Kilfeacle hold on for opening day win despite late lapse in concentration

Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. 18

Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. 18

St. Marys R.F.C. 15

Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. knew that it was vitally important to start the league campaign with a home win, however when the opponents were St. Marys who had an impressive season last year securing division one status it was going to be a tough assignment. Although our form of late has been showing signs of improvement everyone, from players, selectors, coaches and supporters, knew that if we were to take something from this game we would have to perform to the best of our ability as a team.

Kilfeacle started well and immediately pushed St. Marys back into their own 22. This was as far as the home side advanced as they met the St. Marys defensive wall. As the half wore on St. Marys pushed further and further into their opponents territory and managed to put together some threatening attacks but all the while Kilfeacle kicked the ball back over their heads and gained ground was once again relinquished. Kilfeacle’s pack were coming to terms with their opponents and the conditions. When you consider that many players were playing out of position, the pack that consisted of Simon Barry, James Ryan, Diarmuid O’Donnell, John Hannigan, Ger Luby (Pack Leader), Leon Tholand, Sean Compton, Alan O’Mahony, James Mullane, Jack Sullivan and Ricky Barry laid the foundations of a badly needed and hard earned victory.

In a low scoring first half the backs, Shane Luby, Cathal Donovan, Charles Walshe, Diarmuid Carr, Pat Ryan, Josh Featherstone, Darren Lowry and Packie Burke and were immense for their attacking and defensive prowess. With 30 minutes gone the home side went through many phases of play that involved the whole team and finally the backs moved the ball quickly and Pat Ryan finished a great move to score a try which Shane Luby converted well from a tight angle.

At half time David Donovan let his team know the gravity of the situation in no uncertain terms and Shane Luby, who was playing a true captain’s role urged his team mates to continue on as they had been doing and that their patience and discipline would be rewarded. From the restart, Kilfeacle immediately took the game to St. Marys and gained territorial advantage and within minutes were further ahead with the St. Marys defence, which previously had been in miserly form, giving away an easy penalty which Luby converted

Twelve minutes later Kilfeacle’s dominance led to a well worked try touched down by Darren Lowry after excellent work from Charles Walshe, Sean Compton, John Hannigan and Jack Sullivan. The conversion kick was missed but it seemed that Kilfeacle’s territorial dominance was starting to pay off.

When St. Marys restarted Kilfeacle immediately worked their way back into their opponents half and Luby kicked a penalty after 20 minutes to reflect their dominance. Kilfeacle were definitely improving the longer the game went on, in most areas, but one area that was misfiring and causing a lot of turnover was the lineouts. St. Marys were contesting well and getting a great return from the Kilfeacle lineouts but the “Boys in Blue” seemed to have a greater desire and purpose on the day. Kilfeacle were looking dangerous every time they mounted an attack and were in cruise mode and complacencey set in and St Marys nearly made them pay for their lapse in concentration. With 8 minutes remaining there was 2 minutes of madness when Sean Markham and Matthew Hickey scored tries for Mary’s and Kevin South kicked a conversion. To bring the score to 18-15. Some stern words both on the pitch and from the sidelines saw Kilfeacle retain and control the ball for the win which seemed a certainty but nearing the end became doubtful for a brief time.

Our next game is a tough away game against Crosshaven in the Munster Junior League on October 7.

Kilfeacle seconds win in Thurles

Thurles R.F.C. 5

Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. 23

On Sunday Kilfeacle and District R.F.C.’s seconds travelled to Thurles in the Gleeson League. The game proved that Kilfeacle are showing steady signs of improvement. Kilfeacle just about shaded all departments and deserved their win. Kilfeacle were happy with the performance in a lively game. Kilfeacle were winning 8-3 at half time. Tries by Jack McLoughlin and Cormac O’Donoghue and conversions and penalties by Michael Fitzgerald saw the final score read 23-5.

Next match which is at home to Newcastle West R.F.C. on October 7.

Mini rugby training continues in Kilfeacle on Friday nights at 7.00pm. This is an ideal environment to introduce both boys and girls to the game in a safe and controlled manner. Kilfeacle welcomes boys and girls from 6 years and up to join us for the remainder of the season. We have great fun up on The Hill and have lots of matches planned against some great clubs over the next few months. Mini rugby is a perfect game for beginners as boys and girls play against children of their own ability and age. See you there!