29 Jul 14
As excitement builds for Ireland's World Cup opening fixture against USA this Friday, we catch up with Munster hooker Gillian Bourke as she prepares to line out in her second campaign.
Killarney won the Munster Junior Plate for the second time in three years when they defeated near neighbours Castleisland 15-11 in an exciting game at Tralee.
Three penalties from Paudie Sheahan gave Killarney a 9-3 half time lead. Connie Reynolds replied with a penalty for Castleisland. Sheahan added two further penalties and Castleisland had a try from Mike Cronin and a second penalty by Reynolds.
Young Munster won the Munster Seconds League title with a 26-21 victory over U.L. Bohemian at Clifford Park. Jeff Clohessy and Darren Ryan scored tries for Munster's and Shane O'Leary converted both and also kicked four penalties.
Midleton won the Junior Three Cup South Final at Musgrave Park with a 5-0 victory over holders Cork Transport. Brian Wall scored the all important try mid way through the first half.
Kanturk and Skibbereen will contest the Cork County Cup Final. Three tries from Sean Cremin and one by Paul Cotter helped Kanturk to a 26-7 away win over Cobh Pirates. Stephen McAuliffe converted three of the tries. Cobh's reply was a try by John Kidney which Mark Chandler converted.
Skibbereen defeated Kinsale 39-22 in the other semi final. The winners led 24-15 at half time. David Shannon scored three tries, a conversion and a penalty and Kieran Shannon, Colm Hurley and John Hayes also got a try each. Steven Hansel kicked two conversions but the injury he picked up must make him very doubtful for next week's Munster Junior Cup semi Final against holders Cork Constitution. Kinsale replied with tries from Frazer Hodgson, Ian Costello and Peter Murphy with Hodgson kicking two conversions and a penalty.
Two penalties from Jeff Daly was enough for Fermoy who defeated Dunmanway-Bantry Bay 6-0 in the semi final of the O'Neill Cup. They will meet Muskerry in the final after the Mid Cork side received a walk over from Youghal.
Richmond's great season continues when their second XV defeated Fethard 11-6 to reach the final of the Webb Cup and a meeting with Thomond which will be a repeat of the Gleeson League Final. Mike Geary scored a try for Richmond and Dara Clancy kicked two penalties.
It is a repeat in the South also as Carrigaline and Cork Constitution will contest the Junior Two Cup Final.
Carrigaline reached their fourth final of the season with a 36-10 win over Kanturk at Moneygourney.
Ray Donoghue opened the scoring for Carrigaline with a try after seven minutes but Kanturk responded with a try from Barry Lucey which Stephen McAuliffe converted. Tony O'Keeffe, Peter Kelleher, John Tait and Ken Wilkins added further tries for the home side and Kelleher converted three of them. A McAuliffe penalty left it 31-10 at the break in favour of Carrigaline. The only score of the second half was a try by Tony O'Keeffe.
Cork Constitution booked their place in the final with a 27-14 home victory over Cobh Pirates. Con' raced into an early 17-0 lead with tries from Killian O'Connor and Jack O'Sullivan, both of which Simon Barry converted and he also added a penalty. Cobh hit back with a try from Michael Keating and two penalties by Eoin McSweeney to leave it 17-11 at half time. Barry and McSweeney exchanged penalties before an injury time try by Rory O'Sullivan converted by Barry completed the scoring.
Mallow defeated Mitchelstown 25-7 to reach the final of the Paul Twomey Cup. Eric Twomey scored two tries for Mallow and Anthony Barrett and Neil Sexton got one each. Martin O'Connor kicked a conversion and a penalty.
Kinsale defeated Tralee 11-10 in the other semi final tie.
Muskerry will meet Fermoy in the McCarthy Cup final after Muskerry's 31-19 away win over Dunmanway-Bantry Bay. Ian O'Sullivan scored two tries for Muskerry and Dave Nagle and James Roche got one each. Cian Fitzgerald kicked three penalties and a conversion.
Munster Junior Plate Final: Castlesland 11, Killarney 15;
Munster Seconds League Final: Young Munster 26, U.L. Bohemian 21;
Transfield Cup Final: Newcastle West 20, St. Mary's 19;
Cork County Cup Semi Final: Skibbereen 40, Kinsale 22;
O'Neill Cup Semi Finals: Dunmanway-Bantry Bay 0, Fermoy 6;
Junior Two Cup South Semi Finals: Carrigaline 36, Kanturk 10;
Cork Constitution 27, Cobh Pirates 14;
Webb Cup Semi Final: Fethard 6, Richmond 11;
Dave Dineen Cup: Waterford City 7, Cashel 14;
Paul Twomey Cup Semi Finals: Kinsale 11, Tralee 10;
Mallow 25, Mitchelstown 7;
Junior 3 Cup South Final: Cork Transport 0, Midleton 5;
McCarthy Cup Semi Final: Dunmanway-Bantry Bay 19, Muskerry 31;
All Ireland Under 19 Final: Bandon 15, Navan 3;
All Ireland Under 17 Final: Navan 30, Sligo 18;
South Under 17 Cup Semi Final: Clonakilty 22, Midleton 10;
South Under 17 Phase 2 League Section 1 Final: Crosshaven 29, Skibbereen 3;
South Under 17 Phase 2 League Section 2 Play Off: Bantry Bay 8, Cork Constitution 10;
South Under 17 Phase 2 League Section 3 Play Off: Youghal 8, Ballincollig 28;
South Under 15 Cup Final: Dolphin 33, Skibbereen 12;
West Under 15 Cup Final: Castleisland 5, Tralee 0;
West Under 13 Cup Final: Killorglin 40, Listowel 7.