Pictured: The U15 team who played Clanwilliam in a challenge game last Sunday
U12’s Blitz in Shannon
Last Sunday 25 NORFC U12 players (our best attendance all season ) travelled to the mighty Shannon RFC to participate in a blitz with the home side, Thomond RFC and UL Bohs . As usual we divided into a red team and a white team which ensured all our young players got loads of game time. Our red team were plunged straight in at the deep end against a strong Shannon Team and things didn't go our way however to our credit we regrouped and got on with business. We didn't warm up as much as we usually do and this probably explains our sluggish start. We then lost one of our finest players, the influential Jack O Callaghan, to a nasty injury and this didn't help matters either - the club sends its best regards to Jack for a speedy recovery.
However we are nothing if not resilient and after a few strong words from the coaches we got motoring again and put in a good performance for the rest of the day. Mason Cawley was as usual to the fore, however he was well assisted by Tadgh Gleeson, Ruaidhri Kelly and Cillian Ryan.
Our White team did very well in their 2 matches and scored loads of tries. In Josh Powell and Danny Benn we have 2 players fit to grace any team in the land. They were aided by Sean Ryan, William Fogarty, Tristan and the much improved John Mulvihill. We switched things around for the last game and there was a definite improvement in our passing rucking and general aggression.
In fairness it was a tough day to play rugby - there was heavy rain all through and this resulted in very soft ground making it difficult to play expansive rugby. Nevertheless we learned that with the right focus, we can be as good as the big clubs in Limerick, however if we are not spot on with our tackling passing etc we can get punished.
Our thanks to the parents who continue to support our efforts and a special thanks to all our coaching staff who give up their time freely and who have instilled a real passion for the game of rugby, it's values and it's ethos into our young players. Our thanks to Shannon RFC for their hospitality afterwards - after the cold wet morning a cup of tea never tasted so good!!
Training details for coming week will be sent via our Whatsapp group. New players always welcome - anyone born 2005 contact Ger Ryan
U13’s Nenagh 14 -10 Ballina-Killaloe/Newport/Scarriff
Nenagh U13’s played Ballina-Killaloe/Newport/Scarriff in a friendly in a very wet Clarisford park on Sunday morning. After a tough of tough matches against Garryowen and Young Munsters in the league where the Nenagh team were well beaten, this was an opportunity to play a team at a similar level to ourselves. The conditions were very wet and the pitch was heavy with water in places and this made handling very difficult but in fairness to both teams they game was competitive and entertaining.
Nenagh were under pressure early on and the early sequences saw some good cover defence, especially by Joseph Coffey who made a number of excellent last ditch tackles. The defence was getting caught a bit narrow and Ballina outflanked us for the first score and their centre was able to run under the posts to make the conversion a formality. Nenagh fought back and some good play by Joe Shanahan, Justin Dimitru and Alex Morrissey took the game to Ballina and after some excellent handling Joseph Coffey tiptoed his way down the touch line and scored an excellent try to leave the score 7-5 to the home team, the difficult conversion was missed.
The game ebbed and flowed in the muddy conditions and Nenagh found themselves on their own line when some excellent defence held out the home team. The 5 metre scrum was won against the head by Nenagh but after the next ruck the ball squirted loose and a Ballina player kicked it through and was held back by a Nenagh player and the referee awarded a penalty try which again made the conversion a formality. Half time the score remained 14-5 to the home side.
Nenagh began the second half in determined fashion and in fairness were much the better team in the second stanza. There was some excellent cover defence and rucking in this half, with good play by Joe Shanahan, Alex Maloney Joseph Gleeson and again some great cover tacking by Joseph Coffey. With 10 minutes to go some excellent handling by the backs after some good rucking by Tadhg O’Brien, Nathan Ryan and Paddy Griffen, allowed Joseph Coffey to nab his second try, Joseph Gleeson was unlucky to slip taking the conversion in the wettest part of the pitch. The last 10 minutes belonged to Nenagh who had Ballina under pressure in their own half, with some great runs by Daire Slevin and one great tackle by Conor Tierney, who had a good performance in the second half. Unfortunately, time ran out without any further score to leave the final result two tries all by 14-10 to Ballina in on the scoreboard. Oran Maher made his debut and with a few players missing on the day it is important that the full squad are at training on Wednesday night to work on a few items that need attention. Hopefully Sean Moylan who was playing well and went off with a leg injury will be ok, best wishes to him.
Team: Mateli Halmagne, Sam O’Brien, Daire Slevin, Nathan Ryan, Paddy Griffen, Tadgh O’Brien, Joe Shanahan, Jack O’Flaherty, Shane Stanley, Joseph Gleeson, Justin Dimitru, Alex Morrissey, Sean Moylan, Joseph Coffey, Alex Maloney , Conor Tierney, Oran Maher.
U14 League: Garryowen 47-0 Nenagh Ormond
Nenagh Ormond Under 14s made the short trip to Dooradoyle on Friday night last where they took on Garryowen in the Under 14 League. Having played the Limerick side already this season, they knew how strong their opposition was but again this week they came to the match with a determined attitude and, despite the scoreline, Nenagh showed a lot of grit and never gave up.
The opening moments saw some good phases of play from both teams. However, Garryowen opened the scoring and added a second try after 15 minutes with their excellent kicker converting both to put them 14-0 ahead. Garryowen dominated possession and territory but Nenagh did play well at times with Paddy Ryan and Darragh Tucker stealing and disrupting the opposition lineouts and John Brislane turning over possession in several rucks.
When Nenagh were in possession they were finding it difficult to break down the well organised Garryowen defence which put them under pressure and, coupled with the wet conditions, caused a few handling errors. Some clever kicks from outhalf James Finn did gain the visitor’s territory but they just couldn’t gain a foothold in the Garryowen half. The home side soaked it all up and scored again in the vital closing stages of the half to go into the half time break 19 points up.
After conceding an early score in the second half, Nenagh seemed to dig in and spent a long period defending heroically on their own five metre line. All credit to them, the Nenagh lads threw themselves at the Garryowen attack, turning over the ball several times only to relinquish possession again within their own half. Unfortunately, the pressure told and Garryowen eventually got over the line. They then began to stretch the tiring Nenagh defence and, despite a few excellent try-saving tackles from Liam Cooney and Darragh Ryan, the visitors added a few more scores to their tally.
The first couple of matches in this section of the League have been a big learning curve for the Nenagh lads as they play some of the strongest teams in the province at this age level but this can only improve their game and is sure to stand to them in the future. Well done to all the players but special mention must go to Adam Steed who took over outhalf duties at half time and acquitted himself very well in what is not his regular position.
Next up for the Under 14s are UL Bohemian in two weeks time. Training continues every Wednesday night at 7pm in Tyone.
Team: Adam Cleere, Darragh Ryan, Sean Kenneally, Evan Rainsford, Liam Cooney, James Finn, Niall O’Sullivan, Jack Gleeson, Sean Fitzgerald, Cian White, Paddy Ryan, Darragh Tucker, Sonny Dower, Tom Kennedy, John Brislane. Reps: Leo Tsang, Sean Williams, Adam Steed, Kieran Tinkler, Andrew Ferris.
U15s Nenagh 37 - 0 Clanwilliam
Our U15s played a challenge match against Clanwilliam in New Ormond Park this Sunday. Persistent overnight rain had just about stopped as the game kicked off at 12 noon. However, conditions underfoot were less than ideal and parts of the pitch were waterlogged. Neither this nor the cold temperatures could dampen the spirits as we were treated to an evenly matched contest for the first twenty minutes.
Nenagh eventually made the breakthrough as James Meagher was first to a grubber kick and with another twenty metres or so to go to the line he cleverly hacked on and won the race to gain control of the ball and slide over from a couple of metre out. He was on the mark again a few minutes later as he latched on to an offload and slip through the gap in the Clanwilliam defence from about ten metres out. Nenagh were well on top at this stage and pinned their opponents back for long periods. Props Daniel Quigley and Cathal Delaney added one each to leave the score 20 to nil at half-time. In the second half further tries were added tries from Liam King and a second from Daniel Quigley before Daniel Madden got in on the act. Final score 37-0 to NORFC.
Credit to Clanwilliam who provided a stern test and kept fighting to the very end and were unlucky not get on the scoresheet. Training continues in Tyone on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7pm before the next round of the North Munster league.
A word of thanks to the parents for their support on the sideline and help with the catering after the match.
Match Panel: Joe Cooney, Jack Deane, Cathal Delaney, Richard Donaldson, Daniel Gleeson, Luke Gleeson, Hugh Guest, Jack Keays, Liam King, Daniel Madden, James Meagher, Ruairi Moylan, Eoin O’Meara, Anthony O’Donovan, Sean Richardson, Cathal Ryan, Aaron Sharkey, Shane Whelan, Jack White, Danny Wilkinson.
U16’s Nenagh 7 – 5 Newcastle West
Nenagh under 16’s maintained their 100% record on Sunday with a hard fought win over Newcastle West . Despite cold and wet conditions the two sides provided an excellent game which was keenly contested throughout. Coaches Dinny Farrell and Brian Rainsford had their charges well motivated for this game and Nenagh took it to their opponents in the early stages with back-rowers Jack O’Keeffe, Jason Quigley and Dylan Murphy getting through a huge amount of work. This was not a game for the faint hearted and the tackles were flying in from both teams in a hugely physical encounter.
Despite Nenagh shading the early stages, it was the visitors who came close to taking the lead after 15 minutes when the Newcastle West winger failed to gather a clever cross-field kick with the line at his mercy. A subsequent penalty from well outside the 22 was missed by the visitors and with over 20 minutes gone, the game remained scoreless. Nenagh won a penalty in a kickable position just outside the opposition 22 but captain Kian O’Kelly opted to go for touch close to the Newcastle West line. The decision proved to be a good one as Nenagh won the ensuing lineout and drove over for the game’s opening try touched down by second row Patrick Finn. Conor McMahon slotted a superb conversion from the 5 metre line to give Nenagh a 7-0 lead as half time approached.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, with both teams refusing to give an inch to their opponents. As the half wore on, Newcastle West began to exert more pressure, with some well-placed kicks pinning Nenagh back inside their own 22. Despite this pressure, the home defence remained resolute, with several opposition attacks being repelled by excellent tackling in the difficult underfoot conditions. After Nenagh failed to clear their lines following another Newcastle West attack, there was a sense that a try was coming and despite heroic defence on the line, the visitors finally got over for their first score, with a conversion to come which could have levelled the game. At this point the tension was high and there was huge pressure on the Newcastle West kicker to convert but he failed to do so.
With a little over 5 minutes left, it was Nenagh who saw out the game best and looked to have scored a second try when Cathal Cooney went over in the corner after some great interplay between backs and forwards. They were still pressuring the line when the final whistle brought an end to what was a terrific contest in which Nenagh just about deserved their narrow victory.
Nenagh squad: Cathal Cooney, Patrick Whelan, Eoghan Slevin, Ruan O’Hanluain, Patrick Finn, Dylan Murphy, Jack O’Keeffe, Jason Quigley, Peter Rainsford, Eoin Farrell, Conor McMahon, Kian O’Kelly, Dylan Knight, Oisin Larkin, Ben Chadwick, Mikey Courtney-Bowler , Kevin Harding, Conor Malone, James Ferris.
U18's Nenagh 22- 10 Bandon
The U18's had a great home win on Sunday against Bandon in the Pan Munster League
AIL2B- Nenagh 10 - 7 Sundays Well
Our Senior side had a great on Saturday against Sundays Well.
Underage Girls Rugby
Underage Girls Rugby training will commence this Saturday Feb 4th in New Ormond Park at 10.30am. We will 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!
Updated 10:02 - 31 Jan 2017 by Colleen Mccullough
Yoga has started in the clubhouse on Wednesday nights at 7-8pm. We had a great turn out last week and hope to have even more this week. The 6week course is 15euro per person. If you missed it last week but want to start this week, just come along Wednesday night. All are welcome!