Gorey RFC reach the top tier of Leinster Junior rugby   19/04/2015

Next season sees Gorey complete a journey, which began 4 years ago, when they compete in Leinster Division 1A, the top tier of junior rugby.
Gorey had finished their Division 1B League campaign as runners up to Kilkenny. This qualified them for the play off position, which was against Cill Dara who finished in second last place in Division 1A. The prize for Gorey was a place in the top tier of junior rugby. That game took place in Carlow and after a hard fought battle Gorey edged out the Kildare men.

But that was only part of the journey as the rest was out of their hands. They now had to wait on the results of the All Ireland round robin. The round robin competition is between the top junior clubs in each province. The first round saw Leinster champions Dundalk score an impressive away win to favourites Instonians from Ulster. This was the result that Gorey wanted as it now put Dundalk as favourites to advance to the play off. This they did, and over the last two weekends, they went on to beat Clonmel and Connemara respectively. Gorey were also keeping one eye on Division 2B of the All Ireland League where the team that finished in fourteenth place would meet the winners of the round robin. This also had a bearing on Gorey's position because if a Leinster team finished in that position, it meant Gorey would automatically be promoted. The Gods were again shining on Gorey as DSLP of Dublin finished there. Because both teams are Leinster based it meant that only one of them would play in Leinster 1A, but it also meant that Gorey would play in Division 1A regardless of the result of this playoff.

Four years ago, Gorey were relegated to Division 2A and had to look hard at what and where they were going. A strong minis and youth section was in place, but a culture of players not committing to the club and seeking better prospects elsewhere had developed over the years. The appointment of a very youthful Phil Horan as head coach was to change all that and also the direction in which the club was going. The structures were put in place with player retention at the core and over the last four seasons the club has reaped the reward as it has gone from strength to strength.

This has come with award, when in their first year they won their first ever Leinster league title, as champions of Division 2B. The following year they finished in third place narrowly missing promotion, but the extra year in 2A stood to them as they went on to finish as Division 2A Champions. They then set their eyes on the Cup but narrowly lost to Ashbourne the eventual winners. The Plate beckoned and a run of four games saw them beat Portarlington in a very impressive Plate final. Not to be out done the seconds also reached their plate final but lost out to Cill Dara.

This season saw the club compete in 1B where they finished runners up to eventual Champions Kilkenny. But in between the League they became South East Champions when they managed to overcome All Ireland Champions and this years Towns Cup finalists, Enniscorthy, in an epic battle at Ross Road. This was a great game and hopefully a sign of great battles to come when both clubs meet in 1A next season.


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