PRES BRAY

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UN­DER 16 BAS­KET­BALL

The un­der 16 bas­ket­ball team got off to a fly­ing start in their first ever league match at ’A’ level in the All-Ire­land league. Pres took on St. Be­nilda’s in the open­ing match of the sea­son and a strong first quar­ter from Pres saw Cap­tain Kevin O’Neill mak­ing 5 out of the first six scores for Pres. A strong de­fen­sive ef­fort from Pres meant Be­nilda’s found it dif­fi­cult to pen­e­trate and man­aged only an out­side three pointer and a sin­gle bas­ket in the first quar­ter. Pres, on the other hand went on a scor­ing blitz with all five play­ers on court scor­ing. This gave Pres a 26-7 lead at the end of the first quar­ter. Be­nilda’s re­or­gan­ised their de­fence and a stronger sec­ond quar­ter meant Pres only scored 9 points, while Be­nilda’s man­aged 7. The third and fourth quar­ters saw more of the same but a good all round team ef­fort from Pres with ev­ery player get­ting equal court time and each one get­ting their name on the score­sheet saw Pres run out easy vic­tors at 72-29.

The main fo­cus now is the All-Ire­land Cup game against Oat­lands Col­lege in Oat­lands at 3:40pm on Thurs­day 9th Oc­to­ber.

RUGBY

Pres recorded their sec­ond league win on the trot af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive 17 - 7 victory over Wes­ley away on 24th Sept. The con­test was set alight early on with a try from cap­tain Sean Byrne who raced in from close range, David Haughton posted the con­ver­sion to make it 7 - 0. Af­ter the restart Pres went fur­ther ahead with Fer­dia Kenny’s speed un­hing­ing the Wes­ley de­fence, the winger touch­ing down af­ter sprint­ing in from his own half. Neal Cooper showed glimpses of what was to come next as the num­ber 8 was con­stantly caus­ing prob­lems for the hosts. His try on 51 min­utes capped off an ex­cep­tional per­for­mance for the whites. Wes­ley went in for a try on the stroke of full time, but none­the­less Pres ran out wor­thy win­ners on a score­line of 17 - 7.

JU­NIOR RUGBY

Pres JCT 73 Tem­pleogue JCT 5 The JCT put in an out­stand­ing per­for­mance to beat Tem­pleogue in the Le­in­ster Ju­nior League last Wed­nes­day. Play­ing with a strong wind at their backs, Pres got off to the per­fect start with a Cil­lean Gui­hen try in the first minute of the game. This was fol­lowed soon af­ter by a Shane Hunt score af­ter some good work by the for­wards. Num­ber 8 Conor Gui­hen got over for a third af­ter be­ing set with a deft pass from Phillip Haughton. Scrum half Ja­son Cur­ran added to the scor­ing with the eas­i­est of tries af­ter Cil­lean Gui­hen had been stopped just short of the line. Cil­lean then got over for his sec­ond of the game with a solo ef­fort from in­side his own half, beat­ing four de­fend­ers on the way. He then self­lessly gave a try to open­side wing for­ward Louis O Flynn-Martin af­ter do­ing most of the hard work him­self. Haughton kicked all bar one of the con­ver­sions to leave the game 40-0 and over as a con­test at half time.

Play­ing with the stiff wind, Tem­pleogue started the half strongly and got a de­served try when their num­ber 8 scored off the back of the scrum. This brought Pres back to life and from the restart, Lorcan Mur­phy fin­ished a move in the cor­ner started by cen­tre David Blount, where all 15 Pres play­ers had their hands on the ball. Cameron Higgs then barged over from 10 yards with his first ever Ju­nior try. Pres didn’t let up and winger Rob­bie Bren­nan touched down be­fore Cil­lean Gui­hen se­cured his hat-trick, again set up by Blount.

Bren­nan had the fi­nal say with his sec­ond try of the game, cut­ting in off his wing to beat three de­fend­ers af­ter some good work from An­drew Maguire. Haughton’s kick­ing was near per­fect in the sec­ond half, kick­ing 4 out of 5 into the gale leav­ing the fi­nal score Pres JCT 73 Tem­pleogue JCT 5. Pres top the ta­ble but much stiffer tests lie ahead in the shape of Newbridge Col­lege (to­day) and Ro­screa next Wed­nes­day. Both games are at home at 2.30pm

PRES U-14 -7 WES­LEY COL­LEGE U-14 – 5

Pres U-14 con­tin­ued their winning start to the sea­son with a nar­row away victory over a strong Wes­ley side last Wed­nes­day, 1st Oc­to­ber.

When Pres con­ceded a try just be­fore half time the omens did not look good, par­tic­u­larly so since they had lost their out­stand­ing No.8 Ray Crotty to a hand in­jury only five min­utes into the match.

How­ever, this side has shown great strength of char­ac­ter be­fore and the for­ward pack bat­tled man­fully against a heav­ier Wes­ley eight, while the Pres backs al­ways looked to have the po­ten­tial to score at any time.

Af­ter good breaks by Luke Maloney, Tadgh Devlin and Jack Keat­ing, Pres got the try their ef­forts de­served when Oisin Mo­ran put Keat­ing over in the cor­ner. Diar­muisd Master­son con­verted splen­didly from near the touch­line to put Pres ahead. Wes­ley ral­lied and threat­ened the Pres line for the rest of the game but brave de­fence and ex­cel­lent re­liev­ing kicks from Master­son closed out the game for Pres.

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