Carlow Vs New Ross

Posted on September 6, 2016 in , ,

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

New Ross.

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


Carlow team.

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.