Pictured: U8's with coaching team - Niall Healy, Robert Ashman, William Talbot & Adrian Murphy.
U8 Blitz in Killaloe
NORFC under 8's attended a blitz on Sunday last in Killaloe. Two eight a side Nenagh teams played Ballina, Old Crescent and UL Bohemians. Nenagh won six of their eight matches with some excellent tries scored and superb defensive play. The lads carried the ball well with some very good offloads and good structure in and around the breakdown. The under 8's travel to East Clare on Sunday next and then the season will come to an end.
The Nenagh Ormond R.F.C. under 10’s had their last training session of the season in sunny Lisatunny on Sunday last. The team has progressed a lot this year. We have a panel of 32 players and the lads have developed a lot in their tackling, passing and game awareness. Next Sunday we are away in Shannon R.F.C., Coonagh and then round off the season the following Saturday with a trip to Thomond Park to watch the Munster V Ulster game. Thanks to all the lads for their effort during the season and to the parents for their support.
U11’s Joe Moran Naas Rugby Tournament
The U11’s travelled to Naas on Saturday to take part in the Joe Moran Naas rugby tournament. Over 700 participants took part and Nenagh came away with 5 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.
U14’s Ballina/Killaloe 36-39 Nenagh
Nenagh Ormond Under 14s travelled to Clarisford Park on Sunday evening last where they played Ballina/Killaloe in a training match consisting of three twenty minute periods. The unusually late kick off may have contributed to what was a slow start for Nenagh where they struggled to contain Ballina’s strong runners and the home side took full advantage, running in two early tries, one of which was converted. Credit to Nenagh, they came back fighting and tries from Andrew Ferris and Eoghan Tighe, one of which was converted by James Finn, brought the teams back on level terms. Just before the end of the first twenty, Nenagh pulled in front when Adam Cleere made a fine break and raced over the try line.
Nenagh were in full flight now and when outhalf James Finn caught the kick-off he raced around the oncoming defence and showed great pace to run seventy metres for Nenagh’s fourth try. Nenagh then had a sustained period of pressure in the Ballina/Killaloe 22 but some 50/50 calls went against them, allowing Ballina/Killaloe to get out of trouble and back down the pitch where they scored to bring the gap back to five points. Nenagh pushed on and, after an excellent turnover from John Brislane, the ball went wide to Cleere who scored his second try of the day. Ballina/Killaloe stayed hot on their heels though and when they got a scrum inside Nenagh’s 22 their Number 8 made it to within inches of the line. The support was there quickly to pick and go before the scrambling Nenagh defence was set and this try left the score at 27-24 in favour of Nenagh after forty minutes.
Ballina/Killaloe came out determined in the third period and were first to score, going ahead for the first time since midway through the first twenty minutes. However, Nenagh then pinned them back in their own 22 with some aggressive defence and rucking which resulted in Joe Shanahan winning a turnover. Again Nenagh were quick to capitalise, flashing the ball out to Darragh Ryan who scored out wide. Only three points ahead, Nenagh were focused and from the kick-off some superb offloading and support lines from forwards Darragh Tucker, Paddy Ryan and Tom Kennedy took them well into Ballina/Killaloe territory as well as pulling in the defence. Adam Cleere saw the opening and scored again to complete his hat trick. In fairness to Ballina, they weren’t finished and they scored again just before full time but Nenagh just held on for the win in what was a highly competitive and enjoyable match.
Updated 20:37 - 3 Apr 2017 by Colleen Mccullough
Team: Andrew Ferris, Kieran Tinkler, Adam Cleere, Evan Rainsford, Liam Cooney, James Finn, Niall O’Sullivan, Cian White, Sean Fitzgerald, Joe Shanahan, Darragh Tucker, Paddy Ryan, Sean Williams, Tom Kennedy, Eoghan Tighe. Reps: Jack Gleeson, John Brislane, Sonny Dower, Leo Tsang, Darragh Ryan, Joseph Coffey.