Abbeyfeale RFC

 WINNING NUMBERS

 1 – 27 – 28 – 29

NO WINNER

NO MATCH 3 WINNER’S 

 5 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each

Promoters prize to Maria Harnett

Next Week’s Draw on: Tuesday 2nd June 2015 at

The Rugby Club

Jackpot €5,250

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 WINNING NUMBERS

 10 – 20 – 23 – 30

NO WINNER

5 MATCH 3 WINNER’S @€30

  1. Noreen O’Connor, Banard,Abbeyfeale
  2. Mary Barrett, Teachmhuire, Abbeyfeale
  3. Cormac Roche, Glenshrone, Abbeyfeale
  4. Betty Nash, Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale
  5. Garrett Harnett, The Hill, Abbeyfeale

4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each

Promoters prize to Maria Harnett

Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 25th May 2015  at  The Rugby Club

Jackpot €5,100

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 WINNING NUMBERS

 21 – 22 – 24 – 26

NO WINNER

1 MATCH 3 WINNER @€150

  1. Patsy & Ann Prendeville, Hill Road Abbeyfeale

4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each

Promoters prize to Garrett Harnett

Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 18th May 2015 at

The Rugby Club 

Jackpot €4,950

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 WINNING NUMBERS

 3 – 4 – 13 – 27

NO WINNER

3 MATCH 3’s @€50 each

  1. Tony Quinn, C/o Sheehy’s Hardware Abbeyfeale
  2. Celine McNally, C/o John Tobin
  3. Denis Sullivan, Mountcollins,(Stumble) 

4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each

Promoters prize to Maria Harnett

Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 11th May 2015 at

The Corner House 

Jackpot €4,800

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WINNING NUMBERS

8 – 16 – 28 – 32

NO WINNER

3 MATCH 3’s @€50 each

  1. Karen & Paddy, Church Rd, Templeglantine
  2. Garry Harnett, Middleton , Co Cork
  3. Joe Collins, Tullig, Templeglantine

4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each

Promoters prize to Cryle View Bar

Next Week’s Draw on: Tuesday 5th May 2015 at

The Rugby Club  

Jackpot €4,650

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WINNING NUMBERS

2 – 14 – 31 – 32

NO WINNER

5 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each

  1. Johnny Mullane, Athea
  2. Dan Broderick, Dromtrasna Collins, Abbeyfeale
  3. Mairéad Stack, Rockchapel
  4. Mike Harnett, Devon Cross
  5. Grace Harnett, Shanbally

 

Promoters prize to Nancy Harnett

Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 27th April 2015 at

The Rugby Club

Jackpot €4,500

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Abbeyfeale 2nd XV 17
Kilrush 34

The Abbeyfeale 2nd XV were in action on Saturday last (11th April) in the Quarter Final of the Webb Cup when they hosted Kilrush at the Grove Grounds. Having defeated Thurles in the dying moments with a late drop goal from Dan G Harnett in the previous round, the home side were brimming with confidence going into this game. However, Kilrush had other ideas and were intent in showcasing their attacking abilities which proved successful on their previous game, when they defeated Old Crescent by 39 points to 15, away from home.

The home side were on the back foot from earlier on in the game, when after ten minutes of the contest, Kilrush were awarded a five metre scrum in Abbey’s half. Despite the home sides effort to turn it over, Kilrush spread the ball wide before finding their winger, who managed to squeeze over in the corner for his first of two tries on the day.

Worse was soon to follow for the home side, with an early penalty attempt being missed by fly half Dan G Harnett, Kilrush further punished them by working their way up field for their second try. With Abbey being guilty of indecisive play, the away side gathered a loose ball before spreading wide to their winger. With his angle being cut down, he had the presence of mind to kick the ball back inwards where his centre was chasing hard to regather it. With the ball over the try line and the centre seemly winning the chase from an Abbey defender, the referee awarded a penalty try when he adjudged that the Kilrush man was illegally pushed before attempting to ground the ball. With the extras being duly added, Kilrush now had opened up a twelve point lead.

Abbey responded almost immediately after the restart when they pressed hard on the away sides five metre line. Impressive carries from Liam O’Connor was getting his side closer to the line, however, Kilrush’s defence was proving to be difficult to breach. With the home side working through a number of phases, an overlap presented itself out wide. Quick ball was needed and when it came, it was left for winger Colm Hassett to dive over for his sides first try of the day.

With half time approaching, Kilrush extended their lead with a penalty before adding a try, when their winger intercepted a poor pass just shy of half way, to race under the posts unopposed. With the extras being added, the away side now had a commanding 17 point lead over their hosts.

Kilrush began the second half pretty much the same as they began the first half, when they registered the first try of the half. Abbey’s task at hand was now beginning to mount. However, the home side still continued to battle away and their efforts were rewarded when they scored moments later. Having been awarded a penalty, Abbey decided to tap and go, with Liam O’Connor again coming to the fore, barging his way forward gaining valuable yards. The home side were now pressing hard on Kilrush’s line, edging ever closer. With Abbey having numbers on the blind side, a superb, quick reflexed pass from Craig Smith, allowed his prop Willie Walsh to barge his way over in the corner to close the gap between the two sides.

However, Kilrush moments later, effectively killed off the game as a contest when their winger raced over again to score his second try of the day. Abbey did get a consolation score right at the death, when Liam O’Connor burst his way through a gap to dive over under the posts with Dan G Harnett adding the extras.

Despite the margin of defeat, the lads did give a good account of themselves. They were solid in the scrum and their line-outs functioned well. However, their indecisions at times proved costly in terms of scores and possession. Perhaps this was due to a lack of experience. However, this experience will come with time, with the lads playing together more regularly. Players like James O’Mara, Dean Smith, Craig Smith, Dan G Harnett and Danny Harnett are all players for the future and should be pressing hard for 1st XV selection next season. The squad that was assembled on Saturday show that there IS a group of players there willing to play and perhaps seek to claim a spot on the 1st XV. Least we forget the benefits of having a 2nd XV, with such players as Cormac Roche, Cathal Broderick, Philip Collins and Gavin Dillion to name but a few, all benefitting from the playing experience with the 2nd XV this year. It just goes to show that patience, good application and good performances WILL be rewarded. Without question, there is an impressive pool of good talented players out there. Let’s hope that this 2nd XV team becomes stronger and progresses next season. It’s vital for future success!!

 

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WINNING NUMBERS

4 – 20 – 23 – 31
NO WINNER
1 MATCH 3 WINNER @ €150
1. JIM GALVIN ,BALLAUGH, ABBEYFEALE

4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each
1. Tom Toomey, 53 Collins Park, Abbeyfeale
2. Dan Broderick, Dromtrasna Collins, Abbeyfeale
3. Maurice Cotter, Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale
4. Mark Fitzgerald, The Hill, Abbeyfeale

Promoters prize to Ann Lyons
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 20th April 2015 at
The Rugby Club
Jackpot €4,350
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Thank you for your continued support

Abbeyfeale 10
Nenagh Ormond 15

To say that Abbeyfeale have had it tough in this Junior Plate is somewhat an understatement. Having faced and seen off two senior clubs of the might of UL Bohemians and Old Crescent in the early rounds, one could have argued with the Gods above to perhaps do us a favour in the next round. Alas, those arguments paid no heed. Indeed, it just merely continued the trend in this knockout competition, with Abbey again being pitted against a senior club, this time, Nenagh Ormond. The Tipperary side’s passage to this stage has been equally impressive as their visitors, recording a comprehensive victory over Bruff in round one, while digging deep to edge out a valiant Galbally outfit in round two.

Abbey started the game in an impressive manner, testing the home sides resolve in defence from the off. Following a take at a line-out from John Browne, the away side mauled their way closer to the home sides line. The maul, an ever-present throughout the season for the Limerick side, was causing early problems for Nenagh, forcing the Tipp side to concede two early penalties. Tom Hassett, impressive with the boot in his last two games, was having an indifferent day. Having missed a relatively straight forward kick by his standards, five minutes into the half, he did redeem himself moments later to slot over a penalty to get Abbey on the scoreboard. The away side almost scored the first try of the game when following an impressive maul, Abbey looked to spread the ball wide, working through a number of phases, with centre Michael Enright taking a number of crashes up the middle. Nenagh were desperately trying to repel the away sides advances, but when a beautiful deft pop pass was gathered by Adam Roche, he drove hard to the line before off loading to Kieran McCarthy. With the try line in sight, McCarthy dived for the line, only for a Nenagh defender to make a last ditch tackle, forcing the Abbey man to agonisingly knock on.

Having weathered the early storm from Abbeyfeale, Nenagh were gradually coming back into the game. Their first visit into the away sides 22 almost resulted in their first try, when having an overlap, they failed to capitalise on the opportunity when the final pass drifted into touch. The home side were gradually beginning to put Abbey under pressure, but the away sides defence was holding up pretty firmly. Abbey’s scrum was functioning well and was a cause for concern for the Tipp side. With Abbey showing dominance in this facet of play, they capitalised on it when they were awarded a penalty try just before half time, after Nenagh were penalised three times by referee Joy Neville. With Hassett adding the extras, it gave the Limerick side a valuable ten point cushion going into the half time interval.

Abbey got off to the worse possible start in the second half, when Nenagh were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. The away side’s woes were further compounded when back rower, Liam McEnery was sin-binned after an alleged infringement at a ruck. With the home side slotting over the three points on offer, they began to grow in confidence, attacking Abbey’s defence at will. Abbey were carving out opportunities for themselves but poor decision making in attack meant Nenagh were just about surviving.

Nenagh were on the attack again, looking for territory by working through a number of phases. A reverse penalty decision just inside Abbey’s half, gave the home side the impetus to pick and go, and their efforts were duly rewarded, when the Nenagh fly half pounced from the base of the ruck, a metre out, to dive over to level matters.

Abbey needed a response immediately and almost did so when they were awarded a penalty just outside Nenagh’s 22. In what was proving to be a tight contest in terms of the scoreboard, the importance of the kickers accuracy could prove crucial in how the contest was decided. Having scored one and missed one earlier, Abbey’s Tom Hassett couldn’t add the extras, with his attempt just drifting wide.

As the game progressed, it was beginning to be a slugfest between the two teams, with little or no clear cut opportunities arising. However, with just minutes remaining, Abbeyfeale hearts were broken when Nenagh broke through a number of tired bodies to dive over for a controversial try in the corner to all but seal victory for the Tipp side. Abbey did force one final play and almost did the unthinkable and snatched the win right at the death when the ball was spread wide to Cormac Roche. With the try line in sight, and Gavin Dillion outside him, the final pass was poorly executed and with that, Abbeyfeale’s chance of causing another upset was gone.

Despite the agonising manner of the defeat, the lads should be commended for their efforts. The set pieces functioned very well, with the scrum once again coming to the fore, with the lads getting a penalty try for their efforts. In what was a hot day, tired bodies were evident at the end, but their commitment in every facet of their play was immense. The fairytale run in this Plate competition is sadly gone for another year, but the lads should take pride as well as encouragement, after the manner in which they defeated both UL Bohemians and Old Crescent in the earlier rounds, when the odds were very much heavily stacked against them. This season has been a steep learning curve, with many players growing in stature. This team already can’t wait for next season.

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

Abbeyfeale 2nd XV 22
Thurles 2nd XV 19

The Abbeyfeale 2nd XV were in action on Saturday last in the second round of the Webb Cup when they hosted Thurles at the Grove Grounds. Having lost to Presentation in the first round, Abbey found themselves re-instated after Presentation, along with a number of clubs were expelled from the competition after fielding ineligible players. Abbey took their second chance and did so in the most nail biting of circumstances. Gavin Dillion, continuing his impressive try scoring tally, added another hat trick to his CV, with flanker Dean Smith adding the extras to two of those three tries. Thurles were dealt an early blow when they had a man sent off for foul play, while another was sin binned just moments later to leave the Tipp side down to just 13 players. However, despite their numerical disadvantage, the away side gave a good account of themselves and managed to claw their way back into the game to leave it eagerly poised at 19 all. With time ticking away and with extra time looking a distant possibility, both teams tried desperately to breach each others defence. A moment of magic was needed and up stepped young Abbey fly half, Dan G Harnett, to slot over a majestic, well struck drop goal from deep out to seal a hard fought victory over the Tipp side. With the win sealed, the lads can now look forward to a home quarter final against Kilrush. Keep update on our Facebook page for the confirmation of the date and time for this game. Congrats boys!!

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