GOREY RUGBY - Gorey J1s travelled to Roscrea in what promised to be a tough Leinster League Division 2A outing. Roscrea got off to a flying start with a try after five minutes which they failed to convert.
Gorey came back with a try after ten minutes when winger T. O'Reilly touched down. Gorey now applied themselves to the task and, after a spell of sustained pressure, Matt Bater completed a reverse pass which Paul Redmond took full advantage of to touch down near the posts. P.J. Clince added the two points from the conversion.
Roscrea came right back, scoring in the corner and converting for two extra points.
The second-half saw Roscrea pile on pressure on Gorey in their '22, after which Adrian Copeland was yellowcarded. Roscrea converted the subsequent penalty.
Gorey responed immediately by working their way towards the Roscrea '22, and they were awarded a penalty when Roscrea went over the top. P.J. Clince made no mistake with his kick.
Gorey now came under immense pressure but their defence held firm and eventually worked their way back into Roscrea's '22 and won a line-out. With possession secured from the line-out, Gorey mauled towards the Roscrea line with captain P. Redmond scoring his second try. P.J. Clince was once again on target with his conversion.
Roscrea came at Gorey with all guns blazing but Gorey held stong to run out winners on a score of 22-15. This was a great team performance and Gorey's superior fitness made a massive difference against a very good Roscrea team.
Gorey: N. Warren, B. O'Connor, T. Tompkins, A. Copeland, S. Gardiner, P. Redmond, T. O'Reilly, C. Breen, S. Kinnane, M. Woods, J. Ahern, M. Bater, P.J. Clince, T. Sheehy, W. Peavoy. Subs. - B. Horan, P. Horan, J. Sykes, C. Hennsssy, T. Martin.
After the great victory in Roscrea, Gorey entertained their fellow county men New Ross on a beautiful day with ideal conditions for good rugby. Both teams needed the points for different reasons as Ross have been badly hit with emigration and are struggling at the wrong end of the table.
The match started with the home team putting on all the pressure and it was not long until Gorey raced into a two-try lead from Tomás Sheehy and Adrian Copeland, though neither were converted.
New Ross slowly got into the game and should have added points but were just wide with a brace of penalties. Gorey soon lifted the siege and further tries from captain J.P. Redmond and Colin Peavoy saw themsecure the bonus point just on half-time.
Gorey started off the second-half with the pack taking the game to Ross at every opportunity, and it was not long until they crossed the line again as J.P. Redmond finished off a move that saw nearly every player involved. Tommy O'Reilly was next to score as he went over the line for a well-taken try.
Gorey were now in top gear and were spreading the ball wide when the Ross winger intercepted to run the length of the pitch and go in under the posts, which they converted. Ross were soon awarded another try after some good work from their pack saw them cross the line again.
Gorey went on to add two further tries from Tomás Sheehy and Steven Gardiner to see them run out convincing winners on a score of 48-12. Gorey had some big performers in the pack with Steven Gardiner, Jordan Ahearne and Ben Horan in great form. Tommy O'Reilly, Tomás Sheehy and Richard Jones were the pick of the backs.
Team: E. Warren, B. O'Connor, T. Tomkins, S. Gardiner, A. Copeland, K. O'Rourke, J.P. Redmond, J. Ahearn, R. Jones, P.J. Clince, K. Breen, M. Bater, C. Peavoy, T. O'Reilly, T. Sheehy, C. Furney, C. Hennessy, C. Owley, A. O'Brien, B. Horan.
Gorey J3s travelled to Dublin on Saturday last to take on C.Y.M. of Terenure in the Leinster league. On a beautiful day for rugby, Gorey won with a score of 353 which more than flattered the visitors as C.Y.M. were much stronger than the scoreline would suggest.
Gorey started the stronger and took every chance they got, while C.Y.M. although getting in good positions failed to take their opportunities. A brace of tries from both Matty Forde at out-half and Colm Morris at scrum-half and one from Pat Masterson saw Gorey continue their unbeaten run in this division.
Matty converted all but one of the tries and added a penalty for good measure. It was anything but a two-man show as the Gorey pack had to work hard and had some outstanding performers in Bernard McGuire, Ciarán Keane and Kenneth Rothwell.
With the half-backs of Forde and Morris in great form, they were well assisted by wingers Michael Hegarty and Seán Carty, with Tony O'Sullivan in his first game for the J3s featuring well. Next Saturday will see Gorey take on Malahide.
Team: C. Allen, A. Kelly, C. Keane, B. McGuire, C. French, N. O'Loughlin, K. Rothwell, P. Masterson, C. Morris, M. Forde, M. Hegarty, T. O'Sullivan, D. Clince, G. Owley, S. Carty, J. Fanning, D. Redmond, W. Carney.
The courts are in fantastic condition and great tennis is being enjoyed at Gorey Tennis Club with many events taking place over the winter season. The winter league is continuing, and proving to be a very tight competition.
Women's tennis mornings are also taking place each Wednesday at 10 a.m. This is always a good chance for a game and a cup of tea. There are plenty of activities for Juniors as well, with lessons available on many days, as well as tournament play on Fridays. See the club notices for details.
Members are asked to attend an Extraordinary General Meeting (E.G.M.) at the club for 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, in order to make some minor changes to the constitution. Your support is greatly appreciated. The E.G.M. will be followed by the regular Thursday club night at 8 p.m., which sees mixed doubles teams playing in an Americanstyle tournament, and finishes with good friends and a cup of tea.
Mark the date for your calendar now! The club will hold our Christmas party and presentations for the winter league on Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m. There will be food and music, and it's sure to be another great night at the club. Please put your name down in the club by December 1.
We will also have two turkey competitions in December on Thursday nights. Come out on the 13th and the 20th and see if you can win a prize for the Christmas table. December 20 will also be a night for Kris Kindle (limit €5). Come out and experience the spirit of the season, and see what heartfelt gift accompanies you home.
Finally, due to injury, the finals of the mixed doubles from the club championships cannot be played, and the winners are deemed to be Diarmuid Swords and Miriam O'Donoghue. Siobhán Freeney and Julian Breen are the worthy runners-up.
For any queries on membership, please contact the club at 086-2344495 or firstname.lastname@example.org. New members are always welcome, and membership is very good value at only €130 for a Senior, €40 for a Junior and €220 for the whole family.
Gorey 3, Wexford 0: Gorey Under-15 youths are going from strength to strength this hockey season. There has been an explosion of interest in hockey in the north Wexford area in the last two months.
The Gorey club has been actively recruiting players and the grab has extended from Gorey to Tinahely, Carnew and across to Arklow. The players that have joined are young, exciting, enthusiastic and full of potential. There has been huge work put in by the coaches, P.J. Pierce and Marie Buttle, developing this squad over the last few weeks and on Saturday they reaped some reward.
Almost from the outset Gorey set about attacking, and they employed a very fast, direct, exciting running game. Only for some wonderful work from the young Wexford defence and some fantastic saves from the Wexford goalkeeper, Gorey would and should have scored a number of goals in the first quarter.
On the quarter-hour mark the explosive fireball Aisling O'Dwyer finished off some good attacking play to give Gorey a deserved lead. Not satisfied with one goal, Aisling's next step was to dribble through the Wexford defence and drill the ball to the roof of the net. A goal of this quality is rarely seen and never at such a young level. One would normally have to travel to a Leinster Senior level league game to see a goal of this quality.
Gorey, leading 2-0 at half-time, would have been very happy with their display but came out looking for more goals in the second-half. Gorey won a short corner early on in the second-half which was powerfully dispatched by young captain Róisín Pierce. Pierce had a major influence on this game and was a constant threat going forward.
The scoring finished there but as said earlier this was only due to some excellent saves from the young Wexford 'keeper. For Gorey some very good performances were given all around the pitch.
In defence, Aoibheann Merrigan and Cáit Stafford were unbeatable, while newcomers Nell Robinson-Green, Sinéad Foley and Shaunagh Mulligan were brilliant on their debuts.
Captain Róisín Pierce worked tirelessly throughout and wouldn't look out of place on any adult team. Player of the match Aisling O'Dwyer's second goal alone was enough of a reason to have seen this match. Three points gathered, bring on round two of the league.
S. B. R. A. C.
Congratulations to all the club's athletes who competed in last Sunday's Leinster cross-country championships in Dunboyne, Co. Meath. The action featured the Leinster uneven ages Juvenile championships and the Intermediate championships, with the placings of S.B.R. runners being as follows:
Under-11 girls, Ella McShane (121st); Under-11 boys, Joe Byrne (54th); Under-13 boys, James Boland (45th); Under-15 boys, Jordan Ryan (80th); Under-17 girls, Lisa Bolger (30th); Intermediate men, Myles Gibbons (18th).
Paul Gibbons won the inaugural Great Railway Run in Cork on Sunday afternoon last, a 10 km. road race that took place from Monkstown to Carrigaline, with the S.B.R. runner covering the distance in 38.22.
S.B.R. club cross-country training takes place each Tuesday and Thursday in Ferns at 7 p.m. Sessions take place under lights and the club always welcomes new members.
Directions to the training field: go past Ferns G.A.A. club, take the left-hand turn for Ballycarney and the entrance to the field is the third gate in to the right. More information from Luke Kehoe on 0873222914 or Sliabh Buidhe Rovers can be found on Facebook.
S.B.R. will hold its annual club handicap race on Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m. The race is open to club members only and will take place over the four miles course used for the annual Mick Murphy Memorial road race.