Balbriggan have won the Jenkinson Cup tonight! Final score 16 v 8. Well done to Balbriggan players, coaches and management. And thank you to all our supporters! Match report to follow
Balbriggan go top of their Group with a 3 point win over Rataoth in Balbriggan on Friday night. Both teams started the game evenly matched with the game to-ing and fr-oing in midfield. Early pressure from Rataoth was relieved by scrum half Kyle Healy with a good relieving kick. From the ensuing line out Balbriggan stole the line out and the ball was run across the backs with Paul Quinn, more familiar in the 6 jersey, punching up through the middle. Balbriggan continued the pressure but a hurried pass gave a scrum to Ratoath to relieve the pressure. The match continued in this vein with Balbriggan gaining good ground but for the final pass not going to hand. On the 25 minute mark No 8 O’Toole made a good break from the halfway line and with Malone on his shoulder they took it up to within 5 metres of the Ratoath line. The pressure resulted in a Balbriggan penalty but Healy’s kick was just short. Ratoath attacked from the drop out and instead of keeping the ball in hand kicked ahead, out half Phelan returned the kick with interest and after a bit of aerial ping pong the fast running Balbriggan backs put the Ratoath full back under pressure. Quinn ran hard at the backs and split the line for the opening try.
Balbriggan lost Healy to a yellow card for what was determined an illegal tackle though a similar tackle against Phelan in the same play went unpunished. Ratoath went to the corner rather than trying for goal, Balbriggan won the ensuing line out and veteran prop Paddy Joyce set up a ruck, a kick and chase by Balbriggan and some good interplay between Tom Hagan, Quinn and Bateman, which saw Quinn get over for his second try. 10- 0 to Balbriggan at the break.
At the start of the second half Balbriggan were put under pressure but Ratoath were unable to convert. Balbriggan had a good deal of possession but are going to have to work on handling. A good run by O’Toole should have put the winger McKenna away but he was tackled into touch. Billy Phelan kept Ratoath pinned back with good kicking until he had to go off injured. In the last 10 minutes Ratoath had a lot of possession but their players kept running into the Balbriggan defence which held fast until the 7th minute of injury time, when a missed tackle in the centre let Ratoath in under the posts for a consolation try that was converted. Final score 10-7
Overall a strong display by a young Balbriggan team still gaining experience.
Smyth, McKenna, O’Sullivan, Quinn, Bateman, Phelan, Healy, Joyce, Davis, Louden, Whelan, Kopca, (Geragthy), Malone, Hagan, O’Toole
McGee Cup fixtures have now been added to the fixtures section.
Great win tonight for Balbriggan! Final score Balbriggan 10 V Ratoath 7
Balbriggan play Rathoath this Friday night, 13th Sept. Kick-off is 8.00pm in Balbriggan.
Unfortunately, the Jenkinson Cup match, due to be played Fri 6th Sep, has been cancelled, as Nth Meath can’t field.
Presidents Message for Season 2013/14
Dear Fellow Members
I am hugely proud and privileged to have been elected President of this great club for the next two seasons and I am delighted to welcome you to our club’s website.
We will endeavor to keep this site current and relevant to all rugby activity and events during the season and to represent all sections of the club. Our aim is not only to provide match reports, photos and details of forthcoming team fixtures but also to promote the many events we have planned to take place in the coming year to which everyone is invited. I would encourage you to visit the website regularly to keep up to date with club life and to follow us on Twitter @BalbrigganRFC (coming soon) and Facebook – Balbriggan RFC for further information. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we welcome any suggestions you may have relating to any aspect of Club activity.
The senior side enters the new season in a much stronger position than this time last year thanks to the tremendous work put in by the senior management and coaches last year. I’m sure they will capitalise on this excellent work done in the coming season.
Youth & Mini sections continue to go from strength to strength and in many respects have set the standards for other clubs to aspire to. Both of these sections are crucial to the Club. As we are building for the future and developing our players to maintain a top level of rugby with ‘home grown’ talent, much more emphasis will be placed in these two areas in the coming year. We pride ourselves on being able to maintain our teams with local players thanks to the strong Mini and Youth Programmes we have established and long may it continue.
I would like to thank all our sponsors who have remained loyal to us especially in the last few years, which economically have been very tough. We, in turn, must play our part in supporting them in any way we can.
I also want to thank the many members of our club who give freely of their time and support our fundraising efforts year after year and do so much ‘to keep the show on the road’.
Finally, I look forward to another great year at all levels in the Club and wish all our players, teams, coaches and supporters every success in taking on the challenges this coming season.
Yours in Rugby
Balbriggan vs Unidare, Tuesday 3rd September, in Balbriggan. Kick-off is 8.00pm.