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Rugby 2017-2018

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Sevens' Finals

The Senior girls rugby team reached the All Ireland Finals day in Donnybrook for a third year in a row on the 8th of November. Our day got off to a good start with a convincing win over Tuam Co. Galway with a scoreline of 8 tries to 2. Kate Barlow dazzled the opposition with her side step scoring 3 tries. Our next pool match was a school from Enniskillen in Ulster. The Rockwell girls got off to a slow start falling behind in the first half after falling off some tackles which led to tries. In the second half a determined side led by hardworking captain Claire Bennett pulled back to a scoreline of 3 tries all. Unfortunately a knock on by Rockwell in the last play on the Enniskillen tryline, led to a scrum which resulted in a breakaway try for Enniskillen. Final scoreline 4 tries to 3 against Rockwell. The girls were devastated, and knew they had a hard task for their last pool game against last year's champions Gorey school, Wexford.

The final pool game was a fiercely contested battle against Gorey. Superb footwork by Andrea Stock, Ellie O Sullivan and Faye Dowling opened up the Gorey defense. Orla Cashman put in an amazing 8 tackles in the first seven minute half alone. The Rockwell girls deservedly won by 4 tries to 3.

Next we had to wait an anxious half hour to see if we had qualified for the semi finals. Unfortunately we lost out on overall score difference to Gorey who went through instead. Gorey then went on to win the Final. The girls can take heart from their incredible performances on the day, with the knowledge that they have the ability to beat any opposition going forward. Well done, Girls,on a great performance. Well done also to Polly Murphy!

Patrique Kelly

 

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Munster Sevens Champions

Rockwell Junior and Senior girls rugby teams travelled to Cork late October to compete in the Munter Sevens Finals. Both teams had a fantastic day winning all their matches. The Junior team beat teams from Limerick, Kerry and Clare with excellent performances by all the girls. The Seniors beat schools from Killaloe, Abbeyfeale and Limerick in the pool stages to meet local rivals Pres Thurles in the final. This was an important match as we had narrowly lost to them in the opening regional blitz. The girls were outstanding winning the final on a score of 3 tries to one. The first try was a great break by the hardworking Orla Cashman through the centre of the pitch. Laura Stocksborough scored the second with a great steal from the lineout and then ran half the pitch to score in the corner. Kate Barlow dazzled all the opposition with her footwork to score the final try. A great day was had by all girls. These girls now have reached the All Ireland Finals in Dublin for the third year in a row which is a huge achievement.

Special thanks to Polly Murphy for all her hard work coaching and encouraging the girls.

Patrique Kelly

Rockwell College defeat holders, Glenstal, to take the Limerick Cup

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Rockwell College staged a terrific second-half comeback to seize the Limerick Cup from Glenstal Abbey, the defending champions, in a pulsating final at Thomond Park on Wednesday October 25th.

The game opened with the two sides exchanging penalties in the first half, Bansha’s Jake Flannery scoring for Rockwell College. Shortly after, a loose pass from Glenstal was kicked through by Rockwell College’s Sean Cotter (Clonmel) for Jake Flannery to gather and take it over the line for their first try. Glenstal responded quickly with a try, which they failed to convert. The teams were now tied at 8 each. As Rockwell attacked laid siege to the Glenstal 22, Ciaran Ryan (Dundrum) broke the line with another try which Jake Flannery converted to see Rockwell forge ahead. Glenstal responded once again with two further converted tries and at half-time the Limerick school led by 22-15.

Into the second half, Glenstal clearly had the momentum going their way, despite some excellent play from many Rockwell players, not least Cathal Hayes (Thurles), who substituted for the injured Brendan Ryan. As the half progressed Rockwell challenged Glenstal with some enormous hits, including one from Athea’s Jack Hunt which helped to switch the direction of play to favour the Tipperary school. Substitute Mark Heffernan (Fethard), who replaced Sean Cotter, scored an inspirational try which was easily converted by Jake Flannery to bring the sides level 22-22 going into the last quarter. With minutes to go Roscrea’s, James O’Meara, landed a terrific winning try, once again converted by Flannery. A stalwart defence from Rockwell College for the crucial closing minutes kept Glenstal at bay before the final whistle.

Rockwell team: Darragh Molloy, James O’Meara, Brendan Ryan, Robert Browne, Niall O’Hanrahan, Conal Kennedy, Jack Harney(Captain), Ciaran Ryan, Oisín Mangan, Jake Flannery, Conor Pearson, Andrew Daly, Jack Hunt, Sean Cotter, Ryan O’Sullivan Substitutes: Cathal Hayes, Mark Heffernan, Killian Lane, Tom Dowling, Nnebuke Eneh, Harry Tobin, Dan Cronin, Maurice O’Sullivan, Fionn Gibson Kiely, Alex Ryan.

 

Girls' Sevens

Munster Sevens-Girls

On the 11th of October two Senior teams and one Junior rugby team travelled to compete in the Munster Sevens competition in Balloncollig,  Cork. Both Senior teams faced tough opposition for their first match. The Rockwell Senior A team played a strong Presentation Thurles team in their first match and were unfortunate to lose by 6 tries to 4. They later defeated both Bantry and Carrigaline with bonus points. Munter U18 stars Claire Bennett and Andrea Stock led by example with Moya Whelan and Laura Stocksborough scoring many tries.

 

The Senior B team were unlucky to lose their first match against Carrigaline before beating Bandon and drawing with Skibbereen. Transition years Zoe Stokes and Ellie O Sullivan scored many tries while Debra Achimugu and Jill Shanahan were very impressive for their first rugby matches. 

The Rockwell Junior team were outstanding defeating Bandon , Skibbereen and Bantry on the day scoring bonus points in all matches. Lucy Murphy, Karen Bennett and Kate Flannery scored many tries. Roisin Finnane and Caoimhe O Connor were excellent in attack. Marta Costa a new Spanish boarder put in superb tackles in her first ever match.  A great day was had by all. Many thanks to Polly Murphy for coaching the Juniors and past pupil Susie Doyle coaching also on the day.

Patrique Kelly

Date Team Opposition Score Rockwell Scorers
11Nov JCT Belvedere 31-17 A.Buttimer 2 tries;D.Achimugu 2 tries;Rob 1 try
8Nov Bowen PBC 29-15  
8Nov U15 A McCarthy Cup PBC 21-7 N.Maher,L.Cummins,B.Gleeson 1 try each;R.Collins 3 conv.
8Nov U15 B PBC 7-48 P.McGarry 1 try and 1 conv;
8Nov First Years C St. Munchin's 7-21  
8Nov First Years B St. Munchin's 21-12  
8Nov First Years A St. Munchin's 14-38  
4Nov SCT Seconds Methodist College 17-27  
4Nov SCT Methodist College 10-12 J.O'Meara 1 try;J.Flannery 1 conv and 1 pen.
25Oct SCT City Cup Glenstal 29-22  
25Oct Bowen Team Newbridge College 24-20  
25Oct U15 B McCarthy Cup Ard S. Ris 19-20 P.McGarry 3 tries and 2 conv.
25Oct U15 A McCarthy Cup Ard S. Ris 22-24 T.Ross 1try;H.Buttimer 1 try;B.Farrelly 1 try;R.Collins 2 conv 1 pen.
25Oct U14 A Ard S. Ris 0-12  
20Oct City cup S/F Crescent 19-15  
18Oct U14 A Kilkenny A 0-12  
18Oct Bowen Ard Scoil Ris 26-28  
18Oct U15 B McCarthy Cup Castletroy 38-19 P.McGarry 2 tries;J.Ffrench Davis, M.Long,T.Carey, D.Clarke 1 try each;P.McGarry 2 conv;J.F.Davis 1 conv;D.Clarke 1 conv
18Oct U15 A Castletroy 40-7 H.Buttimer 2 tries;T.Ross, R.Wall,L.Shine,R.Collins 1 try each; R.Collins 5 conv.
11Oct Bowen Glenstal 24-17  
11Oct Jct City Cup QF Crescent 27-40  
11Oct U15 A McCarthy Cup Glenstal 68-0 B.Farrelly 2 tries;R.Wall 1 try;C.Coleman 1 try;D.Achimugu 1 try;N.Maher 1 try; R.Carlos 1 try;R.Ediale 1 try;T.Ross 1 try;H.Buttimer 1 try,2 conv;R.Collins 7 conv.
6Oct JCT City Cup St. Munchin's 10-53  
4Oct SCT Roscrea 23-23  
4Oct Bowen CBC 12-29  
4Oct JCT City Cup Castletroy 14-43 M.Bergin 2 tries, 2 conv.
4Oct First Year B Garbally B 15-10  
4Oct First Year A Garbally A 25-10  
4Oct U15B McCarthy Cup CBC 0-66  
4Oct U15A McCarthy Cup CBC 5-32 J.Kennedy 1 try
29Sept Bowen Shield Castletroy 26-33  
29Sept Senior Seconds Waterpark 28-15  
27Sept Senior City Cup St. Munchin's 26-0 C.Ryan 1 try; B.Ryan 1 try; O.Mangan 1 try; C.Mullane 1 try;R.O'Sullivan 3 conv.
20Sept17 Senior City Cup A.S.Ris 23-7 T.Tobin, D.Achimugu 2 tries each;A. Buttimer 1 try; B.McCarthy 2 tries and 5 conv.
20Sept17 JCT City Cup A.S.Ris 43-7  
20Sept17 U14B Glenstal 12-19  
20Sept17 U14A Glenstal 57-7  
13Sept17 U15B Crescent 12-43 L.Cummins,J.fFrench Davis 1 try each. DClarke 1 conv.
13Sept17 U15A Crescent 32-12 R.Collins 3 tries,4conv;D.Achimugu,R.Wall,CJ Coleman 1try each.
9Sept SCT CBC 7-41 B.Ryan 1 try; C.Mullane 1 conv.
6Sept Seconds/Thirds Kilkenny 31-17 S.Cotter 2 tries;M.O'Sullivan 1 try; C.Kelly 1 try; B.O'Connor 1 try; C.Mullane 3 conv.
6Sept JCT Kilkenny 33-33 R.Murphy 3tries;A.Maher 2 tries.
6 Sept 17 U15A Kilkenny 66-12 R.Collins 3tries, 6 conv;CJ Coleman and R.Wall 2 tries each; L.Shine, T.Downey, B.Gleeson 1 try each; H.Buttimer 1 conv; P.McGarry 1 conv.
6 Sept 17 U15 B Kilkenny 26-17 L.Cummins 2 tries; E. Dunphy and J.Cronin 1 try each; C.Hogan 2 conv; J. Ffrench Davis 1 conv.