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For Dundalk RFC
DUNDALK 1stXV LEINSTER TOWNS PLATE CHAMPIONS
Dundalk travelled to Ashbourne RFC to take on Newbridge RFC to contest the final of the Leinster Towns Plate on Friday night in a fixture that was arranged late in the week. Dundalk were well prepared for this game, training and playing over the season. They had encountered Newbridge twice already this season in the League, losing to them 13 -11 at Mill Road in November but beating them well in February 64 – 24 in Newbridge. Both teams were more than anxious to have some silverware at the end of a long hard season and this was the final opportunity for them so a tough encounter was anticipated. The supporters of both sides were loud in their support for their teams throughout an exciting and enjoyable match.
Dundalk started with great intent with Chris O’Hanlon taking the kick off very well and the ball was let out the line but an unfortunate pass left Newbridge with a lineout. We took that lineout and Ultan Murphy kicked to touch on the half way line. From the lineout, a scrum followed, which we took and after a number of phases we were awarded a penalty which Ultan kicked with unerring accuracy to leave is 3 – 0 up after five minutes.
Newbridge succeeded in taking the kick off but strong tackling by Johnny Williams stopped their progress. However they were awarded a penalty for us not releasing. They opted to kick but the ball was taken by Ene Fa’atau who found Afa Fa’atau who made a great break before getting Owen Mc Nally going at speed. Owen was tackled unfairly and Ultan added a second penalty 6 – 0 on ten minutes. Laurence Steen took the kick off and set up another Afa and Owen move but Newbridge were awarded a penalty from an ensuing ruck, which they kicked well into the Dundalk twenty two for a lineout. They took the lineout and from the ruck a quick ball saw them score a try through a gap which opened up in the centre of the Dundalk defence. 6 – 5 on 14th minute with Newbridge not converting.
The kickoff was followed up well and the play went through rucks and phases with Dundalk having a good break after good hands from Gerry Scully. Again we got a penalty which Ultan knocked over 9 – 5 after 16 minutes. Newbridge were then awarded a penalty for an offside by Dundalk and their kicker was more successful on this occasion 9 – 8 on the twenty minute mark.
Dundalk got a scrum on the kick off. Ene picked and drove but Newbridge won the ball which they kicked into our twenty two. Ultan returned the kick and Newbridge were penalised for offside. T.C. kicked to the Newbridge ten metre line and from the lineout Newbridge were again penalised, this time for hands in the ruck. Ultan stepped up and again put the ball between the posts 12 – 8 on twenty eight minutes. At this stage the referee spoke to both captains about contesting the rucks.
Johnny Williams took the kick off and found Ultan, who made a clever kick ahead only to see Owen Mc Nally tackled without the ball short of the Newbridge line. From a lineout Paul Meegan scored a try for his team after a powerful drive and maul. Ultan converted leaving Dundalk leading 19 – 8 after thirty minutes.
Dundalk took the kick off and a super attack involving great handling by Owen, Ene, M.J.Mc Kevitt and Johnny Williams saw Dundalk awarded a scrum close to the Newbridge line. Newbridge were reduced to fourteen men at this point with their prop sin binned for an offence in the ruck. Dundalk scrummed well and T.C., Ene and Laurence worked the ball well to see Owen in for another Dundalk try which Ultan converted 26 – 8 to Dundalk in the thirty ninth minute. Dundalk continued to press the Newbridge line with Johnny and Owen to the fore. The half finished with another wonder penalty from Ultan for a scrum offence by Newbridge 29 – 8 at half time.
The first twenty minutes of the second half saw a resurgent Newbridge really put it up to Dundalk with wave after wave of attacking play. Some poor hands saw Dundalk get a lineout. From the lineout Afa kicked ahead twice in the same move but unfortunately it only led to a Newbridge dropout. Newbridge were penalised for putting the ball into the second row of a scrum. Dundalk tipped and went using Afa and Johnny to great effect. Newbridge were then awarded a penalty, Dundalk entering a ruck from the side. They kicked for touch and from the follow-up play were awarded another penalty which their No9 slotted over 29 – 11.
Both sides continued to handle, tackle and drive with a great spirit. Dundalk lost M.J. with a cut, with Stephen Murphy replacing him. Robbie Farrell was replaced by John Smith. Newbridge were making a supreme effort at this stage of the game and from a scrum, after strong pressure on the Dundalk five metre line, Newbridge again scored a try through the middle of the Dundalk defence which their No9 converted 29 – 18. Newbridge tails were up and they really took the game to Dundalk. The scrummage was now a focus for both teams and great credit is due to the Dundalk pack for the way they stood up to the pressure. Rucking was not for the faint hearted and both teams used the rucks well to launch attacks. Dundalk were awarded a penalty from a ruck which T.C. kicked to touch. Dundalk were given a scrum for a knock on and superb handling kept the ball alive and saw Afa make one super hit. Another Dundalk penalty saw T.C. kick us into the Newbridge twenty two, a move which culminated in a penalty for us for a maul offence by Newbridge. Ultan added to his tally 32 – 18.
The kick off was knocked on, on the Dundalk ten metre line and from the scrum Newbridge saw themselves robbed by a great Stephen Murphy tackle. He was then penalised for holding and Newbridge continued to ruck and run at every opportunity. After a knock on, T.C. found a touch on the half way line. From the scrum Newbridge got a penalty which they kicked out on the full so scrum back to Dundalk which Newbridge took but knocked on. In an ensuing ruck Stephen Martin did great work on the ground to be awarded a penalty for Dundalk. Ultan again did the necessary 35 – 18 on the forty fourth minute of the second half.
As the match entered its final seconds Robin Mc Gee sold a super dummy, made ground and was awarded a penalty. Ever alert, T.C. kicked cross field to an unmarked Robbie Williams who touched down for a great inventive score. Ultan Murphy again put the ball between the posts to complete one of the best displays of kicking seen for some time, 42 – 18 — Plate winners Dundalk.
Every player on the panel played their socks off to achieve this result for the club and each and every one of them was a credit to us. We thank them for their commitment this season and acknowledge the great work done by the coach and his team and it is wonderful to see some very skilful home grown talent get the just reward for their efforts and for the efforts of the many people who coached and encouraged them over the years, particularly those involved this year, a year of many transitions.
The Plate was presented after the game and there were great scenes of joy with players, mentors and supporters congratulating each other and savouring the moment. No doubt further celebrations will be scheduled so that all can add their congratulations.
DUNDALK: U.Murphy, G. Scully, O. McNally, M.J.Mc Kevitt, A. Fa’atau, J.Williams, T.Campbell, C.Brannigan, J.Grey, R.Farrell, P.Meegan [Capt.} ,C.O’Hanlon,L.Steen, E.Fa’atau, S.Martin, J.Smith, R.McGee, R.Shields, R.Williams,S.Murphy.
Heartbreak for our gallant 3rd XV
The 3rd’s made the long journey to Tullamore to take on the locals in the semi final of the Anderson Cup also on Friday night last. This was not an easy ask for a Friday night, with the work and college commitments of panel members but fair deuce to all who showed, particularly Brian Crosbie, who flew back from U.K. work commitments for the game.
Supporters were thin on the ground with just mentors and some family members there to witness the valiant efforts of the team to bring us to another final this season but it was not to be.
The first half saw Dundalk put it up to a strong and experienced Tullamore team. We challenged hard in the pack but were unlucky to concede a try to the home eight after fifteen minutes, following a knock on. 5 – 0 to Tullamore. Dundalk were then awarded a penalty but Aidan Reilly was unable to make it count. Ten minutes from half time Dundalk were awarded another penalty and this time Chopper made no mistake 5 – 3. Just on the stroke of half time Tullamore’s left winger scored a second try which they again failed to convert leaving the half time score 10 – 3. This news was conveyed to Ashbourne as there was ongoing communication between the mentors and supporters of both our teams in action on the night.
The members in Ashbourne were hoping for a better second half for their 3rd ‘s and they need not have worried as Dundalk took to the field for the second half focused on winning the encounter. Dundalk were awarded a penalty fifteen minutes into the second half which Chopper slotted over to leave the game at 10 – 6.
In the move of the match a long kick ahead by Tullamore was fielded excellently by Chopper in his own twenty two and he charged forward the length of the field to score the Dundalk try. Chopper converted the try after he recovered from his run 13 – 10 to Dundalk. Dundalk held out well as the clock ticked down. However in the last play of the game, deep in overtime, Tullamore scored in the left hand corner after a lineout. They missed the conversion and the referee blew immediately for full time. 15 – 13 to Tullamore. This was so near and such a heartbreak for this very gallant, honest and committed group of players.
John White, Brian Crosbie and Dermot Laide were the pick of the pack with Conor Kane leading by example as captain. Bernard Culleton made a telling contribution when he came on in the second half. In the backs Pierce Campbell did really well with Kieran Lenihan impressing when he came on early in the game for Rory O’Hagan, whose hamstring had not fully healed. This leaves scorer in chief, Chopper, who put all Dundalk’s points on the board and kept us in the game to the very end and was man of the match.
This 3rd panel show what is good about rugby. They are committed, they fight for one another and they have trained very well for this cup run. As you would expect they are a good mix of youth and experience and you will see this reflected in the team sheet. Aidan and John deserve great credit for the support they give this group and no doubt we will see more of most of them on the field next season.
Dundalk: R.O’Hagan, P.Campbell, W.Matthews, R.Mc Ardle, D.Guest, A.Reilly, S. Byrne, J.White, J.Kerr, D.Laide, C.Kane, B.Crosbie, A. Byrne, K.Fearon, C.McGee, B. Culleton, E. Whelan, K.Lenihan, N.Kerley, S.Smyth, C Myles.
As these are the final reports of this season I would like to thank all who supplied the info for the website and to remind those who promised but couldn’t remember that more will be expected next season. Particular thanks is Due to Greg Donaghy of Global Media Garden, who corrected errors and omissions prior to uploading the reports. I hope that those who read the items have enjoyed them and that they keep you in touch with the club teams and their outings. This will be someone else’s task next season, so I wish them well.
Dundalk girls finished of their Tag rugby season in a intensely fought blitz in Virginia Rugby Club. The girls arrived at Virginia keen to finish the season on the massive high that has been their form this season. Strong competition faced them with Virginia fielding two teams along with the fast paced Ardee girls. The games were a brilliant show in defence with superb tagging by Dundalk girls throughout. It was a huge team effort, with new girls to the season, Sadhbh McDonnell, Libby Turnbull and Orlagh Conway saving some of their best defensive play of the season for this blitz.
Seasoned players Ellen O’Hara, Ruth Hanna and Zoe Valentine had the centre covered and skillful passes kept Dundalk ahead throughout all their games. Meadhbh O’Callaghan had the game of her season, nothing getting past her defence in the corner. Jessica and Deborah Malone also gave it their all Dundalk sailed through to the playoff against Virginia but with few subs against a surplus of rested Virginia players with fresh legs they were pipped at the post by one try, much to their disappointment. The blitz was an intensely physical encounter for the girls, several receiving knocks and injuries in the games, this only added to their determination.Their overall performance was an outstanding team effort from a team that has come together brilliantly over the season, each with individual strengths. Captain on the day was the capable Aoife Malone.
Team Manager Sharon Toal, coaches Suzanne Flynn, Linda Valentine, Maria Cartwright and Chris Scully were thrilled with their finish to the season, and immensely proud of their achievements in the North Leinster League this year.
Dundalk: Aoife Malone (Captain), Ellen O’Hara, Ruth Hanna, Meadhbh O’Callaghan, Zoe Valentine, Jessica Malone, Deborah Malone, Aoife Craven, Sadhbh McDonnell, Orlagh Conway, Libby Turnbull.
Dundalk Sharks Under 9s made the early Sunday morning trip to Skerries RFC for an end of season blitz. It has been well documented that the Under 9s have been on fire this season, winning all their matches in the Metro League, however Skerries have proven to be their bogey side in the past so the boys were determined to put in a good display and prove their credentials beyond doubt. Dundalk fielded 2 teams initially, the Black Sharks and White Sharks, but a third team ~”the Silver Sharks” were thrown together at the last minute following a suggestion from Sherries coach Shane.
The Black Sharks were first into action against a very physical and powerful Boyne side. Boyne made their presence felt from the off, but some slick passing and running lead to Jack Gilbourne opening the scoring making it 1-0 Dundalk. From the restart some fantastic tackling and ripping from Laurence Jones and Ronan McDonnell set up Sam Malone for a trademark effort to make it 2-0. A swift Boyne reply made it 2-1, immediately answered when Fiacra O’Gorman drove through the Boyne defence with Sam Malone recycling the ball from the ensuing ruck and making it 3-1. Again Boyne responded swiftly using the direct route and taking advantage of their vastly superior physicality, reducing the deficit to a solitary try yet again. Kieran McArdle then announced his arrival into the game with an excellent solo run try to make it 4-2 and after another Boyne riposte, he scored again after great forward play from Ronan McDonnell to make the score 5-3. In keeping with the pattern of the game Boyne scored again, reducing the deficit to 5-4 at half time. An absorbing and bruising encounter for both sides. The Black Sharks started the second half in style, with 4 unanswered tries coming from Sam Malone and Kieran McArdle, who scored two each as the Sharks moved into a commanding 9-4 lead. Although Boyne rallied hard in the closing stages, they would only add two more tries, leaving a final score of 9-6 to the Black Sharks and a commanding victory.
Match 2 for the Black Sharks was against Navan and the scoreline probably disguised a competitive, bruising encounter. However it can’t be denied that the Black Sharks were superior from start to finish. The first score in the match came late into the match which typified how fiercely fought it was, but when the first one came, scored brilliantly by Conal O’Callaghan, the second soon followed, a brilliant run and finish by Sam Malone. Navan then pulled one back but it was all Sharks from then on with Robert Malone getting an excellent try and Kieran McArdle finishing the scoring making it 4-1. Laurence Jones and Ronan McDonnell lead from the front with some fine tackling, turnovers and competing at the breakdown.
The final match was against old nemesis Skerries and the Black Sharks showed how far they have come under the guidance of Jason, Fergus and the team. Fantastic rucking by Laurence Jones and Ronan McDonnell created a great try for Laurence Jones. Skerries barely had time to draw breath before that man Kieran McArdle touched down yet again to make it 2-0. Then Ronan McDonnell got a well earned third for the Sharks to go 3-0 ahead which capped off a good performance on the day for him. Skerries then came back into the match with 2 unanswered tries to make it 3-2 and they were starting to sense an unlikely comeback. However, Kieran McArdle was having none of that, the man of the match capping off a fine days play with 2 excellent tries and although Skerries did manage to pull one back, the score ended Dundalk Black Sharks 5, Skerries 3. A clean sweep for the Black Sharks!
The White Sharks commenced their proceedings against Balbriggan and showed no mercy. The final score of 11-1 didn’t flatter the White Sharks as they finished off their opponents with clinical ruthlessness. Notable for the White Sharks was fantastic competing at the breakdown, rucking, turnovers and tackling from the likes of Fionn Duffy, Lorcan Ticehurst, Jonny Jones and Aaron McGuinness Smith. The tries in the match were scored by Ciaran Tiernan (2), Fionn Duffy (2), Niall Brennan (3), Leo MacRuairi, James O’Connor (2), Aaron McGuinness Smith (2),
Next up were the Boyne side that were fresh from a bruising encounter with the Black Sharks and were sure to provide a sterner test, and so it proved. Lorcan Ticehurst continued his excellent play on the day with the first try of the match, but in a typically bruising encounter Boyne just edged a 2-1 half time lead and it was up to coach Hugh to inspire his troops for the second half. His team talk worked as the boys came out inspired as a sumptuous try from Lorcan Ticehurst and further tries from Aron McEvoy, James O’Connor and Fionn Duffy, together with some outstanding defensive play when their backs were against the wall lead to an excellent 5-3 win for the White Sharks.
Onto the final match of the day against Navan and once again the White Sharks ran out convincing winners. Like the Black Sharks earlier the 4-0 scoreline didn’t reflect the ferocity of a competitive match and the tries from Fionn Duffy, Aaron McGuinness Smith, Aron McEvoy and James O’Connor were scored on the back of excellent rucking play, tackling and mauling from the likes of Jonny Jones, Fionn Duffy and Leo MacRuairi, who had a fantastic game. A clean sweep from the White Sharks, which made it 6 out of 6 for Dundalk on the day.
The Silver Sharks were assembled late in the day and had little time to prepare, but nonetheless coach Paul McEvoy and the lads put in a good showing with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss from their 3 encounters.
Overall the year finished on a high for the undefeated “Invincible” Under 9 Sharks and the boys are looking forward to next season already, every one of the boys this year have been a credit to the coaches, their families and the club.
Dundalk RFC had the honour to host the Leinster U11 Coyle Mini Rugby Festival on a sunny Saturday 20th April morning, and laid on a great welcome and tournament for all the players and visitors who made the Journey up the M1.
2O U11 Clubs from all over Leinster were present on the day, with over 300 players participating. Well done to New Ross from the sunny south east who were on the road to Dundalk before 7am.
A ‘Barbarians’ type team with a player from each club present at the Festival was assembled on the morning, and this team as predicted, raised a few eyebrows when they began to find their form, narrowly losing out whilst running in 3 tries in their third and last match Vs Mullingar.
There is no Silverware cups or knockouts at Minis rugby level. All the players are included and are winners. The emphasis is on fun and participation and every player went home with a well earned Leinster medal.
Lots of happy kids, coaches and parents afterwards, where lots of new friendships were made on the day, ably catered for and looked after by the Club on the Hill, who ran a first class Festival.
Dear Members and Friends,
I am delighted to present links to the podcasts of the 6 parts of The Club on the Hill Documentary. Please find attached an open thank you letter from Geraldine to the club and all who assisted her on her documentary making journey. On behalf of the club I would like to wholeheartedly thank Geraldine for her tireless efforts in bringing this excellent piece of work together, it is greatly appreciated. Please find attached the links to the podcasts, they will be available on the club website www.dundalkrfc.com in due course.
Please find links below:
1. Dundalk Rugby Football Club – The History of the Club – by Geraldine Kierans. http://goo.gl/fb/B2oYp
2. Dundalk Rugby Football Club – Rugby Culture and Life – by Geraldine Kierans. http://goo.gl/fb/Kmhaf
3. Dundalk Rugby Football Club – Robert Shackleton – by Geraldine Kierans. http://goo.gl/fb/OU2di
4. Dundalk Rugby Football Club – The 2011 Town’s Cup – by Geraldine Kierans. http://goo.gl/fb/MIUc4
5. Dundalk Rugby Football Club – The Club Today – by Geraldine Kierans. http://goo.gl/fb/PqO37
6. Dundalk Rugby Football Club – Interview with Rob and Dave Kearney http://fb.me/1DLzaPlCR
Yours in Rugby,
For Dundalk RFC
Club On The Hill Letter from Dundalk FM
Dear Members and Friends,
A fantastic rugby season is sadly drawing to a close, but we are determined to see it out in style with our End of Season Band Night on Saturday week, April 27th. We would call on all Parents, Friends and Coaches to come and make what has become a traditional end of season outing a fitting end to a great season. Once again the fantastic Conor Hughes and The Willing Fools will be playing, which always brings the house down, followed by a DJ until the early hours. Tickets available from Sabrina, Tommy, or any of the committee members, cost €10.
We look forward to seeing you on the night, details on the attached flyer.
For Dundalk RFC
Dear Members and Friends,
Our 1st team will attempt to round off a successful season in style by winning the Towns Plate Final tomorrow night at 8pm in Ashbourne RFC. The lads have put in a great effort this year and we hope as many of you as possible will try and make the trip tomorrow night to cheer on the lads to victory, your support is greatly appreciated.
The 3rds are also in action in Tullamore in the Anderson Cup Semi Final at 8:15 and if any of you can make it to support the lads will greatly appreciate it also.
Good luck to both teams in what are two big games for the club!
For Dundalk RFC
€401 P.J Dooley
€100 (606) Paddy Hughes
€100 Charlie Kavanagh
€401 Brian Crosbie
€100 Pat Hanna
€100 Orla McMahon
€401 Kenny Dorian
€100 T.C Campbell
€100 James McConnell
€401 Owen McNally
€100 Patrick F Murphy
€100 Aidan Donnelly
Dundalk continued their involvement in the Provincial Towns Plate with a comprehensive win over visitors Clondalkin at Mill Road on Sunday last.
Dundalk scorers were T.C., who scored the first try, Gerard Scully scored the second try with Owen Mc Nally scoring two to keep up his recent good run of form. John Smith scored the final Dundalk try and Chris O’Hanlon was very unlucky not to add to Dundalk’s tally when he was just held up by the opposition tacklers.
Ultan Murphy had a good day with the boot converting all the tries bar one and also slotting over a penalty. Dundalk won 36 – 0.
As I write. the date and time of the Plate Final with Newbridge is being finalised so keep an eye on your texts and e-mails for notification of time and venue, which could be sooner rather than later as Newbridge are involved in the semi final of the Seconds Towns Cup.
Aidan Mulrooney will bring his 3rd’s team to Tullamore on Friday night next for a challenging semi final encounter with Tullamore in the Anderson Cup competition. Tullamore overcame Athboy 10 – 8 last weekend in a close game at Navan RFC.
We wish both our panels the very best in their endeavours over the next week and we hope to see some reward for their efforts over the season.