Abbeyfeale RFC

Abbeyfeale 43
Old Crescent 25

Abbeyfeale continued on from where they left off last weekend by putting in another workmanlike shift against a spirited Old Crescent team. In truth, Abbey were dominating the early exchanges in the first half and went in at half time with a commanding 27 points to 12 lead. But, with a renewed effort, the Limerick city side to their credit, managed to reduce the deficit to two points early in the second half, only for their composure to lapse later on, allowing the Limerick county side to capitalise.

A sun-drenched day at Rosbrien made for ideal running rugby and to both teams credit, they didn’t fail to entertain, with both looking for early gaps to test each others defence. Having already overcome one Senior Limerick city side in the previous round, Abbey were looking to add another scalp to their collection. But their task at hand got off to a wretched start when after some slack defending from the away side, allowed Cres to go over for the first try of the day. Abbey didn’t panic and a penalty from Tom Hassett less than a minute after eased the away sides nerves.

Abbey were looking to play the territory game early on, and when a beautifully executed kick into the corner from fly half Michael Roche just dropped short of the touch line, winger Stevie Daly was on hand to force the Cres winger to kick the ball into touch. Abbey were now pressing hard and were working through the phases with impressive picking and driving. The away sides pressure was beginning to toll and their endeavours were rewarded when centre, Michael Enright crashed up the middle, breaking two tackles, before slotting down under the posts for his side’s first try. Hassett duly added the extras. Indeed, Enright was at his marauding best with ball-in-hand, unlocking the oppositions defence with ease on a number of occasions by crashing up the middle.

Abbey were playing with real intent and were causing the home side a number of problems. A scrum on the Cres 22 offered another opportunity to test the home sides mettle in defence, and when openside flanker Philip Daly made a telling break before offloading to Kieran McCarthy, the away team were just inches from the line. A further pick from prop forward Adam Roche yielded the same return. With the Abbey back line desperately seeking the ball, the forwards decided to keep it tight only for Cres to somehow turn it over.

The away side were made to rue that missed opportunity moments later when Cres made their way inside Abbey’s half. With the home side gathering momentum through a number of carries, they capitalised when they broke through the away sides early shaky defence to level the scores. With the extras being added, Cres had gained the upper hand. However, this was as close as the home side got, with Abbey dominating proceedings for the remainder of the half. Notable carries from Colm O’Sullivan, Kieran McCarthy and Michael Enright were providing a constant threat to Cres, with their resistance being severely tested. With pressure mounting, Brian Collins stole a march, breaking one tackle before superbly offloading to support player, Adam Roche, who had much to do before diving over for his side’s second try. Hassett added the extras.

Abbey soon added further punishment to Cres’ woes when they were awarded a penalty just inside Cres’ 22 after a brilliant maul. The maul was proving to be a poignant weaponry amongst the away sides arsenal, and was again at the forefront of Abbeys attack in play. With the away side eschewing the opportunity to kick for goal in favour of setting up a line-out on the Cres five-metre line, it was a bold move to say the least. Brave decision or calculated risk?? Whatever the decision, it showed McCarthy’s leadership skills and his confidence in his troops. As with last weekend, a well worked training ground move from the line-out resulted in Colm O’Sullivan just managing to squeeze over for his side’s third try. Hassett, continuing his fine form with the boot, added the extras to increase his side’s lead to 12 points, and only moments later, he cooly added a further three points from a penalty, following some excellent play from John Browne and Brian Collins. Indeed the away side were afforded another opportunity to extend their lead just before half time, when they were awarded a penalty on half way, following a dominant scrum from the Fealesiders. With Hassett’s effort just dropping short, the impressive Philip Daly, chasing up on the effort, almost catches the rebound, only to agonisingly spill it with the line at his beckoning. A welcome relief for the home side as the first half ended.

As was at the beginning of the contest, Cres started the second half in much brighter fashion. With the home side now needing to chase the game, they looked to attack from deep with every chance. Following a penalty in their own 22, a quick tap and go saw the home side making tremendous inroads up the field. With the Abbey defence desperately scrambling back, Cres spread the ball wide where they had numbers to slot down for the first try of the second half. Indeed, the home side were not laying down just yet, and a penalty and a further try in the space of ten minutes had completely turned the tie on its head, with Abbey now holding a slender two point lead.

The contest was slowly beginning to be reminiscent of the previous days exploits between the French and English, with both teams exchanging scores one after the other. But Abbey gathered their composure and gained a foothold in the game, earning a number of penalties due to the home sides ill discipline. With Tom Hassett displaying a flawless display of kicking throughout the contest, he further punished the opposition with two penalties, while his half back partner, Michael Roche, chipped in with a drop goal to extend his side’s lead to 11 points. And thereafter, it was all Abbeyfeale, who continued to press forward. Cres’ woes were further compounded when they were reduced to 14 men following a red card, and Abbey took full advantage. With just ten minutes remaining, Abbey were awarded a penalty try following a dominant scrum on the home sides five-metre line. With the Cres pack being put under immense pressure, the referee was left with no choice but to award the resulting score. Hassett added the extras to end the contest with an impressive haul of 20 points.

An impressive result to the say the least but one that’s not without its concerns. Despite being devoid of a number of front line players, the lads did exceptionally well to galvanise together to produce a collective effort. The quality of tries scored must be commended and the set pieces worked very well. Individual performances from Michael Enright and Philip Daly stood out but the overall collective effort was immense. Despite entering the half time interval with a commanding lead, the lads were guilty of taking their foot off the gas, allowing Cres to come back to within two points. The defence proved shaky at times with the back line standing off too deep, thus allowing the home side to get over the gain line with too much ease. Abbey were giving the home side too much space and they should have adopted a ‘Rush-up’ defence instead of just ‘fanning out’. This is an area of real concern and one in which Nenagh may not be so forgiven about. However, with a semi final berth at stake and with hopes raised, expect these issues to be firmly ironed out.

Team: 1) A. Roche, 2) K. McCarthy, 3) M. Morrissey, 4) G. Walsh, 5) B. Collins, 6) D. Murphy, 7) P. Daly, 8) J. Browne, 9) T. Hassett, 10) M. Roche, 11) G. Dillion, 12) M. Enright, 13) J. Murphy, 14) S. Daly, 15) C. Roche
Subs: 16) C. O’Sullivan, 17) M. Dillane 18) Craig Smith, 19) Dean Smith, 20) Philip Collins

Abbeyfeale 39
Ballincollig 05

Abbey rounding off their league campaign in resounding fashion with a ruthless display of pace and power to notch up their seventh and final league win of the season, consolidating sixth position in the final table. Following an abject performance against Waterford City the previous weekend, the home side were eager to banish any lingering doubts about that display and dutifully went about doing so early on in the contest. With barely ten minutes on the clock, Abbey found themselves with an early six point cushion, thanks to the ever reliable boot of scrum half, Tom Hassett, who was making his first start since overcoming a slight hamstring strain a number of weeks previous. The home sides maul dominated from early proceedings, with superb patience and a well executed technique shown, allowing the hosts to threaten the Cork sides gain line. Indeed, this dominance enabled the hosts to establish their early lead. Ballincollig too had early chances themselves with a missed penalty attempt and a held-up try typifying their day.

Abbey’s scrum, after a somewhat testing time against a big Waterford City pack the previous weekend, fronted up, getting the measure of their Cork counterparts on a number of occasions. Devoid of the services of the ever-present loosehead prop Adam Roche, Colm O’Sullivan amicably stepped into the breach to ensure that the home sides scrum remained strong and competitive. With the home side getting the shove on with ease, it enabled No.8 John Browne to make a number of superb breaks from the base, something with which Ballincolling were finding difficult to contain. Indeed Browne was displaying one of his better days with his ball carrying and line breaks, getting his side over the gain line on a handful of times. With pressure mounting, the home side almost made the break through, when following a turnover from a Browne kick through, Kieran McCarthy almost side-stepped his way in for his side’s first try, only to be denied by some desperate defending.

Abbey applied more pressure moments later, when from a poor executed clearance kick from the Cork side, Michael Roche punished them with a deft kick through into the corner, forcing the winger to retreat back. A knock-on from the Cork man followed, giving Abbey ideal field position. However, the home side coughed up the chance with an unforced error, a facet which bore witness too many times throughout the campaign. To the home sides credit though, this setback didn’t deter them from executing their game plan and their confidence was very much beginning to manifest itself with every passage of play. The breakthrough finally came when Gavin Dillion, making his 1st team debut for Abbeyfeale, was given a chance to attack. The young winger displaying a mature head and an eye for the try line, side stepped two would-be-tacklers before displaying sheer pace to race over unopposed for a fantastic individual score. Hassett added further gloss to the scoreline when he duly added the extras from a difficult angle outside, to increase the home sides lead to thirteen points.

Ballincollig were rocked by the home sides display in the first half, with Abbey’s scrum proving to be dominant, while the much maligned line out was functioning immensely, a testament to the players resolve to right the wrongs of the previous week. Abbey upped the ante after the break, continuing to test Ballincolling’s mettle. A line-out on the away sides 22 directly from the restart had the Cork side already under pressure and worse was soon to follow. Following a take from John Browne at the ensuing line-out, he offloaded off the top to hooker Kieran McCarthy, who was looping around before offloading to Colm O’ Sullivan. O’Sullivan, a noted ball-carrier, drove hard at the Ballincollig defence, just coming agonisingly short after some desperate last-ditch defending to deny him. With Abbey desperately seeking quick recycled ball, captain, Kieran McCarthy, spotted a slight gap to furrow his way over from a short distance. Hassett added the extras to open up a twenty point gap between the sides.

The home side, despite possessing a dominant lead, refused to rest on their laurels and continued to press ahead. The game as a contest was effectively ended, when from a run of play, winger Gavin Dillion regathered on half way, before once again displaying his pace to race down the touch line. With one defender to beat, the Abbey flyer cooly cut back inside to slot down for his second try of the day.

Abbey further compounded the Cork side’s misery when a mis-cued box kick from Abbey’s Tom Hassett, bounced dangerously, just shy of the touch line, before the flying rocket that be, Gavin Dillion, pounced ( to the amazement of both the Ballincollig side and the supporters watching) to break through to score under the posts, marking his debut with three superb, opportunistic tries, as the home side marched their way towards securing the bonus point. Hassett added the extras to add to his impressive tally of 14 points for the day.

Ballincollig did however manage to score a consolation try, which seemed to irk the Abbeyfeale players, as their defence was holding firm throughout the contest. Nevertheless, it was the home side that had the final say of the contest when a cross-field kick from Michael Roche found full back David Collins ( playing his final home game before retiring) standing out on the wing. With the Ballincollig defence desperately scrambling over to cut off the attack, Collins cooly offloaded to centre John Murphy looping around before diving over in the corner to seal his side’s fifth and final try.

A convincing victory to say the least and one in which many positives can be taken from the display. Abbey’s set pieces functioned exceptionally well with the line-outs operating much better than the previous encounter, the scrum was dominant and the use of the maul throughout the contest enabled Abbey to get themselves into good field positions. The lads defence was solid and the late consolation try would have irked them as they sought to keep the Cork side scoreless. The unearthing of Gavin Dillion whose sheer pace caused havoc for Ballincollig, along with the emergence of such exciting young talent such as Jake Quirke, Cathal Broderick, Tom McCarthy, Cormac Roche, Philip Daly, Philip Collins, Pa Brislane, Liam O’Connor, Dean Smith, James O’Mara, Cian O’Sullivan, John Murphy, are but a few who have contributed and will contribute in the seasons to come. The conveyor belt of talent looks promising and with a few old reliable heads on board to guide them along, the future very much looks bright for this team.

The club would also like to wish David Collins the very best of luck for the future after he announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season. It was a fitting ending that Davey was made captain for the day in what was to be his final outing at the Grove, and a convincing victory was the cherry on top. The winger/full back/out half/centre/scrum half, you name it, he has played there, has given many years service to the 1st XV over the years. A popular figure, both on and off the pitch, his presence on the field of play will be missed. Enjoy your Sunday’s off Davey!!

Team: 1) C. O’Sullivan, 2) K. McCarthy, 3) M. Morrissey, 4) D. Murphy, 5) B. Collins, 6) L.McEnery, 7) P. Daly, 8) J. Browne, 9) T. Hassett, 10) M. Roche, 11) G. Dillion, 12) M. Enright, 13) J.Murphy, 14) S. Daly, 15) D. Collins
Subs: 16) G. Walsh, 17) Daniel. Ward 18) M. O’Donnell, 19) Cathal Broderick, 20) Philip Collins

WINNING NUMBERS

1 – 3 – 14 – 17
NO WINNER
3 MATCH 3 WINNER’S @ €50 each
1. AnnMarie Roche, C/o Pallas Foods
2. Liz & Mike Flynn, Athea
3. Mary Lane , The Hill, Abbeyfeale

4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each
1. Willie O’Connor, Abbeyfeale
2. Dan Harnett, Killarney Rd, Abbeyfeale
3. John Reidy, New Street, Abbeyfeale
4. Marguerite O’Donoghue, Beale Asdee.

Promoters prize to Barney McMahon
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 30th March March at The Rugby Club
Jackpot €3,900
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support

LOTTO RESULTS

FOR MONDAY MARCH 16TH 2015
TH WINNING NUMBERS

6 – 7 – 19 – 24
NO WINNER
5 MATCH 3 WINNER’S @ €30 each
1. Betty & Brian Scannell, Clash Road
2. Tony McMahon, C/o Barney
3. Fiona Collins, Banard
4. Tom Brosnan, Athea
5. Michael Scannell, New Street, Abbeyfeale

4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each
1. Tom Noonan, C/o Pallas Foods
2. Tim Murphy, New Street
3. Pat Stack, Moynsha
4. Tom Hanlon, C/o Donal & Anne.
Promoters prize to Daphne Gleeson
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 23rd March at The Rugby Club

Jackpot €3,750
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Thank you for your continued support

Abbeyfeale 5
Waterford City 13

With the inclement weather conditions putting a dampener (pardon the pun) on this fixture a number of weeks ago, Abbey returned to Waterford for ‘take two’, looking to continue their impressive winning streak during the past number of weeks, as well as their equally impressive record over the home side, with the West Limerick side winning three out of the last four encounters and drawing in another. With this in mind, Waterford were under no illusions as to what would be facing them again this time around.

Both teams started the contest in a lively manner, both seeking territory in the early exchanges. An early penalty for the away side enabled the visitors to get inside Waterford’s five metre line giving the Fealesiders an early opportunity to strike. With Abbey’s maul being somewhat a positive element of their play throughout the season, they looked to utilise this strength, but as has been witnessed on a number of occasions this year so far, the line-out failed to function properly this time, allowing Waterford to clear their lines.

Having not defeated Abbeyfeale in their last four encounters, something which wasn’t lost on the home sides minds, Waterford were looking to play a more expansive game and were quite willing to run from deep inside their own half. This was more so evident when having turned over ball from an Abbey maul, the home side opted to spread the ball wide, piercing through a weak defence before the final pass inside was adjudged to have gone forward, with a certain try beckoning. Abbey were getting into good areas themselves through sublime kicking from full back, Philip Collins, who was catching the Waterford back three off guard on a number of occasions. However, Abbey’s inability to convert this territorial advantage into points was beginning to frustrate them and when the home side were awarded a penalty following an infringement at a line-out, the Waterford fly-half calmly converted to give his side the first points of the day after thirty minutes of play.

Worse was soon to follow for Abbey when the home side were awarded another kickable penalty just before half time. Waterford duly converted to open up a slender but deserved six point lead. Abbey’s malaise at the line-out was continuing to hamper the away sides efforts, with Waterford just doing enough to disrupt it on a number of occasions. Abbey’s scrum, a mainstay throughout the season, bar a minor hiccup away to Thurles, was just as equally being tested, with Waterford arguably having the bigger pack. Abbey seemed to lack urgency, with rustiness arguably playing a part in their efforts in the first half, a two week break in between this game and their last not helping their cause. Stern words at half time were needed to change the complexion of the game.

Abbey came out of the blocks strongly at the start of the second half, with strong carries from both Colm O’Sullivan and Kieran McCarthy getting their team over the gain line. With the away side desperately trying to unlock the Waterford defence, basic unforced errors were proving costly in good striking positions. A superb Philip Collins touchfinder just on Waterford’s five metre line, created another strong attacking platform for the away side, but the home sides line-out was functioning well despite John Browne’s best efforts to disrupt it. Waterford’s momentum was rewarded after 15 minutes of the second half, when they breached Abbey’s defence following sustained pressure, with the Waterford winger bouncing off a would-be tackler and touching down in the corner for a try that was duly converted. Abbey were now facing a mountain to get back into this contest. The attacking prowess of the last two games seemed liked a distant memory. With the clock not ticking in Abbey’s favour, the away side made their way inside the home sides 22 when they were awarded a penalty. Having opted for the scrum, the ball was spread wide with a number of pick and drives ensuing. Working through the phases, Abbey were edging closer but a stern Waterford defence kept the visitors at bay. The deadlock was finally broke for the Fealesiders, when a deft pop-pass from replacement scrum half, Tom Hassett, found its way to captain Kieran McCarthy, whose strength and pace saw him barge through for his side’s sole score of the day, one in which was a mere consolation for their efforts throughout the contest.

Although the lads were brave in their efforts, they will, however, look back at this game as an opportunity lost. Waterford must be credited for their willingness to play a more expansive game plan, with their set pieces holding up pretty well also. Abbey’s defensive frailties were evident at times with the back line standing off too deep, thus allowing the home side to get over the gain line with too much ease. This was evident when Waterford ran from deep inside their own half on two occasions, with one resulting in a try and another that should have ended with a try. Abbey were giving Waterford too much space and they should have adopted a ‘Rush-up’ defence instead of just ‘fanning out’. The unforced error count doesn’t make for pretty reading, proving costly when the lads got into good attacking areas. A two week break didn’t help the lads either, with rustiness evident at times throughout. However, another opportunity lies in wait for the lads to try and rectify these problems when they face Ballincolling this Sunday in their final league game. One thing is for sure though, expect a much improved performance from the lads.

The club would also like to wish a number of current players a speedy recovery following a number of injuries sustained over the last number of weeks. Chris Leahy sustained a nasty looking ankle injury in the 2nd XV’s outing against Presentation on Saturday last, while 1st XV player, Liam O’Connor picked up a dislocation of the knee against Waterford. Jake Quirke underwent an operation on his ankle as well, an injury he picked up in the recent encounter against Thomond in the Munster Junior Cup. We wish all three, a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing the lads out on the pitch again soon.

Team: 1) A. Roche, 2) K. McCarthy, 3) M. Morrissey, 4) G. Walsh, 5) B. Collins, 6) P. Daly, 7) L. McEnery, 8) J.Browne, 9) S. Daly, 10) M. Roche, 11) D. Collins, 12) M. Enright, 13) J.Murphy, 14) P. Brislane, 15) Philip Collins
Subs: 16) L. O’Connor, 17) C. O’Sullivan 18) D. Murphy, 19) T. Hassett

LOTTO RESULTS

FOR MONDAY MARCH 9th 2015
WINNING NUMBERS

6 – 16 – 21 – 29
NO WINNER
NO MATCH 3 WINNER

5 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Kevin Buckley, C/o Corner House
2. Aoife O’Mahony, C/o Cryle View Manor
3. Jimmy Relihan, Moynsha
4. Mary Daughton, Knockbrack Abbeyfeale
5. Grace & Lisa Harnett, Shanbally

Promoters prize to Corner House
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 16th March at Jim Lanes Bar

Jackpot €3,600
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support.

WINNING NUMBERS

10 – 15 – 20 – 29
NO WINNER
2 MATCH 3 WINNER’S €75 ea
1. Jack Ryan, Main Street
2. Kathleen Broderick, Abbeyfeale

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Chrissie O’Donnell, Ballybehy
2. Karen & Kelly Harnett, The Hill
3. Céline McNally, Hillview Drive
4. JohnJoe Foley, St Ita’s Road

Promoters prize to Maria Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 9th March at Jim Lanes Bar

Jackpot €3,450
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support.

WINNING NUMBERS

9 – 12 – 21 – 29
NO WINNER
1 MATCH 3 WINNER €150
1. Jason Foley, 2 Foxfield, Elliswood

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Tom Sheehy, C/o Shauna
2. Eilish McEnery, Knocknagoshel
3. Mossie Ahern, C/o Jim Lane
4. Jack Ryan, Main Street Abbeyfeale

Promoters prize to Shauna Sheehy
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 2nd March at The Rugby Club

Jackpot €3,300
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support.

Abbeyfeale 34
UL Bohemians 10

Abbeyfeale recorded a resounding victory over UL Bohemians on Sunday last (15th Feb) in the first round of the Munster Junior Plate at Annacotty. What made this victory even more surprising was the manner in which the away side achieved it, having dominated in every facet of play from start to finish.

Before the beginning of the contest, many neutralists would have predicted a home win, but Abbey, buoyed from last weekends comfortable victory over Newport, had aspirations of claiming a scalp over the city side.

Abbey started the game with a greater urgency than their hosts and with barely ten minutes on the clock, they found themselves six points to the good when star fly half, Cormac Roche, slotted over two successive penalties. Bohs responded shortly afterwards but it was all Abbey from then on. Following an impressive pick and drive from the away side, they pressed hard on the Bohs try line before the ball was spread wide before it eventually found winger Mike Dillane, who did well to dive over for his side’s first try of the day. Having missed the conversion, Roche atoned for it by slotting over another impressive penalty attempt to extend his side’s lead. Bohs’ ill-discipline was starting to mount which was proving costly to their chances of clawing the score line back. Abbey’s set pieces were proving to be a catalyst for their success, with both their scrum and maul once again proving to be immense on the day. Indeed, Abbey’s second try before half time came from a turnover at Bohs’ put-in at the scrum, just outside the home sides 22. A huge shove from the away side saw the ball come back to Abbey No. 8, John Browne, who picked from the base before offloading to his fellow back row, Philip Daly, who broke through two tackles to get his side’s second try. With Roche adding the extras, Abbey now had a commending lead, leaving Bohs’ with an arduous uphill battle in the second half.

Abbey, guilty of taking their foot off the gas when having a commending lead in the past, banished such thoughts and started the second half in the same manner as the first. The away side looked impressive with ball in hand, with some noteworthy carries from Liam O’Connor and captain Kieran McCarthy, getting their side over the gain-line with ease. Bohs’, who to their credit, looked a well drilled outfit in the warm up, just couldn’t muster up any sort of play to unlock the Abbey defence. Indeed, such was the dominance of the away side, they just didn’t afford them with any meaningful opportunity to force an attack. The home side were desperately chasing the game, eschewing a number of kicks at goal in favour of tapping and going. However, Abbey’s discipline in defence in the tight remained firm, repelling a number of attacks. Bohs’ looked to go wide and a perfectly lofted cross-field kick from the home sides fly half was regathered by his winger, who cut back inside to cross over the whitewash for his side’s first try of the afternoon. Indeed, that’s how good it got for the home side, with Abbey continuing their dominance there after.

Abbey’s maul, highly effective throughout the game, came to the fore again, when following a tremendous steal by Liam McEnery on Bohs line-out just on half way, enabled them to maul all the way down towards the home sides line before John Browne dotted the ball down for a superb forwards try. With the game now effectively ending as a contest, the away sides standards didn’t drop. Not content on going through the motions, Abbey pressed ahead again, looking to further compound the home sides misery. When Abbey full back, Tom McCarthy regathered an attempted Bohs’ clearance, he counter attacked, breaking through a number of weak tackles before passing to Kieran McCarthy. With McCarthy in full stride, the Abbeyfeale man made further ground, brushing off weak attempted tackles before being grounded just a metre away from the try line. With Daniel Murphy along in support, McCarthy had the presence of mind to offload to Murphy, who had the simplest of tasks of diving over for his side’s fourth and final try of the day to give the West Limerick side a resounding twenty four point victory over their more illustrious Senior hosts.

Abbey can be proud of their performance with their set pieces clearly being the highlight of the day. Four tries against a Senior outfit would have pleased both of Abbeys coaches and with eight tries now being scored in two games, it will further add confidence to the lads as they seek to finish the league campaign in winning fashion. Young fly half Cormac Roche,whose talent seems to shine brightly, marshalled both his forwards and backs well,ending the game with a personal haul of 14 points. The ball carrying displays of Kieran McCarthy, Liam O’Connor and John Browne were impressive, getting the lads over the gain line with ease. Abbeys defence proved to be solid also, with Bohs’ sole try being the only blip in an otherwise solid defensive effort. Next up for the lads is a tricky away trip to Waterford City in their penultimate league fixture. With two wins on the trot and eight tries scored in the process, the lads will travel with confidence, looking to eke out another win.

Team: 1) L. O’Connor, 2) K. McCarthy, 3) M. Morrissey, 4) G. Walsh, 5) B. Collins, 6) L.McEnery, 7) P. Daly, 8) J. Browne, 9) S. Daly, 10) C. Roche, 11) M. Dillane, 12) M. Enright, 13) J.Murphy, 14) P. Brislane, 15) T. McCarthy
Subs: 16) D. Murphy, 17) C. O’Sullivan 18) Craig Smith, 19) Cathal Broderick

WINNING NUMBERS

3 – 5 – 9 – 31
NO WINNER
3 MATCH 3 WINNER’S €50
1. Breda & Mary C/o TJ’s
2. Breda Delee, C/o Ann Lyon’s
3. Pat Cahill, Mountcollins

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Willie Galvin, Shanbally
2. Breda Ahern, Shanbally
3. Geraldine Furlong, C/o Pallas Foods
4. Ann O’Connor, C/o Batt O’Connor Banard

Promoters prize to Maria Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 23rd February at The Rugby Club

Jackpot €3,150
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support.

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