Clonmel took on Waterpark on Sunday last in the East Munster League Semi Final at home in very wet conditions.
Waterpark arrived looking for revenge after Clonmel beat them in the league encounter last month and they started the brighter, taking the game to Clonmel and driving towards the Clonmel line.
The defence held up however and it wasn’t long before Clonmel mounted an attack of their own and they were rewarded almost immediately with a penalty for infringing at the breakdown. Dylan Cadogan slotted straight between the posts to open the scoring.
Waterpark responded immediately with good attacking play, they drove at Clonmel in waves and stretched the defence from left to right. This pressure eventually paid off with a try in the corner to lead 5-3.
Waterpark were not finished with the pressure and they went at Clonmel in a effort to stretch their lead. Clonmel were determined not to let them cross the line again and some massive defensive efforts helped them stem the tide. A crucialturn over allowed Clonmel to break out from the Waterpark siege and mount their own period of dominance. Clever interaction with forwards and backs brought Clonmel to a lineout 5 meters from the Waterpark line. Good work by the forwards saw Billy O’Kelly cross the try line only to be denied by a last ditch hand under the ball. This did not deter what is shaping into a good team and their attacking efforts were rewarded with two more penalties from Dylan Cadogan before half time for Clonmel to lead 9-5. Clonmel started the second half in much the same way and Cadogan slotted another penalty to extend the lead to 12-5. The game ebbed and flowed with neither side giving an inch. Both Waterpark and Clonmel put in huge hits in defence, there were many sore bodies from both sides after the game. The game turned in Waterpark’s favour ten minutes into the second half when centre Aidan Rea was harshly sin binned for a knock in the middle of the park. Smelling blood Waterpark went after Clonmel and put them under huge pressure. Clonmel held their line intact during the sin binning just conceding a penalty to leave the score 12-8.
Waterpark were within a score of winning the game again and Clonmel responded very well to park themselves in the Waterpark 22. They drove at the Waterpark line and only excellent defence from Waterpark held them out. All the effort was rewarded however with another Cadogan penalty to restore the 7 point gap. And that is how it finished 15-8 to Clonmel which was a great result from a fantastic game. The game was a credit to both teams and played in a very fair spirit.
Clonmel now face Nenagh in the final next weekend in what will be a tough match, Nenagh took the honours in the league game 15-12 and Clonmel will be hoping to overturn that result and get some silverware before Christmas.
They say pride comes before a fall. Well so be it. The Clonmel U7 and U8 coaches are ready for whatever the future holds but as for the present they are as proud as punch.
Last Sunday morning their charges hosted Cashel in the first home blitz of the season and delivered a performance that has left their coaches wanting nothing more from Santa this Christmas.
The U7s gave a rugby display that left many of the on-looking senior players visibly worried about their ability to hold onto their team place. The U8s let their mentors know in no uncertain terms that they have listened, that they have practiced and that now they can deliver. On a wet muddy pitch, on a cold December morning, they sought out their teammates with passes that demonstrated their readiness to embrace the collective nature of team sport and the desire to turn their back on individualism. The emphasis placed in recent weeks by the backroom staff in laying off ball, running in straight lines, tackling, passing and supporting was in glorious display for all to see.
Take a bow Ben H., Harry, Mathew, Ben E., Evan, Tadgh, John, Ruairi, Zac, Archie, Marc and Pat. Thanks to Callum’s dad for volunteering to wash the jerseys this week.
Sunday morning the Clonmel U9s were at home against Cashel. The smile on the warriors faces at the anticipation of running around in the mud and rain was evident for all to see. Captain on the day was Adam Cunningham and he led his warriors out with a resounding battle cry. Right from the off Clonmel were up quickly with big tackles from Michael Freaney and Lennon Foran, some tenacious rucking and scrummaging from TJ Slattery, Paddy O’Keeffe, Cian O’Donavan, Keelan Hanrahan ensured Clonmel gained early possession which for most of the first half they did not relinquish.
Tries from Jack O’Neill, Paddy O’Keeffe and Adam Cunningham set the mood for this team and they were out to put this game to bed early. Cashel came back strong and key covering on the wings by Zac O’Loughlin, Rian Maguire, and Cian Phelan ensured Cashel were pushed back time and time again. Sean McEntegart and Fionn O’Toole kept foraging down the middle supported by Aidan Morrissey ensured Clonmel kept the pressure on and further tries by Paddy O’Keeffe and Michael Freaney stretched the lead .
In the second half TJ Slattery and Sean McEntegart donned Cashel jerseys to ensure all players on both teams got plenty of match time and both made a big difference with Sean tackling hard and TJ scoring a couple of quick tries, Clonmel were having none of this and replied with tries from Paddy, Jack, Adam. With time running out and the rain pelting down Michael, Paddy, Jack tore through the Cashel defence (and half the pitch) to set up the ball for Adam to go over for another try. Last play of the match was a Cashel tip off, Cian Phelan went like a flash of lighting won the ball side stepped, swerved up the pitch, was brought down five meters from the line by half the Cashel team, up he pops and over the line to score what has to be the ‘try of the day’. A big thanks to Cashel for another tough game.
On the day Clonmel had two Man of the Match awards, Adam Cunningham (Capt.) and TJ Slattery for outstanding play on both sides. This report cannot do justice to the outstanding performance by all 14 players; they are growing as a team. A huge thanks to all the parents (who were nearly washed away on the side-line) also a big thanks to all the ladies in the kitchen for the soup and sandwiches
On a very mucky battlefield on Sunday, the Under 10’s who can only be described as Warriors struck fear into their opponents hearts, and told them, in no uncertain terms, that you gotta bring your best game just to set foot on our pitches. Outstanding performances from all, and great teamwork makes it impossible to single out any individuals. Full credit goes to each and every player. Big performances against both Cashel & Mitchelstown. Very, very proud coaches
Clonmel 1st lost to Galbally 22 points to 12 last Sunday in the Munster Junior League
All Weather Pitches
Clonmel RFC has re-launched its state of the art All Weather Pitch. Sportslawn Ireland have installed a FIFA 2 star VT60 product that meets the necessary performance requirements for top level football.
The pitches are also now fully enclosed with overhead and side netting.
Bookings are now being taken on 087-3724394 and at firstname.lastname@example.org
So please come along and enjoy this wonderful modern facility
1st XV play Clanwilliam in the Munster Junior League at home on Sunday, December 9. Kick-off is 2.30pm.