On Saturday we played Malahide in our division playoff final and while the result didn’t go our way on the day the club has nothing but admiration for this fine bunch of young men who have represented our club this season with over 25 matches played, the future is bright with some exciting young talent and more coming through our underage. We would like to thank each and everyone of them who put huge effort and commitment over the season. We would like to thank management Noel Eoin and Tony our physio Craig Darragh strength and conditioning and the rest of the backroom staff who supported the lads, Eamonn Cooke for his video work, Johnny Cleary as club capt Sean Hartigan vice. We also have to acknowledge the ladies in our club who keep on feeding the masses on Saturdays and to Mary Paul and Kate who keep the crowds refreshed all season, Bernard and his crew who look after the shop and to our photographers and to all our club sponsors we say thanks finally to our fantastic support who turned out in big numbers all season and I’m sure the lads gained a few more with some great rugby all season. We also wish a speedy recovery to all our players who received injuries we wish them speedy recoveries Forgive me if I have omitted anyone I’m new to this job, as the lads can now earn a well deserved rest off season they deserve it.
On Saturday the 27th April our Senior team take on Malahide RFC in the League Promotion Playoff at 2:30 pm in Kilballyowen Park. We would like to get a big crowd on the day to support the team who have once again done us proud this season.
Saturday last saw us make the short trip to Midelton in a promotion semi-final playoff after playing them the week previous it was always going to be a difficult task to repeat the win in bruff Midelton had a opportunity to rest some players from their game in bruff so we knew a good start was going to essential and the lads duly obliged, from the start we retained possession and with pen adv Davy found Cian in the corner to open the account Davy himself scored the 2nd and we were 14 to the good things got better when Liam Treacy scored in the corner and the score was 19-0. Midelton replied with a 7 pointer after a block down clearance. Liam added a second before halftime and we went in 26-7 ahead at the break. Taylor added another try after the break but we knew Midelton were going to have a purple patch in which they replied with 14 pts of their own. It’s was now 33-21 in our favor and with conditions perfect for running rugby there were always going to be more scores. With 10 to go Sean Darcy crossed the line to make it 38-21 but Midelton to their credit fought for their lives and were rewarded with a 7 pointer with 7 mins on the clock it finished at that 38-28 and there was a huge sense of relief on the players and the large crowd of traveling support.
A big thanks to everyone who travelled on the day the support certainly was a great boost to the lads.
So next Saturday sees us play Malahide in the promotion playoff final and everyone knows it’s going to take a massive effort to get us over the line, so I’m sure management and supporters will be looking for that same commitment and fire that has given so much pleasure to us all season.
Paddy cleary Johnny Cleary (capt.) Kieth Laffan Tom o DwyerNeilus Keogh Sean hartigan Mike Cooke Taylor Jones Danny Jackson Davy o Grady Liam Treacy Cian tierney Jack o Grady Cian Clifford Shane Biggins Rob Coates Brendan Keogh Tadgh o Dwyer Shane Biggins Sean Darcy Conor Fitz Danny Keogh Graham Whelan Dylan o Shea.
Ko in kilballyowen is 2.30 so get yourselves out early with your colours and shout on the lads
After a long season which saw us finish 3rd on 58 pts (which was 2pts more than what Sligo won the league with last season), we now travel to Midleton on Saturday to take on the home side, looking for a place in the final.
Kick off in Midleton is 2.30 so if you can, please get down there and give the lads a big shout.
Our 18s made the journey to the back pitch of Thomond park on Sunday where Newcastle West in the 18 cup final this time has provided us with some excellent rugby all season but were up against a very good Newcastle West outfit, we got of to a good start and after winning a penalty we went to the corner after winning our line out we mauled over to take a 5-0 lead. We took a 10-3 lead in at half time and even though we had the greater possession we hadn’t shown it on the scoreboard. We scored again after half time to go 15-3 ahead but N/West replied with a drop goal to keep in touch at 15-6. Credit to Newcastle they continued to press but we managed to get the upper hand with a penalty try to go 22-6 ahead. Newcastle made it 22-11 with an excellent try of their own but we had the final score of the game to finish 29-11. Try scorers Darragh Browne Adam o Dwyer Patrick Lloyd Mark Fitzpatrick
Team Gerard Donworth Eoin Delaney Mark Fitzpatrick Jamie Ahearn Padraig Mulcahy Adam Dwyer Patrick Lloyd Patrick Maher Sean Creagan Shane Dwane Brendan Gleeson John o Reilly Kieran o Dwyer Darragh Browne (capt) Tony o Connell Ronan Kelly Rory Butler Dylan Scanlon Fitzgerald Sean Frawley James Gleeson Frank Maher Rhys Costello Scott Bevan Luke Ryan
Coaches Barry Heffernan Richie McCaulife Shane Doona Tom o Dwyer Taylor Jones Pauline McCaulife (Medical Aid)