U12 V UL Bohs
Last Sunday 19 NORFC U12's travelled to UL Bohs in Limerick to take on the home side. Conditions were very poor as Storm Euan displayed it’s fullpower and venom. We divided into 2 equal teams and kicked off. From the start it was obvious we had brought our A game, as we tackled and rucked with greater intensity then had been seen previously. This was surely our best performance of the season, as we combined forward power with slickback moves. Our recent emphasis on training has been on ball retention, protection and presentation and this showed up in spades on Sunday.
On a day when there were good performances all around the field, the mighty Aodhan O'Connor gave an exhibition of tenacity and aggression at the breakdown, Tristan and Cormac Sullivan continue to impress and one of our newer players Ben Lewis is improving all the time. Danny, Joshua and Mason continue to rack up the tries but they would admit that their efforts were made easier by the dominance of the pack.
Unfortunately as conditions deteriorated, our hosts decided that to continue would be a risk and accordingly they called a halt to proceedings after about a half hour. We commend UL Bohs for keeping the health and safety of all our young players foremost in their minds. There was a great buzz in our dressing room after the game and team spirit remains very high.
Thanks to our loyal travelling support, coaches and players for their efforts on a tough morning. Training continues on Thursday night and Sunday morning.
U13 replay V Ballina/Killaloe/Newport/Scarriff
Nenagh Ormond played the replay of their U13 conference match on Sunday in a wet and windy Scarriff, against Ballina Killaloe/Newport/Scarriff. Conditions were very difficult with water lying on parts of the pitch and this made handling very difficult but this was another very competitive game.
The Nenagh team played right to the final whistle and can be very proud of their performance. Nenagh scored first when that man again Joseph Coffey opened the scoring, Joseph Gleeson kicked a good conversion and Nenagh held the lead at 7 0 until half time. There was some great tacking from Alex Morrissey and Alex Maloney, the latter moving to scrum half when Shane Stanley had to go off with a re occurrence of his injury. Nenagh were very heavily penalised by the referee in the second half and this gave the home team a better foothold and they scored two tries converting one to take a 12 7 lead with time running out.
However, Nenagh refused to give in and Joseph Coffey outpaced the cover to score wide out near the touchline and the conversion attempt was understandably short in the very difficult conditions. There has been a huge improvement in the teams play in the past few weeks, some excellent tackling again by Justin Dimitru, Paddy Griffen and Jack O’Flaherty. Joe Shanahan carried very well and all the players played their part, one tackle in particular by Joe Kyne on the large opposition No 8 stood out. The two Alex’s were outstanding and tackled superbly also.
The reply is due to be held in Nenagh next Sunday weather permitting. Training continues at 7 pm in Tyone and we look forward to the fourth game in a row, again the same team, with two draws and a 4 point defeat showing how evenly matched the teams are.
Team; Jack Powell, Sam O’Brien, Daire Slevin, Paddy Griffen, Nathan Ryan, Jack O’Flaherty, Tadhg O’Brien, Joe Shanahan, Shane Stanley, Joseph Gleeson, Justin Dimitru, Alex Maloney, Alex Morrissey, Joe Kyne, Joseph Coffey, Charlie Cavanagh.
Underage Girls Rugby
Updated 14:40 - 27 Feb 2017 by Colleen Mccullough
Underage Girls Rugby training is now taking place each Saturday morning 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. Come along and give it a go!