U14 Nenagh V Ballina/Killaloe
The Nenagh Ormond u14’s travelled to Clarisford to play a friendly with Ballina Killaloe. Conditions were good after all the rain on Saturday, the pitch was a bit heavy but it was set fair for running rugby. Nenagh started very well and opened with three tries in the first 10 minutes through new man John Donovan, who scored with his first touch in Nenagh colours, Joseph Coffey and Jack O’Flaherty who scored straight from a kick off after the second try. Joseph Gleeson converted two of the tries to leave Nenagh 19 0 up. The boys relaxed a bit and some poor tackling allowed Ballina Killaloe Newport to reply with four tries of their own, three of which were converted to leave the half time score 24 19 to the home team.
A few minutes into the second half a long kick downfield by Ballina took an awkward bounce and the home team broke away to score under the posts, the conversion leaving Nenagh 12 points down at this stage. However, the teamwork required by Nenagh improved in this second half and Joe Shanahan got two tries and Ballina scored another one with a break from their own try line as the game swung from end to end. John Donavan grabbed his brace and Joseph Gleeson kicked the conversion to leave the scores tied. There was still time for more action as Paddy Griffen pounced on a loose ball over the Ballina line but was denied when the referee awarded a penalty to the home team. At the other end Joe Shanahan did brilliantly to hold up a Ballina player over the line and shortly afterwards the game ended in an exciting 38 all draw.
A lot of positives from the 6 tries, and we will revisit defence and tackling in training in Tyone at 7 sharp on Wednesday night.
Next Sunday sees a league match at home to St Senans and all players will need to be at training to prepare for this game.
Team: Ciaran Carey Mateli Halmagne Paddy Griffen Tadhg O’Brien Nathan Ryan Jack O’Flaherty Jack Powell Joe Shanahan Shane Stanley Joseph Gleeson Alex Morrissey John Donovan Sean O’Callaghan Joe Kyne Joseph Coffey Sean Moylan Ronan Shinnors Sam O’Brien
On a wet and dreary Saturday morning, over 70 girls aged between 6 and 13 made history in playing the 1st ever NORFC Girls Rugby Blitz.
Updated 20:17 - 13 Nov 2017 by Colleen Mccullough
NORFC welcomed Killaloe\Ballina RFC and Roscrea RFC to New Ormond Park where the majority of the girls were taking to the field to play their first game of rugby.
Not even the wet weather could dampen their spirits and we had a lot of happy, very mucky girls when we finished up.
A huge thank you to all of the coaches,referees,parents and kitchen helpers who made the day run very smoothly. Thank you to Killaloe\Ballina RFC and Roscrea RFC who made the trip over and well done to all girls who took part!
Girls training takes place Wednesday evenings at 7pm and all girls between 9 and 17 are welcome.