Pictured: U16 Team who played Bruff RFC on Sunday
Munster Club U18 Conference
Nenagh Ormond 10 - 7 Ennis
Nenagh Ormond under 18 squad got their competitive season off to a fine start with a hard fought 10-7 win over rivals Ennis in the first round of the Munster Club Conference last Sunday.
In perfect conditions for rugby, Nenagh started very brightly and were soon on the attack and putting their fancied opponents under pressure. The first fifteen minutes of the game were dominated by the boys in red and white, which saw them take the lead through a Conor O’Brien penalty and follow this up soon after with a well taken try from centre Darragh Flannery.
As the first half wore on, Ennis came more into the game, constantly testing the Nenagh defence through their big ball carriers and astute kicks from out half Ben Quinn. Nevertheless, Nenagh always looked dangerous and showed some great attacking flair in the back line with winger Eamon Hough and Darragh Flannery both going close to adding a second try.
After a period of strong Ennis pressure late in the first half, Nenagh eventually ran out of numbers on the short side and despite heroic efforts from flanker Jack O’Keefe, they squeezed over for a converted try, which left the score 10-7 at half time.
Although there were no further scores in the second half, this was a pulsating and fast-paced game of rugby throughout and both teams made use of the new “rolling” substitution rules to bring on fresh legs when needed. As legs and bodies got tired, more mistakes started to creep into the game, interspersed with some excellent play from both sides. Ennis pressed hard to get an equalising or winning score but Nenagh held their defensive discipline and after an excellent, long relieving kick from full back Conor O’Brien, the home side kept Ennis pinned in their own half for the last few minutes to close out a memorable victory.
As ever, the Nenagh back row of Evan Murphy, Jack O’Keefe and Alex Hayes were prominent in a solid pack performance whilst in the back line, Darragh Flannery and Eamon Hough injected terrific pace into the attack before both had to retire from the field through injury. Head coach Dinny Farrell will have been well pleased with the performance of his squad of players in this tightly fought contest however there are tough fixtures ahead in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas. This though, was an excellent start.
Nenagh Squad: Eamon Hough, Colm Moylan, Darragh Flannery, Conor McMahon, Daniel Molamphy, Owen Farrell, Peter Rainsford, Luke Connolly, Jack Dunne, Michael Bourke, Orrin Moore, John Spillane, Ronan McNamara, Dylan Knight, Jack Devanny, Tadhg Maguire, Eoghan Slevin, Kevin Harding, Kian O’Kelly, Ben Chadwick, Alex Hayes, Ruan O’Hanluain, Stephen Harding, Michael Kennedy, Jack O’Keefe, Evan Murphy (capt), Conor O’Brien.
U16's League NORFC V Bruff RFC
Our under sixteen’s got their league campaign under way at Lissatunny on Sunday with a hard-won victory over Bruff RFC. In the opening exchanges Nenagh were the slicker outfit showing the benefit of two challenge games as we moved the ball with purpose and drove at the much bigger defensive line of the visitors. Our forwards - led by captain Cathal Ryan - set the tone as is only to be expected given we were on our own turf. On our first drive for the try line the referee awarded a penalty try to Nenagh for dangerous play. This came at the end of a sustained period of pressure and was deserved reward for the manner in which we took the game to our opponent’s much bigger forward unit. Everyone fronted up and no one shirked from the hard work necessary when they brought their big ball carriers into the action. When the opportunity arose Nenagh did move the ball wide and a great burst by Daniel Madden just came up short up short as he was tackled into touch two metres from the try line. The next opportunity was taken. Another line break by the backs saw the same player run at the Bruff defence and put Ruairi Moylan away for a great team try in the same corner. Liam King was just wide with the conversion.
By now Bruff’s dander was up and they finally made their bulk count when, after repeated carries by their big forward unit, they finally barged over to open their account. However, Nenagh were not long in responding. This time Daniel Madden was not to be denied as he was at the end of back-line move which brought the score to 17-5 at the break.
While the second half did see any change to the score line, it was certainly not for any lack of commitment or waning in the intensity of the tackling. In fairness to Bruff they kept trying to the very end but this time they were not able to get any change out of a very determined Nenagh unit who repeatedly put their bodies on the line to repel the onslaught. With the battle at its peak around the 50 minute mark, Bruff had made a lot of ground after several strong carries and were definitely gaining the upper hand as the physicality of the exchanges began to take their toll. When play crossed our twenty-two, Bruff’s big forward unit were threatening to bash their way to the try line for a second time. However, with their backs to the wall, Nenagh summoned a ferocity and determination up from their boots and smashed the Bruff boys back with a series of huge tackles. Eventually Bruff were penalised for infringing at a ruck and the Nenagh boys erupted – it felt like we had just scored a try ourselves. We finished the game on the front foot and came within inches of adding to our score as Aaron Sharkey was just denied by a last ditch tackling in the top corner.
All in all a great all-round team effort with much to work on in training which continues on Tuesday and Friday in Tyone at 7pm. Many thanks as always to all who ensured that our visitors were catered for with tea and sandwiches etc.
Match Panel: Joe Cooney, Jack Deane, Cathal Delaney, Richard Donaldson, Daniel Gleeson, Luke Gleeson, David Grace, Hugh Guest, Josh Hough, Jack Keays, Liam King, Daniel Madden, James Meagher, Ruairi Moylan, Eoin O’Meara, Sean Richardson, Cathal Ryan, Aaron Sharkey, Danny Wilkinson.
U15 League Garryowen v Nenagh Ormond
NORFC Under 15s made the short trip to Dooradoyle on Sunday morning for a League match against Garryowen. The Limerick side were well-organised and showed good skills throughout the match which Nenagh found difficult to manage. In the opening exchanges, Nenagh had some good possession but were not clinical enough to make it count with small mistakes and decisions relinquishing possession to the home side.
Garryowen were focussed and determined and they made their way into the Nenagh 22 where, after initially defending well, Nenagh conceded a penalty just metres from the line. Garryowen’s Number 8 was quick to spot that Nenagh were not ready and he tapped and ran over the try line almost unopposed. After all their hard work, this try caused a dip in confidence and some poor tackling allowed Garryowen to run in two more tries in the first half. All three tries were converted. Nenagh kept working hard but Garryowen’s line speed and tackling was very good and, despite getting through some good phases of play, Nenagh struggled to make that final breakthrough they needed.
This pattern continued through the second half with Nenagh again having some good spells of possession but unable to capitalise and make their opportunities count. Garryowen on the other hand kept the pressure on in defence and showed their skill with ball in hand which allowed them to score twice again before the final whistle.
The Nenagh lads were very disappointed after what was a tough match but they will have learned a lot from it and now know the standard we need to work towards.
Training for all players is on Tuesday and Friday nights at 7.00pm.
U13's NORFC V Shannon RFC
Last Sunday morning a depleted U13 team travelled into Coonagh Limerick to take on Shannon RFC. As many visiting teams have found over the years Coonagh is a very difficult place to get a result and that was the case for us too. The guys that travelled in fairness put up a great fight against a superior outfit.
Credit to the Nenagh boys they never gave up and even in the last few minutes continued to give their all. On the day Josh Powell and Danny Benn led the way with some super tackling, Sean Ryan carried a lot of ball and Tristan , when reintroduced , showed much more aggression and tenacity. Our scrum more than matched theirs however they had a bit more out wide.
Shorn of up to 6 guys out of our starting 15, it was an uphill struggle, and Shannon punished us ruthlessly. We are already looking forward to meeting them later in the season , at full strength, when we hope to give a better account of ourselves. Often it is in defeat that we learn more and the result certainly didn't reflect the effort made by the young boys in red and white. We can, and did, take plenty of positives and work on a few thing in training.
Lesson learned.....we get back up, we dust ourselves down and we carry on.
Our thanks to Shannon RFC for a v competitive fixture, and to Fionn and the rest of the Shannon management team for making us welcome. Best wishes to our injured players, hope to see ye back soon. Thanks to all the parents who made the journey.
Its back to training Wed night at 7.
Updated 12:28 - 17 Oct 2017 by Colleen Mccullough