The disappointment carried over from Clonmel’s narrow defeat to Skibbereen in the Munster Junior Cup semi-final last week was to play a big part in the Mansergh Cup final against Kilfeacle.
Could Clonmel lift themselves one last time and lift some silverware? Well the answer was yes although Clonmel looked a tired team both physically and mentally.
Kilfeacle started the faster and were soon to take the lead with a move out the line and kick through leading to a try in the corner. This sparked Clonmel into life and they started to take the game to Kilfeacle. The resulting pressure led to a Conor Cooney penalty reducing the arrears.
The game swung from end to end for the remainder of the half but both sides were guilty of handling errors and mistakes leaving the half time score 5-3 to Kilfeacle.
The second half unfortunately continued in the same mould but Clonmel gained the upper hand in the scrums with ‘Tank’ O’Gorman and Mike Sheehan leading the way in the front row.
This pressure was to tell and Conor Cooney slotted his second penalty in off the post to give Clonmel the lead. Defence took over and Greg and Robbie Carroll made some vital tackles with Kilfeacle putting pressure on the Clonmel line.
The game dwindled out with the light fading fast and Clonmel saw out the game to hold on and deservingly lift the trophy at the end. Tank O’Gorman led the way from the front with Ronan Crosse winning some excellent line out ball. Brian Lonergan and Robbie Carroll led the way in the backs.
It would be unfair to dwell too much on this game. Clonmel have made great strides forward this season with some outstanding performances throughout the league campaign. This is a young developing side with some great young talent coming through the ranks.
Great credit is due to coach Ben Martin and team manager Joe Winston for the work put in during the season and it is up to the players now to believe they can take it to the next level next year. The committee and supporters are fully behind them and congratulate them on this excellent win which was much deserved.
The final training sessions for u7s to u9s was last Friday night with a good turnout of players and parents. Noel Cunningham presented medals to all the teams and thanked everyone for their efforts throughout the year. Once again thanks to those for providing the food on the night.
The u11s travelled by bus to the Naas blitz on Saturday with their coaches Ernie, Martin and Jim for their final outing of the season. A good time was had by all.
Good Friday April 6
The annual u10 blitz takes place in Clonmel with 12 teams competing for the Eldon Morris Perpetual Cup. Kick-off is at 11.00am.
Easter Saturday April 7
The U12 annual blitz for the O’Carroll cup. Once again 14 teams will be competing from different clubs around Munster and South Leinster. Kick-off is at11.00am.
All parents are asked to come and support their team in what is always an enjoyable event for everyone.
Any help on the days with stewarding, food , etc will be appreciated.
Clonmel RFC Multi Sport Summer Camp 2012
This year’s Clonmel RFC Summer Camp takes place at the club from July 9 to 13. Following on from last year’s highly successful camp, the club expects a big turn out this year again.
The emphasis this year again will be a multi-sport theme. As well as rugby, tag rugby and rugby related games (non contact), the children will play football, unihoc, basketball, cricket and many many more inventive and exciting games. We will even throw in the usual bouncy castle obstacle course again which proved very entertaining last year.
Like all games, the focus will be on teamwork and the summer camp will use games and sports activities to show young people the importance of participation and team spirit.
The camp is for boys and girls from all ages between 6 and 15. The girls who took part last year had a great time and we are happy to welcome even more girls this year.
The price remains the same as last year at a very low cost €65. Early bird booking fee up to 30th April applies.
Contact details as follows: CRFC Office 087-3724394
Enquiries and forms can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms available to download from www.clonmelrfc.com
NEW -- All-weather pitches:
The all-weather pitches have been refurbished and are available for hire any day, morning, afternoon and evening. For bookings please contact: 087-3724393 or 087-3724394
To be confirmed – contact the club at 087-3724394 or www.clonmelrfc.com
All underage players are asked to check games and times with their coaches.