Tuesday 20 February 2018

Rowsome try proves crucial

SCHOOLS RUGBY

It was a nervy finish, but in the end Castletroy College held on to win the Bowen Shield by 16-13 in a titanic battle against Limerick city neighbours Crescent College.

Crescent were awarded a penalty in front of the posts deep into injury- time, but as Castletroy had scored the game's first try through David Rowsome, they could not take the option of the three points on offer and were forced to run the ball.

A subsequent knock-on brought an end to their title challenge.

Castletroy College – O Kelly; S Hogan, R McDonnell, C Carroll, P Tuite; J Hueston, C Fleming; J Conway, M O'Mara, C Myers; E Slattery (D Kennedy 65), E Hourigan; K Davern, N O'Shea, D Rowsome.

Crescent CC – J Young; J Hanrahan, G Dickinson, B O'Hora, P Costelloe; C Clifford, J Lyons; Joe Barry, Jason Barry, S Downes; B Faloon, K Murphy (L O'Connell 55); C Slattery, P Hickey, N Mulcahy.

Ref – P Hanlon (MAR)

CBS Naas pulled away with five second-half tries to eclipse Tullamore CC 44-14 in the Leinster Schools McMullen Senior Cup quarter-finals at Naas.

The Kildare school, led by Leinster Clubs props Mike Russell and Adam Coyle, had eight individual try scorers before two late tries from Aaron Pierce and Hugh Healion took the bare look off the scoreline for Tullamore.

Lock Joe Coleman and wing Ian Moran weighed in with two tries apiece as CBS Wexford flexed their considerable muscles in a 39-8 defeat of De La Salle Churchtown at Park Lane.

Irish surprise package David Morris was able to reflect on a satisfying run at the UK Championship, despite the disappointment of a heavy last-16 defeat to Stuart Bingham.

Despite taking the second frame with two good breaks, the Kilkenny native was eventually outclassed 6-1 by world No 10 Bingham.

But upsets of 2006 UK and 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon as well as Jamie Cope, plus a win over amateur Mitchell Travis, made it a successful week in York, accompanied by a £12,000 pay packet.

Ding Junhui's bid for a historic fourth straight ranking title was ended and Judd Trump also crashed out. Ding lost 6-4 to Ricky Walden while Antrim's Mark Allen came from 4-2 down to beat world No 4 Trump 6-4 at the Barbican Centre.

Jonathan Dolan was the only Irish player to make it through the men's singles qualifier at the Carlton Irish Open in Baldoyle.

With 64 players fighting it out for eight places in the main draw, Dolan, Ireland's top junior player last season, had to beat three strong players to nail down his place.

In his opening-round match he got the better of the Mexican Luis Ramon Garrido in two sets, with the second going to 23-21. He then took three sets to beat Yoann Turlan of France, before defeating England's Joshua Young in straight sets.

Dolan now has the daunting task of playing top seed Ville Lang of Finland in the opening round of the main tournament today.

Irish Independent

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