13 Dec, 16:30
West Cork side Skibbereen RFC will travel to the Showgrounds tomorrow, 14th December (kick-off 2pm) to take on Clogher Valley in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Junior Cup
John Ryan PRO
Our thirds were the only team in competitive action on Saturday and continued their good run in the Gleeson League with a hard fought win away to Richmond at the Canal Bank. The team were made to work very hard but a tenacious home side in the first half. Two Kenneth McNamara penalties was our reward for a lot of possession, with many opportunities thwarted by the home defence leaving the half time score 6-3. In the second half our performance was a bit more clinical and following a great lineout drive from the 22, Eugene Payne once again was at the end of the maul which was converted. The game was put beyond doubt when Keith Ross made a break following quick lineout ball to score under the post which Kenneth McNamara also converted. A late home side try left the final score 21-8. The next Gleeson League game is on Saturday November 3rd at home to Shannon.
Our senior team travelled to Naas on Saturday for a friendly and lost our 34-24. It was an opportunity for the management to try our players prior to the AIL and while it would have been nice to win, a lot was learnt from the visit. With the AIL starting with an away game to Barnhall on Saturday October 27th, we play Nenagh in a training friendly this Saturday.
Our seconds team went down to UL Bohs in the Munster Senior Seconds League on Sunday losing 25-6. At half time we travelled 11-6 but were very much still in the game, but in the last quarter twice while attacking UL Bohs turned defence into a attack to cross under the posts for tries. This Sunday we entertain Shannon in Fitzgerald Park at 3pm.
Our U20s get their U20 AIL League under way this Saturday when we visit Coonagh to play Shannon at 2:30pm. Our last outing was against Shannon and they proved a little too strong for us but hopefully this Saturday we can up our performance and get the league off to a good start.
On the underage front their were good wins for our U13 and U16 teams on Sunday. Our U13s had very good 32-10 win over Newcastlewest in the league with Dylan Kelly crossing for four tries. U16s came from behind against Garryowen in a friendly in Dooradoyle with a late try to win 15-10. U12s play are at home to Shannon this Sunday. Our 18s play Young Munster in the league also in Fitzgerald Park at noon.
Club Membership Cards will be available very shortly and anyone who wishes to pay their subscription can do so to any committee member.Clonakilty RFC
To conclude this week two social matters. The club is hosting a Club night in the clubhouse on Saturday night. The World Cup Final will be shown on the big screen and and we would ask as many members as possible to attend. Finally this week the Club's Fashion Show will be have its media launch in Aubars on Monday next. Tickets for this event, which will take place on November 15th in the South Court Hotel are available for any member of the committee.
Aidan Clifford PRO
Killorglin Rugby Club made their debut in Junior Rugby on Sunday last with a home tie against Charleville. A very low scoring first half, Killorglin went in at half time 8-3 behind, having conceded a pushover try from a maul and scoring a long distance penalty curtosy of Brian Gannon. The second half, however, was a poor forty minutes for Killorglin. Charleville bullied the Killorglin pack and forced errors from the team, which led to two more tries being scored along with conversions. Killorglin will have a lot of work to do before next weekend?s away trip to Dungarven, Co Waterford. The final score was Killorglin 3-22 Charleville.
Killorglin Team:- 1 KJ Daly (c), 2 D Flynn, 3 J O?Sullivan, 4 C Conway, 5 C Stephens, 6 R Kelliher, 7 T Healy, 8 M Breen, 9 D Coffey, 10 T West, 11 D Curran, 12 A o?Reilly, 13 G Sheehan, 14 J Riordan, 15 B Gannon. Subs:- M Aherne for Breen, S Joy for Kelliher, R Curtayne for Coffey.
Killorglin RFC Under 14s faced Castleisland on Saturday last. Unfortunately, they lost the match 15-10 but can take some positives from the match, particularly the performance from dynamic forward Shane Corkery, and full-back Fergal Hallissey.
Killorglin Under 14 Team:- 1 Shane Mangan, 2 Dave Richards, 3 Dylan Costello, 4 Kyle Fitzgerald, 5 Tim Sheehan, 6 Cian Foley, 7 David O?Carroll, 8 Shane Corkery, 9 Fionn O?Shea, 10 Gary O?Sullivan, 11 Charlie O?Sullivan, 12 Eoin O?Sullivan, 13 Nathan Breen (c), 14 Clive Ashe, 15 Fergal Hallissey. Subs Used:- Aaron Regan, Timmy Walsh, Danny Griffin, Darren Murray, Peter Cotter, Hugh Quane, Cian O?Mahony.
Membership for Killorglin Rugby Club is open for the 2007/08 season. Killorglin RFC always welcomes new members, both playing and non-playing, to follow the ongoing development of the club as it has been promoted to Junior League 1 status this year. A full membership of the club costs ?30, a family membership costs ?50, and juvenile membership costs ?10.
Senior Team training takes place every Tuesday at 7pm and Friday at 7:30, at the Dragon?s Den All-weather pitch on Iveragh Road. New faces are always welcome and the club is happy to introduce new players to the game of rugby.
Training of Juvenile teams will takes place every Saturday at the Dragon?s Den. Killorglin RFC under 18 would welcome players who would like to take up the game of rugby, who train every Saturday at 1pm at The Dragon?s Den. Under12s, 13s, & 14s train at 11am and the Under 16s train at 1pm. All players are welcome to play. For information, contact Youth Officer John Costello on 0863558185.
Shannon Reverse the Trend in Belfast
AIB Cup Second Round
Belfast Harlequins 17 Shannon 19
Andrew McNamara PRO
Shannon had to endure an all too familiar finale to their AIB cup game against Belfast Harlequins in Deramore Park before they could look to the next round, as once again the home side looked as if they would snatch victory at the death. The script for games between these two sides has been uncannily similar for the last four occasions the sides have meet in Belfast; Shannon start well, take control, second half comeback by Harlequins . Home side win in the last few minutes; but this time round Shannon?s resolve held firm and it was they who snatched a dramatic win in the dying minutes. High drama indeed.
The visitors raced into a 10 point lead with barely ten minutes registered, as first Andrew Thompson landed a penalty and then wing forward Cian O?Connor benefited from a big push to the line from his colleagues in the pack. Thompson converted and at this early stage Harlequins looked shaky to say the least.
Shannon?s pressure play seemed more than they could cope with and their woe?s continued as Thompson landed two more penalties before the 20th minute was reached.
It could well have signalled the white flag from the home side, but they slowly gained a foothold in the proceedings, and it took a couple of big tackles from Shannon?s captain David Quinlan from preventing them registering on the scoreboard.
Harlequins did eventually score, and it was through the boot of fullback Willem Slabbert, and had his accuracy been a bit better, Shannon?s 16-3 half time lead would have been less.
The home side?s improvement continued in the second half, but Shannon nonetheless looked reasonably comfortable; that was until two yellow cards in the space of two minutes reduced them to 13 men and gave Harlequins a big opportunity. They seized upon it as one would expect and from a 5 metre scrum, centre Daren Cave popped up to cross the try line in the 60th minute and give his side a massive boost. Slabbert converted and the once seemingly comfortable lead was cut to just four points.
These were worrying times for Shannon. Most of the players had been here before and the sense that Harlequins would once again produce a Houdini style escape was palpable. The nerves set in for Shannon and the confidence of the opening 20 minutes almost deserted them. They did hold the fort steady in the face of a revitalised Harlequins side, but it was through an unforced error, rather than anything spectacular from the home side, that they found themselves facing defeat. An ill judged attempt to run the ball from inside their ?22 in the 76th minute gave Harlequins their chance. The ball spilled loose and once again it was Darren Cave who capitalised and went in under the posts to give Slabbert the easy conversion. 17-16 and it was a case of been there, done that for the Belfast outfit, but this time the script deviated.
Shannon held their composure and worked their way down field with patience, and almost in an instance it was Harlequins turn to feel nervy. Those nerves translated into a Shannon penalty and with the calmness of man whose been around AIL rugby for almost 15 years, Andrew Thompson slotted home the difficult effort.
The tension remained right through the 5 minutes added time, but it was to be Shannon?s day and the final whistle brought relief at last in Belfast.
D. O?Donovan, Pat O?Connor, J. Clogan, A. Finn, M. Tuohy (J. Moran), A. Thompson, F. O?Loughlin (J. Paradise), L. Hogan, S. Cronin, K. Griffin, P. O?Brien ( F. Broderick), F. Walsh, P. O?Connor (C. Nunan)
C O?Connor, D. Quinlan(Capt).
W. Slabbert , M. Kettyle, D. Cave, S. Stewart, P. McKenzie, T. Horner, K. Trask, N. Conlon, S. Philpot, C. Voisey, G. Jewhurst, N. McComb, A. Ward, A. Gillespie, C. McCarey(Capt)
Shannon?s Seconds Open League with Impressive Win
Shannon?s second XV began their Munster Senior second?s league campaign with an impressive win over Young Munster in Coonagh on Sunday. Played in summer sunshine the game was entertaining throughout and Young Munster put up a battling performance, especially in the first half. It was however, an effort in vain as the home side raced into an unassailable lead as the second half progressed .
Each of Shannon?s four tries were impressive, all coming from their backs.
With the breeze to their backs it was Young Munster who made all the running in the opening period and went into the lead with two penalties. The eventual outcome looked most unlikely during the first half and despite Shannon?s Richie Mullane crossing for a try, it was still the visitors who looked the more comfortable.
They added to their lead with a further penalty before the half time break, but the game turned very much in Shannon?s favour as the second have progressed . Outhalf Richie Mullane was quick to release his speedy backs and it was here that most of the damage inflicted .
Shannon Took the lead when replacement winger Stephen Garvey raced to the line and then it was Johnny Paradise who crossed after some rampaging running from Brian Meade. Shannon were now pretty comfortable and handled what little resistance Young Munster offered with much more confidence than that of the first half.
The final try came from Dave Barry which was personally sweet for the scrum half as it was against his former club. Shane Mullally scored his second conversion which brought the final tally up to 24-9.
CARRICK ON SUIR RFC
Collie Bartley PRO
Carrick go to top with bonus in Limerick
To say it was an unusual setting for this Carrick team would be a bit underplaying the venue. More used to vast open fields and livestock, the vista of green amongst the shopping centres and apartments had an eerie and tentative feel to it.
Carrick was a bit nervous going out onto the pitch and more so when St Mary?s strode across the white lines. The Limerick side were physically imposing, to a man perhaps bigger than Carrick.
Game plan in hand, the game kicked off and nerves were visible. Although initially comfortable in the scrum, some aspects of Carrick?s play were a bit loose. The forwards were unnerved by the size and physicality of the opponents and took a while to get to terms with the game.
From two knock-ons, Mary?s went into an eight point lead, with Gareth Griffin scoring a break away try for the home side. With half an hour gone and Carrick trailing by eight points away from home, a familiar tale was being spun.
It didn?t turn out to be, Carrick change tack a little, outhalf Ian Hillard started getting better ball, the back three of Rob Murphy, Shane O?Keeffe and Eddie O?Donnell, started receiving good ball to run the bigger Mary?s team around.
Carrick stared to get a foothold into Mary?s territory. The pack started moving as a unit, returning quick ball, punching holes around the fringes. Then Carrick got a penalty, just outside the 22 and to the right of the post. Ian Hillard dispatched it. 8-3
Minutes remained in the first half, where from the kick off Carrick took possession and the pack, through Pat Lanigan, Willie Stokes, John O?Keeffe and Jamie Walsh moved a considerable distance into Mary?s territory. Clean ball from the ruck saw Hillard make a great break through the centre. It looked like he?d make the line himself but passed it out to Noel Phelan, just about to be tackled he passed on to Eddie O?Donnell and that made it level at half time.
A frank exchange of opinions occurred at half time, Carrick did still not fully believe they could do this. The second half started nervously again, but Carrick held out grimly in the face of Mary?s incessant attacks. Some great clearances by Ian Hillard and scrum half Emmet Lonergan, complimented the exceptional work of the whole team on defence. This kept Carrick in the game and gave them the confidence to go on.
Number 8, John O?Keeffe came off injured and this looked to be a blow to Carrick, but our bench has a bit of grunt behind it now and Evan Stanley replaced him seamlessly.
Another substitution, Eddie Barry for Eddie O?Donnell had an impact on the game. O?Donnell?s injury let Eddie loose. In a tight, forwards orientated game, Barry received the ball of the side of the ruck and grubbered through. His kick down the blindside tied up two tacklers and allowed Rob Murphy and Jamie Walsh run onto it.
Walsh brought the ball to the line, Pat Lanigan brought it over and got the try his game deserved.
Leading 13-8, sub Brian Phelan, gave away a penalty under the posts. 13-11, but only for the intervention of the second row, Carrick could have gone behind. From here the game got tough, yards were hard to get and tackles were even harder.
Mary?s got the rub of the green and quickly moved the ball left, Shane O?Keeffe was faced with a three on one. He made the decision to go for the ball. He took man, ball and the wind out of Mary?s sails. After this huge hit, Mary?s didn?t threaten as much.
Moments later Ian Hillard read a Mary?s back move, intercepted and ran in from 60 metres under the posts. He converted.
At 20-11, Carrick had to remain composed to see out the game, the wise heads in the pack, James Heffernan and John Phelan came into their own, Emmet Lonergan at scrum half slowed down Mary?s attempts to get back in the game. Alan Murray stopped their source ball, disrupting lineouts and holding the scrum.
With time almost up and the clubhouse filling, James Wallace, who had a great game in the centre, tackled the winger on the touchline, picked up the ball and ran over at the flag for the fourth try and the bonus point for Carrick.
After the missed conversion the ref blew the game, 25-11 to Carrick and as good an away win as many of the team can remember. Carrick were under no illusions that the scoreline reflected the way they committed to the game, but knew the game was much tighter than 14 points.
In the huddle, the focus was already on next week's huge game against Kinsale. A blast of the ?Carrick Smashers? and back to the task in hand. The talk was what has to be worked on in training, rather than how good the win was.
In a game of exception displays, it is hard to single one man out, but one man did stand out in the game. Pat Lanigan had possibly his finest game so far for Carrick. Rob Murphy was exception on the wing and our half backs offered a bit more to the Carrick game, with Ian Hillard growing into the team.
The front row was exceptional again and our Captain Willie Stokes has to be pleased with his own display, the lineout?s worked a treat.
This Sunday sees a massive game for Carrick, as unbeaten and promotion favourites, Kinsale, travel to Tybroughney for what should be a cracking game. Kinsale are the only team to have beaten Carrick so far this season, so there will be no fear from the Cork side.
Training is still at 7:30 Wednesday and Friday, all new players are welcome. Subs are due and membership also, any payments can be made out to the usual crew of Aiden, Dermot or Kenny.
Team: J HEFFERNAN, W STOKES (C), A MURRAY, S FITZPATRICK (B PHELAN 60 MINS), J PHELAN, J WALSH, P LANIGAN(R GOEFF 78 MINS) , J O?KEEFFE (E STANLEY 48 MINS), E LONERGAN, I HILLARD, S O?KEEFFE, J WALLACE, N PHELAN, R MURPHY, E?O DONNELL(E BARRY 45 MINS), subs not used S MURRAY
Carrick-on-Suir RFC underage
Our underage teams were all out this weekend and all travelling. The 18?s went to Roscrea and put up a great effort after a long journey but couldn?t eke out the win going down 20-5.
The 16?s played Kilfeacle in a friendly in a tight tough game the mid Tipp team came out on top by 10 points winning 36-26.
Our u-14?s travelled to Nenagh and put up a good display against a bigger team, again they only just failed to get over their visitors going down 30-20.
Training again for all these groups is on Friday night, numbers are good at the moment and the feedback is excellent, so keep it up lads and a good season is in prospect.
Sun Shines on Under Age Rugby
On a beautiful October Sunday morning in Tybroughney, Carrick?s under 8,9,10,11 and 12 teams did us proud. We played Waterpark and Dungarvan at all levels. Our under 12?s started the blitz with a very hard match against Waterpark and a draw was a very fair result here. Some outstanding performances from Andrew Bolger, Sean Dunphy, Thomas Kennedy and David Kinsella played a big part in this result. The second match was against Dungarvan which the boys won at ease, running in 7 tries.
The under 11 team were the stars of the day winning all three of their matches. The handling skills of this team which have come through the ranks over the last three years as a group are just superb. They beat both Waterpark teams by 5 tries to 3 tries and 5 tries to nil respectively and Dungarvan by 6 tries to nil. Claire Flanagan, Alan Dowley, Jack Murphy Aidan Ryan, David Norris, Josh Quinn, Jamie Murphy, Aidan Nugent, Oisin Teppan and Niall Blanchfield collectively were great.
The under 9?s and 10?s had very good matches too winning as many matches as they lost. They have made the transition from under 8?s very well and we can only look forward to great games during the year. Aaron Gallagher, Darragh Power, Michael Dineen, Cian Reidy, Ian Long and all the others were very good for the 10?s. The boys on the under 9 team of note were Ronan Ryan, Oisin Brophy, Richie Norris, Shane Grehan, Jack Murphy and all the rest did us proud.
The boys and girls who turned out to play with the under 8?s, most for their first match ever were both inspiring and a joy to watch. They passed the ball well to each other and ran like mad and scored tries for the first time. All eighteen including six girls who were Catherine Dineen, Hilary Balding, Anna Dowley, Hannah Eade, Alanna Gallagher and Isobel Dineen did us proud.
Well done to all who played on Sunday and a big thanks to all who helped out with the organisation and coaching.
Next week, all teams travel to Cashel to play a blitz. Bus leaving Carrick Garda Barricks at 9.45.