Underage Rugby report November 2nd to November 9th 2014
The U10s travelled to Midleton RFC on Saturday morning to take on the home side as well as Old Christians and Douglas. Given the week that was in it, we were down on numbers, but made up for it in spirit. First up we faced Douglas and we came out of the blocks running. It took Douglas a few minutes to come to terms with the Ballincollig intensity at the start, but not before we had registered a few great tries. After a short turnaround came Old Christians who had a few big guys in their ranks. No problem to our guys, who kept up the intensity of the first game and were more than a match for their opponents. All though the game, Ballincollig got better at keeping their own ball by rucking excellently and won a number of turnovers with their excellent tackling and fighting for the ball on the ground. They showed true Ballincollig spirit, when in a lapse of concentration, Old Christians ran in an easy try, by responding with the best team score of the day. Quick drink of water and straight into facing the home team. Ballincollig proved to be the stronger team in this encounter and crowned off the day with a great try from a set piece. Then it was well earned sandwiches and cake in the clubhouse. It was great to see so many parents there to enjoy the rugby and cheer on the team.
Ballincollig U11s played host to Sunday’s Well RFC. Sundays Well brought two teams so as to make for an entertaining mornings rugby. In the first match Sundays Well were quickly into their rhythm, stringing together several passages of really excellent play which culminated in a superb team score. Ballincollig kicked off, and with a great chase managed to pin Sundays Well back inside their own defensive zone, and with an exceptional display of tackling & rucking turned the ball over and crashed through to level the scores. Half Time Ballincollig U11s 1-1 Sundays Well U11s A. The second half started at a phenominal pace and with some slick passing The Well managed to create an overlap on the wing and scored in the corner. Ballincollig mounted sustained pressure on Sundays Well line but were unable to get the levelling score. Both sides really showed off their level of skills in this fixture.
Full Time Ballincollig U11s 1 try Sundays Well U11s A 2 tries
The second game was between Ballincollig U11s v Sundays Well U11s B. The Sundays Well team were eager to impress, and showed some great passing skills, but Ballincollig were not to be out done again. Ballincollig mounted drive after drive, and recycled the ball brilliantly to release their man on the wing to sprint in for the opening score. Ballincollig received the kick off and through quick thinking, and really good team work managed to create a 3 v 1 on the outside, and by drawing the last defender, skill-fully passed to the outside for the winger to race over for another score.
Half Time Ballincollig U11s 2 tries Sundays Well U11s B 0 tries. Ballincollig started the second half exactly where they left off and crashed through Sundays Well defence to go further ahead. But credit to Sundays Well they never let their heads drop and through sheer persistence, scored.
As time was running out Sundays Well won a line out just inside the Ballincollig half, when the line out was taken, the Sundays Well started a rolling maul, and quickly spread the ball to the blind side where their man was waiting to sprint to line after selling a spectacular dummy to create the space.
But it was all in vain as the referee blew for time.
Full Time Ballincollig U11s 3 tries Sunday’s Well U11s B 2 tries
Ballincollig U12s played 3 tough matches this week at a blitz in Midelton RFC we played our 1st match against Old Christians which ended in a well deserved draw. Next we played Midelton which was a hard fought match which Midelton drew with a last play try. Then we played Douglas which again ended in a draw. In all 3 matches we played very good rugby with some great tackling and some great individual runs which led to tries. After the matches we were invited to the club house for some much needed sandwiches cakes. Thanks to Midelton for putting on a great spread. Well done lads
Ballincollig 17 v Highfield 15
Ballincollig faced Highfield on a very wet and windy day which made for tough playing conditions. Ballincollig scored first due to good forwards play with Tiernan Quinn touching it down. Highfield came back to level the game. Ballincollig came close a few times but were stopped at the line, but eventually Tiernan crashed over for his second try with help from Kieran O Driscoll , Mikey Fitton and the rest of the pack. Again Highfield came back to level the game. Jack Casey made a break from his own half to score and Cian Bradley converted. Daniel Smith made several try saving tackles but eventually Highfield scored with a few minutes to go. A very close tough game but Ballincollig take the win. A great squad performance, well done to all.
Ballincollig 15 pts Dunmanway 19 pts
Ballincollig RFC Under 18’s travelled west on Saturday to Dunmanway to play their second league game of the season but lost out to the home side by 4 pts in a thrilling last 3 minutes. On the second week in a row the weather had a big bearing on the game with strong winds and driving rain being the order of the day which left underfoot conditions treacherous heavy and sticky and akin to an ice rink and it certainly was not a day for champagne rugby. Dunmanway played with the aid of the wind in the first half pinned Ballincollig back inside their 22 for long periods and they were awarded for their efforts with a push over try to open the scoring. The Ballincollig boys tried valiantly time and time again to repel the home side advances and made great inroads into Dunmanway territory. On one of those occasions Ballincollig were advancing on the home sides 22 when the ball was intercepted and Dunmanway scored under the posts to leave them 12 points ahead. On the resumption, it was Ballincolligs turn to use the elements and their efforts were awarded when they won a lineout through Fionnan Mc Dermott and the forwards mauled over for Mickey O’Shea to touch down for their openings score after 45 minutes. Aaron O Flynn narrowly missed the conversion. Ballincollig had their tails up and they time and time again pounded their opponents and were awarded when peter Kelleher drove for the line and scored ably helipad by his pack. Aaron O’Flynn converted to leave the sides level 12 pts each. 7 minutes later Ballincollig were to take the lead for the first time when they were awarded a penalty on the home sides 22 which Aaron O’Flynn duly converted with only 2 minutes left on the clock. Ballincollig collected the kick off the booted the ball back as far as possible with the final minute looming. Dunmanway to their credit never gave-up collected it and ran at pace back at the Ballincollig defence. A few missed tackles and slick passing saw them scoring under the posts which they converted to win by 19 pts to 15 to leave Ballincollig extremely disappointed. Never the less it was a good tough tight game for the conditions prevailing with Dunmanway taking all their chances which got them over the line at the end. The referee on the day had a bit of yellow fever issuing a total of 4 yellow cards during the game.
Fixtures 9th November 2013
U7 – Training Tanner Park 10am
U8 – Training Tanner Park 10am
U9 – Training Tanner Park 10am
U10 – Training Tanner Park 10am
U11 – Training Tanner Park 10am
U12 – Training Tanner Park 10am
U13 – v Training Tanner Park 11.30am
U14 – v Training Tanner Park 11.30am
U16 – v Old Christians League away kick off TBC
U18 – v Dolphin League Tanner Park kick off 12 noon
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