*Cian Guilfoyle was among the try scorers. 

ENNIS have moved to the top of Junior League Division 3. 

By Dearbhla Parry

Senior Men:
Ennis RFC 33 – 17 Dungarvan RFC
Ennis are the new leaders in Division 3 after their 33-17 win against Dungarvan.

Tries were scored by Brendan Clealand (x1), Cian Guilfoyle (x1), Cormac Brown (x1) and Dylan Kenny (x2), who also made four conversions.

At the end of the first quarter, Ennis were up 26-0. Kenny, Cleland, Guillfoyle and Browne scored their tries. Afterward, Patsy Coyne, Kevin Connors and Braydon Dee Carter replied with tries for Dungarvan, and Joey Doherty added a conversion.

The senior men’s team play Scariff in a local derby next weekend. Both teams are tied on 19 points at the top of the table.

U18 Boys Pan Munster Competition: Ennis RFC 18 – 17 Nenagh RFC
The U18s came out victorious against Nenagh in a tight affair last weekend.

Ennis came into the game without experienced starters and had injuries right up to the kick-off, meaning late changes were made.
New half-backs Killian Boland and Conor Byrne made their debut as they controlled early proceedings. The first score was a penalty from Byrne. Five minutes later, the first try of the day gave Ennis some breathing room however they let Nenagh back into the game after a mistake from a five metre line out saw Nenagh counter attack which ultimately led to their first try.

However, Ennis back-row David Costello soon after sent Darragh McGrory under the sticks for Ennis’ second try, converted by Byrne. Nenagh replied to this with a penalty and soon after, McGrath was sin binned for a high tackle. Nenagh’s numerical advantage resulted in the break of Ennis’ defence and Nenagh managing to score in the corner.

With time running out and a score of 17-15, the returning McGrory rallied a late surge, winning a penalty in front of the posts. Byrne did not hesitate to take the kick, giving Ennis the spoils.

U16 Girls: Ennis RFC 30 – 12
Richmond/Old Crescent RFC
On Saturday, the U16 girls won in the Old Crescent rugby grounds.
Within the first ten minutes, out-half Emma McGann scored her first try. A great run and super off-load by Sarah Keavey sent McGann in.

Ennis were dominant from the early stages with Lucy Kelly continually breaking the line and Grace Hoyne’s quick distribution. There was excellent handling along the line with Faye Ryan, Eileen Keating and Siofra Enright, and the try of the match came before half-time when Aoife Martin ran the full length of the pitch to score under the posts. More tries by McGann and Keavey, and conversions by Nicole Clark left the girls well ahead at half-time.

Before half time, subs Lillith Kearney and Katie Murray came on and Keavey and Clark came off. There was a change in positions as Laura Kate Ryan came up to out-half with McGann going to full-back.

After half-time, Richmond Old Crescent would spring to life and two tries put 12 points on the board for the Limerick side. However Ennis made sure of the win with Eileen Keating sidestepping the defence for her own try, closing out the second half. Ennis are at the top of the league table having won all their matches and are looking forward to their next match against Kilrush.

U15 Boys:
Ennis RFC 7 – 30 Dunmanway RFC
A much stronger Dunmanway outplayed Ennis at the weekend in their first Pan Munster away outing. James Moloney’s try was the only reward of the day, after plying on a heavy pitch, which did not suit Ennis’ expansive style.

U12 Blitz: Ennis RFC v Nenagh RFC
Two Ennis teams played against Nenagh in the U12 blitz. The Ennis Black team were the stronger team on the day, but the Ennis Red team were evenly matched.

U10 Blitz
Ennis won 11 out of 12 matches after sending three teams to take on Garryowen and Old Crescent. The only match they lost was against Garryowen. Across the board were excellent displays.
U8 Blitz
Over 80 players from three Clare clubs attended Ennis’ U8’s Clare blitz on Sunday.
Eight games were played were played by St.Sennan’s Shannon RFC, Klirush RFC and Ennis RFC.
Great skills were on display and it was apparent that this was not the first game of rugby for many of these players.

Fixtures:
U15 Boy’s Competition Friendly: Ennis v Shannon; Saturday 2nd December; 10:30 in Drumbiggle
U18 Girl’s Competition League:
Ennis v Mallow; Saturday 2nd December; 12:30 in Drumbiggle
Senior Men’s Competition League: Ennis v Scariff; Saturday 2nd December; 14:30 in Drumbiggle
U14 Boy’s Competition League Cup Semi-Final: Ennis v Garryowen; Sunday 3rd December; 11:00 in Dooradoyle
Senior Women’s Competition League: Ennis/Kilrush v Dolphin; Sunday 3rd December; 13:00 in Dolphin
U18 Boy’s Competition Plate Semi-Final: Ennis v Young
Munster; Sunday 3rd December; Kick-off TBC in Young Munster
U12 Mini Blitz; Sunday 3rd December; Kick-off TBC in Kilrush

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