Underage Rugby Report Oct 6th to Oct 13th
A summer-like morning welcomed Kinsale RFC U8 to U12 teams to Tanner Park where a series of highly entertaining and hard-fought games were played out between the two clubs.
Ballincollig v Kinsale
The match was played in with great spirit and the result was in doubt until the final quarter. Both sides swapped scores regularly in an very entertaining game for all those fortunate to witness this game in which all squad players got game time. These hard working teams were finally separated by some strong and free running scores in the final quarter by the Ballincollig squad and both teams can be proud of their performance and the manner in which the game was played.
The future is bright in Tanner Park.
Under 12’s played host to Kinsale on Saturday. This was the second game of the year for this team and was played in glorious Tanner Park sunshine. The Kinsale forwards started very strongly and gave a exhibition in rucking. As good a display of defending their own ball you could hope to see at this level, or even a age grade higher. However, a team are as good as they are allowed play, and after a while our Ballincollig lads got stuck in and contested every ruck. The Kinsale team realised they were in a game and not a training session. This resulted is a very even and exciting game. Some great passing movements from both sides resulting in some excellent tries. Every ball was contested and there were no easy scores.
Having parents supporting the teams on the sideline added to the excitement. A very sporting game, both teams respecting each other. Another example of a Ballincollig team playing uncompromising rugby in the spirit of the game.
It was also exciting to see the team put what they had learned in training into practice on the pitch.
The under 12’s will be training for the next two weeks – building on their strengths and plugging gaps from their first two games.
Ballincollig v Dolphin
The under 13s played Dolphin in Musgrave Park on Saturday. We had a great turnout with a full squad of 24. Ballincollig’s play in the first half was a bit mixed and Dolphin definitely had the upper hand. For the second half Ballincollig came out with all guns blazing and took the game to Dolphin. A couple of fine tries from Sam Kiely and Colm Touhy neatly converted by Mark O’Connor. Ballincollig worked together as a team and the ball made its way out the wing more frequently.
Well Done Lads
Ballincollig 15 Old Christians 12
Ballincollig under 15s maintained their unbeaten run when they beat Old Christians 15 points to 12 points last Saturday at Tanner Park. This was a close contested match with some great forward play and back play by both teams. Ballincollig’s tackling and defensive line had much improved from the previous game as did the rucking and the mauling. It was great to see the backs and forwards combining and supporting each other when attacking. Ballincollig do need to improve their place kicking as this might go against them in the league.
Well done lads .
Ballincollig 21 Sundays Well 34
Ballincollig RFC Under 17s played host and continued their preparations for the start of next weeks League with a stern and hotly contested encounter with Sundays Well @ Tanner Park Ballincollig on Sat 6th October 2012. In the first 10 minutes, Ballincollig forwards took the game to their counterparts early on and had the upper hand but Sundays Well’s defence stood firm and against the run of play they found themselves inside the Ballincollig 22. The ball spilled as a result of a defensive error and the Sundays Well side took full advantage and with some good running open the scoring with a well deserved try to go ahead 5 nil. From the restart, the Ballincollig lads increased their intensity and were awarded a scrum just outside the 22 metre line. After a number of phases in which the forwards notably Peter Kelleher, Robert O’Donoghue, Cian Shanahan, Daire Buckley, Humphrey O’Mahony, Michael O’Shea, Stephen McGrath picked and drove at the Sundays Well line on a number occasions and scored a well deserved try when Robert Nyhan finished off the move and scored under the posts which Aaron converted. The home side now led 7 pts to 5.
Sundays Well struck back immediately and with some slick handling, their pacey backs again breached the Ballincollig defence with a well-worked try to go back into the lead, which they never relinquished for the remainder of the game. On the resumption, Ballincollig again worked hard and after some trojan work again by the forwards Jack O’Sullivan at scrum half flashed the ball out through the backs Aaron O’Flynn, Fionnán McDermott, James O’Donnell, Cameron Thornton and Colin Casey before Dave McCoy came into the line from full back and scored a great try in the corner. Aaron O’Flynn also added a penalty. However, Sundays well were not yet finished and again with slick handling and pace they scored another good try, which they converted. Ballincollig struck back again through their forwards and when Peter Kelleher took the ball forward he was unstoppable and scored his side’s third try. Sundays Well were now rampant and added two more tries before the referee called an end to proceedings. It was an enjoyable game of rugby played in a great spirit and in ideal conditions which the home side can take many positives from.
Fixtures Weekend Saturday 13th
All U7s to U12s are training at 10:00 sharp. New members welcome – it’s never to late to TRY.
U13s v Kinsale at home kick off 12:45
U15s v Midleton at home kick off 11:30
U17s League v Bandon away kick off TBC
- 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 and 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 and all donations are greatly accepted.