Well done girls on a great day of rugby.
Junior squad: Andrea Ryan, Natasha Byrne, Kayleigh Moorhouse, Lucy Roberts Kuns, Niamh Brady, Jessica Brady, Paris Nevin, Fiona Fickett, Keela Saunders, Kim Gallagher, Hannah Carroll, Aoibhe Hickey, Ella Fitzsimons, Laila O' Gorman
Senior squad, Aisha Ryan, Rachel Purcell, Megan Healy, Katie Lawless, Aoise Bentham, Nell Berney, Ava Elders Gallagher, Esther Jow, Natalia Stanicka, Kamila Rudzka
Additional Reporting from Lucas H
The opening match of the season for the senior girls side was against Loreto Bray. From kick off, Loreto realised they were facing a strong side as Rachel Purcell carried the ball almost effortlessly over the line within the first minute. Another try soon followed, scored by Katie Lawless, outrunning multiple defenders. Hat-tricks then followed from the pair - the half-time score being 30-5 in favour of St. David’s. After the break, a fantastic break down the touchline resulted in a try for Megan Healy. Katie Lawless got her name on the scoresheet for the fourth time followed by a try by Natalia Stanicka before the final whistle. Final score 45-10 to David’s.
The second match of the day for the senior girls was against local rivals, Templecarrig Greystones. The girls had high hopes stepping onto the pitch after dominating the field in the previous game. They not only saw this as a game of rugby but to see who was crowned King, or Queen in this case, of rugby in Greystones. David’s may have been seen as the underdogs for this match, but were on the scoresheet very early in the game as a result of an excellent try from their captain Rachel Purcell. Templecarrig soon equalised, but David’s then remembered what was on the line here. The David's girls responded by scoring three consecutive tries, two coming from Megan Healy and another from Rachel Purcell which was now her fifth try in two matches. Templecarrig responded with two more tries of their own but the gap was too big to fill. The final score was 25-15 to St. David’s.
The most challenging match of the day came last as St. David's were pitted against Tallaght Community School. Before kickoff it was clear Tallaght had an advantage over David’s in terms of size. . The girls trailed 5-0 within the early parts of the match, sometimes seen as the most crucial part of the game. The David’s side responded well with two swift tries coming from none-other than Rachel Purcell and Katie Lawless. Tallaght then managed four consecutive tries which put some gloss on the scoresheet. The girls tried to close the gap and managed to cross the try-line twice more, but the damage was already too much to repair. The girls suffered their first defeat of the season, the match ending 20-30 to Tallaght. I’m sure the David’s side will take this loss in their stride and use it to focus on skills that need improving in training.
On the 15th of September, our under 16’s and under 19 teams both managed to successfully win their matches.
The day started off with the under 16’s. The boys won with ease with a score of 53 points to 30 with outstanding performances from Ignacio Fernandez and Dylan Anderson.
It was followed by the under 19’s who defeated the strong opposing team on a scoreline of 35 to 22 points. It was an excellent team effort with stand out individual performances by Patrick Delos Reyes and Christopher Bowes.
Well done lads and keep it going!
Under 16’s team:
Ignacio Fernandez, Bruno De La Vega, Dylan Anderson, Glenn Halligan, Quintin Lawlor Maher, Eoin Browne, Shane Dunne Hughes, Mark McConnell, Sean McCormack.
Under 19’s team:
Gracjan Stanicki, Josh McDonald, Stephen Anderson, Robbie O'Toole, Patrick Delos Reyes, Fergal O'Sullivan, Stephen Bowes, Christopher Bowes, Nicky Danilov, Daniel McCormack
Lucas Garcia, Josh Vernon.
The team performed well in the first quarter and were unlucky to be 8-0 down. Quinton Lawlor Maher was the stand out performer for St. David's this quarter. Ignacio Fernandez made a crucial interception to deny an almost certain basket.
The team showed great team spirit to get back into the match in the second quarter. Ignacio scored a nice basket and on the next attack Glenn Halligan played it to Dylan Anderson who scored a layup. Mark McConnell made a key block and Ignacio Fernandez scored a free throw at the end of the quarter as Davids won the second quarter 9-8.
The team came out at the start of the third quarter hoping to pull it back. Dylan Anderson started off the scoring with a basket to make it 18-11. Dylan then got an important rebound along with a free throw from Ignacio Fernandez. Colaiste Chill Mhantain finished the quarter strongly to leave the score at 29-15 in favour of the Wicklow school.
Quinto Lawlor Maher had the first score of the fourth quarter and then Glenn Halligan made two key blocks and set up Bruno De La Vegas to make the score 29-25. In the last twenty seconds Ignacio Fernandez scored three baskets including a three pointer. The boys lost narrowly 31-28 but showed great team spirit.
Ignacio Fernandez with the stand out performance scoring twelve points as well as Dylan Anderson and Quinton Lawlor Maher. Ms. Courtney and Ms. Ní Chathain showed great management skills and got the team spirit up with their enthusiasm and competitiveness and will have the team winning very soon.
In the first quarter the u-19’s found themselves unlucky to be 11-3 down but showed great determination as Gracjan Stanicki scored a free throw and Patrick Delos Reyes scored a basket.
The second quarter was close as Gracjan scored another basket to try pull it back. Unfortunately Colaiste Chill Mhantain were too good in this quarter and pulled away with a 27-7 lead.
A great quarter from St.Davids including a three pointer and a basket from Patrick Delos Reyes gave hope to the team as it narrowed the gap.
In the fourth quarter Colaiste Chill Mhantain pulled away with the lead but the St.Davids boys never dropped their heads and scored seven points in the closing minute but unfortunately was not enough.
The boys showed great courage with stand out performance coming from Patrick Delos Reyes and Gracjan Stanicki.All of the team performed very well in the third and fourth quarter.
Our senior rugby team has a successful start in the Leinster Development Cup - defeating Presentation College Carlow by 47 points to 10 in an exciting match.
The squad have trained hard this year and, going by this performance, the prospects are exciting for the coming months.
It was an excellent all round team performance with stand out individuals in Jan Osinski, Lucas Gomez Lopes and Charlie Goodwin.
Well done boys and keep it going!
Team: Aaron Jeffries, Tom Cleary (c), Lucas Gomez, Lopes, Ethan Hall, Charlie Goodwin, Jackson Bolger, Hrysian Ivanoff, Lucas Hayden, Andrew McCann, Jan Osinski, Jack O'Toole, Josh Hayden, Harry Fortune Chea, Paul Egan, Gary Whelan.
Subs: Dylan Thompson-Ibanez, Rory Ward, Evan Smith, Kristian Hogan, Kale Scott, James Byrne, Stephen Hynes
Tries: Charlie Goodwin, Andrew McCann, Paul Egan, Harry Fortune Chea, Aaron Jeffries, Lucas Gomez Lopes, Hrysian Ivanoff, Josh Hayden