Abbeyfeale RFC

 WINNING NUMBERS

4 – 26 – 27 – 31

NO WINNER

3 “Match 3 winner’s @€50

  1. Paudie O’Connor, Top Road, Tournafulla
  2. Maurice Gleeson, Abbeyfeale
  3. Liam McEnery, Kilpadogue Tarbert

4 “Lucky Dips” @ €25 each

  1. Jackie Quirke, The Hill A/F
  2. Tamara Stack,
  3. Kathleen Lane Murphy, C/o Nancy
  4. Charlie Stratton, Inchaban Templeglantine

Promoters prize to Jack Quinlivan

Next Week’s Draw on Tuesday 3rd May 2016  

The Rugby Club

Jackpot €2,100

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Thank you for your continued support

 WINNING NUMBERS

2 – 7 – 9 – 32

NO WINNER

2 “Match 3 winner’s @ 75

  1. Tom Carroll, Purt, Abbeyfeale
  2. Pat O’Donnell, Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale

4 “Lucky Dips” @ €25 each

1.Martin O’Keeffe, Meenahorna ,

2.Mark Collins, Bogmount

3.Peg Walsh, Knocknacrohy

4.Tracy Butcher, Abbeyfeale 

Promoters prize to Garrett Harnett

Next Week’s Draw on Monday April 25th 2016  

The Rugby Club

Jackpot €1,950

If you’re not in you can’t win!

Thank you for your continued support

 

 WINNING NUMBERS

13 – 19 – 20 – 28

NO WINNER

2 “Match 3 winner’s @ 75

  1. Jimmy O’Connor , Fealesbridge
  2. Bridget Smith, 31 Collins Park

4 “Lucky Dips” @ €25 each

1.Bianca Cook, Ballaugh

2.Jim O’Donnell, Caher, Abbeyfeale

3.Daniel Harnett, Lacca East , Kilmorna

4.Deirdre Murphy, Banard, Abbeyfeale

Promoters prize to Jack Quinlivan

Next Week’s Draw on Monday April 18th 2016  

The Rugby Club

Jackpot €1,800

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 WINNING NUMBERS

4 – 12 – 19 – 24

NO WINNER

8 “Match 3’Winner’s €20 each

  1. Ben Prendiville, 12 The Belfry,A/F
  2. Stephen Cahill, C/o Jack
  3. Donal Murphy, A/F
  4. Jeremiah O’Connor, A/F
  5. Neil Brislane, C/o Pallas Foods
  6. Andrew Scannell, Purt
  7. Liz McCusker, C/o Barney
  8. Mary Joe Healy, C/o Nancy

4 “Lucky Dips” @ €25 each

  1. Dawn Mangan, Tralee
  2. Ann O’Connor, C/o Sheehy’s Hardware
  3. Martin O’Sullivan C/o Pallas Foods
  4. Patricia Curtin, Rockhill Rockchapel, Co Cork

Promoters prize to Kevin Foley

Next Week’s Draw on Monday April 11th 2016  

At Murphy’s Bar

Jackpot €1,650

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 WINNING NUMBERS

5 – 11 – 20 – 28

1Winner €2,550

JERRY FLYNN, BANARD, A/F 

4 Lucky Dips @ €25 each

  1. Tom Enright, DP Lyons Bar, Abbeyfeale
  2. Marian Horgan, C/o Nancy
  3. Mick Broderick, Purt, Abbeyfeale
  4. Marian Roche, Caherhayes, Abbeyfeale

Promoters prize to Sinéad Leahy

Next Week’s Draw on Monday April 4th 2016  

At The Rugby Club

Jackpot €1,500

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Abbeyfeale 08
Cobh Pirates 15
Abbeyfeale were under no illusions as to what faced them when they entered Cobh’s rugby grounds on Sunday last (6th March) in the penultimate round of league fixtures. A mammoth task of extraordinary proportions awaited them, a David Vs Goliath task at hand, but one where the eternal optimist perhaps believed that the away team could do what their predecessors couldn’t do so far at the home side’s ground, and perhaps, just perhaps,sneak the unlikeliest of unlikeliest victories.

With dark clouds settling in and with showers before the game, one be forgiven to assume that a tight knit game could be the order of the day, but with Cobh possessing a potent backline, one could somehow never imagine them following the script.

Abbey were playing with great intensity in the early exchanges, but were finding it difficult to open up a Cobh defence that was impressive throughout the game. With the conditions being far from ideal, it was the home side that were handling the elements a lot better, with their handling and distribution being accurate.
Cobh’s game plan was evident from early on. With their forwards, particularly their No.8, being a constant thorn with ball in hand, the home side looked to play a more expansive game plan, with their back line possessing speed and power. The home side, through good game management from their out half, were spreading the ball wide with ease, and were at times, creating mismatches outside. This allowed them to get over the gain line with ease on a number of occasions, with Abbey’s defence not rushing up quickly enough to counteract their attack in play. Cobh were piling the pressure on Abbey’s defence and almost made a breakthrough, only for a superb tackle from hooker, Liam O’Connor, to deny them a score, and to also win his team a penalty. Cobh were soon to get another chance and when awarded a scrum five metres out, they saw this as an opportunity to post a score. Following a break from their No.8 from the base, Pirates worked a number of phases, committing a number of Abbey defenders in the ruck. With space out wide, they spread it until it found their winger all alone, who raced over for the first try of the day.
Abbey were creating chances for themselves, but with Cobh’s defence excelling, the away side just couldn’t buy a penalty kick to settle the nerves with points on the board. Cobh, however, were soon to double their lead, when a neat chip over the top from the their out half, saw his winger race on to regather the loose ball and touch down. Again, Cobh failed to add the extras, something which was to come back and haunt them at the end.
With the second half barely underway, Abbey became complacent, and when Cobh spotted a gap out wide, they capitalised, carving through weak tackles before slotting down for their third try of the day. The home side now were on the ascendancy and were pressing hard in search of that elusive fourth try. However, Abbey’s defence was equally combative, with players such as Gerard Walsh, Colm O’Sullivan, Liam McEnery and John Murphy, all putting in impressive shifts in defence. Despite being fifteen points in arrears, it would have been easy for Abbey to drop their heads, but a try from Michael Enright, following a fine break from Jake Quirke at the base of a scrum, gave Abbey a timely boost. A nail biting finish at the end then ensued and when Abbey were awarded a penalty in injury time, there was never any doubt that they would opt for the posts. With pressure mounting, scrum half, Stevie Daly, held his nerve, to slot over the three points to claim an invaluable losing bonus point.
Sadly, despite losing their 100% record, the lads put in an incredible shift against a side that possessed good quality throughout. It would have been easy to drop their heads with Cobh leading by 15 points to nil at one stage, but a try from Michael Enright, seemed to galvanise the lads efforts as they regrouped to finish strongly. Cobh, who played outstanding throughout in poor conditions, probably will be disappointed that they didn’t get a fourth try. Their defence was pretty impressive while their attack caused a number of problems for us, particularly their offloading in the tackle. Despite conceding 3 tries, our defence was pretty combative, with the lads defending bravely towards the latter stages of the second half, when Cobh sought a fourth try. The barrage of attacks from Cobh were plentiful to say the least, but Abbey stood firm to deny them a score. The lads ability to claw their way back to salvage a losing bonus point has to be commended also, and only enforces the strong will and character that this team possess. Their ‘fight-to-the-end’ spirit has only endeared them to their many strong band of followers. Despite this defeat, there is still very much an air of optimism within the camp. The response after the game was one of positivity, that all is not lost. Knowing that their own destiny is in their hands, should not faze the lads. In fact, it should offer renewed hope, something which they need after such a bruising and testing encounter.
The scenario that faces the lads now is that, having denied Cobh a winning bonus point, and they themselves having gained a losing bonus point (something which could prove invaluable at the end) it all comes down to the final league fixture of the regular season, when the lads host Kinsale at the Grove Grounds. Holding a slender one point lead over Cobh at the top, Abbey need to win to stand any chance of securing promotion and potentially, the league crown. We await Kinsale with bated breath. Bring them on!!!
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) P. Brislane, 15) D. O’Connor
Subs: 16) M. Morrissey, 17) D. Enright, 18) E. McEnery, 19) J. Quirke, 20) T. Hassett
Cobh v Abbeyfeale 1
Cobh v Abbeyfeale 4 Cobh v Abbeyfeale 3
Abbeyfeale 2nd XV 26
Kilfeacle & District 2nd XV 31

Amidst the build up to the big game on Sunday, the 2nd XV were in action in the first round of the Webb Cup on Saturday last, when they hosted Kilfeacle at the Grove Grounds. The lads played some good rugby throughout and probably deserved more from this game, but Kilfeacle proved to be too strong at the end, defeating them by 31 points to 26. All is not over for the 2nd XV though, as they are now entered into the O’Carroll Plate, with this fixture being announced in due course.
2nd's Team   2nd's Team vs Kilfeacle

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Abbeyfeale U14 10

Castleisland U14 07

It was first against second last night in Castleisland, when the Under 14 team travelled to the Kerry side for an important league encounter. A home win would have seen the Kerry side wrap up the title, but Abbey had other thoughts on the night. Despite the terrible conditions, there was still a respectable crowd in attendance, most notably, some members of the current 1st XV squad, who were on hand to return the favour to the lads who have supported them throughout the year. Looking to upset their local neighbours, it was Abbey that started the game brightly and were three points to the good at half time through the reliable boot of Eiliah O’Riordan. Castleisland came back though, and scored the games first try to take the lead. With the extras being added from the conversion, Abbey knew that they needed to dig deep to overcome this strong home side. The away side pressed ahead, and with ‘Island being put under tremendous pressure, they finally succumbed, allowing Abbey to register their first try of the game through Donnacha Maher. O’Riordan added the extras to give his side a slender three point lead. Castleisland came back though, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Abbey, in their search of the winning points that would secure the league title for them. However, Abbey held firm with their superb defence repelling ‘Islands wave of attacks. With time edging closer to full time, Abbey managed to weather the storm, before the referee blew for full time, to the cheers of the travelling support. In what was a cracking contest between two highly competitive side’s, the future of both club’s 1st XV teams looks bright with these talented youngsters emerging. Everyone at the club wishes to congratulate the lads and the coaching staff on their fine win. Also, a big thank you to the travelling support who braved the elements to witness a highly entertaining game. Well done Abbey!!

UNDERAGE FIXTURES

-The Under 14’s are at home this Saturday (12th March) against Tralee in the Cup. Kick off is at 11am

-The Under 16’s are also at home this Saturday (12th March) when they take in Killarney in the Cup. Kick off is at 2pm

 WINNING NUMBERS

4 – 15 – 30 – 32

No Winner

2 Match 3 Winner’s @ €75 each

  1. Jack Curtin, C/o Coffee Pot
  2. AnnaMai Lane, Killarney Road

4 Lucky Dips @ €25 each

  1. Murt Downey, C/o Murphy’s
  2. Nuala Maher, C/o G. Harnett
  3. Hannah O’Connor, C/o Cryleview Bar
  4. Hanna Horgan, Cryle View Estate

Promoters prize to Maria Harnett

Next Week’s Draw on Monday March 14th 2016  

At The Rugby Club

Jackpot €2,250

If you’re not in you can’t win!

Thank you for your continued support

 

 

Abbeyfeale 22
Mallow 10

‘Every strike brings me closer to the next home run’. These words from American baseball legend, Babe Ruth, echoed the sentiment felt around the four corners of the Grove Grounds on Sunday last, as Abbeyfeale, not only stole a win, but claimed a try bonus point in the process, to maintain their position at the top of the league standings.

The signs early on though seemed ominous for the home side, as they couldn’t find a breakthrough in what was a mean defensive display from Mallow. Indeed, it was the Cork side that exerted all of the early pressure, playing with a high intensity in the early exchanges. Their pressure was telling and with barely five minutes on the clock, the away side found an opening, breaking through a number of weak tackles to score the games first try. With the extras being added, it was a real shock to the home side who needed a riposte and quickly. A penalty soon after enabled Abbey to get within the Mallow sides 22. A pick and drive followed from the home side and they were making yards before Mallow were penalised again. Instead of opting for the posts, Abbey opted for the scrum, a set piece which has proved beneficial to them throughout the season thus far. A solid scrum got them to within the oppositions line, but superb defending from the Cork side, repelled Abbey’s advances. The home side were creating chances, with Michael Enright being effective with ball-in-hand. The centre, showing tremendous strength on one occasion, broke a number of tackles before being hauled down just shy of the visiting side’s five metre line. Abbey worked through the phases once again but their endeavour to penetrate the visiting side’s defence proved futile, as Mallow managed to turnover possession.

With Mallow’s ill-discipline amounting-five penalties conceded after just 20 minutes of play-the home side finally opted for the posts to try and close the gap to four. Scrum half, Stevie Daly’s effort, however, just hit the upright before Mallow provided the home side with another opportunity to attack, when they knocked on the rebound effort. The Cork side held firm though, even forcing a turnover on Abbey’s scrum, before clearing their lines with a relieving kick. To be fair to Abbey, they were creating chances and were finding themselves in good attacking areas with which to test Mallow’s defence. However, the home side’s lack of clinicalness in attack, coupled with Mallow’s stubborn defence, frustrated the home side in their efforts. They were soon to fall further behind when from their own lineout in their five metre line, they were penalised, allowing the away side to tag on another three points to increase the gap to ten.

Abbey, in a somewhat state of shock following the impressive start by the visiting team, needed to regroup quickly to allay any fears of an upset. Mallow, fighting to ease their relegation worries, were playing well, with their full back in particular posing a constant threat in attack. Abbey were to respond immediately though after the restart, when second row, Dean Enright, jumped highest to regather the kick-off. Having patiently worked through a number of phases, the ball was spread wide, finding Enright again, who drew in one defender before offloading to winger, Pa Brislane, who raced over in the corner to get his side finally on the scoreboard.

Stern words at half time were very much needed for the home side, with their first half performance being below the standard that they were capable of. However, worryingly, the home side were failing to gather a hold of proceedings at the start of the second half, with Mallow continuing to impress with good go forward ball. The home side were living dangerously on a number of occasions when firstly, Mallow were camped on their five metre line, only for a superb steal from Philp Daly to ease the pressure, and secondly, when the efforts of both Mike Morrissey and Kieran McCarthy held up a Mallow maul, it lead to them clearing their lines.

As time progressed, the nerves and tension permeating around the ground was uneasily felt. Having witnessed some indifferent performances before, the home support always entrusted their teams ability to eek out a victory. However, Mallow weren’t sticking to the script. Abbey needed a moment of magic to get back into the game and were rewarded for their patience when John Murphy made a fantastic break from within his own half, racing to within Mallow’s 22 unopposed, before finding Derry O’Connor on his inside, who had the easiest of tasks to race over for a sublime try. With Daly adding the extras, it was the first time in the game that the home side led. This seemed to spur them on and soon after, they were to claim their third try, when O’Connor dived over once again to claim his second try of the day. Abbey, now holding a slender seven point lead, and with only one more try needed to claim an unlikely bonus point, grew in confidence. With ten minutes remaining, the home side went in search of their fourth try. However, Mallow, to their credit, didn’t drop their heads, despite the heavy reversal. They exposed a gap in Abbey’s defence by breaking up the middle, getting to within five metres of the home side’s line. With the Cork side piling on the pressure, they almost breached Abbey’s line, only for tremendous last ditch tackling to deny them a score.

With time almost up, Abbey were desperately seeking to claim that all elusive try bonus point. The moment came when full back, Derry O’Connor, regathered a Mallow clearance, before spreading wide to Cormac Roche. Roche, a mercurial talent to say the least, made inroads, drawing in one defender, before calmly offloading to the industrious Pa Brislane, who touched down for his second and Abbey’s fourth try, to the delight of the raucous home support, sealing an unlikely but vital bonus point win for the West Limerick side.

Despite the win, the lads will know that they were below the standard that they are capable of. Abbey were very fortuitous to say the least, to salvage what looked liked the impossible at one stage, and claim a bonus point win. To Mallow’s credit, however, they played superbly throughout. Their defence was solid and one which frustrated Abbey at times, who, despite creating chances, just couldn’t penetrate the defensive wall that stood before them. The nerves and tension among the home support was not a pleasant feeling for us supporters. However, this team, bounded by something intangibly special, dug deep, to show tremendous character to score three quick successive tries deep into the second half. Perhaps, the victory may have been fortuitous, but this group are on a path to something special, not seen since the 1994/1995 team. A ‘cup final’ awaits the lads this coming Sunday against second placed, Cobh Pirates. We may be somewhat ‘the Underdogs’ coming into this game. But as history has shown, even ‘the underdog’ can have its day. The excitement builds!!!

Team: 1) A. Roche, 2) L. O’Connor, 3) C. O’ Sullivan, 4) D. Enright, 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) P. Brislane, 15) D. O’Connor
Subs: 16) M. Morrissey, 17) B. Collins, 18) J. Quirke, 19) T. Hassett, 20) C. Roche

 

 

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