Gram­mar beat Sum­mer­hill

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THE Sum­mer­hill and Gram­mar rugby ri­valry was without its usual spec­ta­tor noise and ban­ter for this Se­nior League opener on Wed­nes­day.

With a later time of 4pm, the sup­port­ers were down in num­ber but all the same the de­ter­mi­na­tion to get the brag­ging rights was still very much there right un­til the end. It was hosts Sum­mer­hill who led for most of the game, two penal­ties in the first half saw the score­line re­main at 6-0 un­til the last minute.

It was a last gap try from the dogged Gram­mar players, fol­lowed by a Sea­mus Blackwell con­ver­sion that sealed the nar­row­est of vic­to­ries for the Gram­mar school. In scat­tered show­ery con­di­tions, Sum­mer­hill were ex­ud­ing more dom­i­nance in the early stages but they couldn’t get past the strong Gram­mar de­fence.

Brian Cox was driv­ing for­ward for Sum­mer­hill and it was the vice cap­tain who put Ross O’Boyle’s charges into a 6-0 lead, af­ter a trip by a Gram­mar player didn’t go un­no­ticed by ref­eree Gavin Fo­ley.

The score was still 6-0 at the break in favour of the hosts and the sec­ond half saw more in­ten­sity from both sides. Cox sent a bril­liant ball around the Gram­mar de­fence and the vis­i­tors then did well to col­lect on the line and get out of dan­ger.

James McDonough was hard­work­ing for Gram­mar, while Sum­mer­hill full-back and cap­tain Hugh Kisby was ex­cep­tional, with some fan­tas­tic catches and cov­er­ing im­mense ground. There was far more Gram­mar pres­sure to­wards the end of the game and Sum­mer­hill’s de­fence ini­tially stood firm with lit­tle or no way through. But the Gram­mar for­wards kept press­ing and their de­ter­mi­na­tion was paid off when the try fi­nally came as it was heart­break for Sum­mer­hill.

SUM­MER­HILL:B Flana­gan, J O’Car­roll, B Smyth, C Cum­mins, M Flana­gan, G Golden, C Carty, D Byrne, D McEl­hin­ney, B Cox, R Solano, L Hogge, K Connell, S Cham­bers, H Kisby (C). Reps: B O’Hara, D Feeney.

SLIGO GRAM­MAR SCHOOL: B Geary, M Ear­ley, L Del­valle, P Mur­phy, T An­der­son, R Weaver, B West, J Kearns (C), A Ward, J McDonough, J Con­way, W Whe­lan, S Blackwell, M Harte, M Archer.

REF­EREE: Gavin Fo­ley.

Hugh Kisby defends an at­tack from Sligo Gram­mar. Pics: Donal Hack­ett.

The Gram­mar pres­sure in­ten­si­fies.

Both sides were evenly matched in the game at Sum­mer­hill.

Brian Cox goes on the at­tack for Sum­mer­hill Col­lege.

Ja­son Law­son Kearns of Sligo Gram­mar School.

A late try sealed the win for Sligo Gram­mar School.

Sum­mer­hill on the at­tack.

Sum­mer­hill in pos­ses­sion.

Caoileann Carty, Sum­mer­hill Col­lege.

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