Rugby at Gorey Community School
Gorey Community School
At the forefront of education in North Wexford since 1993
Gorey Community School
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.
Gorey Girls win All-Ireland title for the second year in a row.
Four teams from each province qualified for the finals through a series of regional blitzes. It was a real festival
of rugby with Gorey Community School taking the spoils for the second year on the trot.
Now in its third year, this tournament is the premier showcase for girls rugby at schools level. Ireland Sevens
internationals Chloe Blackmore and Louise Galvin were on hand at Donnybrook to present the trophies to the
The skill-sets of the players has been growing year on year. A number of players have represented their schools
on at least two occasions and even gone on to play for Ireland.
With 24 pool matches running over the morning, every school played three pool matches before the highest
and second-placed highest qualified for the play-offs in the Cup and Plate.
It was an all-Leinster affair in the first semi-final with defending champions Gorey Community School,captained
by Natasja Behan, taking on Tullow Community School. The cup holders proved the stronger and booked their
place in the final with a determined display.
In the other cup semi final, Presentation Convent Thurles saw off a strong challenge from Westport's Sacred
Heart School as the game went to extra-time. The rain had firmly set in at this stage of the day and so both
finals were played with a very slippery ball.
The Cup final was a fiercely competitive match with neither Presentation Thurles nor Gorey Community School
giving an inch. Presentation Thurles had brought a number of supporters with them and they cheered loudly for
their team from the stand.
The game went to extra-time with Gorey Community School coming good to retain their prized national title. A
delighted team brought the cup back to the school for the second year in a row.
McMullen Cup 2018
The McMullen cup campaign started with an away match against Enniscorthy CBS. After a shaky start Gorey ran out worthy winners by 29 to 8 Tries from Flynn Donnelly, Joseph Naughton and Shane Stokes
This was followed by a big win 55-0 against De la Salle Churchtown at home.
As part of the last four in the cup Gorey CS was entered in the Vinny Murray first round and also it set up a big game in the Semi Final of the McMullen against local rivals and club team-mates from Colaiste Bride Carnew.
In January GCS came up against a very strong Kings Hospital team and were well beaten in Greystones on a scoreline of 34 5. You learn more from your defeats and a lot was learned that day.
On Jan 31st GCS took on Colaiste Bride in Clonattin and despite playing a lot of the game without the ball the GCS defence was excellent and we were worthy winners by 17 0. Tries by Flynn Donnelly, Jack Ryan and a penalty try put GCS into their first McMullen decider in six years.
Gorey Community School's pack power was just too much for Dundalk Grammar School in a cracking Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Schools McMullen Cup Final at Donnybrook on Wednesday.
It was a difficult day for productive rugby in the constant drizzle as centre Daniel Molloy stepped in for an interception near halfway to give Dundalk a lift early on.
They didnt waste it when their out-half Jack Connolly pounced on a loose ball behind the line for the opening try, converted by Jack Hughes for 7-0 in the ninth minute.
Grammar were content to drive at the fringes in the conditions until scrum-half Hughes picked the moment to kick to the corner.
Despite the wind and rain, the Gorey lineout was winning clean possession, quite an achievement, with Sean Dunne and Shane Stokes dominant figures.
Gorey added a powerful maul and fine drive from Stokes to take them out of trouble.
The problems came when the mistakes were made as Dundalk had strong carriers in prop Tobi Akinseloyian and lock Caoilin Traynor.
It was being reduced down into a battle of the gain line in which defences remained stubborn and hard-edged.
Gorey were using the aggression of flanker Cormac Walsh to carry and coming back to the short side to see out the half with the conditions in their backs for the second period.
They just werent accurate enough at cleanout time to be able to get out of their half.
Their openside Mark Boyle took the ball up and they broke forward for a respite from the pressure before Grammar lost Akinseloyian to a yellow card.
It looked like Gorey would take advantage of the extra body when prop Jack Ryan got a head-of-steam up just to lose the ball from his grasp as he went to ground it at the end of the half.
On resumption, the work of the Gorey forwards found reward when flanker Walsh ducked a tackle and escaped for a try which was converted by centre Sean Wafer to level it up in the 39th minute.
Unlike Dundalk, the North Wexford school looked to use the wind through Wafer for the reward of a scrum.
Their tails were up and Mark Boyle’s unorthodox grubber put them deep inside the 22.
It looked like the try had to come as Gorey worked away at the whitewash against defiant Dundalk, the former giving away a penalty for a double movement and the latter falling foul of indiscipline too. Gorey were camped inside the 22 for at least 10 minutes, the driving of the entire back row of Walsh, Boyle and Stokes making the inroads for wing replacement Gonzalo Sanchez-Toscano to make the left corner for 12-7 in the 53rd minute. It was far from over as Dundalk had it in them to move into the 22 where they went to the lineout without the control to build off of it.
They went toe-to-toe in a real barnstormer, every inch fought for like it was the last to be won. Duke pulled a penalty to leave it as a once-score game, the tension growing as the minutes ticked on.
It all came to a head when Gorey captain Stokes burst through two tackles on a 20-metre charge for the clinching try, converted by out-half Michael Duke in the 67th minute.
At Donnybrook - Gorey Community School 19 (S Stokes, C Walsh, G Sanchez-Toscano try each; M Duke 2 cons); Dundalk Grammar School 7 (J Connolly try; J Hughes con).
Gorey: Mark Kehoe; Flynn Donnelly, Sean Wafer, Greg Bolger, Joseph Naughton; Michael Duke, Donough McGivern; Jack Ryan, Gonzalo Marquez, Dylan Sleator, Martin O’Loughlin, Sean Dunne, Cormac Walsh, Mark Boyle, Shane Stokes (capt).
Replacements: G Sanchez-Toscano for Kehoe 24 mins.
Leinster Development School of the year 2017/2018
24 April 2018; Gorey Community School, Wexford, was awarded Irish Independent Leinster Development School of the year , from David Courtney, Head of Sports Content, Independent News and Media and President of Leinster Rugby Niall Rynne. The Awards, which took place at the InterContinental Dublin and MCd by Darragh Maloney, were a celebration of the 2017/18 Leinster Rugby season to date.
The award was recognition of the success of the school in the current year but also recognised the success of the junior team in winning the Fr. Godfrey cup in 2016 and the success of the senior girls 7s team in winning the IRFU sevens schools cup for the past two years. It also recognises the fantastic achievement of past pupil Paul Boyle (LC 2015) who captained the Irish U20 team in the U20 world cup in Georgia in 2017.
Gorey Community School win McMullen Cup for the second year in a row
Gorey CS completed the double when beating Gormanston College by 37 to 17 in the McMullen Cup in Terenure RFC on Thursday last. It has been a fantastic achievement for many of this team as they were part of last year’s victorious team and also won the Fr. Godfrey Cup in 2016.
Gorey CS started the game in very determined form and dominated the opening exchanges. However it was Gormanston who opened the scoring with a penalty.
Gorey responded well and ran in three tries in quick succession from Jack Ryan, Martin O’Loughlin and Mark Boyle to lead 15 - 3. Unfortunately Gorey were unsuccessful with the conversions into a tricky wind. Gorey were constantly on the attack with great runs from Mark Kehoe and Flynn Donnelly. As the half drew to a close Gormanston went on the attack starting with a fine run by their out-half and were rewarded with an excellent try which was converted to leave the score 15-10 at half time.
In the second half Gorey took over again and camped in the opposition half of the field. The team was led by Irish u18 clubs representative Mark Boyle and was very well assisted by Cormac Walsh and joe Butler in the Back row. GCS were rewarded with a fourth try to put the score at 22-10 and converted a penalty by Mark Kehoe to put them fifteen up within five minutes of the restart. Time after time Gorey pounded the opposition line and were rewarded with two more tries. Sean Wafer scored both . His second was from an excellent chip over the top of the defence by Cathal Stokes. Martin O’Loughlin forced his way over for his second try and Gorey’s sixth to leave the score 37-10. Mark Kehoe added the extra points.
There was one final flurry from the opposition in the final minutes and Gormanston scored their second converted try on the final whistle to leave Gorey victors on a score-line of 37-17. All of the subs were given a run and contributed to an excellent game.
This represented the third time Gorey CS has won the McMullen cup since 2012 and the second year in succession. The team performed excellently through the season beating Templeogue College, Tullow CS and Temple Carrig on the way to the Final. Great credit has to be given to Darragh Bellanova and Nevil Copeland who helped coach the team for the past two years.
Gorey CS: Jack Ryan, Ryan Gibney, Martin O’Loughlin, Cian Kenny, Owen Austin, Joe Butler, Cormac Walsh, Mark Boyle, George Slattery, Cathal Stokes, Oran Fitzpatrick, Sean Wafer, Brian O’Leary, Flynn Donnelly, Mark Kehoe. Subs: Cian Sullivan, Steven Doran Pat Doyle, Eoin Canavan, Gonzalo Sanchez, Carl Johnston, Nathan Byrne, Joe Tallon, Joe Burke, Andrew Cushen, Cian Molloy
LATE DROP GOAL Defeats excellent Gorey Cs team in Fr. Godfrey Cup FINAL
CBS Naas 27 Gorey Community School 25
A stunning final-minute drop-goal helped CBS Naas to edge past Gorey Community School at the end of a pulsating Fr Godfrey Cup decider at Lakelands Park.After the lead had changed hands on a number of occasions, Gorey looked set to prevail when Lee Cushe’s successful place-kick offered them a slender advantage. Despite having a penalty advantage, McKevitt dissected the posts to give Naas the spoils in Terenure College RFC. This was the second meeting between the schools in 2019 - following their previous showdown in the first round of the Leinster Junior Cup.Naas broke the deadlock with just eight minutes on the clock. Winger Sam Dunne initiated a prolonged attack by carrying strongly on the right-flank and tighthead prop Adel Mahmoud eventually released Robert Shaw to touch down on the far side. Full-back Andrew Osborne added the conversion but they were immediately pegged back by a determined Gorey.Cushe’s decision to kick an attacking penalty to the corner proved to be a shrewd one. Off the ensuing line-out maul, his half-back partner Jack Higgins dived over the whitewash. While the latter’s bonus strike was off-target, the Gorey CS found themselves in the ascendancy just past the first-quarter mark. An extended spell inside the Naas ’22’ provided them with serious momentum and when the play was re-cycled to the right of the posts, lock Colm Donnelly was there to apply the finishing touches. Higgins was wide of the mark with another difficult effort off the kicking tee, leaving Naas just three points adrift (10-7).Osborne wiped out this deficit courtesy of another assured strike at goal, only for Gorey to once again breach their rearguard on the half-hour mark. Sean Egan’s incisive break got the Wexford men back on the front-foot, with Mark Kinch ultimately grounding under intense pressure for a converted score. Just before Half time Naas spread the ball quickly across the Gorey defensive line, until Osborne discovered a gap in behind for their second try of the game. He supplied the extras to his own five-pointer, ensuring the teams were on level terms (17-17) at the interval.
The high-octane nature of the first half was maintained when the action resumed, with a powerful set-piece enabling Gorey to reclaim the lead in the 34th-minute. A five-metre scrum edged them towards the Naas line and Colm Donnelly broke free for his second try of the contest. Having been briefly halted in their tracks, McKevitt transferred possession to a more central position inside Gorey’s 22-metre line. Osborne was ideally placed to pick out the raiding Dunne - who jinked his way over for a third Naas try. Osborne made no mistake with his conversion to give the Lilywhites a 24-22 cushion. Nevertheless, Gorey remained firmly in the reckoning. When they were awarded a close-range penalty on 51 minutes, it was at an angle that favoured the left boot of Lee Cushe. He expertly slotted the resulting kick between the posts to move Gorey back into the driving seat.Opportunities were now coming at a premium and it looked like Gorey might be able to hold out until the final whistle. However, Naas unleashed a final assault inside the opposition half and with the last kick of the match McKevitt dropped and excellent goal to win the Cup.Gorey CS had excellent performances from their forwards who totally dominated the scrum and line out. Their backs performed very well also with Brian Cushe, Jack Higgins, and Simon Campbell Carty outstanding in a team who have played some excellent matches this year only to miss out narrowly in the end. Their performances throughout the year and victories over St. Gerards Bray, St Andrews College and CUS deserved a better outcome, but it wasn’t to be.
Scorers - CBS Naas: Andrew Osborne try, pen, 3 cons; Robert Shaw, Sam Dunne try each; Jack McKevitt d/goal. Gorey Community School: Colm Donnelly 2 tries; Jack Higgins try, con; Mark Kinch try; Lee Cushe pen.
Naas CBS: Andrew Osborne; Sam Dunne (Jack Sheridan 57’), Charlie Sheridan (James Forde 4’), Oscar Cawley, Eoin Clarke; Jack McKevitt, Ethan Travers; Calum Stout (Conor Phelan 35’), Darragh McDonnell (Simon Hughes 43’), Adel Mahmoud; Paddy McMahon (Brian Doonan 45’), Robert Shaw; Jamie Carroll (Austin Brennan 59’), Mark Alexander, Odhran Kelly.
Gorey Community School: Ronan Cleary; Pepe Papin, Brian Cushe, Simon Campbell Carty, Gavin McNulty; Lee Pushe, Jack Higgins; Jack Curley, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Mark Kinch; Killian Barnes, Colm Donnelly; Adam Cleary, Sean Egan, Ewan Stephens