*PICTURED: Ennis’ Patricia Coote gets over for a try. Photo by Helen McQuillan
By Dearbhla Parry
Senior Women’s League:
Ennis/Kilrush RFC 27 – 19 UL Bohemians
A strong performance against UL Bohemians gave the Ennis/Kilrush senior women’s team their first league win of the season.
Pressure was high when prop Grainne Burke was yellow carded for a high tackle in the first half of the game.
The home team capitalized on their field possession when centre Ailish Dunne found wing Emer Moynihan for the opening try but was unable to take the conversion. An away team error at a lineout gave Ennis/Kilrush a scrum in the opponents’ half. After a series of strong carries, Caoilfhionn Morrissey broke a number of tackles to touch down in the corner for the game’s second unconverted score. UL Bohemians capitalized with a controversial try, bringing the score to 10-5 before half time.
A strong carry from Burke and an offload to out-half Patricia Coote allowed the number 10 to touchdown close to the posts for the try of the game. A conversion by Michaela Glynn stretched the lead to 17-5. There were number of brilliant carries from fullback Orna Moynihan and substitute Sarah Coote, adding two more scores. Ennis/Kilrush were able to withstand a late rally from the UL Bohemains to secure the win.
The women’s senior team have a weekend off before travelling to face Dolphin RFC on December 3.
U18 Girls Munster League:
Ennis RFC 36 – 12 Bruff RFC
The U18 girls played their third league game of the season away to Bruff RFC, who served up good opposition.
Sabhdh Faughey made a great run from fullback to get into the attacking line and scored her first try in an Ennis RFC jersey.
From the restart, the Ennis forwards carried hard through multiple phases to set up the backs to attack. The Keane sisters linked up in midfield and Eileen Keane scored from a lovely offload from her sister, Emma. Shortly afterwards Emma made one of her trade-mark breaks, leaving defenders in her wake. She touched down under the post and converted her own try.
Before half time, Ennis scored again from a great line break by Lyndsay Clarke. Clarke offloaded to second-row Jennifer Weston, who was in close support to get a well-deserved try. Emma Keane added the extras to leave the score at 24-0 at half time.
In the second half, Ennis introduced their subs and their standard never wavered. Nell Walsh touched down following a quick penalty tap by Clarke. Clarke offloaded to Walsh who then made a great run in from her wing position. Ennis finished the match with a great try from debutant winger Saoirse Colman.
Next up for the U18 Ennis team is a home game on 2nd December against Mallow/Mitchelstown/Kanturk RFC.
Ennis: Annie Lynch, Aine Morrisey, Caoilinn Cahill, Jenifer Weston, Alana Foudy, Aisling Heapes, Maggie Murphy, Sally Kelly, Niamh McManus, Lyndsay Clarke (Joint-Captain), Amy Butler, Emma Keane (Joint-Captain), Eileen Keane, Nell Walsh, Sadhbh Faughey, Ava Walsh, Ciara Reidy, Kayla Considine, Tara Phillips, Ella Courtney and Saoirse Coleman.
U15 Boys League:
Ennis RFC 7 – 36 Newcastle West
The bigger and more physical Newcastle West team proved too good against Ennis.
Despite conceding a break-away try early on in the match, Ennis rallied and took a 7-5 lead. However, some poor tackling meant that Ennis fell behind with 7-12 at half-time. In the second half the opposing team converted four tries, giving them the victory.
U14 Boys North Munster League Play-off: Ennis RFC 22 – 27 UL Bohs
The U14 boys suffered their first loss of the season in Lee’s Road last Sunday.
They started well, with two tries from Steven O’Neill and Captain Jake O’Donoghue. The boys led with 12-5 before Alex Pelczar scored, putting the score at 17-5 just before half time.
During the second half, O’Neill added his second try. But within five minutes, UL Bohemians managed to level the score 22-22.
Ennis had many strong performances, but will need to raise their game against Garryowen in the semi-final in two weeks time.
Ennis: Conor Owens, Shaun Woods, Reece Yeung, Chris Rynne, Colm Griffin, Cillian Dinan, Cormac Dinan, Josh Flynn, Steven O’Neill, Jake O’Donoghue, Thomas Connolly, Alex Pelczar, Sam Kelly, Ronan O’Leary, Josh O’Halloran, Reece Corbett, Luke O’Connor, Ronan Donlan, DD Corry, Harry Daniels, Eon Keane and Donal Garvey.
The Ennis U9 team hosted their first blitz of the season with over 45 Ennis players. They welcomed teams from St. Mary’s RFC and Thomond RFC to Drumbiggle Paddock, and fielded five home teams of eight.
Each group performed extremely well and left with goody bags for all the players made by the parents. Ennis were delighted with the turnout and the great level of rugby on display.
U13 Boys North Munster League: Ennis v St. Senan’s; Sunday 26th November, Kick-off at 11:00 in Senan’s
U14 Boys Friendly: Ennis v Young Munster; Sunday 26th November; 10:20 in Lee’s Road
U15 Boys: Ennis v Dungarvan; Sunday 26th November; 12:30 in Dungarvan
U16 Boys: Ennis v Kilfeacle; Sunday 26th November; 12:00 in Kilfeacle
U18 Boys: Ennis v Nenagh Ormond; Sunday 26th November; 12:00 in Nenagh
Senior Men’s League 4th Round: Ennis v Dungarvan; Sunday 26th November; Venue – Dungarvan