The Stones keep Rolling to win the Purcell Cup

Purcell Cup Final – Old Wesley 9 Greystones 20 – 21st April 2024

So the epic turnabout in fortunes for this season’s u20s did not produce the fairytale ending, but ended in defeat to Greystones in the Purcell Cup Final held on a glorious sunny day in Energia Park. With both teams at full strength and in the unfamiliar setting of changing in the neutral surrounds of the Bective Club house, the match got under way with a very impressive crowd who had come out to support.

Greystones had the better of the initial exchanges and despite a penalty kick to the corner for Old Wesley, the ensuing lineout in the 22 didn’t find its mark and Greystones cleared their lines.  Greystones settled into the game a lot more quickly than Wesley and there were a number of unforced errors from the home side that stopped any real continuity of play. Credit also to Stones who also played their game right on the offside line and gave our halfbacks no time to settle on the ball thus hampering any momentum.

Another chance on 17 minutes into the far corner again saw the lineout not secured, which has been firing very well since the Ryan Baird clinics before Christmas; Greystones off the hook again. Finally on 22 minutes and at the next time of asking Jonny Cazzini bisected the posts and we took the lead 3-0. However from the restart and an excellent kick off, Greystones gathered the ball and scored a try in the Wesley end with the Greystones #10 adding the conversion.  We were on the back foot 3-7. (more…)

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