After only starting up this time last year our Girls rugby players had their first taste of a competitive game when Newport RFC traveled down to Clarisford Park last Sunday, 31st January for 2 challenge games, U18 and U15. Two great games were played with both sides showing determination and no shortage of skills.
Ballina-Killaloe RFC U11’s traveled to Young Munster for a Mini’s blitz.
Fielding two teams who played 4 games each, with an impressive return of won 7 and drew 1. Well done to all!
Our U13’s, who include a number of players from Scariff RFC, today traveled to the rugby grounds in Scariff where we hosted Gort RFC.
In an entertaining and committed game BK/Scariff RFC managed to withstand strong pressure from Gort to break away and score a number of good tries to go in 19-0 up at halftime. With the stiff wind in the backs in the 2nd half, Gort never gave up and managed 3 tries themselves, however strong carries by Noel McGrath, Evan Wood, Callum Byrne and Ruadhan Quinn throughout the game saw BK/Scariff RFC U13’s win out 47-17 in the end. Many thanks to all those who came along for an entertaining game
Well done to the U14’s who beat Shannon RFC in their Munster League Section 1 game at Coonagh, 36-15
Tries from David Boland, Jack McEvoy, Tadhg O’ Shaughnessy and Josh Egan(3)
The U13’s made the expedition out to Derryknockane and Young Munster’s pitches. In a morning where many senior games were cancelled, heavy downpours and strong winds welcomed the players, a pitch inspection and a discussion among the coaches, the decision was made to go ahead with the game as the gale eased slightly.
Playing with the strong winds, Young Munster were quicker off the mark, getting 2 early tries, before BKRFC managed to find their own groove, and through a couple of direct runs, an attacking scrum inside the YM 22, BKRFC played a smart switch of play to the blindside to dot down for their opening try.
The conditions were trying at times but all players played their part. Both sides showed a willingness to spread the ball out wide despite the greasy ball.
BKRFC started the second half strong, crossing for a couple of tries, but Young Munster showed good skill and speed managing a number of scores themselves. BKRFC refused to let their heads go down and in one play after making a strong surge down the middle, BKRFC were held up short, YM won the ball and broke up field, but refusing to give up BKRFC chased back, managed to secure the ball again and in an excellent example of counter attacking, ran the ball back, used the width of the pitch and scored what was to be the final try of the game.
Many thanks to all the parents and players who made, and found, their way out to Derryknockane and well done to Young Munster on their win and for what was an excellent game in adverse conditions for all.
Ballina-Killaloe U13’s took on a strong Thomond RFC in Clarisford Park. Thomond managed to open the scoring with an intelligent kick out to the wing from inside their 22, where their speedy winger managed to secure the ball and spint down the line, avoiding a couple of tackles to dot down for the first try. Ballina-Killaloe regrouped quickly and after a good break to go close, some close in driving saw BKRFC score. Immediately from the kick off, BKRFC ran the ball straight back to record another score. Thomond were not finshed yet and responded themselves with some good handling and quick pace to round the BKRFC defence and score under the posts, with the conversion added Thomond lead 12-10. Once again BKRFC regrouped and with a pick and drive from Evan Wood at a close-in scrum saw BKRFC regain the lead 17-12 at the break.
BKRFC started the second half strongly with some direct running from Kian Donnelly, Ruadhan Quinn and Evan Wood, with James Frahill at 10 and Ian Larkin at 12 and Keelan Hartigan at 13 directing the play, the lead was extended through some excellent team tries.
Credit must go to Thomond who never gave up and managed the final score of the game with a try of their own. The final score ending up 39-17 to BKRFC for their 2nd win of the League.
Well done to all the boys from both teams and to the parents and coaches on the sidelines on what was a lovely autumnal morning in Clarisford Park.
BKRFC U13s recorded their first win of the league with a 33-7 victory over Ennis RFC in Clarisford park. In trying conditions with torrential downpours at the start of the game, the pitch held up well as did the BKRFC defence, as Ennis owned the ball for the first 10 minutes but were unable to make any headway as the BKRFC line held well with everyone putting in strong tackles. Lifting the seige, BKRFC managed to work the ball upfield and after a couple of direct runs, breaking the gainline, the ball was passed out wide to the wing for BKRFC to round the Ennis defence and score under the posts. Two more tries followed before halftime, with BKFRC leading 19-0 at the break.
With Ennis suffering a couple of injuries and having only the 15 players, a couple of the BKRFC substitutes stepped into the breach and lined out on the Ennis side so to maintain a full 15 v 15. Special mention must go to Evan Wood who after dotting down for BKRFC, changed jersey’s to score for Ennis as well a putting a couple of try saving tackles on fellow BKRFC teammate Noel McGrath as he surged for the Ennis line.
Many thanks to Ennis and their supporters who travelled for what was an excellent game and a special thanks to all those who braved the inclement conditions on the sideline to support both sides.
Match Report U16’s vs Ennis RFC
BKRFC U16’s today played a very good well drilled and structured Ennis RFC squad.
Unfortunately the final score ended up 60-0 but there were some great passages of play by our boys especially in the second half, they never gave up but ultimately they were unable to make that pressure turn into points.
Hard luck to the lads but well done at the same time.
Ballina-Killaloe RFC U12’s travelled to Shanagolden, Co. Limerick to play teams from Estuary RFC, Young Munster & Thomond RFC.
After a slow start against Estuary and some tough, well-drilled opposition from Young Munster, the boys lifted their game against a big Thomond side to finish the morning with a win. Inspired by the All Blacks game the night before, we saw some great rucking, big tackles, lovely passing sequences and brilliant tries.
Squad: Alex Chateau, Laurent Chateau, Shane Geraghty, Ben McCarthy, Leifur O’Gorman, Gordon Wood, Ciaran Rodgers, Tom Farrell, Sean Crotty, Cillian O’Connor, Shane O’Connell, Conor Neill, Cathal Mullane.
Try Scorers: Shane Geraghty, Ben McCarthy, Ciaran Rodgers, Gordon Wood, Conor Neill, Cathal Mullane, Cillian O’Connor.
Big thanks to the boys and parents who travelled on such a big day in the Irish Rugby Calendar!
U13’s v Nenagh Ormond 4th October
Playing a challenge match before our first league game, both sides spend the first 10 minutes getting to grips with each other and the full pitch, BKRFC then managed to push it up a level and scored 3 unanswered tries through, Ronan Neill, Ruadhan Quinn and Evan Wood, all were excellently converted by Cathal O’Donnell who also tagged on a penalty to lead 24-0 at halftime. The expected repost from Nenagh came in the 2nd half which saw them score 3 tries too, however scores from Ronan Neill, Kian Donnelly and a final score in the last minute by Joe McGrath saw BK RFC finish out winners 43-19.