Abbeyfeale RFC

WINNING NUMBERS

9 – 12 – 21 – 29
NO WINNER
1 MATCH 3 WINNER €150
1. Jason Foley, 2 Foxfield, Elliswood

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Tom Sheehy, C/o Shauna
2. Eilish McEnery, Knocknagoshel
3. Mossie Ahern, C/o Jim Lane
4. Jack Ryan, Main Street Abbeyfeale

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Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 2nd March at The Rugby Club

Jackpot €3,300
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Abbeyfeale 34
UL Bohemians 10

Abbeyfeale recorded a resounding victory over UL Bohemians on Sunday last (15th Feb) in the first round of the Munster Junior Plate at Annacotty. What made this victory even more surprising was the manner in which the away side achieved it, having dominated in every facet of play from start to finish.

Before the beginning of the contest, many neutralists would have predicted a home win, but Abbey, buoyed from last weekends comfortable victory over Newport, had aspirations of claiming a scalp over the city side.

Abbey started the game with a greater urgency than their hosts and with barely ten minutes on the clock, they found themselves six points to the good when star fly half, Cormac Roche, slotted over two successive penalties. Bohs responded shortly afterwards but it was all Abbey from then on. Following an impressive pick and drive from the away side, they pressed hard on the Bohs try line before the ball was spread wide before it eventually found winger Mike Dillane, who did well to dive over for his side’s first try of the day. Having missed the conversion, Roche atoned for it by slotting over another impressive penalty attempt to extend his side’s lead. Bohs’ ill-discipline was starting to mount which was proving costly to their chances of clawing the score line back. Abbey’s set pieces were proving to be a catalyst for their success, with both their scrum and maul once again proving to be immense on the day. Indeed, Abbey’s second try before half time came from a turnover at Bohs’ put-in at the scrum, just outside the home sides 22. A huge shove from the away side saw the ball come back to Abbey No. 8, John Browne, who picked from the base before offloading to his fellow back row, Philip Daly, who broke through two tackles to get his side’s second try. With Roche adding the extras, Abbey now had a commending lead, leaving Bohs’ with an arduous uphill battle in the second half.

Abbey, guilty of taking their foot off the gas when having a commending lead in the past, banished such thoughts and started the second half in the same manner as the first. The away side looked impressive with ball in hand, with some noteworthy carries from Liam O’Connor and captain Kieran McCarthy, getting their side over the gain-line with ease. Bohs’, who to their credit, looked a well drilled outfit in the warm up, just couldn’t muster up any sort of play to unlock the Abbey defence. Indeed, such was the dominance of the away side, they just didn’t afford them with any meaningful opportunity to force an attack. The home side were desperately chasing the game, eschewing a number of kicks at goal in favour of tapping and going. However, Abbey’s discipline in defence in the tight remained firm, repelling a number of attacks. Bohs’ looked to go wide and a perfectly lofted cross-field kick from the home sides fly half was regathered by his winger, who cut back inside to cross over the whitewash for his side’s first try of the afternoon. Indeed, that’s how good it got for the home side, with Abbey continuing their dominance there after.

Abbey’s maul, highly effective throughout the game, came to the fore again, when following a tremendous steal by Liam McEnery on Bohs line-out just on half way, enabled them to maul all the way down towards the home sides line before John Browne dotted the ball down for a superb forwards try. With the game now effectively ending as a contest, the away sides standards didn’t drop. Not content on going through the motions, Abbey pressed ahead again, looking to further compound the home sides misery. When Abbey full back, Tom McCarthy regathered an attempted Bohs’ clearance, he counter attacked, breaking through a number of weak tackles before passing to Kieran McCarthy. With McCarthy in full stride, the Abbeyfeale man made further ground, brushing off weak attempted tackles before being grounded just a metre away from the try line. With Daniel Murphy along in support, McCarthy had the presence of mind to offload to Murphy, who had the simplest of tasks of diving over for his side’s fourth and final try of the day to give the West Limerick side a resounding twenty four point victory over their more illustrious Senior hosts.

Abbey can be proud of their performance with their set pieces clearly being the highlight of the day. Four tries against a Senior outfit would have pleased both of Abbeys coaches and with eight tries now being scored in two games, it will further add confidence to the lads as they seek to finish the league campaign in winning fashion. Young fly half Cormac Roche,whose talent seems to shine brightly, marshalled both his forwards and backs well,ending the game with a personal haul of 14 points. The ball carrying displays of Kieran McCarthy, Liam O’Connor and John Browne were impressive, getting the lads over the gain line with ease. Abbeys defence proved to be solid also, with Bohs’ sole try being the only blip in an otherwise solid defensive effort. Next up for the lads is a tricky away trip to Waterford City in their penultimate league fixture. With two wins on the trot and eight tries scored in the process, the lads will travel with confidence, looking to eke out another win.

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

WINNING NUMBERS

3 – 5 – 9 – 31
NO WINNER
3 MATCH 3 WINNER’S €50
1. Breda & Mary C/o TJ’s
2. Breda Delee, C/o Ann Lyon’s
3. Pat Cahill, Mountcollins

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Willie Galvin, Shanbally
2. Breda Ahern, Shanbally
3. Geraldine Furlong, C/o Pallas Foods
4. Ann O’Connor, C/o Batt O’Connor Banard

Promoters prize to Maria Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 23rd February at The Rugby Club

Jackpot €3,150
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Thank you for your continued support.

Abbeyfeale 33
Newport 00

Abbey were made to work for their bonus point victory over a resilient Newport outfit on Sunday last, only securing the valuable bonus point at the latter stages of the contest. Indeed the home side made hard work for themselves by coughing up a number of prime scoring chances earlier on in the game. At a sun drenched Grove Grounds and in front of a large crowd, it was the home side that began the contest in a lively fashion. Abbey were first to gain a foothold in the set pieces with both their scrum and line outs functioning well, which enabled the home side to offer the first real threat in attack.

Abbey were the first to break the deadlock when Adam Roche dived over for his side’s first try of the day. Following a superb kick and chase from full back Cormac Roche, Newport desperately cleared their lines. A brilliant throw-in from hooker Kieran McCarthy to the tail end of the line out, was gathered by Philip Daly, before the home sides driving maul edged them closer to Newport’s line. As the maul progressed, prop Roche spotted a gap and broke from the base of the rolling maul, evading two tackles to dive over for a great opportunistic try, his second of the season, to the delight of the home crowd.

The home side soon followed up on that early score when captain Kieran McCarthy barged his way over for the home sides second try following a well drilled line out move straight from the training paddock.

The home side were not resting on their laurels and their dominance in the first half had Newport worried. Abbey, already secured of their status for next season, were playing with confidence and extended their lead when, following a turnover from a Newport scrum, Abbeys No.8 Liam McEnery picked and went blind before offloading to winger Tom McCarthy to dive over for the first of his two tries. With Cormac Roche duly converting the extras, Abbey now had a commanding 20-0 lead. Roche further added another three points when the home side were awarded a penalty from a rucking offence, just on the stroke of half time.

Abbey were now looking to press ahead after the half time interval and seek that all elusive try bonus point. Newport’s indiscipline was beginning to mount and with Abbeys Cormac Roche adding a further two penalties, the game as a contest was all but over. In a scene reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock film, a thickening fog began to descend over the ground, making playing conditions somewhat difficult. Newport, playing for pride, were effortlessly trying to breach the home sides line, but Abbeys defence was defiant in it’s resistance and the lure of keeping the Tipp side to a nil score line was motivating the home side even further. Newport’s task was made even more difficult when they had a player sin-binned with just ten minutes to go.

Abbey, now with a numerical advantage, sought to attack the Newport defence at will and with the clock ticking ever closer to full time, the home side were desperately trying to secure a fourth try. A break from replacement scrum half, Stevie Daly down the blindside had Abbey on the front foot. Daly, drew in a man before offloading to Pa Brislane who was bursting through with pace to break through a number of tackles. With ball being quickly recycled, it was spread wide going through hands, offloading superbly at will before Tom McCarthy found himself at the receiving end of the play, to dive over to secure his side’s fourth try and with that, a thoroughly deserved try bonus point. From a difficult angle outside, Cormac Roche magnificently added the extras to give Abbey a commanding 33-0 lead. Newport’s miserable day was further compounded when right near the end, they had a man sent off for verbal abuse.

With the bonus point and game secured, the home side again pressed ahead to finish off the game in style. A brilliant well executed kick through from winger Pa Brislane had the home team back inside the Tipp sides five metre line again, but the away side held firm to deny the Fealesiders with a late flourish.

Despite securing the try bonus point by scoring four well worked tries, the lads will reflect on the performance and realise that there were a few instances when their clinical prowess failed to deliver. Not to be over judgemental and diminish what was an efficient performance by all players involved, but opportunities when presented, should be ruthlessly taken as would be from an All Black team. However, this is just a minor part in what was an overall magnificent performance. The lads set pieces were fantastic with both the scrums and line outs functioning exceptionally well, causing all sorts of problems for the Tipp side. The game/ player management from Abbey coaches Eamonn Foley and Timmy Cotter have to be commended also. Their successful policy of rotating their front row has been evident to see with players such as Adam Roche and Mike Morrissey excelling, after benefiting from their well planned rest periods. The performances of the young brigade of John Murphy, Pa Brislane, Cathal Broderick and Cormac Roche shone throughout the game, with their youthful exuberance adding a new dimension to the team. With two games remaining, the lads will be looking to finish the season on a high and after Sunday’s performance, who would doubt them?

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

WINNING NUMBERS

5 – 7 – 20 – 21
NO WINNER
2 MATCH 3 WINNER’S €75
1. Bernard Broderick, Dromtrasna,
2. Ava Horgan, Dromtrasna

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Karen Harnett, Church Rd Templeglantine
2. Kelly Harnett, The Hill, Abbeyfeale
3. Batt O’Connor, C/o Jim Lanes
4. Karen Brown McKenna, Athea

Promoters prize to Garrett Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 16th February at John Mike’s Bar

Jackpot €3,000
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Thank you for your continued support.

Abbeyfeale 18
Thomond 28

Not to sound too dismissive of this competition, but it is fair to surmise that this Cup doesn’t fulfil the same sentiment as our previous counterparts had from years past. The inclusion of the more elite Senior clubs, albeit their second XV sides, does add quality and at times offers the so called ‘lesser’ clubs a somewhat ‘fairytale’ outing, but it can be argued about what are the prospects of a side from the lower half of the first division or indeed any club in the second division coming close to winning this competition? The senior clubs stranglehold on the Junior Cup is evident to see with only two out of the last fourteen finals having not been contested by a senior club. This stat is remarkable. Abbeyfeale do have history in this cup having previously won it on two occasions in the 60′s and agonisingly losing a third which would have seen them claim a three-in-a-row.

The pre-match build up to this game consisted of Thomond being favourites to win this cup outright. However, Abbey can be proud of their display and in some cases may feel that they were indeed unlucky not to claim a scalp, had it not been for their indiscipline and the clinical boot of the home sides scrum half who was imperious with his goal kicking display.

The home side were quick off the mark with two successive penalties after fifteen minutes of play. Abbey, however, soon replied when Tom Hassett slotted over his first kick of the day, but again the away sides indiscipline enabled the Thomond scrum half to keep the scoreboard ticking over and increase the gap to six points. Abbey though came back and following a great steal on the home sides line-out, they spread the ball wide, working through a number of phases. Abbey were determined to unlock the home sides defence and following a number of pick and drives, Brian Collins was on hand to dive over for the games first try after twenty-five minutes of play. Hassett duly converted from a difficult angle to put the Fealesiders ahead for the first time in the game.

The battle of the kicking scrum halves was intensifying with both exchanging a penalty each just before half time. Indeed, Abbey had a chance just on the stroke of half time, when after getting into a good striking position, a drop-goal was in sight. However, the opportunity went begging. Thomond dominated the proceedings in the early stages of the first half, but the away sides persistence was telling and very much kept them in the game. However, Abbeys ability to eradicate their penalty count needed to come to the fore, otherwise Thomond were quite content on punishing them.

Abbey started the second half in better fashion and almost made a breakthrough when they were awarded a line-out just shy of Thomonds 22, following a penalty. A great take from John Browne saw the ball shifted out wide. Abbey were looking for gaps but the home sides defence was remaining stern, even winning a penalty when the Abbeyfeale player was adjudged to have held on.

Thomond’s scrum half continued from where he left off from in first half by slotting over another two penalties in quick succession to leave Thomond 18-13 up after ten minutes of the second half. The home side were playing a patient game and were capitalising on Abbeys indiscipline. The breakthrough finally came when after sustained pressure on Abbeys defence, the home side finally managed to cross over for their first try of the day with the extras being magnificently converted by the Thomond No.9.

Abbey needed a response quickly and when they were awarded a penalty, they opted for touch just shy of Thomonds five metre line. A great take from John Browne saw the ball being spread wide before a switch in play to the blindside, found John Browne again before he drew in two defenders and offloading to the oncoming Stevie Daly who still had a lot to do before racing over for a wonderful try.

With the clock ticking away, Abbey desperately tried to muster up some scores, but Thomonds defence remained firm. The final nail in the coffin however, came when Abbey were penalised for a high tackle, and with Thomond adding the extras, it all but confirmed the result. Abbey were reduced to fourteen men later on but Thomond held on to grind out the win.

Despite not being given a chance before the start of the game, Abbeys performance has to be commended. It was indeed a solid performance with the set pieces functioning well. However, the away sides indiscipline was appalling to say the least, allowing Thomond to clinically convert seven out of nine penalty attempts, something which ultimately cost the lads a much deserved win. The Junior Cup is gone again for another year and some what disappointingly, falling at the first hurdle hurts. The lads will pick themselves up again for the next battle that awaits them.

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

WINNING NUMBERS

12 – 22 – 24 – 28
NO WINNER
1 MATCH 3 WINNER €150
Ann McSweeney, C/o Pallas Foods

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Aoife Ryan, C/o Jack Ryan’s Bar
2. Denis Broderick, Dromtrasna
3. Niamh Harnett, Kilconlea Upper
4. Nicky Bowden, Taxi

Promoters prize to Jack Ryan
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 9th February at The Rugby Club

Jackpot €2,850
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WINNING NUMBERS

1 – 4 – 5 – 31
NO WINNER
2 MATCH 3 WINNER’S €75 EACH
1. Smurf, C/o Garrett
2. Jamie & Claire Morris, C/o Donal & Ann’s

4 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Bernard Broderick, Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale
2. Irene Dillane, MountCollins,
3. Robert O’Connell, 72 Collins Park, Abbeyfeale
4. Michael McCarthy, C/o Pallas Foods

Promoters prize to Maria Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 2nd February at The Rugby Club

Jackpot €2,700
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Thank you for your continued support.

Abbeyfeale 13
Youghal 11

Abbey were under no illusions as to what might faced them when they entered the grounds of Youghal RFC on Sunday last. Buoyed by their impressive victory over Killarney last weekend, a victory that all but confirmed their division two status for next year, the lads were upbeat about their chances of securing another win. However, Youghal, in a precarious position in the table, were desperate to claim a scalp and ease their relegation worries. With just four points separating them and second from bottom, Killarney, and with only three league games remaining, a win of any sorts would have been greatly welcomed by the Cork side.

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.

Abbey were bereft of a number of players through injury and other commitments, but their focus and commitment in the early stages of the game were telling. A blistering start from the away side had them inside Youghals 22 and following a maul off a line out, the West Limerick side got to within inches of the Cork sides try line. With Abbey piling pressure on, a break from the base of the ruck saw Daniel Ward just come up agonisingly short. A five metre scrum followed and with Abbeys scrum dominating this set piece, Youghal were forced to concede a penalty. Abbey opted for the scrum again, but the home side turned it over before clearing their lines.

Abbey were soon back counter attacking again, when from a great steal from Daniel Ward at a line out, saw the away side barge their way up the middle. A sniping run from Tom Hassett around the fringe of the resultant ruck, allowed Abbey to gain valuable yards inside the home sides half. With Youghal desperately tracking back to defend, Abbey were awarded a penalty and the opportunity to register the games first points. Hassett duly obliged with his effort.

From the restart, Abbey found themselves in a spot of bother, when from a clearance kick, it went out on the full, leading to a line out all the way back on the away side 22. With Abbey forcing the turnover, a fantastic box kick clearance from Tom Hassett saw his side get from their own 22 to inside their oppositions 22. With Abbey now on the front foot, a steal from the mercurial Daniel Ward, his second in quick succession, gave his side a chance to work their way up through the middle through Mike Morrissey, who brushed off two would be tacklers before setting up a ruck. Abbey continued to pile the pressure on through a number of impressive pick and drives, and got within inches of the line before a knock on undone the impressive build up. With Abbeys scrum proving to be an asset again, they forced a turnover before the ball was quickly spread wide. A number of phases ensued before the ball found its way to Daniel Murphy who barged his way over for his side’s first try of the day. With Hassett converting the extras, it was just reward for the away side who were showing great urgency in unlocking the home sides defence.

A further try soon followed when Abbey opted for the line out following a penalty near Youghals ten metre line. The away side gained valuable yards through impressive carries from Adam Roche and Brian Collins, and when they found themselves just shy of the try line, Daniel Ward pounced, to dive over for Abbeys second try in a number of minutes.

Youghal were rattling from this early onslaught and were badly in need of a score before the game would end as a contest. Following a superb break from the home sides No. 8, Youghal were camped on Abbey’s five metre line, desperately trying to unlock the away sides defence. Abbey held firm, but were forced to concede a penalty when they were adjudged to have been offside. Youghal, now chasing the game, spurned the opportunity for three points, instead, opting for the line out on Abbey’s five metre line. A tremendous steal from Ward again, who was proving to be a constant thorn in Youghals side, allowed the away side to clear their lines just on the stroke of half time.

Abbey were clearly the far better side in the first half, with both their scrum and line-out dominating. Despite showing the better urgency, Abbeys composure and discipline at times were letting them down when a scoring opportunity presented itself.

With Youghal now having to chase the game, Abbey were quite content to peg the home back in their own half. Unperturbed by the score line, the home side were attacking at every opportunity putting the away side on the back foot for the first time in the game. Abbeys defence was holding firm though and was even forcing a number of turnovers, much to the delight of the travelling support.

With twenty minutes gone in the second half, Youghal finally managed to register their first points when they were awarded a penalty. With their out half duly converting, it closed the gap to ten points between the teams. Abbey regathered themselves and following a superb break from Jake Quirke at the base of a scrum, it had the away side camped insides Youghal half. The away sides momentum was telling and after a number of phases, they were awarded a penalty just in front of the uprights. A woeful miss at goal breathed a sigh of relief for the home side and when they themselves were awarded a penalty moments later, they closed the gap to within seven points with just under ten minutes remaining. Having carved out a draw at home the previous weekend, Youghal were attacking at will at the away sides defence. Abbey were being guilty of taking their foot off the gas and when Youghal’s efforts were rewarded with a try in the corner, it set up a tense finale. With the conversion having to come, all eyes descended upon the home sides kicker, who was left with the arduous task of claiming a last gasp draw. With the attempt just drifting wide, Abbey managed to run out the game to seal their second successive victory.

Despite Abbey impressing in the first half, they were guilty of allowing the opposition to come back into the game. The away side had a number of chances in the second half to close out the game,but again, their composure and discipline let them down in great scoring areas. The need to be clinical in these strike areas is imperative, especially against teams that are capable of scoring tries themselves. Abbey’s defence, to a large extent, must be commended. Youghal had the away side under the gosh for most of the last period of the game, but strong tackling from Daniel Murphy and his forwards keep the home side at bay until the last play of the game. It mightn’t have been pretty at times, but a ugly win is just as rewarding as a pretty one.

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

WINNING NUMBERS

1 -2 -8 – 14
NO WINNER
NO MATCH 3

5 LUCKY DIPS, €25 each
1. Karen & Paddy , Church Rd, Templeglantine
2. Ann O’Meara, Knockbrack, Abbeyfeale
3. TJ Mac, C/o Donal’s
4. Mary D Lane, The Hill, Abbeyfeale
5. Dominic Scanlon , C/o Jack Ryan’s

Promoters prize to Garrett Harnett
Next Week’s Draw on: Monday 26th January at The Rugby Club

Jackpot €2,550
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Thank you for your continued support.

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