The scene was set in Togher rugby grounds as four local secondary schools did battle in a first year blitz recently.
St Mary’s Portlaoise CBS, Mountrath CS, Ardscoil na Trionoide and Newbridge College took to the Portlaoise ground in what was a day of riveting games.
St Mary’s CBS hosted two teams for the day and another Battle of Laois took off between Portlaoise 1 and old rivals Mountrath.
Mountrath were quick off the mark scoring an early try but Portlaoise replied with three tries in a row.
The first of Portlaoise’s tries came from Paddy Reddin that was quickly followed by a well worked try from Adam Glynn. David Madu secured the last try of the game with a quick line break to leap into the air and over the try line.
The second game for Portlaoise 1 was ArdScoil Na Trionoide. This time it was Portlaoise who were first out of the stalls a try coming from David Costello.
Ruari Brennan immediately after robbed the ball out of an Athy ruck and ran down the wing handing off multiple Athy players to score a magnificent try in the corner.
Athy then scored two tries in the space of a minute but that was overshadowed by two amazing tries from David Madu and Jake Andrews.
Sheer talent shone through as Sean Savage had an amazing game in his rugby debut. Savage he capped it off by making two try saving tackles in a short space of time.
Last up for Portlaoise 1 was Newbridge 1. This was Portlaoise 1’s first defeat against a very strong Newbridge side.
Newbridge showed their class early with a try in the corner after a few minutes. CBS replied with a try in the corner from the impressive PJ Larkin. Newbridge won the game however after one final hard fought try.
Portlaoise 2 were also very successful winning all their matches. There were some very strong performances, including tries from Jake Darcy, Conor Raggett, Evan Bergin and James Devoy.
Callum Fogarty also played very well, showing he is definitely one to watch in years to come. The stand out performer for the day was PJ Larkin scoring one try and making countless tackles at crucial stages.
Portlaoise Team: David Madu, Callum Keegan, Jake Andrews, Conor Kearney, Nathan Duffy, Riley Stone, Sean Savage, PJ Larkin, Jake Darcy, Liam McNulty, Paddy Reddin, Adam Glynn, Aaron Foyle, Connor Raggett, Ruari Brennan, Evan Bergin, Dylan Duff, Callum Fogarty, Kevin Delaney, Kurt Kavanagh, David Costello, James Devoy, Rian Maher