Pictured: John Healy, rocking his new "low fade", prepares to feed a Nenagh scrum
Nenagh Ormond RFC v Shannon RFC - Senior Seconds League
Our second team travelled to Coonagh on Sunday to play Shannon in the Senior Seconds League. With a team which was severely depleted due to injury and other commitments, the boys managed to put up a brave fight
against a stronger Shannon side. Everyone gave 110% and left nothing on the field. The efforts of the management and coaches to bring this group together and build up the morale within the team is to be highly
commended. With the number of players unavailable, they had to be imaginative and creative in their team selection.
The much sought after 'Man of the Match club tie' this week was awarded to Killian Gleeson for his brave display in the number 10 jersey. This team are out again next week with a home fixture against Young Munster to look forward to. Why not come out to Lisatunny to show your support. Kick-off 2.30pm
Team: Niall O' Gorman, Tommy Wells, Thomas McNamara, Cathal Ryan, Peter Ryan, Cian Comerford, Jack Moloney, Kevin O' Gorman, John Healy, Killian Gleeson, Gerard O' Gorman, Andrew Hodgins, Adrian Shoer, Harry Young, Brian Doughan
Under 15s 19-29 UL Bohemian- Friendly
Nenagh Ormond Under 15s played UL Bohemian in a friendly on Sunday in Lisatunny. In the week leading up to this fixture, the intensity in training was up a level and this translated to a great opening to the match for the Nenagh lads who were pushing forward in defence and rucking well. The first score came when John Brislane spotted a weakness in the Bohs ruck, turned over the ball and passed it quickly out to the backs. A skip pass from Andrew Ferris sent Liam Cooney clear and he sprinted 40 metres to score. James Finn converted to put Nenagh seven points ahead.
However, Bohs came back and showed good skills with ball in hand, stretching Nenagh in defence and eventually finding space on the outside for a try. They also converted to level up the score. Soon after Nenagh kicked into the Bohs 22 and put huge pressure on the visitors which resulted in a penalty 15 metres out from the try line. Ferris tapped and flashed the ball out to the back line where Adam Cleere burst through several tackles to touch down. Finn again converted. For a second time Bohs steeled themselves, worked hard and were rewarded with a try which they again converted to leave the half time score at 14-all.
The two sides went hammer and tongs after the break but it was Nenagh who were first to score when Paddy Ryan gave a superb offload to James Finn who had spotted a gap. Finn slipped through and raced to the line to give Nenagh a 19-14 lead. Several injuries then forced Nenagh to make changes and, with a number of players out of position, they began to lose their shape and tiredness crept in. Credit to Bohs, they capitalised on this and scored two good tries in the final quarter to leave the full time score at Nenagh Ormond 19-29 UL Bohemian.
This was a tough, competitive match which saw this group continue the progress they have been making this year. Welcome and well done to Darren Moore who played his first match for Nenagh Ormond and showed huge potential with some excellent tackling and carrying.
Next up for our Under 15s is a League fixture away to Garryowen next Sunday. Training Tuesday and Friday night at 7pm in Tyone.
Team: Adam Cleere, Kieran Tinkler, Evan Rainsford, James Finn, Liam Cooney, Adam Steed, Andrew Ferris, Leo Tsang, Jack Gleeson, Paddy Ryan, Josh Moloney, Darragh Tucker, Thinus Lombard, John Brislane (c), Eoghan Tighe. Reps: Darren Moore, Conor Kirby, Sean Crowe.
U13’s Nenagh V Newport
The Nenagh Ormond Under- 13 team had a useful run out against Newport RFC in Tyone on Sunday morning. Having had no game since a loss to Ballina- Killaloe two weeks ago the players had a good opportunity to get some good work done in training and continue to develop their skills for 15 a -side rugby. This work certainly showed as the team gave their best performance of the year to date.
A number of very good tries were scored, the pick of the bunch being a lung bursting individual effort from the tireless Sean Ryan who broke from his own half and beat numerous defenders on his way to a superb score. Robert Dunne, who has impressed in every game so far with his excellent defending and positioning on the wing, showed he is no slouch in attack either by getting on the end of a very good move involving both Jack O Callaghan and Jack McNamara to finish in the corner.
Five other tries were scored on the day which was obviously a notable effort but even more pleasing than the scoring was the overall application shown by all players on the day. Far better recycling of possession was achieved by the pack with John Mulvihill, Ruaidhri Kelly and Cormac Murray standing out in this regard. Some great ball carrying was to be seen and players were far more careful to avoid being stripped of the ball in contact. The Morgan brothers Josh and Mikey both featured strongly in this facet of the game.
From a backline perspective there was much to commend. Some excellent passing from Jack McNamara as well as some searing breaks from Jack O Callaghan made for a deadly centre partnership. The back three of Jack Connolly, Tadhg Gleeson, Robert Dunne and later and most notably John Kennedy when he entered the fray, showed a great appetite for work both in attack and defence.
The game also provided an opportunity for different combinations to be tested and Danny Benn moving to full back, Joshua Powell at centre and the excellent Darragh Spillane at scrumhalf showed that they are more than capable of doing a job in different positions to what they are used to. William Fogarty propped on both sides of the scrum and emerged bloodied but unbowed giving another option in that position.
Credit too to Newport, who after a rocky start, grew into the game and showed that they have plenty of ability too. They scored three excellent tries and will no doubt provide a stern test for us again in the future. Thanks to our coach Robbie Powell who deputised after the assigned referee was unable to make the game and did an excellent job managing a very lively game. Training continues every Wednesday night at 7pm in Tyone and the effort here must be kept up as there are difficult games to come over the coming weeks. New players are of course always welcome.
Nenagh Ormond hosted at home blitz against UL Bohs, Richmond and Young Munster on Sunday last at Lisatunny Nenagh. Nenagh Ormond were well represented with thirty three players in total broken down on two teams. Nenagh played excellent rugby in both attack and defence. There were excellent line breaks and the lads turned over numerous rucks. Out of six played Nenagh won four and drew two. After the games the coaches of the other teams mentioned how well Nenagh played with the ball in hand. The lads are putting into practice what is being coached in training and are progressing very well. Training will resume on Sunday next in Lisatunny at 10am and new players are always welcome.
Updated 20:49 - 9 Oct 2017 by Colleen Mccullough
Nenagh made the journey to Tulla on Sunday morning to take part in our first Blitz of the season. The Blitz was hosted by East Clare R.F.C. with Scariff R.F.C. also in attendance. We had an excellent morning's rugby with all players getting plenty of game time. There are a number of extra features at this level, such as contested 5 man scrums and line outs, as well as the option to kick out of defence from within 5 meters of your goal line.
We have been working a lot in training on the tackle area and getting the ball away from contact quickly and this was evident in our play.
Well done to all and thanks to all parents and family members who supported the lads.