J1/J2: Leinster League, Saturday, 6/10/12
by Padraic Treacy
Despite the late scheduled kick-off, a good crowd travelled to Gorey on Saturday from Kilkenny and witnessed one of the tightest games between these two teams for many a year.
Kilkenny trailed for most of the game and it looked like Gorey would prove to be Kilkenny’s nemesis this season; however the Noresiders managed to pull it out of the bag just in time.
With tries from Willie Duggan and Killian Everard and with Julian Hughes continuing his great kicking form, Gorey did everything to stop the Kilkenny machine from harvesting the goods on the day, but Kilkenny’s “never give up” attitude brought them across the finish line as victors.
Kilkenny also welcomed newly signed Kiwi outhalf Willie Wright to the team and what a great start the youngster made on his debut by kicking two penalties and one conversion for his new found home. Wright arrived in Kilkenny on Thursday from New Zealand and is already a big hit with the local rugby fraternity. The 20 year old hails from Timaru and has played in the 2nd Division NPC Heartland Championship for South Canterbury. He comes with some great credentials and Kilkenny are certainly hoping he will assist them in their efforts to gain promotion this season.
Kilkenny Firsts: - Clive Grehan, Alan O’Donovan, Julian Hughes, Alan Pembroke, Killian Everard, Stephen Brennan, Clive Kavanagh, Willie Duggan, John Harper, Ray Pembroke, Gerry Clarke, Victor Ryan, Eddie Brennan, Tom Massey, Simon O’Shea. Subs: - Martin Leahy, Alan McIntyre, Richie Devane, Willie Wright, Victor Harper.
J2: Gorey 17-16 Kilkenny
Kilkenny Seconds were not so lucky on Saturday however. They were narrowly beaten by Gorey 17 – 16. Following on from the heavy defeat at the hands of Malahide the week previous, things are not going according to plan for head coach Nigel Daly. Still awaiting the return of a number of key players, Daly was nevertheless very happy with his side’s performance and is confident they will make amends in the coming weeks.
Kilkenny First’s play Clane in Foulkstown on Sunday. The Seconds have a free weekend as Clane are unable to field a team this season. With Roscrea having beaten Clane on Sunday, 62 – 12, Kilkenny will be hoping to match this score line and bring forward the dedication and fighting spirit displayed against Gorey, thus reinforcing there position at the top of the table. Kick-off is at 3.00pm.
Kilkenny Seconds: - Vinnie O’Shea, Rory O’Brien, Lewis Bel Maguire, Kevin O’Toole, Cian O’Mahony, Richie Devane, Victor Harper, Ger Costello, Alan McIntyre, Ronan O’Donoghue, Leon Madigan, Eamon O’Mahony, Mick Hannigan, Dave Matthews, Martin Leahy. Subs: - Brian Howe, Ben Dyer, Sean Meany, Barry Daly, Mick Meany.