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)
Our seniors played their last game of the league on Saturday last and needing a win to guarantee a playoff place and to keep an unbeaten home record in place Midleton were the visitors who were guaranteed a playoff place. We started the game well and were rewarded with a try from our captain Johnny Cleary Kevin McManus kicked the convert but we were quickly pegged back when Midleton scored with a try and went ahead through a penalty to make it 8-7 after 20 mins played. We continued to dominate possession but it was not until the 35th minute that we took the lead once again through Johnny the convert was missed and although we looked like we had scored on h/t we knocked on, on the line so we went in 12-8 ahead. The second half saw us again see a lot of posession and went further ahead with a penalty try on the 65 min we added the bonus try with 5 to go. Davy o Grady converted and it finished 26-8. So once again we play Midleton next Saturday in the playoff semi final in Midleton, ko 2.30 and while management will be pleased with result, they will also feel more will be needed on Saturday next.
Bruff 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 Kevin McManus Rob Coates Brendan Keogh Tadgh o Dwyer Shane Biggins Sean Darcy
As this was our last home league game of the season it’s important to acknowledge the effort the players and management have put in all season when one travels through the league and see what resources our opposition have at their disposal it’s really a credit to everyone in the club to be fighting promotion.
We also wish our players the best who are recovering from injuries It’s something we seem to have got more than our fair share this season.
The club would also like to acknowledge our fantastic supporters on Saturday last and all year long, and not least our fantastic ladies who continue to feed the masses all season and to our ladies inside the counter who provide us with refreshments a big thank you.
In what was a busy weekend for the club with 2 games in the club on Saturday and an 18 cup final on Sunday it was a busy time for yours truly keeping up with everything going on. Our exhibition game in memory of Alfie Laffan kicked off at 12.30 and though conditions were blustery it was a testament to the man and fitting, the fantastic turnout from all who turned out in his memory speaking to Brendan Deady and Cathal o Reagen after the game, no one had to be asked a second time which resulted with up to 50 players togging out, now the pace of play may have slowed considerably but some of the skills haven’t left and some would still not have been out of place on the main pitch 2 hrs later. It was fantastic to see some of the players that have had brought success to the club mixing on and of the field and it brought a fantastic atmosphere about the club throughout the day, with so many of the players with their wife’s, partners and their young families remenising having a good catch-up in the bar after, an hopefully maybe this might find a place in the club calendar on an annual basis.
U20’s Captains IX Trevor CaseyPaddy WalshCathal O’Regan Dave HoranCormac HayesMike McCarthy James McCarthyGer O Connell Padraig Keogh (c)Philip HoganNiall lynch Peter MaloneWillie LynchMartin O Rourke Maghnus CollinsWillie CaseyJohn CarrollTony TrehyFinbarr HoganAdrian O BrienGarry LeonardDonagh McCarthyMark CosgroveShane DoonaRichie McAuliffe Philip Moloney
ManagersGer McNamara Eamon DowlingJohn Finn
Bateman Cup Presidents IX Gearoid RyanMossie O DonnellJohn HoganStephen Foster (c)Ger CollinsRichie Flanagan Eamon CookeSean DanaherBrian MorrisseyDermot MurnaneMikey CarrollDanny KeoghDave GardinerTony CahillBrian CahillDerek DowlingPaul O SheaTom O Callaghan John MaloneAndrew CashmanBrendan DeadyPaudie kilcoyne Alan kilcoyne Dave ConwayRonan Kirby Davy Clarke ManagersWillie ConwayMicheal LeahyJames Ryan Derry Bowman