Weekend Rugby Roundup
1st October 2023 By Leonard Allen
Young Munster booked their place in the final of the Bateman Cup, as Garryowen reached the final of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup. There were also some local Junior finals decided.
A late try from Chris Moore converted by Cian Casey gave Young Munster a 17-14 win over Ballynahinch at Ballymacarn Park in the semi-final of the Bateman Cup. The sides were level 7-7 at half time with Jack Lyons putting the Limerick side ahead with a try which Casey converted. The home side took the lead early in he second half with a converted try. Casey kept Young Munster in touch with a penalty before the visitors snatched victory, and they will now face Terenure College in the decider in January.
Garryowen will face Cork Constitution in the final of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup at Musgrave Park after their 39-10 win over Bruff at Dooradoyle. Donnacha Byrne, Des Fitzgerald, Sean Rennison (2), Kyle Read, and Jack Delaney were Garryowen’s try scorers. Kelvin Langan kicked three conversions and a penalty. Tom Quigley replied with a try for Bruff which Sean Kilbridge converted and Paul Collins added a penalty.
Thomond won the Transfield Cup defeating Richmond 24-11 in the final at Takumi Park. In a closely fought opening half, a try by Jordan O’Donnell converted by Evan Cusack on the stroke of half time gave Thomond a 12-11 interval lead. O’Donnell added a second try which Cusack again converted. Colin Slater and Luke Costelloe were their other try scorers. Denis Birmingham replied with a try for Richmond and Sean Considine kicked two penalties.
Crosshaven defeated Old Christians 8-3 to claim the O’Neill Cup at Musgrave Park. Harry O’Connell scored a try for Crosshaven and Ian Smith kicked a penalty. Conor Dolan replied with a penalty for the Rathcooney side.
Castleisland defeated holders Tralee 32-17 in the final of the McElligott Cup. Ben Glavin scored two tries for Tralee and Dave Rusk converted both and also added a penalty.
Thurles defeated Clonmel 28-13 to lift the Garryowen Cup.
Bandon retained the Dennehy Cup with a 23-0 victory over Cork Constitution at Woodleigh Park. The sides were scoreless at half time but tries from Mark Bateman, and Harry Hall, along with two conversions and three penalties by Hugh O’Mahony earned Bandon victory.
Garryowen defeated Thomond 10-6 to reach the final of the McInerney Cup where they will meet Ennis in the decider.
Douglas and Youghal will contest the final of the O’Sullivan (Muskerry) Cup next week, when last minute tries saw Douglas defeat Cobh Pirates 13-12, and Youghal defeated Ballincollig 12-10.