Belvedere College - Juniors - JCT

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Juniors - JCT

JCT Rugby Campaign

Murphy has the answer

Christopher Martin of Clongowes is tackled by Eoin MacAdaimh of Belvedere. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

In a game that could have gone either way, Simon Murphy was the hero at Donnybrook as Belvedere squeezed into the last four.
The full-back was central to the game-plan in striking for Belvo’s first try – and conversion – on the half-time whistle to wipe out Clongowes’ advantage gained through second-row Thomas Mulcair’s 18th-minute try converted by David Wilkinson.
Belvo struck first in the second period when centre Fergal O’Byrne’s strength in contact took him over the line for an unconverted try.
Clongowes responded through replacement wing Peter Maher, who collected out-half David Wilkinson’s sweet cross-kick, and Wilkinson’s conversion put the Clane school in front.
It was all-out energy from there as Murphy slotted a 53rd-minute penalty which proved decisive as Belvo survived a late onslaught.

Read this Irish Independent article by Des Berry in context here...

Murphy Stars In Carrig Rout

Belvedere College's Eimhin O'Neill is tackled by Temple Carrig's Conor Fulham. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile


Full-back Simon Murphy scored 11 points, including the final try of the day, as Belvedere handed Temple Carrig a harsh welcome to the Leinster Junior Cup.

Elliot Campbell-Foley opened the scoring for Belvo and when the underdogs had James Clark sent to the sin-bin, Belvedere capitalised through Fergus O'Brien.
Two further tries from Daniel Hawinshaw and Eoin McAdimh then put the game beyond doubt with a 24-0 half-time lead.
Two minutes into the second-half, Murphy rounded off matters with a run from inside his own half to sum up his side's superiority.
Read this Irish Independent article in context here...


We are all looking forward to a great sporting season and there is no complacency in being successful. We wish all those who train for and represent the College, every success in the New Year. The commitment and time required to represent the College is immense and we wish all our players and in particular the rugby teams, every success.
It is great when parents attend the matches as these are important family events. We always emphasise this to the students in the run-up to matches and caution them about their behaviour and language. Please support us in doing this by taking the time to remind your son that his behaviour to and from school, as well as at College functions, is a reflection of his values and the respect he has for himself and fellow commuters, as well as his respect for those he encounters.
Thankfully, we have few incidents where our students behave badly. However, I can assure you that there are serious sanctions for students brought to our attention for their inexcusable behaviour and I ask for your support in ensuring your son understands that you are fully supportive of sanctions for such behaviour. I can also assure you that members of the public are quick to inform us of the poor behaviour of students in the Belvedere uniform and often assume that all our students behave like this or that their parents do not challenge such behaviour. Neither assumption is true.
I would particularly appeal to all parents to remind their sons of the need to behave themselves on the way to and from school and while using public transport – very often (and it’s mostly unconscious or unintentional) they forget that they’re not the only people on the bus/train/Dart, etc. and what they see as boisterousness or having a laugh can be very annoying for other members of the public who share the journey with them.

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