Club News Weekending May 4th 2008
29th April 2008 By Munster Rugby
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Denis Wade PRO
Kilfeacle and District Rugby Football Club underage teams once again come to the fore!
East Munster Under 14 Plate Final.
Kilfeacle and District RFC 15 Fethard RFC 3
On Friday night the Kilfeacle under 14 team traveled to Clonmel to play Fethard in the East Munster Plate Final. A hard battle ensued with fierce determination being evinced by both teams. Cathal Donovan and Oisin O’Meara played and gave excellent displays of rugby and how it should be played – hard but fair and led the boys from the hill to an impressive but hard fought 15 to 3 victory over this promising young Fethard team. Bill Whelan and Ian Kelly gained the hard yards up front and Fintan Murphy was safe and effective in the backs but it was the team spirit that won this contest. Congratulations to all involved.
East Munster Under 13 Cup Final.
Kilfeacle hosted the East Munster under 13 Cup Final play offs on Sunday with Clanwilliam, Thurles and Fethard traveling to Morrissey Park. The sun was shining and it was a very focused and determined bunch of Kilfeacle players that took to the playing fields to accept the challenges of Thurles first, then Fethard and finally their closest neighbours Clanwilliam. The commitment and team spirit was such on the day that it would have been an exceptional team that would have beaten Kilfeacle on the day. Going into the final game against Clanwilliam, it was all to play for with Kilfeacle just one point to the good. Five tries to nil was the final score and was fitting considering the excellent, disciplined rucking, mauling and running displayed by the home team. Philip Ryan and Oisin O’Meara were outstanding and Ricky Whitney, Bryan Roche and Sean Breen were all excellent. This panel of players will prove a formidable outfit if they stick together and resume in September where they left off on Sunday. Well done to all concerned.
Congratulations and Best wishes.
Kilfeacle RFC had four players who made the Munster Junior team and represented their Province against Leinster last weekend in Malahide, they are Charles Walsh, Pierse Breen, Ger Looby and James Mullane. We congratulate them on their performances and wish them every success against Ulster next weekend in Ballincollig. We would also like to congratulate Alan Dwyer and Michael Fitzgerald for their performances when playing with Bruff RFC Under 20’s against Nenagh last weekend. To two of our players that are now making great strides in the Senior Club rankings. Firstly, Kevin Griffin, who plays Prop for Shannon in their League semi-final against Garryowen next weekend, we send best wishes and also we congratulate Ian Hanly for playing with the Munster 7’s in the Scottish tournament in Edinburgh. Finally, congratulations to Conor O’Brien who won a League medal with the Tipperary Senior hurling team. It gives great satisfaction to all involved in Kilfeacle and District Rugby Football Club to see all these young men doing so well and fulfilling their potential. They are doing themselves, their families and their club proud and we wish them and all our players’ continued and further success in the future in whatever they decide to do!
Maria O’Mahony PRO
Kinsale 1st XV – Martin O’Sullivan Cup Final
Kinsale v’s Kilrush
At Newcastlewest, Co Limerick
SUNDAY 27 APRIL k.o. 12.30
RESULT – Kilrush 15 – Kinsale 14
Kinsale 2nd XV – Semi Final McCarthy Cup
Ballincollig v Kinsale
In Tanner Park, Ballincollig
WED 23th k.o 18.45
RESULT – Ballincollg 11- Kinsale 13
Interception try just before half time by Dave O’Mahony converted by James Lynch and he also scored 2 long range penalty kicks. Big defensive effort over last 10 mins to hold on to victory.
Kinsale 2nd XV – J3 Cup Final
Sunday’s Well v Kinsale
In Tanner Park, Ballincollig
SAT 26th k.o 14.30
RESULT – SUNDAY’S WELL 24 – KINSALE 12
Kinsale met Sunday’s Well today in the final of the Munster Junior 3 Cup.
This game was destined to be tough as Sundays Well are an experienced side with great skill. A strong drive from Well in the early minutes tested Kinsales defence. With a counter attack Kinsale winger Dave O’Mahony scored a try as a result of a 45 metre run but the touchline conversion was missed.
Well rallied and applied more pressure but Kinsale’s defence was immaculate and they cleared the lines with a penalty turn-over for holding on. Well retaliated with a try from 25metres but the conversion was missed. Well responded again from the re-start and forced their way down the pitch where they won a penalty which was kicked to corner and a try scored from the resulting Maul, again the conversion was missed.
For the rest of the half both teams battled but held each other off with fantastic defence from both sides. Shortly before half time the injured Ian Coughlan was replaced by Aidan Mc Claverty.
Kinsale immediately applied pressure from the restart but missed a penalty early on. Well responded proudly and a great tackle from Dave O’Mahony kept them at bay a while longer. Well were determined and scored a converted try after 55mins from 15meters out. Kinsale counter attacked and temporarily releaved pressure but Well ran in another converted try.
Shortly before the last Well score Kinsale made a few substitutions which rallied the team and a try was scored by Connie O Reagan and converted by James Lynch. Great performances from Connie O’Regan, Greville Walsh, Fintan Lawton and an exceptional display of rugby from Conor Cullen tested Well and kept the pressure on.
Unfortunately Well proved the better team on the day and finished the game 24-12 up.
7 A SIDE BLITZ V YOUNG MUNSTER
6 out of 7 matches won
U18’s South Munster Development Cup Final
Kinsale vs Fermoy, k.o. 19.00
RESULT – KINSALE 3 – FERMOY 3
Kinsale played Fermoy on Friday night in the Final of the U-18 South Munster Development Cup at Ballincollig. The match started strong with powerful defence from both sides. In the early minutes a drop goal from First Centre Lloyd Darmody put the Kinsale side 3-0 up. Soon after, the same Darmody was Red Carded and so Kinsale were faced with the challenge of playing the remainder of the game 1 man down.
Taking advantage of Kinsale’s vulnerability Fermoy scored their own drop goal evening the score to 3-3 heading into half time. The second half saw a number of scoring opportunities for both sides but neither was able to break through the oppositions defence. After a yellow card to Fermoy and a number of substitutions, they were under pressure with Kinsale’s strength and fitness and showing through. Great performances from Captain William Crowley, Aiden Mc Claverty and crunching tackles from Robin O’Flynn kept Fermoy from breaking the defence line. Kinsale attacked with great heart which paid off with the referee awarding them the win as a result of having the first score under Munster Branch rules which does not allow the play of extra time in U18’s.
Ger Maguire PRO
Evans League Final: Scariff 15 – Clonmel 13
Scariff R.F.C. claimed their second cup this year in a hard fought battle of endurance against Clonmel. In a game where both teams put their bodies on the line, Scariff came out victorious with a huge team effort in both attack and defense. Scariff knew the challenge that was ahead of them as they took to the field on Saturday, after losing to a tough Clonmel side earlier in the season, there was only one outcome that would satisfy the team, boosted by the Gleeson Cup win two weeks previously, Scariff were determined to bring home more silverware for the shelf.
Both teams started well battling to get the upper hand over their rivals, the forwards tested each other out driving through the pack and hitting every ruck and maul while the backs spread the ball wide probing for any vulnerabilities. It was Scariff though that achieved the upper hand with a try in the first 15 minutes from Rody Kennedy. As the forwards shoved their way into the Clonmel half the ball was spun out to the backs and after Hughie Molloy broke the line of defense he offloaded to Rody who was running in support and clashed over the white wash to score.
Scariff could not be complacent though as Clonmel attacked with added vigor, looking to find an equaliser. The outhalves kicked down the line and hoisting the high balls to gain valuable ground and pressure the back three but both sides held under the pressure and either ran the ball back or returned the kicks with gusto. On several occasions the Scariff backs made breaks through the opposition with interworked play with the forwards and fast hands. The Madden brothers combined just before the end of the first half and as Robbie broke the defenses down the right he sucked in the defenders and released Mike through the gap to score under the posts.
With the first ending 12 – 3 to Scariff there was a lot to play for indeed, Clonmel started the second half like demons and their massive forwards mauled their way into the Scariff half. Scariff tried to subdue the onslaught but were unable to shift the opposition from their 22, giving away several dangerous penalties in the strike zone. Clonmel got the rewards from their efforts and after sucking the Scariff defense in at the breakdown the moved the ball across the line and scored in the corner with the extra man. Their full back converted and suddenly there was a game on with the
scoreline being 12-10.
Shortly after Clonmel struck yet again with a penalty and were ahead in the match for the first time after Scariff infringed for hands in the ruck in front of the posts. Scariff had 10 nervous minutes desperately trying to find an answer to the Clonmel attack but being pinned inside their own half. A break from Scariff back and forwards brought the ball close to the Clonmel 22 and with forwards setting up the ruck Mike Madden stood deep and drop kicked the winning score of the match.
Clonmel threw everything they had into attack over the final 10 minutes battering the Scariff try line. Both sides put in an immense effort with nothing spared in a true cup performance. Although Clonmel were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes they were not able to convert it to points as they opted to go down the line. As the final whistle went Scariff celebrated a fabulous victory that was thoroughly deserved bringing home a second Cup to Scariff in as many weeks.
OLD CRESCENT RFC
Pat Rickard PRO
As the season winds to a close, our underage teams continue to do the club proud. The under 16s moved closer to the under 16 cup with an excellent 25 to 8 victory over Shannon and play Young Munster in the semi final this week. The under 15s also brought home silverware winning the end of season sevens tournament hosted by Young Munster in Greenfields last week.
The curtain fell on another season of mini rugby on Sunday with the highlight the under 7s first game of the season against Young Munster.After a very entertaining game which was won by our side by 6 tries to 4, the end of season party took place with the magician keeping young and old entertained.
Our 3rd XV squad traveled to Barbados in the latest in their "rugby tours to locations beginning with B" and the 36 man party had a most enjoyable trip winning both their matches.
The club’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday April 21st at 8pm at the clubhouse.
Andrew McNamara PRO
There’s no doubt what the focus is on this weekend. Coonagh will see the biggest crowd this season as the AIB league semi final and all the paraphernalia that’s associated with it descends.
After 15 league games Garryowen are now the team that stands between us and another final. What we will have is a wonderful occasion for Limerick rugby and two superb teams that have earned the right to play for a place in the final. Previous games will have little bearing on either the build up or outcome and what will decide this game will most probably be a narrow margin.
Off the field preparations to ensure the smooth running of the event are in place. A traffic management system will be in place and all patrons are asked to adhere to all instructions.
Probably the most important aspect to note is that access to Coonagh is via the Clonmacken Roundabout and not through the village. This means that people going to the game will travel into the ground on the new road which is under construction adjacent to our grounds. Access through the village is through Garda issued residential permits so there is no point in travelling that route. We would advise attendees to the game to come early
Let’s hope we have a great Limerick rugby.
Last Saturday the U/20’s were beaten by UL/Bohs in the North Munster cup. The 20’s have been somewhat disjointed in terms of training since the AIL and the lengthy spell between games certainly didn’t help their cause. The same rationale would apply to the seconds who played Young Munster in the North Munster Cup on Monday evening. An encouraging performance saw them lead going into the closing stages of the game, but a late Young Munster try and conversion denied victory.
There was also disappointment for two our underage sides as both were beaten on Cup finals on Wednesday evening. In Coonagh the U/13’s faced UL/Bohs it was a late try that saw them lose on the narrow score line of 8-7. The put in a tremendous performance and looked set to add to their league title, but a late rally by UL/Bohs saw them snatch a winner. Both sides were very evenly matched and it was a pity that they were indeed separated on this occasion, however credit to UL/Bohs. I have no doubt that as these teams progress up the ranks there’ll be plenty of occasions to exact revenge.
The U/18’s final wasn’t quite as close and with home advantage Bruff proved just too strong despite a battling performance. It’s a great credit to the coaches and the team that they even got to the final given the amount of schools tied players amongst the squad.
This Sunday sees the conclusion of the underage season with the Annual Alan Oakley day taking place. As usual this is a family day and a wonderful celebration of our fantastic underage structure. Starting at 10.30 the day will conclude with the finals at around 2.30.
The AGM will be held in the Woodfield House Hotel on the Ennis road on May 23rd at 8 pm. Any notice of motions must be with the honorary secretary by no later than May the 8th