Collidge overcame Blackrock College in their re-fixed JP Fanagan League fixture on Monday night. The original fixture had been abandoned due to an unplayable pitch two weeks ago with Collidge 14 points up after 15 minutes.
Collidge began where they left off and went ahead early thanks to tries from James Tarrant, Alex O’Grady and Dan ‘I’ll volley that’ O’Donovan. Tarrant produced a masterclass in dealing with the strong wind in terms of how he got the team moving and his varied kicking game had Rock in trouble on numerous occasions
Tarrant was ably supported by Mark Fleming, and ex Rock pupils Sean Molony, John Fairley, Harry Donnelly and Cian Reilly. Harry’s physicality and speed negated the loss of Ross ‘I’m out today’ Deegan who was unable to play as he had to work on his matador skills for his summer appearances in the Costa Del Sol bull rings. In his post-match interview Donnelly confirmed his recent speed work running away from bouncers in Ranelagh had really borne fruit in his recent run of good form. Collidge had the bonus point in the bag after 30 minutes with a further Chris Egan try. Rock had their best period of the match for the last ten minutes of the first half when they managed to get their only score of the match right on half time.
A strong second half saw Collidge pull away further and saw A team debuts for Tadhg Murtagh and Jack Sargent who both acquitted themselves very well. Murtagh rounded off his debut with a well taken try in the second half. Playing into the clubhouse end of the ground in the second half where the injured Jay Barron had sought sanctuary to protect his footwear and hair unlike other non-playing squad members Bobby Sheehan, David Moran and Charlie Byrne who braved the conditions to sit on the bench (although the rumour is they just wanted some of the sweets that were being passed around on the bench). Barron was kept company in the bar by ex Collidge man Michael Corcoran who was glad that his 23 day return to play period had not elapsed in time for this match.
Unlike Ireland at the weekend the replacements were able to maintain the tempo and performance level that had been established earlier in the match especially from JJ Landers who is now the official agent for Scott Penny. Any enquiries for product endorsements for Scott, personal appearances etc should be directed to JJL@ilovespenny.ie Penny apparently chose JJ to be his agent thanks to their historically close relationship which goes back a few days.
The 20’s now have a week off this week before they face into their final league match against league winners Clontarf on March 24th in Belfield.
A big thank you to Niall McNeill for covering as physio and Kevin Croke for stepping into John Hammond’s slippers as team manager for the night and for the Rock video man who was unable to use the complex video camera used on the night!
Tuesday, November 20th 2018
Student Sport Ireland/IRFU Women’s Rugby League UCD 29 UL 15 (away)
UCD travelled to Limerick in the freezing elements to take on UL, last year’s league champions.
With UCD receiving, Alice O’Dowd quickly got the match underway with a fantastic carry well into the UL half. The pressure kept coming with phase play off forwards ball however just as the backline were set to attack, UCD were penalised at the breakdown.It didn’t take long for UCD to pile back on the pressure with dominant carries from No.8 Siobhan Tangney and flanker Sinead Gallagher putting the girls in a great attacking position. Winger Ali Coleman was first to cross the line. (5-0)
Following from this came a period of very stop-start play with both teams forcing penalties and turnovers much to their frustration. Scrumhalf Heather Cullen slowed play and displayed an excellent box kick putting UCD deep into the UL 22. From this position UCD were dominant in set plays and won the ball leading to Alice O’Dowd crossing the line. Christine Coffey added the extras (12-0).
UL were quick to bounce back showing UCD why they are the defending champions and managed to cross the line with an advantage play after UCD infringed at the breakdown again. (12-5)
Positive UCD defence proved imperative with Christine Coffey and Ali Coleman linking up in the backline to destroy the UL attack, keeping them back in their own half.
In the worsening wind, UCD were penalised for a crooked throw and UL quickly capitalised crossing the whitewash for the second time. (12-10)
Half time UCD 12-10 UL.
After a tiring period of defensive effort in the second quarter which led to the home side
getting in two unconverted tries, UCD led heading into the second half, determined to hold onto their lead with wise words from captain Sarah Glynn to give a big performance with an emphasis on discipline and defence.
Unwilling to let the UL Wolves claw their way back into the game, the girls in blue dug deep and showed their grit, determination and quality.
Several turnovers at crucial moments, including an excellent line out steal from ClareCoombes, and a well-timed intercept from Ev Fenlon ensured from the offset, UL never gained momentum.
A moment of indiscipline saw a penalty come UCD ‘s way which scrumhalf extraordinaireHeather Cullen quickly and intelligently capitalised on, floating a pass into the hands ofAlice O Dowd as the UL defensive line scrambled to reorganise themselves, allowing her to crash in over the line. (19-10)
Now joined on the pitch by Ray ‘Speedy’ Lawless replacing Ali Norman who put in a huge shift on the wing, UCD went hunting another score. Strong carries from Alix ‘the tank’ Cunneen and Hannah Woods who has recently returned from injury, saw the UL defence sucked in. A fantastic passage of play saw Ev Fenlon fancily offload toO’Dowd, who in turn flung it out to speedster Ray Lawless, recently returned fromrepresenting Ireland in the Tag World Cup in Australia. Lawless however was unluckily
caught just before the try line, but not to fear, Nikki ‘beef and lamb’ Kennedy was on hand and dotted down beyond the line, a great end to a short but distinguished career in Collidge blue. (25-10) Best of luck to Nikki as she heads back to New Zealand.
UL however came back with a vengeance and crossed the white wash once more, leaving the score at 24-15 with 20 minutes to go. An excellent defensive effort ensured this wasUL’s final score with Munster warriors Christine ‘Shoulders’ Coffey and Aoife ‘Shocks’O’Shaughnessy deserving notable mentions for their savage tackle efforts. Ali Colemanadded another try to her first half effort, leaving the final score at 29-15.
A brilliant day for UCD Women’s Rugby to go down to Limerick and get such an empathicwin, and a great end to our Semester 1 campaign. The focus now turns to our cupcompetition as we seek to firmly establish our status as a dominant force in college rugby.
Many thanks to all our wonderful players, coaches and supporters this semester, best of luck in exams #ADASTRA
Alice O Dowd
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