St Mary’s College RFC J1 V Greystones RFC J1.
Metro League Division 2.
Sunday 3rd November 2019.
This season the talented coach, Tom Lynch has capable and keen, Paul Conlon as his Team manager. Paul has taken over from Gareth Roche, who has been looking after the J1 team, exceptionally successfully for a number of years now. Gareth continues his important work on committee, as House and Grounds Officer.
Today, all will be pleased with the performance, especially team captain, Mathew Timmons, just returned from injury. He will also be pleased with his own performance, leading well, and scoring a neat try.
Greystones who lead the division, were ahead 0-15 well into the first half and looking strong. But this is a good J1 team with lots of talent and today they also showed their determination, team loyalty and spirit, by fighting on and eventually ending up as convincing winners. This shows that teams with inner belief and camaraderie can overcome the odds. When Tom settled them and infused cohesion, the team played some fine rugby, with good pace on the game, with some impressive passing movements.
Once again today as with the senior team yesterday, the scrum, with front row, impressive Niall McEniff, Sean Healy and Paudge Dundon leading the way, was dominant and a strong launching pad. The pack won a penalty try. It was very good for the overall senior squad to see Liam Curran and Hugo Diepman in the second row, getting through relatively unscathed and looking in fine form. The back row too impressed, with Jesse Lee coming into form; he is a leader. Conor Corcoran, younger brother of Liam, is a hardy young man who will do well in the future, as indeed will my MoM, Sean Heeran, still U20 and hard as nails, looking for work and tackling like a torpedo. He and Jesse both scored tries.
The half backs showed composure and variation in game management with Benn Hoey controlled and young Ben Watson, a former schoolboy star at 10, and with the potential to be a senior star of the future.
The backline looked well marshalled by Mathew and impressive
Darren Moroney; with more game time it should shine. One other necessary
comment, a scorer of a nice try was Ciaran O’Meara, who on the wing today is in
fact a back row forward. Well done to
him. The full back Alex Dix is a really
eager and brave lad and with the other winger Sean Mc Cahill, showed pace and
Dan Lyons, happily returning from injury came on and he too scored a try.
The importance of the J1 team is sometimes forgotten, but not by Senior Coach, Steven Hennessy, who was, as he is wont to be, present at the game and was impressed. J1 is literally a vital link from junior rugby to the first fifteen and without a strong J1s, the senior team will struggle. Having players who are almost there, vying for positions or coming back from injury keeps the senior team players on their toes, and makes for competition. We must recognise its importance; Alan Shirley DoR recognises that and is determined to give it all the support necessary.
15 A Dix, 14 C O’Meara, 13 M Timmons (Capt), 12 D Moroney, 11 S McCahill, 10 B Watson, 9 B Hoey, 8 S Heeran, 7 J Lee, 6 C Corcoran, 5 H Diepman, 4 L Curran, 3 P Dundon, 2 S Healy, 1 N McEniff. B Manion, K Mannion, D Lyons, G Potts.