In ideal conditions Clonmelâ€™s 1st XV travelled to neighbouring Carrick-on-Suir rugby club on Sunday to take on Waterpark RFC in this yearâ€™s final of the prestigious Garryowen Cup.
Spurred on by great home support, a huge performance was put in by the Clonmel side to take the honours and secure the first silverware of the 2013/14 season.
Clonmel opened the scoring with a Brian Loneregan penalty after 18 minutes, which was quickly followed by a try and conversion, both scored again by on-form captain Brian Loneregan.
Waterpark responded well with a penalty and try, which saw the Clonmel side lead by a narrow margin (10-8) at half time.
The second half opened with a great Clonmel try scored in the corner by Mark Corby.
A Waterpark penalty shortly afterwards had the scoreline at a very tight 15-11.
A further Clonmel penalty by Brian Loneregan gave the Clonmel side an 18-11 advantage.
From there to the final whistle Clonmel dug in and showed huge determination to hold back various Waterpark advances.
The final score was 18-11 and it was a great win early in the season for Clonmel. Well done all involved.
In the semi-final the previous week Clonmel put in a fine performance to defeat Nenagh Ormonde AFC by a landslide 64-0.
Clonmel opened the scoring after just 10 minutes with a well-worked try into the corner by Jaco Oosthuyson, which was converted by Morgan Lyons.
Further tries followed from Cliff Oâ€™Halloran, David Oâ€™Gorman, Gareth Mulcahy, Neville Melbourne and Mark Jenkinson as a rampant Clonmel led 45-0 at the break.
Everyone in the club is now looking forward to the opening game of the Munster Junior League this coming Sunday away to league newcomers Muskerrry.
In other weekend games, the U-16s were unfortunately beaten at home by a strong Fethard side with a final score 17-27. The U-18s overcame their Fethard opposition to take the honours 43-19.
The Clonmel 2nd XV travelled to Dungarvan and had a convincing 46-7 win in their league encounter.
The U-16s are away to Clanwilliam in the East Munster League on this Sunday, October 6 at 11am.
The U-18s are away to Clanwilliam in the East Munster League on this Sunday, October 6, also at 11am.
The Seconds XV are at home to Cashel on Sunday, October 6 in the second round of the South Munster Junior 2 league. The time has yet to be confirmed.
The First XV are away to Muskerry on Sunday, October 6 in the opening game of the Munster Junior League.
The ladies continue to train on Friday nights at 7.30pm and are counting down to their opening season games.
The mini players are up every Saturday morning from 10.30am.
There is a great buzz and enthusiasm around the club with so many teams in action every week and newcomers, supporters and players alike, are always welcome.
Changes and updates to fixtures will be notified on the Clonmel Rugby Club Facebook Page, on twitter @ClonmelRFC. and on the club website.
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