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Club News: Week Ending 14.12.14

11th December 2014 By Munster Rugby

Club News: Week Ending 14.12.14

This Week’s Club News comes from Newcastle West, Waterford City, Clonmel, Bruff, Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne, Thurles and Shannon.

This Week’s Club News comes from Newcastle West, Waterford City, Clonmel, Bruff, Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne, Thurles and Shannon.

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Newcastle West RFC News

Courtesy of:- Tim Mulcahy, Fixtures Secretary

Seven Wins From Seven in Munster Junior League: Newcastle West 13 – 7 Cobh Pirates
An error ridden performance but a win is how last Sunday's game in Cullinagh panned out. All roads will lead to Clonmel on January 4th as both teams will go into this top of the table clash with thirty two points each and locked together.

Cobh were first to score after five minutes with a converted try.The home side were been given plenty by a will disciplined Cobh pack who contested the line out and won a number of our throw ins,the home side seemed to lack that usual killer instinct and seemed to be going through the paces in the first half.Some unusual decisions by the referee was not helping their composure.

It was to be on the stroke of half-time when our Captin Sean Herlihy dive over for a try after great work from the pack allowed him a gap and over he went,the conversion was missed and the half time score was 5-7

The second half was a tense affair with error after error being made ,The pack were now dominating the scrum and the referee was giving the penalties that were richly deserved. In the seventieth minute the home side were awarded a penalty and Sean converted from the halfway line to leave one point between the teams .The final nail in Cobhs coffin came when the home side were awarded a penalty five yards out but opted for a scrum which the forwards drove towards the line, Sean Herlihy was fed by John Sheehan and again Sean got over the line for a great try. The conversion was missed but we held out for another great league win.

As said above all roads will lead to Clonmel, but before that we have the Transfield Cup final on 21 December. The team have a well earned break next weekend and im sure all know what is required to achieve the next step.

Man of the match goes to Sean Herlihy closely followed by Dave Foley and TJ Relihan.

Sean Herlihy 2 Trys ,1 Penalty

Newcastle West: Tom Kelleher ,Stephen Kelly, John Sheehan , Shaun Berkery , James Kelly, Conor Whelan ,Sean Herlihy, Pa Galvin, Sean Corbett, Declan Moloney, Dave Foley ,Sean Leahy , Gary O Donnell ,Mikey Berkery, Shane Magner,Trevor Sexton, Murley Sheehan, Mike McMahon, Sean Neville, TJ Relihan,Alan Roche,James Corbett

Newcastle West 2nd XV (elite Squad) 32 – 0 Clanwilliam
Our second fifteen moved into second place in the Gleeson League with a comprehensive win on last Saturday.

Fixtures
2XV V Listowel in Listowel Gleeson League on Saturday 13 December 2.30pm
1st XV V Shannon Transfield Cup Final on Sunday 21 December 2.30 pm venue to be decided.

Waterford City RFC News

Courtesy of:- Fintan Purcell, Club PRO

Senior Munster Junior Division 2: Waterford City 16 – 18 Presentation
Despite some controversial touch judge decisions in the last 5 minutes. City know they have only themselves to blame for losing their first league match in the last 4 outings. The home team started brightly and took the lead through a Michael Hayes penalty after 5 minutes. City then dealt poorly with the resulting kick off from Presentation and the away team capitalised on the good field position gained with a try, the City defence was slow to react and was punished to leave the team trailing 5-3.

City responded straight away forcing another penalty and converted it to lead 6-3 but again made another mistake from the resulting kick off; the away side put the penalty down the line and scored from the lineout to lead 12-6 with the conversion added. In the opening 10 minutes of the 2nd half, the two teams traded penalties to leave City still 6 points behind at 15-9.

Approaching the final quarter of the game, City were only a score behind despite a number of errors, some poor discipline and not playing to the standard they have come to expect. The team began to play some good rugby and really stretched the presentation defence by keeping the ball and moving the opposition about. Following a number of phases with some good play from backs and forwards, City got the try they deserved when Connor Power spotted a weak shoulder and powered over under the posts. Michael Hayes converted for the Waterford side to lead 16-15.

With 10 minutes to go, City were in good shape but gave away a penalty and presentation converted to put the Limerick side back in front. City then threw everything at the Presentation defence, keeping possession and playing with a good tempo. City won a penalty with 5 minutes to go but missed the chance to snatch back the lead, in the final minutes of the game the home team looked to be in for scores on two occasions only to see the Presentation touch judge's flag go up for what were contentious decisions. Despite a disappointing result there were strong performances from Ben Duggan, Connor Power, Stephen Walsh and Eamonn O'Keeffe.

Clonmel RFC News

Courtesy of:- Paul Condon, Club PRO

Munster Junior League Division 1
Clonmel and Newcastle West have set themselves up for a top of the table clash to kick off the New Year when the teams go head to head in Clonmel on January 4th next. Both teams secured away wins last Sunday, but it was Clonmel that picked up the bonus point to level the sides on 32 points after 7 unbeaten rounds in this year's Munster Junior League Division 1.

The two sides are the only two teams in the fourteen team league to be unbeaten at the half way mark. It makes for a tantalising encounter in January.

Clonmel travelled to Waterpark for their game and came away 25-34 victors in what was at times a scrappy affair. Clonmel's John Gallagher opened proceedings with Clonmel's first try within five minutes after a big drive from the pack. Conor Cooney, who was on form the whole day converted. Three penalties for Waterpark reversed the laed to 9-7 on the thirty third minute mark before a converted Dylan Cadogan try for Clonmel restored the lead to the visitors. A further Waterpark penalty sent the teams into half time with Clonmel holding a fragile 12-14 lead.

""The second half got off to a strong start from a Clonmel perspective with a great run and well taken try by Greg Carroll which was again duly converted by Cooney. Two more penalties and an eventual penalty try against us, countered by a Luke Hogan (above) try under the posts and a further penalty by Cooney saw Clonmel close out the game 25-34 winners. A bonus point win secured but lots to take away from the game to work on.

With a break in the league until the New Year, attention once again turns to cup action with Clonmel hosting Kilfeacle in the Munster Clubs Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, December 20th at 7pm. There is no 1st XV fixture this weekend. (December 13/14)

Junior 2 League
It was a windy but dry day in Cashel last Sunday as the Clonmel 2nd XV prepared themselves for what was sure to be another tough, physical game with our local rivals. Clonmel was the side to apply all the pressure in the opening ten minutes of the game as Colm O'Connell kicked two consecutive penalties giving a 0-6 lead to the visitors.

However, a strong Cashel side were quick to respond with a well worked try in the far corner. It was 5-6 approaching half time when space presented itself for Clonmel's Shay van Dam, rounding his man and showing great pace to score Clonmel's opening try.

The second half brought with it more strong winds and cold conditions which were responsible for plenty of mistakes on both sides. It was Cashel who were first to strike, taking advantage of a Clonmel side who were slow to react to a great individual break from Cashel's Eoin Laffan going over to make the score 10-11. His try was then converted to put Cashel in the lead at 12-11.

Things worsened for Clonmel who were unable to recover the ball which landed in a dangerous position after a great Cashel kick from deep. A converted Cashel try made the score 19-11. Clonmel managed to claw their way back with a try from substitute Aldo Matassa who broke through the Cashel defence to score under the posts.

In the dying seconds of the game, Clonmel found themselves deep in the Cashel half after Christopher Browne found space in front of him as a result of a great set play straight from the training ground. It was Aldo Matassa, with a beautiful cross field kick, which picked out Shay van Dam who touched down for his second of the evening. The final score a well recovered 19-23 win for Clonmel.

U-18s East Munster League
A disappointing result but a very spirited performance sums up last Sunday's East Munster U-18s game away to Waterpark in the league semi-final. Windy conditions were again the order of the day and the consequential impact on our lineout throwing took its toll. We were down two converted tries within the opening fifteen minutes but bravely dug-in to withstand huge pressure in the second quarter.""

When we rallied, tries from Jordan Cronin, Gavin Rea and Luke Noonan and three conversions from Gavin Whelan were sublime and showed the drive and determination that has characterised this team all season.

The Clonmel U-18s in action at the weekend

On the day it wasn't sufficient as four tries from Waterpark and a 35 points in total meant the semi-final honours stayed with the home side. Our lads can now take stock, build on the huge positives and look forward to games in pan-Munster competition to keep the fire and enthusiasm alive.

Canon Hayes Sports Awards
After its fantastic season, culminating in the award of Munster Rugby Junior Club of the Year and winning the Munster Junior Cup, the club is delighted to be nominated for the county award in this year's Canon Hayes Sports Awards. We are equally thrilled for our former player, and hero of this year's women's world cup, Niamh Briggs, to be nominated for the national award. The winners will be announced on Friday night at a black-tie gala ball in Ballykisteen Hotel. Good luck to all nominees especially us!

Club Lotto
Our annual club lotto will start again in January and we would appeal to all our current subscribers to renew their subscriptions for the New Year.

Scheduled Fixtures:
No games this weekend.

Fixture Updates will be posted on the club's website, Facebook page and on Twitter @ClonmelRFC.

Bruff RFC News

Courtesy of:- Seamus Sheahan, Club PRO

UBL Div 2b: Bruff Vrs Wanderers
Ninth placed Wanderers were the visitors to Kilballyowen on Saturday for round 7 of the UBL. Only 3 points separated the teams going into the game with Bruff lying in 6th place.

Things didn't start well for Bruff and we were down by a try from winger Kelvin Leahy after 6 mins. Wanderers dominated possession and territory from the restart and the pressure told as Bruff picked up 2 yellow cards during the first half. Wanderers took full advantage and scored 2 more trys before the H/T whistle from Eoin O Donnell and Robert Clune which they converted to make the score 0-19 at the break.

With Wanderers now in the hunt for a try bonus Bruff had to regroup and refocus at half time.

Bruff came out fighting from the restart and got on the score board after 54 mins with a penalty from Declan Bannon. Bruff attacked in wave after wave but found it hard to break down the Wanderers defence. It wasn't until the final play of the game that Bruff scored again, a try in the corner for winger Paidi Kilcoyne which was converted by Bannon. The game finished on a scoreline of 10-19 to the visitors.

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Bruff had the better of the second half in terms of field position and possession and had it not been for a few uncharacteristic knock-on's and dropped balls Bruff could have got more from the game.

Up until Saturday Bruff have had consistency in team selection but selection was badly hampered going into the game due to a number of injury's and work commitments.

The new guys that came in gave good accounts of themselves and can feel confident going into next weekend's game away to Sligo.
Line-out action from the weekend

Team was: 1.Davie Horan 2. Timmy Quirke 3. Stephen Foster 22.Barry Laffan 5.Tom O Dwyer 6.Mike Carroll 7.Andrew White 8. Danny Keogh 9.Tony Cahill 10. David O Grady 11.Declan Bannon 12. Darragh Mulcahy 13.Sean Darcy 14.Paidi Kilcoyne 15.Brendan Deady 16.Keith Laffan 17.Garry Leonard 18.Ger O Connell 19. Mike Cooke 20 Paul Downes

U-20s Donal Walsh Trophy/NML
As expected Bruff & Garryowen U-20s dished up an exciting game in the U-20s Conference which doubled as a North Munster league fixture, played on Wednesday evening in Dooradoyle.

Bruff were slow to get into the game and trailed 6-0 early in the first half. Bruff made it 8-6 by half time with a try from Brian Fanning and a Penalty from Paul Downes.

Downes added another penalty shortly after h/t before Darragh Fanning added a second 5 pointer for Bruff. The try was converted and Bruff went into an 18-6 lead. Garryowen fought back with a converted try of their own but Bruff had enough left in the tank to see the game out, winning on a score line of 18-13.

1.Shane Breen 2. Mikie Walsh 3. Brendan Keogh 4. James Keogh 5. Adam O Brien 6. Eamon O'Dea 7. Niall Mallon 8. Thomas O'Dwyer 9. David O'Grady 10. Paul Downes 11. Gavin Riedy 12. Cian Tierney 13. Shane Doona 14. Liam Treacy 15. Brian Fanning 16. Christopher Casey 17. Alex McAuliffe 18. Robert Laffan 19. Daragh Fanning 20. John Carew 21. James Guina 22. Ciaran Ryan

Underage Results
The U18's game due to be played on Friday night had to be postponed at short notice, apologies to anyone who turned up to watch the game, we'll try and get updates on the website in future for games that are cancelled for whatever reason.

U16's
A try saving hand trip by winger Jason Fitzgibbon on the Young Munster full back in the last play saw the U16s keep their 100% record at Kilballyowen in a thriller on Sunday. Munsters dominated the opening stages but Bruff defended well. In their first attack the forwards went through the phases and the ball was moved wide for winger Sean McCarthy to score in the corner. Munsters scored a penalty and missed 2 more in a super first half to leave it 5 3 to Bruff at the break.

Early in the second Bruff extended their lead with a great try following great interplay between John Bateman and Michael O Grady for Bateman to touch down. Munsters got in for a good try with 10 mins remaining and it was end to end until Fitzgibbons try saving tackle. It finished 10 8 to Bruff. Next Sunday the u16's are away to Abbeyfeale

Squad, U16s Callum Winship, Jamie Carey, Michael O'Grady, John Bateman, Jason Fitzgibbon, David Carroll, Martin Carew, Liam Cunningham, Jack O'Malley, Donnacha McCarthy, Jerry O'Dea, Daniel Gleeson, Bradley Riordan, Michael O'Donovan, Joseph O'Connell, Niall Breen, James Hanly, Seamas Bulaeir, Gearoid Moynihan, Declan Kenny, Mark Hanly, Shea Dunworth , Jamie McCarthy , Jack Houlihan, Jack O Connell, Sean McCarthy & Jonathon Fitzpatrick.

Fixtures
Please keep an eye on the website for the latest fixtures which will be updated by Wednesday Each week. www.bruffrfc.com

Club Shop
We now have new Adult & Children size rugby gear for sale in the Shop. Ideal for Christmas presents. Zip Hoodie €;40, T Shirt €;20 Poloshirt €;25 Tracksuit €;35.

Bag Packing
The club will have a bag packing fundraiser at SuperValue Castletroy on Mon, Tues & Wed the 22nd,23rd & 24th December . Volunteers are needed to help out over the 3 days. There are 3 slots to be filled Monday & Tuesday. Slot 1 is from 10am-1pm , Slot 2 1pm to 4pm and Slot 3 is 4pm to 7pm. Wednesday is 9am to 12pm. No experience is necessary, our enthusiastic team of helpers can provide on the job training which should take all of 5 minutes?.. It will be a great way for people to get out and mingle and soak up the pre-Christmas atmosphere. Please contact Seamus on 0876334609

Unwanted Clothing collection
Bruff underage will be having a secondhand collection of Clothes/Belts/handbags and shoes in January. Items can be brought to the club in the New Year. Please give what you can.. Only items listed will be collected.

Nuacht Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne

Courtesy of:- Niamh Ní Bhaoill

Sinsir
Comgháirdeachas le foireann Sinsir Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne ina mbua stairiúil nuair a chasadar le Cork Constitition ag an deireadh seachtaine. Bua don scoth a bhí ann agus é tuillte go maith acu leis an scór 39-05. D'aimsigh Mícheál Breathnach dhá úd, bhí ceann an duine ag Ciarán Ó Coileáin, Mikey Flannery, Cathal Fenton, Luke Ó Coileáin agus Gearóid Kavanagh. Shlánaigh Shane Ó Grifín dhá úd. Ghabh an Captaen, Adam Daly buíochas leis an bhfreasúra as taisteal, agus leis na foirne eile go léir a thug a n-aghaidh ar Chorca Dhuibhne go dtí seo i mbliana. Táimid fíor bhuíoch chomh maith dos na himreoirí, na traenáilaithe, na tuismitheoirí agus lucht tacaíochta go léir.

Blitz
Bhí slua mílte i láthair ag Blitz Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne áit ar ghlac foirne fé 8, 10 agus 12 páirt sna cluichí. Tá an Club fíor bhuíoch do gach éinne a bhí i láthair, go háirithe do na tuismitheoirí a thug a gcabhair agus gach éinne a thug sóláistí leo leis an slua mór ógánaigh a choimead beathaithe go maith! Ár mbuíochas chomh maith dos na traenálaithe go léir a thugann a gcabhair do na foirne ar feadh na bliana.

Ógánaigh Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne a ghlac páirt i mBlitz Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne le déanaí.

Tarrac
Ba i dTig Curran sa Daingean a tarraingíodh ticéid bhuaiteoirí na nduaiseanna áitiúla i dtarrac an IRFU. James Curran a dhein uarraíocht ar na duaiseanna, Asal & Beithíoch agus paca prátaí. Bronnadh spot duaiseanna ó Dhríoglann an Daingin & Beoir Tom Crean chomh maith. Darren Ó Súilleabháin ó Bhaile Chaisleân Bhéarra a fuair an phríomh dhuais – an Beithíoch. Chuaigh an tarna duais, an tAsal, go Ron Mc i Dick Mack's agus sé Mícheál de Mórdha, Dún Chaoin a fuair an paca prátaí. Comhgháirdeachas leo go léir. Rachaidh na ticéidí go léir a ceannaíodh ar aghaidh go tarrac an IRFU a bheidh ar siúl Beo ar IRFU TV ar an 10ú lá de Nollaig. Tá Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne buíoch do na hurraitheoirí, go háirithe James Curran, do gach éinne a dhíol ticéid, & gach èinne a cheannaigh. Guíonn siad gach rath ar mhuintir Chorca Dhuibhne sa tarrac mór san IRFU ar an 10ú là.

Seniors
Well done the Seniors for their win, 39-05, against Cork Constitution at home this weekend. It was a great game and a well deserved win. Mícheál Breathnach scores two tries and Ciarán Ó Coileáin, Mikey Flannery, Cathal Fenton, Luke Ó Coileáin and Gearóid Kavanagh scored on each. Shane Ó Grifín converted two. Adam Daly, captain, thanked the visiting team and also gave a mention to all the teams who have visited Corca Dhuibhne so far this season, it is much appreciated. Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne Seniors qualified third in their group. We would also especially like to thank the players, trainers, parents and supporters. Thanks for being with us.

Blitz
Thanks to everyone who was involved in the fantastic blitz hosted recently by RCD. A great day was had by all teams involved, U8, U10 and U12. Thanks especially to all the parents who came and gave their support and brought goodies to keep the huge crowd fed and happy and to everyone involved in training these teams all year.""

Draw
Congratulations to Darren O'Sullivan from Castletownbere who won the 1st prize of a Heifer in the draw in Currans pub on Friday night. 2nd prize of a a Donkey went to Ron McDonald of Dick Mack's. Other prizes were also given out on the night including Dingle Vodka & Crean's Beer. A sincere go raibh míle maith agaibh to all the sponsors, especially James Curran thanks also to all the people who bought tickets, & those who sold them. Thanks also to Murphy's Ice Cream for the loan of the black cow (which was not the prize!) All the money goes to the Club and we're very grateful. The tickets have been hand delivered to the IRFU by John Holstead and will be included in the IRFU on Dec 10th for fantastic rugby prizes. The draw will be live on IRFU TV. Let's hope one of the prizes makes it's way back to Corca Dhuibhne!

The new lighting set-up is now complete at the grounds. Our thanks to everyone involved in funding and those involved in the work itself. Míle buíochas libh go léir.

Ba mhaith le coiste Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne Nollaig Shona agus athbhlian fé mhaise a ghuí ar ár gcuid imreoirí, a dtuismitheoirí agus caomhnóirí agus ár lucht tacaíochta agus cairde go léir.

Thurles RFC News

Courtesy of:- Brian Scanlon, Club PRO

Thurles Secure Full Points in Tipperary Derby: Thurles RFC 31 – 10 Newport RFC
Thurles continued their challenge at the top of League last Sunday with second bonus point win in as many weeks, this time taking the scalp of Tipperary neighbours Newport in what was, despite the scoreline, a hard fought victory.""

On a perfect day for rugby at Loughtagalla, Thurles started the more promising, asking questions of the Newport defence early on, with Emmet Kavanagh and Eoghan O'Dwyer carrying well in attack.

The front row of Jack O'Mahony, Dave Kelly and Ger McCormack were putting serious pressure on their opponents at scrum time. Brian Lyons gets his pass away under pressure

The Thurles pressure was rewarded when they were awarded a penalty for hands in the ruck by a Newport player, the resulting kick at goal was missed but Thurles regained possession from the 22 dropout, from which they set up attack again. The half back combination of Nicky Irwin and Peter Coman conducted some great play between the backs and forwards, with play eventually reaching John Coman out wide who finished excellently for the first try of the game, Aidan Dwyer added the extras for a 7-0 scoreline.

The home side were rolling now and within minutes, the other Thurles winger, Adrian Bourke touched down, for what was another excellently worked try, to tighten their grip on the game, the try went unconverted for 12-0.
Newport showed more intent from the restart, putting phases together but were continually knocked back by some great defence from the likes of Brian Lyons, Donnacha Duggan and Nicky Irwin. Newport managed to keep possession and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which their centre slotted over for 12-3.

Thurles went onto control the remainder of the half, some great work from Dave Kelly and Adrian Bourke saw the home side work their way up the field,

The men in black and white continued with the pressure on the Newport line, with centres Shane Moloney and Aidan Dwyer making good yards in different passages of play. Thurles were on the verge of a breakthrough on the Newport line before a head on collision with Ger McCormack and a Newport player, forced a knock on to allow the away side clear their lines after a short break in play.

Thurles secured the ball inside their own half and from the resulting clearing kick, a wall of Thurles players asked serious questions of the Newport winger and full back, who didn't have the answers as Peter Coman claimed the ball to race in under the posts from the half way line to secure the bonus point just before half time, the conversion was added by Dwyer to end the half on a 26-3 scoreline.

The second half proved a dire and frustrating game both for the players and spectators, with a conveyor belt of penalties killing the game as a spectacle. Thurles had a few scoring chances early on in the second half but broke down for one reason or another.

Newport rarely got passed the gain line as the speed and execution of the Thurles defence nullified the threat from the source. Newport did register a try on the scoreboard albeit a penalty try, awarded despite it seeming that the home front row were on top throughout. This penalty try brought the score to 26-10 with just over 5 minutes remaining.

From the kick off, Thurles kicked deep and the pressure from the chase resulted in a line out just inside the Newport 22. It was clear that the forwards had a score to settle and that the backs weren't going to get a look in here. Charles Langley and Brian Lyons conducted proceedings from the back of the maul before the ball found its way to Joey Kelly who touched down in the corner for his second try of the game for an unconverted try as the game ended 31-10 in favour of Thurles.

This was never going to be an easy game for the Thurles men, as Newport always seem to find form for these Tipperary derbies, it's one that Thurles will be very pleased to have got maximum points out of as they close the gap on those in the 2 positions above them.

The Thurles First XV next outing is next weekend away to Bandon in the Semi Final of the Munster Junior Challenge Shield on Saturday night with a 7.30pm kick off. As Thurles seek to book their place in the this Munster Final, we would ask anyone who can to make the effort to travel to Bandon to shout on the lads, as they face a Bandon side who are unbeaten this year.

The players and management would like to thank all those who were at Loughtagalla on Sunday for our last home game of 2014, we hope the large crowds continue in the New Year as it provides a great boost to players, especially in tighter games.

Thurles Scorers: Joey Kelly (2 Tries), John Coman, Adrian Bourke, Peter Coman (1 Try Each), Aidan Dwyer (3 Cons).
Thurles Squad vs. Newport: 1. Jason O'Mahony 2. Dave Kelly 3. Ger McCormack 4. Larry O'Gorman 5. Brian Lyons (c) 6. Joey Kellyp7. Donna Duggan 8. Emmet Kavanagh 9. Nicky Irwin 10. Peter Coman 11. John Coman 12. Aidan Dwyer 13. Shane Moloney 14. Adrian Bourke 15. Eoin O'Dwyer 16. Dwayne Stanley 17. Charlie Langley 18. Phil Kelly 19. Conor Cooney 20. Ollie Delaney, James Ryan, Tommy Connelly, Eoin Long and Colm Skehan.

Thurles U16 Boys
Thurles u16s had a long drive and an early start in Waterford on sunday. Thurles found themselves 7 down after a great start by Waterpark. This kicked the Thurles boys into life. Thurles worked their way into the Waterpark 22 when at the break down they were awarded a penalty and a quick tap by the scrum half Seamus Holohan out smarted the Waterpark defence to score a try on the wing. Thurles added a penalty kick to go 8 – 7 in front.
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Thurles were awarded a scrum and the Thurles front row of Dylan Mason , Colin o Shaughnessy and James Leahy held the scrum and the ball was won and passed out the backs to Ed O Gorman with a lot to do scored a try on the wing. Thurles were 13 – 7 up. Thurles were not to score again and went in at half time down a point after Waterpark scored a try under the posts. Waterpark added two more tries in the second half. Credit to Thurles who finished the half in the Waterpark 22 after a strong carry by Michael Ryan (left) who was stopped just short of the line. The game finished Waterpark 28 Thurles 13. The consolation for Thurles is that they have qualified for the pan Munster competition that is due to start after Christmas. The coaches wish to thank all those that travelled on Sunday to support the team.

Shannon RFC News

Courtesy of:- Síofra Scanlan

It was an important win last weekend in Coongh as our Senior XV just about outplaying Malone with the final score a close 12-10. Well done to all involved.

Your support is always important so if you can, come along and support your local club and your local team

Fixtures for this week are as follows
Saturday December 13th
Seniors ~ Fitzgerald Plate ~ Shannon V Old Crescent, Coonagh, 2.00pm

Sunday December 14th
2nds ~ MSSL ~ Shannon V Thomond, Coonagh, 2.30pm

Remember If you cannot come to the matches we would ask that you come out and support any of our upcoming events. All details can be found at www.shannonrfc.com

Events & News
Shannon RFC Christmas Party
The Shannon RFC Christmas party due to be held this Saturday 13th December has now been CHANGED to Friday 19th December in Shannon RFC Clubhouse after the Shannon V Garryowen Ail Match in Thomond Park. Admission is free!! There will be Music and finger food being served on the night. So come along for a great evening.

ERCC ~Munster V Sale Sharks Thomond Park Weekend 23rd/24th/25th January 2015 – A Great Christmas Gift for All

Shannon RFC have a number of tickets available for our Club Members for this ERCC match. Why not make someone's Christmas by giving them a gift of tickets to this ERCC match. If interested, please contact Tadhg Crowe, on 087-6524958.

Club Assistant Treasurer Needed
Due to a work commitment abroad our current assistant treasurer has had to step down. As a result the position of volunteer assistant treasurer has now become available and Shannon RFC are excepting applications from anyone who may be interested. A background in an accounts environment would be an advantage but not essential. Anyone who may be interested in applying can email their details to secretary@shannonrfc.com

Support Shannon RFC Everytime You Shop at Tesco (Coonagh Roundabout Branch)
Great news! Now every time you shop at Tesco you'll be helping Shannon RFC.
How can you get involved?
Each time you shop, you'll receive a goodwill token which you can use to vote for Shannon RFC to receive fundraising from the Tesco Community Fund.
Every six weeks, money from the Tesco Community Fund will be shared out according to the number of tokens each cause receives. So remember to support your Club on your next shop.

Volunteers Always Needed
All at Shannon RFC would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who helped out at the club in 2013. It is much appreciated. We are currently looking for people to help out with upcoming fundrasing events. If you are a student doing a course in the media/ marketing sectors or English, retired, unemployed or would like to donate your free time we would urge you to support your Club and Volunteer.

It is a great opportunity to develop your current skills and always looks great on a C.V. If you would like to volunteer in the club during 2014 please contact any committee member. All details can be found on our website at http://www.shannonrfc.com/contact.html

SHANNON RFC APP
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 On Our Website
Do you want to get your company name more widely known? Are you a tradesman looking to advertise at a reduced rate? Why not advertise with Shannon RFC. We are currently in the process of setting up a Shannon RFC Tradesperson's page on our website. This will be a one stop contact page for all kind of trades and businesses. We urge any member, supporters or local business to get involved. It is a great way to advertise at a fraction of normal rates. The cost for an advertisement is Eu50.00. Anyone who wishes to place an ad or would like more information please contact Siofra on 0863018993 or email siofrascanlan@gmail.com

A Great Gift for All
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 Tom Hackett at honsec@shannonrfc.com

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 siofrascanlan@gmail.com

Underage Training and Fixtures Sunday 14th December
Mini 6 to U10 training in back pitch Thomond Park followed by visit of Santa in clubhouse
U11 training well pitch
U12 training well pitch
Back to clubhouse for santa
U13 league v ennis @ ennis 11 am
U13 conference v St senans @
coonagh top pitch @11am
U14 v U15 conference @ 11.30 well pitch
U15 league v Ennis @ 11 am Ennis

*Please note that all players, coaches and managers are required to become members of the club*

We now have WIFI in Coonagh its sponsored by Auto exchange and the password is "iloveautoxchange"

*Please support our gear / food shops in Coonagh*

Thought Of The Week
"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do"

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