Club Notes: Week Ending 17.11.13
12th November 2013 By Munster Rugby
This week’s club notes come from Dolphin, Old Crescent, Shannon and Waterford City rugby clubs.
This week’s club notes come from Dolphin, Old Crescent, Shannon and Waterford City rugby clubs.
Courtesy of:- Richard Whelan, Club PRO
Dolphin back rower and USA International John Quill has been recalled to the USA Eagles squad.
Before undergoing serious stomach surgery during the summer Youghal Native Quill was due to take up a professional contract with London Irish.
He has exceeded all expectations in relation to his recovery and he returned to Ulster Bank League Action with Dolphin last week and played a key role in the Musgrave Park side's 14-9 victory over neighbours Cork Constitution on Friday last.
Starting at number 6 for Dolphin on Friday Quill was watched on the live IRFU stream of the Cork derby by Mike Tolkin and his management team and Quill impressed the Eagles sufficiently to earn a weekend recall to the International fray .
Quill commented while on route to Georgia to link up with the USA Squad.
""It is a great boost for me to be included in the squad for the next two games against Georgia and the Russians which will be played at Saracens' Allianz Park in London. During the summer after undergoing eight hours of surgery and spending three weeks in hospital I did not think I would be back playing ball so soon. It has been a fantastic weekend with the win over 'Con in the Ulster Bank league as well earning this recall. It is great that the game was streamed live and that the USA coaches were able to watch the game. It shows how high the standard of the AIL is and that it is respected by international set ups."
"I am relishing the chance to play international rugby again and I hope to return to Dolphin after this series of games and help the team to push for AIL honours."
Alan Feeley RIP
Old Crescent RFC is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Alan Feeley, a playing member of the Club. Alan (28) suffered a brain aneurysm and died at Limerick University Hospital.
Chris Cullinan, President of Old Crescent RFC, expressed the Club's deepest sympathies and condolences to Alan's parents, Willie and Cathleen Feeley, and to his brothers Liam, Hugh and Donal.
We particularly extend our sympathies to his brother Liam who is also a playing member of Old Crescent RFC.
Alan joined Old Crescent RFC this summer and quickly became a valuable and popular member of the Club's Thirds rugby fraternity, scoring a try in the last Thirds game just over a week ago. Alan previously played tag and sevens rugby and played Gaelic football for his home town of Claremorris in Co Mayo.
Old Crescent RFC senior fixtures arranged for the coming weekend have been postponed as a mark of respect to Alan.
Alan was the holder of an organ donor card and his family carried out his wish that his organs be donated and used to help others.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Reposing at Donnellan's Funeral Home, Lower James Street, Claremorris, on Thursday evening from 5pm with removal at 8pm to St Colman's Church, Claremorris.
Requiem Mass on Friday at 2.30pm with the funeral proceeding to St Colman's Cemetery, Claremorris, Co Mayo.
May he rest in peace
Courtesy of:- Siofra Scanlan, Club PRO
A great win and some important points gained for our Senior team last Saturday as they overcame UL Bohs in conditions that were not favourable for either side. Congratulations to our 2nds also who won out well over Nenagh. A great weekend all round for the Club. This weekend sees another local derby for our Senior side as they take on Garryowen in the ODM Munster Senior Cup in Thomond Park on Friday night at 7.30pm. It goes without saying that your support is important so come along and support your players and Club.
Events & News
HEINEKEN CUP TICKETS MUNSTER V PERPIGNAN DECEMBER 8TH
Shannon RFC have Heineken Cup match tickets for sale for the Munster V Perpignan game on December 8th. We are offering anyone who purchases a ticket a free pint, hot whiskey/hot port, tea/coffee or soft drink on producing your Shannon RFC Match ticket AFTER the game and ONLY at the bar in the Shannon RFC Clubhouse. Should anyone wish to purchase tickets please contact Tadhg Crowe on 0876524958 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cat A, Cat B and Terrace tickets available.
SHANNON RFC APP
The info is in and we have officially reached 4,625 people, 495 have downloaded the app and we have a following in 60 countries all over the world. Please feel free to share the link with anyone who may be interested. We would love some feedback from all of you who are following us on the app so feel free to email me directly at email@example.com
If you still have not downloaded yet here is the link. http://clubapplive.com/shannonrfc.
Get Your Name Out There
Do you want to get your company name more widely known? Why not advertise in the Shannon RFC annual Calendar. Ad space is available for the 2014 calendar. Anyone who wishes to place an ad please contact John Leahy on 086 2562730 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
SHANNON RFC SCRAP METAL CHALLENGE SUNDAY
Shannon RFC in association with United Metals hosted a Scrap Metal day on Sunday 20th October in Coonagh from 11am to 6pm. All at Shannon RFC would like to thank everyone who contributed to this event. You have raised some very important funds for the club and it is much appreciated. A special mention to Morgan who organised this event. Their will be a scrap metal skip on an ongoing bases in Coonagh on Sunday mornings. Your ongoing contributions are appreciated.
YOUR CLUB, YOUR COUNTRY IRFU DRAW 2013
Tickets are available for the 2013, Your Club Your Country IRFU Grand Draw. The tickets are €10 each. The Prizes are amazing and it is a great way to support your club. Tickets are available from any Shannon Committee member. All contact details for committee members can be found on http://www.shannonrfc.com/contact.htm
For a full list of prizes please see the IRFU website at http://www.irishrugby.ie/club/your_club_your_country.php
John Langford "Welcome" Evening
Most of you will know or know of John Langford and his association as a player with Shannon, Garryowen, Munster and Australia!! John will be back for a brief visit in Limerick on Friday 15th November. We will be hosting an evening in the office bar on that night. So why not come along, share some stories and help us to welcome him back. All welcome to The Office bar from 9pm onwards.
A Great Gift for All
With the seasonal preparations starting all around why not give someone near or far the gift of a Shannon RFC membership. A great gift for any occasion with the added bonus of supporting your local club. Packages, including family membership, are available. Should you wish to find out more information or purchase membership please contact Barry McConkey at email@example.com
Remember the MSC 3-IN-A-Row in the 80's.
If so come along on Saturday 30th November for a day of memories and celebrations. It starts with a pre-match meal in the clubhouse followed by the AIL Shannon V Belfast Harlequins match, topping the day off with presentations in the clubhouse aprés match. All supporters are invited to enjoy music and memories in the evening from 8pm. It will be a great day and night out. Anyone interested in booking a pre-match table can contact Noel Healy on 087-687726
PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY THROUGH COONAGH
We would ask everyone to please take care, slow down and observe the speed limit through Coonagh Village on the way to and from the matches and training.
YOUR CLUB, YOUR THOUGHTS
We always like to hear from our members near and far. If you have a story, any interesting historical information or an article about the club that you would like to share we would love to hear it.Any submissions for consideration can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 15th November
ODM Munster Senior Cup Semi-Final ~ Seniors ~ Shannon V Garryowen, Thomond Park, 7.30pm
AIL ~ Ladies ~ Young Munsters V Shannon TBC
Saturday 16th November
SWC ~ U21s ~ Shannon v Sundays Well, Coonagh, 2.30pm
Sunday 17th November
MSSL ~ 2nds ~ Old Cresent V Shannon, Rosbrien 2.30pm
Thought Of The Week
"Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself"
Courtesy of:- Damien Kennedy, Club PRO
Disappointing Day for 1sts in Thurles
Munster Junior League Div 2 Thurles 16 Waterford City 03
The game started at a fast pace with both teams breaking deep into their opponents half with some fast paced rugby, Cian Foskin and Sean O Mahoney combined to bring play inside the Thurles 22 only for indecision from City to see Thurles relieve the pressure .Another break from Ben Duggan put Trevor Griffen free down the left who made a surging run deep into opposition territory and give a perfect off load to the supporting Damien Kennedy but City conceded a penalty at the next ruck only 10 yards from the tryline. The rest of the half seemed to belong to Thurles as they continued to move the ball well and were rewarded with two penalties on 10 and 20 mins to put them 6 – 0 ahead. Defence was the name of the game City while playing against the wind and with 5mins remaining in the half the Thurles No 8 broke and put their scrum half into a hole only for Damien Kennedy to cover across and stop him 5 yards from the line, turn the ball over and force the penalty. The 2nd half saw City wake up more and on 50 mins John Flynn converted a penalty to bring the score to 6-3. Almost immediately City conceded the a penalty in front of the posts to make it 9 – 3 in their favour. City had another chance at goal but the kick was missed. The game seemed to open up despite the conditions and with 5 mins remaining a rampaging run by prop Alex Fitzmaurce who off loaded to Sean O Mahoney only for him to be held up inches from the line but some poor handling saw the ball knocked on and the chance was gone. On the final play disaster struck and a dropped ball on the City tryline allowed a Thurles player dive on the ball for City to concede a very cheap try which was converted to leave the final score 16-3,very disappointing as City should have at least come away with the losing bonus point. All attention now turns to next weeks huge home game against Ennis
Cashel 17 Waterford City 10
Despite a number of injuries to our squad this week our younger guys gave a great account of themselves and stood up in this game. Explosive back row Aidan O Neill scored City's try with man of the match Micheal Hayes kicking a conversion and a penalty.
Our ladies played Clonmel last Saturday night, despite the score line our ladies are still developing and can't be disheartened, great effort put in.
We had a home game against Clonmel on Sunday.The match started well for us but the two chances we created we didn't convert into points.Then as usual after our initial 10 minutes we fell off the pace and although we defended really well Clonmel were camped in our 22 for a long time until they scored just before half time.The hope was we would pick up in the second half and after a knock on from the kick off Clonmel scored again on that attack from the scrum.Their pack was much bigger than ours and the pressure we soaked up in the first half started to show in the second and with very few replacements in the forwards we ended up with backs in the pack.One score of our own and that was from Ryan Phillips who intercepted a pass and ran 75 metres to score.The game ended 5 to 22 Clonmel won.Players to mention were Adian Power,Jake Phillips,Andrew Fahey who played his first game for a while very well and super sub Patrick Walsh.Man of the match was Conor Brennan who had a great game.
Clonmel 34 Waterford City 07
Poor performance especially in first half conceding 24 points Never got going until it was too late. Restored some pride in second half with an improved defensive effort.John Harte scored only try . Next up probable quarter final away v Waterpark which will be a big challenge next Sunday.
Our u14s played dungarvan at home today and won 34 to 17 in a very open and entertaining game, played in great spirit by both teams.
Our little warriors travelled to Fethard last Sunday and had a fantastic time in a very well orginised blitz and we would like to thank Fethard for inviting us.