Abbeyfeale RFC

Sunday 19th October 2014
Abbeyfeale 13
Ballincollig 0 AET

Unfortunately, this game wasn’t one for the protagonists of the sport as it failed to live up to pre-match expectations. With last years encounter between these two promoted teams being a close yet exciting and tense affair, one in which Ballincollig came out on top, you could be forgiven to think that this game could yet again prove to be more of the same. However, the gods above didn’t read the script and with a strong wind on show, an ‘up-the-jumper’ style of rugby was very much on show.

Having been comprehensively beaten by a strong Thurles outfit last weekend, the lads were eager to give a good account of themselves and return to winning ways. Having been short of the services of up to four players through injuries and other commitments, Abbey were forced to re-jig their line up with young Pa Brislane coming into the team for his first outing on the 1st XV.

With conditions playing havoc with both teams attempts to find a way through for a score, one could only wonder where a score was going to come from, if indeed a score was going to be got at any stage of this game.

With the clock ticking away and with there being no real evidence to suggest that a winner could be picked, both teams tried desperately but to of little or no avail. With that, the referee blew for full time, and after 80 minutes of play and no scores, both teams were now faced with a further 20 minutes of extra time, something with which the supporters braving the elements were not too keen on.

Stern words from Abbey coach Eamonn Foley seem to ignite his players and having got his message across that this was ‘cup rugby’, the lads seemed to up the ante in the first half of extra time. Playing with a bit of belief now, the lads counter attacked Ballincolligs half and were duly rewarded for their efforts when they were awarded a penalty after Ballincolling went off their feet. In a kickable position and knowing that one score could prove crucial in this tight game, Abbey’s Tom Hassett stepped up to score the games first points after almost 85 minutes of play.

Ballincollig knew that the pressure was on them now and tried with all their might to force their way down inside Abbeys half, but the visitors, buoyed by Hassetts penalty goal, were sticking to their game plan and were pegging back the home side at every opportunity.

With the clock ticking towards full time, Abbey put the game to bed, when from a driving maul, number eight John Browne forced his way over to score Abbeys first try of the day. They soon followed up on this score when David Collins chipped over the top and raced ahead to score a brilliant opportunistic try and close out the game by 13 points to nil.

Despite this game not being pleasant on the eye for players and supporters alike, this win can only serve as a gradual step for the players with which to gather momentum. Having been well beaten by a strong Thurles outfit last weekend, the lads needed a confidence boosting win. Although, not pretty at the best of times, the lads did however stick it out and were duly rewarded for their efforts. The lads now progress to the next round and resume their league campaign again in two weeks time when they face a much tougher battle against a high flying Bandon team.

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


14 -19 -20 – 21



5 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Jordan Coffey, C/o S.S
2. John O’Connor, Loughill
3. Cliodhana Ryan, C/o Jack Ryan’s Bar
4. Christy O’donovan, Ballybehy North, Abbeyfeale
5. Siobhán Hassett, Elliswood, Abbeyfeale

Promoters prize to The Shauna Sheehy
Next Week’s Draw on: Tuesday night 28th October 2014
At The Clubhouse

Jackpot €4,350

If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support


1 -3 -15 – 17


3 MATCH 3’s WINNER’S €50 each
1. Jerry O’Connor, C/o Andrew
2. Aoife Ryan C/o Jack Ryan
3. Dan Broderick, Dromtrasna Collins, Abbeyfeale

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Gerry Horgan C/o The Corner House
2. John Dee, Ballylongford.
3. Denis Broderick, Dromtrasna
4. Dan Egan, C/o Pallas Foods

Promoters prize to The Corner House
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday the 20th October 2014
At Jack Ryan’s Bar

Jackpot €4,200

If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support.


6 -16 -21 – 22


4 MATCH 3’s WINNER’S €40 each
1. Vincent Sheehy, C/o Sheehy’s Hardware
2. Luke English, C/o O’Mahony’s, New Street
3. Elaine Scanlon, C/o Andrew
4. Jack Broderick, Clash Road.

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1.Esther Lyon’s , C/o Hannah
2. Tutsy & Garrett, The Hill Abbeyfeale
3.Ann Murphy, 72 Assumpta Park, NCW
4.Maria Flynn, Banard Abbeyfeale

Promoters prize to
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday the 13th October 2014
At the Rugby Club.

Jackpot €4,050

If you’re not in you can’t win!
Thank you for your continued support.

Ennis 23
Abbeyfeale 18

It may sound like a cliche, but this game was very much a game of two halves. Abbeyfeale, making their return to Division Two for the first time since 2008, were eager to impress after recording a couple of wins during pre-season. History has shown that games between these two teams have been intense and highly competitive, with only a score separating the end result. The last time Ennis hosted Abbeyfeale was back in 2008 when playing conditions were not too best pleasing for players and spectators alike; the game ending 13-8 in favour of Ennis.

Blessed by the gods, the rain held off this time around and the sun pierced through to provide ideal conditions for both teams to try and play attacking rugby.

Ennis made a blistering start to the game when they scored the first try with barely two minutes on the clock. A misjudged box kick from Abbeyfeale, allowed Ennis to press forward. Quick ball from the base of the resulting ruck, allowed the hosts to run down the blindside, where Abbey seem to be left exposed. Desperate defending halted Ennis to within a metre of the visitors try line but the referee then penalised Abbeyfeale, and from a resulting quick tap, Ennis edged their way into the corner for the first try.

A poor line out from Abbeyfeale on their oppositions 22, enabled Ennis to peg them back down again into the corner. Another poor box kick allowed Ennis to counter attack and they were duly rewarded when Abbey were penalised for not releasing the tackler. Three more points on offer and three more points accepted.

Having missed one just minutes earlier, Tom Hassett made amends when he was given another shot at goal, after Ennis were penalised for going off their feet. With Abbey registering their first points of the game, it seemed to ignite them after their sluggish start. Ennis now were beginning to concede a few penalties which enabled Abbey to get territory.

However, their failure to turn territory into points offered Ennis some hope and when Abbey were penalised for being offside, Ennis punished them by slotting over a penalty to leave it 13 points to nil.

Ennis were using their ball carriers to great affect, attacking at every opportunity. A turnover inside Abbeys five metre line allowed Ennis to spread the ball out wide. A kick through from the centre put Abbey on the back foot and when a chased ensued, Ennis won the race to score their second try of the game.

Abbey needed a response quickly in order to stay in a game that was fast becoming a nightmare. Handling errors were beginning to creep in when they found themselves in great attacking areas. Their efforts were valiant but there was a lack of intensity which allowed Ennis to boss the game to some extent.

Abbey were rewarded a penalty just inside Ennis’ five metre line, when they were penalised for being off side. Hassett duly converted to keep Abbeys points tally ticking over.

If Abbey were sensing that they were slowly easing their way back into things, they were to be dealt with a cruel sucker punch when just before half time, Ennis pounced to score in the corner. Having initially being held up, the resulting scrum led to their open side to pick and dive over from close range. A cruel blow for Abbey but one that Ennis richly deserved after enjoying most of the possession in the first half. If Abbey were ever going to rescue something from this game, deep soul searching would be needed.

With Abbey heading into the half time break at 23-9 down, stern words were needed. Abbeys lack of structure and intensity coupled with handling errors, had them on the back foot for most of the first half. The need for a line breaker was badly needed and sensing that, Abbey brought Colm O’Sullivan on to provide this.

Abbey made a blistering start to the second half, counter attacking at the hosts defence with much intent. An obstruction at the first breakdown by Ennis gave Tom Hassett a shot at goal and he duly obliged with another three points. Abbey continued their impressive start to the second half by stretching the Ennis defence across the pitch on a number of occasions. Direct, straight-up-the-middle ball was needed and O’Sullivan made inroads by powering his way through a number of tackles. With Abbey inching their way closer to the Ennis 22, quick ball was needed as they had an overlap out wide. The opportunity arose and with numbers, Abbey came wide only to be undone by a forward pass with the try line very much in their sight. Abbey were now beginning to show more urgency in their play, a feat that seemed unimaginable after their poor first half showing.

O’Sullivan was again proving to be a handful for this Ennis defence, demonstrating his speed and power to gain invaluable yardage for Abbey, and one that provided a platform with which to attack from. Indiscipline from Ennis began to creep in and one sensed a shift in momentum in Abbeys favour. Two further penalty kicks from the impressive boot of Hassett and one began to sense if the impossible could happen. With Ennis now down a man after having a player sin-binned, Abbey stepped up a gear and worked their way through a number of phases. It was a testament to Abbeys attack that Ennis only managed to get into their oppositions half once in the first twenty minutes of the second half.

A further penalty from Abbey left the visitors trailing by 23 points to 18 and set up a tense finale. The lads were on the ascendency now, trying to gain territory by pegging Ennis back into their own 22. With only tens minutes remaining it was very much a guessing game as to who would come out on top.

A line out on Ennis’ 22 offered Abbey a chance with which to attack from. A great take from John Browne resulted in an impressive driving maul, forcing the opposition to clamber back. The lads worked a number of phases before Ennis forced a turnover and cleared their lines. Abbey were still camped inside Ennis’ half and from the resulting line out, they were awarded a penalty which was well within Hassetts kicking distance. Reminiscent of Ronan O’Gara’s near miss in the 2000 Heineken Cup final, Hassetts attempt just veered wide of the post despite looking on course to close the gap between the two teams.

With the clock ticking away, Abbey were desperately trying to breach the hosts line with countless attacks after another. Jeers from the crowd demanding the final whistle reverberated around the ground, but Abbey were still in with a chance of causing an upset.They were awarded a scrum inside Ennis’ half and worked their way down the blind side, before taking ball into contact. With recycled ball, Abbey forced another attack but with the line in sight, an unforced handling error cost them dearly, and with that, the game came to an agonising finish.

Abbey were a completely different outfit in the second half and one can only wonder what may have been in the first half, if Abbey played to the standard that they are capable of producing. For some, this was their first taste of life in Division Two and one that will stand to them in games to come. Encouragement should be taken by their valiant performance in the second half and with players returning from injury and GAA commitments, Abbey should provide a stern test for any team they will face in the coming months.

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

There was NO WINNER of this week’s Lotto numbers drawn were 9 – 12 – 16 –31
There was 1 “Match”3’ @ €150
1. Brendan Dore, Templeglantine.

4 “LUCKY DIPS” €25 each
1. Joe Weir, Collins Park, Abbeyfeale
2. Eddie O’Connor, Grove Road, Abbeyfeale
3. Jimmy Daly, C/o Sheehy’s Hardware,
4. Freddie & Emily Prendiville, The Belfry, Abbeyfeale.

Next weeks draw on Monday Night October 6th for a jackpot of €3,900
So make sure to purchase your ticket to be in with a chance! Tickets are available from local ticket sellers and outlets.

There was NO WINNER of this week’s

Lotto numbers drawn were 9 – 24 – 26 –29

There was NO “Match”3’s

5 “LUCKY DIPS” €25 each
1. Joanne Weir, Collins Park Abbeyfeale
2. Denis Brosnahan , Tournafulla
3. Kathleen Murphy, The Hill, Abbeyfeale
4. Jim McCarthy, Knockbrack, Abbeyfeale
5. Noranne Sexton , Upper Athea

Promoter’s Prize Robert O’Connell

Next weeks draw on Monday Night the 29th September for a jackpot of €3,750
So make sure to purchase your ticket to be in with a chance! Tickets are available from local ticket sellers and outlets.

There was NO WINNER of this week’s Lotto numbers drawn were 4 – 5 – 6 –24
There was 2 “Match”3’s @ €75 each
1. Steve Daly, The Hill , Abbeyfeale
2. AnnMarie Quilligan, C/o Pallas Foods

4 “LUCKY DIPS” €25 each
1. Christy Broe, C/o Pallas Foods
2. Betty & Brian Scannell, Clash Road, Abbeyfeale
3. Liam Dennehy, Duagh
4. Thomas Twomey, Collins Park , Abbeyfeale

Promoter’s Prize Daphne Gleeson

Next weeks draw on Monday Night the 22nd September for a jackpot of €3,600
So make sure to purchase your ticket to be in with a chance! Tickets are available from local ticket sellers and outlets.

With just under two weeks remaining before the 1st XV embark on their League campaign with an away trip to Ennis, the lads were again put through their paces with an away friendly to Killorglin in their final pre-season game. Despite recording a morale boosting victory over Newcastle West on Sunday last, the coaches and players felt that certain aspects of their play were below standard and that another tough encounter provided a platform for the lads to further dust off the cobwebs. Under the stewardship of both Eamon Foley and Timmy Cotter, the lads have added a real zest and bite to their play. With the weather being kind to us over the last couple of days, it provided ideal conditions for both teams to try and play a more expansive game. With this in mind, Abbey started the brighter of the two teams and were rewarded with a fine effort from centre John Murphy who raced through for the first score of the game. Abbey were awarded a scrum just shy of the half way line and when quick ball came off the back, the lads worked their way down the blind side. With Mike Dillane making yards down the wing, he passed inside to Murphy who raced under the posts for the first score of the day. Michael Roche duly converted. Abbey could scarcely believe their luck when barely two minutes later, Michael Enright found a gap to power his way through. Despite picking up a knee injury in the process, he managed to offload the ball, where it was recycled again and spread out wide to Daniel Ward, who found David Collins coming through. Collins broke through one tackle, drew in another and sent his brother Philip down the line to score a great try. Again Michael Roche converted. Abbey’s third try wasn’t long coming again when the lads off a line out worked their way up the field. The ball was spread wide to Mike Dillane who cut back in to set up a ruck. Killorglin however did well to steal a turnover and worked a few phases until from a resulting maul, Colm O’Sullivan managed to wrestle the ball away. Stevie Daly was quick to pounce on the loose ball, and after having spotted a huge gap, pinned his ears back to race towards the try line. Daly still had much to do and dummied two players while also evading a tackle to score a great individual try. Roche added the extras. Abbey were now cruising at this stage and were ready to put the game to bed. Pressure from the lads forced Killorglin to knock on. With the referee allowing advantage, the loose ball was picked up by Liam McEnery, who passed it back inside to Eoin O’Connell, who was making his welcoming return from Australia. O’Connell spotted Michael Roche bursting through and again it was all too easy for him as he made his way towards the line. Poor defending from Killorglin allowed Roche to make his way underneath the posts and for him to add to his impressive tally for the day.

The first twenty minute break seem to come at the right time for Killorglin who were finding the action getting tough. Stern words from their coach seem to reignite their interest by testing Abbeys resolute in defence. Having made their way inside the visitors 22, a feat that was all too scarce, Killorglin forced Abbey into touch and from the resulting line out, they mauled their way towards the try line to score a somewhat fortuitous try, after it seemed that the Killorglin player had knocked the ball on. However, the decision stood and the try was converted by their scrum half. Abbey were dealt a blow when centre John Murphy went off injured, which forced them to re-jig their backline, with both Liam McEnery and Eoin O’Connell forming the new centre partnership.

Abbey now were in total control by the time the referee blew up for the end of the first twenty minutes. Enforced errors after another, as well as poor defending by Killorglin allowed Abbey to capitalise and to duly counter-attack at every opportune moment with great success.

Despite not scoring anything in the second 20 minute period, Abbey still managed to maintain their lead and were showing great glimpses of ball handling skills, while also showing no fear of playing a more expansive game. Abbey got off to a great start in the third period with quick passing out wide causing all problems for Killorglins defence. It didn’t take long before Abbey were again celebrating a try, when off the back of a strong scrum in their own half, Daniel Ward popped the ball to Michael Roche who evaded a couple of loose tackles to run un-opposed under the sticks. With time almost up, Abbey attacked the Killorglin line once again. From the base of a ruck just shy of the half way line, quick ball was spread out wide to Mike Dillane who gained a few metres before off loading to the oncoming Daniel Ward in support, who broke through two tackles to seal a convincing win for the lads. Despite raking up an impressive score, the lads know that an improved performance is needed against a strong and competitive Ennis side in two weekends time. However, positives can be taken from the game with the backs showing a willingness to play a more expansive game, while the forwards led by captain Kieran McCarthy were competitive at the breakdown and at the scrum. Much to ado but Rome wasn’t build in a day.

Panel: M.Morrissey,K.McCarthy,C.O’Sullivan,J.Browne,B.Collins,E.O’Connell,Dan Ward,L.McEnery,S.Daly,M.Roche,M.Dillane,M.Enright,J.Murphy,P.Collins,D.Collins,L.O’Connor

Mini Rugby Registration for Boys and Girls from U6 to U12 will commence this coming Sunday September 14th at the Rugby Club at 10.ooam .

Anyone interested please come along. Training afterwards from 10.30 to 11.30.

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