MU Barnhall RFC J1 V St Mary’s College RFC J1
Metro League 2
Sunday 11th November 2018.
On a recently renovated pitch and after a brief shower, a benign afternoon, a rumbustious challenge played out, with the visitors, deserved winners. The result puts St Marys J1s at the top of Metro league 2, on 21 points, one ahead of Old Wesley and two ahead of Barnhall. Congratulations to all involved, particularly the J1 squad which has formed into a competitive, identifiable and spirited one that can feel proud of their position. The strength they are building can only be good for rugby at the club and is reassuring for the future.
The dedicated work that the management and coaches have put in, is paying off. Once again Head Coach Steven Hennessy, and DoR Alan Shirley, were there in support of the group.
When you visit Barnhall, you know you will get a wholehearted welcome and a wholehearted encounter; and that is what we got today. Although St Marys won by three tries (one converted) to none, the result was only apparent in the last ten minutes. There were errors, especially in handling and tackling, but for the main part there was good continuity.
As with the senior team the scrum was dominant, however the lineout faltered now and then. That said Liam Curran and Hugo Diepman both performed well in that area. Another second row player, Max Kennedy, was very unfortunate, having come up from Kerry especially for the game, he strained his ankle (damaged last week) in the warm-up and was unable to play.
In the pack, Darragh McDonnell was another who performed well and showed his pace and power with an individual, polished try. Paudge Dundon, at tighthead, has been showing well in this J1 team and did so again today. He finished a pick and drive series with a good try. Then, in the second half our scrum steamed over, for a pushover try. Nick McCarthy had a run out during the first half and looked energised as ever.
Behind the scrum Conor Kavanagh was sharp and combined well with Mathew Timmons who has made a fine job of captaining the team, and must take a lot of the credit. The midfield was solid throughout the game and Eanna Clynes again looked suited to the fullback role.
Ray Sloan, former St Marys’ player and current St Mary’s College highly regarded, junior school games master, was there to see his son David line out on the right wing after two years out with injury.
The J1s have a day off next Sunday, before a home game V Blackrock, who lie 4th in the table, and then have another home game V second placed, Old Wesley, on 2nd December. Don’t forget that the next senior game is home on 24th V Buccaneers in what really must be looked on a as a critical challenge and one we must target. You do not need me to tell you how important your support is and this is a defining season, so just be there, that is an order…………..Please !!!!
15 E Clynes, 14 D Sloan, 13 S McCahill, 12, P Masterson, 11C Rudd, 10 M Timmons, 9 C Kavanagh, 8 D McDonnell, 7 N McCarthy, 6 D Lyons, 5 H Diepman, 4 L Curran,3 P Dundon, 2 R Fanning, 1 K Mannion, 16 F Magee, 17 B Mannion, 18 M Ridgeway, 19 M Kennedy.