Clonmel U-19s beat Munster champions Waterpark in a thrilling East Munster Cup final.
A sweep move from the back line almost resulted in the first score of the game. Waterpark applied pressure and showed why they are Munster champions. Huge defence from the likes of Luke Hogan, Ben Dunford, and Adam O’Dwyer prevented any gain of ground. To a man Clonmel fought tooth and nail and refused to be dominated. After soaking up huge amounts of pressure for over twenty minutes, a turnover presented Clonmel with a chance to clear their lines, clever thinking by the scrum half Jaco Oosthuysen saw him break from the 22. He twisted and turned and ran the Waterpark defence ragged. Clonmel began to turn the screw.
Barrelling runs from Tony Cantwell, Ronan Deegan and Bobby Landers had Waterpark back pedalling at a rate of knots. All this pressure had to tell, Waterpark infringed at the break down resulting in a penalty giving Matthew Hynes a chance to slot over a penalty. 3-0 at half time.
Waterpark at the beginning of the second half began attacking the Clonmel line once again, Buoyed on by a huge and vocal home support, Clonmel refused to let anyone cross their line. Jack Doyle, Brian Condon and Cian Mackey tackled like demons possessed. A huge hit from Luke Hogan and good counter rucking gave Cormac Condon a chance to clear his lines. The first score of the second half came from Cormac Condon. A series of big runs from the forwards set up quick ball and Condon finished the move with a try.
Waterpark began to up the pressure and crossed for a try themselves to make the score 8-5. Clonmel were not to be out done and replied with another try of their own. A big run from Mickey O’Donnell who popped to Darragh Tobin who set up the ruck, the ball was flashed wide and Luke Hogan showed great pace to cross the line. Hynes added the conversion. With the score at 15-5 in Clonmel’s favour, a simple mistake from the drop off gave Waterpark the ball and they showed quick thinking to cross for their second try.
From the resulting drop off, Waterpark cleared their lines but failed to make touch, good counter attacking from Charlie O’Donoghue and Matthew Hynes linked up with Condon who crossed for his second try. Clonmel showed great vision and self confidence to attack from deep to bring the score to 20-10.
Changes were made to the side as the heat began to take its toll. Adam Quinlivan, Bobby Landers and Mickey O’Donnell, were replaced by Jamie Driver, Eoin Marsh and Darren Hoynes. The fresh legs were needed and brought additional enthusiasm to the team. The final change of the match was a straight swap of Cormac Rea for Brian Condon. Condon was hardly a minute off the pitch when the ball came down his wing only for Rea to score. A wry smile crept over Condon’s face when he saw Rea bring the final score of the game to 25-10.
Clonmel were cup champions for the first time in 12 years at this age group. This bunch of young men have shown huge spirit throughout the year. Congratulations also must go to coaches PJ Mulcahy and Ed Flannery and to the team manager Rosino Matassa. The team was also ably assisted by 1st XV player Morgan Lyons and club coach Hogan Chapman. Clonmel RFC also thank Dungarvan RFC contributing outstanding team players to the U-19 panel.
U-17s beat Cashel 26-17 in friendly.
Clonmel travelled to Cashel to play a friendly. In a very fast flowing game in warm conditions Clonmel came away with an impressive victory. Leading 17-0 at the break, Clonmel were dominant in all areas of the pitch and Cashel simply could not keep up with the pace. In the second half Clonmel kept on the pressure as Cashel came more into the game. An intercept try and a try at the final whistle for Cashel flattered the home team. Clonmel were unlucky not to score a try on three separate occasions when the Cashel line was at their mercy.
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Notification of AGM
Clonmel RFC will be holding the AGM on Monday 30th May in the clubhouse at 8.00pm