Our seniors travel to the open spaces of Seapoint this Saturday in rd 14 of the league with just 5 games left were facing a team who are seeing themselves at the wrong end of the table, but we would not want to be fooled by that,over the past couple of weeks, they have beaten Omagh and Bangor and very unlucky against league leaders Ballina last week. We will need to be at our best to get something out of this, hopefully we will start to get back some of long list of injuries over the next few weeks, kick off 2.30 so for anyone living in the big smoke or surrounds please get out and give the lads a shout.
This coming weekend 3rd March is an important date for the Bruff RFC Under 18 team as they take on Cork Constitution in the ¼ of the Pan Munster Competition. The two team have previously played where Bruff came out on the right side of a 20 – 0 victory. This coming Sunday 3rd March at 1:30 pm we are looking to get home support behind the lads to see them over the line. Come along to Kilballyowen Park this weekend and support the lads. The remaining matches and fixtures are listed below also.
Munster Club U18 Cup Quarter-Final – Weekend of Saturday 2 March
Match 1: Newcastle West RFC – Estuary RFC v Kinsale RFC
Match 2: Skibbereen RFC v Winner: Ennis RFC v Ballincollig RFC
Match 3: Cobh Pirates RFC v Nenagh Ormond RFC
Sunday 3rd March
Match 4: Bruff RFC v Cork Constitution RFC
Munster Club U18 Cup Semi-Final Draw – Weekend of Saturday 9 March
Winner: Match 4 v Winner: Match 3
Winner: Match 1 v Winner: Match 2
Irish Independent Park will host two festivals of youth rugby consisting of the Bank of Ireland Munster U16 and U18 Club competition finals.
On Saturday last we welcomed Bangor to Kilballyowen anxious to put the heartbreak of lasts weeks Omagh defeat behind us, we were dealt the triple whammy starting minus Liam Treacy Keith Laffen and Mike Cooke but probably the reason this season has been better is the fact that we are able to introduce players who step up when asked.
We started well and went ahead when after a number of phases Davy o Grady pick out Cian Clifford with a beauty of a cross field kick and we were 5-0 we continued to dominate possession and were rewarded with a pen which Kevin McManus made no mistake. We lost Daniel Jackson to the bin and Bangor started to get themselves back in the game. We conceded 3 from a penalty and now it was 8-3.
We increased our lead with a carbon copy try like our first, once again after lots of phases and with penalty advantage Davy once again pick out Kevin McManus in the corner to dot down, Davy himself landed a raker of a convert and we were 15-3 in front. Bangor however got themselves a lifeline after winning a couple of penalties in our 22, they quick tapped and went in for a try to make it 15-8 at h/t.
The 2nd half saw us continue with a good start and Davy put us 18-8 ahead with a penalty.
Bangor replied with a penalty of their own to keep themselves in the game at 18-11 with 20 mins left on the clock. We then lost Cillian Rea with an knee injury and after a lengthy break play resumed with a Bruff scrum and after Sean Hartigan carry was halted Neilus Keogh surged to line and scored a fine try Davy added the extras to make it 25-11. Bangor tried hard to rescue a bonus point but devfensely we were good and maybe we were disappointed we weren’t able to get a bp of our own. This group has been has been massively consistent throughout the season and but it is really the effort from the panel that is getting them over the line in games. Next up next Saturday we’re away to Seapoint in what is going to be an extremely difficult game. Injuries are part and parcel of our game and it’s never nice to see players with injury we wish Cillian a speedy recovery Cillian has been in superb form this season so we hope it won’t to be too long before his back.
Paddy Cleary Johnny Cleary Brian Bulfin Tadgh o Dwyer Tommy o Dwyer Taylor Jones Cillian Rea Sean Hartigan Daniel Jackson Davy o Grady Graham Whelan Cian Tierney Jack o Grady Cian Clifford Kieran McManus Robert Coates Brendan Keogh Neilus Keogh Shane Biggins Sean Darcy
This Saturday we entertain Bangor Rfc in a crucial league game, the club have chosen this game as the ‘Bring a friend’ game in which the club encourage supporters to bring a friend or friends with them to the game, our team have been given some excellent performances this season and deserve our support, afterwards you can visit the clubhouse and experience our friendly staff under the supervision of Mary Paul, we will have extra prizes for the raffle and also be able to watch the rugby internationals on tv. Bangor are one of the big Ulster clubs and we had a right battle when we played them earlier in the season, so we look forward to seeing everyone in kilballyowen next sat kick off 2.30.
Our 13s played old Cresent on Sunday last and had a good workout coming away with a timely victory before our last league game v Ennis next Sunday. Try scorers on the day were Sean McCormack Jessie Dorney Cormac Moloney and Hugh Flanaghan. This group have been under the watchful eye of Paddy Freeny Sean Garvey Dave Keane and Seamus Sheehan.