Rugby at Gorey Community School
Gorey Community School
At the forefront of education in North Wexford since 1993
Gorey Community School
The physical prowess of Gorey Community School was too much to handle for The High School as they qualified for the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Junior Cup final at Clontarf FC on Monday.
They didn't have it all their own way. In fact, the Wexford boys started nervously with their mistakes inviting danger.
High School were into their stride well for right wing James O'Connor to show a clean pair of heels to the Gorey defence in the sixth minute.
It should have been the platform for greater things to come for them.
Instead, Gorey took over physically, looking to their maul for domination and ramming home three tries by their back row Sean Wafer, Adam Simpson and Jack Ryan, full-back Cian Kenny converting one for 17-5 at the interval.
It was far from a done deal. The losers scrum-half Finn Connelly shot a penalty as flanker Rory Browne and centre Sean Og Barnes showed up well.
They just didn't have the physical tools to turn their good work into something more tangible.
Gorey centre Greg Bolger and fly-half Mark Boyle pierced High School's defence against wing Hugh O'Donnell's reply.
At Castle Avenue - GOREY COMMUNITY SCHOOL 29 (M Boyle try, con; A Simpson, J Ryan, S Wafer, G Bolger try each; C Kenny con); THE HIGH SCHOOL 13 (J O'Connor, H O'Donnell try each; F Connelly pen).
Gorey: Cian Kenny; Alvaro Onieva, Michael Kennedy, Greg Bolger, Flynn Donnelly; Mark Boyle, Cormac Walsh; Cian Sullivan, Thomas Doyle, Pablo Onieva, Martin O'Loughlin, Nacho Farina, Adam Simpson, Sean Wafer, Jack Ryan.
Replacements: Ryan Gibney, Oran Fitzpatrick.
High School: Robert Whyte; James O'Connor, Harry O'Donnell, Sean Og Barnes, Hugh O'Donnell; Cormac Dempsey-Lerchundi, Finn Connelly; Dylan Keogh, Finn O'Sullivan, Matthew Kaye-Mellor, Oisin Cotter-Vazquez, Milo Dixon, Rory Browne, Luan Rogers, Niall McDonnell.
Mark Boyle, Gorey Community School, is tackled by Harry O'Donnell, High School. Bank of Ireland Schools Fr. Godfrey Cup, Semi-Final, High School v Gorey Community School.
GOREY COMMUNITY SCHOOL WIN THE FR GODFREY CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME AT DONNYBROOK
Gorey were under pressure from the start with Dundalk keeping the ball in the Gorey half for the first 20 minutes but they kept their shape well and nothing got through their defence. There was some exceptional tackling here by Adam Simpson, Nacho Farina, Jack Ryan and Oran Fitzpatrick which helped to keep Dundalk out. However it was Martin O’Loughlin who carried well drawing in two players, before setting Boyle up with an offload in the 21st minute when he came from just outside the Gorey 22 to run the length of the pitch evading numerous Dundalk players to get the first score of the game under the posts. Mark Kehoe converted for a 7 point lead.
The effect was an instant injection of confidence for the Gorey boys.
It took the swift reaction of Dundalk full-back Flynn Kiernan to prevent danger as Boyle deliberately kicked his penalty into space for flanker Sean Wafer to almost get to it. It was clever and unconventional and would have been a bit of brilliance had it worked.
There were four turnovers in one bout of play as ball protection became a priority. Whoever could keep it would be in business and Dundalk were clinical in their rucking which resulted in winning a lot of the Gorey ball.
GCS looked good for more reward when the ball went to ground on their 22 and Dundalk put pressure on from wing Dillon Dunne's tackle on Cormac Walsh to force a penalty at the ruck. Referee Barry Armstrong called back play from a penalty advantage and flanker Andrew Cox crashed over for the try in the 26th minute. Dundalk started to come on strong at this point, turning down an easy penalty to go for broke and scrum-half Gerald Boylan made it from close range for flanker Daniel Molloy's conversion to make it 12-7 at half-time.
There was extra tempo to the opening of the second-half as Gorey looked for territory. The forwards Doyle, Ryan, Sullivan and Onieva made ruck after ruck to get the ball out to the backs Kehoe, Donnelly and Fitzpatrick who moved the ball quickly across the pitch to make ground by winger Alvaro.
The Louth school worked hard to try to make ground as centre David Murdock was twice thwarted by strong defence and Gorey's Jack Ryan who carried the ball out of the danger zone. Gorey were given oxygen by flanker Wafer's fine poach at a ruck and Boyle's angled ball to the Dundalk 22 chased up by Donnelly who nailed the Dundalk winger. Gorey got the ball out and when the ball was recycled, Wafer spun away from more than one tackle offloading to Nacho and the ball was moved back into the hands of Donnelly, who finished with a try in the left corner in the 48th minute.
A kick and chase worked a treat when Gorey full-back Cian Kenny hunted down Darragh McCoy and a penalty came from the ensuing ruck.
The alert Boyle had the presence of mind to see the space and take it from a tap penalty to make the right corner in the 53rd minute making a final score of 17 to 12 for the South East lads.
At Donnybrook - GOREY COMMUNITY SCHOOL 17 (M Boyle 2 tries; F Donnelly try; M Kehoe con); DUNDALK GRAMMAR 12 (A Cox, G Boylan try each; D Molloy con);
GOREY COMMUNITY SCHOOL 17 DUNDAK GRAMMAR 12
Gorey: Cian Kenny; Alvaro Onieva, Oran Fitzpatrick, Mark Boyle, Flynn Donnelly; Mark Kehoe, Cormac Wolohan-Walsh; Cian Sullivan, Thomas Doyle, Pablo Onieva, Martin O'Loughlin, Nacho Farina, Adam Simpson, Sean Wafer (capt), Jack Ryan.
Replacements: Ryan Gibney for Sullivan 34 mins; Daragh Canavan for A Onieva 40 mins.
Coaches: Mr Frank Duke, Mr Johnny Forest & Michael Bolger
Referee: Barry Armstrong, Leinster Branch.
Congratulations to our Senior Rugby Girls who won the ALL IRELAND schools seven championship in Donnybrook. They beat Collegiate, Monaghan, Mary Clare, Bandon, Rockwell College and Presentation Thurles in the final.
Gorey Girls win All-Ireland title for the second year in a row.
Four teams from each province qualified for the finals through a series of regional blitzes. It was a real
festival of rugby with Gorey Community School taking the spoils for the second year on the trot.
Now in its third year, this tournament is the premier showcase for girls rugby at schools level. Ireland
Sevens internationals Chloe Blackmore and Louise Galvin were on hand at Donnybrook to present the
trophies to the winning teams.
The skill-sets of the players has been growing year on year. A number of players have represented their
schools on at least two occasions and even gone on to play for Ireland.
With 24 pool matches running over the morning, every school played three pool matches before the
highest and second-placed highest qualified for the play-offs in the Cup and Plate.
It was an all-Leinster affair in the first semi-final with defending champions Gorey Community
School,captained by Natasja Behan, taking on Tullow Community School. The cup holders proved the
stronger and booked their place in the final with a determined display.
In the other cup semi final, Presentation Convent Thurles saw off a strong challenge from Westport's
Sacred Heart School as the game went to extra-time. The rain had firmly set in at this stage of the day
and so both finals were played with a very slippery ball.
The Cup final was a fiercely competitive match with neither Presentation Thurles nor Gorey Community
School giving an inch. Presentation Thurles had brought a number of supporters with them and they
cheered loudly for their team from the stand.
The game went to extra-time with Gorey Community School coming good to retain their prized national
title. A delighted team brought the cup back to the school for the second year in a row.
McMullen Cup 2018
The McMullen cup campaign started with an away match against Enniscorthy CBS. After a shaky start Gorey ran out worthy winners by 29 to 8 Tries from Flynn Donnelly, Joseph Naughton and Shane Stokes
This was followed by a big win 55-0 against De la Salle Churchtown at home.
As part of the last four in the cup Gorey CS was entered in the Vinny Murray first round and also it set up a big game in the Semi Final of the McMullen against local rivals and club team-mates from Colaiste Bride Carnew.
In January GCS came up against a very strong Kings Hospital team and were well beaten in Greystones on a scoreline of 34 5. You learn more from your defeats and a lot was learned that day.
On Jan 31st GCS took on Colaiste Bride in Clonattin and despite playing a lot of the game without the ball the GCS defence was excellent and we were worthy winners by 17 0. Tries by Flynn Donnelly, Jack Ryan and a penalty try put GCS into their first McMullen decider in six years.
Gorey Community School's pack power was just too much for Dundalk Grammar School in a cracking Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Schools McMullen Cup Final at Donnybrook on Wednesday.
It was a difficult day for productive rugby in the constant drizzle as centre Daniel Molloy stepped in for an interception near halfway to give Dundalk a lift early on.
They didnt waste it when their out-half Jack Connolly pounced on a loose ball behind the line for the opening try, converted by Jack Hughes for 7-0 in the ninth minute.
Grammar were content to drive at the fringes in the conditions until scrum-half Hughes picked the moment to kick to the corner.
Despite the wind and rain, the Gorey lineout was winning clean possession, quite an achievement, with Sean Dunne and Shane Stokes dominant figures.
Gorey added a powerful maul and fine drive from Stokes to take them out of trouble.
The problems came when the mistakes were made as Dundalk had strong carriers in prop Tobi Akinseloyian and lock Caoilin Traynor.
It was being reduced down into a battle of the gain line in which defences remained stubborn and hard-edged.
Gorey were using the aggression of flanker Cormac Walsh to carry and coming back to the short side to see out the half with the conditions in their backs for the second period.
They just werent accurate enough at cleanout time to be able to get out of their half.
Their openside Mark Boyle took the ball up and they broke forward for a respite from the pressure before Grammar lost Akinseloyian to a yellow card.
It looked like Gorey would take advantage of the extra body when prop Jack Ryan got a head-of-steam up just to lose the ball from his grasp as he went to ground it at the end of the half.
On resumption, the work of the Gorey forwards found reward when flanker Walsh ducked a tackle and escaped for a try which was converted by centre Sean Wafer to level it up in the 39th minute.
Unlike Dundalk, the North Wexford school looked to use the wind through Wafer for the reward of a scrum.
Their tails were up and Mark Boyle’s unorthodox grubber put them deep inside the 22.
It looked like the try had to come as Gorey worked away at the whitewash against defiant Dundalk, the former giving away a penalty for a double movement and the latter falling foul of indiscipline too. Gorey were camped inside the 22 for at least 10 minutes, the driving of the entire back row of Walsh, Boyle and Stokes making the inroads for wing replacement Gonzalo Sanchez-Toscano to make the left corner for 12-7 in the 53rd minute. It was far from over as Dundalk had it in them to move into the 22 where they went to the lineout without the control to build off of it.
They went toe-to-toe in a real barnstormer, every inch fought for like it was the last to be won. Duke pulled a penalty to leave it as a once-score game, the tension growing as the minutes ticked on.
It all came to a head when Gorey captain Stokes burst through two tackles on a 20-metre charge for the clinching try, converted by out-half Michael Duke in the 67th minute.
At Donnybrook - Gorey Community School 19 (S Stokes, C Walsh, G Sanchez-Toscano try each; M Duke 2 cons); Dundalk Grammar School 7 (J Connolly try; J Hughes con).
Gorey: Mark Kehoe; Flynn Donnelly, Sean Wafer, Greg Bolger, Joseph Naughton; Michael Duke, Donough McGivern; Jack Ryan, Gonzalo Marquez, Dylan Sleator, Martin O’Loughlin, Sean Dunne, Cormac Walsh, Mark Boyle, Shane Stokes (capt).
Replacements: G Sanchez-Toscano for Kehoe 24 mins.
Leinster Development School of the year 2017/2018
24 April 2018; Gorey Community School, Wexford, was awarded Irish Independent Leinster Development School of the year , from David Courtney, Head of Sports Content, Independent News and Media and President of Leinster Rugby Niall Rynne. The Awards, which took place at the InterContinental Dublin and MCd by Darragh Maloney, were a celebration of the 2017/18 Leinster Rugby season to date.
The award was recognition of the success of the school in the current year but also recognised the success of the junior team in winning the Fr. Godfrey cup in 2016 and the success of the senior girls 7s team in winning the IRFU sevens schools cup for the past two years. It also recognises the fantastic achievement of past pupil Paul Boyle (LC 2015) who captained the Irish U20 team in the U20 world cup in Georgia in 2017.