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)
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.