Christopher Barry PRO
Our seniors slipped to seventh in the table after going down 19-8 to Clontarf in the AIL in atrocious conditions at Dooradoyle last Saturday. The concession of an early try didn't help matters and the North Dubliners kept it tight thereafter. We seemed to struggle at times against a big strong pack and our wingers hardly saw the ball all day, save when Keith Earls scored an excellent try late in the game. Conor Kilroy's neat little chip inside the 22 created the opening for a well worked try. Unfortunately the game had more or less slipped away at that stage especially when the visitors John Duffy finished off a scything move from half way to push the score out to 19-3. A win at home to Dungannon on Saturday is imperative if we are to keep pace with the teams above us. Earlier in the day our Gleeson League team maintained their good run when beating Old Crescent 32-0 on the back pitch. At half time we were rather flattered to have led 12-0 as the visitors missed some good penalty chances. The second half was almost one way traffic and Niall Wixted will have been pleased with the performance. Joe Noone, Mark O'Neill, Charlie Colling, Dave McInerney and Paul Earley all touched down. Diarmuid Waters kicked two conversions and also landed a penalty. The U20's were next up and stormed to a 24-10 win over Highfield in a hard fought game. Conor McNamara, Mike O'Shea and Diarmuid McMahon were the try scorers and out half Colm Downes added the extras and kicked a penalty. In their efforts to secure a bonus point when leading 24-3 the ball was spilled and the Cork side snatched a late consolation try. Our junior team bounced back with a hard fought 17-14 win over Highfield in the M2L in Woodleigh Park last Sunday. Trailing 14-0 at the break, our pack put in a storming (!) second half and gradually wore the gallant Cork team down. Frank McKenna had a cracking game and scored two tries. Brian O'Shea converted both and landed a late penalty to secure the points. On Sunday they play Shannon in their final game in Dooradoyle at 2.30. There are two NML under age games this Sunday. Our U18's play Bruff in Dooradoyle at 11.30, while our U13's are away to Ennis at Lees Road, also at 11.30. Parents are reminded that the Mini Rugby Christmas party will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday at 11.00. Mr. S. Claus will be making an appearance. Supporters are reminded that we will be running a bus to Blackrock on Saturday 15th December. Bus will depart from Willie Sexton's at 9.00. Please contact Dave Ryan on 085 1017078 to reserve a seat.
Aidan Clifford PRO
Killorglin Rugby Club Seniors were due to host Castleisland in the Munster Junior League on Sunday last but, due to an unplayable pitch, the game was called off. On Saturday, the club's under 14s and under18s travelled to Abbeyfeale. In torturous conditions, the under 14s were beaten by 33-10, with tries from Eoghan O Sullivan and Billy Corkery. The under 18s drew 7-7, thanks to a last minute try from prop Barry Sheehan.
Senior Team Training takes place Every Tuesday at 7pm and Fridays at 7:30pm at the Dragon's Den All-weather pitch. All new players are welcome.
Killorglin Rugby club are holding a Christmas hamper raffle. Lines for the hamper, kindly donated by Bewleys with a value of €250, cost €5 each, and will be available throughout the town leading up to Christmas.
Also, the club's annual Quiz night will take place in the Soda Club on Thursday February 7th. More details to follow in the weeks ahead.
Under 16s have an away match against Fethard but again we are awaiting confirmation, and should be able to let players know on Saturday.