14 games in the league this season and a semi-final win have all culminated in Sunday’s fixture – the Leinster League final against Railway W2s, in Naas RFC. Having met Railway twice before in the league, winning the first match 26-0, and losing the second clash 10-5, there was everything to play for, and more.

Mary’s were dominant from the outset, playing territory and keeping Railway in their own 22 with the help of out-half- Sarah Duignan (Leinster’s Player of the Match.) Mary’s kept unrelenting pressure on the skilled Railway side, it was only a matter of time before Niamh Fitzgerald broke through the defence and crashed over the line with a try to the right of the posts. Shayne Richardson confidently slotted the conversion from in front, with the opening score 7-0.

After a very short turnaround, Paula Fitzpatrick’s immense carry got Mary’s over the line once again. Richardson took the kick, but unfortunately, it pulled slightly to the right, hitting the post.

Just before half-time, the girls in blue managed to put more points on the board. Aoife Moore, the captain, picked the ball from the base of a five-metre scrum, beating Railway’s back-row and number 10, to dot the ball down over the line. Shayne’s boot rang true down the middle, splitting the posts, leaving the score at 19-0 at halftime.

The second half got underway with Railway coming back fighting, making a number of line breaks, but were met with a solid wall of blue. Two penalties were awarded to Mary’s, on which they capitalized with Shayne patiently and confidently splitting the posts once again. Final score 25-0 to Mary’s.

The fight isn’t over yet for the St. Mary’s girls as they are now into the provincial qualifiers, playing for promotion to return back to AIL. We are always looking ahead, and always eager for new players to join - we cater for all levels of ability. Come and take part in our training sessions - 7:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

1 Casey O’Brien 2 Emma Kiernan 3 Christy Haney 4 Emma Lackey 5 Karen Plunkett 6 Emma Hooban 7 Niamh Fitzgerald 8 Aoife Moore (Captain) 9 Aoife Thompson 10 Sarah Duignan 11 Sinead Lennon 12 Paula Fitzpatrick 13 Ciara Scanlan 14 Shayne Richardson 15 Scholastique Veyssiere 16 Leah Hayden 17 Sarah Callaghan 18 Michelle Carroll 19 Amy Moran 20 Dairine Frawley 21 Liz Brophy  22 Laura Power

Photo Credit  http://www.stmaryswomensrugby.com/ 

Sunday 8th of April,
These 2 teams met again for the 3rd time this season.On the first league occasion in Lakelands St Marys lost on the last kick of the game to a scoreline of 22-20.
On the return visit to Templeville ,Terenure won 7-12 .So we knew that this game would be close.

St Marys started with energy and got a penalty 3-0 up from the boot of Conor Kavanagh.Terenure replied with a converted try 7-3. They followed that up with a penalty 10-3.St Marys fought back with a strong pick and go from Michael McCormack who drove over the line , converted by Conor Kavanagh , score now 10-10.
Both sides were now putting in strong tackles,nothing was going to be easy.Half time

The second half started with St Marys attacking ,as the ball was being passed along the backline ,Terenure intercepted and ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts, try converted now 17-10.
Never to give up Marys attacked again with our forwards getting on top at the scrum. Penalty given we kick for the corner . Lineout won by Sean Donohoe we drive towards the line with Niall McNiff getting over. Converted by Kav score now 17-17 .
The final whistle is blown and we have 10 minutes aside extra time .
The Terenure side pick up the pace in the first half of extra time and get a great team score to make it 24 -17 to Terenure .
After a brief break and a talk from the coaches, St Marys College RFC U20s had 10 minutes to put everything on the line , so that this would not be the end of their season . Cometh the hour cometh the man .Up stands Michael McCormack to power over the line , converted by Kav to draw the game . We will have to do it again next Sunday with a 5.30pm KO in Lakeland's .
What ever happens we know that our lads will give everything to the cause .
Squad

1. Ruadhan Famning
2. Jamie Coolican
3. Michael McCormack
4. Liam Corcoran
5. Ciaran Gibson
6. Sean Donohoe
7. Jack O'Gorman
8. Niall Curran
9. Conor Kavangh
10. Tom Murray
11. Derry O'Connor
12. Thomas Bisquery
13. Luke Mannion
14. Milo O'Sullivan
15. Eamonn Byrne
16. Niall McEniff
17. Daniel Delaney
18. Ciaran O'Meara
19. Jonny Cosgrove
20. Brian MacMahon
21. Ben Rock
22. Alex Dix

Garryowen FC V St Mary’s College RFC

48                                   21

Dooradoyle

AIL Division 1A

Saturday 14th April 2018.

Overall

Well, in spite of having been hit for 45 and 48 points over the last two matches, it is deeply felt that we can and will succeed next week when we host UCC for the first time since 2005. Once again our defence, both collectively and individually, was ragged at times and Garryowen got in too easily on occasions. On the obverse, we are starting to play with piercing intent and several players are coming back from injury, or into form. We never flinched nor stopped trying. We scored six tries over the last two matches, against two of the top teams in AIL. Therefore if we concentrate and practise incessantly on improving defence, close in, midfield and outer flanks, we shall have the power and ability to prevail. Playing these Division 1A teams must be of value, now. The extra factor which will ensure our survival is confident belief.

It was a bright day at Dooradoyle and the visitors played with a considerable breeze in the first half, and contested well. Had we used the breeze more frequently as an ally, we might have been ahead at half time, although Garryowen looked strong and confident, with a punishing maul and rapid backline. We ended the half 17-16. However, by then Garryowen had scored three tries, to two from in-form Conor Toolan. Conor Dean, who played with pace and confidence, converted two difficult penalties. Sadly Hugo Kean had to retire injured; he numbers amongst the most unfortunate victim of injury.

The second half continued with a rhythmic, rapid game, entertaining for the reasonable crowd. The visitor crowd was a credit to St Marys as it outnumbered and out voiced the local support. This Marys’ support and effort shows the depth of loyalty and deep affection felt by our supporters. They are led by Joyce, Pyner and his never flagging pennant, Louis, Frank, Ronnie, John Ayling, the Fannings and Fanagans, the Sweeneys, players’ parents and many more, including all the president’s men. The president, David, has been stoical and staunch in support, throughout the campaign; again he was there strong for his team.

It soon became apparent that, although we were there in attack, we were floundering in defence, as the power and pace of the home side became fully evident. They used the wind judiciously, put pressure on our lineout and fringe defence, then switched wide and struck. Before the end they had added four more tries and garnered five league points. They required one only point, to secure a top four playoff spot; their first since that well-remembered 2009 season.

This all meant that, although we added an excellent try by Myles Carey, the score ended 48-21.

In reference to that try by Myles, a fine effort following interchange with Deano, it could not have been more deserved. In the face of that onslaught, young Myles went looking for work and flung himself into the fray, making ground time after time. He was linking well too and covering the Dooradoyle field, blade by blade. With all of that, Myles certainly deserved his Softco MoM award.

What a joy it is to see Caelan Doris. When he was on the field today, he was a Colossus as he soared above all, he cleverly gave the ball life and direction and contributed impressively. Having his service for a possible final decider on 28th is heartening. We shall also have quality Marcus O’Driscoll back next week, Indomitable David O’Connor and the exciting bonus of Terry Kennedy, back from his successful 7-a-side international duty. Back too from injury, are elusive Ryan O’Loughlin, Seanie Kearns, Darren Moroney, mighty Jack Dilger, young Ronan Watters, Darragh McDonnell, Others clearly hitting top gear are David Aspil, Jack Aungier, his front row colleagues and Cathal O’Flaherty. We have leaders too to help the skipper, in Warrior Nick McCarthy, Richie Halpin and mercurial David Fanagan. If we can hit high together, engender belief, and above all fix defence, we must have an almost irresistible claim to remain where we belong. AIL Division 1A.

Once again the appeal rings out, you are needed more so than ever now. We are almost there, don’t falter at the last two hurdles. You are the invisible power, the elixir of life, the inner belief and source of light. Let it all soar, then merge with your team and together bound stratospherically free. As one, we shall succeed.

D O’Brien

Team (Rolling Replacements X12)

15 D Fanagan, 14 R O’Loughlin, 13 C Kennedy, 12 M Carey, 11 C Toolan, 10 C Dean, 9 P O’Driscoll, 8 C Doris, 7 N McCarthy, 6 D Aspil, 5 J Dilger, 4 C Ruddock (Capt), 3 A Coyle, 2 H Kean, 1 T O’Reilly, , R Halpin, J Aungier, C O’Flaherty, D Mc Donnell,D Moroney.