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Leinster Rugby Schools | Official Matchday Programme Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Schools Senior Cup Final 2022 Gonzaga College vs Blackrock College Sunday 3rd April, 2022 | KO 1PM | RDS Arena

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2022 BANK OF IRELAND LEINSTER RUGBY SCHOOLS

SUN 3 APRIL

RDS ARENA

KO 1PM

Gonzaga college VS

blackrock college


Newstead Building A,

UCD,

Belfield,

Dublin 4

#GONVBLA

The Line up

Telephone:

012693224

Fax:

012693142

E-mail:

information@leinsterrugby.ie

www.leinsterrugby.ie

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

President: John Walsh

Chief Executive: Michael Dawson

Honorary Secretary: Stuart Bayley

Honorary Treasurer: Michael McGrail

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john walsh welcome

PRESIDENT, LEINSTER RUGBY 2020/22

As President

of Leinster

Rugby, I

extend a warm

welcome to

all those

attending the

RDS Arena for

today’s final

of the Bank

of Ireland

Leinster

Schools

Senior Cup

and a special

welcome to

all those who

can’t be here

to savour

the unique

atmosphere

of one of

the great

sporting

occasions on

the Leinster

Rugby

calendar but

are joining

us on our

various media

channels.

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We look forward to an exciting

final game in a competition

that is renowned for producing

excitement, drama, passion

and sportsmanship and indeed

represents the values of our

sport in camaraderie, endeavour,

respect, discipline, friendship,

enrichment and enjoyment.

First played in 1887 when Blackrock

became the first school to have its name

inscribed on the cup (one cup which cost

£50 which and described as “massive

and the most valuable in Ireland but very

ugly”).

The competition has gone from strength

to strength and was played for 132

consecutive years up to and including

2019 which is a most remarkable

achievement when you reflect on the

great events that have occurred in the

world and in Ireland from that first final

when Blackrock overcame Farra School

(Westmeath) by a score of 3-0. To date

17 schools have had their winning names

engraved on the cup’s plinth.

The global pandemic has impacted on

all our lives and now is an opportune

time for us to reflect on the tragedy that

it brought to families and loved ones

of the 10,000 deaths attributed to the

disease on our island. A special word

of gratitude to all those individuals

working in our health care structures and

in our Government agencies for their

magnificent efforts in fighting this invisible

enemy and for ensuring that so many

patients did not succumb to the disease.

We owe them all our eternal gratitude.

We were unable to stage the 2020 final

between Clongowes Wood College

and Newbridge College so the title was

rightly shared between these two Kildare

schools. As the pandemic continued to

evolve all sporting activities were severely

impacted and Leinster Rugby alone lost

in excess of 12,000+ fixtures at all levels

during the past two seasons.

So this season’s final will mark the 133rd

Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final and

will feature Blackrock College (69 titles)

and Gonzaga College who will be

endeavouring to win their first title having

been runner up in the 2019 final).

Blackrock College have won their three

cup fixtures with a total of 115 points

scored, conceding 25 points having

overcome Saint Michaels (25-20),

Terenure College (48-0) and Newbridge

College (41-5).

Gonzaga College’s path to the final saw

them record victories over Clongowes

Wood College (34-26), Wesley College

(32-7) and St Mary’s College (34-21)

for a total of 100 points scored and 54

points conceded.

The very best of luck to all those players

from the extended squads from both

teams and I hope that they savour the

occasion and indeed cherish the journey

and friendships that this year’s cup

campaign has brought them on.

A special word of thanks to all those

Principals, Gamesmasters and coaches

in the 120 Leinster-affiliated schools

and indeed to all those 73 affiliated

Leinster clubs for their important role

in developing and mentoring all those

young players who were participating

in the 39 Leinster Schools and the 24

Leinster Youth-Schools competitions

staged by Leinster Rugby this season.

A special word of thanks also to

the Leinster Rugby Referees for their

magnificent support in ensuring that the

215 annual Leinster Rugby competitions

were expertly catered for this season

under difficult circumstances.

The 190 active referees attend in excess

of 5,700 Leinster fixtures annually and

we urge all players, team management

and spectators to acknowledge and

respect the contribution that our match

officials make in ensuring the safety of

our players.

We have an ever-increasing annual

fixture list and this will require the

services of additional match officials.

Leinster Rugby in association with the

Leinster Rugby Referees can assist you

on embarking on a rewarding career as


a match official so please give back to a

sport that has enriched your life.

These days, the world of rugby continues

to grow with 127 countries affiliated

to World Rugby. It is estimated that

worldwide 10 million people play rugby

with three million of these female players.

Leinster Rugby is committed to being a

sporting organisation that is inclusive and

welcoming to all.

Reflecting on the journey that Leinster

Rugby has undertaken to establish itself

as one of Europe’s premier clubs we are

totally focused on building sustainable

pathways for players to enjoy the sport

at every level. In following the successful

strategies in developing the Youth and

School structures in Leinster we are

committed to embarking on developing

women’s and girls’ rugby in a similar

fashion.

At present we have 32 Leinster clubs

fielding women’s teams in nine Leinster

competitions and five Leinster Girls

competitions that feature in excess of 70

girls youth teams. Recognising also the

growth in the number of Leinster schools

participating in the IRFU X7 for Junior and

Senior cycle girls in secondary schools.

I also wish to acknowledge the

outstanding work that Leinster’s 54 Club

Community Officers and Community Rugby

Officers have undertaken in promoting

rugby during the past two seasons.

Throughout our 12-county province, they

engage in 627 primary schools and

216 secondary schools in encouraging

participation in rugby as a sport in its

various formats. Likewise, to all those

volunteers who run our mixed-ability teams

and 16 mini rugby festivals.

What continues to drive Leinster Rugby

forward is the strength and the passion of

the various rugby structures that we have

to play for the proud colours of our clubs,

our schools, our province and our country.

Thank you to all involved in making

sporting dreams come true.

JOHN WALSH

LEINSTER PRESIDENT

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carla

delaney

DIRECTOR, BANK OF IRELAND AREA EAST

A very warm welcome to the RDS Arena for the 2022 Bank of

Ireland Leinster Rugby Schools Senior Cup Final.

It has been a long two years

without this final to look forward

to, so it’s great to have it back and

hopefully played in favourable

weather conditions that lend

themselves to exciting rugby

being played. Of course, Covid-19

is still with us, and we must still

remain vigilant, but it has been

heartening to witness the return

of schools rugby at all levels back

over the last few months.

We in Bank of Ireland are proud to

sponsor the tournament once again this

year as part of our commitment to the

domestic game across the province. It has

been a hugely enjoyable campaign, and

a huge thanks must go to all the Leinster

Rugby administrators for ensuring the

competition ran so smoothly. No doubt

the last two years have presented a host

of difficult challenges for them with many

late changes, cancellations and of course

postponements, but it is to their immense

credit that they kept the show on the road.

Thanks must go in particular to Dermot

O’Mahony, Lisa Doyle, Hayley Whyte,

and all the team in Energia Park operating

under the watchful eye of Stephen

Jameson, and of course to Ultan Daly, the

groundsman. To the Schools Committee

and Conor Montayne, thank you for all

that you do for the schools and students

playing here today and indeed across

all the schools cup competitions. A word

of thanks too for Premier Sports and to

the wider media for their support and

coverage of the games.

Finally to the two schools competing

here today. The colour and energy that

Gonzaga College and Blackrock College

have brought to Energia Park over the last

few months has been wonderful.

But the aim for everyone involved at the

start of the year would have been to

leave Energia Park and to take that short

spin up the road to the RDS Arena for

Schools Cup Final day.

It is a road well-worn by both schools

over the last few years. Gonzaga were of

course here in the last instalment in 2019,

Blackrock a year before when they won

the trophy in 2018.

The two sides have now reached the

final in the RDS and as difficult as it might

seem in advance for the players, it is

a day to be enjoyed; to take in all that

Schools Cup Final day has to offer and

to embrace those unique moments with

teammates, coaches, teachers and family.

These are truly special days.

Remember, over the last two years,

nobody has had the chance to make

the hallowed journey to the Ballsbridge

venue at all. Indeed, Newbridge College

and Clongowes Wood College had to

share the trophy in 2020 with Covid-19

impacting all of our lives just before the

final was due to be played.

It’s a reminder of how fortunate we all

are to be back up and running as a

society and to be able to enjoy wonderful

occasions like we have here today at the

RDS Arena.

Best of luck to both sides ahead of what

promises to be an enthralling encounter.

CD

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A very warm welcome to the

Bank of Ireland, Leinster Schools

Senior Cup Final. After having no

competition last year, it is great

to be back enjoying this great

competition.

We all know now how important this

competition is in the lives of the players,

supporters, schools and families every

year.

The competition this year has been full of

entertainment and excitement so far and

no doubt today will not disappoint.

Today’s final sees Blackrock College take

on Gonzaga College SJ to be crowned

Leinster Schools Champions 2022.

To all the teams who have competed

in the competition to date, a huge

congratulations. The standard of the

game being played improves year on

year in this great competition, as we have

witnessed this year with so many closecalled

games.

Leinster Rugby benefits greatly from

all the hard work the schools put into

the players, as we can see from the

representation on the Leinster team.

The game shows us the hard work,

determination and courage you have as

players which will in turn be of benefit

in life.

I would like to take this opportunity to

thank Bank of Ireland for their continuing

support in sponsoring this great

competition. They are a great partner

in promoting the game throughout the

province.

2022 Leinster Rugby Schools

committee

Chairman welcome

I wish to thank all my colleagues on the

Schools Committee for their continuous

hard work throughout the season. They

are a vital part of running all competitions

within Leinster at all levels on behalf of

the rugby-playing schools.

I would also like to express my gratitude

to the Leinster Branch, particularly

Dermot O’Mahony, who as Schools

Administrator works incredibly hard for

schools rugby, and to Steve Jameson who

organises the smooth running of Energia

Park throughout the season.

To Lisa Doyle who works incredibly hard

on promoting the schools game at all

levels, it’s very much appreciated. Thanks

are also due to Hayley Whyte and the

ARLB, who provide all the officials for the

matches.

To both finalists, the determination and

grit that you have shown to get to this

final in some tense moments, where you

showed the intent by playing exciting, fast

and skilful rugby, and I’m sure this will be

on show today again. To both captains,

Gus McCarthy and Noah Maguire, I

wish you the very best of luck today and

enjoy this special occasion.

Finally, this great competition is an

integral part of the Leinster Rugby

calendar and I’m sure that the final will

be a great occasion and that everyone

will embrace and enjoy the day.

Conor Montayne

Conor Montayne

(Chair) - CBC Monkstown

Jonathan Newsome

(Hon. Secretary) - Newbridge College

Rodney O’ Donnell

St Mary’s College, Rathmines

Stephen O’ Hara

Clongowes Wood College

Noel Mckenna

Belvedere College

Adam Malin

The High School

Andrew Adams

Newpark Comprehensive

Kevin Conroy

Presentation College, Bray

Colm Moloney

Kilkenny College

Pat Rossiter

CBS, New Ross

Brian Gallagher

Brendan Cryan

Also, a special word of thanks to Premier

Sports and the media who acknowledge

the positive way in which the game is

played at this level and the commitment

of all the schools and their rugby

programmes.

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GONZAGA COLLEGE vs

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On the bare statistics, this has all

the appearance of a David and

Goliath final as Blackrock College

chase a 70th Bank of Ireland

Leinster Schools Senior Cup at the

RDS Arena.

This would be to disregard the serious

progress made by Gonzaga College

over the last decade, beginning with their

domination of the Leinster Senior League,

winning four of the last five.

As the power base of the traditional top

six schools has eroded, St Michael’s

College have made the leap to join

Blackrock, while there are significant

signs that Gonzaga are on the way with

Newbridge College climbing the ladder

too.

As recently as 2019, the Sandford Road

school made it to the final for the first

time, falling short to St Michael’s.

They have built on this experience to

outmanoeuvre Clongowes Wood, Wesley

and St Mary’s in impressive fashion this

year.

Coach Declan Fassbender has put in

place a framework around which the

players have been able to express

themselves.

They trade on mobility and ingenuity,

their tall locks Thomas Murphy and Luke

O’Callaghan coming into their own as

the competition has evolved.

They already boasted an anchorman in

tighthead George Morris in the front row

and a well-balanced loose forward trio.

Meath’s All-Ireland minor-winning

midfielder Paul Wilson has the athleticism

to match his nose for the grind.

Captain Noah Maguire is a hardy soul,

picking up scraps and putting down ball

carriers, while Gavin O’Donnell is always

on the lookout to turnover the ball.

The back division is backboned by the

hard to put down Jody Browne at inside

centre and Ireland Schools candidate

Hugo McLaughlin at full-back.

For all that, Blackrock have been ruthless

in how they have dealt with Terenure and

Newbridge, amassing 89 points for the

loss of five.

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If there is a template for upending ‘Rock,

it is back there in the first round when St

Michael’s were a toss of a coin away in

a thriller.

It is difficult to pinpoint a weakness in

a squad filled with Leinster and Ireland

talent, beginning in the front row where

captain Gus McCarthy and tighthead

Paddy McCarthy are exceptional.

The back-five is a collection of multi-skilled

forwards, headlined by the non-stop

involvements of flankers Liam Molony and

Inigo Cruise-O’Brien.

However, it is in behind this potent pack

that the set-piece platform at scrum and

lineout can be turned into devastating

attack.

The game-reading of Oliver Coffey allied

to the distribution of Zach Quirke at halfback

makes it easier for complementary

centres Luke Kritzinger and Hugh Cooney

to do what they do.

Best of all, the incursion of full-back

Ruben Moloney into the line means

another level of speed and passing for

the wings.

Sooner or later, Gonzaga look like

making the breakthrough. Blackrock will

do what they can to make them wait one

more year.

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Story of the Season 2021/22

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2021/22 has turned out to be an immensely exciting

and fulfilling season for Gonzaga thus far.

In late August and early

September, the overriding

emotions of all the players on the

Senior squad were predominantly

relief and joy to be simply playing

again after all the Covid-related

disruption of the last few years.

I think we had a keen sense of

appreciation to be able to compete

against all our old foes rather than

the monotony of training without any

clear goal to aim at. We enjoyed a

very successful start to the season,

winning early-season friendlies against

St Mary’s and Blackrock at home

and against Belvedere away.

However, we were not getting carried

away as we knew that all of those

teams, including ourselves, were missing

their representative players who were

on Leinster Schools duty at the time.

We began our league campaign

with a setback, losing in the last play

away to an excellent Kilkenny College

team. This turned out to be our only

defeat of the season to date.

We then enjoyed group stage

victories against St Gerard’s, CUS and

Newbridge to set up a home quarter-final

against Roscrea in which we prevailed.

Over the mid-term break, we went on

a hugely enjoyable tour to Biarritz

where we had a live training session

against Bayonne U-19s and a friendly

game in beautiful surroundings

against St Jean De Luz U-19s.

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This tour to France was such a thrill

as no one had been able to travel for

nearly two years and was as much about

allowing the squad to bond as it was

about rugby development.

On our return, we scraped home in a

very tense league semi-final against Pres

Bray and it was a similar story in the

final where we edged out a very unlucky

Kilkenny College to claim our fourth title

in five years.

This is a record of which we are very

proud as the league is increasing in

strength and depth year on year as

evidenced by the increasing success of

the schools like Newbridge, Roscrea

and ourselves in the cup in recent

years.

In early January, we had a notable

friendly victory against St Michael’s but it

came at a significant cost as our captain

Davy Colbert sustained a season-ending

injury giving a match-winning pass in the

final minute of this intense encounter.

Davy was a massive loss to the team for

both his playing and leadership abilities

but has stayed very much involved in the

training of the squad.

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HEAD COACHES:

Declan Fassbender, Martin Fenlon

ASSISTANT COACHES:

Ross McKeever, Jack Barry, James

Kenny, Jack Connolly, Tom Barry

S&C COACH:

Henry Godson.

TEAM MANAGER:

Gareth Pelly

Noah Maguire assumed the captaincy

role on the pitch and has been

phenomenal since.

We followed this up with successive

friendly victories against Belvedere,

Kilkenny and Castleknock which set us up

nicely for our cup campaign.

We were largely pleased with our

performances in the victories against

Clongowes, Wesley and St Mary’s and

delighted to progress to our second

Senior Cup Final in the last four years.

We look forward to a great game against

Blackrock College and may the best team

win!

All the players would like to acknowledge

the efforts of our coaches and

management in helping us to progress

to this stage of the tournament and for a

memorable season, especially our head

coach, Declan Fassbender, whose tactical

acumen and motivational skills have been

central to the rise in fortunes in Gonzaga

rugby in recent years.

SQUAD CAPTAIN:

Davy Colbert

PLAYING CAPTAIN:

Noah Maguire

SQUAD:

Adam McVerry, Aidan O’Flanagan,

Ben Delaney, Darragh Geraghty,

Diarmuid Williams, Eoin McCormick,

Finn O’Neill, Gavin O’Donnell,

George Morris, Harry Barniville,

Hugh Benson, Hugh Goddard,

Hugo McLaughlin, Hugo Neville,

Jack Kelly, Jamie Kennedy, Jody

Browne, Joe Morrissey, Jonny

Corr, JP Breslin, Leo Maguire, Luke

Morgan, Luke McLaughlin, Luke

O’Callaghan, Michael Sullivan,

Mikey Wall, Mixie McCarthy,

Morgan Tyrrell, Noah Byrne, Oisin

Murray, Oliver Hume, Oscar O’Neill,

Oscar Pairceir, Patrick O’Brien,

Patrick McEnroe, Paul Wilson,

Richard Coman, Rory Finlay, Ryan

McCarthy, Samuel Inglis, Sid Love,

Stephen McMahon, Thomas Murphy,

Tim Cotter, Toby Hammond, Tom

Lynn, Tom Wyley, Tomas Noone.

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Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Schools Senior Cup Final Squad 2022

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gonzaga College

1 2 3

TOBY

HAMMOND

TIM

COTTER

GEORGE

MORRIS (VC)

6

4 5

7

NOAH

MAGUIRE (C)

THOMAS

MURPHY

8

LUKE

O’CALLAGHAN

GAVIN

O’DONNELL

9

PAUL

WILSON

10

MICHAEL

SULLIVAN

12

11

STEPHEN

McMAHON

JODY

BROWNE

13

14

15

HUGH

GODDARD

RORY

FINLAY

HUGO

NEVILLE

HUGO

McLAUGHLIN

16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

LUKE

McLAUGHLIN

ADAM

McVERRY

TOMAS

NOONE

TOM

WYLEY

MORGAN

TYRRELL

OISIN

MURRAY

OSCAR

O’NEILL

AIDAN

O’FLANAGAN

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Referee:

Andrew Cole

Touch Judge/Sub Referee:

Nigel Correll

blackrock College

1 2

3

Touch Judge:

Paul Haycock

MAX

HOLMES

GUS

McCARTHY (C)

PADDY

McCARTHY

4 5

6 7

LIAM

MOLONY

TOM

BRIGG

8

CONOR

TONGE

INIGO

CRUISE-O’BRIEN

9

KEVIN

JACKSON

10

OLIVER

COFFEY

12

11

ZACH

QUIRKE (VC)

LUKE

KRITZINGER

13

14

15

HUGH

COONEY

EOGHAN

WALSH

ANDREW

QUINN

RUBEN

MOLONEY (VC)

16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

MIKEY

YARR

TOM

O’RIORDAN

ANDREAS

ANDERSSON

JACK

MOLONY

JACK

ANGULO

WILL

FITZGERALD

CONOR

O’SHAUGHNESSY

MAXIM

ASCHENBRENNER

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Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Schools Senior Cup Final Squad 2022

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Story of the Season 2021/22

blackrock college

As with any year,

the cup campaign

to date has given

our SCT many

adversities. The

anticipation

for every cup

competition

starts to build

after Christmas

and the twoweek

delay to

this year’s cup

made the pot

boil over with

anticipation.

The first and biggest challenge to

date was against our sister school

– St Michael’s College. From the

start, the hits were big, but the

occasion was bigger.

The team victorious in the first-round bout

were scheduled favourites to go all the

way to the RDS. No team deserves to

have such a disappoint so late in a game

and so early in the championship.

But in the end, it was Michael’s who bit

Rock’s first bullet. From that day onwards,

Blackrock realised that they would need

to be at the top of their game if after a

good performance, and only by the skin

of their teeth, they got into the quarter

finals.

A fortnight later, on a seldom sunny

Sunday afternoon, Energia Park hosted

‘Rock and Terenure College. Once again,

excellent rugby talent was on display.

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It was the blue and white supporters

who had reason to celebrate with the

numerous tries that were ran in from

anyone with enough desire to do so.

Terenure’s defence looked under threat

from once Rock had the ball - regardless

their position on the pitch. Although it was

less stressful than the previous round, the

fans enjoyed the competition as much as

any other day.

The particular confidence Blackrock’s

SCT of 2022 continued their run into the

semi-final to play Newbridge College.

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Newbridge College had beaten

Blackrock’s first of two JCT’s of the

academic year. The junior team of

fourth years needed to be avenged for

Blackrock to see the RDS for the first time

since 2018.

This game showcased what knock-out

cup rugby is all about. A game that

show-cases what knock-out sport is about.

Defending our line gallantly gave our

attack the opportunities it needed to

convert. The team worked together with

the fluidity and competence to get to a

Leinster Schools Senior Cup.

It was a rugby cliché - the forwards

won the game while the backs decided

how much. ‘Rock Boys Are We’ would

be sang another time and this time, in

Leinster’s home ground.

With an astounding campaign of their

own, Gonzaga College have a chance

to win their first Senior Cup title, while it

would be the 70th for Blackrock if they

were to become victorious.

With two phenomenal teams and history

making on the line, this game cannot

be predicted. For a fact, we know that

come this afternoon, one special group of

young players will be crowned victorious.

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today’s

match officials

Andrew

Cole

Referee

Andrew has

always had an

interest in

the refereeing

side of rugby

throughout

growing up.

Once allowed,

he joined

Leinster

Referees

as a trial

member

in 2013

after

finishing

school.

Over the next few years, he progressed

within Leinster and was selected to join

IPAS for the 2016/17 season in which he

faced assessment in other provinces. After

college, Andrew went on a gap year to

Australia and was fortunate enough to ref

while living in Brisbane.

Since returning, he has progressed on

to the IRFU national panel where he

referees on a weekly basis in the AIL and

assists at professional level.

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Nigel Correll

Touch Judge/Sub Referee

Nigel started

out as a

referee back

in 2006 and

has been

on the IRFU

National Panel

of referees

since 2012.

He was the referee for the Senior Schools

final in 2018.

In this season’s competition, he officiated

the quarter-final tie between Blackrock

and Terenure.

Paul Haycock

Touch Judge

Paul has been

refereeing

with the

Leinster

Branch since

2002 and has

been on the

IRFU National

Panel since

2003.

A past pupil of Terenure College, he is

no stranger to Schools Cup rugby and

this is Paul’s 11th time being involved in

the final, including refereeing two finals in

2012 and 2017.

Paul has refereed at All-Ireland

League, British and Irish Cup and

‘A’ interprovincial level. He has also

officiated at the U-20 Six Nations, URC

and European Cup levels.

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The Journey to the Bank of Ireland Lein

First Round

Gonzaga 34

Clongowes Wood 26

Quarter-final

Gonzaga 32

Wesley 7

Semi-final

Gonzaga 34

St Mary’s 21

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Gonzaga

college


ster Rugby Schools Senior Final 2022

First Round

Blackrock 25

St Michael’s 20

Quarter-final

Blackrock 48

Terenure 0

blackrock

college

Semi-final

Blackrock 41

Newbridge 5

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ROLL OF HONOUR SCHOOLS

SENIOR CUP

FINALS

1887 BLACKROCK C. (James Walsh) 3 FARRA SCHOOL (George Walmsley) 0

1888 BLACKROCK C. 8 RATHMINES SCH. (George Walmsley) 0

1888 CORRIG SCH. (Peter Barker) 4 GALWAY G. S. (Robert Purser) 0

1890 BLACKROCK C. 22 CORRIG SCH. (Walter Redmond) 0

1891 RATHMINES SCH. (Frank Carnegie) 1 WESLEY C. ( ) 0

1892 CORRIG SCH. (Norman Haughton) 0,6 RATHMINES SCH. (Harold Swan ) 0,2

1893 BLACKROCK C. (William Delany) 18 RATHMINES SCH. (John Brunskill ) 0

1894 BLACKROCK C. (Christy Smith) 5 CORRIG SCH. (Richard Clarke) 0

1895 BLACKROCK C. (Arthur Briscoe) 15 WESLEY C. (Harry Brown) 3

1896 BLACKROCK C. (Eddie Kenny) 8 WESLEY C. 3

1897 BLACKROCK C. (Patrick Kelly) 25 THE HIGH SCH. (William Moore) 0

1898 WESLEY C. (George Hamlet) 15 THE HIGH SCH. (Jack Knox) 0

1899 St. COLUMBAS C. (John Miller) 8 BLACKROCK C. (Pat O’Connor) 5

1900 BLACKROCK C. (Austin Moran) 63 CORRIG SCH. (George Samuels) 0

1901 BLACKROCK C. (James Sweeney) 13 CORRIG SCH. (John Beatty) 0

1902 BLACKROCK C. (Francis Sweeney) 3,18 St. ANDREWS C. (Robt. De C.Wheeler) 3,0

1903 BLACKROCK C. (Patrick McDonnell) 8 St. ANDREWS C. (Robt. Cunningham) 5

1904 BLACKROCK C. (Oliver Martyn) 8 MOUNTJOY SCH. (Richard Murphy) 0

1905 BLACKROCK C. (Willie Sweeney) 0,6 MOUNTJOY SCH. (Bruce Raymond) 0,0

1906 St. ANDREWS C. (Edward Fraser) 5 BLACKROCK C. (Joe Quinn ) 0

1907 BLACKROCK C. (Joe Quinn ) 28 THE KINGS HOSP. (Cecil Seddall) 3

1908 BLACKROCK C. (Gus Lynch) 9 St. ANDREWS C. (CC. Lynden) 3

1909 BLACKROCK C. (Bryan Sweeney) 0,21 MOUNTJOY SCH. (Sam Thornton) 0,0

1910 BLACKROCK C. (Joe Clune) 0,6 MSJ ROSCREA (Paddy O’Connell) 0,0

1911 St. ANDREWS C. (Donald Fraser) 9 MOUNTJOY SCH. (Loftus Bor) 3

1912 BLACKROCK C. (Joe McIntyre) 11 St. COLUMBAS C. 0

1913 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Michael Thornhill) 8 BLACKROCK C. (Billy Marmion) 5

1914 MOUNTJOY SCH. (Nick Hurst ) 3 WESLEY C. (Norman Irwin) 0

1915 BLACKROCK C. (Jack Coghlan) 12 THE HIGH SCH. (John Bell) 0

1916 BLACKROCK C. (Desmond O’Cleary) 14 CASTLEKNOCK C (Dan O’Connell) 3

1917 BLACKROCK C. (Frank O’Carroll) 21 BELVEDERE C. (Willie Cunningham) 0

1918 BLACKROCK C. (Denis Cussen) 12 MOUNTJOY SCH. (Charles Sutton) 0

1919 BLACKROCK C. (Denis Cussen) 8 MOUNTJOY SCH. (James Hodgins) 3

1920 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Charlie Hanrahan) 9 MOUNTJOY SCH. (William Condell) 0

1921 St. ANDREWS C. (Dermot Webb) 6 BLACKROCK C. (Mick Pigott) 0

1922 St. ANDREWS C. (Frank Saunderson) 3 BLACKROCK C. (Morgan J. Crowe) 0

1923 BELVEDERE C. (Jimmy McHenry) 12 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Dermot Smyth) 0

1924 BELVEDERE C. (Kevin Keohane) 8 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Jack Toner ) 3

1925 BLACKROCK C. (Morgan P. Crowe) 9 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Tommy O’Reilly) 5

1926 CLONGOWES W C. (Jim Egan) 10 BELVEDERE C. (Claude Carroll) 9

1927 BLACKROCK C. (Mickey Dee) 12 CLONGOWES W C. (Pat Hickey) 5

1928 BLACKROCK C. (Phil Crowe) 6 CLONGOWES W C. (Brendan Macaulay) 0

1929 BLACKROCK C. (Larry McMahon) 8 CASTLEKNOCK C (Joe O’Leary) 0

1930 BLACKROCK C. (Larry McMahon ) 11 BELVEDERE C. (George Morgan) 7

1931 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Siggie Hopkins) 6 BELVEDERE C. (Eddie Gleeson) 0

1932 PBC BRAY (Jack Doyle) 6 NEWBRIDGE C. (Gerry McDermott) 4

1933 BLACKROCK C. (Jim Woodcock ) 10 BELVEDERE C. (Frank Quinn) 0

1934 BLACKROCK C. (Sean Morrissey) 23 WESLEY C. (Charlie Preston) 0

1935 BLACKROCK C. (Donie O’Brien) 18 WESLEY C. (Buddy Polden) 3

1936 BLACKROCK C. (Jackie Ferris) 14 CLONGOWES W C. (David Kent) 0

1937 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Paddy Lyons) 8 MOUNTJOY SCH (Charlie Webster) 0

1938 BELVEDERE C. (Seamus Henry) 3 CASTLEKNOCK C (Alec Lyons) 0

1939 BLACKROCK C. (John Collins) 8 NEWBRIDGE C. (Paddy Moran) 0

1940 BLACKROCK C. (Frank McCarroll) 3 CASTLEKNOCK C (Liam O’Rafferty) 0

1941 NEWBRIDGE C. (Jack Deegan) 0,9 MSJ ROSCREA (Brendan Flanagan) 0,3

1942 BLACKROCK C. (Joe Gilvarry) 9 CASTLEKNOCK C (Frank Johnston) 6

1943 BLACKROCK C. (Barry Nolan) 9 St. MARYS C. (Alec Hughes) 6

1944 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Ray Carroll) 18 BELVEDERE C. (Paddy Belton) 3

1945 BLACKROCK C. (Frank Keane) 28 NEWBRIDGE C. (John McGarry) 3

1946 BELVEDERE C. (Michael Henry) 8 St. MARYS C. (Charlie O’Flanagan) 0

1947 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Peter McCabe) 6 BLACKROCK C. (Mick Dolan ) 0

1948 BLACKROCK C. (Micheal O’Flaherty) 9 CASTLEKNOCK C (Tom Cleary) 0

1949 BLACKROCK C. (Ronnie Kavanagh) 6 CLONGOWES W C. (Martyn McEnery) 3

1950 BLACKROCK C. (Paul Goff) 18 CASTLEKNOCK C (Walter O’Donoghue) 0

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1951 BELVEDERE C. (Harry Crowe) 12 THE KINGS HOSP. (Tom Stanley) 0

1952 TERENURE C. (John O’Connor) 9 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Conor Austin) 3

1953 BLACKROCK C. (Jerry Hill) 11 CLONGOWES W C. (Conor Horgan) 0

1954 BLACKROCK C. (Niall Brophy) 11 BELVEDERE C. (Tony O’Reilly) 3

1955 * BLACKROCK C. (Noel Turley) 11 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Mattie Barry) 8

1956 BLACKROCK C. (Donie Grehan) 11 TERENURE C. (Noel Searson) 0

1957 BLACKROCK C. (Don Roe Kissane) 5 TERENURE C. (Joe Cahill) 3

1958 TERENURE C. (Gerry Tormey) 3 BELVEDERE C. (Alec O’Riordan) 0

1959 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Brian Brereton) 11 NEWBRIDGE C. (Michael Geraghty) 9

1960 BLACKROCK C. (Derry McGloughlin) 13 TERENURE C. (Mick O’Connor) 6

1961 St. MARYS C. (Brian Cotter) 11 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Steve Fuller) 0

1962 BLACKROCK C. (Garrett Gill) 9 BELVEDERE C. (Barry Keogh) 3

1963 BLACKROCK C. (Garrett Gill) 6 THE HIGH SCH. (Douglas Bowie) 0

1964 BLACKROCK C. (Brian McLoughlin) 3 TERENURE C. (Gerry Hipwell) 0

1965 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Ralph Ince) 12 BLACKROCK C. (Tony Amoroso) 8

1966 St. MARYS C. (Shay Deering) 14 NEWBRIDGE C (Gerry O’Doherty) 6

1967 BLACKROCK C. (Tony Forte) 11 St. MARYS C. (Greg Smyth) 3

1968 BELVEDERE C. (Ben Gormley) 14 DLS CHURCHTOWN (Hugh McCullough) 11

1969 St. MARYS C. (Derek Jennings) 10 TERENURE C. (Conor Sparks) 9

1970 NEWBRIDGE C. (Mick Quinn) 19 BLACKROCK C. (Paul Waldron) 5

1971 BELVEDERE C. (Dave Fegan) 14 PBC BRAY (Harley Murphy) 11

1972 BELVEDERE C. (John Brennan) 20 TERENURE C. (Leo Hanly) 10

1973 THE HIGH SCH. (Don Lewis) 19 BELVEDERE C. (Mick Hickey) 7

1974 BLACKROCK C. (Daragh Coakley) 10 St. MARYS C. (Declan Fanning) 6

1975 BLACKROCK C. (Harry Harbison) 11 DLS CHURCHTOWN (Collie Byrne) 7

1976 CBC MONKSTOWN (Declan Murphy) 3 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Paul Loughran) 0

1977 * BLACKROCK C. (Hugo MacNeill) 24 St. MARYS C. (Kieran Holland) 12

1978 CLONGOWES W C. (Greg Dilger) 19 TERENURE C. (Matt Darcy) 6

1979 TERENURE C. (David Webb) 15 BLACKROCK C. (Gary McMahon) 9

1980 TERENURE C. (Kieran Harty) 12 BLACKROCK C. (Gary McMahon) 10

1981 BLACKROCK C. (James Bertrand) 9 CLONGOWES W C. (Tommy Delap) 3

1982 BLACKROCK C. (Brendan Mullin) 22 THE KINGS HOSP. (Ashley Cole) 3

1983 DLS CHURCHTOWN (Michael McArdle) 13 CASTLEKNOCK C. (Joe Fogarty) 6

1984 TERENURE C. (Michael Costello) 15 CBC MONKSTOWN (Malcolm Mahon) 3

1985 DLS CHURCHTOWN (Brian Glennon) 10 BLACKROCK C. (Dara O’Flaherty) 6

1986 BLACKROCK C. (Finbar Griffin) 10 DLS CHURCHTOWN (Paul Coffey) 3

1987 BLACKROCK C. (Kevin Murphy) 15 TERENURE C. (Kevin Hogan) 9

1988 CLONGOWES W C. (Danny Rock) 6 St. MICHAELS C. (Marc Evans) 3

1989 BLACKROCK C. (Jonny Mion) 28 BELVEDERE C. (Paul McMonagle) 16

1990 BLACKROCK C. (Jonny Mion) 14 CLONGOWES W C. (Joe Connolly) 6

1991 CLONGOWES W C. (Niall Moloney) 7 St. MICHAELS C. (Gary Widger) 3

1992 TERENURE C. (James Blaney) 19 BELVEDERE C. (John Philpott) 6

1993 TERENURE C. (Tom Hennessy) 8 CLONGOWES W C. (Michael Donnelly) 3

1994 St. MARYS C. (Denis Hickie) 14,7 CLONGOWES W C. (Peter Lynch) 14,3

1995 BLACKROCK C. (Barry Gibney) 8 CLONGOWES W C. (John Lacy) 3

1996 BLACKROCK C. (Barry Gibney) 37 NEWBRIDGE C. (Dermot O’Sullivan) 3

1997 TERENURE C. (David Blaney) 22 CLONGOWES W C. (Greg Lynch) 15

1998 CLONGOWES W C. (Des Dillon) 37 TERENURE C. (Colin Moynagh) 18

1999 BLACKROCK C. (Tom O’Donohoe) 17 MSJ ROSCREA (John Phelan) 9

2000 CLONGOWES W C. (John Smyth) 13 TERENURE C. (Barry Flynn) 11

2001 TERENURE C. (Donal Dunlop) 21 BLACKROCK C. (John Ronan) 19

2002 St. MARYS C. (Michael Ryan) 10 BELVEDERE C. (David O’Brien) 6

2003 TERENURE C. (David Cazabon) 3 St. MARYS C. (Paul Nash) 0

2004 BLACKROCK C. (Diarmuid Laffan) 24 CLONGOWES W C. (Paddy O’Meara) 9

2005 BELVEDERE C. (Robert Carson) 16 BLACKROCK C. (Darren O’Reilly) 10

2006 BLACKROCK C. (Paul Ryan) 14 ST. MICHAEL’S (Tyrone McKillen) 12

2007 ST. MICHAEL’S (Conor Cleary) 6 CLONGOWES W.C. (Trevor Conneely) 0

2008 BELVEDERE C. (Thomas Sexton) 11 ST. MARY’S C. (Richie Bent) 10

2009 BLACKROCK C. (Jordi Murphy) 18 TERENURE C. (Robert Duke) 9

2010 CLONGOWES W.C. (Robert Hynes) 38 ST. MICHAEL’S (Emmet MacMahon) 20

2011 CLONGOWES W.C. (Conor Gilsenan) 46 C.C. ROSCREA (Conor Finn) 15

2012 ST. MICHAEL’S (Dan Leavy) 17 CLONGOWES W.C. (Ed Byrne) 10

2013 BLACKROCK C. (Charlie Rock) 23 ST. MICHAEL’S (Ross Molony) 20

2014 BLACKROCK C. (Nick Timoney) 22 CLONGOWES W.C. (Fergal Cleary) 17

2015 C.C. ROSCREA (Tim Foley) 18 BELVEDERE C. (Mike Sweeney) 11

2016 BELVEDERE C. (Brian Egan) 31 C.C. ROSCREA (Simon Meagher) 7

2017 BELVEDERE C. (Max Kearney) 10 BLACKROCK C. (Cian Reilly) 3

2018 BLACKROCK C. (Liam Turner) 35 BELVEDERE C. (David Hawkshaw) 12

2019 ST MICHAEL’S (Mark Hernan) 28 GONZAGA (Jack Barry) 5

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SUPPORTERS ARE ARE ASKED TO TO RESPECT THE FACT THAT THEY THEY ARE ARE ENTERING

AND SUPPORTERS AND LEAVING ARE ASKED THE TO STADIUM RESPECT THROUGH THE FACT RESIDENTIAL THAT THEY AREAS

ENTERING

AND LEAVING THE STADIUM THROUGH RESIDENTIAL AREAS

+++ SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED WITHIN THE ARENA +++ +++

+++ SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED WITHIN THE ARENA +++

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE/

MEDICAL LOST CHILDREN

ASSISTANCE/

LOST LOST CHILDREN

The Site Doctor can be contacted by radio through Leinster

Rugby Staff and Stewards. The Doctor will be located at the

The

The

South Site

Site Doctor

end Doctor

of

can

the can

be

Anglesea be contacted

contacted

Stand.

by radio through Leinster

Rugby Staff and Stewards. The Doctor by radio will through be located Leinster

at the

Rugby South Staff end and of the Stewards. Anglesea The Stand. Doctor will be located at the

South LOST end CHILDREN

of the Anglesea Stand.

Lost children can be collected from the South end of the

LOST

Anglesea CHILDREN

Stand..

LOST Lost CHILDREN

children can be collected from the South end of the

Lost Anglesea children Stand.. can be collected from the South end of the

Anglesea Stand..

IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFETY, PATRONS

WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE

IN THE

THE INTERESTS

INTERESTS OF

OF SAFETY,

SAFETY, PATRONS

PLAYING AREA AFTER GAMES. PATRONS

WILL

WILL NOT

NOT BE

BE ALLOWED

ALLOWED TO

TO ENTER

ENTER THE

THE

PLAYING

The PLAYING policy AREA

to AREA prohibit AFTER

AFTER such GAMES.

GAMES. encroachment has

been taken to avoid injuries and possibly fatality

The

and policy

The has policy been to prohibit

to taken prohibit on such

the such advice encroachment

encroachment of the safety

has

has

been

authorities.

taken to avoid injuries and possibly fatality

been taken to avoid injuries and possibly fatality

and has been taken on the advice of the safety

authorities.

and has been taken on the advice of the safety

Supporters are sincerely thanked for their cooperation

to date and are asked to continue

Supporters

authorities.

this co-operation are sincerely

in the thanked

future. Together for their cooperation

Supporters are sincerely thanked for their co-

we

can ensure to

that date

the and

RDS are

experience asked to continue

is both

this

enjoyable

operation co-operation

and

to

safe.

date in and the future. are asked Together to continue

we

can this ensure co-operation that the in RDS the experience future. Together is both we

enjoyable can ensure and that safe. the RDS experience is both

+++ CCTV IS IN OPERATION AT THIS STADIUM +++

enjoyable and safe.

+++ CCTV IS IN OPERATION AT THIS STADIUM +++

+++ CCTV IS IN OPERATION AT THIS STADIUM +++

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