Gorey RFC Seniors continued their winning start to the season, in Div 1B of the Leinster League, with a 41 to 12 win over Tullow on Sunday last…

Tullow kicked off and immediately Gorey went on the attack and, after some good work by the forwards, a slick pass from out half Shane Luby put Darren Dunne slice through the Tullow defence for the opening try. Tullow responded well and from the next attack scored a well-earned try. This seemed to kick start Gorey with Darren Dunne scoring his second try for Shane Luby to convert. A try from Nevil Copeland and two Fergal Bolger tries saw Gorey stretch their lead to 29 to 5 at halftime. 
The second half started with a John Condren intercept to run under the posts. Tullow worked their way into the Gorey 22 and after some sustained pressure the referee awarded a penalty try to Tullow to take the score to 37 to 12. Gorey continued to attack and a flowing move saw Killian Breen run in under the posts to take the score to 41 – 12 to leave the large Gorey support thrilled with the final result. Gorey had some outstanding performers in the pack with Jeff Dunne, Ciaran Allen and JP Redmond the pick.  Nevil Copeland, Darren Dunne and John Condren were the pick of a lively back line.
Team – J. Mulligan B.OConnor C. Allen A. Copeland J.P. Redmond J. Ahearne D. Dunne B. Horan G. Bater S. Luby M. Bater N. Copeland S. Byrne J. Condren D. Dunne B.Horan F. Bolger K. Breen R. Deering T. Tomkins R. Harrington A. O Brien
Gorey J2s & J3s
With no game last week the Gorey J2’s got their season off to a flyer with a 32 – 5 win over a game Tullow team in Clonattin. Like their first counterparts the J2’s like to move the ball and it was not long for the opening to appear for the evergreen Aidan O Brien to cross the whitewash for the opening try, which he converted.
Typical of Tullow they came right back and some fantastic forward play saw them opening their account which they did not convert. Killian Breen was next on the score sheet when was in support of Garry Rynhart to finish off a fine try. Clinton Furney had his kicking boots on and took the Gorey score to 18 – 5 as they reached the break. 
Gorey started the second half as the ended the first with Fergal Bolger intercepting a Tullow attack to go in under the posts. Gorey kept up the pressure with  Niall Cousins, rounding off a good Gorey performance, with their fourth try for Clinton Furney to convert to take the score to 32 – 5. Best for Gorey were Fergal Bolger, Niall Cousins and Ciaran Hennessy in the pack with Owen Walshe, Clinton Furney and Rob Harrington the pick of the backs.
Team – T. Tomkins F. Bolger R. Deering C. Hennessy C. French E. Horan K. Breen N. Cousins R. Harrington A. O Brien G. Rynhart O. Walshe J. Cleary S. Rafferty C. Furney B. Brooks N. Rothwell Remy Folz N. Rothwell J. Freeney A. Rowley
Gorey J3’s started their metro league campaign with a difficult game at home to Old Wesley from Dublin. Gorey played well but a very slick Old Wesley proved too strong for Gorey on the day and ran out on a score of 43 – 0. This Gorey team will get better and with a bit of work should see their game improve as the move on in the season. New players are always welcome with training for the adult men on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7.30pm.
Gorey RFC women
Gorey Senior Women’s rugby team suffered a narrow defeat, in an away match last weekend, against a very experienced Railway Union team. The first half was dominated by Gorey thanks to the quick hands from scrumhalf Hannah Hedderman and outhalf Orla Power. With the scoreline being 3-0 to Gorey at half time with (from a penalty kicked by Captain Nuala Kelly), a victory was looking rather promising. But a skilled Railway backline continued to eat away at Gorey’s defence, resulting in a well worked try in the corner, to open up the second half. 

Gorey applied huge pressure, but a strong defensive line held by Railway throughout the second half, made it very hard for Gorey to get through. Despite one of Gorey’s main props Dee Farrell damaging her shoulder early second half Gorey played on with no tackles being missed. But an unfortunate break and resulting try score,made in the closing minutes of the game by Railway, left Gorey with the feeling of defeat. 

Gorey played very smart and intensive rugby which unfortunately didn’t translate onto the scoreboard. Gorey’s Fiona Murphy, Zita Power and Dawn Tully dominated the lineouts, catching and robbing many. The final score of the match was 10-3 to Railway. This was the opening league game for Gorey with many players being new to the team this year. Gorey’s pride and determination made it a very good start with Headcoaches, Simon Besanson and Brian Allen, feeling satisfied with their performance. Despite the defeat, the season will be very promising for this young team. The next league game for Gorey will be the local derby against Arklow on Sunday the 12th of October with kick-off at 1pm in Gorey RFC. This will be a very physical game for the Gorey girls but onwards and upwards.

Team – 1 Ann Flynn McGivern 2 Evelyn Johnston 3 Dee Farrell 4 Dawn Tully (Vice Captain) 5 Zita Power 6 Chloe Breen 7 Fiona Murphy 8 Nuala Kelly (Captain) 9 Hannah Hedderman 10 Orla Power 11 Helena Scanlon 12 Alix Doyle 13 Maeve Bolger 14 Niamh Lacey 15 Shaniqua Brennan 16 Níamh Fleming 17 Clodagh Flynn McGivern 18 Clodagh Carroll 19 Aislinn Bolger 20 Lorraine Furney 21 Ciara Breen 22 Shannon DeSouza Levingston