Gorey first team travelled to Malahide on Sunday last and suffered only their second defeat of the campaign.
Gorey actually started the brighter but within a minute they were to suffer a double blow as injuries to Ed Warren and Steven Gardiner saw them reshuffle the pack with the game in its infancy.
Things were to get worse for the visitors as the home team capitalised on a sloppy ball to score in the corner. Within minutes Malahide were again back inside the Gorey '22 and, following a mix-up in the Gorey defence, they scored try number two. Gorey got on the scoresheet with a P.J. Clince penalty.
Malahide were to inflict further misery on the Gorey defence when they scored their third and final try to leave the score at 15-3. Gorey had a chance to reduce the arrears but also could have been further behind but for some resolute defending as the half drew to an end.
The second-half saw Gorey come more into the game, but they found it hard to break down the Malahide defence. Eventually Gorey got a footing in the Malahide '22 and finally got over for a try when Clinton Furney was quickest to react to put just a score between the teams.
Malahide came right back at Gorey but could not break down a resolute defence as Gorey began to grow in stature. The back row of Michael Woods, Jordan Ahearne and Ben Horan were outstanding as were all as they repelled Malahide time after time.
Eventually they finally got on the scoresheet with a penalty to leave the score 18-8 with ten minutes left. Following the re-start Gorey worked their way into the home team's '22 and were awarded a penalty which Aidan O'Brien kicked.
This was to be the final score to leave Gorey with a losing bonus point and more importantly to deny Malahide a bonus point as we reach the turning point in the league. This is a very young Gorey team and they will learn a lot from this defeat against a very experienced Malahide. There are no matches next weekend for any of the Senior teams. The next home game for the firsts is versus Clane on Sunday, December 2.
Team: E. Warren, B. O'Connor, T. Tomkins, S. Gardiner, A. Copeland, J. Ahearne, J.P. Redmond, M. Woods, C. Furney, M. Bater, P.J. Clince, K. Breen, C. Peavoy, T. O'Reilly, T. Sheehy, P. Horan, B. Horan, K. O'Rourke, C. Smith, A. O'Brien.
Gorey J2s secured a good away 10-10 draw against a very strong Malahide on Sunday last. On a dry but very cold day for rugby, the home team were to draw first blood as both sides missed early chances.
Good work by the Malahide pack saw them go over for a well-worked try, which they converted. The Gorey response was swift and good pressure on the Malahide full-back saw him spill the ball for Colin French to gather and go over to level the score, with the conversion added by Glen Leeson.
The second-half was a tough encounter as both sides traded blows, with both defences standing up to everything the other could throw at them. A penalty each was all either side could score in the second-half, for the game to end all square.
Gorey probably should and could have won but a draw was a fair result. Gorey had some big performers from Colin French, Kenneth O'Rourke and Conor Owley who were the pick of the forwards, while Johnny Sykes, John Mannion and Glen Leeson showed well in the backs.
Team: W. Carney, R.C. Smith, C. Owley, J. Fanning, C. Hennessy, D. Redmond, K. O'Rourke, T. Martin, J. Sykes, A. McCann, W. Peavoy, D. Clince, C. Allen, R. Byrne, K. Rothwell.
Gorey J3s entertained table-toppers Malahide on Saturday last and on a score of 42-8 replaced their opponents as outright league leaders. Gorey were not long in getting into their stride, as the half-backs of Matty Forde and Colm Morris directed operations and gave the home team the platform to score three unanswered tries before half-time.
This was far from one-way traffic as Malahide were unlucky not to register a few scores, but Gorey really could do no wrong with tries from Kenneth Rothwell, Matty Forde, Shane O'Leary, Franko Bellanova, Ciarán Allen and Niall O'Loughlin, and with Matty Forde converting all six.
Gorey ran out convincing winners against a determined Malahide who managed only one try and a penalty. This was a fantastic team performance by Gorey as the mixture of youth and experience combined well.
Team: C. Allen, A. Kelly, C. Keane, B. McGuire, N. O'Loughlin, K. Rothwell, P. Masterson, J. Coade, C. Morris, M. Forde, M. Hegarty, S. O'Leary, T. O'Sullivan, S. Carty, S. Hughes, N. Morris, F. Bellanova, N. Rothwell, Gregorz, P. Swaine.
Enniscorthy 13, Gorey 18: Good teams win games they might have lost. Good teams win games without playing at their best. Gorey Under-19s are not yet as good as they might yet become. But on Saturday, at Ross Road, they learned a lot about themselves in earning a Leinster Premier league win with an injury time try. It was the first and only time Gorey were ahead all match.
It was six years since Fergal Bolger played a game against Enniscorthy. But he got a timely reminder about the strong rivalry existing between the two clubs when he fielded the beautifully-floated Enniscorthy kick-off. A legitimate tackle by his second cousin Brian Bolger completely floored him, knocking out his gum-shield and chipping a front tooth. His gum-shield hasn't been found since.
The derby had commenced. And that degree of physicality prevailed throughout. Fergal Bolger's response was emphatic and he mustered the resilience needed for such occasions. He dusted himself off, ignored the pain and got stuck in. As did the entire Gorey team.
It was a virtually windless day, but Enniscorthy know which way the hill rolls and their outhalf Rob Frayne kicked to gain full territorial advantage, causing some bother for Gorey's back three. Thus Gorey had to soak up a lot of pressure in their own half from the physically-larger Enniscorthy pack.
But they enjoyed parity in the scrums, each taking one against the head, and in the loose. Only the Gorey line-out struggled. This reduced the options from Enniscorthy penalty concessions. And for some reason there were quite a number of these against Enniscorthy, with Gorey maintaining their discipline extremely well throughout.
But territory usually leads to scores and, with Gorey pinned in their own '22 at times, Enniscorthy scored tries after ten and 24 minutes, one from close in and one through an overlap on the left. Cruelly, each conversion struck the post and stayed out, keeping Gorey in touch.
Gorey now moved Seán O'Connor to outhalf from right wing. Upping the intensity of their pack play in the loose, they gained a territorial foothold in the Enniscorthy half and started making inroads, especially up the left wing.
Under pressure, Enniscorthy conceded two kickable penalties, but Conor Hatton couldn't oblige. He made no mistake, however, in finishing off Gorey's finest move of the half with patient re-cycling at pace, first left and then right to score under the posts with men to spare. James Nolan added the conversion. Gorey then allowed Enniscorthy extend their lead to 13-7 with a penalty kick, the final play of the half.
Gorey stuck manfully to their task in the second-half. Now it was Gorey's turn to kick for territory, allowing James Nolan to narrow the deficit to three points with a penalty kick early in the half. A yellow card against Josh White for a tackle off the ball reduced Gorey to 14 men for eight minutes, but they kept Enniscorthy scoreless.
The effort made by the entire pack to achieve dominance was superb. Four of the pack and three of the back line had played a tough match for their school on Wednesday, yet it was Gorey who were finishing the stronger.
With Josh White back on the pitch it was Enniscorthy who were now yellow-carded for persistent infringing at the breakdown. With the subsequent penalty attempt, James Nolan put Gorey on level terms at 13-13. Enniscorthy needed to gain field position, but the re-start didn't go ten metres and Gorey could pressurise once more.
The final minutes were frantic with Gorey camped again in the Enniscorthy '22. Although their line-out had improved, notably ball to Donnchadh Carroll, they opted to run a penalty close in. Twice they ran left and failed to convert overlaps.
A draw seemed inevitable in injury time, before they again opted to move left and back to right, allowing Seán O'Connor to back himself with a score in the right corner. Nothing seems as sweet as winning a derby game away from home in the dying minutes, but Gorey will have to be more accurate with scoring opportunities if they wish to retain their Leinster crown.
Gorey: Conor Hatton, Jack Cleary, Seán Byrne, James Nolan (capt.), Seán O'Connor, Brian Brookes, Robert Harrington, Richard Deering, J.J. Earle, Seán Mahon, David Condren, Deasún Griffin, Josh White, Donnchadh Carroll, Fergal Bolger. Subs. - Rory O'Toole, Callum O'Donoghue, Paddy Chapman, Eoin Walsh, Peter Spencer, Conor Savage, Eric Lacey.
The Under-12s travelled to Kilkenny for a blitz recently. As is to be expected from the hosts, it proved to be a competitive and hardfought encounter.
In the end the spoils were shared with each team winning two of the four games played. In the first game, Gorey were well on top and tries by Mark Doyle and Adam Simpson at the end of the game left a wide margin between the sides.
In the second game Kilkenny were on top, running in three tries in the first-half. Gorey players including Adam Hennessy, Cian Kenny, Pat Keogh and Brian O'Leary improved in the second-half but could not pull back the deficit.
In the shorter games three and four it was also honours even, 4-1 to Gorey in game three and 2-1 to Kilkenny in game four.
The Under-10s travelled with very good numbers to Wexford Wanderers on Saturday last. We had a really nice day for this fixture in which four games were played.
Wexford had plentiful numbers also and provided very good opposition so the Gorey boys needed to be on their game. In defence some great tackles were put in by Gavin McNulty, Ewan Stephens, Tadhg Baxter, Max McCabe and Aoife Weafer.
In the ruck, Enda McCrea, John Milne, Lee Cushe, Adam Cleary and Ross O'Loughlin did well. Some great attacking was displayed by Rian Fitzpatrick, Adam Doyle, Brian Cushe, Rory Tubritt, Alex McNeil and Vinny Porfiri.
Thanks to all of the parents for travelling in such good numbers and for their support.
Gorey minis Under-7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 travelled to Wexford on Saturday last for a blitz. There was about 160 children from Gorey and they competed strongly against tough Wexford sides. Gorey came out the overall winner.
The Under-8s turned up early with two teams on a sunny November morning and started at full steam on a heavy pitch against the hosts. Wanderers did not know what hit them with tries from Reece, Hugh, Tom, Rory, Neil, Darragh, Pádhraic and Keenan.
Gorey passed the ball well with stunning runs from Orla, Gina and James. When Wanderers were in possession they were quickly stopped by well-organised defences and tackles from Seán, Lachina, D.J. and Fionn. Up front Dylan, Daniel, Alex and Brian fought hard to get the ball back, with Eanna, Kyle, Finn and Darragh driving forward with the ball and making valuable yards.
If your child is interested in joining, contact Mark (087-9550333) or Paddy (086-8158693).
Gorey had 18 players for the Under-7 contests divided into two teams. The Gorey boys made some great running breaks with Lewis Sunderland, Brendan Coyne, Killian Bolger, Calum Baxter, Rioch Fortune and Matthew Griffiths running forward well and creating good opportunities for tries.
Rhys Jones, David Maher, Conor Robinson and Max Kelly showed good skill in the middle of the field and made some strong runs into Wexford territory.
Both Gorey teams made some great passing moves and the boys created opportunities for some fine tries, with Calum McNulty, Steven Hendy, Dan Fleming, Doran O'Toole, Calum Sheridan, Jack Power, Craig Mantle and Seán Traynor breaking through the Wexford defence to score for Gorey.
Thanks to all the parents and supporters for coming to the match.
Training for all mini teams is on Sunday next at 10 a.m. The next blitz on December 1 will see Gorey Under-8s and Under-10s going to Rathdrum while the Under-7s, 9s and 11s travel to Wicklow.
The girls' minis tag rugby blitz was held in Enniscorthy on Sunday last. The teams were Gorey, Arklow and Enniscorthy, with six teams in all for the competition.
It was a very enjoyable day for all with all the girls getting two games each. Great work was put in by all the coaches and the skill could really be seen on the pitch. Tag rugby at this level up to Under-12 for girls is a non-contact game. All teams were well matched.
There were two Under-8 teams and four Under-12 teams, giving everyone plenty of match time. After the first few minutes of play, everyone settled down and the games flowed very well. The ball work was of a high standard. If any girls are interested in playing, training is on Sunday next, November 25, in Gorey R.F.C. at 10 a.m. and all are welcome. Gorey coaches are Ann McGivern and Aoife Farrell.
Our next game is in Wicklow on December 1.
Two lifters from the Anarchy Powerlifting Club in Gorey competed in the All-Ireland Push Pull championships, the last competition of the year, in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, recently.
A total of 70 lifters competed from all over Ireland, with Gorey's Aidan Finnegan coming second in the 67.5 kilo Junior class with a bench press of 67.5 kilos and a dead lift of 177.5 in his very first event.
Ivan O'Connor also came second in the 90 kilo Senior class with a bench press of 130 kilos and a dead lift of 245 kilos. This is Ivan's second year powerlifting and he holds All-Ireland bench and dead lift titles in the Senior 82.5 kilo class.
He is the former Senior 2011 squat champion and is the founder of the Anarchy Powerlifting Club which was formed this year.
Gorey firsts at last got the win their efforts have deserved, but the 1-0 result was flattering to a Wexford team that were second best throughout. This result is a much-needed boost and will give confidence to the team facing into their Irish Challenge Cup match next week against Enniscorthy.
Gorey attacked from the outset and created a huge number of chances early on. There was some excellent attacking play from Marie Buttle and Megan Roark-Shannon throughout the game and it looked that one of these players was going to be the one to break the deadlock.
At the midway point of the first-half Buttle sliced through the Wexford defence and created a chance for the hard-working Laura O'Leary to finish to the back of the net. That's where the scoring finished but it's beyond belief how, as Gorey played some very attractive hockey and really should have scored a number of other goals.
One looks forward to next week and, seeing Gorey in this fine form, you would hope that they will reach their potential and leave with their heads held high. As always the Gorey back line was very solid and Deirdre Kelleher continued her fine form of late at left back. Deirdre has been a rock in defence all season and much of her great play at times can go unnoticed, but at last she is receiving the recognition her play deserves.
Mary Furney and Alex Weston held the middle well throughout and moved the ball quickly to the forwards. Ciara Tomkins was solid and hard-working as always and the combination of Roark-Shannon, Buttle and O'Leary ran the Wexford defence ragged.
What started so brightly for the young seconds outfit ended up with a hard to take 5-0 defeat. Gorey travelled to Kilkenny yet again to play a tough Carlow outfit. Carlow have already accounted for the Gorey first team earlier in the season so it was expected that they would have been able to beat this Gorey team quite easily.
Gorey had Carlow pinned inside their own half for most of the first quarter. The hardworking forwards and midfielders had Carlow under constant pressure. Eventually Carlow worked their way into the game and it was very competitive.
Gorey in the space of a few minutes lost two of their young players to injury, as the influential Rachel Pierce left the field with a nasty head injury and speedster Ros Moxon also departed with a leg injury.
Gorey were left with nine players on the field but never gave up trying. Eventually Carlow's extra numbers paid off and they took the lead and added a few more before the break.
They led 3-0 at the break but Gorey came out attacking yet again. Carlow scored twice in the second-half and the game ended five goals to the good for Carlow. The result would have been totally different if the Gorey team had their full complement throughout.
For Gorey Ros McDade was excellent in goal, and the back four were solid throughout. Tessa Lunn and Maria Rowlis were brilliant, especially when Gorey were reduced to nine players. They were a constant threat to the Carlow backs and ran and worked tirelessly until the end. Training is in Courtown Hibs on Friday at 8 p.m. New players are welcome.