Well done to the Senior 3rd XV who made it two wins from two in the East Coast League with a 17-32 away win against CBC Monkstown. The team showed excellent character to bounce back from a 17-7 deficit at half-time. Out-half Sean Verdon scored twice in this match in addition to scores from Peter Costello, Daniel Fives and Alex Devaney.
The JCT B XV lost 22-43 at home to Newpark JCT A XV in the Junior B league. There were excellent performances in this match from Jamie Crooks and Scott Monaghan in particular. Well done to Reid Cockrell who scored twice, and to Dean Cox and Ricky Bucheli who added further scores.
The U-15 A XV came out on top with an exhilarating 39-47 away win against St Fintan's. There were notable performances in this match from Jonny Cazzini and Jack Roberts who scored five tries between them in this match.
The U-15 A XV then went on to win the bowl competition at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution Under 15 tournament over the weekend. They defeated Belfast Royal Academy 7-5 in the semi-final with a try from Ben Nathan and a conversion from out-half Jonny Cazzini before going on to beat Grosvenor Grammar School in the final. Well done to all the team and coaches on a successful tour.
The U-14’s travelled to Manchester for their annual tour at the weekend, winning all of their six matches played. On Friday afternoon, the A, B & C XV's played Cheadle Hulme School. The A XV won 45-10. Flanker Ferdia Spain put in a notable performance to score four tries alongside further scores from Milo Campbell, Rian Handley, Daniel Isaacson, Ed Collins and Sam McMullin. The B XV won 55-15. David Gilmore and Harry Goolding scored two and three tries respectively in this match. Hugh Archer, Flynn Murphy, Cameron Campbell, Ciaran Lai, Ruarc Mullarkey and Joe Daly also crossed over the line. The C XV also won 40-20. Winger Harry Shannon scored twice in the fixture, alongside scores from Sam Chapman, Evan Byrne, Andrew Kerr, Tom Gaughan, Jack Slowe and man of the match, Theo Marcoux.
On Saturday, the squad travelled to play Manchester Grammar School. The A XV put in an impressive performance to win 32-5. Ed Collins completed a clinical performance by scoring five tries in this game in addition to a score from Milo Campbell. Peter Montgomery added a further conversion from the tee. The B's executed an impressive display to win 30-10. Outside centre Harry Goodling scored twice in the second half with Joe Daly, David Gilmore, Ryan Price and Ciaran Lai adding further scores. The C XV match was a thriller. The boys found themselves 15-5 down with ten minutes to go. Andrew Kerr and Theo Marcoux scored three tries to make it 15-15 before out-half Sam Chapman scored the winner with a fantastic breakaway try with two minutes left to play. Well done to all the team who travelled.
Congratulations to the following players who represented Ireland in the friendlies against England over half-term: Josh Greaney (U-18), Ben Ryder, Craig MacKay and Adam Galbraith (U-16)
Also, good luck to the following players who have been selected for the Leinster U-17 Development squad who travel to Holland at Easter: Liam Labushagne, Sam Smalley, Connor Scanlon.
Well done to the U-13 A’s who beat Drogheda 4-0 in the Cup Quarter Final. They now face Newpark in the Semi-final next Friday. Well done to the U-13 B’s who had a convincing 5-0 win in a friendly against St. Andrew’s.
Another big well done to the U-14 A’s who beat St. Andrew’s 2-1 after extra-time in the League Semi-Final last week. An excellent team performance saw them come from behind after conceding early in the first half. Jake McKenna got the equalizer and the winner was neatly tucked away by Peter Walker after a long cross in from Josh Gill. They now play in the final next Wednesday against The High School in St. Andrew’s at 3.05pm, all support welcome.
Congratulations to the Senior Girls who beat Kings Hospital in the League. The only goal of the game came in the first half from a short corner rebound. That result qualifies them for a league semi-final, with their match on Saturday deciding on the table toppers. The girls drew 3-3 with Muckross at the end of full time in a cracking game. They went into a 2-0 lead with Lara and Sophie scoring excellent team goals. A mistake just before half time allowed Muckross to get one back. Lara scored again, early in the second half giving us a two-goal lead, but Muckross upped the pressure to put two short corners away and equalise. Keeping that momentum, the Muckross won 3-1 on 1 v 1’s, claiming the top spot in the section. Good luck to the girls, who will now have a tough match against Mount Anville in the league semi-final on Thursday in Rathdown.
Commiserations to the Senior 2’s who lost 1-0 to Andrew’s in their league playoff. Despite playing all the hockey and putting Andrew’s under pressure the whole game, we couldn’t score any of our chances, with their keeper shutting down all the attempts. The girls have come a long way during the season and can be proud of their efforts. Well done to the coach and players.
The Senior 3’s beat Our Lady’s Grove 2-1 over the weekend in a friendly. Well done to all the team and to Laura Johnston who scored both goals.
Congratulations to the Junior A’s who are in the semi-final of the League against Newpark next Saturday.
A special mention to Sinead O'Grady, Mya Adams and Lindsay Power who were all selected for the Leinster U-17 development team. This is a great achievement, especially to Lindsay who has just returned to hockey after injury.
Congratulations to the Minor A’s who are through to the league semi-final against Newbridge after a 3-1 win against Rathdown. Unfortunately, Saturday saw them loose to Mount Anville 3-1 in the Cup semi-final. The girls took the lead in the first half, but they couldn’t hold back a determined Mount Anville side after the break. Good luck to all the team in their league opportunity on Wednesday.
Well done to the 1st Year A’s who beat St Andrews 2-1. Another group of 1st Years played two 8-a-side games v St Andrew’s. Despite being beaten the girls never gave up and created some good goal scoring opportunities.