3rdXV News Sat 22nd Sept

3rdXV News Sat 22nd Sept

There is actual news this week for all our 3rdXV players old and new. There is a strong rumour that a fixture listing for the 3rd XV’s will issue this coming week. Teams withdrawing from competition and teams seeking admission have caused some delay in putting a fixture programme in place. However it is hoped that all problems will be addressed in the next few days and then the fixtures list will issue.


As games are imminent, Coach John Mc Kevitt is anxious to see all the players at training so that some preparations for the season can begin. Coaching is on Tues and Thurs nights and all are welcome. Aidan is there every night to see that all get a proper welcome so do come along and show us your stuff !

Match Report for 2nd XV against Tullamore on Sat 22nd Sept @ Mill Road

Tullamore were the visitors on Sat last and their experienced 2nd’s panel overwhelmed a young Dundalk outfit who are just finding their feet at this level. There is a good future for this team but the transition period will bring it’s ups and downs as they gather experience.


The Tullamore fifteen started this match with great intent and within fifteen minutes were 21-3 ahead. For their first try the referee did not spot the linesman’s flag and allowed play to go on resulting in a try for the Tullamore number13 which was converted. From the kick off they gathered the ball and scored a breakaway try, again converted. Dundalk were awarded a penalty for offside and Donal Clare slotted it over, giving Dundalk some hope. However Tullamore came straight back with another converted try.In the 28th minute they added another converted try.


Dundalk,in fairness to them, kicked a penalty to touch and from the ensuing lineout drove towards the Tullamore line. David Mc Gee got over for a try which Sam Mulligan converted. The kick off did not go the requisite 10 metres and from the scrum Dundalk pressed with a kick ahead which went dead. Dundalk were awarded a penalty for an offside but Sam Mulligan’s effort was just wide. This was a good period of the game for Dundalk with Donal Clare kicking well and John White doing well in the tight. Poor hands in this period cost us a try. Tullamore struck again in the 38th minute with another converted try. Dundalk fought back gamely and when a grubber kick bounced off a Tullamore player and they followed up only great defending by Brian Tansey and full back Robert Shields saved a certain score.


The second half was no kinder to the home team with the Tullamore full back scoring a try 3 minutes into the half and this was followed by two further tries. Conor Williams must have had a personal best in the tackling stakes as he tried to stem the opposition attacks. Tommy Thornton was again a trojan worker in the pack and Doatas Jonkus made a magnificent break upfield following brave tackling on the Dundalk line which had held out the Tullamore attack.


Injury began to take it’s toll and following an injury to Laurence Steen the scrums went uncontested. Fergal Duffy came on a scrum half with Mulligan moving to out half and hard tackling Simon Byrne moving to the centre. A good move saw Duffy and Mulligan release Dan O Connell to score another Dundalk try which went unconverted. Further injury led to Laurence Steen coming back on to the field where he made great efforts in attack and in clearing out rucks.


Dundalk were exerting some pressure at this time but Tullamore came at them again and only desperate Dundalk defending held them out.  As Dundalk tired, Tullamore, in one last attack and after a number of phases broke clear to score the final try.

Dundalk: R.Shields, C Mc Geady,D O Connell, B. Tansey, D Mc Guinness, D. Clare, S Mulligan, J White, L. Steen, P. Kerley, S. Crawford, T. Thornton, S Mc Eneaney, D, Jonkus, D Mc Gee, C. Williams, C. Kane, S. Byrne, S Matthews, F. Duffy.

Weekly Round Up W/E 23-10-2012

Week ending Sunday 23rd September

Team Date Time Venue Opposition Competition Result
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
3rd’s ~
4th’s ~
u19’s Sat 22nd Away Skerries N.E. League P ~
u17’s Sat 22nd Home (reversed) Ashbourne N.E. League W 36 ~ 8
u15’s Sat 22nd Away Ashbourne N.E. League P ~
u14’s Fri 21st Away Skerries A N.E. League L 75 ~ 0
u13’s Sun 23rd Home Ashbourne N.E. League W 58 ~ 10
u12’s Training ~
u11’s Training ~
u10’s Training ~
u9’s Training ~
u8’s Training ~
u7’s Training ~
Girls Tag Training ~
Leinster Sat 22nd 18.15 Home RDS Edinburgh RDP12 W 22 ~ 16
Ireland ~

Dundalk 3rd XV news.

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.

2nd XV match Report Leinster 2nd’s League v Cill Dara Sat 15th Sept.

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

1st Xv Match Report Leinster League Div 1A Dundalk v Cill Dara Sat 15th Sept.

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!

2nd XV Team Fixtures update

2nd XV Team Fixtures update
Mea culpa, but forgot to input the 2nd’s Leinster League away fixture for next Saturday 15th Septwith Cill Dara at 5.30.
The already posted fixture with North Meath is listed on the Branch Website so it looks like a busy weekend for some. Good luck.

Golf Classic on Saturday 13th October

Dear Members and Friends,

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

John McDonnell
Honorary Secretary
For Dundalk RFC

2011/2012 Season U10 Squad Trophy Winners

‘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

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.

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