Match Reports Saturday October 14th 2017
Our U8’s had their first match this weekend against Chorca Dhuibhne. For a lot of them it was the first time they had put on a Killorglin RFC jersey and the excitement was buzzing. Some great skills were displayed as the team worked on passing and movement of the ball. Some great tries were scored and the future of Killorglin RFC is bright
Our U10’s also hosted Chorca Dhuibhne. Evan, Martin, Brian and Myles excelled for Chorca Dhuibhne on a temporary transfer. Our girls Karen, Leanne and Rihanna carried very well. Sadly Mary Ellen was out injured but helped greatly in the warm up. Charlie Dylan and Daniel O’Shea did loads of the hard yards for the team from Puck. Odhran, Colm, Luke and Tomas helped link it together. Highlights of the day were the monster work ethic of Chris and Daniel Kelly’s tackle stats/10 successful tackles from 10 attempts, all against far bigger players. Dara, Carl and I couldn’t be happier with all our players you did your club proud
The U14s travelled to Listowel on Saturday for their first league game of the season and came away with a 12 – 20 win. The focus in training for the last few weeks has been on defense and it was very pleasing for the coaches to see how well this was put into practice. Killorglin scored a try early and stretched the lead to 5 – 15 by half time despite losing a man to the sin bin for a high tackle. Listowel have a big pack with some powerful ball carriers but our defense was well organised and soaked up all the pressure they could apply. The two unconverted tries conceded were the result of individual missed tackles rather than any breakdown of the system. In the second half we emptied the bench and even though Listowel spent long periods inside the Killorglin 22, the line held and some very inexperienced players at this level played their part without difficulty. For Killorglin Mike Teahan, Peadar Whelan and James Prendeville put in a big shift in the tight. Donncha Crowley and captain Aona O’Shea led the line in midfield. Number 8 Derry O’Sullivan got all three Killorglin tries with Shane O’Connor adding 5 points from kicks (1 con, 1 pen). Next up Tralee at home on Saturday.
Team: Joe Cronin Langham, Fionn Sheahan, Aona O’Shea©, Donncha Crowley, Finnegan O’Sullivan, Shane O’Connor, Colin Griffin, Mike Teahan, Peadar Whelan, Cian O’Connor, Cathal Daly, James Prendeville, Ben O’Dwyer, Tom Garry, Derry O’Sullivan Subs:, Adrian Johnston, Tom McIntyre, Enda O’Shea, Dylan McDonough, Kevin O’Callaghan, Cillian Riordan, Joe O’Neill
Killorglin travelled to Listowel in the first round of the U16 Munster Conference League. Killorglin got off to a good start with Niall Carey touching down after receiving a cross field kick from Shógie O’Sullivan, who then secured the conversion. Listowel retaliated after a number of hard runs from their front men to score their opening try. Killorglin scored a penalty shortly afterwards from the boot of Shógie O’Sullivan whose accuracy was on form. Stephen O’Sullivan took a ball from the base of the ruck and backed himself and was rewarded with a try just before the break. The try was again converted by Shógie O’Sullivan. The second half saw both sides go toe to toe in the packs, Listowel used their men in the pack and centers to punch holes in the defense and were rewarded with two tries. Killorglin when chasing the game and kick a penalty with 5 minutes to go to put them 1 point ahead. From the kick off Killorglin fumbled the ball on their own line resulting in a 5 meter scrum to Listowel from which a try sealed the victory for Listowel. A great display of ruby by both sides which proved entertaining to the whistle. Final Score Listowel 26 Killorglin 20. Killorglin play Killarney at home next Saturday in Ballymallis.
Our U18’s who are playing as South Kerry this season (Killorglin, Killarney & Chorca Dhuibhne) got their league season underway this past weekend. They played Newcastle West Esturay in an excellent match between two highly committed teams. Unfortunately South Kerry ended up on the short side of a 32-to scoreline but they will look to improve and further their cohesion and very much look forward to the season ahead. The South Kerry try was scored by Darragh Fitzgerald and converted by Jamie O’Leary who also kicked a penalty.