Clonmel u-19s took on Nenagh Ormond in the East Munster League Final on Saturday evening last.
The game opened with Clonmel kicking off and Nenagh collecting and running the ball wide immediately while Clonmel still were not settled. In a kick and chase from the half-way line the referee deemed it was the Nenagh winger that won the race for the touchdown. Being 5-nil down after 30 seconds was not the start Clonmel hoped for. However, the game settled into a pattern of bruising hits and big plays from both sides. It took 10 minutes for Clonmel to get on the score sheet and it came from great play by the backs and forwards driving into the Nenagh half and forcing a penalty, which Dylan Cadogan converted to huge roars from the big home support.
Both sides continued to wrestle with each other for the remainder of the half and nearly on the stroke of half time Nenagh were awarded a penalty which they kicked to leave the score at 8-3 at the break.
Clonmel came out in the second half in determined fashion and took control of the game. Nenagh had to work hard to hold Clonmel at bay as they attacked at every opportunity and dominated possession. The pressure began to tell on Nenagh and Clonmel put together a number of blistering plays between backs and forwards. All the good work paid off when Darren Cass got the ball out wide on the wing and rounded two Nenagh players to cross the line, unfortunately the ref called the ball held up in the tackle and the try did not stand. To further compound the situation Clonmel had a man sin binned for expressing his disappointment at the try being disallowed. Clonmel with a man down continued to attack and came close on several occasions, however Nenagh’s defence was excellent and time and time again they held their line.
Try as they might Clonmel were unable to break through and Nenagh held on for victory. This was a disappointing defeat under the circumstances but Clonmel will get another chance in the cup in the spring. Next up for this team is that they enter the Pan Munster competition as second seeds and hopefully they can take the hurt from this loss and use it to progress from their group.
Despite the loss this is a good start to the season and this team and its coaches should be proud of how they played and approached the game on Saturday.
This is truly a talented side with a few of the players already knocking on the door of the senior squad, and the rest of the team not too far behind, the future of Clonmel rugby is looking very good !!
Clonmel u-15s lose out to strong Dungarvan side
Clonmel u-15s played Dungarvan in the East Munster League on Sunday in Clonmel but went down to a very big and strong team by 22 points to 12.
Dungarvan playing against a strong wind opened the scoring when their big pack drove the Clonmel boys over the line for a try. Clonmel came back straight away and with Bradly Lyons, Ian Cunnigham and the pack giving Joe Sheehan plenty of ball and out half Gavin Whelan sent Brian Molloy in for a great try. Gavin Whelan added the points. Clonmel now with their tails up went further ahead when man-of-the-match Jeff Van Dam scored in the corner for Clonmel to lead by 12 points to 5 at half time.
In the second half Dungarvan with the strong wind kept Clonmel camped in their own 22 and scored after 5 minutes. They added another try after 10 and just at the final minute scored again, for a good win.
However, Clonmel have played 5 games and won 4 which keeps them well in contention for the league play offs.
With the Christmas break now on the u-15s can look forward to the remaining games with confidence. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Clonmel RFC committees, coaches and players wish a very peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year to all the club’s life-members, patrons, sponsors, supporters, buyers of lotto tickets, tea makers, sandwich makers and everybody else that helped the club in any way throughout 2012. Clonmel RFC cannot exist without your support and help – Thank You All.