We are halfway through the year and already our junior rugby team have made the playoffs in the League but unfortunately also got dumped out of the Cup. Despite putting in an unbeaten run of games since the middle of September, it was Gormanstown College in Meath who proved the stronger in the Duff Cup quarter final on November 30th.
Team captain Ultan Casserly tried his best to rally his troops but despite a good second half performance, the team went down on a score line of 33-12.
However, the league playoffs will commence once the serious cup games conclude in the new year and we still have much to play for.
This year, we have witnessed a huge surge in interest from the younger cohort of U13 and U14 players. A combined group of first and second-year boys took on Cistercian Roscrea in a friendly game in October and emerged victorious after a very sporting game, contested in Forenaghts.
Some more fixtures of this type are planned in 2018 before we build a full Cup team for the 2018/19 season. So the future looks promising for CBS for next year’s cup competitions.
Over 100 boys are registered on three different squads in the school and the enthusiasm for the game continues. Naas RFC continue to support the school in its promotion of rugby. To that end, local coaches Pat McDonnell along with Paul Stapleton, have come on board to work with Mr Joe Kelly with this age group.
The club has extended its assistance to a number of schools in the surrounding area and it is hoped in time to promote an “inter-schools” contest for these schools, particularly the non-cup playing teams such as 2nd and 4th year.
NOTE: all photographs are courtesy of Sean Kelly, with many thanks.
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