TY Team claim League Honours
On a firm but wet pitch at Newbridge College; Kilkenny College faced Clongowes Wood College in the Leinster TY League Final. It was a nervous start by Kilkenny and they spent the first 10 minutes of the match defending. However after building a few phases together and working their way up the pitch they were rewarded with a very kickable penalty opportunity. Dan O'Neill stepped up to take 3 points but the ball stood up in the wind and blew back into the hands of the Kilkenny boys, allowing them to camp on the Clongowes try line for several minutes. The Clongowes defence stood firm and they managed to turn the ball over and clear their lines.
Clongowes then marched themselves up the pitch and were rewarded a penalty outside the Kilkenny22. Kicking for field position Kilkenny boys found themselves defending a lineout 10 meters from their own line. The Kilkenny forwards turned the ball over at the lineout and with shouts to kick the ball off the field O'Neill scuffed his kick straight to the Clongowes winger who knocked the ball on straight into the hands of Dylan Watchorn who fended off two players to run 80m to score a fantastic try bringing the half time whistle, Kilkenny 5 – Clongowes 0.
Clongowes started the better of the two teams in the second half scoring early from a dominant driving mall giving them a lead of 7-5. However Kilkenny came more and more into the game and with ball in hand they looked the more dangerous side. Working the way up the pitch another penalty gave Dan O'Neill the chance to slot the ball through the posts; 8-7 to Kilkenny College
Clongowes brought some pressure to bear but the next 15 mins it was a battle in the middle of the pitch; O'Neill saw some open field behind the Clongowes defence and slotted a beautifully placed kick in behind the Clongowes winger who was met by 4 Kilkenny players. Kilkenny continued to press and won penalty after penalty giving them the field position to attacking the Clongowes line once again. After almost 15 phases Dylan Watchorn barrelled for 5 points with O'Neill converting giving Kilkenny a 15-7 lead with 9 minutes to go. Clongowes came back but the defensive organisation and pride shown by the Kilkenny team kept Clongowes out. The final whistle brought jumps of joy for the players and relief for the coaches.
Schools Cup and League games
Our SCT team started their Vinny Murray Cup campaign with a comprehensive win over a brave and committed Colaiste Bride side from Carnew. The quarter final game against Wesley College was a close affair with only a point separating the sides on the 50 minute mark, unfortunately it was Wesley College who got the late crucial score to progress to the Semi Finals. With 10 of the starting team returning for next season and a talented TY team coming through the future of this team looks bright.
Our JCT team are currently preparing for their Fr. Godfrey Cup Semi Final next Tuesday in Coolmine RFC at 5pm against Wilson Hospital. A first round 31-19 win over St. Andrews was followed up by a 48-10 victory over Dundalk Grammar in the quarter final. A win over Wilsons would see Kilkenny qualify for the Final of this competition and also take their place in the last 16 of the main Junior Cup against CBC Monkstown.
The leagues for the Senior 2nd’s, Senior 3rds and Junior B’s all started this week and all 3 games yielded positive results. A strong Senior 2nd XV were winners against Clongowes Wood, while the Senior 3rds had a much closer affair with St. Marys College before emerging as narrow winners. The Junior B’s hosted St. Columba’s College Junior A’s and will be a little disappointed to come away with a 17-17 draw having dominated large parts of the game. These leagues continue over the next few weeks.
Kilkenny College Hockey Dept was delighted to welcome Irish and World number one goalkeeper David Harte to the college last Thursday. David was here as a Guest Speaker for Tranisition Year where he spoke on succeeding at the highest level of his chosen sport. This was followed by a Q&A with the students.
With 203 caps to his name, his presentation was warmly received by the audience where it transcended sport. Later on in the day David met the junior goalkeepers where the girls and boys were given masterclass from a player who is at the very top of his game. This was followed with a session with the senior ‘keepers'. Again David was very generous with his time and expertise.
Despite the bitterly cold conditions David took all the ‘keepers through various drills and spoke about the psychology of goalkeeping. David has been voted World Goalkeeper of the Year for the last two years and has been nominated again this year. You can vote for David at the following link http://www.fih.ch/global-stars/hockey-stars/2017/goalkeeper-of-the-year/.
Congratulations to Clifford Neale (Class of 2017) who received a Certificate of Distinction from the Engineering Technology Teachers Association (ETTA) at the National Finals held in Letterkenny on Saturday 18th November. A huge achievement to make the finals out of 5000 students that took the subject last year. Clifford qualified for the National finals by winning the Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford area finals of the ETTA. The Leaving Certificate project this year was based around the Sirosky Search and Rescue Helicopter. As part of the awards ceremony the coast guard arrived with the helicopter, which was great for all the award winners. Photographs shows Clifford with his certificate, Keith Kenna National Chairman ETTA and his teacher Mr Rossiter.
The very best of luck from all at Kilkenny College to the following players who partake in the Interprovincial Hockey Championships this weekend.
Hilary Balding capt
South East U16