Fethard minis travelled to Clanwilliam on a crisp Sunday morning last and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Our Under 7s had a great game and enthusiasm from this team has gone through the roof with Oisín Ryan proving a great force throughout with scores. Gavin Neville and Charlie Walsh are a great pair working well together to add to the points. Padraig Duggan and Andrew Connorton helped the teammates with the scoring. Not forgetting Ben Smyth ably assisting this team with his ball recycling.
Fethard Under 8s had a great turn out and met a well coached side in Clanwilliam who proved a strong team on the day. It was fantastic to split them in to two teams to play against good numbers from Clanwilliam. Luke Dolan with Adam O’Connell put in consistent tackles through out the game. Mark Neville and David McCormack showed great rucking skills for their team mates. Strong tackling from Jack Quinlan, Robbie Noonan and William Cleere proved invaluable for their team. Mark Smyth assisted Louis Ryan in turning over ball time and again. Luke Ryan with Michael Blake never stopped tackling alongside Tomas Ryan. Pairic Heffernan was seen to good effect with his ball handling.
The Under 9s have progressed very well this year but were narrowly defeated by a more physical Clanwilliam side. Ben Ruttle had a massive game breaking through to score a few tries ably assisted by the fine handling skills, with marvellous offloading from Michael Scully, James McCormack and Conor Neville. Great support with strong tackles and fabulous rucking, was shown by Daniel Boland, Charlie Cummins and James Ryan. Michael Long, Jack Cleare and Michael O’Meara were fine ball carriers throughout. Keep up the improvement boys.
U10s had a great win against a Clanwilliam side that never gave up. Fethard showed great skill in ball retention and rucking. This game had everything, rucking, tackling, passing and support play. Keep up the good work.
Our U11s, missing three-fifths of their forwards, fielded a lighter than normal team and a makeshift pack. Playing three ten-minute sessions Clanwilliam tore into Fethard with their usual mix of skill and gusto. Fethard once more didn’t seem interested in the first half and were 1 score down at the first break. The second period saw the determination and attitude required to win games come to the surface as time and again Sam Quigley broke with the ball; Fethard’s rucking improved, Eoin Walsh and Angus MacDonald were great ball winners, Iain Harrington moved the ball out to the sides, Lucy Murphy’s quick hands kept the ball alive and Mathew Gleeson added a few runs to his cover tackles. The intensity mounted and Eoin Walsh emerged from the press to score, 1-1. A few minutes later Angus battled his way through the Clan defence; tackled, he set it up, Iain gathered and passed and Eoin again was there for his second try. 2-1 to Fethard at the break.
The third ‘half’ stretched the limits of timekeeping and U11 rugby as this Fethard team played out of their skins and way beyond their years. Mathew Burke, always dangerous, made a fantastic driving run and another, later, linking beautifully with Angus. Jack Hassett, time and again was just there, just when needed to do the right thing and stop the opposition or speed up Fethard’s own attack. Fethard’s temporary pack more than held their own and were steered to great things by Mark McCormack their scrum-half. Richard Robinson’s scintillating running is becoming a mainstay of this team which sometimes overshadows his prowess in defence. The last period of this game was spent in the Clan half of the pitch. Fethard threw attack after attack and Clan defended strongly, Sam’s mauls, Jack’s rucks, Matthew’s drives broke like waves upon the Clan line. A quick break down the line saw a score for Clan, 2-2. A ruck on their 5 metre line, a quick gather and drive and Angus was over for Fethard! 3-2. Normal time had gone, ‘Play on!’ was the cry; both teams desperate to take something from the game and in the madness of it all Clan scored again-3-3. Honours even, great play Fethard.
Fethard U13s played at home on Sunday against Nenagh Ormond and started the better of the two sides pressuring Nenagh from the beginning. A good movement by the backs released Patrick Scully to score in the corner and Peter Wall kicked the conversion. Fethard kept up the pressure and Conor Vaughan scored the second try picking the ball for the base of the ruck and driving over the line. Nenagh regrouped and came back into the game with some great forward movement but Fethard defended well and turned over the ball and cleared their lines. Towards the end of the first half Barry McGrath picked the ball from the base of the scrum he took the tackle and released the ball to Dara Lynch who scored in the corner.
In the second half Nenagh came out fighting and with some good forward play scored a try. Fethard scored again through some great individual play by Danny Gleeson charging down a kick and catching the ball to score in the corner. A big thanks to Nenagh for a good match. Well done Fethard winning 27-5.
Fethard U15s secured a good win against Clonmel on Sunday morning last and despite some icy conditions was a great open game of rugby. Clonmel were first to score with a fine try in the corner which was converted by a fine kick, but the attitude of this young Fethard team came to the fore and the pack led by Michael Gaynor, Gearóid Fahy, Tim Daly and Griffin Ivors secured enough possession for Joey Noonan and Killian O’Dwyer to cross for fine tries which Gary Kavanagh converted.
The second half was a very even contest with both sides scoring a try each. A maul by the Fethard forwards saw the impressive Bill Phelan crossing for a try. This left the score 19-14. Clonmel made a great break up the wing and were almost in for a try but the speedy Mark Heffernan got back in time to make a great tackle which left Fethard securing a great win.