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Facts On Shannon and Belfast Harlequins

4th May 2005 By Munster Rugby

Facts On Shannon and Belfast Harlequins

Shannon and Belfast Harlequins have played each other five times in the AIB League, the last occasion being December 2004 when Harlequins won 19-18 at the Grafton Arena

Shannon. Captain: Tom Hayes Head Coach: Mick Galwey Asst Coach: Jim Galvin

Shannon Have played 181 League games ( W 123, D 5, L 53 ) for a success rate of 69 % over 15 seasons since October 6, 1990. Thirteen Shannon squad members have played for Munster and one played for Connacht so far this season. They have won their last nine AIB League games. Have beaten all six Leinster clubs during the regulation League this season. Have beaten both Connacht clubs on the road this season. Have averaged 3.29 tries per League match this season. Have won the Munster Senior League (beat UL-Bohs 26-13), the Limerick Charity Cup ( beat Garryowen 20-18 ) and the Munster Senior Cup (beat Garryowen 17-8) since Oct. 6. Have racked up the most ( 395) points and had the most positive ( + 200 ) points differential in Div. One this season. Have crossed for ( 417) all-time tries which is the second highest total in the League since 1990 / 91. John Lacey, the top ( 55 ) try scorer in the all-time League, has not got a touchdown for Shannon this League season. Andrew Thompson with 914 points remains the top points scorer of all time in Div. One. They are one of three clubs omnipresent in Div. One since the inception of the All-Ireland League.

B. Harlequins. Captain: Darren Barbour /Jarlath Carey Head Coach: DC Gillespie Asst. Coach : Neil Doak / Andy Ward Belfast Harlequins have played 90 League games ( W 61, D 0, L 29 ) for a success rate of 68% over 6 seasons since December 4, 1999. Nine Harlequins squad members have played for Ulster so far this season. In the middle of his fourth season, head coach Andre Bester left for Rotherham to replace Steph Nel; Andy Ward picks up the coaching reins at the club early in June. They play their home games at the old Collegians ground at Deramore Park, today named the Grafton Arena, a venue which encompasses cricket, hockey, squash and bowls as well as rugby. They have won their last five AIB League games. They have averaged 3.14 tries per League match this season Have beaten all three Munster clubs in the regular League and Garryowen in the semis; three games were on the road. Conceded the least ( 148 ) points and the least ( 12 ) tries in Div. One over the 13-game League season. Had five players in the Ireland U 21 squad this season. Established coach DC Gillespie is in interim charge these days at the club until Andy Ward takes over next season. Since the tragic death of second row Jonny Poole last December, the club retired the first XV No. 4 jersey and have worn black armbands in each subsequent game.

Information courtesy Des Daly.


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