1st Year Rugby


St. Paul’s College 19 v. St. Andrews 46
6th February 2013

A tough day at the office for the 1st Year Team. With only 15 players presenting themselves for the match, it was always going to be an uphill struggle. Having started brightly, St. Andrews punished our defense with two two quick tries. Eventually, St. Paul’s began to secure their own ball and started to move it wide. Nathan Furlong had an outstanding first performance at No. 10, using the ball well, both in running and kicking, forcing his centres to move wider and attack more ambitiously. Nathan also converted two of the three tries, missing only a very long shot. Maciek Sobieski had an outstanding display, scoring two tries, one an amazing individual effort (again!), leaving the entire St. Andrews defense in disarray.
St. Andrews were clinical and highly organised, punishing our weaknesses in defense and realignment, which is crucial at any level.
After St. Paul’s scored two tries, they struck back with two more before half-time. In the second half, they ran in four more, leaving our 1st Years deflated and disappointed. With no subs, it was impossible to freshen things up.
Credit to all fifteen of the lads, they played to the end, showing great attitude and determination. Great performances by David O’Mahony, Rian Lee, Maciek, Ross Whelan, Vakho Budarashvili, Jack Holohan and Adam Hanlon who almost intercepted for a certain try in the 2nd half. Phillip O’Reilly manfully covered on numerous occasions, stopping one certain try.

We have plenty to work on, but also plenty to work with. Let’s get this right.

Whiteboard session in Room B26 on Friday, 8th February, lunchtime at 12:20 p.m. Let everyone know.


St. Paul’s College 31 v. High School 5
16th January 2013

That Winning Feeling!

The AABs – Almost All Blacks
(back row, l-r): Vakho Badarashvili (pack leader), Maciek Sobiecki, Lewis Killeen, Phillip Gaffney, Colm Chambers, Sorin Botnaru, Vlad Golodnik, Ross Whelan (captain), Jack Holohan, Oisín Gillan, Eoghan Masterson (coach)
(front row, l-r): Gusthavo Alencarr, Phillip O’Reilly, (vice-captain) Adam Hanvey, Kevin O’Connor, Rian Lee, Glenn Kane.

P1190820The 1st Years had a great win over High School on Wednesday last in poor conditions. From the outset, St. Paul’s played very aggressively up front, forcing High School into their own 22. St. Paul’s stayed in their 22 for about 7-8 minutes without forcing any score. Eventually however, due to great work by Ross Whelan and Rian Lee in the back row, St. Paul’s eventually broke the deadlock with a great try. Ross narrowly missed the conversion. St. Paul’s further extended their dominace with a brilliant team try, moving the ball across the backline quickly with Vakho Badarashvili being central the movement. Maciek Socieski converted the try in the far corner and added a second wonderful individual try from his own 22 in the second half, running the length of the field in evasion.
P1190823reduceGustavo Alencarr at scrum-half played with great speed, constantly delivering quick ball to the backline, before taking a clever opportunistic try in the High School 22. Ross Whelan from No.8 picked numerous times from the back of the scrum, creating line breaks on many occasions. Ross added three conversions out of a total of five, on a day of impossible conditions for kickers.Vakho grabbed his own try, a just reward for one of the strongest and most influential forwards. Rian Lee performed brilliantly, constantly turning over rucks, securing possession and making line-breaks.
Without doubt, this was the 1st Years most impressive outing to date, as their defense was immense, only allowing High School in for a late try in the 2nd half. Vlad Golodnik performed well in the loose, and tackling and defense in general was highly committed in difficult conditions.


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St. Paul’s 5 – Belvedere 56

9th January 2013 

Coming back after Christmas, only 11 players were available for one of the hardest tests of the whole year, and because of this, St. Paul’s went down heavily against a very well-drilled and talented running team. Belvedere graciously offered four players to make up the numbers. After conceding far too much in the first half, St. Paul’s found much more rhythm in the second half, conceding only three tries and scoring one.
Particular praise goes to Ross Whelan, who led with distinction, defending bravely and making significant runs both off the back of the ruck and out wide. David O’Mahony also marshalled his forwards well, clearing from danger on many occasions.
Michael McLean and Colm Chambers exerted far more pressure at the rucks and in the line-out in the second half, winning ball and even forcing turnovers on a few occasions. Credit goes to all the players, who under impossible conditions due to lack of numbers, maintained the contest throughout.
Hopefully, with all twenty-plus players returning this week, the scoreline will better reflect the efforts of the lads.
A lesson learned.


St. Paul’s College 15 v. St. Fintan’s 10


The First Years had a great win over a strong St. Fintan’s team. The forwards in particular played magnificently, driving the scrum and dominating at the lineout. Tries from Jeffrey Menses and Vlad Golodnik added to conversions by Kevin O’Connor gave St. Paul’s the edge in this tight, competitive encounter.

Along with the forwards, great performances from David O’Mahony, Gusthavo Alencarr & Vadkho Badarashvili. The 1st Year team are continuously in development and welcome any new players.
Well done boys!

Louis Killeen, Jeffrey Menses, Vlad Golodnik, Jack Holohan, Michael McLean, Rian Lee, Ross Whelan, Vadkho Badarashvili.
David O’Mahony, Gustavo Alencarr, Kevin O’Connor, Soren Botnaru , Adam Hanvey, Maciek Sobiecki, Nathan Furlong.
Subs: Adam Hanlon, Daniel Dowling, Phillip O’Reilly, Glen Kane.

St. Paul’s College 36 v. Portmarnock 17

The first years recorded a strong win against Portmarnock today with Ross Whelan, Maciek Sobieski and Vadhko Badarashvili driving from the front and scoring a try each. Kevin Byrne and Jeffrey Menses also scored a try apiece with Kevin O’Connor excelling at out-half with four conversions. Glenn Kane captained the team.
St. Paul’s took an early lead with Portmarnock responding a few minutes later. St. Paul’s greater strength told throughout the first half as Maciek, Ross and Vadhko ran in tries from the forwards’ greater possession.
David O’Mahony at scrum-half was immense in pressuring the Portmarnock scrum half and running the forwards at every ruck.
As Portmarnock were short players, a few of our first years played on their team.
Well done to all the lads and we look forward to more performances like this throughout the year.

St. Paul’s College 26 v. Newpark Comprehensive 32

John Houlihan – 2 tries
Maciek Sobiecki – 2 tries
Kevin O’Connor – 3 Conversions


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