Pictured: The U15 team who defeated Garryowen on Friday night
Friendly: U14’s Nenagh 41 – 31 Ballina/Killaloe/Newport
Nenagh U14’s won a very entertaining and high scoring friendly at home on Sunday.
U15’s Nenagh 17 - 10 Garryowen
This week’s North Munster U15 league fixture away to Garryowen took place under lights on the 3G pitch in Dooradoyle on Friday night. Having already tasted defeat to the same opposition in a niggly encounter in Lissatunny before Christmas, we knew that we were going to have to stand up and fight our corner or return home with our tails facing the wrong way.
On a clear, dry night with the temperature close to freezing, both teams got stuck in from the off. In those frenetic opening minutes Nenagh gave every bit as good as they got and were not in any way overawed by the huge physicality at the breakdown. Yet a couple of uncharacteristic missed tackles allowed the big Garryowen number eight to break our defensive line and get over for an unconverted try. This lapse probably had more to do with our difficulty in getting accustomed to the artificial pitch which was significantly harder underfoot than the 4G pitch in UL. However, once we managed to hold on to the ball and go through the phases, our ball skills ensured that we were well able to carry the fight to Garryowen. After working our way up the field we went for the line down the narrow side and the ball was held up. From the ensuing scrum fast ball ensured we created a gap and Jack Keays had the power to drive over through heavy traffic for the equalising try.
Garryowen’s dander was up and they struck back after their impressive hooker found a gap in our defensive line to put his team ahead again. Undaunted, we tore back into the action in search of the next score and following great teamwork from a lineout just outside the Garryowen twenty-two, we spun the ball out wide through the backs and centre Shane Whelan’s physicality got him through two tacklers to get over the line and make it ten all at half-time.
In the second half, the intensity of the tackles continued unabated but we refused to take a backward step. Our try line was rarely threatened and our defence when required was more than adequate in dealing with Garryowen’s attack. Our greater fitness levels and no-little skill regularly caused havoc in their defence with incisive line breaks and great support play. On one such occasion Daniel Madden tore through a gap in their defence just inside their half. Evading several tacklers, he sprinted clear on his way to score a great try under the posts. Liam King converted to put us seven up with fifteen minutes to play.
When the whistle sounded for an infringement during the following passage of play, a Nenagh player, in full view of the referee, decided to meet fire with fire after being on the receiving end in an off the ball incident in the lead up. Assuming him to be the instigator, the Garryowen boys rushed to dish out retribution only to find themselves confronted by a wall of red and white jerseys who had immediately sized up the situation and provided James with the kind of unconditional support that any team mate deserves in such circumstances. All for one... Like the sting of a dying wasp, this was Garryowen’s final throw of the dice and after the referee had restored order a game of rugby broke out.
Nenagh completely dominated the remaining quarter hour as we pounded their try line. Fair dues though to Garryowen whose defence fought tooth and nail to prevent us from adding to our tally. Huge credit in the end is due to all twenty-three Ormond players who represented their club and themselves with such pride and passion and came away with a thoroughly deserved victory. If revenge is a dish best served cold, then we trust that the manner of this victory was sufficient to sustain the vocal (and hungry) Nenagh supporters (of whom we are very appreciative) as they made their way home. Training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays in Tyone at 7pm.
Match Panel: Joe Cooney, Jake Clarke, Jack Deane, Cathal Delaney, Richard Donaldson, Daniel Gleeson, Luke Gleeson, David Grace, Hugh Guest, Jack Keays, Liam King, Daniel Madden, James Meagher, Ruairi Moylan, Dylan Murphy, Eoin O’Meara, Anthony O’Donovan, Sean Richardson, Cathal Ryan, Aaron Sharkey, Shane Whelan, Jack White, Danny Wilkinson.
U16’s Nenagh 20 – 5 Sundays Well
Nenagh Under 16 squad continued their winning start to the Munster Plate campaign with a well earned victory over Sundays Well in Cork last Saturday.
Starting as they left off the previous week, Nenagh pinned Sundays Well into their own 22 from the off, playing with confidence and moving the ball at every opportunity. This early pressure paid off when winger Ben Chadwick finished well in the corner for the game’s opening try after 7 minutes.
Although the Cork outfit looked dangerous at times, the Nenagh defence ensured that the game was played in the home team’s half and the visitors got further reward after 15 minutes when they flashed the ball once again to the right wing with Ben Chadwick finishing off the move to secure his second try and a 10-0 lead. Shortly after, a penalty from Conor McMahon stretched the margin to 13 points.
With the game apparently running away from them, Sunday’s Well were spurred into attack and after a number of phases, the Nenagh defence eventually ran out of numbers with the home team touching down in the corner. This left the half-time score at 13-5 and with Nenagh out –half Eoin Farrell now out of the game, the contest was still very much in the balance.
The second half was a somewhat scrappier affair, with the Sunday’s Well back row disrupting Nenagh’s attempts to move the ball wide. Despite this, the visitors still looked the more dangerous side, carrying the ball strongly in limited space and offloading well to gain precious yards. As the game wore on, Nenagh came close to breaching the opposition’s try line on a number of occasions before a clever switch from Peter Rainsford sent the marauding Luke Connolly over from close range for the decisive score. With Conor McMahon securing the additional 2 points and with less than 10 minutes remaining, Nenagh were now out of reach and comfortably saw out the game for a convincing 20-5 win.
Nenagh squad: Cathal Cooney, Patrick Whelan, Eoghan Slevin, Ruan O’Hanluain, Patrick Finn, Dylan Murphy, Jack O’Keefe, Jason Quigley, Peter Rainsford, Eoin Farrell, Conor McMahon, Kian O’Kelly, Dylan Knight, Oisin Larkin, Ben Chadwick, Luke Connolly, Mikey Courtney-Bowler , Kevin Harding, Conor Malone, Ronan McNamara
U18’s Nenagh 45 – 19 Ballincollig RFC
Nenagh maintained their 100% run through the Pan Munster Plate group stages with a seven try victory versus Ballincollig RFC in Lissatunny on Saturday.
Nenagh started brightly and were ahead after 3 minutes. Ben Duff made a great break down the right wing. His kick ahead was just cleared into touch by the Ballincollig full back. From the resultant line-out the ball was spread out wide and winger Colum Moylan on the overlap, rounded the defence to run in and touch down under the posts. The conversion was kicked by Daniel Molamphy to put the Nenagh lads 7 points up.
Within another 3 minutes Nenagh had doubled their advantage when another good back line once again found speedy winger Colum Moylan, who outpaced his opposite number to score in the corner. Daniel Molamphy was again successful with the conversion to put Nenagh 14 points up.
Ballincollig got back into the game and were unlucky when their winger knocked-on the ball when going over for a certain try. Nenagh were slow to clear the scrum and when Ballincollig recovered the ball Nenagh were penalised for a high tackle. Ballincollig took the penalty quickly and their forwards powered over from close in to score under the posts. The conversion cut the gap to 7 points
Nenagh increased their advantage after 25 minutes when a great break by Ben Duff saw him off load brilliantly to Evan Murphy. Murphy then offload the ball to Colum Moylan who sped down the wing to touch down in the corner for his hat-trick. Daniel Molamphy was unlucky with the conversion as the score increased to 19-7 in favour of Nenagh.
From a position of dominance, Nenagh took their foot off the pedal and allowed Ballincollig back into the game. A knock on inside the Nenagh 22 gave Ballincollig a scrum. A good back-row move led to several phases of play before the ball was touched down in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed, to leave just seven points between the sides.
Nenagh capitulated again with the last play of the first half. A missed tackle in midfield allowed the Ballincollig centre race through from half-way to score under the posts. The easy conversion with the last kick of the half drew the sides level at 19 points each at half time.
Stern words from the Nenagh coaches at half time brought home the message that the Nenagh lads had taken their feet off the pedal after their great start to the match.
From the kick off for the second half, once again Nenagh started strongly and were back in the lead with 30 seconds of the kick off. The Nenagh kick-off was caught by a Ballincollig player only for Alex Hayes, to rip the ball from his grasp and feed Stephen Harding who broke through the middle to score under the posts. Daniel Molamphy was again successful with the conversion as Nenagh were now 26-19 in front.
Nenagh stretched their lead after 7 minutes of the second half. A good back line move found Evan Murphy on the wing and he cut inside and beat two tackles before racing from 40 metres out to score under the posts. Daniel Molamphy was again successful with the conversion to put Nenagh firmly in the driving seat at 33-19 in front.
Nenagh didn’t rest on their laurels in the second half and went further ahead with their sixth try after 22 minutes. A quick penalty was fed to Evan Murphy who made a great break through the centre before delightfully off-loading to the supporting Jack Lynch who scored in the corner. Daniel Molamphy was unlucky with the conversion as the score increased to 38-19 in favour of Nenagh
The best try of the match was reserved for the last play of the match. Another quick penalty was taken by man of the match Evan Murphy who beat two tackles before kicking the ball ahead. He controlled the ball beautifully with his feet and beat the defender in the race for the ball and touched down for a great individual score. Danny Molamphy slotted home the conversion with the last kick of the game to leave the final score 45-19 in favour of the hosts.
Nenagh continue their Pan-Munster campaign with a home match against Bandon RFC this Sunday with a 2pm kick-off. Full details of all Nenagh Juvenile fixtures are available on the Nenagh Facebook page.
Team: 15. Ben Duff, 14. Felim Tuite, 13. Fiachra Carey, 12. Shane Mitchell Steed, 11. Colum Moylan, 10. Daniel Molamphy, 9. Martin Rainsford, 8. Evan Murphy, 7. Stephen Harding, 6. Tommy Wells, 5. Peter Ryan, 4. Jake O’Kelly (capt), 3. Alex Hayes, 2. Jack Lynch, 1. Michael Kennedy. Subs (all used), Aaron White, John Spillane, Shane Flynn, Orrin Moore, Cathal Ryan, Michael Grace, Jonathon Cope. Jack Dunne
AIL 2A: Blackrock Collage RFC 25 – 20 Nenagh Ormond RFC
Updated 11:33 - 23 Jan 2017 by Colleen Mccullough
The AIL recommenced on Saturday with Nenagh the table toppers at the half way mark were on the road to face Blackrock at Stradbrook in Dublin, Nenagh having beaten their opponents on the first Saturday in December comprehensively 32-17 and now a full seven weeks later wanted to kick start 2017 and maintain as divisional leaders, but Blackrock themselves knowing anything but a win might leave the gap for them to become too great to maintain their interest in a top four place challenge, meant that both teams had a lot to play for, knowing that Nenagh closest challengers Banbridge, Highfield, and Queen's University all had tough assignments for the day, meant by 4 pm when the results were due to come in, changes in the league table positions were likely.
Nenagh started the stronger and had an early penalty attempt which the usually reliable Clayton Stewart pushed to the left and wide. Blackrock quickly started to take control of the game and on 10 minutes centre Hegerty crossed the whitewash, Quirke added the conversion to give the home side an early seven nil lead. Blackrock pack were very much up for a battle and were dominating the early stages, Blackrock second try was scored after 15 minutes when the impressive hooker Kilcoyne crashed over in the corner, no added points but Rock had their tails up. Nenagh got on the score board with a successful penalty landed by Stewart. But within minutes bad defending and missed tackles allowed Kilcoyne to score his second try, and Blackrock 17-3 up with 3 tries scored and only 22 minutes on the clock played would seem Nenagh were in for a difficult afternoon. Nenagh needed a response and needed to up their game, a purple patch for Nenagh and after a large number player pile up/fisty cuffs, resulting in Corcoran and McCague seeing yellow, Nenagh gaining a penalty and deciding to put it in the corner were denied a score when O'Connor deemed to hold on too long to the relief to the home side and were able to clear their lines. A second yellow for Blackrock for a dangerous tackle from winger Brennan had Blackrock down to 13 for a brief spell, but no further scores happened in the first 40 minutes.
The second 40 kicked off and one felt Nenagh needed to score first to get back into the game, Nenagh replaced J Hayes with J Coffey at half time and on 47 minutes and J Coffey crashed over to get Nenagh within a score after Stewart adding the conversion to leave it 17-10. O'Carroll and Stewart exchanged penalties and Nenagh were causing huge problems for Blackrock every time a scrum was been called. A great break for O'Connor had the home side scampering for cover and just stopped short of the line but with a penalty advantage. The decision to scrum it down at penalty time was the right decision, 2 further scrum penalties against the home side and a warning from referee Quinn made the next scrum a huge play. Nenagh again been dominant and Blackrock in reverse made Quinn's decision easy as he ran to under the posts for a penalty try and with the added conversion, a draw at 20 all looked likely with only minutes remaining. Blackrock had one last opportunity and Nenagh defence held up in what seemed to close off the game, but deep into injury time Brennan showed his pace to outstrip the Nenagh defence to huge celebrations by the home supporters to win the game with a bonus point winning try. Final score 25-20 was a loosing bonus point for Nenagh and enough to keep them on top of the table with both Banbridge and Queen's university both loosing also and the top 5 sides now only seperated by 3 points leaving this division even more tighter than at the start of the day.
In summary, a draw might have been a fair result, but if there was a winner then Blackrock deserved the win but Nenagh coaches and players will rue this loss. 10 games gone and 5 home wins with only 1 away victory, shows where Nenagh are slipping, 3 away defeats with 3 loosing bonuses shows Nenagh are always nearly there but fall short. Huge massive home game next Saturday against Sundays Well where Nenagh will need to respond to this defeat, hopefully a good crowd will show to support the Nenagh lads and it must be noted a great Nenagh support travelled to Dublin on a day which travelling into Thomond Park to support Munster was alternative option.
Nenagh- F Brislane, C Muldoon, J Hayes, J Oflaherty, K Oflaherty (capt), J Healy, K Quigley, L Viapula, D Corcoran, C Stewart, W Coffey, W O'Connor, E Maloney, K Gleeson, M Walsh, Subs. T McNamara, J Coffey, K Seymour, K O'Gorman, P O'Leary,
Blackrock- M O'Brien, C Kilcoyne, D Waldren, S Cooke, J Langbroek, P McCague, L Hickey, R Marsh, J O'Carroll, P Quirke, S Brennan, M Gribbon, B Hegarty, K O'Leary, Subs J Tate, T Cooke, E Fanning, B Colclough
Referee: Oisin Quinn