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Rockwell U15A Win Munster Development League Final

Rockwell U 15 A beat St. Munchin's 29-12 in the final of the Munster Development League. Congratulations to the team and their trainer, Michael Doyle Jnr.

Please note, the earlier defeat to C.B.C. had been reversed due to player selection.

This scoreline does not reflect the close nature of the game and Rockwell capitalised on a blistering start. Against Munchins, who had won the Munster Junior Cup this year, they expected a gruelling and close encounter and they duly got this, but they entered the game with great belief in their own ability. Five minutes into the game, and from a Munchins knock on, Shane Neville was given the ball following some excellent back play. Shane danced through two defenders to touch down in the corner. Conor Hogan narrowly missed the conversion. Five minutes later Rockwell moved the ball from their own back line with Ben Farrelly making the break and offloading to Peter Mc.Garry which allowed him score in the same spot. This time Conor Hogan added the extras from a very difficult position. The Rockwell pack dominated the first half and laid the platform for Tom Downey to marshal his backline to good effect. Up front, Tarcisio Chandra and Henry Buttimer were making some great tackles. Rockwell were now rampant and twelve minutes before halftime Peter Mc.Garry scored his second try. At 17-0 Rockwell took the foot of the pedal a little which allowed Munchins to lay siege to the Rockwell line, and from a block down kick they went over for a converted try. Good tackling by the Rockwell pack near the halfway line saw them turn over possession which they moved through their backline to allow Peter Mc.Garry go over for his hat trick. This left the half time score 22-5 in Rockwell’s favour. This lead was largely due to some excellent team work and terrific tackling by Eddie Dunphy and James Cronin.

Munchins turned around with a strong wind in the second half which they used to their advantage. Within 5 minutes they were camped on the Rockwell line, and after a number of phases finally went over for a converted try. Munchins were now on the front foot and Rockwell had to stem many an assault. Following a lovely turn over by the pack Tom Ross put through a nice box kick from his own 22. This was brilliantly caught by captain, Shane Neville, who weaved his way through two tackles to score under the posts. This was again converted by Conor Hogan. The excellent work rate and defensive tackles by Niall Maher, Casey Jay Coleman, Joseph Lawrence and John Kennedy saw out the game. This lead to jubilant scenes on the stroke of full time as the Rockwell team and supporters were delirious. Rockwell had lifted the trophy against the odds.

Team: Tarcisio Chandra, Joseph Lawrence, Lorcan Cummins, James Cronin, Niall Maher, Eddie Dunphy, Tom Downey, Shane Neville (Capt.), Tom Ross, Conor Hogan, Peter Mc.Garry, Henry Buttimer, Casey Jay Coleman, John Kennedy, Ben Farrelly. Subs: Harry Mc.Sweeney, Lorenzo Grebe, Jamie Browne, Michael Long, Toby Collier, Zac Lynch, Mario Gomez, Tadhg Carey, Bobby Smith, Richard Buchelli.

Pictured Below: Shane Neville (capt.), Miguel Gomez, Lorenzo Grebe, Lorcan Cummins with the Munster U15 Development Cup. ; Jim Kissane (Referee) presenting Munster Cup to capt. Shane Neville ; the successful Rockwell team.

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Munster Schools U15 Development League Final South

C.B.C. 28 Rockwell 17

This final had been delayed on a number of occasions, but when it took place in Rockwell on Wednesday, 11th April, it resulted in a titanic performance where a much bigger Christians outfit ground out a victory over a very determined and spirited Rockwell team. Fielding 17 players who trialled for the Munster development squad, Christians were quickly into their stride and were soon 7-0 up. C.B.C. were dominant in the opening twenty minutes despite some excellent tackling from John Kennedy, Peter McGarry and Tom Downey. However, Rockwell managed to fight back when some good inter-play through the backline saw Ben Farrelly go over for a converted try. Christians scored two further tries, despite the valiant efforts of the Rockwell backs. Their number 10 remarkably converted all three tries from near the touch-line. Rockwell went on the attack and had Christians under severe pressure on their own line, but CBC intercepted. Peter McGarry covered over half the length of the pitch to make a wonderful try saving tackle to keep Rockwell in the game. Rockwell then went through an excellent passage of attack after a Peter McGarry break that resulted in Tom Ross scoring near the corner to leave the score 21-12. C.B.C managed to score again before the break leaving the halftime score 28-12 in favour of C.B.C.

Rockwell did not surrender and came out in the second half determined to make inroads into the C.B.C. lead. Shane Neville scored early near the corner to make this a very interesting second half. This try, however, was unconverted from a difficult angle. Rockwell now grew in confidence to bombard the C.B.C. line. From an excellent phase of attack with ten minutes remaining, John Kennedy waltzed through to score. Unfortunately, a knock on was spotted in the build-up. The Rockwell pack continued to put C.B.C. under pressure and some great carries by Henry Buttimer, Lorcan Cummins and Shane Neville resulted in them being just held up on the line. Try as they might they could not touch down again. C.B.C. were the winners in the end but the lighter, more athletic Rockwell side never gave up. This will stand to them in next year’s Junior Cup.


Rockwell victorious in Munster Junior and Senior 11’s rugby blitzes in University Limerick.

In the senior competition Rockwell won their group stage by defeating Abbeyfeale by 4 tries to 0, St. Mary’s Nenagh by 5-0, Salesian College, Pallaskenry 8-0. In the final they accounted for Pres. Thurles on a score line of 4 tries to nil. The Rockwell girls took the match to a much vaunted Pres. team but with Jill Shanahan’s pace, Claire Bennett’s carrying, ably supported by Faye Dowling and Ellie O’Sullivan they denied the Thurles of the possession they needed to take a foothold.

Team and scorers: C. Bennett (capt. 5 tries), E. O’Sullivan(5 tries), A. Stock (2), F. Dowling (2), J. Shanahan (2), L .Dooley (2), E. Brennan (1), D. Achimugu (1), O. Cashman (1), E. Walsh, O. Noonan, N. Carlos, L. Byron, N. Harrington, E. Magan, M. Leahy, S. Henehan.

In the Junior competition Rockwell overcame St. Anne’s, Killaloe by 4 tries to 1, St. Mary’s, Limerick by 3-1 and Abbeyfeale 7-0 to qualify for the final. Colaiste na Sceilige, Dingle were their opponents in the final and with tries from Lucy Murphy, Orlaith Breen, Caoimhe O’Connor, Karen Bennett and Kate Flannery they emerged victorious. This is a great achievement for a very sporting group of committed girls ably coached by Polly Murphy and Patrique Kelly (ex international).

Team: L. Murphy, K .Bennett, S. Finnane, C. O’Connor, A. O’Sullivan, K. Flannery, O. Breen, M. Gonzalez, H. Green, I. Pollard.


Congratulations to the U15 A team. Well tried, U15 B! See Table for details.

The U15 A team is through to the South Development League Final, scheduled for Wed. 21st March.

The Final has been rescheduled for after the Easter holidays.

SCT 20 Crescent 27

Well Played!

Congratulations to the S.C.T on a fine performance. Luck was not with them, but that's sport. Their commitment and courage were outstanding. Jake Flannery, Ciaran Ryan, Brendan Ryan, and Conall Kennedy delivered exceptional performances. Well done to all!


JCT 3 CBC 18

Great Performance by J.C.T. but C.B.C. too strong.

Well done to all! A lot to be proud of. Great skill.


Rock SCT 15 Castletroy 7

Munster Senior Schools Rugby

Rockwell survive a late second half scare to advance to the quarter final of the Senior Cup

Rockwell 15 Castletroy 7

Rockwell opened strongly with the wind in their backs and were rewarded with a well taken try by no. 11 Conor Pearson to the right of the posts. Jake Flannery narrowly kicked the conversion to the left of the posts. Conall Kennedy made some terrific tackles in this period to deny Castletroy’s attempted advances, and Jake then added a further three points from a penalty 15 minutes into the game. Three minutes later a brilliant break through by full back, Ryan O’Sullivan, saw him offload to Dylan Farrelly, who neatly weaved through defenders to go over the line and touch down, while Jake Flannery added the extras. Rockwell went for the jugular with their tails up and pummelled the Castletroy backline for the next ten minutes and were rewarded with two penalties. They elected to kick to touch but infringed from both when the kick for posts might have been the wiser choice. Despite their territorial superiority they went in at half time only 15-0 to the good.

Playing the second half with conditions in their favour Castletroy tested the Rockwell resolve but were met with resolute defending and were driven back any time they entered the Rock 22. Sean Madden at 15 Joseph Johnson, in particular, at 13 were moving at speed into the line, creating all sorts of problems for the Rockwell defence and were rewarded 12 minutes into the second half with a beautiful kick through by Michael O’Hallorn and pick up by J. Johnson to score under the Rockwell posts; an excellent individual score which was converted by Sam Burns.

Jack Harney was an outstanding leader making many breaks, Conall Kennedy and Robert Browne at second row, Ryan O'Sullivan cleaned up at full back,while the Ryan brothers, were a proverbial thorn in the Castletroy side with their pace and physique.

Rockwell displayed great guile throughout and were more physically dominant; however, they displayed too many handling errors and will need to improve greatly to get past Crescent in the next round to be played in a fortnight’s time in Thomond Park. Coach, Kevin Leamy, stated that they were happy to get over the line and recognises that there is still work to be done.

Rockwell: Ryan O’Sullivan, Conor Pearson Jack Hunt, Andrew Daly, Dylan Farrelly, Jake Flannery, Oisin Mangan, Darragh Molloy, James O’Meara, Brendan Ryan, Stephen Grogan, Robert Browne, Conall Kennedy, Jack Harney, Ciaran Ryan.

Replacements: Tom Dowling, Tom Russell, Cathal Hayes, Niall O’Hanrahan (58 for S. Grogan), Harry Tobin, John O’Sullivan (65 for O. Mangan) , Maurice O’Sullivan ( 65 for J. Hunt), Sean Cotter (68 for D. Farrelly).


JCT 24 Glenstal 0


SCT 8 Glenstal 10


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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
20Apr U15A Munster League Final St. Munchin's 29-12 P.McGarry 3 tries;S.Neville 2 tries;C.Hogan 2 conv.
11Apr U15 A South Dev. L.Final C.B.C. 17-28 B.Farrelly, T.Ross,S.Neville 1 try each;C.Hogan 1 conv.
7Mar U15 A South Dev. League P.B.C. 43-17 S. Neville 3 tries;H.Buttimer 2 tries;J.Kennedy, R.Ediale 1 try each; C. Hogan 1 conv;P.McGarry 1 conv.
7Mar U15 B (Semi F A and B) P.B.C. 10-41 D.Moroney, Z.Lynch 1 try each;
31Jan U15B Sth Dev. League Clonmel A/B 19-45 L.Grebe, R. Bucheli 1 try each;D. Clarke 1 try and 2 conv.
24Jan U15A P.B.C. 21-20 S.Neville 2 tries;C.J.Coleman 1 try; C.Hogan 3 conv
24Jan U15B P.B.C. 24-29 O.Ediale 2 tries; J.Lawrence, M.Gomez 1 try each;
10Jan U15A Terenure 27-15 S.Neville 3tries;B.Gleeson,P.McGarry 1 try each;C.Hogan 1 conv.
10Jan U15B Terenure 57-14 J.Fogarty, D. Moroney 1 try each;M.Gomez 2 conv.
13Dec U 15 A Bandon 12-33 J.Ffrench-Davis 1 try;T.Downey 1 try;C.Hogan 1 conv.
6Dec U15 B Newbridge 33-22 J.Kennedy 2 tries;D.Moroney 2 tries;J.Fogarty 1 try;J.Ffrench-Davis 4 conv.
6Dec U15 A Newbridge 33-17 S.Neville 2 tries;L.Cummins and R.Wall 1 try each;C.Hogan 1 try and 4 conv.
29Nov U15 B McCarthy Cup SF CBC 7-59 J.Kennedy 1 try;
29Nov U15 A McCarthy Cup SF CBC 12-26 T.Ross, B.Gleeson 1 try each;R.Collins 1 conv;
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.