Abbeyfeale RFC

The Abbeyfeale U15 Girls team who beat a combined Shannon/Bruff team in the Munster Cup Semi-Final on Saturday the 30th in UL and are now preparing for another Munster Final on the 13th February against Carrick-on-Suir who beat Listowel/Tralee in their semi-final, venue for finals to be confirmed.  The team and their coaches wish a speedy recovery to Michelle Curtin who suffered an injury on the day.

Under 15 girls team

 

 

The Abbeyfeale U18s Girls Team suffered another loss against Bantry Bay but were unlucky to have to face them in their Shield Semi-Final. They fought hard throughout the game but it was not meant to be and they now are in the Bowl Semi-Final next Saturday 6th against South Cork in Bandon RFC. Hopefully their stream of bad luck has ended and they can have a chance to go forward for some silverware. We could only have admiration for these fantastic bunch of girls who keep on smiling as they enjoy playing rugby, win or lose as they are fighters and don’t give up. At the end of the day they have exceeded expectations by getting to the League Munster Final and this will be their third semi-final, so we say fair play girls.

UNDER 18 GIRLS TEAM

 

Best of Luck to the girls who have mocks this week.

 

U11s & U13s girls training continues on Monday at 5.45pm.

 WINNING NUMBERS

4 – 7 – 10 – 25

1 WINNER €4,700

Hannah Horgan, Cryle View Close

No Match 3’s

4 Lucky Dips @ €25 each

  1. Hannah Mai Lane, Killarney Rd
  2. Ann Marie Quilligan, Pallas Foods
  3. Gearoid Collins, Cratlow
  4. Katelyn Burke, No 8 , Ellis Wood, Abbeyfeale

Promoters prize to Barney McMahon

Next Week’s Draw on Monday February 8th 2016  

At The Rugby Club

Jackpot €1,500

If you’re not in you can’t win!

Thank you for your continued support

 

The U13s girls travelled to LIT in Limerick for a blitz on Sunday where they played teams like Listowel, Fethard and Shannon, which the girls had an enjoyable and dry day for the blitz. With a number of the blitz days being cancelled before Christmas it was great to see them in action.

 

under 13 blitz

The Abbeyfeale girls showed determination under their Captain Kara Scannell leadership. With new and experienced players mixed they learned a lot with some shining out more than others. With one win and two losses the Abbeyfeale girls still left in good spirits and even made new friends. The experience showed them what they would be up against and what they needed to work on to become future stars. So well done to each of the girls who travelled on the day and thanks to the parents that drove, it was very much appreciated.

 

under 13 team

The Abbeyfeale U18s travelled to Kilrush on Saturday 16th to play in the first round of the Munster Cup but they struggled to get into the game after their loss in the final the week before. They eventually found their structure but Kilrush were hitting them hard and were the first to score. Abbeyfeale came back fighting harder than ever till Amy Cullinane broke the Kilrush line through the middle to get her try but were unlucky with the conversion as it was too short. Even with the Abbeyfeale girls robbing lineouts and holding scrums it was not meant to be as Kilrush came back to score a try in the last few minutes of the game. Final score Kilrush 12 – Abbeyfeale 5.

The Abbeyfeale U18s are now down to face Bantry after their loss against Shannon to play on Saturday 30th at home in the Munster Shield, which should made it a very interesting game with Abbeyfeale having a full strength panel again and they will be determined to show what they really can do.
Best of Luck to the Abbeyfeale teams on the day.

Abbeyfeale 46
Tralee 3

Abbey chalked up their ninth successive victory in the league after overcoming local rivals Tralee by 46 points to 7 on Sunday last, securing a vital bonus point in the process. Indeed, Abbey’s performance was one of pure dominance with both the forwards and backs contributing significantly throughout in registering a seven try win.

The last time these two teams met was in the 2007/2008 season when the two clubs had contrasting fortunes. Tralee were on the rise and secured promotion to Division One that season, while Abbey slid down the table and were sadly confined to Division Three. Since then though, Abbey’s rise to where it is today was gradual, borne out of hard work and commitment, as well as a deep passion to return to greater heights. A 29 points to 16 loss that day was felt by the players and revenge was swiftly sought. Sadly, 9 years had to pass before it could be achieved again. The waiting game though proved fruitful.

Abbey started the contest in positive fashion through the reliable boot of scrum half, Stevie Daly, when he slotted over a penalty after just three minutes of play. Indeed, the home side were to increase their advantage just minutes later when from a resulting line out, quick ball was spread wide before finding winger, Cormac Roche, who raced over for the games first try. Abbey’s build up to the try was an impressive one with their quick, slick passing out wide creating a 2 v 1, allowing Roche to slot down for the score. A further blow was felt by the Kerry side when they were reduced to 14 men when their centre was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on full back, Derry O’Connor. Tralee, however, responded from the restart when they were awarded a penalty just near half way. With the wind behind them, the away side opted for the ambitious kick at goal, which was subsequently converted to the delight of the small travelling band of supporters.

Abbey were getting a firm hold of the contest during the early stages of proceedings, with both their scrum and lineout working effectively. Lead admirably by second rower, Brian Collins, the home side’s maul was causing a concern for the visiting side. Tralee were desperately trying to repel any sort of go forward ball, but Abbey’s well drilled unit continued to press ahead. The breakthrough came moments later, when Abbey’s pack dominated the away sides scrum forcing them to concede the penalty. The home side, looking to continue their dominance, opted for the scrum again. When quick ball was spread to Michael Roche, the young out half, made a half break before being stopped short. Abbey were quick to secure possession and when the ball found full back Derry O’Connor, the Abbey man drew in the final defender before offloading to winger, Philip Collins, who still had much to do before scoring his side’s second try of the day. Daly, from a rather difficult angle outside, coolly slotted over the extras to give the home side a 12 point advantage. Worse was soon to follow for Tralee, when just before half time, Abbey registered their third try of the day following some fortuitous play from the West Limerick side. A pick from Dean Enright at the base of a scrum saw the powerful forward get over the gain line before offloading to Michael Enright, who in turn found O’Connor, who was coming at speed. With space narrowing with the Tralee defence drifting, the full back put a grubber kick through and a chase ensued. Tralee desperately scrambled back but when the last defender failed to regather the loose ball, Michael Enright pounced to touch down for perhaps one of his more easier tries to date.

Abbey entered the fray in the second half, full of confidence, buoyed by three tries in the first half, and were determined to seal a four try bonus point quickly to relieve any additional pressure. Indeed, the home side looked comfortable with ball in hand and were not to afraid to test Tralee’s mettle in defence. Big carries from the impressive Daniel Murphy, saw the Rockchapel man get over the gain line with ease on a number of occasions. Indeed, his determination and abrasiveness with ball in hand, lifted the spirits of his fellow teammates who followed suit. Abbey were pressing hard for their fourth try and when they were awarded a penalty, they opted for touch just inside the away sides 22. A pick and drive followed with the home side edging their way closer. Quick recycled ball was needed and when it was spread wide via all hands, it found Derry O’Connor, who broke one tackle before squeezing over for the valuable fourth try and with that, a try bonus point. Daly added the extras to increase the score to 27 points to 3.

However, a period followed thereafter where the home side seemed guilty of becoming complacent. Having secured the bonus point, they seemed guilty of taking their foot off the pedal, which allowed Tralee to offer up a meaningful attack of their own. The away side pieced together a good passage of play, spearheaded by effective picking and driving. Their industrious work was almost rewarded when following a break through up the middle by their outside centre, he was agonisingly stopped short of the try line. Abbey, sporting a highly impressive and mean defence in the league thus far, were determined to repel Tralee’s attack. A scrum soon followed for the Kerry side, however, such was the dominance of the Abbey scrum, the home side forced a turnover allowing them to clear their lines. The home side composed themselves once again, counter attacking with intent. A turnover just near half way enabled Abbey to offer another attack in play. With young Cormac Roche slotting into the out half position instead of his brother Michael, the young Abbey man spotted an overlap outside. A crisp pass and with the aid of decoy runners, he found John Murphy alone out wide, with the centre making no mistake in touching down for a try.

Roche was again to be on hand for the next score, when following a turnover at yet another Tralee scrum, the out half went blind before offloading to his winger, who broke one tackle before being hauled down just shy of the line. To his credit, the young man had the presence of mind to offload to the oncoming Roche, who dived over for his second and his side’s sixth try of the day. The home side added further salt to the wounds just before the full time hooter, when Dean Enright got his name down on the scoresheet, following some sublime and patient play from both backs and forwards. Replacement scrum half, Tom Hassett, added the extras from a difficult angle to consign Tralee to a heavy 46 points to 3 defeat.

An impressive victory to say the least and one where the lads can take plenty of confidence from. Their set pieces were spot on and their general play was very good. The back line played with supreme verve and confidence, and it was reflected in the try count, with them accounting for six out of the seven tries. Not to be outshone, the forwards were equally impressive in going about their business. Some noteworthy performances from Daniel Murphy, Brian Collins and his second row partner, Gerard Walsh, was pleasing to watch, with the three men being industrious throughout the contest. With just four games remaining, competition for places have made the players raise the standard of their own performance. For some, this is unfamiliar territory- sitting on top of a league table, unbeaten, and with just four games remaining. One could be forgiven perhaps, for forgetting the pressure involved in such a feat. But how these lads have coped with such pressure thus far, is almost a joy to behold. Instead of fearing it, they’ve come to embrace it. They and only they alone can determine their own outcome. It has been one hell of a journey so far- but the rollercoaster ride only begins now.

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

 WINNING NUMBERS

1 – 14 – 15 – 20

NO WINNER

NO MATCH 3 WINNER 

5 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each

Promoters prize to Aoife & Sinead

Next Week’s Draw on Monday February 1st 2016  

At The Rugby Club

Jackpot €4,700

If you’re not in you can’t win!

Thank you for your continued support

Abbeyfeale 27
Newport 10
And so the march goes on!! Another game down, another victory claimed, another game closer to the ultimate prize. However, it was a game where Abbey at times, made life difficult for themselves, coughing up a number of chances throughout to put the game beyond Newport. To be fair to the Tipp side though, their commitment never waned throughout the contest, and despite Abbey racing to a commanding lead at one stage, they never shied from attacking the West Limerick sides defence.
With Newport’s pitch being deemed unplayable the night before, a switch of venue to UL’s impressive 4G pitch was a first for the Abbeyfeale side. Newport on the other hand, had tasted victory on this ground before, winning two games on the bounce over the Christmas period. Abbey started the contest in positive fashion, working through a number of early phases before finding themselves just inside Newport’s 22. With pressure building on the home side, Abbey out half, Michael Roche, made a superb break before offloading to full back, Derry O’Connor, returning from his sojourn with Young Munster, to dive over for his side’s first try of the day. Stevie Daly duly added the extras and the scrum half was to add to his personal tally ten minutes later when he coolly slotted over a penalty to see his side open up a ten point lead.
Newport seemed undeterred by these early scores and even began to up the tempo of the game by attacking the Abbey defence at will. Their decisions to kick for touch instead of goal when awarded a penalty, showed the type of game plan the Tipp side were willing to execute. Indeed, the home side’s forwards were the catalysts in setting up their first score, when after some impressive pick and carries, the Tipp side edged their way to within the visiting side’s try line. Abbey’s first-up tackles were holding Newport at bay, but with pressure mounting and the home side on the ascendency, it was only a matter of time before the Tipp side squeezed over for a try to narrow the gap to five.
Abbey’s back line, quite the weekend before, were having a much productive day. The inclusion of Derry O’Connor at full back, added a fresh impetus in the back lines play, with both his speed and tactical awareness providing a welcoming bonus. Abbey’s scrum once again proved pivotal in registering their second try of the contest, when, following a dominant scrum which almost yielded a penalty try, substitute scrum half, Tom Hassett, picked at the base to dive over from close range to extend the away side’s lead to ten points once again.
Newport were to gain a lifeline moments later though, when from the restart, they were awarded a penalty. Lack of faith in their goal kicker or purely tactical, the home side decided to opt for the corner instead of the posts, hoping to score five points before half time. The Tipp side were patient with their play, working through a number of phases, edging their way closer to the away side’s line. With pressure mounting, Abbey were desperately trying to repel the Tipp side’s advances, but just on the stroke of half time, Newport made the breakthrough they wanted, squeezing over to register their second try of the afternoon.
Abbey returned to the fray in the second half with a bit more purpose and despite a scrappy opening from both sides, it was the away side that gathered themselves quickly and almost made the breakthrough. Derry O’Connor was once again on hand to kickstart the attack, and when he made a superb break from deep, Abbey had the Tipp side under pressure. Daly’s quick distribution from the ruck was spot on and with the ball been given width, Abbey were forcing Newport backwards. A penalty soon followed, but despite the attempt at goal being missed, Abbey were beginning to gather momentum. Big carries from both Colm O’Sullivan and Kieran McCarthy saw their side get over the gain line on a number of occasions, with the latter almost barnstorming his way over for a try, only for the ball to be agonisingly ripped from his hands. To Abbey’s credit, they were creating chances, however, finishing those chances were proving to be problematic. The West Limerick side though didn’t have to wait long before another opportunity arose, when centre, John Murphy, sliced his way through the Newport defence to cross over for his side’s third try of the day.
With three tries already secured, the visiting side pressed ahead in the hope of securing a valuable fourth try bonus point. However, Abbey were being frustrated in their efforts in doing so. Poor handling errors and needless turnovers were costing them dearly. Another big carry from Kieran McCarthy almost saw the back rower become the hero, only for him to be once again denied when the ball fumbled from his hand. With time ticking away and the possibility of securing a bonus point becoming even more uncertain, Abbey pressed forward again. A superb break and offload from the impressive Dean Enright to his winger, saw the away side race down the sideline before evading two tackles to dive over for Abbey’s fourth try, only for the referee to disallow it, adjudging the wingers foot to have been in touch. In that moment, for us travelling supporters, anxiety began to set in. We may have vented our frustration. Our shouting perhaps became louder. Our words of encouragement were there, although, perhaps, not conveyed in an orderly manner. But, it wasn’t us that were out on the field of play. The players, having been in this position before, knew what needed to be done. As one looked at the expression on their faces, you could sense the calmness, the patience, and if you had a microscope, the confidence. Panic was further from their minds. With Newport having being reduced to 14 men, Abbey seized the opportunity when centre, Michael Enright, crashed up the middle before offloading to the battering ram that be, Colm O’Sullivan, whose sheer strength saw him squeeze over for the fourth try and with that, a winning bonus point.
This victory, although not being a vintage one, was one bore out of patience, resilience and perseverance. Although Newport to their credit battled to the very end, they did cause a few problems for the West Limerick side. The ‘will they, won’t they’ scenario at the end, only added to the drama, at a time when panic could have easily set in and thwart the lads effort. However, Abbey’s true test of character came to the fore in seeing out the contest and securing a bonus point that could yet prove vital at the end of the season. This team is on a journey that could well see them etched into the club’s history, but how well they compose themselves on and off the field with only five games remaining could determine their success. The pressure is on now. Then again, pressure is only for tyres and rugby balls.
Team: 1) A. Roche, 2) L. O’Connor, 3) C. O’ Sullivan, 4) B. Collins, 5) G. Walsh, 6) K. McCarthy, 7) P. Daly, 8) L. McEnery, 9) S. Daly, 10) M. Roche, 11) P. Collins, 12) M. Enright, 13) J. Murphy, 14) J. O’Mara, 15) D. O’Connor
Subs: 16) R.Murphy, 17) D. Enright, 18) E. McEnery, 19) T. Hassett, 20) S. Cahill

Abbeyfeale U18 Girls Squad: Shauna Sheehy, Kara Huxley, Lauryn McMahon, Aoife Rigter, Amy Cullinane, Frances Broderick, Georgia Williamson, Katie Lane, Aoife Madigan, Jackie Murphy, Eireann O’Shea, Sophie Moroney, Gemma Copse, Leanne Nash, Eilish Cotter, Maria Harnett (Capt.), Grainne Sheehy (Vice-Capt), Kate Redmond, Ailish Wrenne, Ava Roche, Maria Power (Missing from Photo: Maeve Murphy).

Under 18 girls

The Abbeyfeale U18’s journey was long and hard with very close wins against strong teams like Listowel/Tralee and Shannon in their league so were delighted to made the semi-final against Carrick-on-Suir. After delays with some weather issues both teams eventually got to play but even with all the hard work and effort it was to end in a 0-0 draw so the final was pushed out to allow them a chance to replay.

As the new year approached so did the replay but again due to weather issues it didn’t go ahead and as both finals were set for the following weekend the 9th, the Munster Committer had to do what they hoped they would never had to, a coin toss. Lucky for Abbeyfeale they won the toss so began their final preparations to play a very strong Bantry Bay team.

The Abbeyfeale team are young and inexperienced at this level as the majority of the team came up from last seasons U15s but you wouldn’t think it when you see them play as they put their heart and soul into every game. Saturday the 9th game was to be no different as they were so excited to be playing a final and even sweeter in Thomond Park, win or lose this was to be a massive achievement in itself.

As the 2pm kick-off started, the Abbeyfeale defense was strong and held Bantry out as much as possible but it was Bantry who put the first points on the board from a penalty goal. Abbeyfeale’s lineouts were good as they won most of them and even tried running one down the inside but Bantry were quick to push them out over the line. Even though Abbeyfeale kept their defense strong but Bantry kept possession to scored their 1st try and convert to make the score 10-0.
Abbeyfeale came out again fighting in the 2nd half and kept Bantry in their own half as long as possible with tackle after tackle but Bantry broke it and with fast hands scored another try. Abbeyfeale didn’t give up and kept putting tackles in even after holding some big scrums. Abbeyfeale got a penalty which they ran through the hands of their back line but lost possession yards from their try line. Bantry brought on fresh legs which ended in a quick try making the score 20 – 0. Abbeyfeale kept going with some great runs and then lost possession in a lineout where Bantry tried to punish them with another try but Abbeyfeale wouldn’t let them cross the line, till the final whistle blew making Bantry Bay the Munster League Champions.

 

The Abbeyfeale girls should be very proud of their performance so well done and fair play to getting to the final.

 

 

 

A few thanks

 

Thanks to Margaret Curtin, Noreen Cullinane and all the other parents involved in organising the food in the Winners Circle for all the girls and their families to enjoy on their return that day.

 

A massive thanks to all who travelled to support all these fantastic bunch of girls.

 

Well done to the U15s Captain Carly Bowden and U18s Captain Maria Harnett for leading both their teams in making history and continuing to help grow girls rugby.

 

To the Abbeyfeale Girls Coaching team keep up the good work so all girls training continues Monday nights with U11s & U13s at 5.45pm, U15s at 7pm and U18s at 8pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Abbeyfeale U15 Girls Squad: Grace Connell, Hannah McCauley, Noelle Curtin, Anna Lyons, Mary Bates, Shonia Hickey, Sadhbh O’Connor, Aoife Ryan, Larissa McCarthy, Rosin Scanlon, Noelle Curtin, Chloe Smith, Michelle Curtin, Ava Kelleher, Ciara Sheehan, Cathy Johnson, Sinead Leahy, Diane O’Connor (Vice-Capt), Carly Bowden (Capt.), Shauna O’Shea, Caoimhe Pegley, Aisling O’Connor, Lenora Kelly, Aine Poff.

Under 15 girls team

 

On Saturday the 9th with an early start on a cold day the Abbeyfeale Girls began their journey to Thomond Park for an adventure of a lifetime, who could possible predict that Abbeyfeale would have two girls teams in Munster League Finals, the sense of achievement was beyond belief so with over 40 girls travelling on the day the excitement was high.

The U15s were to be the first on the field to play against a strong Listowel/Tralee side so as their 12pm kick-off approached the excitement turned to focus on their end goal. The U18s cheered them on all the way as there is a strong bond within both teams. Listowel/Tralee had already defeated Abbeyfeale early in the season so both teams were familiar with each other.

This season’s Abbeyfeale U15s came up from U13 level with only about 5 of 2014/15 team in the mix giving the team some extra experience and knowledge. The rest of the 2014/15 team who made history by winning the U15 title for the first time moved to U18 level.

This final was a repeat of last year with both teams competing in which Abbeyfeale were victorious, so Abbeyfeale were aware that the Listowel/Tralee would fight hard to get their hands on the cup too. As a repeat of last year Listowel/Tralee were the first to score but Abbeyfeale reorganise themselves and used their back line to get the ball out fast where it ended up in the hands of Abbeyfeale’s Larissa McCarthy to place it down on the far right side of the pitch with a Listowel/Tralee player chasing her.  The Abbeyfeale forwards blocked the Listowel/Tralee players from making ground by tackle after tackle till the ball was in the Abbeyfeale possession again. Again with great teamwork from the back line and great passing from one to each other it was to be Abbeyfeale winger Michelle Curtin to run the ball up the left side of the pitch and over the line for Abbeyfeale’s 2nd try.

On Saturday the 9th with an early start on a cold day the Abbeyfeale Girls began their journey to Thomond Park for an adventure of a lifetime, who could possible predict that Abbeyfeale would have two girls teams in Munster League Finals, the sense of achievement was beyond belief so with over 40 girls travelling on the day the excitement was high.
The U15s were to be the first on the field to play against a strong Listowel/Tralee side so as their 12pm kick-off approached the excitement turned to focus on their end goal. The U18s cheered them on all the way as there is a strong bond within both teams. Listowel/Tralee had already defeated Abbeyfeale early in the season so both teams were familiar with each other.
This season’s Abbeyfeale U15s came up from U13 level with only about 5 of 2014/15 team in the mix giving the team some extra experience and knowledge. The rest of the 2014/15 team who made history by winning the U15 title for the first time moved to U18 level.
This final was a repeat of last year with both teams competing in which Abbeyfeale were victorious, so Abbeyfeale were aware that the Listowel/Tralee would fight hard to get their hands on the cup too. As a repeat of last year Listowel/Tralee were the first to score but Abbeyfeale reorganise themselves and used their back line to get the ball out fast where it ended up in the hands of Abbeyfeale’s Larissa McCarthy to place it down on the far right side of the pitch with a Listowel/Tralee player chasing her. The Abbeyfeale forwards blocked the Listowel/Tralee players from making ground by tackle after tackle till the ball was in the Abbeyfeale possession again. Again with great teamwork from the back line and great passing from one to each other it was to be Abbeyfeale winger Michelle Curtin to run the ball up the left side of the pitch and over the line for Abbeyfeale’s 2nd try.

WINNING NUMBERS
3 – 6 – 8 – 32
NO WINNER
2 MATCH 3’ WINNER @ €75 EACH
1. Bridie O’Sullivan, Killarney Road
2. Kathleen Leahy, C/o Corner House

4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each
1. Darragh Flynn, Barnard
2. Pa O’Connor, Park Upper Athea
3. Anne & Patsy Prendiville, Woodvale,Hill Road Abbeyfeale
4. Padraig Walsh, Mountcollins

Promoters prize to Pius Collins
Next Week’s Draw on Monday January 25th 2016
At The Rugby Club
Jackpot €4,550
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support

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