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Second Rugby Blitz on the School Field

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

St Columba’s Comprehensive Junior Rugby XIV 2010
Back, L to R: Tony O’Callaghan, coach, Evan Spence, Keith Young, Seán McLaughlin, captain, Cathal Gallagher, Gerard Breslin, Aiden McCready, David Weir, Donagh O’Callaghan, IRFU  Referee. Front: Paul Quinn, Reuben Heatley-Mulhall, Michael Molloy, Csongor Banaryi, Stephen Maloney,  Daniel Breslin, Lorcan O’Donnell, Thomas Dawson.

Columba’s Comprehensive Girl’s  Junior Rugby XIV 2010
Back, Ella Heatley-Mulhall, Evan Breslin, Lauren Gallagher, Alanna Sweeney, Aisling Shovlin, Katie Molloy, Niamh Boyle, Tonya Kiely, coach.Front: Rosemary McGuire, Nicola Gallagher, Kerrie McGroarty, Niamh Bonner, Enya O’Callaghan, captain,  Enya McGill, Nabla Furey, Hannah Maloney


The matches were watched by Donegal Community Rugby Project manager Jonathan Llewhellin who was delighted with the standard of rugby on show and spotted several potential county players among these new recruits to the game.

Glenties boys  second week running St Columba’s Comprehensive, Glenties played hot to a series of matches on their school grounds. This time it was both the boys and girl’s teams from Magh Ene, Bundoran and the boys team from Killybegs that provided the opposition.

On the day the Bundoran teams came away unbeaten displaying great organisation and teamwork. They were made to fight all the way by spirited Glenties and Killybegs teams that lacked for nothing in terms of skill and conviction.

St Columba’s began their games seven first choice players down from last weeks victorious line up and this was evident in the first half against Bundoran who ran in 3 excellent first half tries.  The Bundoran men were always looking to tie in numbers up front and send the ball out wide across the backs with great effect. The second half was a revelation for the Glenties boys with the new men finding their feet and taking the game to Bundoran. They scored  the only try of the s half when  captain Seán Mc Laughlin broke from the scrum to run at the heart of the defence to feed centre Cathal Gallagher who drove his way over the line with a great  combination of speed and power.

Michael Molloy on his way to great score

Glenties faced the boys of Killybegs next and played their best rugby of the day with a spectacular run from Sean McLaughlin to weave his way through the Killybegs defence and sprinted clear to score . Evan Spence then took a quick tap penalty and went at the line like a runaway train he smashed his way over for a fine score. In the second half one of the quiet men Michael Molloy did his talking with the ball.  Displaying great skill and determination he led a one man assault on the Killybegs line scoring an unforgettable try. Cathal Gallagher grabbed a score after running on to a beautifully flighted pass from Seán McLaughlin to score in the corner. Killybegs played their part to the full and scored a superb try of their own. The team are new to rugby and got caught out by the more experienced teams but they displayed the kind of individual skills and fierce tackling that marked them out as a team to watch for the future.

Rugby First for Glenties!

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Back, L to R: Charles McGuinness, Evan Spence, Aaron Breslin, Keith Young, Conor Melly, Cathal Gallagher, Seán McLoughlin, captain, Conor Quinn, Dawid Stanislawczyk, David Weir, Aiden McCready. Front: Tony O’Callaghan, coach,  Michael Molloy, Paul Quinn, Killian Doherty, Stephen Moloney, Reuben Heatley-Mullhall, Daniel Sweeney, Liam Sweeney, Cian Brennan,  Stephen Melly.


St Columba’s Comprehensive, Glenties played their first competitive rugby games on the school field when they welcomed both boy’s and girl’s junior teams from The Rosses Community College. Glenties came away with the honours in both games but they were keenly contested affairs right up till the final whistle. There was plenty of fine attacking rugby and some bone crunching tackles! Credit is due to both schools for the sporting spirit in which the games took place.


Glenties “Comp” and The Rosses’ girls combined teams  with coaches Dearbla Fox and our own Miss Kieley


Rugby Development Officer, Adam Keys, ran a training session for the combined teams before the kick-off and passed on his coaching tips with the enthusiasm and good humour that has become his trademark. Adam was also monitoring the progress of “the man in the middle” Donagh O’Callaghan, a senior pupil of St Columba’s, who has recently qualified as an IRFU Associate Rugby Referee.


IRFU Associate Referee Donagh O’Callaghan with the team captains


In the boy’s match St Columba’s height and weight advantage told in the end against a very quick and skilful Rosses side. St Columba’s captain, Seán McLaughlin opened the scoring with a powerful pick and run from the back of a ruck to burrow over after good work by the forwards.

Conor Melly races clear to score an excellent try!


For the Rosses their counter attacking from  full back was always a threat with a deadly combination of speed and change of direction.  Despite giving away a few inches in the lineout the Rosses boys secured good ball for their backs and put pressure on the Glenties throwers. Conor Melly, playing at first centre for Glenties, seized on a half gap to make a superb outside brake that saw him just evade the covering tackles to score in the corner.

The match was graced with another superb score when the Rosses full back slipped tackle after tackle to put his side right back in the match.


Evan Spence and Stephen Maloney introduce themselves!


After a period of end to end rugby when either side could have scored Seán McLaughlin popped up snatch a try right at the death with a dazzling run of his own.

“Captain Fantastic” Seán McLoughlin’s second try.


This was a superb showing by all the rugby squad who obligingly made way for each other to rotate the players on the pitch.

Glenties Girl’s U15 Rugby Team.
Back, L to R: , Niamh Bonner, Nicola Gallagher, Alannah Sweeney, Aisling Shovlin, Katie Molloy, Enya McGill. Front: Nabla Furey,  Ella Heatley-Mulhall, Kerrie McGroarty, Lauren Gallagher, Enya O’Callaghan, captain, Hannah Maloney.


The girl’s had asked to play their game after the boys and, arguably, the best wine was served at the end! This was a ten a side encounter with the ball constantly being bashed up the middle and then spun out wide, leaving players (and spectators) exhausted by the time the final shrill whistle sounded.


Nicola Gallagher sprints clear to score her first try


Lauren Gallagher scored Glenties first try with a blistering run that Brian O’Driscoll would have been proud of!  After great work in the lineout from Alannah Sweeney, out-half Gallagher cut her way through the Rosses defence to run in from distance.

Enya, Aisling, Katie, Kerrie, Alannah and Ella – the “Welcoming Committee”


In the second half Glenties were camped on the Rosses line after a powerful forward break by captain, Enya O’ Callaghan and prop, Katie Molloy. From a five metre scrum the Rosses scrum -half picked the ball and ran around the blind side. She heroically made her way to the Glenties line to even up the match.

Lauren Gallagher outpaces the defence to score Glenties second try.


Rather than settle for a draw the Glenties girls went for the jugular. Another surge by the forwards following a great break by Kerrie McGroarty pushed the Rosses back to the right touchline. Quick rucking from Aisling Shovlin let the ball come to Lauren Gallagher and the “blonde bombshell” went on a searing run across the pitch to score in the left corner. Not to be outdone, her sister Nicola completed the scoring with another amazing try. She appeared to be caught in midfield and dummied to pass. The out-half then wheeled around and broke free to doge past two defenders and run in from the half way line.

“Sister Act” - Nicola Gallagher scores  Glenties last try.


Game over! The Rosses girls had proved tough and skilful opposition and it took exceptional scores to beat them.

Well done to all the staff concerned especially Conal McNelis and Gerry Doherty for theor great work with the field. Thanks also to YDO, Adam Keys,  to our ref and  to the players from both schools who made this a very special day in the life of our community.

The Rosses Community College Boy’s Rugby Team


 The Rosses Community College Girl’s Rugby Team