Carlow’s senior mens rugby team have opened their 2016-17 season with a 21 – 7
home win against New Ross in the South East League.
In a lively match, played at Oakpark under lights on Tuesday night, a new look
Carlow scored three converted tries as against a single converted try plus a penalty for
Carlow’s first try came when the full back cut a nice line to touch down near the
posts. The second came when alert hooker Conal Slater intercepted, broke up field
and passed to number 8 Wes Shirley who completed the try.
For a period in the second half New Ross threatened to spoil Carlow’s night by
bringing the score back to 14 – 10 but Carlow closed out the game five minutes from
the end with their third converted try from a number a cut through by the outhalf.
Again this season, Carlow continue with the same coaching team of Padraig Brennan
and Ross Byrne, both former Club captains.
On the field of play the squad is joined by former Under 18 players such as Sam
Dunne, Gearoid Dunbar, Rudi Corcoran and Jack Hickie. Eddie Keating and Mark
Slye are back playing after being out for most of last season with long term injuries.
The ambition this season is to play more open – a la Connacht style, rugby aided by
the ex under 18 newcomers to the side.
The teams next outing in the South East League is an away joust against Arklow this
Tuesday (6 th Sept) followed by a home game against Kilkenny next Sunday (11 th
Tom Bolger, Adam Dowling, Simon Walsh, Fionan Burke, Sam Dunne, Harry
Hennessey, Gearoid Dunbar, Eddie Keating, Conal Slater, Alan Byrne, Thomas
Whitney, John Lyons, Niall Bermingham, Thomas Ratahi Captain, Wes Shirley.
Subs used Mark Slye, Ross Byrne, Rudi Corcoran, Jack Hickie.