Bhríde boys the Leinster kings
A tremendously brave and wholehearted display of rugby earned Coláiste Bhríde (Carnew) the Anne McInerney Cup after a bruising battle with Ardee C.C. in Donnybrook on Friday.
Coláiste Bhríde 17 Ardee C.C. 8
The Wicklow school, backboned by a large contingent of Wexford players, endured a very difficult afternoon against a big Louth outfit, but, through sheer tenacity, and a willingness to throw their bodies into contact, they emerged victorious on a wonderful afternoon for the school that brought large numbers of very vocal supporters to Donnybrook.
An early Ardee try failed to knock the wind out of the border school's sails and they struck back with a David Bailey try after great work by William Conroy who missed the resulting conversion to send the teams in at the break tied at 5-5.
An early second-half penalty saw Ardee push out into a three-point lead, but tries from Henry Kennedy, in the 56th minute, and Sam Kennedy, close to the end of the game, saw the Carnew school run out 17-8 victors and a delighted Mark Hoare collected the Anne McInerney Cup, formerly known as the Senior Schools Development Cup.
Coláiste Bhríde were well served by Gorey's Seamus Tomkins, Robbie Brooks, Daniel Sawyer and Dylan Sawyer, and Castletown's Joe Gardiner and Sam Kennedy, on the starting 15, with James Rothwell and Henry Kennedy also playing their part in the magnificent victory.
Coláiste Bhríde: Robbie Brooks, Cian Barnes, Sam Kennedy, Daniel Sawyer, Warner Figueras, Cian Hadden, Seamus Tomkins, Mark Hoare, Andy Kinsella, Dylan Sawyer, David Bailey, Keith Fanning, Jim Sharry, Stanley Hadden, Joe Gardiner. Replacements - Henry Kennedy for Figueras (37), P.J. Barnes for Kinsella (41), James Rothwell for C. Hadden (64).