Cashel play the biggest game in the clubs history on Sunday next in Limerick. Bar playing in the Junior Cup Final it does not get any bigger than this. Put simple the winner of next week’s match gets to play in the IRFU senior league. To put that in context only one team ever in Tipperary has managed it, Nenagh in 2006.
Ten years ago Cashel stagnated mid table in division 3. At the end of that first season being stuck in the bottom division of Munster rugby Cashel decided to re-build and focus on their rugby. Cashel made the decision to focus on their under age structure and concentrate on bringing young players quickly through the ranks. This approach has been hugely beneficial as Cashel take to the field with every player been from Cashel and the surrounding area with an average age in the mid 20’s. Since these dark days the club has had unparalleled success as it has won everything it could in Munster junior rugby bar the junior cup. On Sunday next this ten years of hard work could reap its just rewards as Cashel have the chance to play in the senior league.
It is impossible to call this match as both teams are undefeated in the league. Cashel have played Richmond 4 times in the last two years with the spoils equal at 2 apiece. In the end the winner of this match will simple be the team who wants it more. Cup finals are always tight affairs on Sunday next will be no different. Over all if Cashel can concentrate on their game, keep their composure and patience there is no reason that they can’t win this game and become the first senior rugby team in South Tipperary.
It would be greatly appreciated by all at Cashel RFC if people could come and support the team in their biggest match. The Cashel rugby team has been giving its supports over the last couple of years plenty of opportunities to celebrate. It is now time that the supporters go to the match and help cheer the Cashel team to their success which they richly deserve!!
Richmond V Cashel 2.30p.m – Match is being played in Limerick
Cashel U12’s travelled to Fethard on Sunday for two match round robin. In the first game they played Fethard and produced a great performance to win the match and ran in five excellent tries from Patrick O’Donovan, Ben Allen, Cathel Bourke and Cathel Darcy (2). They were well supported by Edmund Ryan, Jack Moloughney, Scott Scanlon and Paul Short in the back line producing strong running and solid tackling. Adam Skeffington was introduced to full back and unlucky not to score when he caught a deep kick in his own half and ran the length of the pitch just to be caught a metre short of the line.
In the second game Cashel faced a strong Kilfeacle side full of excellent tacklers. The Cashel forwards in this match were outstanding with Ben Allen,
Kieran Lonergan, Alex Marshall and Cathel Bourke dominant. The whole team combined through several phases for the length of the pitch to score the Cashel try, where Cathel Darcy completed his hat-trick for the day. Conor Mckenna and Bandon Duffy made welcome returns to the side and contributed to the strong performance to the team. Unfortunately we conceded two tries - one from a well timed interception - to be narrowly defeated. Many thanks to the hosts Fethard, and for providing the excellent soup and sandwiches after the matches.
Cashel RFC 50 Clanwillam RFC 7
The U13s continued their good start to the league campaign with an emphatic win against Clanwillam in Tipperary on Sunday. Within a minute of the kick off Cashel had the ball 10m from the Clan line and after great work from the Cashel pack Mikie Lonergan went over for a try which Brian Fitz converted. On the day Mikie Lonergan scored 3 try’s and Clan found it difficult to contain him as he ran at will. Cole Ryder scored 2 try’s from No 7 and time after time he broke the gain line , secured possession and showed that he will be a very valuable asset to the team this season. Alex Marshall also got 2 try’s from the back row and he showed once again that even though he’s only 11 he is well able to compete at this level. Lee Barry scored his first try in the league to round off the scoring after some great interplay in the pack and it was no more than he deserved after putting in a powerful display at Tighthead!
Kieran Lonergan got his first start at loose head and had a great game, refusing to be bullied by the opposing pack and as another 11 year old gave a fine account of himself. Kelan Murphy and Diarmuid Barron (1 conv) worked hard and led by example all day while John Purcell and Nicky Mockler dominated the rucks and were always one of the first to arrive in support.
Brin Davern and Danny Wade had a half each at SH and both were well able for the task and played well. Brian Fitzpatrick, Dylan Kennedy and Odrahn Quirke give us great size, speed and strength in the backs that many teams will struggle to contain and they were able to pass and run with ease and set up at least 5 tries between them. Alan O’Connor had his first start on the wing and after 10 minutes he looked a cert to score his first try as he skilfully kicked passed the clan full back but was taken out as he was just about to get to it in the try zone.
In most cases a Penalty try would have been awarded but we got a penalty instead 5m out and thats where Cole Ryders first try came from as he ran in with ease.
Jimmy Ryan Con played at Full Back and was unbeatable as he once again dumped any player that tried to pass him, regardless of size of speed. Hugh Mcann had a solid game on the other wing and stuck to his man all day and was never beaten. The replacements on the day all gave a good account of themselves and will all be in contention for a start the next day they were Sam Kearney, Dean Walsh, John O Connor and Ciaran Davern. All in all a great team performance but tougher games lie ahead and We must all turn up for training on Friday night and Sunday morning so we can build on this victory and keep our momentum and team spirit going into our next game! Well done to all !
Training Friday Night at 6.45pm
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