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Wednesday 1 October 2014

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Published 27/11/2012 | 10:02

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GOREY TENNIS - The Gorey Tennis Club are running a Christmas special for memberships to the club. The club has four excellent courts in great condition and lots of events and coaching available for all ages and skill levels.

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Most importantly, it is a very social club and presents a great opportunity to meet up with friends - old and new - and get active on your own or with the whole family. The Christmas special for memberships is €65 for Seniors, €25 for Juniors and €110 for a family. The offer is valid until December 31. This could be a great present for under the tree this year, and will help start the new year on the right foot! Contact the club at 0862344495 or info@goreytennisclub.com.

Women's tennis mornings are continuing on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., as are club nights with an American-style mixed doubles tournament on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Both follow with a cup of tea afterwards. For Juniors, fun tennis takes place every Wednesday and a fun tournament takes place every Friday. Both begin at 3.30 p.m.

Join us on two Thursday nights in December - the 13th and 20th - for our turkey competitions. Play in a mixed doubles competition and try to bring home the bird for the Christmas table. December 20 will also be a night for Kris Kindle (limit €5). Enjoy some tennis, a good night out with friends, and the spirit of giving and sharing in the season.

The winter league is continuing to be hard fought for. Presentations for the winter league will take place at the club Christmas party on Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m. There will be food, music and lots of good cheer. Put your name down in the club by December 1.

It's a great time of year to play tennis! Even if you've never picked up a racket before, or haven't played for more days than you can remember, Gorey Tennis Club welcomes you.

GOREY RUGBY

Gorey Under-14s welcomed Athy to Clonattin on Sunday last in their latest Leinster League encounter. Having comfortably defeated Naas the previous week, the Gorey players were in determined mood to up

the intensity significantly in this important fixture.

From Athy's kick-off, Gorey gathered well and attacked the defensive line, with fierce forward rucking winning an early scrum after just two phases of controlled forward play. Scrum-half Eoin Buckley delivered fast ball out wide with excellent Gorey back line handling from 10 to 13 releasing full-back Conor O'Toole into space to score the first try after only three minutes.

Gorey gathered cleanly from the restart and went through a fine passage of forward rucking, with strong running and ball carrying from number 8 Shane Stokes and Eoin Molloy taking play well into the Athy '22. The Gorey pressure was rewarded with a penalty, a quick tap and go by out-half Charlie McGuckin who off-loaded cleanly to second row P.J. Barnes running an excellent line outside the Athy number 10 to open up a clear run to the posts. His try was converted cleanly by Fionn O'Loughlin.

Twelve points on the board for Gorey without reply reflected well on the team's workrate. From the re-start Gorey winger Jack Cullen fielded the ball out wide and set off on a magnificent run down the left, handing off two Athy defenders along the way before crashing over the try line. Fionn O'Loughlin slotted the conversion.

On 20 minutes, Athy were under serious pressure and Gorey were hungry for more with Charlie McGuckin breaking off the back of a Gorey scrum on the tenmetre line to touch down under the posts. Fionn O'Loughlin now had his range and once again calmly added the points.

From the re-start Cameron Reynolds gathered superbly, carrying well over the gainline with excellent support rucking by his pack driving Gorey deep into Athy territory. Excellent second phase work by hooker, Aaron Donnelly, and the Gorey pack of Dylan Slator, Seán Dunne, Tom Higgins, Carl Clarke, P.J. Barnes, Owen Molloy and Shane Stokes drove 15 metres into Athy territory before presenting clean ball to scrumhalf Eoin Buckley who released his back line attack.

Running good lines and handling superbly in heavy, wet conditions, impressive debutant centre Alan Kelly crashed through the cover to register his first Gorey R.F.C. try which O'Loughlin converted to bring first-half proceedings to a close.

Gorey team changes at half-time saw Jack O'Mahony come in at scrum-half, Mikey Duke at 12 and Fionn O'Loughlin switch from 12 to full-back.

Gorey re-started the second period, hanging the ball high, allowing their attacking line time to get right into the faces of the Athy forwards. A crunching tackle from centre Alan Kelly forced an Athy knock-on, giving Gorey an early scrum on half way.

Good work from the Gorey pack allowed Jack O'Mahony time to release out-half Charlie McGuckin who carried and off-loaded to the explosive number 8 Shane Stokes who gathered and hit the Athy defensive line at speed, splitting the centres to run in the try of the game after just three minutes.

It was all Gorey from here on in with a rampant display of rucking, scrummaging and phase play from the pack sending prop Dylan Slator over for his team's sixth try after ten minutes. Five minutes later an excellent pick and go by Stokes made 15 metres before off-loading to support runner Seán Barden whoss strength and awareness broke the Athy cover before finishing impressively under the posts, with O'Loughlin again adding the points.

Gorey registered two more converted tries in the latter stages from centre Alan Kelly and replacement winger Daragh Brooks, both players capping off impressive performances with deserved well-taken scores. The entire Gorey team performed superbly with their hard work in training really showing through in this clinical display in testing conditions. Athy to their credit kept their heads up and fought hard to the final whistle.

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