Underage Rugby Report Oct 20th to Oct 27th
Saturday morning started chilly enough and it took awhile for our players to thaw out too in their first match against one of our visitors on the morning, Shandon, a few tackles were missed and a few balls dropped but by the end we were coming back but ran out of time. Next up Shandon played our other visiting team Charleville, while they played their game we brushed up on our tackling and passing, the tackle bag was well used by the time it came for us to play Charleville who had done very well against Shandon, so we knew this was going to be a very close game. Charleville had an exceptionally talented player who our team found difficult to stop at first, but the training we did between the two games paid off as the players got into the game and matched Charleville all the way to the finish. It was a great morning’s work with every one of the players showing great improvements in everything they did.[singlepic id=645 w=320 h=240 float=none]
Ballincollig v Shandon
As Shandon travelled in small numbers, Ballincollig split their squad in two and the first half began with both teams slow to take the initiative. Some scrappy play and poor ball retention at the start soon gave way to an intense battle up front and Shandon drew first blood. Ballincollig threatened at every opportunity when the ball went wide and scored 3 fine tries. The second half enabled Ballincollig to bring on the rest of the squad and being fresher slowly got the upper hand over a tiring but organised Shandon outfit. A few tries for both teams drew applause from the sidelines. A very sporting game with both teams feeling that they have room for improvement.
Ballincollig v Charleville
This game pitted our boys against a fit strong Charleville side. Ballincollig, having had game time already started quicker and showed good hands and ball retention but failed to score. As Charleville came into the game their quick running caused our lads problems and some missed tackles gave Charleville the lead. Encouraged from the sideline, to push up their defensive line helped Ballincollig to put pressure on the Charleville runners and it began to pay dividends. Ballincollig scored a few tries to pull ahead and despite some good line breaks by Charleville’s nippy no 9, Ballincollig never really looked like relinquishing their lead and ran out winners. Squad James Kelly, Sean O Hanlon Lane, Eoin McNabola, James McArdle, Denny Kiely, Niall Kiely, Daniel Dineen, Cian Kilkenny, Paul McAllen, Kieran Murphy, Emmet Costello, Ronan Hennessy, Evan Dodd, Rian O Keeffe, Cian Galvin.
Well done to all the lads.[singlepic id=636 w=320 h=240 float=none]
Under 15s League
Ballincollig 23 v Kinsale 17
Ballincollig started their league campaign with a win in Tanner Park last Saturday by beating Kinsale with a score of 23 points to 17 points. This was a very close game with Ballincollig coming out on top with tries from Stephen O’ Reagan and the man of the match Ben Kehoane who also scored 2 conversions and 3 well taken penalties. Ballincollig did well in the scrum and they managed to win 3 against the head but the Ballincollig lineout was weak and was an area where they turned over easy ball. The two tries came from running good lines and straight running. Overall this was a good performance and Ballincollig did well to win in the last 10 minutes coming from 17 points to 13 points down. There is plenty to work on especially in the loose but well done to the whole squad on the first league win
Well done lads
Under 17s League
Ballincollig v Clonakilty
Ballincollig Under 17s continued their league campaign with a home game against their West Cork counterparts Clonakilty @ Tanner Park on last Sat 20th October. The home side were playing against the breeze and were very prominent in the early exchanges but as hard as they tried through Peter Kelleher, James Kelleher, Robert Nyhan, Robert O’Donoghue Cian Shanahan, Humphrey O’Mahony, Michael O’Shea, Daire Buckley, Cian O’Leary, and Stephen Mc Grath they could not register a score to show their superiority. However, the game changed for Clonakilty in the final 10 minutes of the half and after some slick handling through their backs they touched down in the corner to register the opening score and before the referee blew for halftime, the visitors had added two more tries and a conversion. The Ballincollig backs of Colin O’Leary, Daire Conway, Fionnán Mc Dermott, James O’Donnell, Cameron Thornton, Shane Quinlan, Aaron O’Flynn and Cormac Larkin tried every move possible to rescue the game but sadly, it was not to be. On the resumption, Clonakilty continued from where they left off and added three more tries without reply. This was a very difficult assignment for the Ballincollig lads who found it very difficult to cope with the pace and guile of Clonakilty. Ballincollig travel to picturesque Kinsale next Sat 27th October 2012 to ply their wares against the home side there with better fortunes hopefully in the horizon.[singlepic id=647 w=320 h=240 float=none]
Under 19s League
Ballincollig/Muskerry 15 v Clonakilty 15
This was the first competitive match of the under 19 league season for the newly combined Ballincollig/Muskerry under 19 team, formed due to both clubs with low player numbers. The game started with the visitors dominating possession resulting with an early try 5 minutes into the game to the Clonakilty side which was not converted. With only three training sessions together as a combined unit showed in the early stages of the match as it took almost 20 minutes before the Ballincollig/Muskerry side got any substantial possession. Some good work around the pitch from Tim Murphy (No8) defensively and offensively helped to compose the home team. This saw the home side score a long range try through some individual brilliance finished off by good support work levelling the game 5 all. Ballincollig/Muskerry finished the half the stronger adding another 5 points taking them into the break 10-5 up.
The second half saw a Clonakilty fight back with two quick tries regaining the lead for the visitors, but with 5 minutes to go Ballincollig/Muskerry showed their heart with a dominant forward display capped off by the backs levelling the score 15 all. The home side was unlucky not to snatch the victory with the last play of the game but the draw was a fair reflection of the match. Strong games up front from Ballincolligs James Cook and Dave Cantwell along with back rows Tim Murphy and Shaun Tynan and co captain Eolann Treacy ensured the newly formed side were competitive and at a time when the home side were defensively frail substitute centre Conor Petterson stood out tackling everything that came his way keeping the home team in the game.
Early days with a lot of potential.[singlepic id=646 w=320 h=240 float=none]
Fixtures for Weekend 27th October
Minis under 8s, 10s, & 12s are away to Dunmanway meeting at 08:45 bus leaving at 09:00 sharp
Minis under 9s & 11s away to Highfield meeting at 09:30
Minis under 7s training at Tanner Park 10:00 sharp
Under 13s Training 11:30 sharp on the pitch
Under15s League away Ballincollig v Dunmanway kick off TBC
Under 17s League away Ballincollig v Kinsale Kick off TBC
Under 19s League away Ballincollig/Muskerry v Kinsale kick off TBC
New members welcome to attend at all age grades and give rugby a TRY
Club Registration & Subscription is now due and can be paid in the club hall every Saturday Morning.
Tickets for Your Club Your Country are also available all money raised will stay within the club.
Club Shop is open every Saturday morning with a great selection of kit/casual wear/tea/coffee/snacks.
Annual Door to Door collection has commenced all donations greatly accepted.