Sunday 20 October 2019

Sky's the limit for Naas after big breakthrough

Match-day mascots Finn Kelly and Ben Ward with Leinster captain Seán O’Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Match-day mascots Finn Kelly and Ben Ward with Leinster captain Seán O’Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Meánscoil Iognáid Rís - the Christian Brothers School in Naas - has been to the forefront of educating boys for close to 150 years.

The school's rugby story, however, spans a much shorter age, not yet two decades. But from small beginnings in the early years of this century, Naas CBS has consistently built a strong reputation in the schools arena.

Twelve different league, cup and shield titles have come the way of the school since 2002, mostly in Division 2A and the third tier of cup competitions, both SCT and JCT.

But Naas CBS broke a long-standing glass ceiling this year, becoming the first school from a "non-traditional" rugby background to contest the last eight of the top-tier Bank of Ireland Junior Schools Cup. This was a not-inconsiderable feat; and it took a well-drilled Gonzaga side to knock the Naas momentum off course.

Along the way, in winning a remarkable 16 games, the school also took an unprecedented double-cup victory: Tier 3 Duff Cup victory against Salesian Celbridge, (40-5) plus a last-minute win over Gorey CS in the Tier 2 Fr Godfrey Cup (27-25).

Well done to all involved - with the glass ceiling well and truly smashed, the sky is the limit!

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