1st xv beat Garryowen in tense game
- Published on 03 November 2012
Our 1st xv did us proud last night, by beating Garryowen RFC, 16-12. The scoreline does not describe the highly charged atmosphere, that was present for the last 20 minutes of the match.
1st team lose to Clontaef RFC
- Published on 27 October 2012
We travelled to Dublin behind a good win over Cork Con, with confidence to take on Clontarf RFC, but alas, we came up short.
The game opened with our kick-off, they gathered, and in an attempt to clear their lines, Mossie Lawlor blocked it down, gathered, and ran in from the "22" to score. The score was 5-0 with a minute gone. The dream start. Playing with a strong breeze, Clontarf kept us pinned down, and eventually the pressure told, and we conceded a penalty(10th min), a try (14th) and a further penalty(22nd), ,to leave the score 13-5. A further penalty in the 30th minute, left us struggling for parity. We then attacked their line , and Sean Rennison forced his way over the line, in the corner. This lleft the score at 10-16 at half time and it seemed a small deficit to bring into the 2nd half, considering the breezee, and the amount of tme in opposition half.
In the 2nd half, however, it was no easier, but we did have some time in the Clontarf half, but could not break down their defence, which was very good throughout. Halfway through the 2nd half, they forced us back to our line, and got over for a try. We could find no answer to their aggresive defence, and rolling mauls. They crossed for another try in the 70th minute, which left the score at 28-10. This was followed by another try on the stroke of full time, and gave them a bonus point victory. The final score was 35-10.
This was a day when nothing worked for us, and everything worked for them. Lets learn from this defeat, and and continue to grow as a team, for the rest of the season.
Thirds Win Again
- Published on 24 October 2012
Coffey/Danagher/Rolls brigade win two back to back.
If anyone was down in Annacotty last night, they would have witnessed a herculean effort of defense and teamwork in a team that is slowly coming together this season. Bohs played Shannon in the 3rd round of the Gleeson League in as many weeks and the sixth game of the season on the trot. When the first week in December comes around, it will be 12 games in 13 weeks.
So a large squad of players is the requirement for a campaign of this extent due to the extent of knocks taken up between training and the sustained week in week out schedule of games.
This was evidently seen last night with three forwards required to play in the back line for Bohs and the bench being used to rotate players in and out.
Shannon for the first 10-15minutes of the game laid siege to the Bohs try line. Wave after wave of attack from Shannon proved fruitless as they could not break down the defensive line. The score could have easily been 12 – 0 due to penalties conceded, but Shannon could not convert. At the end of the 15mins Bohs forced a offload in the centre, kicked through and pushed Shannon into their own 22, where they conceded a penalty left of posts. Kevin McKillican converted. 3 – 0. From the restart Shannon began to pile on the pressure again with their large pack but could not get over the try line. A missed pass in the centre of the field resulted in John Kenny, deputizing in the centre rather than openside, make a 20-30meter break up the field before releasing Pat Bird for another 20 meter run to score right of the posts. I think a oxygen tank may have been needed after the run as most of the pack and backline were still in their own 22 when Pat bird Scored. 8 – 0 at half time.
Bohs from the start of the 2nd half began to dominate and got a penalty in front of the posts to make it 11-0. Shannon began tiring with around 20mins to go, Andrew Gleeson playing at scrum half for the first time (Rory McCafferty injured 1st half), scored in the corner with a 8-9 backrow move to score in the corner. 16-0. Shannon rallied to come back after Matt Simms got sin binned, but could not break the Bohs defensive line with some try saving tackles being put in again. Bohs cleared there lines with a box kick from the 22 and the Shannon full back could not collect with Kevin Prendergast and Tom O’Connor bearing down on them, Kevin Prendergast caught the bouncing ball and raced clear to score under the posts. Stephen Warren converted 23-0
Man of the match was a tricky one with the pack, backline and bench being relentless and one in their defense and not conceding a try the whole game. The most notable performance was from substitute Andrew Gleeson who played very well at scrum half and then outhalf for the first time and for Anthony Flynn a backrow player who came on with 15mins to go, to play hooker and then scrum half!!!
Next up for the 3rds will be Thomond RFC in the 4th round of the Gleeson League. Let’s hope we can continue this winning form into the game. We don’t need to go into what a challenge this game is going to be based on last season’s exploits.
1. J. Fahey
2. M.Simms (A.Flynn)
3. S.O’Gorman (D.Keogh)
5. M.O’Dwyer (G.Kissane)
8. P.Bird (Capt)
9. R.McCafferty (A.Gleeson)
13. J.Goggin (B.Reidy)
Ladies xv v Highfield
- Published on 21 October 2012
Fantastic win in Cork in the Womens AIL, Highfield 3 ULBohs 20
The score line might suggest that this was an easy victory. It was anything but. Highfield were committed and highly competitive from the start and were roared on by a vociferous crowd on the sideline. The home team played with the breeze in the first half and were determined to take ULBohs on in the forward exchanges. The home team had an exceptionally strong line out and powerful runners in the backrow and midfield. The ULBohs backrow of Joy Neville, Anna Caplice and Fiona Hayes were terrific in the tackle and breakdown area and Highfield could not make headway. The tight forwards were lead from start to finish by Fiona Coughlan and Valerie Mitchell.
The first score of the game was an absolute gem. 15 minutes into the game after a great take in the lineout mid way between our 10 meter and 22 the ball was quickly transferred to mid field and than a skip pass from Nicole Fitzgerald split the defense and gave Niamh Briggs the opportunity to accelerate through the gap. Niamh then drew the cover before releasing Aisling Hutchings in full flight, who had crossed over from the right wing, to sprint clear and touch down. This was as good a try as you could wish to see. The second try owed a lot more to tenacity and follow up. A diagonal clearance by Niamh Briggs caught the Highfield defense off guard and when the ball stopped short of the touch line Aisling Hutchings was on hand to apply pressure and secure possession and then had the speed to outstrip the Highfield cover. Niamh Briggs added the conversion. So 30 minutes gone and ULBohs were 12 points to the good and the home team despite tremendous effort and possession could not get on the score board. A penalty by Niamh Briggs left the halftime score ULBohs 15 Highfield 0.
The second half was very intense with Highfield throwing everything at the visitors. The number of tackles was hard to credit and in this regard Joy Neville was everywhere but the pack as a unit had to work tremendously hard. Most untypically ULBohs lost two players to the sin bin. Highfield had the upper hand in the scrums but clever tactical moves and fierce commitment in the tackles in midfield held the Highfield attacks at bay. The home team were now forcing the play and mistakes were made. From a turnover in the ULBohs half a fantastic counter attack down the left side of the field was capped off by a high speed break by Niamh Kavanagh and another scintillating try.
Final score Highfield 3 ULBohs 20. Although the game was won by scores of fantastic quality it was the work rate, tackles and smart defense which were the difference on the day. It would be hard to single out any one individual for what was a really great team performance. Great credit must be given to the whole squad, the leadership on the field and the coaching team.
With word coming through that Munster were doing the business in Thomond Park it was a great day all round.