Shannon R.F.C. Weekly Notes Week Ending: 09/04/17
Firsts XV: AIL v Ballymena – 15/04/17 - Ballymena – 2.30pm
Seconds XV: N/A
Thirds: Webb Cup Semi-Final v Old Crescent - 15/04/17 - Coonagh - 12:30pm
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It was a busy weekend this weekend as all senior teams bar our Firsts took to the pitch in the later stages of their Cup competitions. The Firsts lined out to take on Buccaneers in the last All Ireland League home game of the season. The lads were unlucky in the match that ended 19-13 to Buccaneers, however the First played a great, high intensity game and managed to secure a losing bonus point. The season has passed by in a flash this year and this weekend already sees us at our final league match away to Ballymena!
Our Thirds were in Webb Cup action where they took on St. Mary’s/Richmond. The match was a closely fought affair as cup rugby often is, with the lads digging in deep and coming away with the win after tries from Billy Supple, Dara O’Doherty and Mark Leonard, Dara O’Doherty was also on hand to slot over two conversions. The final score read 19-17 to the Thirds who will now advance to the Webb Cup semi-final v Old Crescent this weekend. If you aren’t travelling to Ballymena this weekend please come out to Coonagh to support the Thirds, there have been some fantastic games from them this season with some great rugby on display.
Our Ladies travelled to Bandon to take them on in the Munster Cup semi-final. Both sides met previously just three weeks ago, in the League third/fourth place play off so both had a good idea of what to expect. The ladies had a changed side from previous encounters as injuries forced some of the starters to the sidelines however they opened the score line early with Ciara Casey O’Halloran going over for an 8th minute try converted by Valerie power. A front-row injury to Bandon saw the scrums go uncontested and Bandon were quick to gain a penalty soon afterwards. Tracey Collopy was next to get a score from a good passage of play from Aisling Duhig and Tracy Lawlor and the half time score read 12-3. Lea O’Dwyer got points on the board early in the second half running in a try after 5 minutes. With the front row returning to play, the scrums went back to fully contested and Lea O’Dwyer was quick off the mark to add another try to her tally. Valerie Power was in great kicking form and converted all but one of the tries leaving the final score 26-3. The ladies now advance to the final where they will take on Thurles in Nenagh on the 23/04/17.
It was heartbreak for the seconds in the Transfield Cup final, played in Thomond Park on Sunday against Richmond. Richmond were the first to get points on the board slotting over a penalty in the first ten minutes. This was closely followed by a Shannon try coming from a blocked down clearance kick in the Richmond 22, allowing Gervin Roussow to run in a great try under the posts. This went unconverted putting Shannon 5-3 in the lead. After putting pressure on Shannon, and launching a sustained attack on the our 10, Richmond were awarded a penalty; which was a miss, just wide of the posts. We kicked off but the ball went out on the full, allowing Richmond a lineout on our 10. They spread the ball and brought it to our 22 where they were awarded another penalty for a high tackle, just in front of the posts. Richmond were sure of it, bringing the score to 6-5. A short time later, we were awarded a penalty for a late hit, the penalty was a miss and the score remained the same. Tadhg Bennett was the next to get points on the board as he dropped a carefully aimed drop goal from just inside the Shannon half, pushing out Richmond’s lead to 9-5. Conor Beary was dangerous in defence was pulled off some great poaches allowing Shannon launch an organsied attack. A bruising first half saw plenty of scrums with both sides attacking hard whenever they had ball in hand, neither side budged and the score remained 9-5. Richmond opened the second half with a converted try under the posts, extending their lead to 16-5. Minutes later, they followed up with a peanlty bringing the score to 19-5. A tackle off the ball saw a yellow card for Shannon. Richmond capatilised on this and went in for another converted try, 26-5. The next few phases saw fantastic defence from Shannon after which we turned over the ball and crashed over the line, for a try that was unfortunately held up. All was not lost however and we followed up well from the next phase sending Marcus McManemy over the line for a great converted try bringing the score to 26-12. As the minutes wound down, Shannon were attacking and looking dangerous. They crossed the line in the last play for a converted try from Evan O’Connor leaving the final score 26-19 to Richmond. To credit the lads, it was a toughly fought match and they kept the pressure on until the last minute. There was great heart and determination shown, the result just didn’t go our way on the day. Well done to Richmond on a closely fought affair.
Best of luck to Shannon U14's who are heading to Turin on Good Friday to participate in the "Lo Smemorato" tournament hosted by Collegno Rugby. Collegno Rugby participated in our first Good Friday tournament back in 2015 and their teams were hosted by many of the Shannon RFC families. Pictured is U14 captain Konrad Jezierski receiving the tour kit from senior captain Lee Nicholas and Duncan Casey. The u14s had a great game this weekend in the Cup quarter final and emerged from their match v UL Bohs with an impressive 47-14 scoreline!
Tomorrow is a big day in our Club Calendar as we again host the Good Friday Rugby Festival. This is the third year of the festival, and will be our biggest tournament to date. In Coonagh, we will host 35 teams and over 700 players from clubs all over Ireland. This festival is fast becoming the largest mini rugby festival in Munster and is now a very important date for the club. As you can image, many hours of preparation for this event have been spent by the committee over the last number of months and we are very grateful to Aidan Duggan for leading this project each year. The first games start at 11:00am and it will be non-stop rugby and entertainment until 3pm so come out and support all the players it is always a really enjoyable event!!
Summer is just around the corner. Registration is now open for our Shannon RFC Summer Camp for boys and girls age 5 to 13. You can register in the cabin from Good Friday until the end of the season email firstname.lastname@example.org, PM the Shannon Underage Facebook page or text Mike McInerney at 086 – 8064179. See attached document for more information.
The Race Night is quickly looming and it won’t be long until the 21st of April rolls around. Mark the date in your calendar and come along to O’Driscoll’s Bar Corbally. If you are interested in sponsoring a race, or putting an advert in our programme let me know and I will forward your information.
The lotto for the last week showed no winners.
For the 06th of April, the numbers drawn were; 11, 16, 17, 18 and consolation prizes of €50 went to:
Bridie O’Donnell c/o Paddy Tobin
Holly Cavanagh c/o John Tobin
Mary Dalton c/o Joe Cleary
Next week’s draw is for €6,300 and will be held in O’Driscoll’s Bar on the 13th April.
Updated 22:59 - 20 Apr 2017 by Katie McCloskey