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Club News Weekending 13th April 2008

8th April 2008 By Munster Rugby

Club News Weekending 13th April 2008

Read the latest match reports and club news from around the province, including details of UL Bohemian’s U15 League title win


UL Bohs Capture U15 League Title

UL Bohemian RFC (15) 15 Shannon (06) 09

Scorers: Enda Carroll & Neil Cronin try each, Cormac Fay pen and con

Referee: Tommy O’Donoghue

The game started with Shannon forcing Bohs to concede three early scrums putting the home side under pressure resulting in Shannon getting three points from 20 metres out. After settling down Bohs dominated the remainder of the half. Our first try came from a thrilling break down the left wing by Enda Carroll who fought off two defenders before going in at the left corner and touching down under the posts. The conversion was completed by Cormac Fay. Shannon responded immediately with a well struck penalty. After twenty minutes Bohs mauled well from a scrum in the middle and again we broke down the left wing with Neil Cronin bursting for the line and his tenacity was eventually rewarded with a try close to the corner flag. The conversion attempt failed but saw Bohs still lading 12-0 playing good support rugby. By varying the attack, Bohs kept Shannon pinned inside their 22 and were awarded a penalty at the stroke of half time which was converted to leave the score 15-6 to Bohs at the break. After the break, Bohs were forced to defend for long periods in the second half. Shannon’s pressure was eventually rewarded with a penalty and with eight minutes to go the match could go either way. To compound matters Bohs had two players yellow carded within two minutes of each other. Shannon piled on the pressure but Bohs remained dogged in defence. Bohs eventually lifted the siege and played the last three minutes inside Shannon’s 22. The final whistle sounded to joyous scenes of celebration. Overall the heroic defence and never say die attitude of these players resulted in Bohs capturing this trophy. Coach Mick McLoughlin said after the game ?full credit to Shannon who made us work very hard indeed for this win. We are loathe to single out players who to a man defended and attacked in numbers.?

Captain Kevin Walsh, a student of Ardscoil Ris, and from Adare, lifted the Cup presented by Denis Ryan Munster Branch Delegate


UL Bohs Team: J.O’Sullivan, D.Nolan, E.Carroll, C.Fay, K.Phelan, C.McLoughlin, N.Cronin, K.Walsh (Capt), N.Horan, C.Clancy, C.O’Connor, T.O’Regan, V.Walsh, T.O’Sullivan, R.Kavanagh.

Subs. C.Davis, G.Doherty (for V.Walsh 48 min), C.Doyle, K.Reale, J.Wallis, D.Lillis, S.Madden & B.Neville.

Frazer McMullen Cup
All Ireland U-20 Final
UL Bohemian 5 Lansdowne 0
Port Laoise
Saturday 5th April

In dry conditions, but with a very strong crosswind influencing matters, UL Bohs deservedly won the Frazer McMullen Cup, but not before heroically defending for most of the last 20 minutes.
Proceedings in the first half were delayed for almost 15 minutes due to a severe leg injury sustained by Lansdowne second row Nick Mullen when a maul collapsed. All wish him a speedy recovery. While replacement Paddy Mallon performed well, this disruption clearly affected both sides for a time.
The UL Bohs backs looked the more threatening, with scrumhalf Cathal Sheridan and Myles O’Riordan linking well, while Giles Boland and Murray Kinsella were a constant threat to the Lansdowne defence. The strong wind proved difficult to read as evidenced when two well struck penalties by Myles O’Riordan just drifted wide. Then, a thrilling break by the outhalf seemed to put Murray Kinsella through, but last ditch tackling held him up on the line. Lansdowne cleared and as the half drew to a close, they made their most telling advance into UL Bohs territory. They were awarded a penalty on the right touchline, and while it was assisted by the wind, it too just faded wide.
The Dublin side began to play a more territorial game in the second half, keeping UL Bohs on the defence. However, their backs lacked the cutting edge, and some wrong options were taken. On one occasion, with the UL Bohs defence dragged in towards the right touchline, two Lansdowne players were yelling for the ball on the otherwise deserted left wing, however, their calls were ignored and a possible tryscoring opportunity was lost.
The Lansdowne maul began to roll ominously, but timely interceptions by Kieran Essex, David Foley and Kevin Bracken brought relief to the Limerick side. Then, midway through the half, a break by Myles O’Riordan outside his own ’22’ was taken on by Murray Kinsella who fed Aidan McNulty. The flying full back drew the cover and released Dave Moloney. The right winger still had a lot of work to do, beating one man on the inside, and then going back out before crashing through another tackle on the line to score a spectacular team try. The conversion once again floated by the posts, and with Lansdowne applying constant pressure, UL Bohs nerves were fraught, but the nearest they came to scoring was when a drop goal attempt was blown wide. The Limerick side lifted the siege, and having been told time was up, Cathal Sheridan gratefully blasted the ball into touch.
UL Bohemians: Aidan McNulty, Philip Gardiner, Giles Boland (Capt), Murray Kinsella, Dave Moloney, Myles O’Riordan, Cathal Sheridan, David Kilcoyne, Sean Henry (Eddie Rossiter), Pat O’Regan, Noel Kinnane, David Foley, Kevin Bracken, Kieran Essex (Sean Rennison 70), Paul Grennell
Scorers: UL Bohs; Try Dave Moloney
Ref: Jonathan Peak

Women’s All Ireland League semi-final
UL Bohemians 33 Clonmel 12

An icy wind blew the length of the pitch and made handling difficult in this game. Clonmel had the wind advantage in the first half, but it was still the home side which was first off the mark, when Lynn Cantwell dashed over for a try out on the right wing. The conversion attempt by Nicole Fitzgerald was well struck, but held up by the wind it rebounded off the cross bar. The large Clonmel pack began to take charge, and using the wind to good effect, they camped in the UL Bohs half. The outhalf then used strength and speed to create space and touched down for a very good try beside the posts. Shortly after, following a series of drives up to the UL Bohs line which sucked in the defence, the outhalf put in a clever cross kick to give the right winger a well worked try. The conversion attempt just went wide, but 12-5 was a good result as half time approached. However, some splendid mauling by the home pack opened up a gap and when Patrique Kelly got the ball she surged through to score between the posts. The conversion by Nicole Fitzgerald brought the half to a halt with the sides level. After the break, UL Bohs still tried to play a running game, but the strong wind made long passing risky, and the Clonmel pack continued to apply pressure in the tight. Finally Lynn Cantwell got some space and despite some brave attempts to tackle her, she shrugged herself free and scored behind the posts. UL Bohs had brought on Sarah Jane Belton at this stage, and the Irish captain made her class show with some excellent clearances before turning on the speed to cross for two tries. Nicole Fitzgerald converted all three second half tries.
Clonmel tried valiantly, and only excellent last ditch defence kept the line intact. However, the improvement in women’s rugby is evident from the display of these two well coached teams.
UL Bohs scorers: Tries: Lynn Cantwell (2), Patrique Kelly, Sarah Jane Belton (2). Conversions: Nicole Fitzgerald (4)

Denis Wade PRO

Kilfeacle Season comes to an End!

Kilfeacle and District RFC’s season has ended and what a season it has been. Although it has not been our most successful year, there are definite indicators that the club is moving in the correct direction. Clubs like Kilfeacle will always be measured by the performance and success of their First team. Fifth in the league, beaten quarter finalists in the Munster Junior Cup and winners of the Garryowen Cup is very respectable but doesn’t tell the true story of an improving team’s efforts for the year. The league position could have been a lot higher when one considers that here were defeats against top of the table opponents in which the margin was less than a single score. The Munster Junior Cup quarter final will always be remembered as ?the one that got away?. When lifting the Garryowen they deserved to do so and they lifted the expectations of the club by a performance that injected a new sense of belief in the possibilities for the upcoming season. When this team starts next years season with the same passion, determination, skill and endeavour they will be a force to be reckoned with.
To reflect on the season in full and do justice to all involved would be impossible. The club can look back on a year where the underage system has caught the eye of many as one to be admired. The support structure from the club through parents, coaches, selectors, patrons and supporters is immense and something to be proud of. They are the pulse and the lifeline, of the club, to the future and what a future it promises to be. Every team from the 7’s, 8’s, 10’s, 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, 18’s, 20’s and Seconds have done the club proud. The numbers of players on the Hill on those cold Friday nights was nothing short of inspiring. Special mention must go to the Under 16’s and 18’s teams and coaches for having excellent seasons which just goes to show the strength in depth in the club and the talent that permeates through the different teams that wear the Blue for the Little Club on the Hill! The player’s commitment to the club, on the pitch, is obvious for all to see and could not be questioned, however this year the committee have an initiative in place to build on all the positives from the previous season and with the players help, drive the club in the right direction.
The club has grown from a fledgling team, with a big heart, to an established club, with great ideals. This has only happened because of the work, commitment and endeavour of many people, past and present. The committee can confidently predict that the future is a secure and promising one because of the effort put in by our players and coaches, the backing shown repeatedly by patrons and sponsors, the flourishing underage system and our resolute, passionate supporters.

Under 8’s final outing of the season.
On Saturday the 19th of May we ask that you all attend so together we can kneel and remember in prayer, sit and discuss in earnest and stand to celebrate with pride the family that is Kilfeacle and District Rugby Club!
Kilfeacle U8 a vs. Thurles 4 ? 3
Kilfeacle U8 a vs. Roscrea 4 ? 1
Kilfeacle U8 b vs. Thurles 5 ? 2
Kilfeacle U8 b vs. Roscrea 3 ? 2

There were 4 games played by our Kilfeacle U8s on Sunday the 6th of April at Thurles Rugby Grounds. The young ‘Blues’ performed exceptionally well coming away with some very well earned victories on the day. A thank you to the coaches and officials of Thurles for a well organised day. Both sides played excellent rugby for the age level showing the skill, ability and discipline often expected from teams far older. Notable players for Kilfeacle on the day were Byron O’ Neill, Jack Ryan, Alan Flannery, Kevin Hally, Jake Flannery, Brian Barlow, Killian Noonan, Cormac Ryan, Brendan and Ciaran Ryan (the twins), Mark Compton, John O’ Sullivan, Christy Farrell and Tony Byron.

U8 Celebration for the Season Year End and Winning the Cup
Sunday 13/04/2008. Parents Drop off kids at Empire of Fun Tipperary Town. (Parents are welcome to stay) from 11.00am until 12.30pm. Tipperary Sports Complex Astro Pitch ? Football from 1.00pm until 3.00pm. Food in Complex Upstairs from 3.00pm until 3.30pm. Parents Pick Up kids at Complex in Tipperary Town at 3.30pm.


Pat Rickard PRO
A good week for the club with a number of teams brining silverware to the club.
The 3rd XV brought the curtain down on the competitive season for the adult teams when they played Bruff on Friday night last in the final of the McInerney Cup Final. As it is the only trophy that our 3rd XV have not won, there was great hope that this year would be the year that they complete the set of cups. Alas, it was not to be as a less that perfect first half performance resulted in a 15 -3 deficit and despite a must improved second half display we were unable to overcome the lead built up in the opening half and at the final whistle Bruff took the up by 20 points to 13.
At under age level it was a different story.
Our under 16s hosted Ennis on Sunday with the winners taking the honours in their section of the North Munster league. Two well prepared sides served up a most entertaining game of rugby with our side taking the game and the cup. Congratulations to the team and their coaching staff of Pat Monaghan, David Mc Donagh & James Rael.
Our under 14s were also victorious in their opening game of the under
14 cup against Newcastle West while the under 18 were unlucky losers to Richmond in their cup game.
Pride of place this week however goes to the under 12 teams who traveled to tournaments and were successful.
One group traveled north to compete in the Malone RFC International Festival of Rugby last weekend. It was the fifth running of the event and 20 teams from 5 nations traveled to Belfast to participate in one of the premier mini rugby competitions in the British Isles.
We opened the competition with a game against the hosts Malone and ran out winners by 2 tries to nil. That was high point of the day as our next three games were narrow defeats leaving us in 4th place in the pool.
The following day brought us the new challenge of the shield competition and after some words of wisdom from the coaching team of O’Malley and Rickard, we were quietly confident of a good performance.
Two wins over Ravens and Boroughmuir set us up for a pool decider with Hollywood in which the points were shared with a 1-1 draw. Both teams however qualified for the semi final, Hollywood as group winner after a coin toss and Old Crescent as best 2nd place finishers. The draw decreed that both sides met each other again in the semi final. Playing with the elements, we took the lead and thanks to some determined defense for our side we held our lead to the interval. Using the elements in the second period Hollywood again took the game to our side but some determined defense by all our players, in particular one crushing tackle from Sean Fitzgerald who had just come off the bench ensured that our line held and we scored a second try to give us a further cushion. Hollywood scored in the dying minutes and it was a relieved set of Old Crescent players, coaches & supporters that heard the final whistle.
Our opponents in the final were Bishop Stortford the competition specialists with 2 cup and one shield win in the previous 4 runnings of the tournament. Again in the final we started the brighter and were unlucky on two occasions not to take the lead. Our defense held firm and it remained scoreless at the interval. In the second half we continued to soak up the pressure put on us by Bishop Stortford and thanks to an intercept try from Steven Hackett, we took the lead.
There was still some rugby to be played but we closed out the game thanks to our determined defense. It was the first time that an Old Crescent side had won a trophy in the history of the competition and it was a delighted set of players who received their medals from Irish international Paddy Wallace.
Our other under 12 group traveled to Midleton to take part in the Irish International Festival of Rugby which was played over 2 days. On the first day we went unbeaten with draws against Midleton and Waterpark and a victory over Youghal. This set us up nicely for the second day of the competition. Victories over Cobh and Midleton brought us to the final where we again played Waterpark. This game was all about defense with both side playing with a lot of passion and commitment. At the final whistle the sides were still level and it was decided that both teams would share the trophy.
There was great heart & commitment shown throughout the squad & they each and every one of them did everything that was asked of them in all their matches.
Well done to both groups of players and their coaches.
The Annual President’s Night takes place this coming Saturday at the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon. Those people who still have not obtained their tickets can do so by contacting any member of the committee.
Those who wish to take part in the President’s Golf outing at Lahinch should contact Paddy Geraghty.

Finally this week congratulations to Federico and the Munster team on another excellent victory in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.


Andrew McNamara PRO

Last Saturday we were on the cusp of qualifying for two major finals, but come Sunday evening the weekend turned out to be somewhat bittersweet. The seniors gained entry to their first ever AIB cup Final, but for the seconds a junior cup final has eluded them for yet another season after an impressive UCC side outplayed them on the day.

Saturday’s senior performance may not have been their most comprehensive of the season, but the old adage of playing poorly and winning is part and parcel of cup rugby. We headed to Galway short several key players due to injuries and that certainly took its tool on the balance of the team. Galwegians may well feel as if they had the opportunities to deny us, but our lads looked as if they could always scrape a win , in whatever circumstances. Niall Ronan’s try just before the break, gave us a deserved lead and with the wind at our backs for the second half it looked likely that we would add to it, but Dunny’s penalty was our only scoring addition. The theme of the day was defence and probably the only missed tackle of the day resulted in Galwegians scoring their only try of the game with a minute of normal time remaining. Earlier Riche Mullane’s outstanding last ditch tackle saved a certain try, while John Clogan’s direct opponent must have felt a little bruised and battered after some ferocious hits. Six minutes of injury time came left us a little perplexed, but after the anxious moments we could finally look forward to a crack at winning our first AIB cup. Blackrock have had to wait for some time for their final opponents and although we did beat them in Coonagh earlier on in the league, with the pitches getting a bit harder they will prove a formidable outfit to break down. Athlone is the venue for the 3.30 start and we are running supporters coaches to the game. Leaving at 11.30 from Thomond Park, the fare is ?10 for adults and ?5 for children. I can be contacted on 087 2717163 for bookings.
Sunday’s trip south to Cork unfortunately didn’t produce the desired result for the seconds. UCC were full value for their 17-7 win and there’s no doubting that our own lads have played much better during the course of the season. It was only in the closing stages that we put any concerted pressure on UCC and despite Eoghan Grace’s charge down try, the strenuous efforts at that stage were too little too late. Fatigue may have been a factor for some players with some playing the previous day in Galway, but it’s an indication of the desire for many to win a junior cup medal. It wasn’t to be and we’ll have to wait another year for the opportunity.
Two underage league finals unfortunately ended in defeat despite both sides giving it their all. The U/15’s went to Annacotty to play UL/Bohs and were beaten by 15-9 while in Coonagh the U/14’s were gotten the better of by a fine Garryowen side. Both sides and their coaches deserve enormous credit for even getting to the final and I’ve no doubt they’ll learn from the experience.
There was however some silverware last weekend when the U/12’s had one of their teams win the Brian Fitzgerald memorial blitz. Two sides competed and both done extremely well. The blues went as far as the quarter final unbeaten where they faced an excellent Richmond side and it was there that their Tournament came to an end. Garryowen provided the semi-final; opposition for the blacks and it took extra time to separate the sides with the winner coming in the dying minutes from our lads. Richmond were the final opponents and in a fantastic display our lads won out by 5 tries to 2. Great praise must go to the Under 12s coaches for the great work they have put in all season; their skill in coaching was there for all to see last Sunday. We should all be very proud of both our Shannon Blue and Black teams. Well done
The U/13’s played touring side Harpenden and with two sides in action both games were won comprehensively. Greg O’Shea had three tries for the Blues side while Liam Cronin replicated for the black side in an 11 try rout. This Sunday they begin their cup campaign with an away game against Thomond at 11am. Other games sees the U11’s host touring side Stewart Melville
Our Annual presidents night takes place on Friday the 26th of April takes place in the Hilton Hotel. Music on the night will be provided by Shantytown with a disco to follow. Tickets are ?50 and Liam Costello can be contacted on 086 0630427.


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