Cashel RFC held their annual Dress Dance in the Cashel Palace Hotel on Monday night, December 27th. Upwards of one hundred patrons supported the event which has once again established itself as a highlight of the social calendar in the town.
In his after meal address, club President Paudie Ryan, on behalf of Cashel RFC welcomed everyone to another Rugby Dress Dance, and thanked them for making the effort in these financially difficult times. The dress dance he said is not a fund raiser but a celebration of the season past and a look forward to the current season.
"Last season the trophy cabinet may have being a bit bare compared to the previous season but I think we did some thing more important than win trophies. We developed a squad of young players which is the envy of every club in Munster, Last season all our under ages finished near the top of their leagues, The seconds reached the final of the Web Cap, Gleeson Cup and finished very strong in the league. The firsts finished 3rd in the league, Reached the semi - final of the Munster Junior cup, semi final of the challenge cup, quarter final of the all Ireland Junior Cup and the final of the Manseragh Cup.
"Not to long age we would have considered that a magnificent season, but it just goes to show how high our standards have reached.
"This Season could be a very very special one for Cashel RFC, and is already bearing the fruit of all the work done with the young players last season. We have at least 12 under 20s involved with the 1st and 2nds and we are on top of both Junior leagues, we are already in the final of the Challenge cup and we are the Munster 7€™s champions for 2010. This is in no small way due to the dedication of these young players such as Jack Maher, James Hannigan and Alan Downey.
"You might have noticed the size of our players this season, Ye would be forgiven in thinking it was all the weights they are doing but no, its down to our new player manager and nutritionist. The Munster team may do pilates but our boys are on a diet of carbonnara and garlic bread after training on a Wednesday night no contest, well done Hanly.
"I would like at this stage to thank all the under age coaches for all their hard work and dedication in nurturing our young players. They are the most important coaches in any club, without them we would have no senior teams. Just think of the loss to Irish Rugby if the likes of Denis Leamy, John and Denis Fogarty and Patrick Butler did not come through our under age structure. Well done
"No club could survive without that dirty word fundraising it's a very serious problem for every club at the moment. We are lucky to have a very dedicated bunch of fundraisers in this club. Last year I said that I was a great believer in the 3D system of leadership - Decide - Delegate - and Disappear, well it was never more evident than it was this year. As most of you know I had a very difficult year personally and was not around as much as I should have being. But all the committees just got on with what they had to do. I personally would like to thank each and every one of you.
"The golf classic enjoyed another big success, The Hog Roast and tag rugby is growing from strength to strength. The Christmas draw was a huge success last year, Fancy Dress was a fantastic night. We added two new fundraisers this year.
"Our Cashel RFC calendar was a huge success, it was produced by our under age committee and is a great insight in what goes on in the club. The 2011 edition is out at the moment and I think JD has a few for sale here tonight if any body has a few bob left.
"Our second fund raiser was 'A Question of Sport' which was held in Halla nn Feile. We had Munster consisting of Denis Leamy, Denis Fogarty, Thomas O Leary, Ian Dowling V Leinster consisting of John Fogarty, Shaun Byrne, Stephen Keogh, Shane Jennings. Quiz master was Michael Corcoran, I think you all will agree it was a fantastic night and we hope to keep it on our calendar. At the end of the night I thanked the boys for giving up their free time and wished them long and injury free careers, what a kiss of death that was, four of them have being injured all season and one will never play rugby again, although I did tell John Fogarty, he could play with Cashel as he would fit in with some of the head bangers we have already in the club. Seriously I would like to wish John the very best in what ever he decides to do in the future.
"I would like to thank all committee members who turn up for all the Monday night meetings, There is no off season for committee members, They work all year round, doing all the dirty work and are some times forgotten. Wish to thank all the upstairs committee for all the hard work through out the year and all of those who make soup and sandwiches. "Congratulations to all the boys who got married last season and those of you who are taking the plunge this season."