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News from around the Clubs – 1st November

4th November 2009 By Munster Rugby

News from around the Clubs – 1st November

Weekend Roundup from the clubs

BRUFF
1st XV
We seem to have developed a penchant for mad periods of extra time. Unlike normal however today’s cannot be placed solely at the feet of the referee, after 5 minutes we probably came to last play but what followed was a further 6 minute period where the ball just would not go dead for the home side, without any guarantee of the game being over even if it did.
On their very first trip to Kilballyowen, UCD arrived on the back of a big loss to local club Thomond last week, and looked to gain revenge.
UCD opened the scoring after 15 minutes with Niall Earls slotting over his first penalty of the match giving the visitors a 3 point advantage which they managed to hold most of the way through the first half. With the momentum of the game swaying over and back between the two sides, neither seemed to be able to gain advantage, both defences winning the day. UCD spectacularly failed to make any major use of the strong breeze blowing right from their backs, despite some nice kicking from the hand by out-half Earls and a lot of fancy footwork from their fit back line.
Finally right on the stroke of half time, after a period where Bruff seemed to camp inside the UCD half, line-outs, scrums and relief for the students seemed to happen again and again until after another Bruff scrum, captain Brian Cahill made a lovely crossfield break from just inside the UCD 22 finishing with an inside pop just as he was tackled to allow Centre Garry Leonard to go over five meters left of the posts. Brian then calmly slotted the relatively easy conversion and despite a last rally from the students during the four and a half minutes of injury time played in the first half, Bruff went into the break on the better side of the 7-3 scoreline.
With the wind dropping just before the break, the advantage of the changeover lessened but Bruff continued their momentum and four minutes in Bruff winger Nigel Riordan completed the roll with a try, duly converted by Cahill to put a little daylight between the sides. Bruff looked to be secure and comfortable but the students refused to roll over and on the 50 minute mark, Earls slotted over penalty number two to begin the claw back into the match. Five minutes later, kick number three and the students looked to be on a rampage. On 59 minutes, he slotted number four and all of a sudden the game changed.
The Bruff defence rallied and the pack, dominating the scrum again all day, began to make ground in the loose and with the maul. Decisions against them at the breakdown cost them dearly in the students twenty-two on occasion and with the students willing to run from anywhere, the rallying cry of “Turn attack into defence” rang out from their Backs coach Killian Keane. Some good field possession inside the twenty-two and some nice field gains ended up being returned with interest.
All seemed lost a few minutes from time, when the UCD winger broke from inside his own half, he looked like romping home from seventy meters or so. He seemed set to close out the game but the home team were saved by a brilliant diving tackle from centre Andrew Cashman who came from the middle of the field to tackle him into touch only five meters from the line. With the many home supporters breathing slightly easier, the Bruff defence took up the challenge and worked their way out again. Injury time at this stage and the students would have fired the DANKE into it if they were allowed to bring it on the field but time after time the Bruff defence held on, hit after hit, managing not to give away a penalty although it would likely have been spurned by the students as they went all out for the win.
A yellow card a couple of minutes before time reduced Bruff to fourteen men but five minutes in we thought it was surely all over, but no-one told College. They recycled, attack after attack being matched only by a last gasp defence of the home team reminiscent of Custer at the Alamo, with the large home crowd praying for a different outcome.
Finally fifty minutes from the start of the second half, seemingly out of nowhere the siege was broken and the students heart with it when Bruff full back Patrick Thompson latched onto a spilled ball with a sweet scoop pickup and galloped home from just inside his own half, touching down under the posts to deny the students their losing bonus point. Captain Cahill slotted over his easiest kick of the day to give a final scoreline of 24 points to twelve.
Bruff slot nicely into 6th place on the League Table, score difference separating ourselves, DLSP, Bective and Corinthians on 13 league points. Harlequins have 14, Thomond lie in second place on 16 after their 26 all draw against Highfield and Lansdowne continue their massive start to this year’s campaign with another away win, beating Terenure 22-3.
Three wins out of four outings, we have a two-week break when we then face Belfast Harlequins away on the 14th of November.

U21
Bruff came away with a good win out of this game considering that they went down to thirteen men at one stage, There was some good lineout and scrum work but they failed to capitalise on this good possession not converting it to points on the board.
Andrew White touched down for try number one about twelve minutes in, Andrew Breen scored another Try just before halftime duly converted by Richie McAuliffe.
Second half mid-ways Galwegians started a fight back with one try but failed to gain any further ground.
Final Score Bruff 12 Galwegians 5.
Bruff Team: Cedric Laffan, John Cleary, T. Quirke, Pat Dempsey, Dave Keogh, Pádraig Cleary, Pat Cleary, Andrew White, Cathal O’ Rourke, Richie McAuliffe, Ian O’ Donoghue, Andrew Breen, Tom O’ Callaghan, Aidan O’ Sullivan, Paul Brown. Subs: W. O’ Dwyer, Pat Lynch, Tom Bourke, Willie O’ Dwyer, Aidan O’ Dwyer, Aaron Philips.
All other Adult rugby games were cancelled over the weekend.

Youth:

U14 League:
Estuary RFC 05 – 31 Bruff RFC

Bruff played against the strong breeze in the 1st half and managed to apply a lot of pressure to the very much improved Estuary.
Estuary had a very solid scrum and a good half back pair. Bruff threatened a Estuary try line a few times in the first half and but for some good tackling from ERFC and possibly delaying passes a little would have maybe lengthened the distance between the sides. Bruff finally did get through 4 minutes before the break to get a try by Brian Fanning and converted into a strong breeze courtesy of the boot of Anthony Foley.

The 2nd half saw Bruff use the breeze at their back to their full advantage with tries from Liam O’ Dwyer, Darragh Fanning & Rory McMahon with 3 more conversions from the boot of Anthony Foley.
Estuary finished the stronger with good pressure for the last few minutes resulting in a try and unlucky to get another from a very good kick on from their out-half to his centres running on.

Bruff : 1. M. O’ Donnell 2. N. Laffan 3. N. Moloney 4. E. Mudge 5. J. Duhig. 6. O. Quinlan. 7. M. O’ Neill 8. D. Fanning 9. P. Maher 10. A. Foley 11. S. O’ Connell 12. L. O’ Dwyer 13. B. Fanning 14. S. Shanahan 15 R. McMahon 16. C. Nichol 17. D. Gary

Fixtures:
Sat. 7th Nov.
GL, Shannon v Bruff J2, 2:30pm TBC
U21 SWC, Sunday’s Well V Bruff, 2:30pm. TBC.
Sun. 8th Nov.
Adult:
MSSL, Bruff J1 V Garryowen.
Youth:
U11 Blitz, away to UL Lions, 10:30am. Annacotty.
U13 L, Old Crescent V Bruff, TBC.
U14 L, Bruff V Old Crescent, 11:30am.
Next Committee meeting on Monday 9th November at 8:00pm.

BRUFF
1st XV
We seem to have developed a penchant for mad periods of extra time. Unlike normal however today’s cannot be placed solely at the feet of the referee, after 5 minutes we probably came to last play but what followed was a further 6 minute period where the ball just would not go dead for the home side, without any guarantee of the game being over even if it did.
On their very first trip to Kilballyowen, UCD arrived on the back of a big loss to local club Thomond last week, and looked to gain revenge.
UCD opened the scoring after 15 minutes with Niall Earls slotting over his first penalty of the match giving the visitors a 3 point advantage which they managed to hold most of the way through the first half. With the momentum of the game swaying over and back between the two sides, neither seemed to be able to gain advantage, both defences winning the day. UCD spectacularly failed to make any major use of the strong breeze blowing right from their backs, despite some nice kicking from the hand by out-half Earls and a lot of fancy footwork from their fit back line.
Finally right on the stroke of half time, after a period where Bruff seemed to camp inside the UCD half, line-outs, scrums and relief for the students seemed to happen again and again until after another Bruff scrum, captain Brian Cahill made a lovely crossfield break from just inside the UCD 22 finishing with an inside pop just as he was tackled to allow Centre Garry Leonard to go over five meters left of the posts. Brian then calmly slotted the relatively easy conversion and despite a last rally from the students during the four and a half minutes of injury time played in the first half, Bruff went into the break on the better side of the 7-3 scoreline.
With the wind dropping just before the break, the advantage of the changeover lessened but Bruff continued their momentum and four minutes in Bruff winger Nigel Riordan completed the roll with a try, duly converted by Cahill to put a little daylight between the sides. Bruff looked to be secure and comfortable but the students refused to roll over and on the 50 minute mark, Earls slotted over penalty number two to begin the claw back into the match. Five minutes later, kick number three and the students looked to be on a rampage. On 59 minutes, he slotted number four and all of a sudden the game changed.
The Bruff defence rallied and the pack, dominating the scrum again all day, began to make ground in the loose and with the maul. Decisions against them at the breakdown cost them dearly in the students twenty-two on occasion and with the students willing to run from anywhere, the rallying cry of “Turn attack into defence” rang out from their Backs coach Killian Keane. Some good field possession inside the twenty-two and some nice field gains ended up being returned with interest.
All seemed lost a few minutes from time, when the UCD winger broke from inside his own half, he looked like romping home from seventy meters or so. He seemed set to close out the game but the home team were saved by a brilliant diving tackle from centre Andrew Cashman who came from the middle of the field to tackle him into touch only five meters from the line. With the many home supporters breathing slightly easier, the Bruff defence took up the challenge and worked their way out again. Injury time at this stage and the students would have fired the DANKE into it if they were allowed to bring it on the field but time after time the Bruff defence held on, hit after hit, managing not to give away a penalty although it would likely have been spurned by the students as they went all out for the win.
A yellow card a couple of minutes before time reduced Bruff to fourteen men but five minutes in we thought it was surely all over, but no-one told College. They recycled, attack after attack being matched only by a last gasp defence of the home team reminiscent of Custer at the Alamo, with the large home crowd praying for a different outcome.
Finally fifty minutes from the start of the second half, seemingly out of nowhere the siege was broken and the students heart with it when Bruff full back Patrick Thompson latched onto a spilled ball with a sweet scoop pickup and galloped home from just inside his own half, touching down under the posts to deny the students their losing bonus point. Captain Cahill slotted over his easiest kick of the day to give a final scoreline of 24 points to twelve.
Bruff slot nicely into 6th place on the League Table, score difference separating ourselves, DLSP, Bective and Corinthians on 13 league points. Harlequins have 14, Thomond lie in second place on 16 after their 26 all draw against Highfield and Lansdowne continue their massive start to this year’s campaign with another away win, beating Terenure 22-3.
Three wins out of four outings, we have a two-week break when we then face Belfast Harlequins away on the 14th of November.

U21
Bruff came away with a good win out of this game considering that they went down to thirteen men at one stage, There was some good lineout and scrum work but they failed to capitalise on this good possession not converting it to points on the board.
Andrew White touched down for try number one about twelve minutes in, Andrew Breen scored another Try just before halftime duly converted by Richie McAuliffe.
Second half mid-ways Galwegians started a fight back with one try but failed to gain any further ground.
Final Score Bruff 12 Galwegians 5.
Bruff Team: Cedric Laffan, John Cleary, T. Quirke, Pat Dempsey, Dave Keogh, Pádraig Cleary, Pat Cleary, Andrew White, Cathal O’ Rourke, Richie McAuliffe, Ian O’ Donoghue, Andrew Breen, Tom O’ Callaghan, Aidan O’ Sullivan, Paul Brown. Subs: W. O’ Dwyer, Pat Lynch, Tom Bourke, Willie O’ Dwyer, Aidan O’ Dwyer, Aaron Philips.
All other Adult rugby games were cancelled over the weekend.

Youth:

U14 League:
Estuary RFC 05 – 31 Bruff RFC

Bruff played against the strong breeze in the 1st half and managed to apply a lot of pressure to the very much improved Estuary.
Estuary had a very solid scrum and a good half back pair. Bruff threatened a Estuary try line a few times in the first half and but for some good tackling from ERFC and possibly delaying passes a little would have maybe lengthened the distance between the sides. Bruff finally did get through 4 minutes before the break to get a try by Brian Fanning and converted into a strong breeze courtesy of the boot of Anthony Foley.

The 2nd half saw Bruff use the breeze at their back to their full advantage with tries from Liam O’ Dwyer, Darragh Fanning & Rory McMahon with 3 more conversions from the boot of Anthony Foley.
Estuary finished the stronger with good pressure for the last few minutes resulting in a try and unlucky to get another from a very good kick on from their out-half to his centres running on.

Bruff : 1. M. O’ Donnell 2. N. Laffan 3. N. Moloney 4. E. Mudge 5. J. Duhig. 6. O. Quinlan. 7. M. O’ Neill 8. D. Fanning 9. P. Maher 10. A. Foley 11. S. O’ Connell 12. L. O’ Dwyer 13. B. Fanning 14. S. Shanahan 15 R. McMahon 16. C. Nichol 17. D. Gary

Fixtures:
Sat. 7th Nov.
GL, Shannon v Bruff J2, 2:30pm TBC
U21 SWC, Sunday’s Well V Bruff, 2:30pm. TBC.
Sun. 8th Nov.
Adult:
MSSL, Bruff J1 V Garryowen.
Youth:
U11 Blitz, away to UL Lions, 10:30am. Annacotty.
U13 L, Old Crescent V Bruff, TBC.
U14 L, Bruff V Old Crescent, 11:30am.
Next Committee meeting on Monday 9th November at 8:00pm.

CARRICK-ON-SUIR
Carrick 10 – 17 Charleville

What a difference just one week makes, and if that is a hangover in sporting terms, maybe Carrick need to adapt to winning ways quickly.
Because this was not one of the prettier days in Tybroughney, weather –wise or rugby wise, in fact the weather became a determining factor, as the near gale at the backs of Charleville allowed them to build up a strong lead. Then just as the lead got to the point of unmanageable proportions, the wind disappeared.
But it had appeared from the spirit of the team over the last number of weeks that things like the conditions should not matter. But Carrick never overcame that barrier on Sunday and in fact never really got out of the lower gears.
If anything can be said of the game is that Carrick got a bonus point they scarcely deserved and remain just one point off the top of the table.
And its hard to Labour on a game where the was very little to talk about. The scrum went very well, and forced Carrick’s only try of the match, getting a penalty try under the posts during the first half, while Ross Cleary kicked a penalty from a near impossible position.
The players themselves probably acknowledged that Sunday’s effort was not good enough, against a well organised but ultimately beatable Charleville.

Meanwhile the second’s game against Mitchelstown had to be called off when it became evident that the numbers were not available to put a team together. More effort is needed here.

On a brighter note the u-17s had a great win over Thurles and continue to perform admirably

CLONAKILTY

Clonakilty 9, Dublin University 6
It was a great pleasure for Clonakilty to welcome the world’s oldest rugby club, Dublin University Football Club, to The Vale last Saturday. Although it was the fifth meeting of the sides it was only the second time Trinity had graced The Vale with their presence. Established in 1854, Dublin University Football Club can be proud of the fact that it is the oldest existing rugby club in the world. The club is the official rugby club of Trinity College Dublin, one of the world’s oldest and most respected universities. The list of rugby luminaries that have benefited from their sojourn in Trinity is long and impressive and includes two famous “students”, brothers Dick and Donal Spring, both great servants of Irish, Munster, Lansdowne and Trinity Rugby. They had a representative in Dick’s son, Aaron, in the Clonakilty squad the last time the sides met in The Vale.

In the meetings to date Clon had lost three and won only one of the AIL games played but had also won the only AIB cup meeting between the sides. In season 2007-2008 Clon were in a similar position without a win when DU came to The Vale on Dec.12. Local hopes for a revival were firmly pinned on that game and they were to be realised spectacularly as Clon ran out worthy winners by 28 points to 8 to kick start the great revival that saw only one other defeat to the end of the season. Trinity got revenge last season but Clon again looked to this game for a positive result to get their season back on the rails. In the previous week they had impressed going down to Lansdowne. The scoreline of 30 – 3 (a Kurt Morath penalty) did not do justice to a very good performance in which the O’Mahony bros., JD & Alex, were exceptional and hopes were high that the corner had been reached if not exactly turned.

Unlike the last time when Trinity were flying high in the league the students were also without a win this time and were highly focused as they were only one point above Clon. Playing against a strong wind Clon were both fortunate and unfortunate to be six points down at the break. While they had played well enough to shade the half they would have been delighted prior to kick off to have kept the deficit to single figures in the conditions. The student’s much vaunted pack were well-contained by the home eight. Before the game stories of Trinity’s scrum pushing Thomond and Terenure around the park and more than holding their own against DLSP’s big pack were worrying for The Faithful but they proved to be unfounded as in both scrum and lineout Clon had the edge. Tom Ryan and Joe Knowles were excellent in the tight and showed up well in the loose with ball in hand. The return of Lenny Harte was a big boost and his ability to get among the opposition backline frustrated their attacks throughout. The experience and power of Danny Whelton blended nicely with the athleticism of new partner Donal McSweeney in the engine room and, as usual, captain Alfie Harte led a nicely balanced pack from the front. In the backs JD O’Mahony and David Lombard were outstanding and Kurt Morath’s line kicking copy book. His three penalty kicks to Trinity’s two was the difference between the sides in a game that Clon looked to be the better side but with the students always threatening to snatch the win.

The squad was John O’Donnell, Darragh Lynch, Paul Dillon, David Lombard, JD O’Mahony, Kurt Morath, Alex O’Mahony, Tom Ryan, Alfie Harte, Joe Knowles, Donal McSweeney, Danny Whelton, Dean Landy, Lenny Harte, Mike Keohane, Gary Shannon, Hugh O’Neill, Jason Fleming, Eric Murphy and Noel O’Sullivan.

Congratulations to Eimear O’Sullivan and Laura Guest who have received in the region of 40 international caps for Ireland between them. They also have numerous interprovincial caps and Laura recently scored a try for the unbeaten Munster ladies team, a side which Eimear has captained in the past. Their achievements were recognised recently when CRFC President, Barry Kirby, accepted a Community Award on behalf of the club at a ceremony in the Clonakilty GAA clubhouse to honour this great accomplishment.

Fixtures:

Saturday

Under 17s v Kinsale. League. 11.00am The Vale

Under 19s v Douglas. Development League. 11.30am Douglas

Sunday

All Sunday games have been rearranged to facilitate support for Clon GAA club’s Munster championship match. However the J2 game with Bantry will go ahead this weekend but at a venue, day and time to be arranged to suit the same purpose. Check locally for details.

CARRICK-ON-SUIR
Carrick 10 – 17 Charleville
What a difference just one week makes, and if that is a hangover in sporting terms, maybe Carrick need to adapt to winning ways quickly.
Because this was not one of the prettier days in Tybroughney, weather –wise or rugby wise, in fact the weather became a determining factor, as the near gale at the backs of Charleville allowed them to build up a strong lead. Then just as the lead got to the point of unmanageable proportions, the wind disappeared.
But it had appeared from the spirit of the team over the last number of weeks that things like the conditions should not matter. But Carrick never overcame that barrier on Sunday and in fact never really got out of the lower gears.
If anything can be said of the game is that Carrick got a bonus point they scarcely deserved and remain just one point off the top of the table.
And its hard to Labour on a game where the was very little to talk about. The scrum went very well, and forced Carrick’s only try of the match, getting a penalty try under the posts during the first half, while Ross Cleary kicked a penalty from a near impossible position.
The players themselves probably acknowledged that Sunday’s effort was not good enough, against a well organised but ultimately beatable Charleville.

Meanwhile the second’s game against Mitchelstown had to be called off when it became evident that the numbers were not available to put a team together. More effort is needed here.

On a brighter note the u-17s had a great win over Thurles and continue to perform admirably

CLONAKILTY

Clonakilty 9, Dublin University 6
It was a great pleasure for Clonakilty to welcome the world’s oldest rugby club, Dublin University Football Club, to The Vale last Saturday. Although it was the fifth meeting of the sides it was only the second time Trinity had graced The Vale with their presence. Established in 1854, Dublin University Football Club can be proud of the fact that it is the oldest existing rugby club in the world. The club is the official rugby club of Trinity College Dublin, one of the world’s oldest and most respected universities. The list of rugby luminaries that have benefited from their sojourn in Trinity is long and impressive and includes two famous “students”, brothers Dick and Donal Spring, both great servants of Irish, Munster, Lansdowne and Trinity Rugby. They had a representative in Dick’s son, Aaron, in the Clonakilty squad the last time the sides met in The Vale.

In the meetings to date Clon had lost three and won only one of the AIL games played but had also won the only AIB cup meeting between the sides. In season 2007-2008 Clon were in a similar position without a win when DU came to The Vale on Dec.12. Local hopes for a revival were firmly pinned on that game and they were to be realised spectacularly as Clon ran out worthy winners by 28 points to 8 to kick start the great revival that saw only one other defeat to the end of the season. Trinity got revenge last season but Clon again looked to this game for a positive result to get their season back on the rails. In the previous week they had impressed going down to Lansdowne. The scoreline of 30 – 3 (a Kurt Morath penalty) did not do justice to a very good performance in which the O’Mahony bros., JD & Alex, were exceptional and hopes were high that the corner had been reached if not exactly turned.

Unlike the last time when Trinity were flying high in the league the students were also without a win this time and were highly focused as they were only one point above Clon. Playing against a strong wind Clon were both fortunate and unfortunate to be six points down at the break. While they had played well enough to shade the half they would have been delighted prior to kick off to have kept the deficit to single figures in the conditions. The student’s much vaunted pack were well-contained by the home eight. Before the game stories of Trinity’s scrum pushing Thomond and Terenure around the park and more than holding their own against DLSP’s big pack were worrying for The Faithful but they proved to be unfounded as in both scrum and lineout Clon had the edge. Tom Ryan and Joe Knowles were excellent in the tight and showed up well in the loose with ball in hand. The return of Lenny Harte was a big boost and his ability to get among the opposition backline frustrated their attacks throughout. The experience and power of Danny Whelton blended nicely with the athleticism of new partner Donal McSweeney in the engine room and, as usual, captain Alfie Harte led a nicely balanced pack from the front. In the backs JD O’Mahony and David Lombard were outstanding and Kurt Morath’s line kicking copy book. His three penalty kicks to Trinity’s two was the difference between the sides in a game that Clon looked to be the better side but with the students always threatening to snatch the win.

The squad was John O’Donnell, Darragh Lynch, Paul Dillon, David Lombard, JD O’Mahony, Kurt Morath, Alex O’Mahony, Tom Ryan, Alfie Harte, Joe Knowles, Donal McSweeney, Danny Whelton, Dean Landy, Lenny Harte, Mike Keohane, Gary Shannon, Hugh O’Neill, Jason Fleming, Eric Murphy and Noel O’Sullivan.

Congratulations to Eimear O’Sullivan and Laura Guest who have received in the region of 40 international caps for Ireland between them. They also have numerous interprovincial caps and Laura recently scored a try for the unbeaten Munster ladies team, a side which Eimear has captained in the past. Their achievements were recognised recently when CRFC President, Barry Kirby, accepted a Community Award on behalf of the club at a ceremony in the Clonakilty GAA clubhouse to honour this great accomplishment.

Fixtures:

Saturday

Under 17s v Kinsale. League. 11.00am The Vale

Under 19s v Douglas. Development League. 11.30am Douglas

Sunday

All Sunday games have been rearranged to facilitate support for Clon GAA club’s Munster championship match. However the J2 game with Bantry will go ahead this weekend but at a venue, day and time to be arranged to suit the same purpose. Check locally for details.

BRUFF
1st XV
We seem to have developed a penchant for mad periods of extra time. Unlike normal however today’s cannot be placed solely at the feet of the referee, after 5 minutes we probably came to last play but what followed was a further 6 minute period where the ball just would not go dead for the home side, without any guarantee of the game being over even if it did.
On their very first trip to Kilballyowen, UCD arrived on the back of a big loss to local club Thomond last week, and looked to gain revenge.
UCD opened the scoring after 15 minutes with Niall Earls slotting over his first penalty of the match giving the visitors a 3 point advantage which they managed to hold most of the way through the first half. With the momentum of the game swaying over and back between the two sides, neither seemed to be able to gain advantage, both defences winning the day. UCD spectacularly failed to make any major use of the strong breeze blowing right from their backs, despite some nice kicking from the hand by out-half Earls and a lot of fancy footwork from their fit back line.
Finally right on the stroke of half time, after a period where Bruff seemed to camp inside the UCD half, line-outs, scrums and relief for the students seemed to happen again and again until after another Bruff scrum, captain Brian Cahill made a lovely crossfield break from just inside the UCD 22 finishing with an inside pop just as he was tackled to allow Centre Garry Leonard to go over five meters left of the posts. Brian then calmly slotted the relatively easy conversion and despite a last rally from the students during the four and a half minutes of injury time played in the first half, Bruff went into the break on the better side of the 7-3 scoreline.
With the wind dropping just before the break, the advantage of the changeover lessened but Bruff continued their momentum and four minutes in Bruff winger Nigel Riordan completed the roll with a try, duly converted by Cahill to put a little daylight between the sides. Bruff looked to be secure and comfortable but the students refused to roll over and on the 50 minute mark, Earls slotted over penalty number two to begin the claw back into the match. Five minutes later, kick number three and the students looked to be on a rampage. On 59 minutes, he slotted number four and all of a sudden the game changed.
The Bruff defence rallied and the pack, dominating the scrum again all day, began to make ground in the loose and with the maul. Decisions against them at the breakdown cost them dearly in the students twenty-two on occasion and with the students willing to run from anywhere, the rallying cry of “Turn attack into defence” rang out from their Backs coach Killian Keane. Some good field possession inside the twenty-two and some nice field gains ended up being returned with interest.
All seemed lost a few minutes from time, when the UCD winger broke from inside his own half, he looked like romping home from seventy meters or so. He seemed set to close out the game but the home team were saved by a brilliant diving tackle from centre Andrew Cashman who came from the middle of the field to tackle him into touch only five meters from the line. With the many home supporters breathing slightly easier, the Bruff defence took up the challenge and worked their way out again. Injury time at this stage and the students would have fired the DANKE into it if they were allowed to bring it on the field but time after time the Bruff defence held on, hit after hit, managing not to give away a penalty although it would likely have been spurned by the students as they went all out for the win.
A yellow card a couple of minutes before time reduced Bruff to fourteen men but five minutes in we thought it was surely all over, but no-one told College. They recycled, attack after attack being matched only by a last gasp defence of the home team reminiscent of Custer at the Alamo, with the large home crowd praying for a different outcome.
Finally fifty minutes from the start of the second half, seemingly out of nowhere the siege was broken and the students heart with it when Bruff full back Patrick Thompson latched onto a spilled ball with a sweet scoop pickup and galloped home from just inside his own half, touching down under the posts to deny the students their losing bonus point. Captain Cahill slotted over his easiest kick of the day to give a final scoreline of 24 points to twelve.
Bruff slot nicely into 6th place on the League Table, score difference separating ourselves, DLSP, Bective and Corinthians on 13 league points. Harlequins have 14, Thomond lie in second place on 16 after their 26 all draw against Highfield and Lansdowne continue their massive start to this year’s campaign with another away win, beating Terenure 22-3.
Three wins out of four outings, we have a two-week break when we then face Belfast Harlequins away on the 14th of November.

U21
Bruff came away with a good win out of this game considering that they went down to thirteen men at one stage, There was some good lineout and scrum work but they failed to capitalise on this good possession not converting it to points on the board.
Andrew White touched down for try number one about twelve minutes in, Andrew Breen scored another Try just before halftime duly converted by Richie McAuliffe.
Second half mid-ways Galwegians started a fight back with one try but failed to gain any further ground.
Final Score Bruff 12 Galwegians 5.
Bruff Team: Cedric Laffan, John Cleary, T. Quirke, Pat Dempsey, Dave Keogh, Pádraig Cleary, Pat Cleary, Andrew White, Cathal O’ Rourke, Richie McAuliffe, Ian O’ Donoghue, Andrew Breen, Tom O’ Callaghan, Aidan O’ Sullivan, Paul Brown. Subs: W. O’ Dwyer, Pat Lynch, Tom Bourke, Willie O’ Dwyer, Aidan O’ Dwyer, Aaron Philips.
All other Adult rugby games were cancelled over the weekend.

Youth:

U14 League:
Estuary RFC 05 – 31 Bruff RFC

Bruff played against the strong breeze in the 1st half and managed to apply a lot of pressure to the very much improved Estuary.
Estuary had a very solid scrum and a good half back pair. Bruff threatened a Estuary try line a few times in the first half and but for some good tackling from ERFC and possibly delaying passes a little would have maybe lengthened the distance between the sides. Bruff finally did get through 4 minutes before the break to get a try by Brian Fanning and converted into a strong breeze courtesy of the boot of Anthony Foley.

The 2nd half saw Bruff use the breeze at their back to their full advantage with tries from Liam O’ Dwyer, Darragh Fanning & Rory McMahon with 3 more conversions from the boot of Anthony Foley.
Estuary finished the stronger with good pressure for the last few minutes resulting in a try and unlucky to get another from a very good kick on from their out-half to his centres running on.

Bruff : 1. M. O’ Donnell 2. N. Laffan 3. N. Moloney 4. E. Mudge 5. J. Duhig. 6. O. Quinlan. 7. M. O’ Neill 8. D. Fanning 9. P. Maher 10. A. Foley 11. S. O’ Connell 12. L. O’ Dwyer 13. B. Fanning 14. S. Shanahan 15 R. McMahon 16. C. Nichol 17. D. Gary

Fixtures:
Sat. 7th Nov.
GL, Shannon v Bruff J2, 2:30pm TBC
U21 SWC, Sunday’s Well V Bruff, 2:30pm. TBC.
Sun. 8th Nov.
Adult:
MSSL, Bruff J1 V Garryowen.
Youth:
U11 Blitz, away to UL Lions, 10:30am. Annacotty.
U13 L, Old Crescent V Bruff, TBC.
U14 L, Bruff V Old Crescent, 11:30am.
Next Committee meeting on Monday 9th November at 8:00pm.

CARRICK-ON-SUIR
Carrick 10 – 17 Charleville

What a difference just one week makes, and if that is a hangover in sporting terms, maybe Carrick need to adapt to winning ways quickly.
Because this was not one of the prettier days in Tybroughney, weather –wise or rugby wise, in fact the weather became a determining factor, as the near gale at the backs of Charleville allowed them to build up a strong lead. Then just as the lead got to the point of unmanageable proportions, the wind disappeared.
But it had appeared from the spirit of the team over the last number of weeks that things like the conditions should not matter. But Carrick never overcame that barrier on Sunday and in fact never really got out of the lower gears.
If anything can be said of the game is that Carrick got a bonus point they scarcely deserved and remain just one point off the top of the table.
And its hard to Labour on a game where the was very little to talk about. The scrum went very well, and forced Carrick’s only try of the match, getting a penalty try under the posts during the first half, while Ross Cleary kicked a penalty from a near impossible position.
The players themselves probably acknowledged that Sunday’s effort was not good enough, against a well organised but ultimately beatable Charleville.

Meanwhile the second’s game against Mitchelstown had to be called off when it became evident that the numbers were not available to put a team together. More effort is needed here.

On a brighter note the u-17s had a great win over Thurles and continue to perform admirably

CLONAKILTY

Clonakilty 9, Dublin University 6
It was a great pleasure for Clonakilty to welcome the world’s oldest rugby club, Dublin University Football Club, to The Vale last Saturday. Although it was the fifth meeting of the sides it was only the second time Trinity had graced The Vale with their presence. Established in 1854, Dublin University Football Club can be proud of the fact that it is the oldest existing rugby club in the world. The club is the official rugby club of Trinity College Dublin, one of the world’s oldest and most respected universities. The list of rugby luminaries that have benefited from their sojourn in Trinity is long and impressive and includes two famous “students”, brothers Dick and Donal Spring, both great servants of Irish, Munster, Lansdowne and Trinity Rugby. They had a representative in Dick’s son, Aaron, in the Clonakilty squad the last time the sides met in The Vale.

In the meetings to date Clon had lost three and won only one of the AIL games played but had also won the only AIB cup meeting between the sides. In season 2007-2008 Clon were in a similar position without a win when DU came to The Vale on Dec.12. Local hopes for a revival were firmly pinned on that game and they were to be realised spectacularly as Clon ran out worthy winners by 28 points to 8 to kick start the great revival that saw only one other defeat to the end of the season. Trinity got revenge last season but Clon again looked to this game for a positive result to get their season back on the rails. In the previous week they had impressed going down to Lansdowne. The scoreline of 30 – 3 (a Kurt Morath penalty) did not do justice to a very good performance in which the O’Mahony bros., JD & Alex, were exceptional and hopes were high that the corner had been reached if not exactly turned.

Unlike the last time when Trinity were flying high in the league the students were also without a win this time and were highly focused as they were only one point above Clon. Playing against a strong wind Clon were both fortunate and unfortunate to be six points down at the break. While they had played well enough to shade the half they would have been delighted prior to kick off to have kept the deficit to single figures in the conditions. The student’s much vaunted pack were well-contained by the home eight. Before the game stories of Trinity’s scrum pushing Thomond and Terenure around the park and more than holding their own against DLSP’s big pack were worrying for The Faithful but they proved to be unfounded as in both scrum and lineout Clon had the edge. Tom Ryan and Joe Knowles were excellent in the tight and showed up well in the loose with ball in hand. The return of Lenny Harte was a big boost and his ability to get among the opposition backline frustrated their attacks throughout. The experience and power of Danny Whelton blended nicely with the athleticism of new partner Donal McSweeney in the engine room and, as usual, captain Alfie Harte led a nicely balanced pack from the front. In the backs JD O’Mahony and David Lombard were outstanding and Kurt Morath’s line kicking copy book. His three penalty kicks to Trinity’s two was the difference between the sides in a game that Clon looked to be the better side but with the students always threatening to snatch the win.

The squad was John O’Donnell, Darragh Lynch, Paul Dillon, David Lombard, JD O’Mahony, Kurt Morath, Alex O’Mahony, Tom Ryan, Alfie Harte, Joe Knowles, Donal McSweeney, Danny Whelton, Dean Landy, Lenny Harte, Mike Keohane, Gary Shannon, Hugh O’Neill, Jason Fleming, Eric Murphy and Noel O’Sullivan.

Congratulations to Eimear O’Sullivan and Laura Guest who have received in the region of 40 international caps for Ireland between them. They also have numerous interprovincial caps and Laura recently scored a try for the unbeaten Munster ladies team, a side which Eimear has captained in the past. Their achievements were recognised recently when CRFC President, Barry Kirby, accepted a Community Award on behalf of the club at a ceremony in the Clonakilty GAA clubhouse to honour this great accomplishment.

Fixtures:

Saturday

Under 17s v Kinsale. League. 11.00am The Vale

Under 19s v Douglas. Development League. 11.30am Douglas

Sunday

All Sunday games have been rearranged to facilitate support for Clon GAA club’s Munster championship match. However the J2 game with Bantry will go ahead this weekend but at a venue, day and time to be arranged to suit the same purpose. Check locally for details.

SUNDAYS WELL CLUB NEWS
New Sundays Well Lotto

A new weekly member’s private lotto draw is starting soon to be run separately to the Euro Millions lotto that is already running. This Lotto will have a weekly drawing of numbers and will start on 14/11/09 after we play (and beat) Suttonians.

The first draw will have a guaranteed pot of €;250 and if not won will increase every draw. If the Jackpot is not won there will be a draw for
3 prizes of €;25.

To support us please contact Mr. Paudie Horgan for a list of authorised club sellers.
On his mobile 0857632990 or his email padraighorgan5@hotmail.com

Terrace and stand tickets are now available for the forthcoming Heineken Cup pool games between Munster and Perpignan on December 11th and Munster versus Northampton on the weekend of January 15th/16th/17th. It is advisable to purchase tickets for both games to avoid disappointment.

Please contact Michael Barry at 086-2503853 or e-mail mikebarry1@eircom.net


Club Raffle

Buy a ticket and maybe you can win one of the fabulous prizes.

1st Prize 2 Tickets to the Ireland V South African game in Croagh Park with Hotel and Train included.

2nd Prize 2 match tickets Ireland V Australia.

3rd Prize Meal for 2 in Jacobs on the Mall.


Tickets €;10 each Draw to take place in Clubhouse on 12th November 2009.

Please contact Mr. Paudie Horgan for a list of authorised club ticket sellers On his mobile 0857632990
Email padraighorgan5@hotmail.com

There are some Tickets available for the Autumn {Australia, South Africa and Fiji (RDS)} and

Six Nations Internationals (Italy, Wales and Scotland)

Please contact Sean Barry at 087-2943257 or e-mail sean.barry@ucc.ie

Have you got your Rubber Ducky yet?????????

The Sundays Well Youth section will be having its annual duck race on December 27th

Buy a Duck for €;5 and help our youth section.


Having a Party or Celebration

Well!!!!!!!

Have it in your CLUB

Please Contact Mr. Neill Murphy on 0878331156

Results

Senior XVS Sundays Well 25pts Ards 10 pts
Sunday’s Well claimed their second victory of the League campaign with a highly impressive performance against a fired up Ards side. It was not only the victory that impressed but the style of play with the pack playing at a very high intensity while the backs produced some great running attacks and a couple of beautiful passing interplays. Tom Parker had a superb game as he made his return to the scrum-half position and showed great awareness with excellent crisp passes as well as showing his lightning pace with ball in hand. The backs were in top form with Gavin Blower and Alan Long piercing through the Ards defence while Eamon Ronan had a big game with the boot. The pack yet again had a formidable display. They set a strong platform with a powerful scrum that destroyed the opposition and a solid line-out that also spoiled possession on the opposing throw-in. Chris Long made a welcome return, with a try but in general play he was once again superb while Shane Walsh and Cillian Casey were also having a significant impact. Similar to the match against Wanderers, the ‘Well got off to the dream start with a try after forty-six seconds. Ards started with possession but the ball was turned over and Parker was quick as a flash on the ball, hacking it forward and out-pacing many of the recovering Ards defence. He dived on the ball ten metres from the line and while he was held up he showed great awareness to off-load to the on-rushing prop Francis Moynihan who looked more like Denis Hickie than John Hayes as he sprinted over the line without breaking a stride. Ards did strike back with a penalty but the ‘Well continued to dominate proceedings. Unfortunately, they struggled to conjure up any more tries before half-time despite some magnificent plays. They were forcing penalties and Eamon Ronan kicked three of these to give his side a 14-3 lead at the break. It wasn’t all out attack for the ‘Well as Ards had their moments, particular with a superb run from full-back Michael Lawton. Gavin Blower did well to intercept a pass that would have led to a try and the pack followed this up as they weren’t leaving Ards anywhere near the line as they threw a line-out in five meters from the line. Another Ronan penalty increased the lead to 17-3 before the visitors finally got over the line. After a series of narrow defeats, one wouldn’t have blamed the ‘Well for being a bit nervy. They were offered an ideal attacking opportunity from the kick-off as the ball was knocked on and the ‘Well showed great patience as they worked the ball through numerous phases, involving both backs and forwards. Nearly every player must have got their hands on the ball before Chris Long deservedly made his way over in the ‘Well corner. An Eamon Ronan penalty put the game to bed and for the final ten minutes they pressed hard as they looked for an elusive four-try bonus point. They mounted the pressure but in fairness the Ards defense stood strong. This young ‘Well side is certainly maturing quickly and showed great composure when things could have gotten very nervy. They will relish the weekend off next week before they clash with Suttonians back at Musgrave Park.
Match Report “ A Well Man”

Junior 1s Clonakilty 0 pts Sundays Well 36pts
Four tries, two from Barry Hanrahan, one from Brian O’Donovan and a penalty try gave a very strong Well side a bonus point win away to Clonakilty. Five penalties from the boot of Shane Brady gave the Well a 36 0 win. It was a win built on the backs of a very strong pack and gives the well good momentum going into the game against Cork Con next Sunday.
Match Report “ Frank O Mahony”

Junior 2s Sundays Well 45pts Muskerry 5pts
It was a while coming but the Thirds finally produced the type of performance they are well capable of, as they produced some excellent running rugby, scoring a total of eight tries at a wind-swept Musgrave Park. Darcy certainly had the side well drilled for this affair and they tore into the opposition straight from the kick-off. The side has been extremely unlucky with a couple of previous League games but this result keeps them in with a shout of the play-offs. They got off to a dream start with the new centre partnership of Colin Wong and the industrious Alan O’Brien; who was always hungry for work cut through the Mid Cork side’s defence to touch down, with Mark Hayes converting. The bonus point was secured by half-time, with Colin Healy, Hayes and John Kelly all breaking their way through the Muskerry defensive line with Hayes having a perfect record with his conversions. At 6 ft 3’ Mark Hayes is not bad in the back row but has all the skills for #10. Peter Manning was directing matters from scrum-half and the pack produced a powerful platform. Ian O’Driscoll and Killian Leonard were superb in the line-out while the likes of Peter Keohane, Buster Mooney and Willie McCarthy were busy putting themselves about at the breakdown. Buster has pushed his impact envelope out to 30 minutes per game. Pete Kehane managed to get yellow carded yet again but surely with a personal best time of being on the pitch for all of 2 mins.In the second half, the ‘Well continued to add to their advantage with the superb Colin Healy going through for his second try while Hayes added a drop-goal to the tally. There was some disappointment that they did have their line breached but they rounded off a magnificent performance with none other than the old master Brian O’Leary making a superb burst to touch down in the clubhouse corner The team will be brimming with confidence ahead of next weekend’s crucial clash at Highfield where they will be bidding for revenge following their Dennehy Cup exit.
Match Report “ A Well Man”

Under 21s Shannon 42pts Sundays Well 0pts
Despite what the score line might suggest, the Under 21’s put in a good performance against a well drilled Shannon side. After falling behind to a try after only a couple of minutes, the ‘Well fought back and were unlucky not to draw level with Chris O’Sullivan forced into touch as he was about to ground the levelling score in the corner. Minutes later, Cormac Horgan had a penalty attempt just shave the outside of the posts.
While the Well pack were more than a match for the Shannon forwards, we had no answer for the speed of the Shannon back division. This can be seen from the fact that five of the Shannon tries came from the two wingers after receiving the ball between their own 22 and 10 metre line. The Well never gave up and were unlucky towards the end when we were again forced into touch while threatening the Shannon line.
Match Report “ Tunes”

Under 19s: Crosshaven 17pts Sundays Well 22pts
The U19s got back to winning ways last weekend with a great win over a Crosshaven side with several Irish and Munster players in there side. The Well played with a strong wind in the first half and took some time to settle before scoring two try’s by wingers Stuart O’Riordan and Gerry Roach to leave it 10 nil at the break. The second half started with Crosshaven scoring a converted try and a penalty to leave it 10 all but the Well then dug deep and with a great break from man of the match Anthony Mason breaking two tackles he off loaded the ball to the supporting Cormac Holland who scored in the corner. The Well then scored the next try with a wonderful break out of defence by winger Gerry Roach passing to Barry Thompson and Eoin Phillpot before Gerry got the ball back again to score under the posts to leave it 22-10.The Well had to dig deep for the final quarter with scrum half Peter Arigho controlling his pack and making the hard yards to make sure they would not loose this one. Crosshaven did get a converted try but with time running out the Well won 17-22. Match Report “ Alec Rose”

Under 17s No Game last week

Under 15s Old Christians 0pts Sundays Well 16pts
No Match Report received

Under 13s Sundays Well 77pts Highfield 5pts
The Under 13s put in a magnificent display to defeat Highfield at Musgrave Park. It was a pleasure for this club man to watch a young team full of magnificent running rugby and hard hitting defence. The passing at times was exquisite while the forwards never shirked away from the dirty work at the breakdown. A lot of the squad was given a run and no one looks out of place and it looks like this team can provide plenty of entertaining rugby for the long season ahead. There will be tougher tasks laying in wait for them but this team will be well capable of producing the goods against any side. The ‘Well took the game to Highfield from the off with the pack providing the fast backs with quick quality ball and also providing a strong link in the build ups. Luke O ‘Kelly, and Sam Dean were making strong runs while Darragh O’Donovan was also powering his way past Highfield defenders. Cathal Fitzgerald and Josh Beacher were putting themselves about at rucks and mauls and also made a couple of good runs themselves. The backs were always a threat led by nippy scrum-half Richard Cassidy who looked like he could have run all day long, showing beautiful balance and a mean side-step. Darra Corkery mixed the game up at out-half and made some excellent passes as did Alex Johns who set up several scores with plenty of unselfish play. At half-time, it was 50-0 and while Highfield did come back in the second half, the ‘Well continued to show their class and produce a convincing victory. This side certainly has the potential to bring back silverware this season to the club but the coaches will be well aware that nothing significant has been won yet. After such a display, it is very hard to criticize, but their will be tougher matches ahead. There were a few occasions when the ball was turned over and they will be disappointed to have conceded but if they continue to work as hard as they have done so far, it should be an entertaining and hopefully successful season ahead.
Match Report “ A Well Man”

Under 12s No Game last week

Under 11s No Game last week

Under 10s No Game last week

Under 9s No Game last week

Under 8s No Game last week

Under 7s No Game last week

Fixtures

7th /8th Nov 09.

It is Important YOU support our teams Looking forward to seeing YOU soon

Senior XVS: No Game this week

Junior 1s: Versus Cork Con Kick Off 14.30 Sunday Musgrave Park, South Munster 2nd League

Junior 2s: Versus Highfield Kick Off 12 noon Sunday Woodleigh Park J2 League
NOTE: This game has been cancelled

Under 21s: Versus Bruff Kick Off 14.30 Saturday Musgrave Park South West Conf Div 1

Under 19s: No Game this week

Under 17s: Versus Highfield Kick Off 12.15pm Saturday Musgrave Park South Munster League

Under 15s: Versus Waterpark Kick Off 12 noon Saturday Cois Lee Friendly

Under 13s: No Game this week

Under 12s: versus Cork Con Saturday 10.30 am Frankfield Friendly

Under 11s: versus Cork Con Saturday 10.30 am Temple Hill Friendly

Under 10s: versus Cork Con Saturday 10.30 am Musgrave Park Friendly

Under 9s: versus Cork Con Saturday 10.30 am Musgrave Park Friendly

Under 8s: versus Cork Con Saturday 10.30 am Musgrave Park Friendly

Under 7s: versus Cork Con Saturday 10.30 am Musgrave Park Friendly

SHANNON

Shannon Notes Weekending November 7th 2009

What a way to end our baron run in the AIB league. Back to winning ways, with a bonus point is something which is very welcome. To describe the feelings after Last Saturdays result against UL/Bohs as relief indicates that there was panic in the camp, but the reality is that after our three previous defeats , apart from the disappointment of losing , was that we was a confidence that with a little luck results would go our way. Fortunately last Saturday we didn’t have to rely on luck as more or less dominated UL/Bohs throughout the game. Twice they crossed our line and on both occasions we were reduced to 14 men and in return, our five try haul ensured the scoreboard reflected the proceedings. Perhaps the return to the familiarity of Coonagh had a bit part in the outcome, but overall this was a result that was brewing for a while.

Although we controlled the game almost throughout , UL/Bohs did take the lead after three kicked penalties , but once Mossy Lawler pounced for our second try on the stroke of half time the lead would not be relinquished again. The high penalty count against us throughout the game disrupted our momentum but the fact that two players were sin binned will mean that discipline at key areas will have to improve. The second half began with a concerted effort with Any Finn denied as he stretched for the line and then Mossy’s long range drop goal just hit the inside of the posts and rebounded the wrong way. However the extension of the lead that we desired came when Dave Quinlan barged over in the corner. The big gap in defence that was left when Andy Finn was binned was exploited by UL/Bohs when they rounded off a nice move to keep within touching distance, but soon after two successive penalties by Tadgh Bennett increased the lead to a more comfortable margin. The best try of the game was scored after Stephen Kelly pounced on a loose pass and then off loaded perfectly to Andy Finn as the gamer entered the final 10 minutes and by then the result was more or less decided, but the scores did keep coming. 82 Minutes elapsed when UL/Bohs scored nothing more than a consolation try, but then 4 minutes after Jason Cronin marked a personnel milestone when he scored his first ever try in the AIB legume after a brilliantly timed intercept on the 22, although by Sunday morning that 20 meter run had turned into an almost 50 metre dash to the line. The 19 point winning margin means we jumped a few spots and although still a little off the leaders we can hopefully capitalise on the victory in the coming weeks starting with the AIB cup game on Saturday against Cork Con , in Templhill. Any game down there is tough, but with Munster A games and U/21 trials taking place this week, we’re down quite a few first choice players. A supporter’s bus leaves Thomond Park at 10.45 am and anyone wishing to travel should contact Ger Mc Closkey. Kickoff is at 2.30.

Unfortunately the seconds couldn’t replicate the result against the same opposition on Sunday and were defeated by 17 points to 12. Played in conditions ranging from heavy rain to clear skis it was a day when the ball was greasy and not very amenable to running rugby. After going behind to and early try we battled hard to get back into the game, and Tommy Cregan tapped over a penalty to leave us four behind. The first half finished with the home side extending their lead with a penalty, but as the second half progressed it was our lads that made all the running. Another Cregan penalty maintained the impetus, but then mid way through the half a mistake on our behalf proved costly as UL/bohs pounced and scored a try against the run of play. It was an awful shame as it looked more likely that we would score up to that point. We did cross the line through Niall O’Brien, but at that stage it was too late. It was by no means a bad showing from the lads and with a bit of luck they could have won this one. Sunday sees them get an opportunity to make amends when Old Crescent come to Coonagh for a 2.30 kick off.

The early arrivals to Coonagh were able to see Tony Flynn’s 3rd XV get their second Gleeson League win at the weekend with a 19 – 9 victory over Thomond. Leading at half time with 2 John Lynch tries by 10- 6 after playing against the stiff wind, Shannon closed out the game thru 3 Paddy Reidy second half penalties. This was a good performance from the lads whose training ground efforts are beginning to show reward.

The win however was not without cost as James Kearns left the field with a very serious ankle injury, we wish James and our other long term injury victims Fionn O’Dea and Fergal Curtin speedy recoveries. Next up on Saturday is a tie with Bruff in Coonagh at 2.30 .

The U/21’s kept up their impressive winning ways when they accounted for Sundays Well with ease. Another bonus point was secured which sees the lads top the table at this early stage. This week we were due to play UL/Bohs , but on account of both sides being affected by Irish trials the game has been rescheduled for next weekend.

The ladies have a trip to Tralee on Sunday in the AIL.

Underage fixtures this weekend,

Under 13s League: Shannon -v- Newport LIT 11.30 a.m.

Under 19s League: Ennis -v- Shannon Ennis (Club grounds) 11 a.m.

Tickets for the Autumn Internationals are readily available from Tadgh Crowe and it has been decided to rescind an earlier decision to link them with other tickets for the six nations. The current economic climate has certainly affected the demand for these tickets and currently we still have a large quantity available. We would ask members to assist us in trying to minimise the financial consequences to the club of not selling all our tickets by informing friends and colleagues of the availability of these tickets. It must be remembered that the club procure these tickets for the benefit of our members and its incumbent for all of us to help out.

Finally the annual mass for deceased members takes place in the clubhouse on Friday the 27th November at 8pm. Alsop a reminder that the mass for the 38,39,40 side takes place this Sunday in St Marys church at 11am.

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