Report by Charlie Flusk
Photos by @chesterpics
As I arrived into Energia Park, Donnybrook, I could feel the tension of all the players as they were warming up. CBC with their backs to the main pitch and Wesley College warming up at the far end. After what felt like a long time. The players going through the motions, stretching, jogging, throwing and kicking the ball around. Finally, both teams head for the changing rooms. This is it.
With CBC captain Charlie Meagher winning the toss and electing to Kick off towards the Bective end. Stakes were certainly high as a loss resulted in an immediate knock out and no second chance. Monkstown started strong and Wesley pinned in their 22 for the first 5 minutes of the match.
Wesley kicked for touch to help clear their lines. CBC line out just inside the Wesley half. Following a well drilled set piece, the ball was passed out to Ronan Mahon, who took the ball in stride a making a lovely solo break through their defence, stepping their 9 and dodging their full back for a fine try under the posts. Getting the score board moving and putting CBC in the lead just before the 15 minute water break. CBC 7-0 Wesley.
Wesley came back fighting with two un-converted tries making it 7-10 to Wesley at half time. Towards the end of the second half, a Monkstown set piece making 20 yards resulted in a penalty which Mahon kicked making it 10-10 for the 45 minute water break.
The intensity was insane as the noise from the crowd only grew louder towards the end. Now with only 10 minutes to go, Cuan ‘magic’ Hussey scored in the left corner from a very well worked Monkstown set piece, moving the ball out all the way to the winger to score in the corner, making it 15-10 Monkstown.
With the game drawing to a close Mahon sent a floating pass out to Hussey on the wing for another try. But unfortunately the game was not over yet. Wesley rushing up to take a quick kick-off putting Monkstown under pressure with a minute left on the clock. The Wesley #8 took it quickly and with a few phases on the CBC 5 meter line, Wesley scored under the posts as the clock went red, Monkstown 20-17 ahead.
CBC now wishing for the final whistle that the referee refused to blow. CBC had to kick-off back to an eager waiting Wesley team. CBC then making a few small mistakes, helped Wesley get back on the front foot on the Monkstown 22. The pressure was now unbearable as both teams were giving it their all, eventually one of the Wesley players dropped the ball, which resulted in a penalty to CBC which drew the game to a close.
MONKSTOWN 20 - 17 WESLEY COLLEGE
All the players and coaching staff were very relieved with the win as it was not their finest performance. They are all very eager to play St Vincents Castleknock in the next round.
The Seniors beat Kings Hospital 39-10 in the Vinnie Murray semi-final to advance to the Senior Cup 1st round, where they will play CUS on Friday February 1st.
They will also play the same opposition in the Vinnie Murray Cup Final at a later date.
There is a write up on the game from Leinster Rugby available here.
Photos from the game are available in our gallery
The Seniors kicked off their Vinnie Murray Campaign yesterday with a 54-10 win over St. Andrews in Donnybrook.
You can see some photos from Michael Chester @ChesterPics here
Leinster Rugby had a write up available here.
CBC Monkstown 54 St Andrew’s College 10
CBC Monkstown impressed on their way into the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Vinnie Murray Senior Cup semi-finals at Energia Park on Tuesday.
Early on, the commitment was relentless as counter-rucking and front foot defence dominant until CBC captain James Reynolds ripped the ball in the tackle to set up a direct series of drives culminating in flanker Ryan Hayes touching down for out-half Eoin Quinn to convert in the 12th minute.
At the same time, St Andrew’s also had to suffered the loss of their captain Patrick Perrem, a blow they never really recovered from.
CBC wasted little time in striking for their second try, a sweeping maul travelling strongly for hooker Conor Anderson to ground the ball, Quinn converting.
CBC were growing in confidence and had their third try in the 27th-minute through scrum-half Cian Tallon, converted by Quinn.
When CBC lost a man to the bin, it did open up an opportunity for a half-break by centre Nathan Murphy just before a second yellow for Monkstown close to half-time.
CBC scored a fourth try through centre Gareth Hughes, despite being down two players, Quinn landing the touchline conversion. Quicksilver Tallon pounced for his second and wing Eoghan Healy followed up for two tries in as many minutes, both converted by Quinn. St Andrew’s had no answer out wide when full-back Sean Power strolled over for the seventh try.
They finally made an impression when flanker Robert Halpenny shot through a hole and hooker Joshua Kuh-Hogan was on his shoulder for a fine try.
CBC still had something left, lock Daniel Montayne crashing over from short range for captain James Reynolds to convert. It was left to St Andrew’s right wing Oliver McGannon to close it out with their second try.
Calling all past pupils, parents and local businesses, we have an opportunity for your company. We are currently looking for a company who might be interested in sponsoring the Senior and /or Junior Rugby Teams.
We are looking for financial support to ensure our teams are prepared in the best way possible. In return for your sponsorship, the company's logo would be made visible
- on our tracksuits and warm up t-shirts
- in the Annual and Newsletters
- via social media - CBC twitter (>1200 followers), Youtube and College website.
If you know of a business that might be interested please contact Mr. Conor Montayne, Mr. Ryan Corcoran or Mr. Ian O'Herlihy.
or you can email email@example.com
Congratulations to all those who won Awards at our Annual Sports Awards today.
Some winners include
Eoin Quinn (3rd year) Sports Personality of the Year
Liam Forster (4th year) Senior Cup Team Rugby Player of the Year
Harry Crossan (6th year) Senior Tennis Player of the Year
Harry Wall (5th year) Senior Table Tennis Player of the Year
Daniel Heeney (3rd year) Junior Cup Team Player of the Year
A full list will be published soon.
For the first time, the rugby coaches picked a team of the year. This team is made up of players from 1st to 6th year who have worked hard and performed well this year and exemplified what CBC rugby is all about. Congrats lads!
Dr. Berry was also presented with an award by Mr. Montayne for his outstanding contribution to CBC Sport for the last 33 years.