Cashel too strong for Kilfeacle in Gleeson final
Gleeson Memorial Cup:
Cashel 39 Kilfeacle 12
Cashel thirds team took on Kilfeacle seconds in the Gleeson Memorial Cup Final at Galbally on Sunday. It was a second final this season for this young Cashel team and it was important that they registered a win after the heartbreak of the one point defeat to Dolphin in the previous final. Galbally put their fine facilities at the disposal of the Tipperary committee for this game and the pitch was in excellent condition. Galbally is a club that has made excellent progress on and off the field in recent times and their facilities prove they are a well managed and progressive club.
Cashel played with a strong wind in the first half. The early exchanges were robust with the heavier Kilfeacle pack taking the game to Cashel. However as they attacked inside the Cashel half the ball came to Cashel’s Ger O’Sullivan and he used his mighty boot to put the ball into touch on the Kilfeacle five yard line. Captain Sean Ryan robbed the lineout and dived over the Kilfeacle line for a fine try. This settled the young Cashel players and they started to play attractive running rugby which is the hallmark of the club. Five minutes later from a Cashel lineout in a similar position Cashel used the maul to great effect and from the resultant feed Shane Murphy sniped over for a great try-he is really going from strength to strength. On a number of occasions Ger O’Sullivan kicked long into the Kilfeacle half which kept the Cashel pack on the front foot. The pack continued to front up and created a platform for the backs to show their paces. On fifteen minutes after a great passing movement Brian Anglim scored Cashel’s third try in the corner. He was on hand again a few minutes later to put in a relieving kick from inside his 22 as Kilfeacle attacked with menace. The Cashel front row of Shane Nolan, Gavin Delany and Cormack O’Donnell were awesome. Fergal McCormack and Allen Cummins played their hearts out in the second row and the back row of Niall Fitzgerald, Aidan O’Connor and captain Sean Ryan covered every blade of grass on the field, they carried at every opportunity and tackled fearlessly. Half Time score Cashel 15 Kilfeacle 0.
Four minutes into the second half Kilfeacle made their move. From a lineout on the Cashel 22 they rucked and mauled with great effect and their winger scored a fine try in the corner. At this stage they were getting on top and Cashel needed a response. It came on fifty minutes with the marauding pack driving into the Kilfeacle half. Niall Fitzgerald offloaded to Eoin Laffan and he scored in the corner. It must be said that the Cashel backs played some very attractive rugby throughout. At full back Johnny Maher made many telling runs and covered back very effectively. Wingers Eoin laffan and Brian Anglim, two powerful young players who have the size to play in the second row as well as the wing, both scored tries. In the centre Sean Walsh and Robert Thornton ran with purpose and tackled fiercely. Young Shane Murphy is a revelation at srrum half. He is plucky and has vision and is a nightmare for any backrow to mark. He will soon be added to the list af great Cashel scrum halves currently at the club, Ollie McGlinchey, Michael Hickey, Darren McGrath and Andrew Kelleher-the club is lucky to have such talent in this position. At outhalf Ger O’Sullivan was outstanding. He has a great boot, is a talented footballer and with a little more belief in his great talent has the ability to play at the highest level.
With fifty six minutes on the clock and Cashel leading 20 5 they looked comfortable. But you never write off Kilfeacle. Back they came with a rumbling period of play which resulted in a converted try under the posts-20 12 and the fat was in the fire. Cashel stood to their task, Shane Murphy made a break fed Aidan O’Connor and he finished in style under the posts. Ger O’Sullivan converted. During the second half Cashel used their bench. Ciaran O’Donnell, Kieran Sweeny and Kenny Drew, all young twenty year olds, came on and added great punch to the pack. Frank Fitzgerald put in a great shift in the second half. It may not be known that Franks father Jim Fitzgerald played for Cashel in the Munster Junior Cup Final of 1966. Frank now in the twilight of his career played Gaelic football, in Galway, with the great Dunmore MacHales, he played with the Galway Minor Football team and the Irish School Boys rugby team. He subsequently played rugby with St Marys RFC in Dublin and won an All Ireland League Division 1 medal in 2000. This latest addition to his medal collection proves his love of sport. Another stalwart of Cashel Rugby, Dermot O’Brien came on with ten minutes to go. He and John Brosnan have put this team together. They have tuned them into a very effective outfit in Munster and they deserve great credit for their efforts. The smile on John Brosnans face at the end of the game told it all. With four minutes left the pack rumbled in the Kilfeacle half. Dermot O’Brien showed all his experience to throw a skip pass to Sean Walsh on the wing and he made no mistake with a fine try. The last try was a breakaway from half way and it was fitting that Aidan O’Connor, who made a wonderful break, should score it as he was outstanding in the great Cashel backrow. Dermot O’Brien converted to bring the final score Cashel 39 Kilfeacle 12. The final score is a little unfair to Kilfeacle who contributed to a top quality game.
The trophy was presented to Cashel captain Sean Ryan by Charlie McCarthy representing the Tipperary Rugby Committee.
Cashel Team: S Nolan, G Delany, C O’Donnell, F McCormack, A Cummins, N Fitzgerald, A O’Connor, Sean Ryan (Captain), S Murphy, G O’Sullivan, E Laffan, R Thornton, S Walsh, B Anglim, J Maher, C O’Donnell, K Sweeney, K Drew, F Fitzgerald, D O’Brien.
All-Ireland Cup medal for James Ryan
Congratulations to James Ryan who won an All Ireland Cup (Bateman Cup) medal with Cork Constitution on Saturday.
Fantastic end to season for Clonmel
Last Sunday Clonmel RFC and Nenagh Ormond RFC travelled to Clanwilliam to play in the final of the prestigious Mansergh Cup. Generally the conditions were good for rugby, but a stiff breeze favoured Clonmel in the first half. Clonmel used the wind well and it was Clonmel that struck first through a penalty from Conor Cooney.
Both teams had come to play rugby so neither side was shy of throwing the ball around and taking chances, and conversely both sides needed to defend valiantly. Around 22 minutes into the game, Conor Cooney was at the end of a series of combination plays between backs and forwards. The Clonmel backs stretched the Nenagh defense by passing the ball at speed and using the full width of the field. Cooney looped around from the back to collect the last pass to crown a super move with a super try. Cooney converted the try to give Clonmel a 10 points to nil lead.
With fifteen minutes of the first half remaining Nenagh upped the pace and threw everything into the game. But Clonmel, en masse, stood solid and defended so well as to deny Nenagh any score up to the halftime break.
The thrills and spills of the first half only whetted the appetite for the excitement that was to come in the second half. Both teams were still fully committed to win this game and both tried their best to break the lines, but equally both teams defended tremendously. But about half way into the second half, Clonmel made that crucial break, and following some slick backline moves, David Lonergan on the wing was nicely set up to take a well deserved try.
With 20 or more minutes remaining Nenagh were not going to give up hope and certainly they were not going to give up trying. Their determination paid off and within the next fifteen minutes or so had scored two superb tries, one from each wing. One of the tries was converted to lead to a nail-biting finish. With six minutes to go and the gap between the teams down to three points in Clonmel’s favour, it was now very much a case of “next try wins”.
Clonmel, battling against the stiff breeze and a tough Nenagh side, did extremely well to get back into the Nenagh 22. The forwards, especially the continuous pick-and-drives by Michael Sheehan and Michael Barry, did well to keep Clonmel and the ball at the right end of the pitch. Now with only two or three minutes remaining who turns up the collect the ball except man-of-the-match, Conor Cooney, to score his second try of the day.
This was a great win for Clonmel – well done to all involved.
Clonmel RFC Multi-Sport Summer Camp – 8th to 12th July
This year’s Clonmel RFC Summer Camp takes part at the club from the 8th to 12th of July. Following on from last year’s highly successful camp, the club expects a big turnout at this year’s camp. All of last year’s participants came home happy and tired each day. The camp includes a multitude of sports and team building exercises.
We welcome boys and girls from ages 6-15. The camp will take part each day from the 8th to 12th of July. Registration is each morning from 9am with warm ups starting at 9.30 The camp will run until 2.30 pm
For further information phone 087-3724394.
Annual General Meeting:
This year’s Annual General Meeting takes place in the Clubhouse at 7.30pm on Thursday 9th May 2013. All members of the club are requested to attend the AGM.
u-20s play Nenagh in the Final of the O’Connor cup in Cashel RFC at 7.30pm, on Friday 3rd May.
Check www.clonmelrfc.com for further details.
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