Wick­low Un­der-18s re­tain 10-a-side tro­phy


Bray People - - Sport -

WICK­LOW U-18s made a good start to the sea­son when they trav­elled to Kilkenny on Satur­day last and re­tained the South East 10-a-side tro­phy for the sec­ond year in a row.

Wick­low had En­nis­cor­thy, Car­low and Kilkenny in the sec­tion and af­ter de­feat­ing all three, played Wex­ford in the fi­nal winning 21-5.

Wick­low has a panel of 16 for the com­pe­ti­tion and it gave the new lads from last year’s U-16s an op­por­tu­nity to show their skills and also get used to the pat­terns of play adopted by this years U-18s.

In the back Lorcan Cullen, Si­mon Breen, James Kil­gan­non, Liam Gaffney and Jamie Clarke all had very good in­tro­duc­tions to the higher level when along­side Seán Doyle, Ray Hur­ley and David Acres they played good sen­si­ble rugby through­out the day.

David Acres de­serves spe­cial credit for when Si­mon Breen got in­jured against Car­low in the sec­ond match David stepped in at out-half and ran the show for the rest of the day.

In the for­wards, new cap­tain Niall Hardy, was rock solid and con­sis­tent through­out the day. Well backed up by John Jenk­in­son, John Cam­bell and Dar­ragh Her­aughty in the loose and by Kil­lian O’Ma­honey, Kyle War­ren and Stephen Roberts in the tight, the multi-tal­ented Gar­rett Ki­nane moved back into hooker and had a good days rugby.

Al­though it was the first out­ing of the sea­son there is a good at­ti­tude among the play­ers and they ran out de­served win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Next week sees the start of the South East League and both the U-16s and the U-18s are away to neigh­bours Wex­ford on Satur­day morn­ing.

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