Week ending Sunday 23rd September
|1st’s||Sat||22nd||17.30||Home||Tullamore||Leinster League Div.1A||L||25||~||10|
|2nd’s||Sat||22nd||16.00||Home||Tullamore||Seconds League Div.1A||L||68||~||15|
|u17’s||Sat||22nd||Home (reversed)||Ashbourne||N.E. League||W||36||~||8|
|u14’s||Fri||21st||Away||Skerries A||N.E. League||L||75||~||0|
Weekly Round Up W/E 23-10-2012
As is customary the 3rd XV don’t make an appearance until the season has been up and running for a few weeks and so no fixtures just yet. This allows the panel to continue to avail of the coaching and up-skilling opportunities at Mill Road on training nights of Tues and Thurs each week.
If you wish to try rugby or to return to rugby this is the place for you. Aidan is there every training night to welcome newcomers and ensure that you are introduced to all.
The photos of the 3rdXV away fixture with Newcastlewest at the end of last season will be up loaded to the 3rdXV section on the Senior section of the website and no doubt you will see familiar faces and some photos of our visit to Thomond Park.
As soon as fixtures are available they will be posted on this site and in the clubhouse for the attention of all aspiring 3rdXV players.
Dundalk’s 2nd XV were hit by injuries and return to college problems ever before they could select their team. However the team selected gave of their best and match experience will stand them in good stead as the season progresses. Missed tackles cost them dearly in this match and allowed Cill Dara to breach the Dundalk lines to finish ahead 36 – 5.
Will Matthews came off the bench to score Dundalk’s only try. There was also a great display from Will Lauaki in the centre. In the pack Tommy Thornton featured prominently at second row. Cill Dara took full advantage of any mistimed tackles and pressed home their advantages. Dundalk hope to have a more settled panel for the up coming games in the League and this will improve displays. The next outing is next weekend against Tullamore, who will be visiting the Mill Road. Kick off is at 1.30 and preceeds the 1st XV match. Do come along and support the 2nd’s, they would appreciate it.
Dundalk 2nd XV v Tullamore 2nd XV at Mill Road Sat next @ 1.30
Dundalk opened their Leinster League campaign on Saturday last against Cill Dara in Beechpark. This was Dundalk’s first outing since capturing the Mc Gowan Cup and Thomas Campbell captained the team, for the first time, in place of the injured Paul Meegan.
Dundalk needed to start well and after only five minutes, after a turn over ball, Campbell found Afa Fa’atau, who from his own 10 metre line sprinted up the pitch, drew two defenders, before offloading to Stephen Murphy, who dived over near the Cill Dara posts for the opening try. Ultan Murphy converted to put Dundalk 7 – 0 ahead. Dundalk conceded a penalty which Cill Dara converted to leave the score at 7 – 3. Dundalk stepped up the pace and but for some great tackling from Cill Dara would have added to their score. Fifteen minutes into the game, following six phases of ball carrying involving Greg Whately, John Smith and Ene Fa’atau space was created out wide and quick hands in the backs freed Fa’atau to side step the fullback and finish under the posts with Murphy converting again giving Dundalk a 14 – 3 lead.
Dundalk’s Sloan brothers were dominating the lineouts and frustration on the part of a Cill Dara defender gave Dundalk a penalty when he tackled Ciaran Sloan in the air. Ultan Murphy slotted his effort between the posts to increase Dundalk’s lead to 17 – 3.
Dundalk then seemed to take their foot off the gas and let Cill Dara back into the game. The home team’s Barry Kehoe found a gap and passed to Greg Burns who scored in the corner. The conversion was missed 17 – 8. A Cill Dara kick and chase was deemed to have been obstructed and the ensuing penalty left the score at17 – 11 in favour of Dundalk. Cill Dara encouraged by their scores came at Dundalk with renewed effort and aggression but this only resulted in a penalty fro Dundalk, which man of the match, Ultan Murphy slotted over to leave the half time score 20 – 11 to the visitors.
The second half started with the early concession of two more penalties by Cill Dara which Murphy duly put between the posts to leave Dundalk 26 – 11 ahead. Dundalk seemed to tire and lose concentration in the final quarter and tackles that were being made in the first half were being missed now.Cill Dara took advantage of the situation and broke up the field to score a converted try which took the score to 26 – 18.
Cill Dara piled on the pressure and a scrum near the Dundalk line allowed them to build a platform from which their winger crossed the Dundalk line in the corner. The conversion was missed leaving the score 26 – 23.
With ten minutes left, Dundalk, in their anxiety to hold on to the ball, conceded a penalty for off-side. Cill Dara succeeded with the kick leveling the scores 26 – 26.
Dundalk steadied themselves and Robert Williams got his hands on the ball, after a great kick off chase.This allowed Dundalk to put pressure on the Cill Dara defence and they were penalised for an off the ball tackle. Ultan Murphy stepped up to take the points and keep his 100% record on the day to give Dundalk the victory 29 – 26.
Next up Tullamore next Sat at Mill Road @ 3 o’clock. We need your support. Be there!
The club are holding a golf classic on Saturday 13th October which promises to be a great day out with tee times starting at 11am with a meal and prize presentation back at the club from 8pm. Teams of 3 cost €100 INCLUDING the evening meal which we believe represents exceptional value. Full details on the attached flyer.
Please come and join us on Saturday 13th October and give your club much needed support whilst also enjoying a great day and night’s craic.
Yours in Rugby
For Dundalk RFC
‘2011/2012 Season U10 Squad Trophy Winners
At the end of the Armagh Blitz on the 12th April, 2012, the following 7 players were awarded a ‘Best Skill’ trophy for performance in training and on match day. A Best Overall Player was then picked from the seven players chosen. The judging was based on the number of trophies awarded during the year (which is detailed in the table linked below), input by coaches and finally by a vote taken by all of the squad members. Congratulations to not just the trophy winners but to all of the boys on a great season and particularly a fantastic performance at Armagh Blitz. A total of 18 matches were played by our 3 teams with over a 90% winning stat for the day!.
- · Best Overall Player – Daragh Toner
- · Best Passer – Kieran McArdle
- · Best Tackler – Jonah Power
- · Best Rucker – James Toal
- · Best Mauler – Fionn Martin
- · Best Poacher – Elijah Faapito; and
- · Best Support Play – Jack Mulroy.’
Match Report Mc Gowan Cup Final Sat 8th Sept
Ashbourne were visitors to Mill Road on Sat last for the 2nd Leg of the Mc Gowan Cup Final. The first Leg had been played in Ashbourne the previous week with Dundalk coming out on top on a scoreline of 36 – 10.
A very large crowd was in attendance at Mill Road, as it was the club Open Day and the success of the day was reflected in the attendance for both the 1st’s and 2nd’s matches against Ashbourne opposition. The glorious weather added to the enjoyment of all.
Dundalk started slowly and Ashbourne got off the mark with a penalty. The Ashbourne team was a much changed fifteen fron the previous week and were hungry for a win. Some home team indiscipline led to two further penalties with only one converted.Fifteen minutes into the match Dundalk made the breakthrough, working the ball through several phases releasing speedy winger Robbie Shields to score the first try with Ultan Murphy slotting over the conversion to give the home team the lead.
Ashbourne proved themselves tough opponents with strong running and good handling bringing them closer to the Dundalk line but great tackling from Stephen Martin and Greg Whately kept them out. Clever kicking from Ultan Murphy followed by an improving lineout stretched the Ashbourne defence allowing player coach Ene Fa’atau to power over under the posts wiyh Murphy converring to increase the Dundalk lead to 14 – 6.
Dundalk seemed to find their rhythm at this point with front rowers Grey and Farrell leading by example. The scrum was supplying good ball to the backs through scrum half Thomas Campbell. Campbell provided a super pass to hard running second row Conor Beattie who touched down under the posts for Dundalk’s third try of the match. Again Murphy converted leaving the half time score at 21 – 6 to the home team.
The second half was a scrappier affair with Dundalk making scoring chances but not finishing them off probably due to early season match rustiness. Ashbourne forced their way back into the game to bring the score at the hour to 21 – 13. Five minutes later, taking advantage of the smallest of gaps, Fa’atau sidestepped the opposition full back and slid in for another Dundalk try which went unconverted leaving the score 26 – 13. Ashbourne got a late try to leave the final score at 26 – 20 in favour of Dundalk.
Dundalk Captain, Paul Meegan, lifted the Mc Gowan Trophy for the first time in 12 years for Dundalk.
Well done to all concerned.
Team: R. Williams, R. Shields, R. O’Hagan, S. Murphy, E. Fa’atau, U. Murphy, T. Campbell, R. Farrell, J. Grey, J. Smyth, D. Sloan, C. Beattie, P. Meegan [Capt}, S. Martin, G. Whately. Subs: C. Brannigan, C. Sloan, C. Scully, J. Williams
1st XV News
Dundalk 1st XV start their Leinster League Division 1A campaign next weekend, away to Cill Dara on Saturday 15th with a 7.15 kick off. Training is Tues and Thurs at 7.30. Full attendance please. Travel arrangements will be settled on Thurs.
2nd XV Jenkinson Cup Group1
Dundalk played Ashbourne in a Jenkinson Cuo match on Sat last at Mill Road. A large crowd was in attendance as it was Open day at the Club. The 2nd XV defeated Ashbourne 46 – 20.
2nd XV News
The next fixture for the 2nd XV is against North Meath at Mill Road is on Sunday next with k.o. at 3.00 pm. Training on Tues and Thurs at 7.30. Don’t be late!
3rd XV News
Again no fixture this weekend but comprehensive coaching and training will be at the usual time onTues and Thurs. Newcomers always welcome. Aidan is always there to meet and greet and ensure a warm welcome.
Sat 8th Sept No fixture this weekend, Supporting 1st’s and 2nd’s at Mill Road. Training Tues & Thurs 7.30. Start or revive your Rugby career with us! Newcomers welcome always!