Rugby in Gorey Community School is going from strength to strength. Next September the school will field three teams, 1st years, Juniors(under 16),and seniors(under 19). The 1st year team will focus on learning and enjoying the game, and compete in a Tournament towards the end of the season.
Both the Junior and Senior Teams willcompete in their respective Leinster Schools Development Cups which begin in early October.Details are available on www.leinsterrugby.ie and all support is always welcome.
Our Senior Cup side had a very successful season. In the first round of the knockout competition we travelled to Malahide and tries from Eddie Earle and Ryan Van Niekerk helped seal a 29-7 win. In the second round we were drawn away to St. Brendans Bray. This proved to be a much tougher test. Outstanding displays by Tommy o’Reilly and Frank Bellanova helped seal a 24-13 win.
Gorey had home advantage in the third round against Castleknock in the third round. Gorey put in a terrific display with scores from Killian Breen and Jordan Ahern particularly memorable.Final score Gorey 77-0 .
In the Quarter final we faced last years champions St. Fintans Sutton. Gorey put in a terrific team performance and a hat trick of tries from Eddie Earle impressed the large crowd.Final score Gorey 18-7 winners.
The semi-final was an all wexford encounter between ourselves and St. Marys Enniscorthy. This was a tough physical battle with Gorey lucky to edge through by 12-10.
The Leinster Final saw Gorey facing the 2009 winners Dundalk Grammer School. Gorey having played with a strong wind in the first half only led by 3 points. This proved not enough as one converted try saw Dundalk make history as the first team to win this competition twice. Senior Coach Mr. Declan O’Toole thanked all thirty players for putting in such a great effort this year and wished all the sixth years the best of luck in their exams.
Rugby at Gorey Community School
Gorey Community School
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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.
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