Underage Rugby Report Jan 18th to Jan 25th 2014

Match Reports Weekend 18/01/2014

Under 8s

On a decent patch of grass despite the recent poor weather, an eager Ballincollig bunch entertained Skibbereen. A more physical Skibbereen bunch started stronger and our lads at times were not alert enough at the restarts which gave the visitors momentum. As the game progressed the Ballincollig lads showed a huge improvement and went over for some fine tries. Some fine tackling and good team play was great to see.

Under 9s

The U’s played Skibbereen in their first game of the New Year and it was a superb performance by all involved. Their teamwork lead to tries from Steven Naughton, Brian Dore, Sean O’ Neill and Jack Leonard to help secure their first win of the season. Up next is a visit from Kinsale and Fermoy next weekend.

Under 10s

Ballincollig U10s played Skibbereen at home and they arrived in force with 30 players. We played 6 10minute matches. Our players were Eoghan, Zakk, Ben,Evan, Rory, Sean, Matthew, Diarmuid, Robert, Ronan, David, Daniel, Cathal, Conor, Jamie, Dean, Colm, Niall and Donal Og. We played Skibbereen away before Christmas and on that occasion we didn’t do as well as we should have.The same couldn’t be said about Saturdays performance, the lads played the best match of the season so far, they were absolutely brilliant. They tackled well, rucked well, passed the ball and supported each other but most of all they played as a team. Skibbereen were an excellent side they fought hard but everytime they scored the lads responded back driving forward maintaining possession and this yielded some brilliant trys. In the end the lads were victorious. Well deserved result for the effort they put in. The coaches would also like to welcome two new players tho the team Niall O’ Driscoll and Donal Og O’ Buachalla. Well done to everybody keep up the good work. See you all next week.

Under 11s

Skibbereen were the first visitors to Tanner Park in 2014, it was the first game back for both teams after the Christmas break. Skibbereen started at a very high pace and with some great plays building the phases managed to score in the corner to take the lead. Ballincollig kicked off and Skibbereen secured possession and quickly drove deep into the Ballincollig half, then with quick passing created an overlap and scored again. This spurred Ballincollig into action. A long kick off wasn’t fielded by Skibbereen backs and an excellent chase by Ballincollig forced a turnover and an easy score. Half Time Ballincollig U11’s 1- Skibbereen U11’s 2. The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Skibbereen showing the better skills and more determined play, and soon the regained a 2 score lead. Ballincollig fought back and after some great team work and good use of the ball managed to split the Skibbereen defensive line to score a very well worked try. Ballincollig mounted sustained pressure on the Skibbereen line in the dying moments and managed to create an overlap on the short side, but Skibbereen intercepted a pass and sprinted the length of the field to score the match winning try. Final score Ballincollig U11s 2 – Skibbereen U11s 4

It really was an excellent display of rugby from both sides, and the many spectators who attended enjoyed a great mornings sport.

Under 12s

Ballincollig welcomed a well coached Skibbereen team to the main pitch in Tanner park.

The 3 period game saw a finely balanced opening finish at 1 try each with Patrick Kelly showing his strength in going over from a 5 yard penalty. The second period saw Skibbereen score 3 unanswered tries and in doing so gave a fine display in holding a player up in the tackle thus winning the put in at the scrum. In The final period Ballincollig showed what they can do with impressive spirit, running and support play which resulted in scoring 3 tries to 1. Liam McGarry, Diarmuid Nolan and a last second try by Shane Buckley ended the game with Ballincollig just losing out 4-5. Thanks to the 19 of the squad who turned out of whom Conor Bray, Chris Walsh and Patrick Forde had impressive displays. Also we’re happy to report the leg injury to Diarmuid is not as serious as feared and he’ll be back in action in a couple of weeks. Training continues this coming Wednesday evening.

Under 13s

Ballincollig 14 Muskerry 12

What a difference a week makes. Ballincollig U13s were at home to their neighbours Muskerry on Saturday. Muskerry kicked off and for the first 10 minutes Ballincollig were under pressure and stuck in their own 22. Then Ballincollig turned over the ball and started to push up. A ruck on the half way line allowed Ballincollig to break away and get a great try under the posts. The conversion was scored and Ballincollig were 7 – 0 up.

Muskerry fought back and pulled back a try in the corner just before the end of the first half. The conversion however was a difficult kick and was missed leaving Ballincollig a head 7 to 5 at half time. The second half was as tense and tight as the first half with both teams showing great determination and effort. With 10 minutes to go, Muskerry had Ballincollig pinned on their try line for a number of minutes and despite gallant defending Muskerry drove over the try line after their scrum putting them in front for the first time. The conversion this time was put between the posts and Muskerry now lead 12 points to 7.

Ballincollig however did not let the heads go down and from the kick off went looking to equal the game. This time it was Ballincollig who was putting the opposition under pressure and a fine drive and maul had Ballincollig on the Muskerry 22. A resulting ruck gave the ball back to Ballincollig and a try was the outcome again under the posts to give the Ballincollig lads a chance to go in to the lead once more. The conversion was successful and despite some heavy pressure by Muskerry in the last minute Ballincollig held out to win the game 14 points to 12.

Under 16s

Ballincollig U16s beat Mallow in a challenge match last Saturday with an overall poor and rusty team performance. Ballincollig were 14 points to no score down after a very scrappy first half performance that lacked commitment, cohesion and under performance from all players except from William Ronan who had only returned from injury. After the half time talk and a few changes Ballincollig turned the game around with some great penetrating runs from Liam Mc Sweeney and Ben Jeffries and a man of the match performance from Tadgh Corkery who scored 4 tries. The final score was Ballincollig 24 points to Mallows 19 points. Even though this was not a great performance Ballincollig did will to turn it around. There is plenty of work to be done on the training pitch before our league match next Saturday. Well done lads on the win

Fixtures Weekend 11/01/2014

U7 – Training 10am Tanner Park

U8 – v Fermoy Tanner Park 10am

U9 – v Fermoy/Kinsale Tanner Park 10am

U10 – v Highfield away. Meet Tanner Park 09.45am kick off 10am

U11 – v Kinsale Tanner Park 10am

U12 – Fermoy/Kinsale Tanner Park 10am

U13 – v Bandon away. Meet Tanner Park 09.45am kick-off 11am

U14 – v Bandon away kick off TBC

U16 – Training Tanner Park 11.30am

U18 – v Fermoy away kick off TBC


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