St Mary’s College RFC J1 V Greystones RFC J1
Sunday 4th November 2018.
It was a perfect day for a game of rugby, with light winds and dry conditions. And the teams did not disappoint as they presented a fast adventurous game, if somewhat infested with errors; but nobody complained as it was a pleasure to watch and indeed feel the excitement, when near the end Marys fought to stay in contention, from a typically determined and physically active Greystones team.
It was matched in effort by the St Marys’ U20s playing contemporaneously on the senior pitch, when they forced every fibre to get ahead of Buccaneers with the final play to win, 37-35. Games like these two keep club rugby alive and relevant. It is also a credit to the coaches and managers who instil spirit and skill into their players. The same must be said of the two visiting teams. It is hard to think of a more satisfying way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It was a credit too, to the club head coach, Steve ever busy, Steve Hennessy and the Rugby Council, Alan Shirley DoR, Kevin Conboy and Eoin Quinn, that they were all there in appraisal mode. One thing is a pity that the U20s and J1s’ venues clash so often. It does not seem to be outside the wit of men, to be able to arrange fixtures to avoid venue clashes like this and respect the status of both vital teams with the senior pitch.
In spite of hard fast straight running from both sides, no score damage was inflicted until just on halftime, when the home side went ahead 5-0 with a try. It was just after the split, when Marys went ahead 12-0 with a converted try. This led to Stones making frantic efforts to pull back, they gained some ascendancy before scoring a try on 62 minutes. 12-5. The visitors continued to attack and on 68 minutes drew level with a hard earned try. It was then frantic, to and fro to the end. However it remained a very fair 12-12 draw. Well done to both, for effort, sportsmanship and considerable skill.
On the Marys team, it was a pity that Max Kennedy had to withdraw during the game with an ankle injury. In the pack, prop, Paudge Dundon, showed determination for the entire 80 minutes, Hugo Diepman continues his rehabilitation satisfactorily and in the backrow James Ringland is starting to show his pedigree and ability. Probably the most influential player in the pack was Darragh McDonnell with hard drives and strong defence. He was unable to find the ball in loose play to show his power running.
The backline played its part too, with Eanna Clynes comfortable at 15, as was Conor Kavanagh at outhalf and Mathew Timmons showed a cool head and some nice touches; he always puts in a really honest and controlled stint. Everyone gave their all and Tom Lynch, Gareth Roche, Ger Pelosi and Paul Conlon will appreciate the progress.
15 E Clynes, 14 M Talbot, 13 S McCahill, 12 M Timmons, 11C Rudd, 10 C Kavanagh, 9 C Fitzpatrick, 8 D McDonnell, 7 J Ringland, 6 D Lyons, 5 H Diepman, 4 M Kennedy,3 P Dundon, 2 R Fanning, 1 K Mannion, 16 F Magee, 17 B Mannion, 18 M Ridgeway, 19 A Mooney, 20 C Michelin.