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Club Notes: Week Ending 15.12.13

11th December 2013 By Munster Rugby

Club Notes: Week Ending 15.12.13

This week’s club notes come from Carrick-on-Suir, Midleton and Shannon rugby clubs.

This week’s club notes come from Carrick-on-Suir, Midleton and Shannon rugby clubs.

Click here for Carrick-on-Suir club notes

Click here for Midleton club notes

Click here for Shannon club notes


Courtesy of:- Dermot Keys, Club PRO

Firsts travel to Fermoy

Our First XV travel to Fermoy for their final League match of 2013 this Sunday afternoon, and we would urge all club members in a position to travel to East Cork for this must-win fixture to do so.
The effort that's been made by our First squad, whose numbers, in an ideal world, would be much greater than what they are at present, has been enormous, a credit to the captaincy of David Kiersey and the players who are putting in the hard yards each week at training. Victory over Fermoy would put Carrick back into the play-off fringes and at a time of the season when the margin of error is now greatly reduced, victory on Sunday is essential. So let's get behind the lads this Sunday, who are seeking to build on their big win over Dunmanway-Bantry Bay. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Notice to U-14, 16 and 18 players
(On Behalf of the Club Committee)

Hi lads. This is worth stating. You still have matches. Training is ongoing. There are fixtures in place between now and Christmas, including this weekend, which your coaches have notified you of, as well as into the New Year.
We recognise that there have been some difficulties this season in the wake of losing our co-ordinator in late September, and coupled with our current shortage of coaches, a regrettable situation which we, the Club's Committee, are now endeavouring to correct.

We have commenced a push for additional recruitment from a coaching perspective between now and Christmas. We know there's a lot of rugby know-how in our locality which we need to tap into with renewed vigour, enthusiasm and a much needed sense of fun!

As a club, we are determined to put in place a structure that supports all our players and coaches so that we can continue to represent this town and its environs at all levels of the game we love. But we need your input too.
So we need you, as players, to turn up for training. We need you, as players, to turn up for matches and to be willing to fulfil fixtures as per the rules laid down by the East Munster League, i.e. reduced 13 or 10-a-side matches. Those who wish to play must be given an opportunity to play, and that opportunity remains intact.
So if you, as players, can commit, to train, to be available for matches and to play, then we as your Committee, will provide the required programme for you, a programme which will be enjoyable, a programme which will be competitive, a programme which will be fun.

And we want you to enjoy the game and develop your skills in a Carrick-on-Suir RFC jersey. So let's take the next step together. Hon Carrick!

Munster 'A' v Plymouth Albion

Munster 'A' take on Plymouth Albion in the British & Irish Cup at the Waterford RSC this Friday. The club is running a bus to the RSC which will depart from outside The Old Mill at 6.30pm sharp, so we would appeal to everyone to make an effort to be in situ for the bus at 6.15pm. Tickets are priced at €10 for adults, €3 for juniors, with a family pack for two adults and two juniors available for €20. For tickets please call Sarah Moore on 086-1658580. A selection of our minis will be in action at half-time and there will also be a special presentation made to our Under-18 players who have represented Munster with such distinction this season.

Contact the PRO

An appeal to all coaches. Please email dermotkeyes@yahoo.com or by direct message on his Facebook page with updates and match reports each Sunday night by no later than 9pm. The uptake on this request has been far from spectacular this season so please drop Dermot a line, thanks. He's in the ideal job to publicise the club – so please help him do just that!

Midleton RFC

Courtesy of:- Jason Boyle, Club PRO

Midleton 14 Sundays Well 22

On this historic occasion of the first League game under lights at Townspark, the Well get proceedings under way in front of a great crowd. Midleton take play into the Well half and are advancing but give a penalty that gives the Well a chance to relieve the pressure. Midleton are defending and another penalty gives the Well a chance for points, with 8 minutes played its Midleton 0 Sundays Well 3.

Midleton attack from the restart and a lovely chip across the field sees a great opportunity to go forward but it's knocked on. There are some good moves being put together by Midleton but they are unlucky in the final execution. Play stays around the middle of the pitch with both sides trying to probe for weaknesses in others defence and then with about 20 minutes played the Well have a chance to widen the gap with another penalty – Midleton 0 Sundays Well 6
Midleton are attacking again from the restart and really start to pile on the pressure and are rewarded with a try for the full back O'Sullivan. The conversion is wide so the score is now Midleton 5 Sundays Well 6 with about 25 minutes of the game gone.
Midleton give another penalty after the restart and the Well out-half, having a good game, makes it Midleton 5 Sundays Well 9. And so the half proceeds with both sides trading penalties to see the score at halftime to be Midleton 11 Sundays Well 12.
Both teams come out ready for battle in the second half and with 1 point the difference it's anyone's to win. Play soon advances and Midleton have a chance to go ahead from a penalty just inside halfway but it doesn't have the distance. Midleton continue to pile on the pressure and are rewarded with another penalty chance, this time its over and the score is Midleton 14 Sundays Well 12 with about 25 minutes left in the game.

The Well are determined though, and with some frustration on the Midleton end of things we are quickly down to 13 men and defending hard. The pressure mounts and the Well are camping in the Midleton half; then a drop goal sees Sundays Well back in front Midleton 14 Sundays Well 15.

Tired bodies now and the pressure is continuing from Midleton and the chance to edge ahead comes again, a pressure kick for points from a penalty but it's wide. The Well come forward again and with a strong pack push in for a try, with the conversion the final score is Midleton 14 Sundays Well 22.

A disappointing end to a close game; focus now over the Christmas period will be on learning from mistakes and looking to clear out errors in the game as we get ready to travel to Tullamore on the 11th January.

U12s steal the show!

Midleton U12's host Sundays Well U12's in an exhibition game ahead of the main event of the evening and excitement in the air as the "real" first game under lights gets underway at Townspark. Mike Cunningham referees and it's a tight encounter. The Well are up fast and disciplined, both teams want a win and the crowd are really into this taster of things to come. The final result is a fitting one as it's a draw. Everyone had a very enjoyable evening and the teams had good fun. Afterwards, the teams were then treated to sausage and chip at halftime in the main game so everyone happy!

In other news

The under 14's continue their winning ways with a win over the College, U16's lose to Skibbereen and U20's lost to Dolphin.

Shannon RFC

Courtesy of:- Siofra Scanlan, Club PRO

A lucky and tense finish to the away match win against Malone in Belfast last weekend. The Senior team as always never gave in and dug deep to display great defensive play in the last 10 minutes of the game. A missed penalty by Malone in the last minute had our hearts stopped briefly but a great away win. This weekend sees us play Dublin University in the last AIL match for 2013. We would like to see as many supporters as possible in Coonagh on Saturday, so come along and support the Club and players.

Events & News

Pre-Match Brunch

We will be hosting a Pre-Match Brunch on Saturday 14th December at 12.00pm in Shannon RFC Clubhouse, prior to the AIL Match Shannon V Dublin University in Coonagh. Prices for this Brunch are Eu20.00 Adult/ Eu15.00 Student/ O.A.P. The price includes Brunch and entry to the Match. Bookings should be confirmed no later than Thursday,12th December, to Denis O'Driscoll, on 086-8377263 or email: infoshannonrfc@gmail.com

The Shannon Tradition Continues

Many congratulations and best of luck to Frank Ryan, Son of Mike and Jane Ryan and Grandson of Martin Bradshaw, who has been named on the U19's Ireland panel to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on December 14th.

The Club Shop For All The Ideal Christmas Presents
The Club Shop will be open in Coonagh from 7-8pm on Thursday 5th December, should you wish to purchase a great gift for any rugby fan. Anyone who wishes to enquire about stock or purchase anything can contact Audrey Yeoman on 087-6293002.


The info is in and we have officially reached hits of 8,046, 806 have downloaded the app and we have a following in 78 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 siofrascanlan@gmail.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 chairman@shannonrfc.com

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. Their will be a scrap metal skip on an ongoing bases in Coonagh on Sunday mornings. Your ongoing contributions are appreciated.

On behalf of Shannon RFC we would like to thank all who supported the club for
this event.

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 honsec@shannonrfc.com
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.


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 siofrascanlan@gmail.com

Change of Time for Match
Please note that the AIL Match Shannon V Dublin University taking place in Coonagh on the 14th December will have a kick off of 14.00pm.


Friday 13th Decmber
Friendly ~ U20s~ Shannon V Bruff, Coonagh 7.30pm

Saturday 14th Decmber
AIL ~ Seniors ~ Shannon V Dublin University, Coonagh, 2.00pm

Sunday 15th December
AIL ~ Ladies ~ Nenagh V Shannon, 1pm, Nenagh

Monday 16th December
MSSL ~ 2nds ~Shannon V Young Munster, Coonagh, 7.30pm

Underage Training and Fixtures

Sunday 15th December

U6/7/8/9 Top Pitch
U10 Blitz New Pitch
U11 Blitz Well Field
U12 Training Pitch
U13 Training Pitch
U14 League Shannon V Ennis 12 noon @ Coonagh Well Pitch
U14 Conference Garryowen v Shannon 12 noon Garryowen
U16 League Shannon V Kilrush 11.30 @ Coonagh Top Pitch
U15 Training Pitch

For those coaches who are attending the day out on Saturday. Be in Clubhouse at 12.15pm for Brunch.
If you are thinking of travelling to a six nations game we have tickets for sale for the Scottish (Sunday 02/02 @2.30pm) and Italian (Saturday 08/03 @ 3.00pm) games. Contact secretary@shannonrfc.com. Ask for Tadgh.
Thought Of The Week

"Sport can create hope where once their was only despair. It is more powerful than government's in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination." Nelson Mandela RIP


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