We congratulate Charlie Tector on his recent involvement in the Irish U20 6 Nations games. Charlie started against Wales in Ireland’s 50 point win in Cork and then the following week he kicked the winning conversion of a last minute try in a tense game to give the Irish side a famous away win in France.
Charlie started his rugby in the minis section of Enniscorthy RFC before playing 5 years of Schools Cup rugby in Kilkenny College, 2 years at JCT level and 3 years at SCT level. Charlie currently plays his rugby for Lansdowne FC and is involved in the age grade Leinster Rugby programme.
Charlie was a talented player from his first day in first year but more importantly he was a hard working, dedicated and respectful young man during his time in Kilkenny College. We acknowledge all the work that Charlie, his coaches and indeed his team mates, teachers and boarding staff contributed during his time in Kilkenny College and we wish Charlie continued success during this years 6 Nations and in his future rugby career.
It is a fantastic achievement to represent your country and we have no doubt that Charlie will continue to represent himself, his family, his clubs and his school with pride and distinction in the remaining games.
This weekend Birr man and Kilkenny College past pupil Shane Delahunt will make his 100 appearance for Connacht Rugby. It comes as no surprise as his former school coach Jeff Carter said “It is not just about turning up for the game for Shane, it is the meticulous preparation, the attention to his craft and the constant buzzing energy that permeates off him as he prepares to run out onto the pitch “.The 27 year old will win his 100th cap for Connacht against the Ospreys on Friday night next.
Ever humble and gracious , this ex - Kilkenny College Senior Captain has been an integral part of Connacht’s rise in Irish Rugby over the course of the last six years. Meeting the demands of professional sport and running the family farm with his Dad, Billy. Shane has consistently performed on a regular basis with his province demonstrating a tremendous skillset and willingness to improve himself as a player.
Professional sport is not easy. Many young men and women dream of representing their team 100 times and as Shane reflects on this achievement, he can most certainly be proud of this honour and the many more he will earn over the course of his career.
Over the years, Shane has always given back in abundance to his former school. Training sessions, attendance at matches, shirt signing with young players have always been a part of his link to the community in Kilkenny College. In particular he maintains a great friendship with his former coach Jeff Carter. It would not be unusual to see both men on the pitch or in the gym working on some aspect of his game.
We wish him well in his continuing rugby journey and applaud his success as he reaches this monumental moment in his career.
REPORT COURTESY OF THE IRISH TIMES
Leinster Schools outhalf Charlie Tector held his nerve to kick Kilkenny into the Senior Cup quarter-final in Donnybrook on Thursday. Leinster League semi-finalists Wesley came into this with a degree of confidence which grew when Tector missed a penalty and their Jack Atkinson didn’t for an early edge.
When Kilkenny hooker Darragh O’Reilly was binned for a high tackle, it opened the door to the possibility to build on a solid start. However, Tector, fullback Jonathan Crossley and wing Adam Strong all looked strong on the ball and Kilkenny has plenty of ideas on how to keep Wesley at bay by keeping the ball to themselves.
The swirling wind was a problem which played havoc with the kicking strategies as both schools looked to probe for openings; Wesley opting for a more direct approach and Kilkenny looking to the wide channels. Wesley number eight Oisín Spain was everywhere, flying into the air to claim a high ball, Tector matching that with one of his own takes in a game of good moments without the continuity to make them matter.
The half-time break gave the respective coaches the breathing space to make adjustments and Kilkenny went after the territory. This paid a seven-point dividend when Tector powered through a tackle and executed an offload for captain Ryan Strong to claim the tonic of a try, Tector converting for the lead in the 42nd minute.
The adrenalin was coursing at this point and Wesley’s Spain, in his eagerness to make a difference, was red-carded for a tip tackle on Joshua Coyle. Wesley reacted well to this setback, moving upfield to set up two scrums inside the 22, Atkinson taking the ball on from the first and O’Reilly infringing after the second to be sent-off for a second yellow.
The body blows were coming thick and fast for Kilkenny as centre Luke Fitzpatrick muscled over for Atkinson’s conversion to make it 10-7 in the third quarter.
Not long after, they were temporarily reduced to 13, replacement Fiach O’Byrne leaving the field for a fierce tackle that looked legal from the stands. It looked a long way back for Kilkenny. Still, Adam Strong put on the pressure to force a scrum and Tector knocked over a penalty in the 63rd minute. He was back again four minutes later to snatch the lead before Kilkenny held out in a hectic endgame.
KILKENNY: J Crossley; G Edogun, M Hodgins, R Strong (capt), A Strong; C Tector, J Coyle; S Neale, D O’Reilly, C Chamney; N Pim, J Caldbeck; J Treacy, R Jacob, J Akanji-Murphy.
Replacements: H Dawson for Edogun (17 mins, temp); F O’Byrne for Jacob (48); L Foot for Coyle (59).
WESLEY: G Dunne; A Galbraith, L Fitzpatrick, T Elliott, J Matchette; M Collins, J Atkinson; P Costello (capt), C Gilmer, J Fish; K Wallace, S Cronin; T Geoghegan, D Campbell, O Spain.
Replacements: S Verdon for Collins (27 mins); M Collins for Cronin (48); T Durham for Dunne (63).
Referee: P O’Connor (Leinster Branch).
Both our SCT and JCT squads are in the final stages of their preperations for their first round cup games in the next fortnight. Both teams have achieved some promising results over Munster and Leinster schools during December and January. Both teams would welcome your support on the following dates below.
Our Senior Cup Team play Wesley College in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Senior Schools Cup on Thursday the 30th of January at 3pm in Energia Park in Donnybrook.
Our Junior Cup Team play Terenure College in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Junior Schools Cup on Wednesday the 5th of February at 3pm in Naas RFC.