Underage Rugby Report Dec 7th to Dec 14th 2013
Ballincollig U9s hosted a strong Bandon side on Saturday morning. There was some excellent individual performances and a great team effort at the breakdown as well as tries from Sean Kelly, Jack Murray, Pete Kelly, Sean O’ Neill, Steven Naughton, Ben Foley and James Hurley. They face a trip to Old Christians this weekend, before heading into the Christmas break.
On Saturday we travelled by bus to Skibbereen . We had a total of twelve players and they were Eoghan O Brie , Zakk Davis, Ben O Connor, Evan Mc Cardle, Rory Kiely, Sean Miskhe, Robert Dennehy , Ronan Power, David Hurley, Daniel Keating, Cathal O Donoghue and Dean Carey. We played a total of three matches . Our first match was against a strong sided Skibbereen. Our lads although failing to score played well. This was primarily due to the fact that they failed to clear out in the rucks thus giving away too much possession. Our second match was also against Skibbereen and our lads got much better organised in the rucks and tackled better . Three tries in a row from Eoghan O Brien and one from Dean Carey clenched victory for Ballincollig. Our final match was against Crosshaven who were very good at rucking, Ballincollig defended well and put in a huge effort but unfortunately it was Crosshaven who won out the match. All the lads enjoyed the day and are looking forward to playing away to Old Christians next weekend. Well done lads
On Saturday 7th December Bandon RFC were the visitors to Tanner Park. On a lovely bright sunny morning Bandon kicked off to start the game. Both teams were quite evenly matched and played some great rugby. Bandon were superb in attack, quickly recycling the ball and spreading it wide at every opportunity, but Ballincollig’s defensive work was outstanding. On several occassions managing to rip the ball in the tackle, and winning vital turnovers in the ruck, but Bandon finally managed to score a deserved opener to take the lead and from the kick off put together another fine backs movement to score again. This only spurred Ballincollig on and as they won they’re own kick off and created a series of driving mauls to advance them close to the Bandon line and scored an easy try. Ballincollig kicked off to start the second half a long kick and chase to put the Bandon backs under pressure and managed to force a knock on close to the Bandon line. A quick feed from the scrum and some slick passes saw Ballincollig score in the corner to level the game. Ballincollig mounted sustained pressure on the Bandon defence and turning over the vast majority of ball in the ruck managed to score again. From the kick off Ballincollig made another quick break to increase their lead. But Bandon dug in and wouldn’t concede the game, and by spreading the play wide at every opportunity managed to create a gap to score a fine try. Bandon had their tails up and again managed to crash over to level the game. Ballincollig kicked off again and chased down brilliantly to force another turnover which resulted in a well worked team try. But Bandon wouldn’t let their heads drop, and drove on for the levelling score and mounted sustained pressure on the Ballincollig line but as so many times before Ballincollig managed to turn the ball over in the ruck and quickly moved the ball through the hands and kicked for touch to end the game but Bandon’s full-back made an excellent catch under pressure managed to break a tackle and score right on the final whistle. A draw was the fairest result for both teams after a really great display of rugby
We left early for our match away to Skibbereen and also had an unexpected additional match v Crosshaven who also travelled. Ballincollig ended up playing 3 matches for what proved a challenging day for the strong squad of 18 who travelled. First up was the Skibbereen B team which straightened out the aches from the bus journey and finished 4 tries each. Next up was Crosshaven which proved a stern test for us as well as the ref in a fiercely contested match which resulted in us losing by single try. The final match against our generous hosts proved a step too far as the efforts put in the earlier games meant we couldn’t compete to our usual high standard against a big fresh Skibbereen A team losing by 3 tries. Special mention to the entire squad for their massive efforts on the day especially in the Crosshaven match where they stood toe to toe against a difficult team and showed great discipline and spirit and will learn from this game going forward. Well done all and we end the year next week with a game against Christians. Well done lads
The U13s travelled to Highfield anxious to reverse the result of their first game of the season against the same opposition and what a display by all 15 players. Ballincollig led by 4 tries (2 converted) to nil playing a brand of rugby that one Highfield supporter said was the best he’d seen this season. The second half was a different affair as The Highfield made a number of changes and how the fresh legs made an impact. They scored 4 tries, 3 by one particular player to storm back into the game. However another try for Ballincollig secured the win. It was a display each and every lad should be extremely proud of. The coaches certainly were. We’ll done all 15 of you.
Ballincollig faced Muskerry in this local derby which didn’t disappoint. From the kick off it was a close fought battle with our forwards putting Muskerry under pressure inside their half. Colm Tuohy, Kieran O Driscoll and Mickey Fitton were excellent in both the scrum and rucks while Liam McGeough and Conor O Buchalla worked really hard at the break down area. After much hard work Tiernan Quinn crashed through to score for Ballincollig and Jack Casey converted. In the second half Muskerry scored beneath the posts to level the game. Eoin O Neill and Zak Forde worked really well together to keep Muskerrys half backs under a lot of pressure while Liam Fahy, Michael Hallisey and John O Connell did great work in the backs. A great performance by the whole squad. Well done all.
Ballincollig U16s had a narrow defeat away to Charleville losing 5 points to nil last Saturday. This was a very physical challenge to which every Ballincollig player committed to with passion, skill and discipline. The only score came in the last 5 minutes of the first half when Charleville scored a try from a penalty which from a Ballincollig point of view the penalty appeared to be appointed to the wrong team. Ballincollig came out determined to win this match in the second half and almost achieved this in the last 5 minutes when they made a great break down the touchline only to be tackled by a collar grabbing tackle that was deemed legal by the referee. The forwards were impressive in the set pieces and also their rucking and mauling has improved while also the backline showed good attacking and defence skills. So far this season this Ballincollig team can be proud of the way they have grown and matured as a team and I am sure Saturdays defeat will help them to move to the next level. Well done lads great performance.
The top of the Table clash between Mitchelstown and Ballincollig in Tanner Park. Both Teams were up for this game & conditions were perfect for rugby. Ballincollig were first to get on the scorecard after 5 minutes with a try scored by Humphrey O’ Mahony off the side of a strong Ballincollig maul. The conversion was not successful so 5-0 to the home side. 10 minutes later Mitchelstown pressed hard and scored a try later converted to bring it to 5-7. They scored a second on the 22nd minute and the conversion on target brought the score up to 5-14. Early substitution brought Aaron McNamara on for James O’ Donnell in the centres. The wake up call for Ballincollig came with some great defensive work, to keep it at 5-14 at half time. New focus kicked in with a try from Mikey O’ Shea from Ballincollig on the 40th minute now 10-14.The second row scoring machine for Ballincollig struck again with Humphrey O’ Mahony getting his second with 50 minutes gone this was converted by Aaron O’ Flynn Ballincollig lead 17-14.Mitchelstown broke the Ballincollig defence 10 minutes later conversion missed 17-19 in favour of the visitors. Ballincollig kept the ball in hand and attacked head on time and time again Mikey O’ Shea scoring his second try on 66 minutes 22-19, Ballincollig in the lead again from a huge Team effort. A penalty within range of the posts was 3 points extra for Aaron O’ Flynn putting Ballincollig further ahead on the 70th minute 25-19.The game finished on this score line with brilliant performances from both sides. The endless nights of training and team building showing the results with the impact made by substitutes brought on. This result should put us in a strong position for a home semi final after Christmas. Well done lads
Peter Kelleher(captain), Dylan Desmond, James Kelleher,Mike O’Shea, Humphrey O’ Mahony, Fionnan MacDermott, Cian Shanahan, Robert Donohue, Brian Verling, Cameron Lucey, Daire Conway, James O’Donnell, Scott Vaughan, Aaron O’ Flynn, Shane Quinlan, Rob Nyhan, Dave O’ Brien, Daire Buckley, Colin Casey, Aaron McNamara, Jack O’ Sullivan, Cian O’ Leary, Dave McCoy.
Fixtures Weekend 14/12/2013
U7 – Training 10am Tanner Park
U8 – v Old Christians away meeting @9.30am in the club & leaving 9.45am
U9 – v Old Christians away meeting @9.30am in the club & leaving 9.45am
U10 – v Old Christians away meeting @9.30am in the club & leaving 9.45am
U11 – v Old Christians away meeting @9.30am in the club & leaving 9.45am
U12 – v Old Christians away meeting @9.30am in the club & leaving 9.45am
U13 – v Muskerry Tanner Park kick off 11am
U14 – Training Tanner Park 11.30am
U16 – Training Tanner Park 11.30am
U18 – Training Tanner Park 11.30am
- All player registrations & subscriptions are now OVER DUE these can be paid in the club house on Saturday morning
- Club shop open every Saturday morning 9.45am