Leinster U16 Boys. Tullamore 60. Kilkenny 3
Having left the frost behind in Tullamore, we were pleased to find the sun shining with excellent if chilly conditions in Kilkenny. Tullamore had the kick-off into the wind, and placed the ball deep into the Kilkenny half, with the intent to put the home team under early pressure. This tactic paid an early dividend, as Kilkenny were put under pressure in the rucks and failed to hold possession after the third phase, with the Tullamore front-row driving over and winning possession. The ball passed through eight more pairs of hands before Joel Troy touched down in the right corner.
Two minutes after the re-start, Tullamore out-half Dave Dooley created an easy score for Cormac Egan with a sublime box-kick into green space, allowing the Tullamore centre to run on to the ball to score between the
posts, and set up an easy conversion. Almost immediately after kick-off, Tullamore were back over the Kilkenny try line following a scrum after an error by the home team. This time Luke Dunne scoring for the forwards.
Before fifteen minutes were up, Tullamore were over the line for the fourth time, following an excellent back-line move between Out-half Dooley, and Centres Luka Meyer and Cormac Egan, with Dooley dotting down under the posts.
Three more opportunities were converted into tries before another notable play brought a smile to the tullamore spectators faces. With Kilkenny players drawn into the breakdown, the Tullamore out-half spotted open ground on the wing and kicked a fine cross-field ball to the onrushing Tullamore players, Cormac Egan getting the score.
By the end of the game, Tullamore had scored ten tries and five conversions, with a solitary kicked penalty to the home team. A nice display of dominance, following three weeks lay-off due to weather, suggesting there was not much rust in the Tullamore machine.
Tullamore: Mark Carroll, Scott Bradley, Liam Dunne, Ruairi Dunne, Ronan Foxe, Joel Troy, Ronin Daly, Luke Dunne, Mark Gowing, David Dooley, Sam Bourke, Luka Meyer, Cormac Egan (c), Sean Weston, John Furlong, Oisin Henchy, Alex Keenaghan, Aaron Colsh, Adam Tyrell, Chulainn Boland, Paul Maindron
2. Womens Leinster League Division 4 v Swords winning 74-0
Tullamore Ladies 2nds travelled to Swords on Sunday last for their 3rd outing of the season. And it proved to be a successful trip as the ladies won in convincing fashion on a scoreline of 74-0. Right from the start Tullamore were on the front foot and only a couple of minutes had past when the ball was spread wide and Katrina McInerney raced through for the first try. There wasn't a long wait for the 2nd try and again the ball was spread wide where Amanda Hollingsworth showed good pace to run in under the posts.
After this the floodgates seemed to open and before half time Roisin Kane had added 3 tries for herself, Katie O Brien had scored her first try for Tullamore and Kate McCann had added the 7th try of the first half. A few changes were made to the Tullamore team at half time but the onslaught on the Swords try line continued in the 2nd half. Kate McCann and Katrina both added further tries while Roisin got 2 more for herself bringing her total to 5 tries along with 7 conversions.
The last play of the game saw Amanda gather the restart 5 yards from her own line and after a couple of strong hand offs she ran the length of the pitch to touch down under the posts.Swords never gave up but the experience of the Tullamore players showed and their ability to offload and make strong tackles set the platform for this good win.
Next week it is a home game against Tallaght who are the other undefeated team in this league so it is set up for an exciting game. Team was Robin Maher, Sarah Jane O Connor, Katie O Brien, Ann Marie McKeon, Patrice Browne, Aishling Fox, Roisin Kane, Kate McCann, Amanda Hollingsworth, Katrina McInerney, Ciara Griffith, Sarah Gunning, Lauren Dunne.
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