Club News: Week Ending 03.05.15
30th April 2015 By Munster Rugby
This week’s Club News comes from Clonmel, Thurles and Richmond.
This week’s Club News comes from Clonmel, Thurles and Richmond.
Clonmel through to Munster Junior Cup Final in Thomond Park
After the bittersweet end to the All-Ireland League provincial play-offs in Belfast the previous weekend, it was back to home turn last Sunday for the semi-final of the Munster Junior Cup against Limerick rugby stalwarts Young Munster. The extended league campaign with the three AIL play-off games on three successive weekends meant the Cup campaign was temporarily on hold for Clonmel with Shannon RFC already booking their place in the final after overcoming fellow Tipperary contenders Kilfeacle.
In glorious sunshine and in front of great home and visiting support it was Clonmel that took the game to Young Munster in the opening quarter and after a bit of a settling in period, Daragh Foley opened the Clonmel scoring, touching down for the first try of the game on nine minutes. The resultant conversion attempt by Conor Cooney was just wide of the mark and Clonmel took the lead 5-0. As the game progressed it was end to end stuff with Young Munster using various platforms to attack Clonmel but on each occasion the Clonmel defensive line stood firm. A winning Clonmel lineout inside the Young Munster 22 set up another driving maul and on thirty minutes, captain Ronan Crosse (below) scored the game's second try for the home-side. On this occasion Cooney was inch perfect and secured the extra two points with a well taken conversion. Clonmel led 12-0 on thirty minutes. The scoreling remained 12-0 as the sides went into the half time break.
On forty eight minutes it was the visitors who opened the second half scoring with a penalty to narrow the margin to 12-3.
However within ten minutes it was Daragh Foley, for the second time, who crossed the line for a well worked Clonmel try. Clonmel led 17-3. Another period of sustained pressure saw Clonmel camped inside the Young Munster half until a defensive kick by the Limerick side was charged down by Clonmel centre Brian Condon (below), who gathered well and raced for the line to register the fourth try for the home side.
Clonmel now led 22-3 on sixty minutes. Seemingly very much in control of the outcome at that juncture, Clonmel continued to push forward. However it was Young Munster with a spirited never give up attitude who scored the next two tries and with one successful conversion rendered the game a much tighter affair on 22-15 on seventy five minutes. A penalty for Cooney extended the Clonmel lead to ten points on seventy nine minutes, only for Young Munster to eek out another try in injury time which they duly converted. It was now a very nervy 25-22 deep in injury time and when the referee blew the final whistles the Clonmel collective sighs of relief were clearly audible.
A positive result, if a little too tense in the end, sees Clonmel into their second Munster Junior Cup final in successive years. They now travel to the hallowed grounds of Thomond Park next Sunday (KO at 2.30pm) to take on Shannon in the defence of their coveted Munster Junior Cup title.
The club is having a phenomenal season and Sunday's final will be the culmination of a year that has already seen it take the Munster Junior League title for the first time , finish second in the provincial play-offs, win the Munster Junior Clubs Cup, the Munster Women's League, the Munster Women's Cup, and the Dave Dineen Cup. Sunday's Cup final in Thomond park will be another historic day for Cloneml RFC and a large and vocal support on the day is encouraged.
1st XV v Shannon RFC, in the Munster Junior Cup Final. KO on Sunday May 3rd at 5pm in Thomond Park
Courtesy of:- Brian Scanlon, Club PRO
Thurles RFC are Munster Junior Plate Champions
There were great scenes of jubilation for those in the black and white of Thurles at Fermoy on Sunday evening, as the Thurles First XV recorded an historic win over Division 1 side Skibbereen!
This game kicked off at 4pm on what was a super day for rugby! Both sides took a long time to settle but it was the Thurles men who were looking that bit sharper in both attack and defence and showing plenty of energy around the field, with the likes of Colm Skehan, Captain Brian Lyons and Conor Cooney getting through a mountain of work!
With 10 minutes left before the break Thurles came close on a couple of occasions with Eoghan O'Dwyer and Peter Coman unlucky not to touch down, but persistence paid off and a third attempt from the back line, saw the ball reach Eoghan O'Dwyer and with work to do and 3 men to beat he scored excellently in the corner to open the scoring. Aidan Dwyer then stepped up and slotted beautifully from the corner, 7-0.
Thurles saw out the remainder of the half with excellent defending from one to fifteen.
The second half kicked off and continued in the same vain as the first but you could get the sense that the Skibbereen legs were going to tire before the Thurles men, as they were still playing with plenty of energy in attack and defence!
Thurles were starting to take over and were dominating in attack with Ollie Geoghan, Adrian Bourke and Shane Moloney making good yards going forward!
With 20 minutes to go, some great work from Phil Kelly, Paddy Phelan and Aidan Dwyer saw Dwyer steal the ball out of a Skibs player hands, he made some great ground to set up another attack.
Another few phases taken on by Colin Feely, Damien Dunne and David O'Dwyer sucked in a lot of the Cork men's defenders before Scrum Half Irwin would up to pass before finding a gap and sped over from 30 yards out to touch down under the posts with the conversion being added by Aidan Dwyer, 14-0.
There was 10 minutes to go but the Cork men weren't ready to lie down, they did manage to get over for a consolation try when Thurles had a couple of men in the sin bin, but Thurles were not to be denied this one, they were slicker in every area from start to finish.
This Cup win was a fantastic reward and end to a season for a Thurles team who were desperately unlucky not to finish in the promotion places, after securing third place in the League.
A proud Captain and great club man, Brian Lyons (below), surrounded by his heirs to the throne, lifted the Cup aloft to kick start the celebrations, which you can be sure went on well into the night on Sunday!
The members of the First Team would like to thank all the Supporters including the members of the Ladies team who came out in force to shout on the team to this fantastic win!
Great thanks is owed to Physio Thomas Ryan, who kept us all in working order throughout the year, waterboy Seanie Fitzgerald who kept us well hydrated with good quality H2O all year, coaches Gooby Walsh, Shay Scanlon and Kevin O'Dwyer who gave their time and effort throughout the year for the betterment of the team but pride of place and highest praise must go to the heir to Joe Schmidt's throne, Mark Butler, who brought a level professionalism to the team this year that has to be commended.
This win last Sunday will hopefully set the platform to for Thurles to finally make the return to the First Division where they would more than hold their own, roll on the 2015/2016 season, Thurles RFC Abu.
Thurles Squad vs. Skibbereen: 1. Ger McCormack 2. Colm Skehan 3. David O'Dwyer 4. Phil Kelly 5. Brian Lyons 6.Conor Cooney 7. Paddy Phelan 8. Peter Kinane 9. Nicky Irwin 10. Ollie Geoghan 11. Peter Coman 12. Aidan Dwyer 13. Shane Moloney 14. Adrian Bourke 15. Eoin O'Dwyer 16. Damien Dunne 17. Jason O'Mahony 18. Colin Feeley 19. Larry O'Gorman 20. John Coman, Dwayne Stanley, James Ryan, Ollie Delaney, Shane Lanigan-Ryan, Eoin Long, Sean Fitzgerald.
Munster U16 Cup Semi Final: Waterpark RFC 17 – 5 Thurles RFC
Thurles made the long trip to Waterford to take on the newly crowned Munster champions last Sunday. Thurles were in good shape with all their players fit. Thurles had a full panel of 23 this late in the season. This was the semi-final of the East Munster cup and the Thurles lads new that they would have to be at their best to beat Waterpark who have been unbeaten this season
Thurles got of to a flying start when Jack Flanagan charged down the Waterpark outhalf and from the line out Thurles went over for the first try scored by Eoin Kerrane. The conversion just fell short , held up by the wind. Watepark were growing into the game but the Thurles defense held firm. Conor O'Hagan made a crucial tackle wich Waterpark knocked on with the line at their mercy.
Waterpark showed how they are munster champions when from a quick penalty and some slick hands and good offloads they went over and scored the full seven points. Waterpark upped their game and were awarded a penalty under the posts which they converted. The half time score was 10-5 to Waterpark.
With the cusion of 5 points Waterpark kicked the ball much more in the second half. Thurles dwelt well with the kicks and returned them with the boot of Aaron Maher. Thurles were to concede another try when from a line out Waterpark turned over the ball and quick hands and fast running caught the thurles back line out of position and scored a try under the posts. A special mention has to go to Kieran Dunne who made some supper tackles and all the forwards who worked manfully all day. The final score was Waterpark 17 Thurles 5. Thurles U16s have no silverware this season but played some great rugby and have enjoyed themselves doing it.
As we draw towards the end of this rugby season, we would like to wish the best of luck to our seconds as the battle for more silverware continues with a Gleeson Cup Semi Final v Cashel this weekend. Time TBC
Courtesy of:- Natalie McNamara, Club PRO
Rugby Round up
On Monday night the U14s played their semi-final replay against Old Crescent in Rosbrien. It was another thrilling game, with the score been 0-0 at half time but in the second half we were lucky to get a break and Tony Mambuana scored a try. Old crescent still fought back but with Jack Delaney scoring our second try it was enough for us to take the win 0-10 and progress to the final to play Ennis on Thursday evening the 30th of April. We will be hoping all members and players will go out to support the U14s who are looking to complete the double again this year, 7pm kick off on the back pitch in Thomond park.
The U12 Girls team played Shannon also on Monday night and recorded their first win. This was a great achievement for all the players and shows the amount of hard work that went in through the year. Well done to Stephanie, Mike, Sinead and Ley-Anne for all the training session and work that you have done with the girls; Looking forward to next season already.
On Sunday we held the underage Awards for this season, it was a great club day and brilliant to have it back in the clubhouse. Thanks to the underage committee on another successful event, and well done to everyone that got an award, once the pictures are available we will post them on our Facebook site. Award Winners for this season:
Player of the Year Bunnies U-8 Alex Carew
Club person of the year Bunnies U-8 Ava Mc Namara
Player of the Year Bunnies U-12 Charlotte O'Halloran
Club person of the year Bunnies U-12 Amy Mc Namara
Player of the Year U-8 Brad Bennett
Club person of the year U-8 Josh Campbell
Player of the Year U-9 Richard Power
Club person of the year U-9 Callum Kiely
Player of the Year U-10 Cian Power
Club person of the year U-10 Luke Buckley
Player of the Year U-11 Rhys Kiely
Club person of the year U-11 Aaron Richardson
Player of the Year U-12 Keith Roche
Club person of the year U-12 Lee Bennett
Player of the Year U-13 Jamie Hardaker
Club person of the year U-13 Sean Boland
Player of the Year U-14 Craig Carew
Club person of the year U-14 Douglas Doyle
Player of the Year U-15 Zack Moloney
Club person of the year U-15 Killian O'Connor
Player of the Year U-16 Jordan Madden
Club person of the year U-16 Jack O'Hanlon
Player of the Year U-18 Kealon Mc Mahon
Club person of the year U-18 Matt Scott
Overall Player of the year Brian Timmons
Richmond's Inaugural Golf Society Outing will happen on Saturday the 16th of May. Anyone that is interested in playing can you get in contact with Bobby Fleming or Dom McNamara.
New York Tour 2016
Next Season there will be a Club tour to New York. This will be the 10th anniversary of the last new York trip. The tour will be run in May 2016 and is open to all club members and players. We have a serious of events planned for the next 12 months starting with the launch night in June, Race nights, Halloween Dance, bag packing, sponsorship and many more events to be announced. If you are interested in going you must be a fully paid up member of the club, and you can give you name to Dave Young now. All bookings will be confirmed with a €100 deposit.
In the coming weeks, we will start work on replacing all the fencing and putting new footpaths around the main pitch with a new emergency entrance on to the pitch adjacent to the main gates. Please be aware that this work will be starting soon and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause during the re-development. New pitch works are also scheduled to start in the coming 2 weeks now that the season is almost over.
Live music is on Sunday night from 7.30pm. We have plenty of events going on in the bar in the coming weeks keep an eye on the bar Facebook Page, and we are also accepting Bookings for parties, application forms available in the club bar. Bookings are only confirmed by the Bar Manager Sean Bennett and not anyone else. If you have a booking please ensure that he has the details, otherwise the booking will not be confirmed.
Thursday 30th of April 2015
U14 Cup Final, Ennis V Richmond, Thomond Park back Pitch,7pm
The Richmond boys team at the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival