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Club Notes

23rd November 2017 By The Editor

Newcastle West U8s take part in the Abbeyfeale blitz.

Newcastle West U8s take part in the Abbeyfeale blitz. Newcastle West RFC

This week’s club notes come from Newcastle West RFC.

This week’s club notes come from Newcastle West RFC.

Newcastle West RFC Courtesy of Martin O’Sullivan

Next Fixture – Munster Junior League Div 1

Sunday Nov 26th Newcastle West RFC v Skibbereen RFC in Cullinagh @ 2.30pm

U18 Notes (by John Hennessy)

U18 North League Quarter Final | Newcastle West/Estuary 12 Bruff 34

Both these sides playing in two different conferences in the Munster cup were to play off in the north league quarter for a place in the semi-final stage. Bruff playing mostly East Munster teams and ourselves Playing West Munster sides. A mouth-watering tie was the order of the day how would each team be like in our own section of Munster rugby. The score line tells a tale in itself, we were off the boil today we lacked our usual intensity and drive and cohesiveness and precision. We started well by getting down into the Bruff 22 and had a line out but unfortunately we were turned over and Bruff went on the attack our discipline was poor at times but we were under severe pressure.

Bruff attacked our right hand side and it paid off with two tries in a five minute spell leaving them 10 to 0 in front with ten minutes gone. We prevented a third try with great tackling on the line by Eamon Ambrose and Adam Flanagan with jack Kenny get us a penalty for Bruff holding on. Turlough O’Connor kicked to touch. Paudie Flavin who is a very much the best dart thrower Niall Scannell would be under pressure if this guy was in Munster found his Target and Eoin Heffernan delivered the ball on a plate to Alan McGrath giving a great pass to Michael Murphy who was supported well by Cormac Nash and David Massy.

We were turned over at the breakdown and they kicked forward with Daniel Normoyle Gathering on his try line and kicking with his weaker foot found touch on the 22 to ease the pressure but we were to concede a try of the resulting lineout with Bruff ponding our line and our boys putting in a massive shift trying to keep the tsunami from breaking our defence with a good tackle from Milan Hopp and Tom Murphy but alas the tsunami found our weak point and went over in the corner for try number 3 with 10 minutes left in the half. They led 15 to 0 we kicked off but we failed to get the kick ten metres but were lucky as one of their players kicked it and we gathered from this play and were called back for a knock much to the amusement of touch judge and management. From the resulting scrum they attacked and again our first up tackles were poor and they broke through to score their fourth try leaving them 22 – 0 at halftime.

At half time changes were made with Oliver Lynch replacing Milan Hopp and Eoghan Heffernan Replacing Michael Murphy. We started the second half brightly and were on the ascendency from the get go. We got into their 22 and with good carries from Eoghan Heffernan and helped by Ryan White who had a stormer of a game putting in lots of carries and tackles. From the resulting drive Adam Flanagan got over for our first try and the conversion was missed leaving us 22 to 5 behind We seemed rejuvenated but some missed tackles and penalty count going up we were to concede two more tries and leave us 34 to 5 behind the last fifteen minutes saw Christopher Walsh replace Paudie Flavin Killian Collins replace Alan McGrath Emmet Wrenn replace Jack Kenny David Condon replace Eamon Ambrose and finally Liam Mcloughlin replace Daniel Normoyle. We attacked the Bruff line with great carries from Christopher Walsh and David Condon aided by Killian Collins.

Liam Molyneaux dictating from out half had Liam Mcloughlin helping to recycle ball as we moved forward Oliver Lynch Broke through making a maul short of the line with all forwards pushing forward only to drop short of the line from the resulting scrum we got a lineout we moved forward with Emmett Wrenn and the forwards recycling the ball well picking and going to the try line where Evan Donovan finished with a try the resulting conversion been converted leaving us 34 to 12 at the final whistle. We got awake up call against Castleisland/Abbeyfeale a few weeks back now we got a rude awakening we didn’t show up today and we paid the ultimate price a beaten very much undeserved but we have to be humble in defeat as well as victory. Lots to be worked on from this game and we need more precision and cohesiveness going forward.

Thank you to all the parents who brought the food for after the game. The squad was as follows; Evan Donovan Paudie Flavin Ryan White Eamon Ambrose Cormac Nash Adam Flanagan(c) Michael Murphy David Massy Alan McGrath Turlough o Connor Tom Murphy Jack Kenny Liam Molyneaux Milan Hopp Daniel Normoyle Christopher Walsh David Condon Eoghan Heffernan Killian Collins Oliver Lynch Liam Mcloughlin Emmett Wrenn.

U8s Notes (by John Hennessy)

U8s Blitz in Abbeyfeale

On Sunday morning last We headed to our near neighbours on the banks of the Feale to play an u8 blitz. This was our first game in charge and we decided to see how the boys would play. Brian had said these guys were good young fellows and were able to play. We started well against Abbeyfeale Tigers with the boys carrying and passing and tackling well but we were undone by two tries.

The second game was a tight affair against Abbeyfeale bears we won this 4 to 3 with tries from Caolan Boyce Conor o Dwyer and Conor McGarry and Patrick Drinane. They played so well Zack Blake and Aaron Boyce playing well too. In our last game we faced Abbeyfeale Bulls well this was a route for our lads running in 5 tries to 2 with tries from Maurice Houlihan who scored from try line to try line helped by Rian Fitzgerald who gave great passes to the two Conor’s for two tries, Ben O’Regan and Paddy O’Sullivan tackling well to prevent score. This was a great opportunity to see the guys play.

We will train Sunday morning at 10.30 am in Killeline if you have a child or know of a child interested in rugby born in 2010 we will welcome them to join us and learn great skills of rugby. The squad today was. Rian FItzgerald, Conor O Dwyer, Ben o Regan, Paddy o Sullivan, Caolan Boyce, Maurice Houlihan, Zak Blake, Aaron Boyce, Patrick Drinane, Conor McGarry.


Membership for Adults, Players, Families and Youths is now payable on line. You can pay your membership by going to our website page www.Newcastlewestrfc.com or on our Facebook page Newcastle West Rugby Football Club on left side of face book page you will see Pay Membership click on this and it will take you to payment options for membership. You can contact us on Facebook or any committee member if you have any issues and we will be glad to help you out.


Our lotto draw takes place every Friday night. It’s our primary club fundraiser and tickets are available from various outlets and promotors. Tickets are €2.00 or 3 for €5.00.

Results from Friday November 17th


NUMBERS: 10, 15, 18, 22

LUCKY DIP €30.00:

Winner Seller

Mikey Dooley Killeline Shop

Kevin Reidy Eoin Cahill

Ann Harty Liam Sheehy

Shauna & Kayley MAG Motors

Frank White Tony Hayes

Tom Gallagher Killeline shop


Next week’s draw will be in Cronins Bar on Friday 24th November. The jackpot stands at €2,400.


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