Pictured: U15's who had a great win over Newcastle West on Sunday
U13’s NORFC 7 - Old Crescent 5
Last Sunday our U13's took on a fine Old Crescent team in Tyone in our first match this season. Training has been going well, numbers are good and competition for places was tight. We were short a few regulars due to injury and a speedy recovery is wished to all.
Old Crescent were the first to score a try following a missed tackle or two in midfield but they missed the conversion. This gave the coaches an opportunity to address the players and make some small adjustments. Our defence improved and we went in at half time a very respectable 5-0 down.
The second half was a much improved affair with our forwards in particular tackling and rucking and just working generally harder. We started moving the ball through the hands and were unlucky not to have scored a few more tries - none more so then Robbie Dunne on the wing who continues to impress with his remarkable positional sense and eagerness to make himself available for a pass.
With only minutes to go, some great pressure play by our forwards, Danny Benn offloaded to Jack McNamara whomade no mistake and scored our only try. The pressure was on Danny Benn who made no mistake and nailed the conversion. This left the score 7-5 to NORFC and that was the way the game finished. The last few minutes were tense and the large numbers of parents present were treated to a super game of rugby.
This was a great team performance, especially in the second half. Tadgh Gleeson at full back was rock solid and made a number of try saving tackles. Josh Powell was inspirational at scrum half and he combined well with Danny Benn at out half. On his first day out newcomer Josh McLoughlin put in a super performance running some great lines. The scrum was solid with the Mighty Morgan twins making some great tackles and carries. The Ryan's, Sean and Cillian dominated the line outs, and Cormac Sullivan was unbeatable in the front row.
Training continues on Wednesday nights at 7 pm in Tyone. New players welcome.
Team: Dylan Schweitnitz, Cormac Sullivan, William Fogarty, Cillian Ryan, Mikey Morgan, Sean Ryan,
Ruaidhri Kelly, Tristan Madden, Joshua Powell, Danny Benn, Jack Connolly, Jack McNamara, Josh McLoughlin, Robert Dunne, Tadgh Gleeson Subs: John Mulvihill, Cormac Murray, Darragh Spillane, Eden Courtney and Josh Morgan
U14s Shannon 26 – 31 NORFC
Nenagh U14’s played a friendly against Shannon in Coonagh on a bright and sunny morning, with conditions perfect for running rugby. Shannon started well and after 5 minutes they scored a good try wide on the right hand side, the difficult conversion was missed. Nenagh came back into the game and there were some good passing movements and one such move allow Joesph Coffey to outflank the defence and to dot down under the posts. Joseph Gleeson slotted the conversion. Some of Nenaghs tacking was being tested by the strong Shannon pack and after a scrum near the Nenagh line Shannon burst over near the posts and the conversion was good this time. Nenagh again struck back when that man Joseph Coffey made an outside break from his own half and again ran around under the posts, the try was converted by Joseph Gleeson to give Nenagh a half time lead of 14 12. There was some excellent tackling from Tadhg O’Brien and Alex Morrissey and very good lineout work by the forwards, including Ciaran Carey, playing his first match for Nenagh. Alex Maloney in the centre was running strongly and the handling of Shane Stanley at scrum half and outhalf Joseph Gleeson meant that Nenagh looked dangerous when they ran the ball. In the second half Nenagh tacking was much better and from a couple of turnovers they launched some great attacks and Joseph Coffey gathered a loose clearance kick and again outflanked the defence to score far out on the right. The difficult conversion was missed but Nenagh had the wind in their sails now. Some good defence in the 22 saw another turnover by Nenagh and Joseph Coffey received a pass and launched a high kick towards the 10 metre line. He regathered the ball and as he was being tacked got his arms free and pop a lovely pass to the charging Nathan Ryan, who burst onto the ball on the half way line and outpaced the winger to run all the way to dot the ball down under the posts, joseph Gleeson added the extras. Joseph Coffey was again on the end of some excellent passing to score his forth try, to give Nenagh a 31-12 lead with 10 minutes to go. Nenagh tired a bit and Shannon came back into the game and some poor tacking allowed them to score beside the posts for a converted try and the game was not over yet. Nenagh began kick away possession at this stage and this is something that will have to be worked at in training. Shannon got another good try and this was also converted to leave the score 31-26 to Nenagh with 5 nervous minutes remaining. The match was toing and froing at this stage and in the final play of the game the powerful Shannon no 8 burst down the sideline, Joe Shanahan, who had a fine game at no 8, did enough to slow him down and Alex Morrissey completed the job with a great tackle to allow Nenagh sneak over the line. Final score 31-26 to Nenagh. Overall a very good performance by Nenagh in the first game of the season and with a few players to come back hopefully thing will kick on from this win. Regards to Sam O’Brien who missed the game through illness and hopefully we will see him back soon. First league match is away to Newcastlewest at 12 net Sunday and we will need all the players out training at 7 sharp on Wednesday next to prepare for this important game. New players are welcome, anyone born in 2004 is U14 for this season, why not come out to give it ago. Team Mateli Halmagne, Eamon Moran, Paddy Griffen, Nathan Ryan, Ciaran Carey, Jack O’Flaherty, Tadgh O’Brien, Joe Shanahan, Shane Stanley, Joseph Gleeson, Alex Morrisey, Alex Maloney, Joe Kyne, Sean Moylan, Joseph Coffey, Ryan Haskett, Sean O'Callahan
U15s win V Newcastle West
Nenagh Ormond Under 15s travelled to Newcastle West on Sunday last for their first League match of the season. The Nenagh lads have been working very hard in training and to a man were fully tuned in come kick off. This gave them a great start with two early tries from Dan Needham and Adam Cleere, along with a conversion from James Finn, putting them ahead by 12 points. Good decision making and support running allowed Nenagh to add to their score in the second quarter with Joshua Delaney, Aaron Delahunty and Liam Cooney all crossing for tries.
Nenagh made changes in the second half and had to adjust to new combinations. However, they settled well and started to pick up the pace again. Again, good decision making and high workrate saw them patiently working through the phases which created opportunities for Eoghan Tighe and Captain Sean Fitzgerald to score.
This was an excellent start to the season for the team. Nenagh dominated for long periods throughout the match and it was great to see them bringing some of what they had practised in training to the pitch. Well done to Josh Moloney, Aaron Delahunty and Dan Needham who are new to the team and all played extremely well. Special mention must also go to Sean Fitzgerald who captained the team for the first time and truly led by example with his aggressive tackling and support play.
With sterner tests to come this season there is still plenty for the lads to work on in the coming weeks. Next up in the League are St. Senan’s at home on Sunday week. Training every Tuesday and Friday night at 7pm in Tyone.
Team: Adam Cleere, Liam Cooney, Daniel Needham, Aaron Delahunty, Andrew Ferris, James Finn, Adam Steed, Jack Gleeson, Sean Fitzgerald (c), Joshua Delaney, Josh Moloney, Paddy Ryan, John Brislane, Evan Rainsford, Eoghan Tighe. Reps: Darragh Tucker, Thinus Lombard.
U16s NORFC win 2 tries to 1 against Thurles in a friendly
Club Draw Results
1st prize: Weekend in Paris watching France v Ireland with 500 euro spending money- Isobelle White, 8 Brookville green Nenagh
2nd prize: St Patrick’s weekend in London watching England v Ireland with 500 euro spending money- Elsie Mullane, Ballinakill, Co Waterford
3rd prize: 500 euro- Gerry Scanlon, Pound St, Nenagh
4th prize: 500 euro- Michael and Daniel Moylan, Rathnaleen,Nenagh
5th prize: 250 euro- Mervyn Hayes Ballinaclough, Nenagh
6th prize: 250 euro- Paddy Cadell, Templemore
Juvenile Registration Day
Updated 20:15 - 18 Sep 2017 by Colleen Mccullough
A big thank you to all players and parents who came to our registration day last Sunday. Over half of our registrations have now been completed. We will have our final registration day this Sunday September 24th. Huge thanks to A Sportsman’s Dream who kindly sponsored 4 rugby prizes