Mar 302010

Munster V Northampton

The following members have been successful in their application for tickets for the above Heineken Cup 1/4 Final match.

These tickets can be collected at the pavilion between 7:00-8:00pm wednesday 31st and 6:30-8:00pm SHARP Thursday 1st (due to a prior engagement).

Any tickets not collected by thursday night will be immediately re-allocated on Friday morning as we have a long list of applications for these.

If you have not been successful, uncollected tickets passed to the next members on the drawn list will be posted here on friday morning


ERC Heineken Cup draw taking place tomorrow.

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Jun 082009

It’s that time of year again when we find out who we’re up against in the Heineken Cup next season. It also means the start of the long haul for airfares etc. for those who travel to the away games. Anyway for those who want to know how this works the format  of the draw is laid out below.

Heineken Cup Pool Draw Format

(Info lifted directly from the ERC Rugby Site).

Key Principles
• For the purpose of the draw the 24 qualified teams are ranked based on their ERC European rankings and are divided into four Tiers. Rankings are based on European performance over the past four seasons in the Heineken Cup and knock-out stages of the European Challenge Cup.

• Each Pool will have one team from each of the four Tier levels.

• No two teams from the same country will be drawn in the same Pool except for the seventh club from England (Harlequins based on European Ranking) which will be drawn into a Pool with another English team.

• The winner of the Heineken Cup will be seeded in the first Tier and will be drawn into a Pool first.

Draw Format
• The draw will have four stages starting with the allocation of six teams from Tier 1 and then moving to the next Tier.

• Allocation of Tier 1 – The Number 1 ranked team (Leinster Heineken Cup champions) will be drawn into one of the six Pools. The remaining five top Tier teams will then be drawn into the five Pool spots left available.

• For the Allocation of Tier 2, 3 and 4, the teams will be drawn starting with the teams from the country with the highest number of teams participating in the tournament England.
Therefore the order of allocation in each Tier will be teams from England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy until all teams in the Tier have been drawn.

Note as Scotland and Italy both have two teams competing, the Scottish teams will be drawn first as they are ranked higher than either Italian side.

• During each Tier allocation a team will be drawn and then a Pool number for that team from the available Pool options.

• In Tier 4 the seventh English team (Harlequins based on ranking) will be drawn into the Pools last.

• To avoid having two teams from the same country in the same Pool, some teams may be allocated to available Pool spots automatically during the course of the Draw.

Tier 1 Points
Munster 33
Leicester Tigers 26
Leinster 24
Toulouse 21
Bath Rugby 20
Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque 20
Tier 2 Points
Cardiff Blues 16
Stade Francais Paris 14
Gloucester Rugby 14
Perpignan 14
Ospreys 13
London Irish 12
Tier 3 Points
Northampton Saints 12
Sale Sharks 11
ASM Clermont Auvergne 11
Scarlets 11
Ulster Rugby 7
Newport Gwent Dragons 7
Tier 4 Points
Glasgow Warriors 6
Harlequins 6
Edinburgh 5
Benetton Treviso 4
Brive 4
Viadana 1

Ouch, that hurt.. Munster Outmunstered.

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May 042009

That was rough, I’m just about getting my head around it now. Munster were, for want of an easy way to put it into words, “Defended off the park”.

It had all the potential hallmarks of a great game, The “Lion King Vs. The “Renaissance Man”  but it just didn’t live up to expectations. That Leinster defence was just awesome. Even though Brian O’ Driscoll’s renaissance started earlier in the year during the six nations, I still wouldn’t have given him Man of the match. The Leinster Back Row deserved it en masse in my opinion. Jennings and Elsom were just unbelievable on the deck. Even with the onslaught I was reasonably confident at half time that we were going to come out and turn the screw in the second half but it was just not to be. That intercept from O’ Gara’s pass was like a dagger in the middle of the Munster Chest.

Well done Leinster, you deserved every single bit of it for that performance on the day.

Keep your nerve now lads, you’re as close as you have ever been to making history.

When My soul recovers I’ll get some photos up.

Apr 302009

From Cormac Hayes Earlier, if anyone knows who wrote it please contact me, Id love to credit the right person:

Can I bring to your attention a new service that is on offer to you to co-incide with the Heineken Cup semi-final in Croke Park between Munster and Leinster on May 2 2009.

We understand that the lofty levels of the competition at this stage can be bewildering to Leinster supporters hoping to attend the match given their paucity of experience at this, the business end of the competition, compounding this is the fact that the match will be held in our great pantheon of the GAA, Croke Park, otherwise known as Headquarters by us, your provincial brethren from the non metropolitan parts of this great island of ours. We understand that crossing that gaping physical and metaphysical divide of your Metropolis known as the Liffey is an epic journey from the leafy suburbs that you are more familiar with.

We can empathise with you. We can hope that you can learn from our great odyssey to secure our holy grail.
In the spirit of the great grand slam and in preparation for our unity behind the Green Lions Tour we can help you.

*** Hire a Munster Buddy for the day!! ***

Our Munster supporter will meet with you at a prearranged venue on the Southside of the Liffey of your choice.

He will advise you on the best departure times and pitstop venues between your rendezvous point and Headquarters that will ensure that you make your seat between the end of the minor match and before the kickoff. ( Have no fear that your Buddy will be better acquainted with this part of the city than he is of the back of his hand.) Note: How well can you see the back of your hand when drinking pints)

He will ensure safe passage to (and possibly from, depending on result) the Stadium.

He will cover the costs of all the drink you can consume between rendezvous time and kick off (Our volunteers have been informed to expect that this will involve a maximum of 4 pints. At this point you will probably collapse and your buddy has been instructed to carry you to your seat)

Your Buddy can regale you with stories of our epic campaigns in 2006 and 2008, revisit the debate on Cardiff roof open roof closed and outline the treatment we had envisaged for Paddy Wallace had Stephen Jones’s kick gone over or outline the finer details of what is required of a Lions Captain. A huge menu of subjects many of which have nothing to do with rugby are available for discussion which your buddy will have an opinion on. (Warning: these opinions are unlikely to be informed or based on any established fact and may not bear any relevance to reality)

Your Buddy will make the ultimate sacrifice and not wear red at the match to conform to the daft e-mail circulated by your Provincial Branch. ( However the Buddy is not obligated to remain silent or refrain from abusing the referee, any officials other Leinster supports, RTE, Leicester, random punters they encounter at any stage during the day or singing songs from provinces that are still playing Rugby with round balls during training)

This premium service can be secured at a value for money recession price of a SPARE TICKET. This unique offer will enable you to gain maximum value from your Buddy by choosing to have them seated beside you throughout the game or for as long as you are still attending.

Don’t miss this incredible offer. When is the next time you will be in a semi-final!!
Contact the Leinster Munster Buddy Service by return e-mail if you wish to avail of this offer.

*** Early bird bonus ***

For any Leinster supporters who avail of this service there is a winners bonus. In the unlikely and unforeseeable event of Leinster winning the Semi-final, your Munster Buddy will have available to purchase at face value a ticket to the Heineken final in Edinburgh on May 23 2009. In fact many will be able to offer you full travel packages at rock bottom prices and will be able to source at least 20 other tickets should you wish to bring your fellow Leinster supporters to Murrayfield. But lets not contemplate that horror story