Clonmel 2nd XV were hosts to a very strong Galbally side last Saturday. Clonmel were the better team in the first half winning most of the possession and having most of the territorial advantage. But just like Munster in the first half against Edinburgh last Sunday, Clonmel had little to show for their superiority at half time, leading only 6 points to 3. Clonmel’s scores, the result of good team work, came from the boot of outhalf Christy Browne. However, the biggest difference between Edinburgh and Galbally is that Galbally were good. What stopped Clonmel in their tracks was a good Galbally defence.
Within a minute Clonmel were down to 14 men as a result of an immediate yellow card.
In the second half both outhalves exchanged penalties early enough to make the score 9 points to 6 in Clonmel’s favour. Then the heavy trench warfare continued until about fifteen minutes from the end of the game. Clonmel were piling on the pressure and were close to the Galbally try line when they knocked-on the ball. What should have been a relieving scrum to Galbally turned into a penalty for Clonmel as one of the Galbally forwards decided to have words with the referee which the referee did not like and awarded the penalty. Browne added the 3 points to Clonmel’s tally.
Having the upper hand, Clonmel continued to pile on the pressure and as a result of a well-collected ball from the end of the line out, Jonathan Carey went over for a try. Final score, Clonmel 17, Galbally 6.
This was a great team performance from Clonmel. The blend of the experience and youth was also clearly in evidence as “old” stalwarts like Richie Gleeson, Stephen Cleary, Ray Fahy, Paul Purcell and Ciaran McArdle showed great leadership and encouragement to very impressive young emerging players such as Luke Hogan, Brendan Lawlor, Stephen Carey, and Christy Browne.
This coming weekend, the 1st XV travel to St. Senan’s to play in the Munster Junior Challenge Cup.
The 2nd XV are away to Kilfeacle on Saturday evening in the Glesson League.
U9s Blitz in Kilfeacle
On Saturday morning the u-9s had an away blitz in Kilfeacle. The team was led onto pitch by captain on the day Tom Noonan. Clonmel were up for this from the whistle with big tackles going in from Zac/Sean/Paddy/Adam winning possession for Clonmel and phase after phase Clonmel racked up early tries from Jack O’Neill and TJ Slattery.
Kilfeacle were not able to cope with the ferocious tackling of Zac O’Loughlin and Adam Cunningham and the fleet footed Paddy/Jack/TJ. Some great support play from Cian P/Fionn/Culann as well as big tackling from Cian O’D/Sean. However, Kilfeacle were not to be outdone and they bulldozed their way through for two great tries. Clonmel stepped up the pace and with a blistering burst through from inside his own half Jonas Nyberg twisting, turning, and sidestepping made a lunge for the line for another try.
Straight from the off the Bull O L’oughlin” ripped another ball and he was supported by debutant Keelan Hanrahan who passed out to Paddy O’Keeffe and away he went to score another try. Clonmel’s own bulldozer Sean McEntegart decided he was going to get in on the action and ploughed a furrow through the Kilfeacle defence to get in for a try. Another rip and take from Zac and he sliced through the defence to get over for a try with half the Kilfeacle team hanging out of him (the only person he didn’t tackle on the day was the ref).
This was a great team display with all players playing for each other. Tom led by example as captain, big tackling from Zac/Adam/Paddy/Cian O D/Sean/Fionn/Jonas and great support play from Tom/Cian P/TJ/Culann/Jack and Keelan Hanrahan who was making his first outing in a rugby Jersey (you wouldn’t think it was his first ever blitz) again the biggest challenge, was for Clonmel was to pick “Man Of The Match” with so many contenders. This week it was slightly edged by Paddy O’Keeffe for his all-round contribution.
The Countdown is on for one of the biggest awaited games of the Season next Friday night at 6.00pm - “The Parents V The Kids”. This will not be for the faint hearted, there will be no love lost once all step onto the hallowed turf of Ardgeeha under lights. It is a great opportunity to see the stars of the future and stars of the past (these will be the ones with cobwebs on the boots).
This will be followed by the Halloween Party in the Clubhouse (Bring on FUN Friday).
1st XV play St. Senans in Shannon on Sunday in the Munster Junior Challenge cup. Kick-off is 2.30pm
2nd XV play Kilfeakle in Kilfeakle on Saturday evening in the Gleeson League. Kick-off time is 7.30pm.