On the 16th of November 2017, PCH and Gallen CS took to the field to decide who woiuld become Senior Development League champions for 2017.
The game was played in Tuam in perfect weather conditions for a final. Gallen recieved the kick off and came out all guns blazing, but thanks to a dogged defence PCH found their niche and started playing the fast rugby they play.
After 15 minutes they got their reward as Liam Judge touched down for a try. Niall Egan converted the score.
Soon after Niall had a try marginally disallowed after a piece of excellent play by the PCH team. PCH answered this decision with a try by Gavin Lee. Gavin then doubled his tally by scoring a try off an excellent maul formed by the PCH pack after a lineout 15 yards from the try line. This was again converted by Niall Egan and the half time whistle blew.
In the second half PCH knew it would be no easy task and Gallen started to play some fast moving rugby but could not find a gap in the water tight PCH defence. Within five minutes PCH turned over the ball and Cathal Roddy picked from the base of the ruck to crash over the line, and Niall easily converted once more.
Niall Egan got his name on the try scoresheet after a well worked move with number 8 Cathal at the base of the scrum on the Gallen 22 yard line. He then converted his own score.
PCH had Gallen on their own tryline again soon after the kickoff and pressure from Gavin Lee blocked down a kick from Gallen and touched the ball down to score his hat trick.
PCH continued to keep the intensity up despite the high score difference and Shane Walsh’s outstanding performance was rewarded when he scored an intercept try under the posts.
PCH’s final try was scored by a pick from Ronan Ipek at the base of the ruck 2 yards from the line. Gallen answered with a consolation try in the last play of the game.
It was an incredible day for PCH who won their first senior development league in their history.
PCH would like to pay a special mention to Padraic Mohan, Michael Lee and Joe Walsh who selflessly give of their time to their school.
Report by Evan Mohan
- 15 Thomas Newell
- 14 Daragh McDonagh
- 13 Donagh Murphy
- 12 Jack Walsh
- 11 Liam Judge
- 10 Niall Egan
- 9 Evan Mohan
- 8 Cathal Roddy
- 7 Gavin Lee
- 6 Evan McHugh
- 5 Michael Loughlin
- 4 Shane Walsh
- 3 Ronan Ipek
- 2 John Flood
- 1 John Heneghan