Clonmel finish season in style by claiming Gleeson Cup

Clonmel 31 Kilfeacle 25

Clonmel 31 Kilfeacle 25

A week after Clonmel winning the Evans Cup against Kilfeacle, the 2nd XV were playing Kilfeacle again for the Gleeson Cup at Kilfeacle on Friday evening.

Clonmel were missing a number of experienced players from the previous week but it was an opportunity to give the younger members of the squad an opportunity. The game proved that Clonmel have great talents coming through from the underage structure.

Clonmel started the game playing with wind advantage and opened the scoring with a penalty kick from Christy Ryan. He followed up with another successful kick to make the score 6 nil. 

Clonmel’s forwards did some great work to get the ball inside Kilfeacle’s 22, the ball was flashed out to the back and Brian Condon broke through to score a try. Christy stepped up to score the conversion to make the score 13-nil.  Kilfeacle’s forwards stepped up the pace and started asking question from Clonmel’s pack. They worked themselves up the field to score a try out in the corner which they failed to convert.

On the return play, Clonmel was awarded a penalty which was successfully kicked by Christy Ryan. At halftime the score was 16-5 to Clonmel.

Kilfeacle were now playing with the wind and they started the game by running hard at Clonmel.  Clonmel’s defence stood up to the challenge and they managed to work the ball into Kilfeacle’s half. For the good work by Clonmel they were awarded a penalty which was a big ask for Ryan to score against the wind. But it proved to be a successful kick and this was the most important score in the game which made the score 19-5. It gave Clonmel great confidence and they followed up and scored in the corner through Eoghan Carey.

The score line was now 24-5. Kilfeacle never gave up and worked themselves down the field and scored a try in the corner but failed to convert. The score was 24-10. Then a brilliant run by Jaco led to a brilliant individual try under the post which once again was successfully converted by Ryan.  The score was now 31-10 but Kilfeacle did not give up and in the last 15 minutes they scored three tries to make the final score 31-25 in favour of Clonmel.

Clonmel’s Ray Fahey collected their second cup in seven days.

The success of the 2nd XV this season especially the Gleeson Cup final against Kilfeacle, shows that Clonmel have some great talent coming through. The team, manager and coach thank everyone who came up to support the 2nd XV throughout the season. 

And in the words of manager, Nicky Power - “For the players who were around all season but were not involved in the last two games, this was your victory also. This was a full panel success. Thank you all”.

Clonmel RFC Multi Sport Summer Camp 2012

This year’s Clonmel RFC Summer Camp takes place at the club from July 9 to 13. Following on from last year’s highly successful camp, the club expects a big turn out this year again.

The emphasis this year again will be a multi-sport theme. As well as rugby, tag rugby and rugby related games (non contact), the children will play football, unihoc, basketball, cricket and many many more inventive and exciting games. We will even throw in the usual bouncy castle obstacle course again which proved very entertaining last year.

Like all games, the focus will be on teamwork and the summer camp will use games and sports activities to show young people the importance of participation and team spirit.

The camp is for boys and girls from all ages between 6 and 15. The girls who took part last year had a great time and we are happy to welcome even more girls this year.

The price remains the same as last year at a very low cost €65.  Early bird booking fee up to 30th April applies. 

Contact details as follows: CRFC Office 087-3724394  

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AGM in the Clubhouse on Friday evening May 11 at 8.