(Action from Sunday's U16 game vs Clanwilliam in the Pan Munster League)
Senior: The senior team rounded off their latest block of games in Division 2A of the Energia League in style with a comprehensive victory over Banbridge RFC in Nenagh last Saturday to complete the first third of the campaign with their 100 percent record intact. A valuable try bonus point was added for good measure, which may prove crucial as the year progresses. The team now get a down week to get bodies freshened up before another block of three games is completed in time for the mid season break over the Christmas/ New Year period. The next block will be crucial to Nenagh’s ambitions. A long trek to Malone in Belfast is followed by the visit of Greystones to Nenagh before a Tipp derby with Cashel, who are currently breathing down Nenagh’s neck in 2nd place on the league table, rounds off the action for 2023. If that doesn’t whet the appetite enough , the new year opens with the return fixture with Cashel in Lisatunny on January 13th. A lot of questions about the aspirations of both Tipp sides in this league will be answered by then, but it’s an exciting place to be for all concerned.
It’s not all quiet in the coming week however as both the U 20.5 side and the Senior Seconds take the field in the coming few days with the former facing Bruff on Wednesday evening in Bruff at 7.30pm and the latter taking on Clonmel in Nenagh on Saturday at 2.30pm. Both games will give valuable opportunities for game time to the extended adult panels and hopefully leave the squads in good fettle for the remaining games of 2023.
U16: Our u16s travelled to Clanwilliam on Sunday to play a very strong Clanwilliam side. Early pressure from the boys paid off after 7 minutes when Ben Deegan got in for a try after a tap and go penalty. A strong Clanwilliam pressured us at times but the lads defended very well, supporting each other and Nenagh fought hard to score 2 more tries before half time through Matt Leyden and Michael Cleary. Dean Carey converted one and the score going in at half time was 17-0 to Nenagh. Nenagh played against a strong wind in the second half as weather conditions worsened. The lads defended very well though and Clan failed to get on the scoreboard in the second half.The whole panel played super rugby in a very tough battle. We came away 17-0 winners in the end in a very tough game. Well done boys. Panel -Thomas Ryan, Liam O'Brien Dunne, Armandas Kiaulakis, Billy Hodgins, Oisin Ryan, Jack Kennedy, Jack Cleary, Darragh Murphy, Max Austin, Dean Carey, Matt Leyden, Adam Boland, Martin Heveli, Ben Deegan, Michael Cleary, Shay Óg Kennedy, Brandon Rosney, Shaun Kennedy, Alexander Finn, Keith O'Donoghue,Ronan Maher
U15: Nenagh Ormond under 15s played Waterpark on a damp afternoon on Sunday last at UL’s all weather pitch. The teams were scoreless for the first approximately 10 minutes. Nenagh’s pressure upfront was resulting in a number of penalties being awarded to Nenagh. Unfortunately the lads did not score from these and a turnover soon resulted in a try down the wing for Waterpark against the early run of play. A similar move approximately 10 minutes later resulted in a second try for them, both of which were not converted. However Nenagh fought back just before half time with a great try from Hugo Healy to the right of the posts and this was converted by Charlie Talbot. The score at half time was Waterpark 10- Nenagh 7 and all to play for.
In the second half while in possession on the Nenagh 22, Waterpark’s centre intercepted a pass and scored under the posts. This one was converted by their out half. A fourth try was later scored down the wing by Waterpark. Nenagh continued to battle on in the second half but were unlucky not to capitalise from their efforts in terms of the scoreboard. Our forwards played very well and once the ball was spread wide we showed how dangerous we can be. But the Waterpark forwards to their credit were immense in the breakdown, overturning quite a number of our rucks. The final score was Waterpark 22- Nenagh Ormond 7.
We now focus our attention on our game against Ballina/ Killaloe which will be played away on Sunday next .
Split the Bucket: Well done to all our recent winners including our most recent and possibly youngest ever winner, Stephen O Gorman. Our Split the Bucket fundraiser continues to hand out a minimum of €500 in prize money each and every week. Enter for as little as €2 per week at nenaghormondrfc.com/products or access the link on any of our social media pages.
Your Club Your Country Draw: Time is running out for those interested in entering the “Your Club Your Country” draw for this season. The draw is a nationwide fundraiser run by the IRFU where all money for tickets sold within a particular club goes directly to that club. It is the main fundraiser for our club’s juvenile section for the past number of years. Tickets are available for 10 euros through our club website. There are fantastic prizes on offer with the top prize of a Summer Tour to South Africa to follow Ireland’s test series there. Log on to nenaghormondrfc.com/products to find the purchasing link. All support would be greatly appreciated as it goes directly to the running of our juvenile club.
U18.5: Nenagh (41)- Portlaoise (15)
Senior Seconds: Nenagh vs Clonmel RFC. Saturday @ 2.30pm. (Lisatunny)- Munster Clubs Dev. League
U20.5: Nenagh vs Bruff RFC. Wednesday @ 7.30pm (Bruff RFC)
U18.5: Nenagh vs Ennis RFC. Sunday @ 12.00pm (Lisatunny)
U15: Nenagh vs Ballina/ Killaloe RFC. Sunday @ 12.00pm (Clarisford Park)- Pan Munster Conference
U13: Nenagh vs Garryowen RFC. Sunday @ 12.00pm (Dooradoyle)