1961 Start of the Munster Junior Cup (MJC) Journey

** Notes for younger readers:
Try 3pts, Conversion 2pts, Pen 3pts,
No substitutions allowed even for injured players. (1968 injury replacements, 1996 tactical replacements)

Strong start to first season

Abbeyfeale RFC have started their first season as a club superbly well.
From the first 18 games of the season the record stands at 12 Wins 2 Draws 4 Losses.

Up next they have Round 1 of MJC v Killarney

Abbeyfeale versus Killarney MJC R1 1961 Match Preview

MJC R1: Abbeyfeale 11 Killarney 6

A first game in the MJC and a first win.
Next up in Round 2 is Mallow …

Abbeyfeale versus Killarney MJC R1 1961 Match Report

Abbeyfeale Team versus Killarney MJC R1 1961

MJC R2: Abbeyfeale 19 Mallow 3

Round 2 and another win. Mallow comprehensibly beaten by an in form Abbeyfeale side.
Next up in the Area Final is Castleisland …

MJC Semi-Final Abbeyfeale versus Shannon Preview

This amazing run in the MCJ to the semi-finals has captured the imagination of the press.
No first year club has ever won it, and with the way Abbeyfeale are playing history looks possible.


MJC SF: Shannon 3 Abbeyfeale 0

Abbeyfeale bow out to eventual winners Shannon.
On the day they had the chances to win but several missed kicks left a more experienced Shannon side off the hook.


Club AGM 1961

And so it was at the semi-final stage of the MCJ that the adventure ended in 1961 for this new club.
However this would be no one year wonder. The Abbeyfeale lads now believed they could win it as was noted at that years AGM.