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Rugby 2016-2017

U15 A lost to St. Munchin's, 10-25 in the Spring League Semi-Final. Dean Fanning and Darius Achimugu, 1 try each. B team lost in Semi Final to St.Munchin's, 7-35. Jamie Astaloa 1 try, and Conor Hogan 1 conv.

U15 A beat Ard Scoil Ris 12-10. U15 B lost 0-17 to ASR.

Casey J. Coleman and Liam Shine 1 try each. Iain Harrington 1 conv.

Rockwell U15 "A" beat Castletroy 38-15 in the North Munster League. Juan Pablo Gomez scored 2 tries, Daris Achimugu 2 tries, Tom Tobin and Tom Downey 1 try each; Rory Collins struck 4 conversions.

North Munster U15 Rugby League

Rockwell 56 Glenstal 34

This competition consists of all the "A" schools of North Munster and comprises the league stages from which the top four qualify for the semi-finals. Rockwell got off to a great start in this league, beating Glenstal Abbey 56 – 34 in the opening round. The game took place in Glenstal and was a very useful fixture as 32 players received "game time". Having built up a solid lead playing into the breeze in the first half, tactical changes were made to enable players to put into practice all of their efforts in training over the past few weeks. Huge credit must go to the team for maintaining their structure and game plan, with a total of 17 substitutions being made. Scorers on the day were: Tom Tobin, Casey Jay Coleman, Ben McCarthy, Mikey Bergin, Dean Fanning, Darius Achimugu, Liam Shine and Rory Collins.

Rock JCT 5 Crescent 21


Rockwell SCT 0 Glenstal 18


SCT 25 V St Munchin's 18

Munster Senior Cup 1st. Rd. Rockwell v St. Munchin's

Rockwell 28 St. Munchins 18

Played in Clanwilliam on Wednesday, 18th. Rockwell deservedly won a tight battle against a bigger Munchins outfit. The Rockwell pack surprisingly held their own in the set pieces, getting possession for the backline to play off. They will, however, have to be much sharper if they hope to advance in this competition and their penalty count needs to improve. Rockwell were very slow to hit the pace of the game and seemed lethargic. Just 5 minutes in Munchins opened the scoring from a penalty through their influential out, Jason Kiely. Jake Flannery replied 4 minutes later. The Rockwell pack began to dominate, yielding fast ball to allow the backs to run it out wide, and, despite Conall Kennedy’s controversial sending off (15 mins. in), allegedly for a no hands tackle, Rockwell began to dominate proceedings with Kevin Kelly scoring from a driving maul in the left corner. Jake Flannery failed to add the extras. Again Rockwell’s pack allowed good ball to run through their backline to Jake Flannery who offloaded to Ryan O’Sullivan who touched down in the right corner. Jake Flannery showed great coolness in slotting over the conversion from near the sideline to make the score 15-3. Just before half time the Rockwell backline was easily breached to allow the Munchins winger, Luke Costello, to reduce the deficit and go in at half time on a forward footing.

Early in the second half, a lapse of concentration allowed the Munchins no. 8, Shane Kelly, to make a crucial break which saw him run 30 yards in and score an unconverted try. At Rockwell 15, Munchin's 13, the visitors earned a penalty that would have taken them in front. Kiely missed again in what would seemingly prove a significant psychological blow to them. In contrast, Jake Flannery nailed a Rockwell penalty shortly after to open up the gap to 5 points. For the last 10 minutes Rockwell had to play without their out half, Jake Flannery, who was sin binned, but as Ryan O’Sullivan slotted into this position there was a greater fluidity to the movement of the ball. The bigger Munchins pack now launched assault after assault on the Rockwell backline which eventually yielded a try in the corner. We were now in for a pulsating grandstand finish as the sides were tied at 18 each. Rockwell dug deep and again, in a wide moving phase, after Jack Harney had won the kick off, the ball was sent wide to Paudie Leamy, who went in for the touchdown. Ryan O’Sullivan added the extras. Jake Flannery returned for the last few minutes and put the issue beyond doubt with a penalty to leave the final score 28-18 in favour of Rockwell.

Oisin Mangan gave a masterful display at scrum half, his skill set and the speed of his passes allowed Rockwell hurt Munchins outside. Jake Flannery’s territorial kicking was excellent, and this put the Munchins side under pressure on a number of occasions. Munchins employed the rolling maul to great effect and Rockwell were unable to stem the flow in the first half. Paddy Murchan covered every blade of grass in this character driven performance. Captain, Kevin Kelly also led by example from the front. Joe Mc. Cormack brought off some great tackles in defence and stood resolute while Munchins tried to break through.

Rockwell: 1. Kevin Kelly ©, 2. James O'Meara, 3. Brendan Ryan, 4 Christopher Farrell, 5.Conall Kennedy, 6. Patrick Murchan , 7. Jack Harney, 8. Ciaran Ryan, 15. Ryan O Sullivan, 14. Chris Egan, 13. Padraig Leamy, 12. Andrew Daly, 11. Joe McCormack, 10. Jake Flannery, 9. Oisin Mangan Replacements: 16. Darragh Molloy 17, Niall O'Hanrahan, 18. Tom Russell 19, Coman Ryan, 20. Harry Tobin, 21. Joseph O' Connor, 22.Fionn Kiely, 23. Michael McMahon, 24. Conor Forrest, 25. Sean Cotter.

Coaches: Kevin Leamy, Cody Baker, Alan O Donnell. S&C: Pat O Connor Physio: Tomas Ryan


JCT 22 V St Munchin's 10


Rockwell & Castletroy

The Rockwell under 15 girls' rugby team made history on Thursday by playing their first full pitch match against Castletroy College in Limerick. While many girls teams have played in the past 10 years, matches have been 7 or 10 a side; this was a big day. Rockwell ran out 50 points to 20 winners in a great match on a cold and wet winter's day in Limerick. Karen Bennett opened the scoring in the first minute, breaking through three tackles to score out wide. Third Years Lucy Murphy, Faye Dowling and Jessie O'Riordan were outstanding, getting early tries in the first half. The First Year girls showed huge talent, with Kate Flannery, Emma Daly, Sarah Finnane and Shauna Parker all dangerous in attack. Abbie O'Sullivan, one of the smallest on the pitch, put in some huge tackles.

A great fun day was had by all. Many thanks to our coach Polly Murphy for all her hard work this year.

Patrique Kelly


U15 B Shield final. Rockwell 10—Crescent 7

Played last Friday, 9th. Dec. Rockwell ground out a meritorious victory over their arch rivals from Limerick in this final which had been deferred from Wednesday. The first 20 minutes of this intriguing contest was very even with neither side dominating. However, a Crescent knock on allowed Bob Barton to play advantage and run down the sideline, finishing under the post. Rockwell failed to convert and the final 10 minutes of the first half saw Crescent gain the upper hand and, with a quick tap penalty, went over the line, which they duly converted. This left the score at half time 7-5.

Rockwell now started to move the ball more fluently from side to side and kept Crescent on the back foot to pin them down in their own half. 15 minutes in Crescent kicked to touch and Rockwell turned over the line out. Two plays later, Juan Pablo Gomez received an offload and showed great dexterity in avoiding would-be tackles to score in the corner. Rockwell were unable to convert. Following this Crescent bombarded the Rockwell line but the very capable defence held resolute with Casey Jay Coleman standing out. Cathal Ryan made some great breaks along and with Remi Ediale’s tackling were a thorn in Crescent’s side. Tom Downey turned over a number of balls in the ruck, ably abetted by Matthew Burke. Ethan Casey, when he came on, carried well.

Rockwell : Remi Ediale, Cameron Marnane, Matthew Burke, Harry Quirke, Alex Buchelli, Brendan Cantwell, Cathal Ryan, Tom Downey, Iain Harrington, Conor Hogan, Zac Lynch, Casey Jay Coleman, Juan Pablo Gomez, Bob Barton, Tom Ross.

Subs: Ethan Casey, David Carroll, Tarcisio Chanda, Peter Keating, Robert Murphy, Shane Neville, Mark Kearney, Edmund Dunphy, Ben Farrelly.

First Year Blitz

Rockwell 1st yrs entered 3 teams in this Blitz day which was run by Munster Rugby in PBC Wilton. All players got plenty of game time, with the emphasis on moving/keeping the ball alive.

Bowen Shield Presentation

Bowen Shield Final, Munster U18 A.

Rockwell’s storming finish sees them over the line.

Rockwell 26 Bandon Grammar 8

Bandon, having defeated C.B.C. and Crescent in the earlier round of this competition, came into the final with high expectations of claiming their first Munster title. Rockwell, who hadn’t won this competition since 2009, kicked off with the aid of a nice breeze. Bandon set out their stall by playing a number of phases which put Rockwell on the back foot. The Bandon no. 8, Colin Deane, made some great carries but Bandon elected to take the ball through the centre when it might have been wiser to spread the ball wide. On Rockwell’s first foray into Bandon’s territory they were awarded a penalty as a Bandon player failed to release in the tackle. Jake Flannery converted the resultant penalty neatly through the posts from a difficult angle on the thirty metre line. Rockwell continued to defend for the next ten minutes. From a Bandon lineout the no. 2, Travis Coomey, used his physique to bustle through on the wing and score an unconverted try near the sideline. Rockwell responded well and closed out the half growing in confidence. This was further enhanced by a Jake Flannery penalty conversion from 40 metres out. Rockwell led 6-5 at half time but were about to face into a stiff breeze.

From the Bandon kick off Conall Kennedy towered above all to catch. Rockwell set up a ruck and proceeded to attack wide. A handling error, however, led to a turnover. This play was a sign of Rockwell’s resurgence and a growing belief in their own ability, despite being dwarfed physically by their opponents. Shortly afterwards Jack Harney reacted quickly to a bouncing ball to sprint clear from the half way line and touch down in the corner. Ryan O’Sullivan failed to convert the conversion. 5 minutes later Bandon kicked a penalty to leave Rockwell 11-8 ahead. This was to be Bandon’s last score as Rockwell now moved the ball fluently from side to side and Sean Cotter was next to score a try on his line. Ryan O’Sullivan added the extras from a very difficult position and into the breeze. As Bandon tried desperately to counter attack they were mat by a resolute defence which caused them to knock on on a number of occasions. From one of these Conall Kennedy deftly danced through to score under the post which was converted by Ryan O’Sullivan. Conall Kennedy disrupted the Bandon line out on a number of occasions, Ciaran Ryan at 8 made some great carries, James O’Meara and Darragh Molloy defended well in the second half. Jack Harney showed a maturity beyond his years, both in ther tackle and carries made. In the Back line Jake Flannery was masterful in marshalling his backline, ably abetted by Oisin Mangan and Andrew Daly. This is a well drilled and disciplined Rockwell outfit who will acquit themselves well in this year’s Senior Cup. The only worry is the lack of physical presence. Coach, Kevin Leamy, said that "he was very proud of the way the team showed composure and discipline top grind out this win."

Rockwell College; James O Meara, Darragh Molloy, Brendan Ryan, Christopher Farrell , Conall Kennedy, Tom Russell, Jack Harney (c) , Ciaran Ryan , Oisin Mangan , Jake Flannery, Sean Cotter, Andrew Daly, Fionn kiely, Christopher Egan, Ryan O Sullivan, Subs: Conor Forrest, Niall O’Halloran, Harry Tobin, Michael Mc.Mahon (C. Farrell,65), Paddy Murchan, Joseph O’Connor (J.O’Meara 67), Cian Mullane, Alex Ryan. Coaches: Kevin Leamy, Cody Baker, Physio: Thomas Ryan S C : Padraig O Connor.

Rockwell College advance into their first Bowen Shield final since 2010. Rockwell 19 PBC 15.

Played in PBC’s home grounds in Wilton in perfect conditions for rugby, Rockwell College started this Munster U18 semi-final with a promising attack when Conall Kennedy gathered Jake Flannery’s drop off to put Rockwell straight on the front foot. The play broke down 10 metres from the Pres. goal-line when the referee deemed Rockwell to have not released the ball fast enough. The first score of the game came shortly after. With play just inside the Rockwell half Pres put the ball in behind Rockwell’s front line defenders but Rockwell’s scum-half, Oisin Mangan, gathered the bouncing ball and fed Jake Flannery who in turn passed to Andrew Daly. Showing great pace and power, Daly managed to shake off two defenders before beating the PBC fullback and score with a 70 metres burst. Jake Flannery added the conversion.

Following this opening period of dominance Rockwell let Pres back into the game when a cross field kick was not dealt with and the Pres no. 11 reacted quickest to score and also added the extras. From the restart, Rockwell managed to force Pres into an handling error on their own 22 and, winning possession from the scrum, Ciaran Ryan made a good carry, offloading to Jake Flannery who squeezed through two defenders to touch down. Flannery slotted over the conversion. The 1st. half ended with Rockwell defending their own goal line and James O’Meara, Chris Farrell and captain, Jack Harney in particular putting in a huge defensive shift.

The second half began with Rockwell failing to clear their line properly, which led to Pres gaining a foothold in the game that they were to make the most of. They scored a try in the corner from a defensive mishap. The conversion rebounded back off the post to leave Rockwell still leading by 2 points. This would shortly evaporate as Ciaran Ryan was harshly adjudged to have made a high tackle. The Pres kicker showed good composure slotting over from 35m. Rockwell had two kicks that narrowly failed to hit the mark, with Flannery striking one from 40 metres out just dropping short. Rockwell full back, Ryan O’Sullivan, attempted another on the far right hand touchline that went narrowly to the right and wide.

With the game into injury time Brendan Ryan and Paddy Murchan managed to hold up a Pres attacker. From the resultant attack James O’ Meara made a huge carry well into Pres territory; Conall Kennedy was on hand to get Rockwell into Pres’s 22 with some superb footwork, and, with Pres’s defence in slight disarray Flannery switched the play to hooker, Darragh Molloy, who drew the Pres winger. This allowed Fionn Kiely to finish superbly in the left hand corner. Rockwell failed to add the extras. Pres laid siege to the Rockwell line for the next 4 minutes 4 minutes and were awarded a penalty which they kicked to touch. Connall Kennedy and Jack Harney managed to disrupt the Pres line out, laying off the ball to Oisin Mangan who kicked the ball dead to end the game. Rockwell will now now face Bandon Grammar on Wednesday 7th of December in Clanwilliam at 2.30pm. The game will be preceded by the McCarthy Shield final where Rockwell’s U15’s meet Crescent Comprehensive with a 1pm kick-off.

U14 V Christians


The Rockwell Senior Girls' Sevens rugby team competed at the All Ireland Finals, the Gx7s, in Donnybrook on the 18th of November, after qualifying out of Munster. They won their pool, beating teams from Cavan, Wicklow and Ballinasloe, to top their group and qualify for the cup final.

In the semi we faced Gorey school, and the girls put up a brave performance against a strong, more experienced side, with many Leinster players on the field. At full time the score was 2 tries each; so the match went to extra time, with whoever scored first qualifying for the final. We were unfortunate not to score, with Aoife O Shaughnessy, Laura Morrissey and Kate Barlow all making great ground. Eilis Kennedy and Claire Bennett were superb in defence, turning over rucks and stealing balls. Niamh Walsh made a great 25 metre break down the wing to almost score but unfortunately was tackled into touch. After pressure on our own tryline, Gorey scored the golden try. Gorey went on to win the final. We were so close.

The girls were devastated but should take heart in how much they have achieved in their nine months of playing. They have a bright future in the game and hopefully will continue to play in college next year, and many may yet wear the Irish jersey.

Girls' Sevens


Sevens Qualify for Finals

The Rockwell Senior Girls Rugby Sevens team qualified for the All Ireland Finals in Dublin on November the 10th. They topped their pool at the Munster Finals, beating schools from Abbeyfeale ( 4-1), Bandon (3-2) and Killaloe ( 7- 0). Excellent performances on the day from all the girls in a full squad effort. Top try scorers were Kate Barlow (4), Niamh Walsh (2), Susie Doyle (2), Moya Whelan (2).


Date Team Opposition Score Rockwell Scorers
Dec14 First Year White Garbally 30-25  
Dec14 First Year Blue Garbally 15-25  
Dec 14 U15 Girls Castletroy 50-20  
Dec14 JCT Glenstal 49-5 Dav.Achimugu,S.Rapoport,J.Judez 2 tries each;N.Kennedy 1 try;E.Daly 7 conv.
Dec14 U15 Glenstal 43-14 D.Achimugu,T.Ross,M.Burke,M.Bergin,R.Collins 1 try each; A.Cronin 2 tries;R.Collins 4 conv
Dec10 SCT Waterpark 21-35 R.McLaren, C.Ryan,J.O'Meara 1try each; J.Flannery 3 conv
Dec9 McCarthy B Plate Final Crescent 10-7 B.Barton, J.Pable 1 try each.
Dec7 Bowen Shield Final Bandon Grammar 25-8 J.Flannery 2 pen;C.Kennedy, J.Harney,S.Cotter 1 try each;R.O'Sullivan 2 conv
Dec3 JCT St Munchin's 40-5 H.Fitzgerald 2 tries; P.Wall 1 try;E.Daly, S.O'Connor, C.Hayes 1 try each.
Nov23 Bowen (QF) St Munchin's 54-3 S.Cotter 2 tries;R O'Sullivan 2 tries,3conv;A.Daly,O.Mangan,J.Harney,J.O'Meara1 try each; J.Flannery 4 conv
Nov23 U14 Blue Clonmel HS 26-5  
Nov23 U14 White Clonmel HS 20-35  
Nov18 JCT Crescent 5-15 S.O'Connor
Nov16 U14 Blue Bandon 28-19  
Nov16 U14 White Bandon 35-21  
Nov16 SCT Kilkenny College 14-25 J.Flannery 1 try, 2 conv; P.Leamy 1 try
Nov12 JCT Belvedere 15-13 N.Kennedy 1 try;C.Hayes 1 try; J.O'Sullivan 1 conv;E.Daly 1 pen
Nov12 SCT St Munchin 10-8 B.Ryan 1 try; J.Flannery 1 conv, 1 pen
Nov 9 U15 B McCarthy Cup B St Munchins 20-34 C.J.Coleman 2 tries; B.Farrelly, A. Bucheli 1 try each;
Nov 9 U15 A McCarthy Cup A St. Munchins 12-57 J.Rougrt, T.Tobin 1 try each;R.Collins 1 conv
Nov 5 SCT Methodist College 7-19 D.Molloy 1 try; J.Flannery conv.
Oct26 U15 B Glenstal 57-33 B.Cantwell,A.Bucheli,B.Barton, I.Harrington,C.Hogan
Oct26 U15 A Glenstal 50-24 JP Gomez,R.Collins, S.Tarleton 2 tries;T.Tobin,A.Cronin 1 try each;M.Mulligan 4 conv,S.Tarleton 1 conv
Oct19 U14 White Kilkenny 24-43  
Oct19 U14 Blue Kilkenny 22-39  
Oct19 JCT A PBC 26-22 C.Hayes 2 tries; S.O'Connor 1 try; S.Allison 1 try; J.O'Sullivan 2 pen
Oct19 JCT B PBC 24-10 A.Maher 2 tries; C.Kelly 1 try; J.Ryan 1 try; S. Tarleton 2 conv
Oct12 McCarthy Cup A CBC 0-60  
Oct12 McCarthy Cup B CBC 0-47  
Oct12 Bowen CBC 20-19 J.O'Meara 2 tries; D.Molloy 1 try; R.O'Sullivan 1 try, 1 conv
Oct 5 U14 Blue CBC 0-21  
Oct 5 U14 Whites CBC 25-46  
Oct 5 JCT A Garbally A 21-29 A.Buttimer, D.Farrelly,J.Judez 1 try each;J.O'Sullivan 3 conv.
Oct 5 SCT Bandon 22-26 J.Harney,J.Noonan, C.Egan 1try each;J.Flannery 2 conv, 1 pen
Sep 29 JCT B Garbally B 24-23 C.Pearson 1 try;R.Collins 1 try, 1 conv; R.Anglim, I.Blanco,D.Achimugu 1 try each;
Sep 28 U14 Blue Ard S. Ris 43-24 R.Wall 3 tries; B.Smith 2 tries; N.McNamara 1 try; H.Reidy 1 conv
Sep 28 U14 Whites Ard S. Ris 17-19 A.Tully 1 try; J. Aslenison 1 try; B.Coleman 1 try and conv
Sep 28 U15 A PBC 12-50 A.Buttimer and A.Maher 1 try each; R.Collins 1 conv
Sep 28 U 15 B PBC 15-52 C.Hogan, J.Gomez,E.Hayes 1 try each
Sep 21 Bowen Crescent 13-5 N.O'Hanrahan, C. Egan 1 try each; R.O'Sullivan 1 pen.
Sep 21 U14 Whites Glenstal 14-0 P.McGarry 1 try; J.French 1 try and 2 conv
Sep 21 U14 Blue Glenstal 27-0 H.Buttimer 1 try and 1 conv; B.Gleeson, T. Collier, R. Walsh 1 try each
Sep 14 U15 A McCarthy Cup Crescent 21-23 D.Achimugu 2 tries;D.Fanning 1 try;R.Collins 3 conv;
Sep 14 U15 B McCarthy Cup Crescent 31-17 J.P.Gomez 2 tries;T.Ross,A.Bucheli 1 try each;B.McCarthy 1 try, 3Con
Sep 7 JCT A Kilkenny 17-28  
Sep 7 U15 A Kilkenny 45-17 J.Rougrt 2 tries;D.Achimugu 2 tries; D.Fanning,A.Maher, S.Tarleton 1 try each. R.Collins 5 conv.
Sep 7 U15 B Kilkenny 38-19

CJ.Coleman 2 tries;M.Cooper, M.Burke,Z.Lynch,A.Bucheli 1 try each. C.Hogan 4 conv.