Youthful enthusiasm abounds
Gorey hosted the Tullow Under-9s on Sunday, with 36 players divided into four teams.
A number of Gorey players made good running breaks and moved forward well through the Tullow defence including Rioch Fortune, Conor Hayes, Tristan Cash, Craig Bailey, Max Kelly, Seán O'Brien-Kavanagh and Finn O'Flynn.
Tullow provided strong opposition but the Gorey players showed great skill in the scrums and line-outs including David Byrne, Conor Robinson, Lewis Sunderland, Noah McCann, Joshua Colclough, Odhrán Cullen, Mary Canavan and Cian Lancaster.
When Tullow made running breaks into Gorey territory the home team put in a good defensive effort with Jack Power, William Stevens, Liam McGovern, Pádraig Roche, Brendan Coyne, Matthew Griffiths, Adam Donohue, Ciarán Kavanagh, Michael McDonald, James Bailey and Max Ryan all tackling well.
The Gorey players worked hard in the attacking phases to create some fine tries by Conor Cassidy, Dara Dee, Olan Kavanagh, Doran O'Toole, Calum McNulty, Stephen Hendy, Jasper Kelly, Seán Traynor, Michael Kavanagh and George Kavanagh.
Well done to all the players for a very well-played match. Thanks to Tullow for an enjoyable morning of rugby. Thanks to all our parents and supporters for coming to the match.
Meanwhile, Gorey Under-10s also faced Tullow at home on Sunday morning. Gorey fielded two teams and were up for the challenge after the long Christmas break.
The teams saw new leaders emerge as Finn O'Gara dragged Gorey on with Dylan Hendy, Brian O'Meara, Daniel Doyle, Alex Cousins and Tom Stokes using their experience to put the team in try-scoring positions.
Locky O'Reilly-Furney, Liam Murphy, Reece Price, Aidan O'Gara, Andrew Graham, Dylan O'Brien and Michael Kinsella all worked had to ensure that the Gorey team performed the best they had all season.
Gorey's other team saw Rúairí Martin, Kyle Slator and Euan Bailey carry the ball well and set up good platforms. Ben Rothwell, Neil Byrne, Evan Harpur and James Kenny all fought hard to keep Gorey in front as the visitors began to claw back the early lead.
Sunday saw fantastic breaks from Orla Weafer, Matthew Kelly, William Cooper, Pádhraic Baxter and Noah Sinnott.
Gorey were victorious (we'll not tell Tullow) and the fixture reverses in three weeks...bring it on!