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Category: Rugby

Mount Temple Senior Rugby

The senior boys rugby team have been promoted up to the Section B cup this season. They will be back playing in the Vinny Murray Cup for the first time in many years and the competition will kick off with a match against High School in Donnybrook stadium on Thursday the 11th of January at 2PM. 
Supporters will be out in force with over 200 students in rehearsals today practising their songs/chants.  As a result there will be no classes for TYs and 5th years on Thursday afternoon. 

Interview from Irish Independent with Mick Kearney past pupil playing for Connacht in Heineken Cup

Connacht new kid on the block Mick Kearney is adamant that, despite his side’s losing run, they are going to Kingsholm tomorrow to win.

The 20-year-old lock, who is the latest to move from Leinsterto boost his career by getting game-time at the Sportsground, said that the Westerners know they should have won last weekend against Gloucester.

He said that they remained confident despite a nine-match losing run and were going to Gloucester firmly believing they can get their first win in the Heineken Cup.

“We are going over there to win — like every game, you go in to win,” said the Clontarf clubman.

“Their ground has a reputation of having a very hostile atmosphere.

“I have never played there, but I have heard about it. But that is something that our squad are going to feed off and it will motivate us hugely.”

Kearney, who featured for the Irish U-20s at the Junior World Championship in Italy this summer, said he decided to head west when the offer came in from Eric Elwood, even though he was in the Leinster structure at the time.

He travelled to Galway and met Elwood, his assistant Dan McFarland and academy coach Nigel Carolan, prior to the JWC and liked what he saw.

“I had a bit of thinking to do about the deal, I was with Leinster at sub-academy level and U-19 for the last few years. My heart was there at the time, but I had to ask straight up if there was anything there for me and I though that this offer was better,” said Kearney.

Kearney joined the Connacht academy and has made rapid progress.

He played in a pre-season friendly against Exeter and then broke into the side when he made his senior debut against Ospreys in the RaboDirect Pro12.

He made another appearance off the bench against Treviso and earned his Heineken Cup debut last week when he came on against Gloucester.

“I am loving the challenge, there is so much competition for positions, so every day you have to be on your game,” he added.

By John Fallon

Friday December 16 2011

Rugby News March 2011

The 1st and 2nd Year teams competed in the Bull Tournanment yesterday (Wed 23rd March) in Clontarf Rugby Club.

Both games were played side by side in Castle Avenue in glorious sunshine.   As usual, both teams were fired up as they competed with our local rivals St.Paul’s.

The 1st years, boasting a squad of 27 players, showed great skill and heart in their game, with all players demonstrating that they have improved a great deal over the course of the season, both individually and as a team.

Unfortunately St.Paul’s had a stand out centre who proved too much to handle for Mount Temple, and his strong running proved to be the differnence between the side, with St.Paul’s winning the game 34-24 .   Although the 1st years didn’t bring home the Bull, they are a great squad, and hopefully will be able to challange for serious silverware in their coming years in the school.

The 2nd years did mange to bring home the Bull, in a game that went to and fro, the Mount Temple players coped well with the larger St.Paul’s pack, with several players putting in punishing tackles.   Our greater skill level proved too much for St.Paul’s, and Mount Temple kept the Bull on the Malahide Rd, with a 31-22 victory.

All 4 teams in the school will now play against our sister school, Newpark in the Comprehensive Schools Cup.

Squad photos will take place on Tues, the 29th of March.   All players are required to bring in full kit (Jersey, White Shorts, Mount Temple Socks, Boots) for the photos.

Also, if you haven’t already, please do check out the Mount Temple Rugby Archive on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=138511396159515 .   Some photos from 1975 were recently uploaded and are quite interesting.

Sam O’Byrne

Rugby Update – February 2011

The Rugby season to date has been a mixed bag.

Both Cup Teams lost to the eventual winners, with the Senior side having a better Cup run than the Juniors.

The inclement weather conditions before and after the Christmas break lead to the cancellation fo fixtures for all teams.

The redevelopment of the rugby pitches is taking shape, and both pitches should be back in a playable condition for the start of next season.

The 1st and 2nd Year teams are progressing well and will have several more games to come before the season is complete.

There has also been a Mount Temple Rugby Archive set up on Facebook, which has pictures and reports from several years of rugby in the school.   The page can be found here – http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=138511396159515 .   If you have any pictures you would like to have put on the page, please e-mail them to lansdownesteward@hotmail.com .


The Senior team were knocked out of the Fraser McMullen Senior Cup in the Semi-Final by eventual winners Newpark.   The follwing report comes from irishtimes.com :

Tries from left wing Odhran Duignan and prop Aubrey Marshall ensured Newpark Comprehensive returned to the Leinster Schools McMullen Senior Cup final at Seapoint RFC yesterday.

Newpark will be hot favourites to win the title outright given the presence of Leinster Under-19s in outhalf James Kelly, who shot eight points, and number eight Zac Jungmann. That touch of class made all the difference.

For instance, Kelly’s composed pirouette out of a tackle and simple pass sent Duignan away for the opening try in the 22nd minute.

Tighthead Marshall knifed down the blindside for the sealing try near the hour mark.

Temple responded by moving quickly up-field for their best player, Adam Merrey, to expose defensive frailties with a quick tap-and-go in what was a quality encounter.

NEWPARK COMPREHENSIVE: S Crowe; P Collins, E O’Connor, F Halpin, O Duignan; J Kelly, E Thornley; K Sundermann, J Sheehan, A Marshall, R Garland, H Connor, J Wheatley, B Clarke, Z Jungmann. Replacements: D Burke for Sundermann, A Campbell for Clarke (both 55 mins); R Sherlock for Collins 61 mins.

MOUNT TEMPLE: S Kenney-Gains; N Maxwell, J Buckett, F Brennan, S Homan; A Merrey, H O’Dea; Colm Kelly, S Reamsbottom, Conor Kelly, S Gibney, K Prout, J Oscar-Gibbons, V Gavin, C McGinley. Replacements: S O’Mahony for Conor Kelly (53 mins); D Sharkey-O’Keeffe for Kenny-Gains 57 mins.

The team then went on to compete in the Vinny Murray Senior Cup, facing stiff competition from the strong rugby school that is Newbridge.  Newbridge won the tie 20-3.

Next up for the team was a chance of giving Newpark some payback for the cup knock out when the sides met in the League Cup Final.   Unfortunately the Mount Temple side were down a number of players and lost the game 29-5.

The Senior team will now focus on rebuilding for next years cup campaign, with a team being entered into the 3rds league, as well as taking part in the Comprehensive Schools Cup where they will meet Newpark for the 3rd time this season…3rd time lucky perhaps??


The Junior Cup team unfortunatley did not manage to get as far as their Senior counterparts in their respective cup.   The side were overpowered by a very strong and quick Skerries side in the First Round, despite a brave and hugely impressive defensive display by several players, Skerries won the game 39-13.

The side’s confidence suffered from this and they lost to St.Fintan’s in the Shield, 46-15.


The 2nd Year side are coming along well.   They are competing with the A teams from the more established rugby playing schools and although they may not always win their games, they are experienceing rugby at a higher level than previous Mount Temple sides, which bodes well for the future.

Along with this, 5 members of the squad were involved with the Junior Cup team this season.   They were: Jack Colley, Declan Monaghan, Conor Doyle, William Moloney and Cillian Nolan.

The team will continue to play challenge games for the remainder of the season, which along with the Otto Palcaic competition against St.Paul’s Raheny should see the team playing several more games.


The 1st Year team have been training well.   They were given a lesson in what a well drilled side can do in an insightful encounter with St.Gerrard’s,Bray, but learnt from this and bounced back by putting over 60 points on Templeogue College.

The team is training well, and several players are splitting their time between both rugby and hockey, which shows what a talented and sporting group they are.

There are several more matches planned, and the team will also compete for the Bull Trophy with St.Paul’s towards the end of the season.

Sam O’Byrne

Rugby News – October 2010

Seniors: The Senior team have been back training since 5th July.  Their hard work has been paying off with 2 wins from 2 in the league beating Wilson’s Hospital 54-5 and Skerries 22-7. They were defeated by Belvedere 27-5 and won away to St Conleth’s 19-5. They also played St.Fintan’s away in Suttonians and won convincingly. Two members of the squad – Jamie Buckett and John-Oscar Gibbons have represented the school on the Leinster A Schools team in two Interpro games against Munster.

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