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U20s Qualify for Prem 1!

Our U20s are in Prem 1!!
 
A great win against a tough Barnhall side came down to the last kick of the game - our lads didn't disappoint!
 
A 12-10 win means we move up to Prem 1 and we're back in the top flight - well done lads and best of luck for the season ahead!
AIL Pre-Match Lunch
This Saturday, October 9th, sees the return of the AIL to Templeville Road! We will be having our first AIL Pre-Match lunch of the season, beginning at 12.45pm, with the game kicking off at 2.30pm.

There are a limited number of seats remaining for the lunch and if you want to book a spot then please contact Marie at mhammond@smcrfc.com or by phone at 014900440.

Please note that masks will be required indoors when not seated, and a covid vaccine certificate will be required to attend.

See you all on Saturday!
Club Volunteers Needed!
Our Club relies on the help of countless volunteers to make sure everything runs smoothly - and we can't thank them enough. We are always looking for more volunteers to give a hand- be it a few hours or a few days a week - any amount is gratefully appreciated!

Please click below to see our current volunteering requirements and if you can help please contact John Bainbridge at 087 2909 886.

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J2 XV Match Report

On Friday October 1st our J2 XV faced off against Enniscorthy’s J1 XV in Templeville Road. The forecast was for clear skies and no rain, and the winner would find themselves on top of Leinster Metro Division 3. 8pm was the scheduled kick-off time and at 7pm our lads jogged out to begin their warm-up. Unfortunately, at 7.05pm the heavens opened and both teams found themselves soaking wet and cold with an hour to go until the match started.
 

The match started off as we expected it to with big hits coming in from both sides as the two physically imposing teams battled for possession. The rain had stopped but conditions were wet and cold, however, the lads were kept warm by the fast-paced action of the game. We mainly kept the ball in the Enniscorthy half and with the wind behind us we kept on the pressure. On the 10 minute mark, Enniscorthy cleared the ball from within their 22, and sent it flying to ZinZan Donners who made an incredible sliding catch. He deftly made it to his feet and sent the ball out wide. The ball made it to Andy McCarthy in the centre, who from the back of the ruck sent a skip pass out to Dave Sloan on the wing. Once Sloaner has the ball and some space, The Flash would struggle to catch him, and he ran it down the wing and under the posts - making it look all too easy. The reliable boot of ‘El Général’ James Bourke sent it over to make it 7-0. Minutes went by with no scores and an unfortunate slip up gave a penalty to the travelling team who made it 7-3 with 30 minutes gone.


Despite having most of the possession and with our forwards dominating the scrums and breakdowns, we couldn’t get the ball over for a try but and with 58 minutes gone, scrum-half extraordinaire Jack McSharry sent the ball between the posts from a penalty to make it 10-3. Just as we were admiring Jack’s skills and talent, and complimenting how well he had been playing, with 59 minutes gone, Jack was shown a yellow card. In Jack’s defence, he had simply forgotten that you can’t shoulder-charge someone into touch, especially when they haven’t got the ball – easily done Jack. We were holding out so well when disaster struck just before the 70 minute mark. The Clonakilty-Conditioning Machine known as Andy McCarthy carried the ball bravely into contact, as he had done throughout the game. In the ensuing tangle for possession, Andy had an unfortunate injury that required an ambulance to be called. The Enniscorthy physio was on the pitch in seconds and had stabilised the broken leg and with the assistance of super-prop Zeeshan Ali, management and a few other players, Andy was stretchered off the pitch and brought inside to keep him warm. To Enniscorthy’s physio, all the lads who helped and to the Fire Brigade and Ambulance crew who were there within minutes – we can’t thank you enough for your rapid response and for making sure Andy was looked after. Andy is doing well now and we’re looking forward to his return to the pitch once he’s fully healedand back to full strength!


Despite losing one of our lads to injury, our men bravely fought on and Cormac Dempsey-Lerchundi took over the role of kicker due to Bourkey retiring from the match with an injured hand. Cormac slotted the ball through the posts from over 30 metres away to make it 16-3. Just as the clock struck 80, Enniscorthy snuck in around the wing and ran in for a last-minute try and the ensuing conversion meant that the score read: St. Mary’s 16 – 10 Enniscorthy. The final whistle went and our lads headed inside to warm up and shower. Despite getting the win, it has to be said how well our lads fared in the last 10 minutes. To see your friend suffer a bad injury and still battle through to win speaks volumes of the professionalism and dedication the lads have. Well done on a hard-fought win and roll on Clontarf on the 16th of October!

1st XV Match Report - by D O’Brien

Highfield RFC V St Mary’s College RFC 

21                           17 

Energia AIL Division 1B  

Saturday 2nd October 2021. 

Woodleigh Park 

Overall 

No High-Fives at Highfield, but a bonus for birthday boy and captain, Richard Halpin!  Even though we did not get four points, the long trip down was well worth it, as the game was a high tempo highly competitive one that could have gone either way.  

To get back to AIL, felt somehow uplifting and exciting. It was good also to see many of the ever loyal supporters who made the journey. Some of those I saw, included, Spike and Declan Fanning, Louis McMullan, Robert (Time Warp) McDonnell, Tony (Stoney) Burke-Moran, Kevin Conboy and John (Pyner) Pyne, with flag; and Mick (The Medium) O’Connor. To add to that, the weather and conditions were perfect. 

 

It has to be recalled that Highfield was the preeminent club in the last AIL 1B campaign. The home side made fewer errors and that was probably the deciding factor. The game was, exciting fast and of a high standard.  Those errors from both sides were to be expected in the first AIL game of the season.  St Marys had more opportunities to win in fact, and were unfortunate, twice in particular.  Once they were held up over the line and the new laws frustrated them, for instead of an attacking scrum, an area that at the time, was being comprehensively controlled by the visitors, it was a drop out from the goal line. Late in the game, when we were four points behind, we won three penalties from attacking scrums on the line and the fourth time the scrum spun clockwise, when it well might have led to a further severe penalisation, Adam McEvoy, who had a fine game, had to play it out wide; we lost the ball in that attack, near the line, and so the game.  

The lineout had some mishaps during the game and will need more work, the scrum, with highly regarded, Mick McCormack back from Leinster duty, was, with a couple of slip ups, dominant and a strong asset in attack and defence.  The backs all worked well together, with talented, Conor Dean, making space with superb passes and controlling things and the midfield looking potent.  Mick O’Gara took up the ball effectively and frequently made good ground, his defence too, was brave, strong and secure and with his high tempo work rate, deserved the SoftCo MoM award.  Against a big pack, our eight did very well, and in the loose, worked hard.  There were dropped balls and general errors, but as the season progresses that ball security will tighten and offloads will speed up. Nick (Warrior) McCarthy came on in the second half and was most energetic and impressive, both in his own game and as an added leader. Having the superb Ronan Watters back in the near future, will strengthen further a competitive and courageous pack, led by inimitable, skipper Richard Halpin. 

Steven Hennessy and his colleagues will be disappointed, as this could have been a win.  It is those final touches that make the difference, but they will have seen much to be optimistic about. Already young players coming up from the junior and under aged teams are showing their ability to fit in and play at the required level. It is the depth of a squad that ultimately decides its fate.  It is looking good.
 

Scoring 


The game took off at pace, and after seven minutes when pressing hard, we were awarded a penalty which Conor Dean dispatched with aplomb, 0-3.  

Then on 11 minutes we got a yellow card for a non-wrap tackle, and they kicked to the corner, set up a maul and made good use of their advantage to maul strongly, then when the ball was moved wide, a slick switch of direction beat the tackle and Highfield went 7-3 ahead.  

A break and kick ahead by in form winger Craig Kennedy, on 29th minute, saw the ball into touch deep in home side’s 22 and a lineout infringement gave Marys a penalty, a scrum was the brave but wise choice and the scrum went marching towards the line, then Niall Hurley broke deftly from the back and dived over.  Conor converted 7-10. 

It was 37 minutes when a kick to the corner for the home side led to their strong maul being deployed, then a series of pick and drives, and it was 14-10.  That was the half time score.
 

2nd half. 


Fortunes swayed in the second half with both sides moving the ball well.  Marys increased the tempo of the game and went hunting for a score, and on 62 minutes we were rewarded when we emulated the Highfield play in the first half, by using a lineout to set up picks and drives which ended with Conor Corcoran forcing himself through the melee and over close in, Conor converted and it was looking good. 14-17. 

Unfortunately for the visiting side, Highfield, yet again repeated the performance of lineout, maul,  try, conversion. 21-17.  

That was the end of the scoring, in spite of that afore mentioned assault on the Highfield line with brilliant scrummaging. 

So that was how it ended 21-17. 

 

Ahead  


Next week we entertain Old Wesley, who beat Shannon 23-22 at home.  They will present a difficult test, but one which we can pass.  Having the situation now that we can have supporters present is a real advantage, remember how you missed being able to be at games and meet up and chat, and have drink afterwards, and so on.  Don’t forget that now.  You must come along and help your team. 

The use of YouTube and such platforms during the pandemic was very welcome; perfect for emergencies.  However, it could kill club rugby and maim clubs, if it remains the norm.  Cold winter afternoons, how many will get up and out of a warm house to come and watch their club? It could cause serious difficulties for clubs, including ours. 

So up on your hind legs next Saturday, and come up and start “Halpin” Richie and his team, they need you. 


Team

15 D Fanagan, 14 M Fogarty, 13 M Carey, 12 M O’Gara, 11 C Kennedy, 10 C Dean, 9 A McEvoy, 8 N Hurley, 7 J Nolan, 6 D Aspil, 5 L Curran,4 L Corcoran, 3 M McCormack, 2 R Halpin (Capt), 1N McEniff. J Coolican, P Dundon, C Corcoran, I Wickham, R Shields, N McCarthy. 

D O’Brien.

Corcoran Brothers Shine in Blue

Unfortunately our 1st XV didn't get the result that we wanted this past weekend, but there was a great moment had regardless - for the first time the two Corcoran brothers - Conor and Liam - lined out together in the Blue and White of St. Mary's!

 

Both lads played with our U20s previously and are now 1st team stars - a great source of inspiration for anyone playing in our Youth and 20s setups - if you work hard enough you'll make it!

 

Well done lads and here's to many more matches together!

Upcoming Club Fixtures

UPCOMING FIXTURES - WEEK ENDING 10th OCTOBER 2021:

1st XV v Old Wesley (H) Saturday  2:30pm - AIL Division 1B

U20 XV v Dublin University (A - College Park) Sunday 3pm - J.P. Fanagan Premier 1 

J1 XV v Old Wesley (H) Saturday  4:45pm - Metro League Division 1

J2 XV v No Game

J3 XV v Wanderers (H) Friday 8pm - Metro League Division 5

J4 XV v Tallaght (H) Wednesday 8pm - Metro League Division 9

YOUTHS:

U18.5 XV v Coolmine (A - Coolmine) Sunday 12pm - U18 School/Youth League Phase 1 Group 1

U17 XV v Clontarf (A - Clontarf) Sunday 12pm -

U17 School/Youth League Phase 1 Group 2

U15 XV v Coolmine (H) Sunday 12pm - U15 School/Youth League Phase 1 Group 2

U14 XV v Seapoint (H) Sunday 12pm - U14 School/Youth Metro Grading Phase 1 Group 1

U13 XV v St Brigids (A - TBC) Sunday 12pm

U13 School/Youth Metro Grading Phase 1 Group 1

AIL Season Tickets

Season Tickets have now gone on sale for our home AIL Fixtures. If you want to save on the total cost of attending matches, and support your club, click below to buy a ticket!
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