Club News w/e 1/03
4th March 2009 By Munster Rugby
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Clonmel v Garryowen – Munster Junior Cup Replay
So so close!!!
It was a double header of mega-proportions. The scene was set for a festival of rugby in Clonmel RFC when both Clonmel’s 1st XV and 2nd XV took on the mighty Garryowen Football Club. The curtain raiser was the 2nd XV playing Garryowen in the Gleeson Cup semi-final play-off. It was an excellent game of free flowing, entertaining rugby. Which Clonmel were extremely unlucky to lose by two points, going down 12 – 14. Garryowen scored their fourth penalty to pull two points ahead in the 79th minute, after a hard-fought contest.
But it set the scene for the sumptuous second course to come. Not alone did Garryowen learn about Clonmel’s capability in the drawn game a few weeks ago in Limerick, but their "spotters" had make copious notes of the clash between Newport and Clonmel in Clonmel last week. The end result being Garryowen brought a star-studded team with them to Clonmel. The Garryowen team consisted of up to seven players that would normally be seen on AIL team sheets, a couple of current U20 Ireland internationals, a couple of past U20 Ireland internationals, and a number of players that are either on the Munster panel or are knocking on the panel door. To encourage their team to perform a number of ex-internationals, Philip Danaher and Pat Whelan to mention but two, were among the Garryowen supporters. What a tremendous tribute to, recognition of the quality of and honour to the Clonmel side they were going to face!!!
Clonmel knew they would be up against a much fitter and more skilful side than what they met in the drawn game. But that did not daunt the Clonmel team, and it was Clonmel that drew first blood within ten minutes of the game starting with a beautifully stuck penalty from Conor Cooney. Both teams were evenly matched for the first fifteen minutes with backs and forwards on both sides giving as good as they got. Then in the fifteenth minute Garryowen were in the Clonmel 22. Clonmel defended well and looked certain to repel the onslaught. But a lapse of concentration and a couple of unusual missed tackles let the Garryowen elusive winger Alan McNamara in for a try. The conversion was missed but it looked like Garryowen were settling into the game, because from the kick-off they collected the ball and set up a number of super running patterns. One of which saw their centre Diarmuid McCarthy career through the Clonmel backs in disarray to score under the post. Alan Kinglsey at outhalf, who did a lot of damage to Clonmel in the drawn game, converted the try.
With the score at Clonmel 3, Garryowen 12, Clonmel were not willing to lie down and take a beating. Clonmel stuck to the task and one of the most memorable moves of the first half was David Joyce breaking through the cover, just outside the Clonmel 22. Beating three tackles and reaching well inside the Garryowen 22. Unfortunately a try saving tackle from the Garryowen fullback dislodged the ball from Joyce. Had Joyce been able to retain the ball or release it to the oncoming John Harney it could have been a try. But alas it was not to be. Both teams shared the spoils for the rest of the half with Cooney of Clonmel and Burke of Garryowen swopping penalties to leave the score at half time Clonmel 6, Garryowen 15.
It was Clonmel who started off the better in the second half and all the pressure resulted in a penalty for Clonmel in the 49th minute scored by Conor Cooney. For the next eleven minutes the ball did not get further than the 22s. Both teams neutralised each other with some tremendous tacking. And then it happened! With a lovely sequence of passing movements McNamara on the wing for Garryowen cut infield, back out and back in again to score under the post. Kingsley converted to make the score Clonmel 9, Garryowen 22. With twenty minutes left in the game, Clonmel had their chances and were unlucky not to score on a number of occasions. Then in the 72nd minute the pressure from Clonmel was rewarded with Neville Melbourne scrambling over for a try in the corner. The conversion was always going to be difficult, but Morgan Lyons strode to the ball and converted from the side line. What a kick!!
With only eight minutes of normal time remaining and two minutes of injury time, it was Clonmel that put on all the pressure, and it looked like it was Clonmel that were the most likely to score again. But any time Clonmel got within the Garryowen 22, the Garryowen fullback gathered the ball and put Clonmel back into their own 22. Clonmel kept coming to Garryowen wave after wave, but unfortunately time ran out for Clonmel.
On the score board Clonmel lost this game by 6 points. But man-for-man Clonmel held their own, and competed against the best and nearly won. Garryowen knew they were lucky to get away with a win. Garryowen supporters and players appreciated the hospitality their received in Clonmel, but most of all they appreciated the quality of their competitors and the manner in which they were driven to produce their best to beat Clonmel.
Fixtures were not available going to print. Please see http://www.clonmelrfc.com/ for details.
Clonmel Women’s XV vs. Highfield Women’s XV
In Round 3 of the All Ireland Cup, Clonmel went to Highfield in defence of their title, missing their International representatives. After a hard-fought game, Highfield came away 15-0 victors. Clonmel’s next fixture is away to Blackrock on Sunday in the AIL Division 1 League.
Clonmel played Cashel away in the league on Sunday, the game ending in a hard-fought draw with both teams scoring 14 points. It’s only three weeks since these teams meet and Cashel came out comfortable winners on that occasion. Clonmel began the game with great intensity hitting hard all over the field gaining ground while constantly going forward. They played as a team everyone doing their job then supporting the ball carrier in the loose. The constant pressure soon told as Shaun made a lovely break after some great handling to touch down beside the posts, with Darren adding the conversion. They kept up the work rate from the restart, constantly attacking the Cashel line sucking in defenders and making space outside which led to Conal going on one of his mazy runs and scoring at the posts. Darren added the conversion and at 14 – 0 Clonmel were in control. The second half began much as the first with Clonmel going forward but Cashel used the wind at their backs kicking long and deep into our 22. From a lineout close to our line a messy tap down was pounced on by Cashel giving them an easy score which they converted. Clonmel kept up the hard work but were doing a lot more defending now with some big hits going in all over the field. Cashel were still using the wind to get deep into Clonmel territory and from a scrum in our 22 their scrumhalf intercepted a pass to trot under our posts. After the huge effort put in by all fifteen on the field in what was a good hard game with both sides giving everything a draw was possibly a fair result but looking ahead to the next game Clonmel can move on and get the result that their effort deserves. Clonmel play Galbally at home next Sunday and could do with your support. Training on Saturday as usual.
Training for U10s and U12s on Wednesday at 6.30pm and all groups on Saturday at 10:30am.
Our next fixture is a home blitz on Sunday 8th March against Waterpark, Carrick & Galbally, all players to be at the club at 10am.
In view of the great hospitality our young players experienced at blitzes in other clubs, we would like to provide some refreshment for players and coaches of the visiting teams. We are asking parents to help out and will give further details at training on Saturday.
Clonmel Underage fixtures
Under 14s are at home to Galbally on Sunday, March 8th. Kick off 11 am
Under 16s are away to Waterpark on Sunday, March 8th. The bus will leave the club at 09.30.
Under 18s do not have a scheduled match this Sunday but are at home to Thurles in the plate semi-final on Sunday March 15th.
Kilfeacle lose to league winners.
Cashel RFC 23
Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. 15
After last week’s home draw in the league "The Boys in Blue" were on the road again facing a Cashel side that so far this season remain unbeaten in the league and before this game already have the league title secured. When you take into consideration Cashel’s league form this season and home advantage, in comparison to Kilfeacle’s somewhat indifferent form of late and playing away, you might have been forgiven to have thought that this was a foregone conclusion and a home win. Nothing in rugby is ever that simple to predict!
The game started in sunshine but with a strong wind that blew down the pitch and favouring the visiting side in the first half. In the opening few minutes both sides warily probed and searched for openings. It was Kilfeacle that had the first sight at goal but Shane Looby’s attempt was wide of the mark and three minutes later Cashel opened the scoring when they were awarded a penalty after 12 minutes. The wind was to have a huge bearing on this game and in many games, the team that were able to use it to their advantage best would win. It was a game of two halves the first half Kilfeacle and District were the dominant force and scored two trys (one converted) and a penalty to the home side’s lone penalty had the half time score line reading 15 points to 3 in favour of Kilfeacle and District. Kilfeacle however had squandered multiple scoring chances and a 12-point margin was going to need a lot of defending if it was to be enough, on the day it wasn’t!
The manner in which the Cashel team started the second half seemed to have an unnerving effect on Kilfeacle. What followed can be best described as a siege on the Kilfeacle line for at least 20 minutes. To their credit the manner in which the visiting side defended has to be acknowledged as they held Cashel at bay on numerous occasions but the pressure was intense and Cashel were intent on maintaining a 100% league record. In the second half with the wind at their backs Cashel were the dominant force and scored three trys (one converted) and a penalty while they held the visitors scoreless and restricted them to very few attacking chances. By the time the final whistle came both sets of supporters were already thinking of the next games.
After the game David Bourke said "Inside in the dressing room after the game the boys were gutted. Cashel have proven themselves to be the best side in the league this year and we congratulate them on their achievements and wish them the very best as they progress! However performances like today from Kilfeacle and District away from home only go to prove what we have been saying all along that inside in this squad there is a team evolving with the potential to achieve success and could even emulate and maybe surpass the achievements of the great Kilfeacle teams of years gone by. One thing you will never lack in any Kilfeacle team is heart and this squad has a heart as big as any. We still have a Munster Junior Cup campaign to complete and we would like to and have the ability to complete that in a similar fashion as we have in the past and that is by winning it."
Our next game is a tough away game against Tralee in the Quarter Final of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday 8th of March. Tralee will be overwhelming favourites for this one having not lost a game in league or Cup in months and having the added advantage of the home draw. However we know that our boys will give everything they have to the cause and not be left wanting, and what more can we ask for. The team, as ever, are proud and humbled by the amount of support they receive and hope that their supporters will continue to come along and support the team on Sunday. Our Seconds will be in action in the Webb Cup against UL Bohs at a time yet to be finalized.
Kilfeacle Under 18’s give in a superb display against Nenagh Ormond.
Nenagh Ormond R.F.C. 8
Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. 7
This league final proved to be a hard fought contest which is often the case in these games. Kilfeacle got off to a mighty start with a converted try early in the game. Kilfeacle always looked the more dangerous of the two and had the best positions and looked the better team all round, however the one fault they had, on the day, was that they did not convert this to scores a fault that was to cost them. With time running out and Kilfeacle still winning by their 7 point margin it looked as if the little club on the hill would win the league, however with just 8 minutes remaining Nenagh scored an unconverted try to bring the score to 7 points to 5 in favour of Kilfeacle. So it remained until with just 2 minutes left on the clock when Nenagh kicked a penalty to take the league for the first time. The final score 8-7 was not a good reflection on the commitment and tenacity of this fine Kilfeacle outfit. The spirit of the club was best exemplified by Brian Nugent, Sean O’Connor, Derry O’Brien and Joey McEniry. The loss of Joe O’Connor to injury after 10 minutes was a huge loss but this squad of players adapted so well, it shows what tremendous work John Dwyer, Pierse Breen, Philly and John Flaherty have done. Although this was a good display it is the result that will be remembered.
After the game John Dwyer said "I don’t believe that I have ever been as proud of a team after a game that they hadn’t won. This team is starting to show it’s true potential. Inside in the dressing room after the game the boys were gutted and deservedly so. They could have, and should have won. Nenagh, along with ourselves, have proven they are one of the best sides if not the best side in the league this year and we rattled them to the core. The result does not please me but the performance delights me! It proves what I have been saying all along that inside in this squad there is a team evolving with the potential to do great things. One thing you can not question is their heart. Sometimes out of disappointment comes a steel that binds and bonds a team to make them even stronger and more committed and I truly believe that this team will come back even stronger. We still have a chance to prove ourselves, with a Cup semi final against Waterpark coming up. The commitment of the squad and coaching staff is amazing for an example Pierse Breen traveled with the squad helped in the warm ups and stayed until halftime even though he was playing in the AIB All Ireland League Division 2 game for Old Crescent against Clonakilty. Pierse’s commitment to the team is an example to all and just displays all that is good about Munster Junior League clubs such as Kilfeacle and District RFC. I know that with the help of Pierse, Philly and John that these young men will pick themselves up, dust themselves off and proudly take the field again wearing the beloved blue of Kilfeacle. I know that there is reward for them if they stand shoulder to shoulder as a unit, learn from this defeat and give it their all. I believe this team has the skill and the commitment to achieve what they deserve and right now that is the Cup!"
Kilfeacle Under 16’s win East Munster Final.
Kilfeacle R.F.C. 19
Waterpark R.F.C. 5
Before the Christmas break Kilfeacle R.F.C. Under 16’s team put together a string of excellent results to book their place in the East Munster Final. Having deservedly reached the final, Kilfeacle faced their rivals, Waterpark RFC, in a repeat of last years final. Knowing that they were underdogs did not sit well with the Kilfeacle side and they were determined when they traveled to Fethard not to let themselves, their coaches, supporters and club down. The sun was shining at kick off but there was a strong wind blowing directly down the pitch. Waterpark came in search of revenge after last year’s defeat in the same competition and Kilfeacle and District came in search of a momentous 3-in-a-row. Waterpark were favourites but they had not reckoned on a Kilfeacle side that had grown so much in stature during the season. Kilfeacle started the match in a frenetic manner and buoyed by exuberant support kept creating chances throughout the game. They bossed the game impressively and deservedly won by 19 points to 5. The team did all that was asked of them and more, they had to hold the opposition, make each and every tackle, take every chance that came their way and make no mistakes. When Waterpark threw everything they had at Kilfeacle and it was then that the true character of these young men came to the fore and they gave a display of controlled team rugby that would not have been out of place in the professional game which was crowned by an excellent trys from Keith Bourke, Cillian Ryan and Gavin Hueston, two of which were converted by, hooker, Sean Compton.
The final whistle sounded to unbridled scenes of jubilation. Team coaches said they were delighted with the result and looked forward eagerly to progressing even further in the competition. They said that the season so far has been fulfilling for everyone and the team has progressed in leaps and bounds. They asked that Sean Compton, Sean McGrath and Eoin Bradshaw be singled out and that the squad as a unit be praised for their achievement. They thanked Fethard for graciously providing the facilities and hosting the game, they thanked Waterpark for an enormously entertaining game played in only the best spirit, they thanked the club, supporters and support structure that has been their from parents and family, finally they thanked they players themselves for their commitment and effort. The players themselves had nothing but praise for their coaches and said that this win would not have been possible without them.
On Sunday 1st of March 2009 Kilfeacle under 16’s squad stepped on to the pitch in Fethard as nervous boys and 70 minutes later they strode off the pitch as young men after writing another chapter in the impressive history of Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. by winning the Under 16’s East Munster Final for a third year in a row and something tells men that this bunch of players have many, many more chapters to write.
Next Sunday they face the mighty force of Highfield in the Munster Semi final, please come along and support them in their quest for further honours.
Kilfeacle Under 14’s win against Thurles.
Thurles R.F.C. 5
Kilfeacle R.F.C. 12
Kilfeacle under 14’s traveled to Thurles on Sunday to play the return leg of the East Munster League and left victorious. The final score line of 12 points to 5 in Kilfeacle’s favour, belies a hard fought contest where a lot of refereeing decisions went against the visitors. The boys in blue displayed grit and resolve to come out on top and two tries by Brian Roche, one converted by captain Jake O’Halloran were a just reward. Man of the match Killian Farrell and new full back Damien Bourke were outstanding on the day.
Kilfeacle Under 10’s.
Kilfeacle U10A vs. Fethard U10A 4 – 2 (Kilfeacle won)
Kilfeacle U10B vs. Fethard U10B 4 – 4 (Drawn Game)
Kilfeacle U10C vs. Fethard U10B 4 – 5 (Fethard won)
Kilfeacle U10A vs. Dungarvan U10A 7 – 1 (Kilfeacle won)
Kilfeacle U10B vs. Dungarvan U10A 3 – 3 (Drawn game)
Kilfeacle U10C vs. Dungarvan U10A 2 – 4 (Dungarvan won)
At Kilfeacle & District RFC Rugby Grounds on Sunday 01 March 2009, Kilfeacle’s U10s hosted Fethard and Dungarvan at the Hill. On the day there were 26 Kilfeacle U10 players who all played and represented Kilfeacle well in the blue. Players of note on the day were Timothy Clarke, Eoin Kelly, Mickey O’ Brien, Byron O’ Neill, Sean O’ Connell and Christopher Farrell.
Kilfeacle Under 6’s, 7’s and 8’s.
Kilfeacle hosted teams from Fethard and Dungarvan last Sunday. Kilfeacle U8A defeated Dungarvan and Fethard. Lorcan Fitzpatrick and Tony Byron tackled well with opportunistic tries from Kevin Hally, The Ryan Twins Brendan and Ciaran, Ben Quinn and Shane Farrell. An inexperienced Kilfeacle U8B lost to Fethard and Dungarvan in two tough encounters. Alex Ryan scored a great try. Padraig Franklin and Jack Ryan worked hard with Oisin Kelly and Owen Kemp putting in a lot of effort.
Kilfeacle U7 defeated Fethard and drew with Dungarvan. Alan Flannery, John O’Sullivan and Robbie Byron starred with fantastic efforts from Cormac Ryan and Darragh Kennedy.
Unfortunately our U6 team had no opponents but players like Dillon Brett, Dara Ryan, Tony Ryan and Christopher Kemp are just waiting to get the opportunity to display their skills.
2nd XV Quarter final McCarthy Cup v Mallow in Mallow
A bad day with terrible pitch conditions saw Kinsale lose in Mallow, to the home side 3 – 0. Though they gave a determined display with lots of pressure on Mallow, Kinsale just couldn’t force a score and had 2 tries disallowed. A disappointing loss considering the level of play so far in the season.
A good forward display from Kinsale. Stephen Murphy and Pat Moriarity played well in the backs.
Hopefully there will be an improvement in J3 cup.
1st XV Munster Junior Plate v St. Mary’s in Snugmore Lost 21 – 20.
Two try’s converted by Fraser Hodgson and Tadgh Wright. The rest of the score was made up with penalties.A strong first half but the momentum of the match faded for most of the second half until the final play but it was all too late for Kinsale.
Nenagh Ormond RFC Notes for Weekend 1st and 2nd March 2009
There were no AIL games last weekend due to the International fixture. We return to action this weekend when we travel to the picturesque Cliften to take on the Connemara All Blacks on Saturday at 2.30.
The Nenagh Ormond 2nd XV will play Garryowen in the Munster Junior Cup quarter final which will take place in Dooradoyle Sunday week. Garryowen looked very impressive in their defeat of Clonmel in the previous round last Sunday fielding a team with plenty of senior experience and numerous representative players to boot. It will be a tough ask for the Nenagh boys but long time supporters will remember how the club rose to Junior cup clashes with the same opposition before when similarly written off and nothing is beyond the bounds of possibility.
Nenagh Ladies match against Ballincollig in the All Ireland Bowl last weekend was cancelled Training continues Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30. New players always welcome, contact Louise on 087-2201596.
Clanwilliam 14 Nenagh 12
Nenagh travelled to Clanwilliam on Saturday last and suffered their first defeat of the season but managed to secure a valuable losing bonus point. Clanwilliam were by far the biggest side Nenagh faced this season and started strongly using their forwards to suck in the Nenagh defence. However when Clanwilliam looked to have created an overlap inside the twenty two Gavin Mc Avinchey intercepted a pass and raced away before off loading to Darren Ahern to score with Dan Fogarty adding the conversion. Nenagh lost Rory Whelan through injury at this stage and soaked up more pressure but quick thinking by Shane Quinlan and Robert Duff caught the home side asleep when a quickly taken line out put Dan Fogarty away to score, with the conversion drifting wide of the posts. Shortly after Nenagh appeared to have scored their third try when a crossfield kick from Dan Fogarty saw Shane Quinlan dive to score but the referee who was some distance away gave a knock on and the score was disallowed. Clanwilliam hit back with a good score of their own before the break leaving Nenagh ahead by five points at half time. John Coffey could not resume in the second half due to injury and Nenagh found themselves defending deeper as the half progressed. Eventually Clanwilliam broke through out wide and a terrific conversion from the side line put the home side in front with ten minutes left. Nenagh came again and seemed to have scored the winning try when Shane Quinlan jumped to flick the ball away from a Clanwilliam player and gathered to touch down under the posts but the referee awarded a penalty to Clanwilliam for what he termed a technical knock on. Nenagh are now three points clear at the top of the table with two games remaining and play Richmond who are in second place in a must win game for both sides in Limerick on Saturday at 2pm
Squad: John Coffey Michael Harding, Keith Purcell, Josh Fletcher, Andrew Kelly, Rory Whelan, David Cleary, Michael Lynch, Damien Cahalan, Paudie Maxwell, Jeff Mc Donald Capt, Dan Fogarty, Shane Quinlan, Gavin McAvinchey, Justin Conroy, Darren Ahern, Robert Duff, Fergal Hayes, Michael Long
Nenagh U-18’s seal League title in epic battle with Kilfeacle.
Nenagh U-18’s lifted their first piece of silverware of the season, when they defeated Kilfeacle in an epic battle on a scoreline of 8 points to 7, in the East Munster League Final in Thurles at the weekend.
In a strongly contested game, in which both teams were desperate to win, the early encounters were tough and bruising with no quarter asked or given. Kilfeacle chose to play with the wind in the first half, and kept Nenagh pinned in their own half for much of first 35 minutes. Nenagh adapted well to the Kilfeacle tactics, and chose to carry the ball for much of the half, which meant that the pack were particularly busy during this period. The hard yards were required to be made, and nobody was more accepting of the challenge than the Nenagh backrow of David Cleary, Rory Whelan and Damien Cahalan. Time after time, they broke the gain line, and their determination lifted the Nenagh spirits. The backline were working hard too at this point, with John O’Dowd, Kevin Walsh and James Holland putting in some timely tackles to keep Kilfeacle at bay. However, the pressure eventually told, when Kilfeacle got over for a converted try with ten minutes remaining in the first half. Nenagh lifted the tempo for the dying minutes of the half, but were held up short, leaving the scoreline reading 7 – nil at half time.
Nenagh appeared in determined mood at the start of the second half, and with the wind at their backs, began to play the game deep in Kilfeacle territory. Dean Wallace at outhalf, and Michael Long at full back began to mix the play, with astute kicks into the corner, and angled runs from deep, which had Kilfeacle on the back foot. They were ably assisted by the pack with Keith Purcell, Adrian Lewis and Andrew Kelly adding continuity to many of the attacks. At this point, Nenagh had gained the upper hand in both the scrum and lineout, with Ritchie Nevin having a peerless game out of touch. He was a constant thorn in Kilfeacles side, and scooped ball after ball out of the air, to set up quick ball for the backs to use. It was from this continuity game, that Nenagh eventually profited with an excellently executed try. A strong run from the backs ended with a lineout, which Nenagh turned over once again. The ball was taken down and mauled forward effectively, and with the line in sight Rory Whelan broke from the rear of the maul to cross over for Nenagh’s frst score. The difficult conversion drifted to the left and wide, but at this stage, the Nenagh tails were up and attack after attack was mounted. Nenagh crossed the line twice in the last ten minutes through Kieran McCann and Rory Whelan, but both deemed to have been held up on both occasions. They were also unlucky, when a drop goal attempt from Fergal Hayes drifted narrowly wide. As the minutes ticked past, the supporters began to get nervous, but not so this young team. They held their nerve well, and worked themselves into position to get the decisive score, and when Kilfeacle were penalized for holding on at the ruck, Dean Wallace stepped forward to slot the ball over for the decisive score of the game to leave the scoreline at 8 points to 7 to Nenagh.
Nenagh played the last two or three minutes of the game in the Kilfeacle half, and the ref’s final whistle was greeted with loud cheers from the many traveling Nenagh supporters. In his acceptance speech, Captain Damien Cahalan thanked Kilfeacle for playing such a big part of a great game of rugby, and commiserated with them losing out on such a tight scoreline. He also spoke of the strong traditions of Nenagh rugby and their never say die attitude, and this could be seen in the teams performance on the day. Special mention was made of the 16th man on the day (Sean Hayes), who was recovering in hospital and could not take his place in the starting fifteen that day for Nenagh. By winning the league, the team now enter the All Ireland U-18 series, and have now qualified for the Munster U-18 final where they will face Highfield from Cork, with the game to be played over the St. Patricks weekend. A venue has yet to be confirmed, but we should know this in the coming days. The team are also due to contest the semi final of the East Munster Cup against Cashel RFC on Sunday 8th of March at 11am in Lisatunny, again the team and management would ask for as much support as possible from friends and family for these important matches. Training continues as normal in Tyone each Friday night at 7.30.
The team on the day for Nenagh was as follows;
Forwards – Kieran Mc Cann, Adrian Lewis, Padraig Maxwell, Kevin O’Gorman, Andrew Kelly, Ritchie Nevin, Cathal Donovan, David Cleary, Eddie Gleeson and Rory Whelan
Backs – Fergal Hayes, Sean Fogarty, Dean Wallace, John O’Dowd, Kevin Walsh, James Holland, Paidi Curtin, Brian Dillon, Adam Wallace and Michael Long
NENAGH – 39 FETHARD – 6
Nenagh had an impressive victory against Fethard in the second round of the cup in Lisatunny on Sunday last.
The home side played into the elements in the first half and were quickly behind to a well taken fethard drop goal.
Nenagh came more into the game as the half progressed and scored two excellent tries to lead 10-3 approaching half time.
Fethard responded with a well taken penalty just before half time.
In the second period Nenagh used the elements to their advantage and dominated field position.
Fethard were defending but eventually the breakthrough came and Nenagh had the game in safe keeping by the end of the third quarter.
Nenagh added further scores in the final quarter to put a gloss on the scoreboard.
This was a great team performance, in which all players played their part. One player who merits a mention is Cathal Carey, who scored 4 tries on the day.
Our opponents in the next round are not known at this stage.
UNDER 13’s / 14’s:
No games last weekend. The Under 14’s are away to Dungarvan on Sunday next. Training continues as normal on Wed. and Friday nights.
Nenagh Ormond U8/U10/U12 played in a Blitz at Lisatunny on Sunday last against Old Cresent RFC & Thomond RFC, there were some excellent games played, by all age groups.
Next Sunday 8th March it is hoped to have another Blitz at home, teams and K.O. times are not finalised as yet.Please check with the under age Coaches on Thursday night.
Training continues at Tyone at 6.15pm and new players are always most welcome.
Carrick aiming for the Division Three play-offs
Division Three B: Carrick v Galbally (Sunday, 2.30pm)
Carrick-on-Suir’s First XV can clinch a guaranteed play-off spot in the Third Division of the Munster Junior League should they defeat Galbally at Tybroughney next Sunday afternoon.
Galbally, the only team to have defeated Carrick in Division 3B this season have to win and deny Carrick a bonus point of any kind if they are to hold out any hopes of topping the section. With a game in hand, the County Limerick club must also win their two remaining fixtures along with hoping that Carrick will slip up in their final match away to bottom of the table Dungarvan. From this juncture, such a scenario, while by no means impossible, looks decidedly unlikely, with Dungarvan having shelled 69 points in two games, going down 33-3 at home to Douglas last Sunday. At Kilbarry next weekend, in what is the penultimate round of ‘regular season’ fixtures, Waterford City host Dungarvan while Fermoy play host to Douglas. The final round of matches shall be played on March 29th, with Galbally’s game in hand, a re-arranged fixture with Waterford City, yet to be re-arranged. Come that last Sunday, Galbally will host Fermoy, City will travel to Douglas while Carrick will hope to see out the season in style when making the short trip to Ballyrandle to take on Dungarvan.
Meanwhile, the draw for the first round of the Martin O’Sullivan Cup has been made, with Carrick-on-Suir hosting Dungarvan (the winners to play Scariff) and Waterford City heading to Fermoy.
The other first round matches in this Third Division Cup are: Killarney v Kilrush, Galbally v Killorglin and Presentation v St Mary’s. Due to a backlog of fixtures, the dates for these games have yet to set.
UL BOHEMIAN RFC
Denis Ryan PRO
The AIL resumes this weekend when UL Bohs entertain Terenure in Annacotty. Every game is now vital for us to retain our top 8 position for next season, as the disappointing defeat by Old Belvedere has probably put paid to hope of a play off place. However, there is still a lot to be played for, so all support is requested.
In the Munster Junior Cup game in Ennis, UL Bohs came out on top by 34-3, but not before the home side had fought tooth and nail in a very physical second half to erase the lead the visitors had built up when assisted by the wind in the first period.
In sunny weather, and with the aid of the strong breeze, UL Bohs were quickly into their stride. Fergal Lawlor put over a penalty, and then Kevin Bracken touched down between the posts for a converted try earned by the strong work of the forwards. Soon after, David Moloney crossed in the left corner following a clever change of direction by Jamie English and the always impressive Fintan Cross. Ross Butler then took a difficult pass, and found a gap to charge through the midfield for another converted try. Before the break the visitors got two additional well worked scores from David Moloney and Jamie English, which with the addition of converts by Fergal Lawlor, brought the half time score to 34-0.
Ennis started the second half determined to eat into the deficit, and with the UL Bohs’ scrum not meeting the refs’ approval, a number of penalties and frees kept Ennis on the attack. An early penalty got the home side on the scoreboard, but despite many near things, they just could not get over the line for the score to ignite the fight back. A number of sin binnings broke their rhythm, and determined defence kept the UL Bohs line intact.
The reward for this victory is an away game against Cork Constitution to avenge last year’s one point defeat by the eventual cup winners.
The U-20s advanced to the play off stages of the league thanks to an excellent 37-9 win over Buccaneers. UL Bohs scorers were Ian Cross, Finbar Aherne, Harry de Stackpoole, Peter Boland and David Kilcoyne. Harry de Stackpoole also put over 2 cons and a drop goal, while Darragh Frawley added a penalty and a conversion. On Sat we meet Corinthians in the play off stages as we attempt to retain our All Ireland title. The game will be held in the University Bowl.
In the Women’s All Ireland Cup, UL Bohs beat Galwegians by 29-10 on Sunday, despite missing a host of players who featured in the Ireland squad against England.
Well done to all who played a part in that narrow defeat to what was practically professional opponents. Well done also to Ed Torrie, who played an important part in the Irish Clubs’ draw with England, And Batt Duggan and Mike Storey who played so well for the Ireland Colleges.
In an entertaining game in Annacotty, the 3rd XV were narrowly defeated by Bruff.
Details of games and photos on www.ulbohs.com
Pat Flynn PRO Ennis RFC
Ennis 3 UL Bohemian 34
The startling gap between All Ireland League division 1 and qualifying league division 2 was evident at Drumbiggle in Ennis on Sunday last when Limerick side UL Bohemian took on Ennis in the fourth round of the Munster Junior Cup.
Competition rules forbid fully contracted players from playing in this competition, however the Limerick side boasted two players who played with Munster "A’s" last week as well as a couple of Under 20 internationals and a number of senior players when they travelled to Ennis.
Having won the toss Ennis decided to play into the wind and up the hill in the first half, a decision they may well have regretted in the first ten minutes. A senior out half controlled the game beautifully taking full advantage of the conditions to keep the home side pinned in their own twenty five for much of the first half.
Seven minutes in and Bohs were awarded a scrum on the five metre line, with both wing forwards obviously off side having broken from the scrum the visitors took the lead with a well worked back row movement which was duly converted. Three minutes later the home side was whistled for handling in the ruck and Bohs added to their tally.
In fairness to the Ennis pack they took the game to the opposition but were fighting a formidable side particularly a very lively back line and smart half back pairing Dale Harris a former Irish Youth’s player with his experienced out half time and time again broke the Ennis men’s heart’s by keeping them in the corners.
Unfortunately the pace of the senior side paid good dividends and time after time they sucked in the Ennis pack only to release a back line at pace. The next two Bohs try’s came from fast ruck ball and missed tackles in the Ennis mid field, both converted leaving the townies trailing 24 nil after half an hour.
At this time it appeared the flood gates would open but again the Ennis pack stuck manfully to their task and any decent possession given to the back line saw the ball kept in hand in an effort play constructive football, however on the half hour Ennis were penalised for hands in the ruck and the Limerick side stretched the lead yet again to 27 nil. On the stroke of half time the Bohemian pack worked a similar back row move to cross the Ennis line much to the fury of the home supporters who by now believed Mr. Hodges interoperation of the back rows staying bound seemed to differ from that held in Ennis. The conversion saw the half time whistle and Bohs leading 34-0.
As luck would have it by the time Ennis turned round to drop out to start the second half the showers and wind had died down and it became quiet a pleasant afternoon. You could use the old cliquey at this time it now became a game of two half’s with the Ennis pack setting to work in earnest and reverting to picking and driving at the heart of the Limerick sides pack.
Ten minutes in they lost Roy Duggan to the sin bin ironically for not staying bound in the scrum and five minutes later Brian Farrell to Injury.
Farrell was replaced by Joe Moloney and the fresh legs lifted the home side yet again.
Now dominating field position and possession Ennis tried to up the pace of the game which resulted in them being awarded three very kickable penalties.
However on each occasion they opted to go for the lineout in an effort to peg back the deficit but the Bohemian defence held firm. Duggan was barely back from the bin when Mr Hodges again reached for a yellow card this time for Liam Ryan for striking, rather harshly as he appeared to have got the wrong man.
Ennis coach Richie Murphy now rang the changes bringing on Stephen Melbourne for Mike Reid to add pace to his pack, but by now the frustration was setting in and when Duggan was shown a second yellow it meant the home side were to play quarter of the game with only seven forwards.
With Ryan in the bin and Farrell injured the game now went to uncontested scrums and the physical battle Ennis had being winning was negated. Three times they were awarded a scrum on the Bohs five meter line only to see the Limerick men’s defence hold solid.
Shortly there after Bohs were penalised for hands on the ruck and Bryan Murphy kicked the penalty to register a score but by then the game had long ended as a contest.
The only consolation was that the Ennis men won the second half 0-3 as they held Bohs scorleess for the duration.
Ennis return to league action with a home game against Newcastlewest next weekend.
Ennis. O. O’Dwyer: G. Duggan, S. Flannagan. J. Littleton. D. Murphy; B.
Murphy. J. Ruttle; M. McInerney (Capt). L. Ryan. B. Farrell; J. Considine.
D. Forde; R. Duggan. G. Murphy. M. Reid; Subs used. J.Moloney. for Farrell.
S. Melbourne for Reid. N. Nevin for J. Ruttle.
BRUFF RFC by Richard Leonard PRO,
Congrats again to our two High profile people, John Hayes for matching the all time record for appearances and George Clancy who got us a great mention from George Hamilton during the Scotland V Italy game at the weekend.
Apart from that, unusually (it being a 6 nations weekend) it was a busy enough weekend on the domestic rugby front,
Sat 28th: The U20’s made the trip into Tom Clifford Park and came away with a losing Bonus point which should keep them in Division one next season. Well done to these up and coming first team recruits who have managed to keep their head above water for another season. Young Munster 18, Bruff 17.
On Sunday the J2 squad managed to put up a nice score over UL Bohs to come out on the right side of a 20 points to 7 scoreline.
Our fabulous U18 squad Travelled to Healy’s Field to come away with full points, St. Mary’s 12, Bruff 19.
Fixtures this coming weekend:
Sat 7th March
Div 2 AIL: Bective Rangers V Bruff,Donnybrook,2:30 pm.
Webb Cup: Bruff J2 V St. Senans, 2:30 pm (TBC Check website)
Sun 8th March:
J1 MSSL Highfield V Bruff, Woodleigh Pk, 2:30pm.
U15 Ennis V Bruff, Time TBC
U16 Thomond V Bruff, 11:30am
U17 Bruff V Shannon, 11:30 pm.
RTE have contacted us in regard to doing some recording at the clubhouse on Sunday Morning. They are doing a background piece on John Hayes and his links with Bruff RFC for the day that he garners the record on his own (pending selection of course) so if anyone wishes to come along to be part of the proceedings please do. Time is yet to be confirmed But at the moment it’ll probably be on Sunday Morning at about 10:30 or so. Keep an eye on the website for further confirmation.
Next committee meeting on Monday night at 8:00 pm.
Old Crescent RFC
Club Notes, 3 March 2009
Following Ireland’s tenacious victory over the ‘ould enemy’ on Saturday, Old Crescent supporters regrouped on Sunday and headed for Rosbrien for our refixed AIL game against Clonakilty RFC. Our team and supporters were in confident mood after a run of three consecutive AIL wins.
Crescent got into action right from the kick-off, when after just two minutes play, Juan Pablo Ruiz (otherwise known as JPR) scored a well worked try, which wasn’t converted. Ten minutes later, however, a lapse of concentration by Crescent allowed the Clonakilty No.10 to score a try, which he converted. Mid-way through the first half, Clonakilty were awarded a penalty which their No 10 again converted. There was no further scoring in the first half, leaving the half time score at Crescent 5 Clonakilty 10. Crescent had allowed Clonakilty to dominate for long periods of the first half and were fortunate not to be further behind at half time.
For a club languishing near the bottom of the Second Division table, Clonakilty continued to give a good account of themselves in the second half, and caused a lot of problems for Crescent. There were no scores in the first 30 minutes of the second half and Crescent continued to lag 5 points behind with ten minutes remaining. However, our coach, John Broderick, managed his bench very astutely and brought on fresh legs for the last ten minutes. In particular, the arrival of ‘super-sub’, Mark Woods, changed the game dramatically in our favour. In the space of five minutes, Mark kicked two penalties to put us one point ahead in the dying minutes of the game. Then, in injury time, Mark put the win beyond doubt by nipping in for a try beside the posts, which he then converted, bringing his tally to 13 precious points for as many minutes work.
The win over Clonakilty puts us into the top four of Division Two, a far cry from this time last year!
In fixtures for next weekend, we play Thomond RFC at home in Rosbrien next Saturday at 2.30pm in the eagerly awaited Division Two local derby. Our Under 20’s play Cashel RFC away in Cashel at 2.30pm next Saturday.
Our Under Age Section is in full swing at this time of the year, and all age groups in action last weekend. In our Under 18 League game against Ennis, a very strong Ennis side were deserving winners but somewhat flattered by the score line – scoring two tries against the run of play. Crescent’s only try, which was scant reward for our efforts, was scored by Michael Manning. Final score Old Crescent 5 Ennis 31.
In the Under 16 league, we maintained our unbeaten record in beatinf Bohemians. James Rael scored all three of our tries. Final score Crescent 15 UL Bohs 7. Our Under 16’s play Newcastlewest nest Sunday in Rosbrien which will be a top of the table clash. Our Under14s played Ennis and won.
Our Under 12’s travelled to Nenagh for a friendly last Sunday morning, with a compliment of 34 players. We played 4 matches, winning all 4 games, and in the process produced many fine individual performances. However, what was more satisfying was the collective effort of all players in matching the strong Nenagh packs and securing good ball for our pacey backlines to score a number of first class tries. Players displayed great commitment and heart as they put into practice what they have been learning on the training field. Next up, our Under 12’s play Garryowen away under lights at 7pm next Friday, 6th March.
Last Sunday, Old Crescent Under 10’s hosted another great blitz. There were two teams from Shannon, one from Newcastle West, Kilrush, and St Marys. Old Crescent had 30 Under 10’s togged off and ready to go. Instead of having two teams with subs, we decided to field three balanced teams of ten each, a great decision by our coach. This meant that all players got 4 full games. The games were all played in good spirit, competitive, and the odd time might have even reached ‘hot’.
Each of the three groups worked well as teams, and learned to support each other and faced up to their responsibility, knowing there was no sub to replace them even if they were tired or sore. It pushed them all that extra little bit, and some players surprised themselves at how well they can perform when they focus, concentrate and don’t get distracted. While we didn’t keep an exact tally of the results each of the red, yellow, and green teams, they all won at least two of their four matches and were very competitive in the others.
On a different topic, it is hoped that this group of players will have a day out on Sunday, March 22nd, with a bus trip to Tralee, taking in two games en-route against Abbeyfeale, and Newcastle West, in Abbeyfeale, then onto Tralee for a swim in the Aquadome, followed by a 3 course gourmet dining experience in chez McDonalds. Neat dress & club blazer essential!! Parents support will be needed to make this happen.
Our bi-monthly car draw was held in the Clubhouse last Sunday, and we send our congratulations to the winner, Dr Eric Carr of Kilrush, a long time supporter and former player with Old Crescent.
Finally, we send our best wishes to our President, Glenn Quin, and his wife, Pacelli, for our President’s Dinner in the Strand Hotel next Saturday evening. It promises to be a great night for Old Crescent players and supporters, past and present.
SUNDAY’S WELL (Brendan Kenneally PRO)
Last weekends Fixtures
Senior XVS: No Game last week
Under 18s Sundays Well 19pts Muskerry 22pts
No match report received
Under16s South Munster13pts West Munster 12pts
Sundays Well had five players on the South Munster panel that played West Munster and four of them were available to play last Saturday with Dean Kerby being injured. Barry Thompson on the wing and Greg Carmody as fullback played for the full game and were influential in both half’s of the game. Luke Hallissy and Kieran Keogh were brought on as impact subs for the last fifteen minutes and Kieran Keogh scored the winning try. By all reports the selectors were very pleased with our lads.
Match Report "A Well Man"
Under 14s:Cobh Pirates 0 pts Sundays Well 28pts
No match report received
Under 12s PBC 27pts Sundays Well 24pts
Sundays Well U12’s, played Presentation College U13’s on Saturday, as part of their preparation for the trip to London. This was the first time that most of these players had played on a full size pitch. The Well were not daunted by the task ahead, and very soon took a commanding lead. With some great work from the forwards they were able to get quick ball and use there backs to full advantage. At half time the Well had a commanding lead.
The start of the second half Pres started to pour on the pressure, and soon the teams were all square. After a small bit of extra time, Pres got the last try of the match right under the posts, and with the conversion to follow they narrowly be us 27 – 24. A gallant effort from our lads, who gave away a year on Pres.
Match Report Eamonn Dunbarr
Members and Players
The Club are having a players and member’s dinner dance on St Patrick’s eve 16th March and I was asked to inform you about the dance. It will be an opportunity for us as players and members to have a good night out in good company with the rest of our club. I am sure you will enjoy yourself at what promises to be a very good evening.
Please contact Joe Moynihan on his mobile or email before Saturday next 7th of March to book your tickets.
0862506839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY’S WELL RFC
16th March 2009
3 course meal
Band and disco
Dress code Smart Casual (shirt and tie)