Neil Rock

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RUSH bats­man Neil Rock re­turned from the Cricket Un­der-19 World Cup in New Zealand with his rep­u­ta­tion en­hanced fol­low­ing some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances with the bat. The 17-year-old was part of an Ire­land team that fin­ished 13th in the com­pe­ti­tion and in the plate quar­ter-fi­nal against the fa­mous West Indies he showed his true class with a mag­nif­i­cent 91, which al­most pro­pelled Ire­land to a shock vic­tory. Rock’s fan­tas­tic in­nings, which lasted 101 balls and in­cluded nine fours and a six, even­tu­ally came to a close in the fi­nal over within sight of a sen­sa­tional cen­tury. He fin­ished the tour­na­ment as Ire­land’s lead­ing run scorer and has since been se­lected to play with the Ir­ish Wolves and North­ern Knights and has been named Rush se­nior cap­tain for the sea­son. EX­PE­RI­ENCED hooker James Mccaghy has played an in­stru­men­tal role in Ash­bourne RFC’S re­cent suc­cesses, in­clud­ing two All-ire­land Cups, a Pro­vin­cial Towns Cup, Le­in­ster League ti­tles and Mc­gowan and Spencer Cup wins.

The Hollystown na­tive played AIL rugby with Na­van and has also been a reg­u­lar on the Le­in­ster Ju­nior In­ter­provin­cial side.

Bet­ter known as Jimmy, he came through the youth ranks in Ash­bourne and Castle­knock Col­lege where he played on the JCT team and grad­u­ated as start­ing ho oker for the 1st XV at 20.

A former club cap­tain, James plays with con­vic­tion, com­mit­ment and heart, help­ing to back­bone a ta­lented Ash­bourne side. THE term undis­puted cham­pion is mainly used in the pro­fes­sional box­ing world, but if there’s an equiv­a­lent in the am­a­teur game then Swords boxer John Fay has ticked all the boxes in 2018. Box­ing at Boy 3 54kg, The Lusk CS pupil com­pleted the Dublin League and Cham­pi­onship dou­ble, but not con­tent with dom­i­nat­ing his own county he also won the Louth and Meath Cham­pi­onship and beat the reign­ing All-ire­land cham­pion in his class en route to win­ning the Wex­ford In­ter­na­tional Tour­na­ment. Af­ter los­ing the 2017 All-ire­land fi­nal, go­ing one bet­ter was the big tar­get this year and he duly clinched the na­tional ti­tle, com­plet­ing a 20-fight un­beaten streak. He then won the na­tional cadet cham­pi­onship, which earned him a shot at the Eu­ro­peans where he claimed a bronze medal.

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