Club News Weekending 9th November 2008
4th November 2008 By Munster Rugby
Read the latest news and match reports from around the province.
Break a Blessing for Clon
Highfield 12 Clonakilty 3
There has been great rivalry between Clonakilty and Highfield, from underage to senior for years and the bragging rights in recent times has been firmly held by the West Cork club. Yet despite this there are many, many similarities and connections between the clubs, which were highlighted by Highfield president Jack O’Keeffe as he welcomed his Clonakilty counterpart Garett Sheehan and his club officers to the recent AIL pre-match reception. Jack paid special tribute to the contribution to Highfield of Terry Dillon in particular and also to Maurice Shanley and Emmett McCarthy. It wasn’t always one-way traffic however as Garett was a distinguished Highfield underage player before going adult with Clon, Richie Stokes also relocated and more recently Robert Bogue has gone west. The clubs have similarities outside of those players and share similar problems in recruitment and fund-raising. Highfield had been experiencing difficulties in recent times and Clon, off the back of a big bonus point win against Instonians, were expected to compound their problems. However storms make the Oak grow deeper roots and even the Clon faithful had to admire the focus and determination of the city side as they fought from start to finish to deservedly end a run of defeats to their country cousins by four penalties to one. The game was unfortunately marred by terrible conditions as it rained throughout but the ground was remarkably good and the elements made it difficult for everyone. The size of the turnout in such conditions was an indication of the strength of the home club and the rallying of all concerned to turn their recent bad run around.
To the credit of both sides they tried to run the ball and it would surely have been a hugely entertaining game had perfect conditions prevailed. As it was Highfield dealt with the elements far better and their tenacity in competing for everything paid off. Clon are better suited to top of the ground play but they will need to develop a bad-day style also as the winter games loom. There is a break from AIL action now until the home fixture against high-flying Malone on Nov. 29th and hopefully this will give Clon’s walking wounded time to heal and see the return also of Mike O’Hea to action.
The squad was Derek Dillon, John O’Donnell, Paul Dillon, David Lombard (Capt), Darragh Lynch, Gary Cribb, David Cookson, Cathal Kirby, Alfie Harte, Robert Bogue, Danny Whelton, Bless Ngaheu, Ger Hegarty, Lenny Harte, Mike Keohane, Joe Knowles, Shane Deane, John O’Regan, Eoin Ryan and Noel O’Sullivan. It was a minor miracle to see Lombard, Cribb, Cookson and O’Sullivan tog out at all as all carried injuries into the game. Their cause was not helped by the retirement through injury of O’Donnell and Keohane with Cribb clearly struggling to finish.
David Lombard gave Clon a 3 – 0 lead which was held into the second half but indiscipline cost Clon dearly as Nick Wakely slotted four penalties, the last in injury time, to deny Clon a bonus point. The breakdown was where the game was won and here captain Martin Gately was crucial for the home side. Conor Quaid’s return to out-half was a big factor and these two swung the game. For Clon Danny Whelton is at the top of his game and although on the losing side, was one player who more than matched the Highfield forwards for appetite with an awesome display and was clearly man of the match. The celebration at the end, on and off the field, by Highfield can only be taken as the highest compliment payable to Clonakilty. The Bulldogs helped to redress the balance and raised the spirits somewhat with a very good win over the same opposition in The Vale the following day. Highfield started well and were good value for their 13 – 5 half-time lead, Brian Blackwell having touched down for Clon. However in spite of having two players sin-binned at the same time Clon struck back with a great try by Alan Harte converted by Eric White to narrow the gap to a point. Three penalties by White put Clon out to an eight-point lead before he added a superb try and Matt Kirby finished the scoring with another.
The indiscipline is a worrying factor at all levels and has been over the past seasons. It has lost matches for Clon in the past and will do so again in the future if not addressed. It is hard to understand how a problem, which has been identified, cannot be resolved by experienced players and management.
The Squad was: – Finbarr O’Mahony, Tim Walsh, Matt Kirby, James O’Brien, James O’Driscoll, Eric White, Emmet McCarthy, Mike Griffen, Hugh O’Neill, Michael Murphy, Cathal O’Regan, Jonas Harte, Alan Harte, Brian Blackwell, Barry Dillon, Padraig Kingston, Eoin Crudge, Geoff Wycherley, Bartle Murphy and Robert O’Keeffe.
Last week the above words re discipline, written a week earlier, turned out to be prophetic when a red card for a Clon player proved to be the turning point in the Bulldog’s away game against Dunmanway. The home side took full advantage to record a valuable league win by 30 – 6, Eric White registering two penalties. Maybe now common sense may prevail and players realise that refs will not change their minds; errors turnover possession and foul play will be punished.
The squad was; Finbarr O’Mahony, Rob O’Keeffe, James O’Driscoll, Brian McSweeney, Tim Walsh, Eric White, Emmet McCarthy, Mike Griffin, James Kingston, Hugh O’ Neill, Cathal O’Regan, Brian Blackwell, Gavin Moore, Alan Harte, Conor Quirke, John Allman, Bartle Murphy and Eoin Crudge.
The news was no better from the Vale where the senior second league tie with Midleton took place in excellent conditions. Midleton travelled in strength but it was Clon who held the balance in the first half making most of the running with plenty of possession. They were 3 – 7 behind against the run of play at half time and would have been expected to redress things after the restart but instead they self-destructed as a team with no structure or plan to their game. There were individual performances to take as positives, which was to be expected given the quality of the selection. The line out dominance of Sam Dignan, the defence of James Deasy and the appetite and fitness of Eddie Knowles were examples but as a team they were not at the races and paid the penalty for not training together as a unit losing 3 -22 at the end.
The squad was; Padraig Kingston, James Deasy, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Paddy Ryan, Ciarán Calnan, Matt Kirby, Eoin Ryan, Eddie Knowles, Shane Deane, Joe Knowles, Seán Dignan, Sam Dignan, John O’Regan, Ciarán Murphy, Ger McCarthy, Mike Griffin, Hugh O’Neill, James O’Driscoll and Eric White.
The Under 18s raised spirits somewhat with an impressive win over Cork Constitution. Con were leading 13 – 8 going into the final minute but Clon struck at the death with a try to level and Gearóid Calnan’s cool conversion gave the points to the West Cork side. The trys were scored by Paddy Nash (2) and Liam Cahill.
The underage section is the mainstay of Clon’s success and if the club is to continue its rise it will need it to maintain its position as one of the most progressive units of its type in the country. Training continues as follows: U7, U8, U9, U10, U11 and U12 are in the field on Saturdays from 11.00am to Noon with dedicated trainers for each age group. U13s feature on Thursdays from 7.00pm to 8.00pm, the U14s do Monday and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and the U16s and 18s are out on Mondays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and again on Wednesdays from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. All age groups usually play their games with other clubs on Saturday mornings.
This weekend’s Fixtures: –
Sat 8 Senior Friendly Midleton Midleton 2.30
Under 18 League Kanturk Kanturk 12.15
Under 14 League Skibbereen The Vale 11.00
Sun 9 Senior A Munster Seconds League Thomond Limerick 2.30
Bulldogs League Bantry Bay The Vale 2.30
We did it yet again to the website, blew the bandwidth limits on the hosting plan, and it had to happen while I was away for a few days. Anyway, Thanks to our good friends at http://www.blacknight.ie/ they put us on unlimited bandwidth until the end of the month when it went back to zero again. Thanks guys for the help….However it does mean yet another upgrade of hosting package as we blew the limit a week before the end of the month this time, also the dreaded rush on tickets takes place again this week so we’ll have to upgrade for the fourth time in twelve months. I’m running out of space for photos anyway so, here goes again, onward and upward. I’m not complaining, it just means that you like what we’re doing. The construction and night time photos of Thomond Park as well as the Bruff match day and game photos are proving very popular again this year, but now we are getting over 16 times the number of visits as we did twelve months ago, Traffic is doubling on average every three months or so. Thanks you all for your support.
OLD CRESCENT 11 BRUFF 15,
The first XV made a fabulous start in this AIB Cup game last weekend at Rosbrien.12 minutes in, Finbarr "Braq" Hogan galloped into the corner following some fancy footwork by the centres. David Maw’s parents who had travelled all the way from New Zealand watched their son put over Bruff’s only penalty of the game five minutes later and then Máirtín took off on a run down the right hand side to let fly with a brilliant pop pass just before being tackled into touch to let Brain Cahill in for try number two, Davy Maw converting to give Bruff a 15-3 lead at the break, Old Crescents only score being a penalty by Brian O’ Shea. It again looked ominously "routlike" but Crescent under our old friend Tony Trehy, got themselves together in the second half, A penalty by JP Hartigan giving them a glimmer of hope, quickly followed by a Trevor Bowles try, which although unconverted closed the gap between the two leaving a tense final ten minutes before Bruff Closed out the game. It is noteworthy that the game finished with three Malones on the pitch, albeit with one on the Crescent side, after Simon came on during the second half replacing the Crescent hooker. Photos on the website http://www.bruffrfc.com/ as well as on the IRFU website again leading with match day photos of the game.
Next up in the AIB Cup is the first visit of Cork Constitution at Senior Level to Bruff on the 10th of January. That’ll be some day.
Bruff: G. Ryan, M. O’ Donnell, S. Foster, D. Murnane, A.Laffan, P.Malone, J.Shine, M. O’ Rourke, B.Cahill (R. E.Cahill 15), D.Maw, J. Moore, G.Leonard, J.Malone, F.Hogan, P. O’ Brien. Subs: E. Cahill, J.Hogan, C. O’ Regan, G.Collins, D.Dowling.
Scorers: Old Crescent: Try: Trevor Bowles; Pens: Brian O’Shea, JP Hartigan
Bruff: Tries: Finbarr Hogan, Brian Cahill; Con: David Maw; Pen: David Maw
J1 XV: Game Cancelled.
J2 XV: In their first loss of the season the Gleeson league squad went down to a very strong Clonmel side by 26 points to 6.
U20 AIL: Bruff 10 Galwegians 18, by all accounts unlucky here, a closing minutes try costing Bruff the game.
NMLU18: Garryowen 17, Bruff 14
U16F: Bruff 21, Nenagh 10
U13F:Bruff 35, Galbally 5
U12 Blitz: W4, D1, L1
U11 Blitz: W1,D1
Fixtures this weekend: Fri. 7th: U20 AIL, Bruff V Shannon, 7:30pm (First of a series of 2 under lights in Kilballyowen).
Sat 8th : MSC, Dolphin V Bruff, Musgrave Pk., 2:00 pm (Extra Time if necessary)
Sun. 9th : MSSL, Bruff J1 V Young Munster, 2:30pm
GL, Abbeyfeale V Bruff J2, 2:30pm
U11, Both teams away to Blitzes, contact coaches for details.
U8, U10, U12, Blitz V Kilfeacle, Kilballyowen, 10:30
U13, Young Munster V Bruff, 11:30
U14, Garryowen V Bruff, 11:00
U16, Bruff V St. Mary’s, 11:30
The annual James Keating Memorial Competition took place on Monday last, and was once again a great day out. 21 teams took part with UL Bohs taking the main competition honours, Clanwilliam taking the runners up playoff and St. Mary’s coming away with the third place playoff prizes. The committee wish to say a special thank you to everybody who took part and to all those who helped out on the day, one of the biggest and best to date.
Next committee meeting on Mon. 10th Nov. @ 8:00 pm.
Because of the unprecedented demand and the fact that three games have to be dealt with over 8 days the ticket distribution for the following two games will take place as follows: Ireland V New Zealand, Croke Park: Tickets will be distributed this coming Thursday and Saturday Nights between 8:00 and 9:00 pm. in the clubhouse. To avoid confusion between the two sets of tickets, the Munster V New Zealand draw results will not be posted on the website until Friday evening. These tickets will be distributed on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings next week between 8:00 and 9:00 pm in the clubhouse. Go to http://www.bruffrfc.com/ for updates.
Kilfeacle beat Clonmel with a last minute try!
Clonmel R.F.C. 9 Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. 10
The dismal weather over the previous weeks had caused the first team to have very little competitive action for Kilfeacle and District’s first team. On Sunday 2nd of November, Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. firsts team finally returned into the competitive arena and travelled to local rivals Clonmel RFC. Kilfeacle welcomed the opportunity to once again pit themselves against a worthy adversary. Because of the prominence of Clonmel in the league over the last number of years Kilfeacle knew that Clonmel would be exactly that. Clonmel were back in action after last week’s defeat to a very impressive Cashel team and were looking to improve in the league with a home win. The pitch was in fine condition considering the time of year and the weather was cold yet dry with a strong breeze blowing directly down the length of the pitch. Clonmel won the toss and elected to play against the wind in the first half.
Kilfeacle needed to start the game the better of the two teams if they were to take advantage of the strong breeze. This is exactly what they did and after 5 minutes and a well worked move by the backs John Keehan went over for a try in the corner which he was unable to convert. However the next 10 minutes saw Clonmel hold out the visitors as the two sides were evenly matched and cancelled each other out. It was after 15 minutes when Clonmel managed to gain the upper hand and narrowly missed a penalty after 15 minutes. However they made up for this miss through a well-taken penalty by the Clonmel kicker after 18 minutes. This signalled the best spell of the match for the visitors, who over the next 22 minutes forced Clonmel into a rearguard action as their clearing kicks were being held up in the wind and not gaining as much ground as they would wish. In the 26th minute a penalty was awarded to the visitors outside Clonmel’s 22. This penalty drifted agonisingly wide to leave the scoreline still reading 5 points to 3 in favour of the visitors. After 29 minutes Kilfeacle and District had a try disallowed when the referee couldn’t tell if the ball had been grounded or not. Clonmel defended the subsequent 5 metre scrum well and cleared their lines. With the first half drawing to a close Clonmel were keeping wave after wave of Kilfeacle attacks at bay and to the disbelief of the travelling supporters and to the joy of the home supporters, they stopped Kilfeacle from scoring again before halftime. This lead for Kilfeacle was never going to be enough to win the game and every person in the Kilfeacle colours knew that Kilfeacle would need to score in the second half to take something from the game.
The second half started with nearly a mirror version of the first half but with the roles reversed. Kilfeacle entrenched in their own 22 defending, Clonmel with the Lion’s share of possession and territorial advantage but unable to convert this possession into scores. In the 52nd minute Clonmel signalled their intent when their place kicker attempted a kick at goal from inside the Kilfeacle half, which was successful and saw Clonmel take the lead for the first time in the game. For 10 minutes of the second half Kilfeacle and District seemed to lose their way and a combination of indiscipline and unforced errors threatened to hand the game to Clonmel but Kilfeacle rode the storm and like Clonmel in the first half were defending well and in the 69th and 70th minutes had chances to retake the lead with two kickable penalty chances however neither found their targets. The game was finely poised now at 6 points to 5 and Clonmel seemed to be in the ascendancy. Clonmel seemed to have put the game beyond Kilfeacle when in the 78th minute they scored another penalty to lead by 9 points to 5. To Kilfeacle’s credit they rallied and did what Clonmel had failed to do in the first half and score a try against the wind. An inspirational team effort saw the team, work their way into their opponents 22 in the dying seconds of the game and one last mighty effort saw Kilfeacle go over for the winning try. The travelling supporters, whom there were many of, saw the subsequent conversion attempt missed but knew that victory was at hand as they game was now well into injury time and when the ball broke free and out of play it signalled the referee’s final whistle to bring a close to a titanic and enthralling battle that ended in an away win with the score reading 10 points to 9 in favour of Kilfeacle.
The coaches and selectors were happy with the away points particularly after the long break. These were two sides evenly matched on the day, with either team only a bounce of a ball away from a win. This demonstrates how important the training sessions are and that attendance from now on is vital as with so many players pushing for places and a very busy league programme in the coming weeks. Kilfeacle would like to thank Clonmel R.F.C. for their hospitality after the game and would also like to thank all the travelling supporters whose support is valued greatly. Next week’s fixture is a mouth watering home game against Cobh RFC on Sunday 9th of November. We hope to see you all there.
Kilfeacle Under 18’s lose to Nenagh.
Nenagh R.F.C. 17
Kilfeacle R.F.C. 15
The team traveled to Nenagh and put on a very good display. Although on the day it was a loss for this team they both started and finished well and performed as a unit to demonstrate that with a little more belief in themselves that they have the skill and talent to trouble any team. Nenagh showed excellent resolve and dedication and never believed they were beaten they are to be commended for this display and the hospitality they showed.
Kilfeacle Under 16’s win East Munster semi-final.
Kilfeacle R.F.C. 12
Waterpark R.F.C. 11
Kilfeacle R.F.C. welcomed Waterpark RFC to play a very entertaining game in good weather conditions. The first half showed that the two sides were going to try and move the ball around and it proved to be a very open and expansive game. Both Kilfeacle and Waterpark, to their credit, at all times played with great spirit and never gave up what was a creditable effort by both sides. Kilfeacle team coach said he and all the team were delighted with the result and were impressed by the manner in which they achieved it. He said that it was a heartening display that if repeated would surely mean a promising season ahead. Players that scored and caught the eye on the day were Daragh McEniry, and JJ Cooney.
Kilfeacle Under 10’s perform well in Carrick-On-Suir
Kilfeacle U10A vs. Carrick-on-Suir U10A 6 – 1 (Kilfeacle won)
Kilfeacle U10A vs. Carrick-on-Suir U10B 5 – 0 (Kilfeacle won)
Kilfeacle U10B vs. Carrick-on-Suir U10B 7 – 2 (Kilfeacle won)
Kilfeacle U10B vs. Carrick-on-Suir U10A 1 – 1 (Drawn game)
Last Sunday saw the Kilfeacle U10s play 4 matches in Carrick-on-Suir.
The young Kilfeacle Blues maintained there superb form to win all but one of their four games. Notable players for Kilfeacle U10s on the day were Maurice O’ Sullivan and Brian Hally for their try saving tackles. Michael and Eoin McCormack for their powerful forward play. James and Cian Maloney for their quick supporting play. Colin McIniry & Kieran Breen for their invaluable tries. James Ryan and Stephen O’ Brien for their knacky runs.
Juvenile Training Going well
We are delighted to announce that the training for the underage/younger teams continues every Friday. If you missed last week’s training do not fear, as the place to be is Morrissey Park, Kilfeacle, every Friday night.
Under 8’s, 10’s, 12’s, 13’s, and 14’s training starts at 7.00pm whereas Under 15’s and 16’s starts at 8.00pm on Friday the 15th September.
If you enjoy team sports in healthy surroundings with experienced coaches, great facilities and loads of fun then Morrissey Park is the place to be Friday nights!!
CARRICK ON SUIR
Superb Carrick XV’s third win from three in Division Three
MJL Division Three: Carrick 18 Douglas 8
Carrick-on-Suir’s lead the way in their Munster Junior League section following Sunday’s excellent 18-8 win over Douglas at Tybroughney. The mood of optimism that’s enveloped the Carrick men since their excellent pre-season is now reaping dividends where it matters: on the field of play. The wins to date have been enormously satisfying given the close-fought nature of all three games, justly bolstering confidence in Carrick ranks. The Corkmen took on Carrick up front, with the hosts responding in kind during a hit-heavy opening 40 minutes. The half-time score read 6-3 in Carrick’s favour, with Ross Clery bisecting the posts with two penalties. Just minutes into the second half, Carrick extended their lead through fly-half James Wallace, who broke through Douglas cover having received an excellent offload from the surging Peter Steele.
The hosts registered their second try of the afternoon through winger Alban Coughlan, who dived in by the uprights after marvellous work by ever-industrious prop Alan Murray. Clery added the conversion to put 15 points between the sides. That the greatest frustration of Carrick’s performance was the concession of a late try to the visitors says much for the mindset that’s propelled the Tybroughney men to the top of Group B. A trip to Galbally awaits next Sunday (kick-off: 2.30pm) for a team with promotion firmly on its mind.
Juvenile news: Carrick and Kilfeacle’s fine morning
Last Sunday morning, Carrick welcomed Kilfeacle to Tybroughney for a selection of matches from the Under Sixes to the Under 12s. Carrick’s Under-12s enjoyed a well-earned nine tries to six win over the visitors with excellent tries coming from Niall Blanchfield, Liam Fortune and Josh Quinn. Aidan Nugent, Alan Dowley and Jack Murphy also enjoyed good games while Karen Ryan did particularly well with great forward play.
There were two Under-10 teams fielded, with the first teams out finishing on three tries apiece. Fine performances were recorded by Ian Long, Ronan Ryan, Oisin Brophy, Sam Driver, Richie Norris and Michael Dineen while Jack Murphy proved a match-long powerhouse. Carrick’s second Under-10 team were beaten by a superior Kilfeacle team but certainly weren’t found wanting.
The under eight team went down by eight tries to four but were better value than the final score suggested, with Katherine Dineen and Aaron Kinsella enjoying fine games.
Carrick coach Thierry Blacque is working hard to bring this team to the next level. But from a Carrick perspective, the new Under Six team proved the stars of the show, sharing the spoils with Kilfeacle in an 18-try thriller.
James Bourke, Conor Hogan, Neil Moriarty, Ian Balding, Ben Grace were just four of several great performers under a marvellous Sunday morning sun.
Ticket draw in the Comeragh
Meanwhile, Carrick RFC held a draw in the Comeragh Bar on Sunday evening for big match tickets. The winners were: Mickey Pollard (two tickets for Ireland/England), Shane O’Keeffe (two tickets for Ireland/France), Eugene Hogan (two tickets for Ireland/All Blacks), Aileen Clery (two tickets for Ireland/Canada) and Tom and Mary Phelan (Munster/Sale).
In the Supporters’ Club Members’ Draw, Damien Grehan won two tickets for next Spring’s Ireland/France Six Nations fixture at Croke Park. Thanks to all who sold and bought the tickets!
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Sweet revenge for Shannon in Cup tie
Blackrock 20 Shannon 40
AIB All Ireland Cup 2nd round
Revenge is a dish best served cold, so the age old saying goes, but while the temperature may well have been very low in Stradbrook, Shannon were red hot as they avenged Blackrock’s earlier league defeat when they crossed for five tries in the second round of the AIB Cup.
That 41-27 league defeat weighed heavily on the Shannon collective and the frustration was channelled into direct action on the field where they simply tore into the home side from the very start. Apart from a 15 minute second half spell when Blackrock scored two tries Shannon dominated the game starting with a highly effective defensive game and continuing with a bullish mode of attack.
It seems that when Tadgh Bennett is in form, the entire Shannon side benefit and young outhalf was outstanding in Blackrock, orchestrating events with a varied and effect repertoire. His personal haul of 20 points brings his tally to 91 points in only five games and although still very early in the season he must surely be in contention for the no 10 shirt on the AIB Club international side.
Saturday’s result was perhaps a true indication of Shannon’s improvements since the AIB league started and while they were some deficiencies, they were few and far between.
The strong breeze blowing from the sea favoured the home side in the first half, but they never really fulfilled its potential. They relied once again on their agile and nimble backline to provide their penetration, but Shannon’s defence stood firm and produced an enormous tackle count throughout the day
Shannon’s terrier like defence forced errors and turnovers which proved costly to Blackrock and as it was with the first meeting, Shannon stormed into a healthy lead before the half time break, but this time what they had, they held and indeed added to.
Bennett knocked over his first penalty as early as the 5th minute which atoned for a miss just a minute previous and despite Blackrock’s subsequent assault on Shannon’s gain line they were rebuffed with vigorous tackling by the centre pairing of Andrew Finn and Fionn McLoughlin. Blackrock were denied what seemed like as certain try when Fullback was bundled into touch by his counterpart on the Shannon side, David O’Donovan. That was as close as Blackrock came to a try in the first half and Shannon went from strength to strength.
Bennett added another penalty in the 23rd minute and Shannon stretched their lead further 7 minutes later when they forced a turnover which set winger Marcus O’Driscoll on a long gallop to the line. The speedster won the 60 metre race and Bennett’s magnificent touchline conversion gave the visitors a 13 point advantage.
Irish U/20 outhalf Ian Madigan registered Blackrock’s first points when he tapped over a 33rd minute penalty, but that proved only a brief respite from the Shannon onslaught.
When scrumhalf Ross O’Loughlin took a quick tap penalty when perhaps a kick at goal may well have been the preferred option it produced Shannon’s second try and justification in O’Loughlin decision.
The ball was transferred through several pairs of hands before Fionn McLoughlin marked his return to Shannon with a try after he demonstrated skill and strength to get over the line.
Madigan reduced the deficit with a penalty on the stroke of halftime but it must surely have been a worrying for Blackrock to be facing into the breeze with Shannon playing so well. hose worries were certainly exacerbated at the resumption when almost immediately Andrew Finn barged over after being set up after a brilliant Kevin Griffin break. Despite a resilient effort by the likes of Des Dillion and the veteran hooker Shane Byrne it looked like a damage limitation exercise for ‘rock. However there was no limitations to Shannon’s desire to pile on the points and another forced turnover saw Bennett hack ahead, collect brilliantly and cross for Shannon’s fourth try of the game.
The game took a bit of a turn when Shannon’s john O’Connor was yellow carded for a perceived professional foul and then a minute later numerical parity was restored when Ian Mc Laughlin was binned for dangerous play. Bennett taped over a penalty, but then Blackrock staged a mini revival.
Shannon’s solid defence was finally breeched when Kyle Tonnetti went through a wide gap, although it appeared that the referee impeded a would be tackler, but the try stood and ‘rock seemed to gain a boast of confidence.
Tonnetti’s second try came soon after but this was due to a mix up as Shannon tried to run the ball out of their own ’22. The only blip in Bennett’s day was when his attempted clearance was blocked and Tonnetti’s pounced and went over.
For Blackrock to get within 15 points of Shannon at this stage in the game was admirable and their efforts to further reduced the gap was brave , but Shannon reverted to their confident reliable defence pattern and repelled any further threat.
Their mindset seemed as strong at the end as it was at the beginning of the match and the rounded of a great days work when the scored their best try of the game in the 2nd minute of injury time. An exquisitely executed cross field from Bennett after a fine passage of play, reached Richie Mullane on the wing and it was just a case of catch and fall over the line.
It rounded off a most pleasing day for Shannon who now face Ballynahinch in the next round of the AIB Cup.
D. O’Donovan, R.Mullane, F.McLoughlin A. Finn M.O’Driscoll, T. Bennett,
R.O’Loughlin, G.McNamara J.Cronin K.Griffin P.O’Brien(F.Broderick), F. Walsh, E.McLoughlin J. O’Connor, D. Quinlan.
Referee; Simon McDowell
Aidan Clifford PRO
Killorglin Rugby Club’s fundraising draw continues, with a chance to be part of history as its prize. Tickets cost €10, with the winner receiving a pair of tickets to the MUNSTER v ALL BLACKS game in the newly revamped Thomond Park on Tuesday, November 18th, along with one night’s accommodation in Limerick’s Clarion Hotel. This may be the official opening of the new Thomond Park and marks the 30th anniversary of Munster’s finest hour, when they beat the All Blacks on 31st October 1978. Tickets for this match are like gold dust, so this may be one of the few chances to get to see the game. For more information, Aidan Clifford (0879065927) & Jerome O’Sullivan (0873710104) or any committee member can be contacted. All money raised will go towards developing Killorglin’s new home ground.
The Killorglin Rugby Club Social takes place on Friday night, December 5th at Top Deck Restaurant. Starting at 8pm sharp, limited number of tickets are available from club members.
Killorglin RFC Seniors hosted Scariff on Sunday last, with the hope of gaining their first league points of the season. They succeeded, picking up a 4-try bonus point in the process. Killorglin went 3-0 ahead early in the game, with a penalty from Brian Gannon after 10 mins. They increased the lead before half time, with a fantastic team move spreading the ball the width of the pitch for full-back Mark Healy to score. The score at half time stood at 8-0 to Killorglin. Killorglin went on to score three more tries in the second half in the same corner, two from substitute wing Dan O’Sullivan, and one from flanker Brian Aherne. In a solid team display, stand out performances came from Brian Aherne, whose line-out ability has brought a new dimension to Killorglin ammo this season, along with Mark Healy, who had a safe pair of hands at full-back along with his line-breaking runs that set-up two tries.
Killorglin RFC U16s travelled to Castleisland last Thursday night to play out the match previously fixed for the preceding Saturday. The night, although very cold but remained dry and provided an enthralling match for spectators. Killorglin lost the match 17-10, but played some exciting rugby, including tries from Pieter Homan & James Lynch. Stand-out performances came from Peter Mullins, and Tadhg Prendeville, although every player can be proud of their performance, and may well feel they could have got more out of this tie.
Killorglin U16:- 1 K McEnery, 2 D Richards, 3 D Woods, 4 T Sheehan, 5 P Mullins, 7 J Tuohy, 8 J Lynch, 9 N Breen, 10 D McGillicuddy, 11 G Griffin, 12 T Prendiville, 13 P Kilkenny, 14 P Cotter, 15 C Johnson. Subs: B O’Sullivan for Breen, J Carey for Sheehan. Unused: D Griffin & K Foley.
The Under 14s hosted Abbeyfeale on Saturday last, narrowly losing out 13-10 to the visitors. Killorglin’s try came from a great drive from front-row Danny Griffin. The Under 18s also lost to Abbeyfeale. The final score was 13-0 although that flattered the visitors as their try came with the last play of the game.
Fistures: Killorglin Seniors travel to Limerick City this Sunday to play St. Marys in the next round of the Munster Junior League. Kickoff 2:30pm. The Under 13s & 16s take on Tralee at home this Saturday in the next round of their respective leagues.
Senior Team Training continues every Tuesday & Friday at the Intermediate School at 7:00pm. New players are most welcome and our coaches are happy to introduce novice players to the game. Killorglin RFC Underage training continues. Under-age training continues every Saturday at the Intermediate School. It is not too late to join us as coaches will be happy to coach novices to the game. All are welcome. Under 10, 12, & 14 teams will train on the Dragon’s Den All weather pitch at the Intermediate School at 11am. The Under 18 players will train on the Dragon’s Den at 1pm. For information on any age grade issues, contact Youth Officer John Costello on 0863558185 or P.R.O Aidan Clifford on 0879065927.
Membership for Killorglin Rugby Club is still open for the 2008-2009 season. Family membership costs €50, a single membership costs €30, while a juvenile membership costs €10. The above numbers can be contacted also for more information.
Maria O’Mahony PRO
Kinsale 2nd XV overpowered a visiting Mallow side today with a convincing 34 – 0 score during an entertaining game of rugby.
The match opened with a great try from Gordon O’Sullivan following a great surge by the pack and was subsequently converted by Janes Lynch. William Crowley went on to score try no 2 when he picked the ball of the back of a ruck and took it over the line. The game flowed well with great handling by the backs and led on to a try by Dave O’Mahony bringing the half time score to 17 nil.
Mallow came back into the game in the second half, availing of the advantage of the wind being in their favour and keeping the pressure on the home team for a good 20 mins. Kinsale weathered the pressure well and after great work by the backs, James Lynch went over for a corner try. Combined superb play by both the forwards and backs led on to try no 5 in the game coming this time from Dave O’Connell. With 5 mins to play, James Collins made a great break inside his own 22 and set up Gordon O’Sullivan for a try which was subsequently converted by Dave O’Connell. Man of the Match – William Crowley for a great display at no 8
Next Fixture: 9 November away to UCC – Kick Off 12.30
The first defeat of the season was tasted by the Kinsale ladies rugby squad in Tralee on Sunday 2 Nov. The tralee squad were physically very strong and continued to pile on the pressure throughout the 80 mins. Kinsale struggled to keep possession and despite several breaks, could not capitalise on their great ball handling. 3 unconverted tries by Tralee in the first half put a lot of pressure on Kinsale. The search for a breakthrough score didn’t come and the strength of the Tralee squad proved too much this time around. It’s back to the training pitch to tidy a few things up in preparation for the next game against Shannon, away on 23 November.
Old Crescent RFC by Frank Larkin PRO
Our First team played a game of two halves last Saturday in losing 11 points to 15 to Bruff RFC in the second round of the AIB Cup. Poor handling by Old Crescent and a more aggressive start by Bruff meant that Old Crescent went behind after ten minutes to a try by Bruff which was not converted. Bruff converted a penalty half way through the first half, and shortly afterwards Crescent finally got on the scoreboard with a penalty kicked by our number 10, Brian O’Shea. Bruff continued to press and their efforts were rewarded with a breakaway try on 30 minutes, which they converted. Leaving the half-time score, Bruff 15 Old Crescent 3.
Our Coach, John Broderick, made some changes at half time and Old Crescent set about getting back into the game in a determined fashion in the second half. So much so that Bruff were kept scoreless in the second half and came very close to winning. Unfortunately, good as the Old Crescent comeback was, it was not good enough to deny Bruff the win. JP Hartigan kicked a penalty after ten minutes and Trevor Bowles scored a try with ten minutes to go to leave the final score Bruff 15 Old Crescent 11.
It was disappointing not to win after the great comeback in the second half but we gave ourselves a hill to climb with our poor performance in the first half. However, the game did give our coach a useful opportunity to see some of our fringe players in action.
It was otherwise a quite weekend in Old Crescent, with our Seconds game against Nenagh Ormond on Sunday called off, and our Thirds game was postponed to 15th November. Our Under 20’s were unlucky to lose to Cashel by 8 points to 3, having missed a few easy kicks. Our Under 18’s lost to Shannon by 17 points to 12.
Fixtures for next weekend:
Our First team play Sunday’s Well in the Munster Senior Cup at home in Rosbrien at 2.00pm next Saturday. Note the early start to allow for extra time if required. Our Thirds play away to UL Bohemians in the Gleeson League in Annacotty at 1.00pm next Saturday. Our Seconds play Sundays Well on Sunday at 2.30pm at home in Rosbrien in the Munster Seconds League. Our Under 20’s are way to Richmond at Richmond Park at 2.30pm on Saturday, and our Under 18’s are at home to Garryowen on Sunday morning at 11.30am.
Our President, Glenn Quin, and our Committee will host a Reception in the Clubhouse in Rosbrien at 8.00pm. Next Monday night, 10th November, in honour of Ian Jones, the famous All-Black and former Old Crescent player. All members are welcome. The draw for 5 pairs of stand tickets for the Munster v All Blacks game will also take place in the clubhouse next Monday evening.
Finally, Old Crescent members will be interested to learn that the Canadian team trained at our grounds in Rosbrien this week, in preparation for their game against Ireland this coming weekend.
Garryowen FC Notes by Christopher Barry PRO
Our seniors had a comfortable 37-13 win over Thomond in Dooradoyle last Saturday and in doing so qualified for the last sixteen of the AIB Cup. Declan Cusack’s early penalty certainly focused the minds of our players and by half time we had taken control of the game to lead 20-3. Conor Kilroy kicked two penalties and Ciaran O’Boyle again weaved his away along the left wing to score in the corner. Kilroy converted expertly. The crucial score came in the 40th minute following intense pressure on the Thomond line. Dogged defence had initially repelled our attack, but a neat reverse pass by Conor Murray to Conor Hartigan saw the No.7 show great technical skills to get down low and drive over the line. Kilroy converted to terminate the half. There followed a procession to the bar by the smallish crowd for the "hot toddy" but still the chill in the air did not detract from the efforts of the players in the second period. Scoring chances were created by both teams only for the final pass to go to ground. A further Kilroy penalty and a peach of a second try from O’Boyle, after the wing came steaming through the centre, put the game beyond reach. The visitors did stir themselves and although now trailing 30-3, they rallied with two unconverted tries from Brian Buckley and Declan Cusack. Anthony Kavanagh was introduced in the 60th minute and some inspired running at the heart of the Thomond defence resulted in the concession of a penalty. A quick tap and go by Murray created space out wide for Lorcan Bourke to touch down and Willie Stuanton added the extras for the final score of the game. On Saturday we play Highfield in the q/f of the Munster Senior Cup in Model Farm Road at 2.00 (eta).
In the MSL, our junior team had a rare old tussle with UL Bohemian on Sunday and ran out 20-5 winners. Alan Kingsley kicked two penalties, albeit against the run of play, and converted a Michael Sherry try following a sweeping movement when no fewer than 5 forwards handled the ball. Half time arrived soon after with the score 13-0 in our favour. It was a high quality game with the ball moving from end to end and both defences lead a charmed life throughout the second half. The deciding score came from Kevin Hartigan who popped up on the left wing to score in the corner. Kingsley’s conversion pushed our score out to 20 and even though the Robins replied with an unconverted try (richly deserved for their efforts), our defence held firm to the finish to claim full points.
We travel to Temple Hill on Sunday to play Cork Con at 2.30 in the same competition. The U20’s just got the better of Cork Con in the AIL running out the narrowest of winners on an 11-9 score line. Aaron McCluskey scored a first half try and Geoffrey Ryan kicked a penalty. Con fought back with three penalties to lead 9-8 only for Ryan to edge us back in front with a penalty. There wasn’t much between the sides on the day and Con will rue a late penalty miss from a favourable position. Still a win is a win and the team will travel to Corinthians on Saturday with renewed hope of maintaining their good run. The game kicks off at 2.30. The Gleeson League continues on Saturday when we play Shannon in Coonagh at 12.30. A difficult assignment for Richard and Niall’s charges but a good test nonetheless of our title credentials. On the under age front our U18’s maintained their unbeaten run this season with a hard earned 17-14 win over Bruff in Dooradoyle on Sunday, while the U13’s are still undefeated in the NML after they won 24-14 in Scariff. Games this Sunday include U18’s v Old Crescent in NML in Rosbrien at 11.00 and U14’s v Bruff in the Development League in Dooradoyle, also at 11.00. It’s a busy week on the social front with John Noonan’s President Dinner on Friday night and Race Day on Sunday in Greenmount.
With less than two weeks to go to the eagerly awaited Munster v All Blacks game in Thomond Park, the excitement continues to mount. There is a New Zealand- Ireland night in the clubhouse on the eve of the game on Monday 17th November at 9.00. Would you believe Riverdance v The Haka, traditional music, the chance to meet players from 1978 All Blacks/Munster teams and all preceded by The Garryowen FC Fallen Stars v New Zealand International /All Blacks Leprechauns at 7.30. Now given my recollection of the size of antipodean protagonists of the oval ball game, I am not sure the latter description applies but it will be a fantastic evening with a bit of caint, ceol agus craic. There will be a very modest admission fee to assist the injured players’ fund.
"Ka mate, ka mate Ka ora, ka ora Tenei te tangata, puhuruhuru Nana i tiki, mai whakawhiti te ra…stand up and fight until you hear the bell….stand toe to toe trade blow for blow?."
Congratulations to the Garryowen FC players who were selected to train with the Ireland U20 squad this weekend in Enfield. The club is extremely proud of Conor Murray, Andrew Burke, Ronan O’Mahony and Diarmaid McCarthy.
Shannon Club Notes by Andrew McNamara PRO
A one point win would have done. It was cup rugby after all. No one was looking for heroics, just a win. As holders of the AIB cup, retention of the trophy was the main task of the day , but we all knew there was a bit more to this particular game than just that. Blackrock must surely have fancied their chances after their 41-27 win on the opening day of the league.
Revenge was a word not even used in the pre match team talk, but what was spoken about was the restoration of pride after that defeat. That day, in early October the lads themselves knew better than anyone else that they failed to do their ability justice. Well last Saturday, not only did they restore their pride against Blackrock, but they did it in style. There was a lot of hurt after the initial match and all the pent up frustration manifested itself in our best performance of the season so far. Five tries was no mean feat and while a lapse in concentration for a short period in the second half allowed Blackrock two tries although one was very fortuitous. The progress, both physically and mentally was demonstrated in abundance in the final quarter of the game. This result was made all the more satisfying when one considers the plethora of injuries we have in the squad. Fiach was forced to pull out on Friday, while Mike Essex took the warm up, but failed to come through .The two players that took their place did so effortlessly and both were outstanding. Ross O’Loughlin was in for his brother and Jason Cronin came in for Mike and I don’t think I’ve seen either play a better game in a very long time. On a day when everyone stood up and was counted it was perhaps Tadgh Bennett’s performance at outhalf that once again set the confident mood. 20 additional points to his previous 71 in the league tell only a small part of his game. He controlled with kicks, he tackled like a lion and above all he dictated the pace of the game on our behalf. The return of two time AIB League winner Fionn McLoughlin from Wales last week was a timely boost given the injury list and he slotted back into the Shannon regime as if he was never away. Indeed it was a very proud day for the Mc Loughlin family with both Fionn and Emmet taking the field for Shannon. I wonder did their father Gerry ever think that day would come.
Our reward for a win is a home tie (finally) against Ballynahinch and despite the difference of divisions they will certainly prove a tough outfit. But that’s not until January 10th.
The three week break comes with mixed feelings. The momentum gathered recently would have stood if we did have a game, but on the other hand the break will allow injuries to heal and bodies to rejuvenate.
Not to be outdone by the seniors, the seconds were equally as impressive in the league against Cork Con on Sunday in Coonagh. It’s not often that any team at any level puts up over 30 points against Con so to claim bonus point win was very satisfying. Player coach Frankie Mc was in fine form at the base of the scrum, while Mark Tuohy really strong in attack. It was close enough at the start of the game with Gavin Murphy opening the account, but Con responded with a try of their own. It was in the second half though that the real difference in the sides told. While not entirely one way traffic, the lads were in control with additional tries by Frankie Daly, Shane Mullally and a brace by replacement Paddy O’Sullivan. A very encouraging display from every everyone and several players put selection headaches in the watching Geoff Moylan’s mind albeit good ones ,and with our seconds playing well it ensures that all our senior squad will be kept on their toes. This Sunday they host UCC at 2.30 in Coonagh.
Unfortunately the thirds had to make do with a friendly game against St Mary’s as the home side didn’t have sufficient numbers to field a team in the Gleeson League. With a big squad to choose from, our management decided to "loan" a few players top Saints, so at least some sort a game was played. This Saturday they face possibly their biggest challenge of the season when the play Garryowen in the Gleeson league in Coonagh at 12.30.
Our U.20’s did fair so good in the AIL against a very strong Buccaneers side. The physical size of the visitors was immense and when you consider that the Buccaneers side contained 12 Connaught U/20 players the task was enormous. The lads did battle bravely throughout, but just couldn’t counteract the deficiencies in size. It’s a game that will certainly stand to the lads as they continue to rebuild the side and hopefully they can bounce back this Saturday where they are away to Bruff with a 2.30 kickoff.
The Ladies have a game in Youghal on Sunday.
It was a busy enough weekends for our underage with several sides in action. Both U/13’s had games and while the Blues put in a battling display against UL hawks they lost, but he Blacks had a great win over UL Lions. The U/14’s had their first competitive match of the season and had a great 29-5 win over Galwey Corinthians. Jack McDermott was in superb form and scored three tries. Evan Fitzgerald squeezed into the corner near the end to finish off the scoring while Ronan McKenna added the remainder with his boot.
The U/18’s recorded a win over Old crescent which was good preparation for their big match against Newcastlewest this Sunday in Coonagh at 12pm. Both sides are unbeaten in the league which means the winner will go a long way to claiming the title. Other fixtures see the U14’s play away to UL/Bohs and the U/16’s at home to the same club.
The U/13 blues are at home to Thomond while the blacks are away to UL/Bohs hawks.
Finally, the news that Tony Buckley was selected to start for Ireland against Canada rounded off a great week for the club. Mushy has already started 2 AIB league games this season and it will be great to see him play in Green this Saturday in the front row with Shannon colleagues Marcus and Gerry. Best wishes to the entire international squad for the three autumn games. The Marquee will be up beside the Clubhouse and is open to the public before and after the game.