14 – 15 – 18 – 28
NO MATCH 3’ WINNER
5 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each
- Corner House, Staff
- Kevin O’Connor, Caherconnell, Abbeyfeale
- Pat Stack , Kilconlea Upper, Abbeyfeale
- James Harnett, Spar, Killarney Rd
- Grainne Lane, New Street,Abbeyfeale
Promoters prize to Garrett Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on Monday 30th November 2015
At The Rugby Club
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support
The U15s and U18s girls both travel to Tralee this weekend on Saturday 21st for a challenge match against Listowel who are also through to the league semi-finals.
Abbeyfeale U18s have won their last 4 games by battling hard and having some close matches for example the last time they played Listowel at home on the 31st Oct saw them win by a margin of 3 points with tries from Ava Roche, Katie Lane and Grainne Sheehy but were unsuccessful with conversions. Listowel two tries and one conversion made it a tight score of Abbey 15 to Listowel 12. The U18s sealed their winning ways with the last game against Kilrush with a score of Abbey 24 to Kilrush 10.
On the league table Abbeyfeale U18s are top with Listowel closely behind them, they both play in the semi-final against 1st and 2nd in the East table which would be Carrick and Bantry Bay respectively.
The Abbeyfeale U15s journey to the semi-final was totally different in they won both their first two matches well and earned two bonus points. The 3rd match against Listowel was a harder game and they suffered a loss which left them having to guarantee a win against Kilrush. Kilrush were unable to field a U15 team resulting in them given Abbeyfeale the points keeping them 2nd in the league but still at a disadvantage as they are now down playtime and will find it hard to settle back. The challenge match hopefully will give them a chance to work on their game plan for the semi-final.
The semi-finals are on the 28th November, venue to be confirmed as 1st and 2nd place is held by both teams from the West.
Challenge matches for the 21st with U15s kick-off at 1.30pm and U18s at 2.30pm in Tralee, so we wish all the girls the best of luck in their preparation for the Munster League Semi-finals.
The U11s and U13s girls training continues on Monday night @ 5.45pm, it is great to see so many girls playing so keep up the good work.
The U18s after their win against Kilrush
Back row LtoR: Katie Lane, Kara Huxley, Maeve Murphy, Eilish Cotter, Amy Cullinane, Frances Broderick, Ailish Wrenne, Sophie Moroney, Aoife Madigan, Maria Power, Shauna Sheehy
Front row LtoR: Aoife Rigter, Kate Redmond, Leanne Nash, Maria Harnett (Capt), Eireann O’Shea, Lauryn McMahon, Ava Roche, Georgia Williamson
The Abbeyfeale Rugby Club would like to wish Colaiste Íde agus Iosef U15 Boys the best of luck in the McCarthy Cup Semi-final held in Bruff on Wednesday 18th.
Five wins from five, five tries scored and a five point cushion at the top of the league table. The number five seems to be pretty magical for the 1st XV after this weekend. With the weather not being too kind in the week leading up to the game, the possibility of the fixture being postponed was indeed a distinct possibility. However, the tremendous efforts of the groundsmen thankfully ensured that the game went ahead.
Despite the inclement weather conditions, a respectable crowd braved the elements to witness the home side put in a performance that oozed confidence as well as being disciplined, resulting in a five try haul for the home side.
When these two sides faced off in the first league game last season, Abbey were guilty of getting off to a somewhat slow start, chasing the game from early on, before ultimately going down to a 23-18 defeat. With these two sides locking horns again, Abbey wasn’t going to be guilty of making the same mistake again. A blistering start from the home side caught Ennis unaware, when after only five minutes of play, Abbey were to register their first points through the boot of scrum half, Tom Hassett, who coolly slotted over for 3 points. Abbey’s game plan was evident from early on, with the home side looking to test Ennis’ defence with some strong carries from Colm O’Sullivan and Kieran McCarthy. Abbey weren’t afraid to mix up their play either, changing the direction of play on several occasions to keep the away sides defence guessing. A break through almost came when a superb break from out half, Michael Roche, just over half way, saw the young Abbeyfeale man burst through a number of tackles before offloading to winger, Stephen Cahill, who was agonisingly stopped short of the line.
With the weather worsening, the home supporters hearts warmed at the sight of their team playing with such variety and such intensity. Abbey weren’t afraid to give the ball width and when they did so, they looked like scoring. Stephen Cahill, once again proving what an emerging talent he is, was busy again, looking for work at every opportunity. With the young Mountcollins native being stopped short of the line just moments earlier, he again got himself into a position to score, only for some desperate last ditch tackling from Ennis, preventing him from doing so. A penalty soon followed for the home side and instead of opting for the posts, they decided on a scrum just inside the Ennis 22. Brave decision or calculated risk? Whatever the decision, it showed the ambitious mind sight of the home side- attack at every opportunity.
Quick ball from the base of the scrum found its way to centre, Michael Enright, who broke the first tackle before setting up the resulting ruck. Quick recycled ball was needed, with Abbey having numbers outside. With the ball being spread, it found its way to winger, Stevie Daly, who pegged back his ears to race for the corner, only for Ennis to once again prevent the score with some excellent cover defence. You could be forgiven for questioning Abbey’s patience, when Kieran McCarthy went close once again for his side just moments later. Abbey were beginning to wonder what they had to do in order to penetrate Ennis’ defence. Despite the home side dominating the territory stakes in the first half (Surprisingly, Ennis never got into Abbey’s 22 during the half), they were failing to capitalise with this advantage. This was due in large parts to Ennis’ brave defence, but with Abbey continuing to apply pressure, it was bound to sap the energy from the Clare outfit.
Despite holding a somewhat commanding lead and with weather conditions deteriorating by the minute, the importance for the home side to score the first score of the second half was vital. However, Ennis nearly came close to doing so. With the away side pressing hard in Abbey’s 22, a superb intercept from Kieran McCarthy saw the wing forward race from his own 22 to within the oppositions 22. Although, Usain Bolt he isn’t, McCarthy showed tremendous effort to get his side down field. With the wing forward running of gas and before he could be tackled, he had the presence of mind to kick through for the oncoming James O’Mara, who showed great composure to touch down for his side’s second try of the day.
This score seemed to ignite Abbey further and they continued to up the ante, attacking Ennis at will. Playing with such vibrant confidence in such difficult weather, the home side made a mockery of such conditions by controlling the ball with great discipline. Keeping it tight in the early phases saw Abbey edge their way closer to the oppositions line. With the home side continuing to keep it tight, they were sucking in Ennis’ defence. Out half, Michael Roche, who marshalled proceedings competently once again, spotted a gap out wide, before offloading a long pass outside to winger, James O’Mara, who raced over for his second try in as many minutes.
Abbey now led by 20 points to nil, and the hunt to secure the four try bonus point was well and truly on. One particular aspect of Abbey’s play that differed from the previous season, was the home side’s ruthless ability. With time edging ever closer to full time, the home side showed tremendous composure to get themselves into a scoring position. With the home side working through the phases, they clawed their way closer. Quick ball was needed and when it found out half Michael Roche, the young man sliced through some poor tackling to dot down for the elusive fourth try. With Hassett duly adding the extras, the contest was really and truly over.
With time almost up, further woes soon followed for the Clare outfit, when centre Michael Enright barged his way over for his side’s fifth and final try of the day to give the West Limerick side a comprehensive home victory.
Despite the testing conditions, the lads showed tremendous discipline in their play, playing with an abundance of confidence as the game progressed. Despite having a commanding lead, their intensity and purpose never waned throughout.
Perhaps it could be argued that this team is reminiscent of the title winning 1994/1995 team. As with that team, today’s side possess many of that 94/95 winning traits-Good leadership, sheer focus, self belief, great camaraderie, a well balanced squad and most importantly, a desire to win. Henry Ford once quoted, ‘Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.’ The learning curve that was last year, is seemingly bearing fruit this season. The legends of that 94/95 team wouldn’t begrudge this team from creating their own history. In fact, they long for them to do so. Tougher days lie ahead for the lads, something with which this squad will embrace. The lads will play their part. For us, all we can do is keep saying those prayers. We only hope the man above keeps listening to us.
Team: 1) A. Roche, 2) L. O’Connor, 3) Colm O’ Sullivan, 4) G. Walsh, 5) D. Enright, 6) K. McCarthy, 7) P. Daly, 8) L. McEnery, 9) T. Hassett, 10) M. Roche, 11) S. Cahill, 12) M. Enright, 13) J. Murphy, 14) S. Daly, 15) C.Roche
Subs: 16) M.Morrissey, 17) R. Murphy, 18) B. Collins, 19) J. Quirke, 20) J. O’Mara
UNDERAGE RESULTS & FIXTURES
Two of our Underage teams were in action at the weekend with the Under 16’s travelling to Tralee and the Under 12’s travelling to Limerick. The Under 16’s unfortunately went down to a 19-5 defeat while the Under 12’s won two, drew two and lost one in their Blitz.
U14 away to Killorglin-West Munster league KO @ 11am
U11 host a blitz in the Grove – Garryowen, Old Crescent, Bruff
U13s away to NCW-North Munster league KO 11am
U15 away to Galbally-North Munster league KO 11am
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16 – 18 – 24 – 31
4 MATCH 3’S WINNER’S @ €40
1. Gerard Walsh, Brosna
2. Emily Collins, Abbeyfeale
3. Betty & Brian Scannell, Clash Road
4. Michael Healy, Ballycastle, Co Mayo
4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each
1. Neil Brislane, C/o Pallas Foods
2. Philip Enright, C/o Ramble Inn
3. Darragh Woulfe, Cratloe
4. Jack Ryan, C/o Jack Ryan’s
Promoters prize to Daphne Gleeson
Next Week’s Draw on Monday 23rd November 2015
At The Rugby Club
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support
Abbey kept up their impressive start to the season with a deserving 17 points to 7 victory over Presentation at Rathuard on Sunday last, one which maintains their unbeaten start to their league campaign. It is safe to say that the travelling side were under no illusions as to what faced them when they entered Presentations rugby grounds, with the previous encounter between these two sides, although tempestuous, proving to be an enthralling and close affair.
The crisp air circling around the home sides ground may have left a few of the more dedicated supporters with a hint of frostbite, but the travelling support from Abbeyfeale would have been warmed slightly by the display exhibited by its team in the opening exchanges of the game. With the underfoot not being particularly good, one could be forgiven to assume that a tight knit game would be the order of the day.
From the off, Abbey attacked at will, making great yardage through a number of pick and drives to get within the home side’s 22. Working their way through a number of phases, the away side was shifting ever closer to Pres’ line, but the home side’s defence held firm. The first opportunity for points soon followed, when from a massive shove from Abbey in Pres’ 22, forced the city side to give away a penalty. With Stevie Daly’s effort just narrowly missing, Pres’ were able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Abbey’s discipline in the early exchanges was an area of concern, conceding multiple penalties within the first twenty minutes of the contest. Although Pres’ failed to capitalise on these opportunities, their intention to kick for touch instead of kicking for goal, highlighted their intention to seek for tries. Abbey composed themselves again and with Brian Collins and Colm O’Sullivan leading the charge with some good carries, it was forcing the Pres’ defence to scramble back. With pressure ensuing, Abbey were awarded a penalty, and looked to the corner to give them a platform in which to attack. Prop, O’Sullivan was on hand again, using his incredible strength and sheer brute force to get him over the gain line. With the ball being spread wide to Stephen Cahill, the winger and Limerick footballer did exceptionally well to cut back inside to set up the next attack. A number of pick and drives followed,with Pres’ gallantly holding firm. With pressure mounting, they were forced to concede a penalty, which Daly made no mistake in converting.
Abbey were beginning to settle into the game, with their picking and driving coming to the fore. Michael Enright, a thorn for most side’s so far in the season, was at his destructive best again,crashing up the middle before offloading to winger Colin Quirke. With Pres’ defence drifting across, Quirke cut back inside, only for the home side to force the turnover. With Pres’ failing to find touch, Abbey attacked again through Cormac Roche. With the away side patiently working through the phases, the breakthrough came when out half, Michael Roche, broke free from one tackle before offloading to Philip Daly, who raced over under the posts unopposed to give his side the vital score they needed. With Stevie Daly adding the extras, it gave the West Limerick side a comfortable ten point advantage.
Pres’ were desperately trying to get back into the game, and with their maul being impressive in the first half, they were using this facet of play to get within Abbey’s 22. However, countless unforced errors were costing them dearly, with Abbey’s patient defence forcing the turnover on a number of occasions.
With both sides trading blow for blow in the early exchanges of the second half, the killer one came just over twenty minutes into the half, when following a tremendous shunt from the visiting team, Michael Roche danced his way over from close range to score his side’s second try of the afternoon, to the delight of the travelling support. With Daly adding the extras, Abbey now held a commanding 17 point lead. With time ticking away, Abbey now needed to play smart, disciplined rugby by forcing Pres’ back into their own half by pegging the ball into the corners. However, such is the confidence from this outfit, Abbey looked to counter attack at every opportunity.
With three minutes remaining, Pres’ did manage a consolation score, when their out half broke through a number of weak tackles to race over in the corner.
Another impressive victory from the lads and one that perhaps represents a milestone of sorts. Presentation is a difficult place to visit, let alone seek a victory. But the maturity shown amongst this group continues to flourish. As with victory, there were again many positives.
Positives such as:
> The scrum performed well overall (The dominance in this particular area has been a major advantage so far this season. Countless penalties have been won with the lads exerting tremendous pressure at scrum time. However, they didn’t have it all their own way on Sunday last, more specifically in the first half, with both teams evenly matched. However, with Presentation’s pack beginning to tire, Abbey began to enforce their dominance, winning vital penalties)
> Defence shone brightly ( Despite the minor hiccup at the end of the game when Pres’ dived over for a consolation score, Abbey’s defence was defiant and ruthless at times. The ever reliable Liam McEnery put in another outstanding shift, something with which we’ve grown accustomed to. But, the unseen heroes doing the ‘donkey’ work didn’t go unnoticed either, with Gerard Walsh, Brian Collins, Daniel Murphy and Kieran McCarthy scrapping for everything)
> squad rotation ( The strength in depth within this squad has been a major asset to say the least. The astute and tactical interchanges have worked to the lads advantage, with key players getting a breather at the right time. The notion of players from 1 to 15 being known as ‘the team’ has no relevance as such with this side, with the remaining 5 or so people on the replacements bench having an equally important role)
> The emergence of new talent (Stephen Cahill once again came to the fore with some powerful running. His eagerness to get the ball in his hands will only serve to endear himself with management and supporters alike. Both he and Cormac Roche displayed coolness when faced with a vast number of high balls, with neither of them dropping any, despite the ball being slippery with mud. Dean Enright, man-of-the-match a week earlier, had to be content with a spot on the bench this time around, but when called upon, he once again displayed his work-rate abilities. Jake Quirke, a number 8 by trade, had the impromptu task of being thrust into the centre limelight. But despite his apparent lack of experience in this position, he didn’t embarrass himself, making countless tackles as well as contributing when going forward. With the nucleus of this team having played together for a while, the injection of new talent has added another dimension to this squad.
As with victories and in particular, an unbeaten record, there should be a caveat to those involved. With victories, comes more exposure. With more exposure, comes more pressure. It’s how these players deal with such unwanted exposure and pressure that will ultimately determine if they have the will to succeed. Another tough test awaits them again this Sunday when Ennis travel to the Grove. But then again, no one ever said it was going to be easy.
Team: 1) A. Roche, 2) L. O’Connor, 3) Colm O’ Sullivan, 4) G. Walsh, 5) B.Collins, 6) K. McCarthy, 7) P. Daly, 8) L. McEnery, 9) S. Daly, 10) M. Roche, 11) S. Cahill, 12) J. Quirke, 13) M. Enright, 14) C. Quirke, 15) C.Roche
Subs: 16) M.Morrissey, 17) R. Murphy, 18) D. Enright, 19) E. McEnery, 20) T. Hassett
08 – 18 – 22 – 29
1 MATCH 3 WINNER @ €150
1. Matthew Prendiville, 13 The Belfry, Abbeyfeale
4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each
1. Bob Harnett, C/o Donal’s Bar
2. Karen Browne, McKenna, Athea
3. John O’Grady, C/o Jack O’Rourke’s
4. Kathleen Murphy The Hill , Abbeyfeale
Promoters prize to Nancy Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on Monday 16th November 2015
At Leen’s Hotel
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support
In front of a packed house at the Grove Grounds on Sunday last (1st November), Abbeyfeale produced a workmanlike performance to see off the challenge of Kinsale by 27 points to 12 in their quarter final tie of the Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Shield. Blessed by the gods above, the sun pierced through the skyline to provide ideal conditions for both teams to try and play attacking rugby.
Kinsale were first to open the proceedings when from a impressive maul just outside the home side’s 22, they edged their way close to their host’s line, before a number of patient pick and drives saw them dive over for the first try of the day. Abbey soon replied there after with a penalty through the boot of Tom Hassett, who was making his long awaited return from injury. Abbey’s dominance in the early scrums paved the way for their first try, when following a shunt on Kinsale’s feed, the home side produced a massive shove, forcing Kinsale to concede a penalty just shy of their own line. With Abbey on the ascendency, unsurprisingly, they opted for the scrum option. Another big shove ensued, and with Dean Enright magnificently controlling the ball at the base, the home side eased their way over the line, with Enright claiming the touchdown.
Abbey were beginning to express themselves more as the game continued, with an urgency and willingness from them to attack at every opportunity. Once again, their dominance at scrum time enabled the home side to set up another attack. Dean Enright, so impressive with ball in hand throughout the day, was at the heart of these early attacks, getting over the gain line on numerous occasions. With the home side forcing Kinsale on the back foot, and with their defence stretched, a beautifully floated cross-field kick from out half, Michael Roche, almost found his centre, John Murphy, who agonisingly missed it by mere centimetres. With the referee playing advantage, Hassett coolly slotted over the resulting penalty to edge the home side slightly clear.
Abbey were soon extending their lead when they recorded their second try of the afternoon through Michael Enright. The inside centre’s try exuded class, when from a brilliant turnover from Brian Collins, Enright pierced through a narrow gap, leaving two defenders in his wake, to sprint under the posts. With Hassett adding the extra’s, it gave his side an eleven point advantage.
Abbey weren’t afraid to mix their game plan, varying their play on several occasions to great effect. As well as looking to their strike runners to crash up the middle, they weren’t afraid to look to the outside channels for any opportunity to attack an opening. The home side’s continued pressure was forcing Kinsale on the back foot, and with both Dean Enright and Michael Enright driving at them with conviction, the Cork side’s discipline let them down, allowing Hassett to add to this personal haul with another three pointer.
With Abbey now holding a commanding 21 points to 7 lead, the home side were looking to play safe by kicking to the corners, pegging Kinsale back into their own half on a couple of occasions. Michael Roche was marshalling proceedings wonderfully with his pinpoint kicking, enabling Abbey to gain valuable territory in their oppositions half.
With time ticking away, Kinsale looked to salvaged a consolation score and did so, following a mistake at scrum time from the home side. With the Cork side regathering the loose ball, they made yardage before a number of pick and drives saw them dive over for their second try, with a possible question mark over the grounding of the ball. Abbey though, consolidated their win with a further two penalties from Hassett, which saw the West Limerick side record an overall deserving victory. This was indeed, only part one of a two part battle between these two teams this season. With the league very much in the forefront of both teams minds, the real battle will be when they meet again in the last game of the season, when, dare I say it, a bigger prize could well be on offer. Alas, we shall wait with bated breath.
An impressive victory to say the least and one where a lot of positives can be taken from. Positives such as: > a dominant scrum
> variety in their play (the lads weren’t afraid to vary their game. They went wide when they needed to, crashed up the middle with Michael Enright being so effective, causing a constant threat, while also keeping it tight through carries from Dean Enright et al. The roots of this variation was down to Michael Roche who led admirably, marshalling proceedings with aplomb)
> showed patience (The lads didn’t fold when going behind to an early try. Kinsale in the early moments of the game, looked a real threat and were rewarded with a try from their excellent start. However, the lads showed tremendous character to pick themselves up and regroup and stamp their authority throughout the contest)
> strength in depth (there’s strong competition for places now with everyone in the 22 man squad and outside it, all pushing to earn their right to play. Healthy competition can only be good)
> The return of Tom Hassett (The return of the man with the golden boot from injury, is a massive boost. His contribution was pivotal with the scrum half chipping in with 5 penalties and a conversion to end the day with an personal haul of 17 points)
Some may argue that this game was just a mere cup game, one in which both teams may not have had any great focus on. That’s no disrespect to the competition in general, with the league perhaps being paramount for certain teams. Nevertheless, be it a cup game or a league game, and where victory follows, it can only serve to add to a teams momentum and confidence, something with which the lads will need when they shift their focus firmly on to Presentation this Sunday. A titanic battle awaits both teams. Bodies will undoubtedly ache afterwards. But victory will soothe those pains. We’re ready. Are they?
Team: 1) A. Roche, 2) L. O’Connor, 3) Colm O’ Sullivan, 4) D. Murphy, 5) B.Collins, 6) K. McCarthy, 7) D. Enright, 8) L. McEnery, 9) T. Hassett, 10) M. Roche, 11) S. Cahill, 12) M. Enright, 13) J. Murphy, 14) S. O’Connor, 15) Philip Collins
Subs: 16) M.Morrissey, 17) P. Daly, 18) C. Smith, 19) E. McEnery, 20) S. Daly
05 – 7 – 17 – 27
3 MATCH 3 WINNER’S @ €50 each
1. Darren Kelly, Oakpark, Gortboy NCW
2. Jimmy Lane, New Street, Abbeyfeale
3. Tina Dio O’Connor, Knocknasna
4 LUCKY DIPS, @ €25 each
1. Jerry Murphy, The Terrace
2. Denis Lane, The Mart
3. Denis Lane
4. Ben Curtin , Abbeyfeale
Promoters prize to Garrett Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on Monday 9th November 2015
At The Rugby Club
If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support
A disappointing start to say the least but a result that couldn’t really be argued with. In truth, the best team won on the day. Richmond dominated both the possession and territory stakes in the game, leaving the home side with the arduous task of defending for large periods of the contest. The away side were first to strike when their No.13 sliced his way through some weak defending, to dive over after only eight minutes of play. The home side did respond moments later, however, from the boot of Tom Hassett. In the lead up to this penalty, Abbey had Richmond under the gosh with notable carries from both Jake Quirke and Liam O’Connor edging the home side ever closer to the try line. Only desperate defending from the Limerick city side saw them survive the onslaught, and when they were penalised at the following scrum after a big shove from the home side, Hassett slotted over for his side’s first points of the day. Indeed, this proved to be Abbey’s only score of the day, with Richmond taking control from here onwards.
Abbeys decision making at times was not good with needless kicking only serving to highlight their lack of creativity. Lack of experience also was another factor on show. With Abbey deep in their own half, they decided to play out from inside their own 22, a decision that backfired tremendously. With pressure mounting, the home side desperately tried to clear their lines, only for them to fail to find touch. With no cover in defence, Richmond capitalised when they kicked through a grubber kick, winning the chase to slot down for their second try of the afternoon.
Abbey weren’t all bad though, with their scrum causing Richmond all sort of problems, despite having the smaller pack. Abbey’s pack, made up of John Ward, Cory O’Sullivan, Mike Morrissey, Craig Smith, Dean Enright, Eoin O’Connell, Daniel Ward and Jake Quirke, had the beating of Richmond’s scrum on numerous occasions, but failure to convert this dominance into anything meaningful in way of points, wasn’t forthcoming. Small unforced errors were costing the lads dearly when they managed to get into good areas through some excellent carries from Liam O’Connor and Jake Quirke. The home side did have one good play before half time, when they spread the ball wide (via all hands) finding winger Chris Leahy, who was on through for a much needed vital score, only for the referee to have deemed the pass forward. Despite their near miss, the home side were still in contention heading into half time, with Richmond leading by only 10 points to 3.
Richmond returned to the fray a lot better than their hosts, with their strong driving maul forcing Abbey back into their 22 on a number of occasions. Despite their dominance, the Limerick city side were finding it difficult to break through Abbey’s stern defence, with Dean Enright and Jake Quirke putting in some memorable hits to repel their advances. To be fair to Richmond, despite their dominance in possession and territory, their inability to unlock the home side’s defence never disheartened them. In fact, it motivated them further. They looked threatening with ball in hand. Abbey continued to stem the flow of attack with some brave defending from the impressive duo of Jake Quirke and Eoin McEnery. But one could see that the intense pressure was taking its toll on the home side, and with Richmond continuing to throw everything at Abbey, they carved through an opening to cross for their third try of the day. With the extras being duly added, Abbey now faced a mammoth task to get back into the game. With the weather conditions worsening, and Abbey’s fitness fading, Richmond were content to keep possession for the remainder of the contest, with Abbey even failing to get into Richmond’s 22 for the whole of the second half. A late penalty from the away side added further woes to Abbey’s day, with Richmond running out comfortable 20 points to 3 winners.
Many parts played in this defeat. The lack of team preparation for one stands out. The mantra of ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ rings through in this instance. One has to ask, how can a coach put an effective game plan or structures in place, when the team themselves don’t show the commitment?? As has been advocated before, this team is important to the development of the 1st XV squad. Players, be it 1st XV or 2nd XV NEED TO train together, adding both intensity and competition at training. As was seen last year, players who excelled at this level were rewarded for their efforts, subsequently getting promoted to the 1st XV squad. For others, rustiness played a part, with many of these players only playing their first game of the season, having returned from injury. Despite the negatives, there were some positive points. Like their 1st counterparts, the 2nd XV showed their strength in the scrums on numerous occasions. The lads defence held up for most parts of the game with strong defending coming from Jake Quirke, Dean Enright, Eoin O’Connell and Eoin McEnery. With Kifeacle just over a week away in the next league encounter, much more has to be done in order to see the lads register their first victory.
Team: 1) J. Ward, 2) C. O’Sullivan, 3) M. Morrissey, 4) C. Smith, 5) D.Enright, 6) E. O’Connell, 7) D. Ward, 8) J. Quirke, 9) T. Hassett, 10) D. Collins, 11) S. O’Connor, 12) L. O’Connor, 13) K. Murphy, 14) C. Leahy, 15) Kevin O’Mahoney
Subs: W. Walsh, E. McEnery, Daniel Leahy, John O’Kelly, Cathal Broderick, Dean Smith, Danny Harnett.
The Under 12’s were in action at the weekend when they took part in the annual James Keating Memorial Rugby Festival down in Bruff. With the lads playing some sublime rugby, they managed to qualify from their group with ease. Further victories at both the quarter final and semi final stages saw the lads face a strong Bruff outfit in the final, unfortunately going down by 4 tries to nil. Nevertheless, the players should be proud of themselves having finished runners up in a competition with 20 teams and 285 players participating. The continued hard work from both the players and the coaches is very much a positive step forward in the future development of these players within our club. Their hard work and commitment should be commended and their efforts congratulated. The future for this team indeed looks very promising. Congrats Lads!!!!
The Under 13’s were also in action at the weekend when they defeated Ennis away by 22 points to nil. In a clinical display, the lads scored tries through Adam Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Buckley, Gavin Ambrose and Jamie O’Sullivan, with Sam Quigley adding one conversion to give the lads a resounding victory. Congrats lads!!