Trepidation was in the air as Clonmel Under 15s faced Waterpark RFC at Ardgeeha on Saturday last.
The teams had played each other twice before at the start of the season and both times Waterpark had put up a cricket score.
There is a new determination in the Clonmel team now and as the season ends, the team are truly reaching their potential.
Agood start is half the battle and Clonmel knew that if they didn’t begin well the game could easily run away from them again.
Control was the watch word of the day and the boys were determined to own the game. An injury to regular scrum-half Joe Sheehan put Daragh Kelly on the team sheet and he seized the chance with gusto.
His crisp passing gave his backline time to pin the Waterpark defence on the back-foot. The entire backlline of Gavin Whelan, Raymond Kennedy, Jeff Van Dam, Tiernan O Ceallaigh, Conor Molloy and Dean Slattery carried well and put their bodies on the line all day long. They put incredible pressure on their opposition and played clever, passionate rugby.
After suffering badly in the scrummage a couple of weeks ago against Dungarvan, the pack were determined to make a mark. The front row of Dylan Todd, Ian Cunningham and Luke Dempsey put huge pressure on their opposition, Jack Lonergan and Tommy Ryan added graft in the second row.
The back row of Gavin Rea, Bradley Lyons and Danny Hyland covered every single blade of grass on the pitch, they harried, they tackled, they carried and rucked until their bodies could do no more. The substitutes used fitted in seamlessly and added real impact when they came on
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Despite having most of the ball and most of the territory, Waterpark used their experience and skill to score two breakaway tries. Despite the pressure, the Waterpark defence used every trick in the book to deny Clonmel a try. Clonmel did score two penalties through the boot of Gavin Whelan. For the last ten minutes, the boys were camped on the Waterpark line. They forced six penalties all within ten yards of the opposition try line but couldn’t seal the deal. They went down by 10-6. This was truly one that got away.
Next week, the Adam Burke Cup takes place. This is a seven a side invitational one day blitz marking the memory of a brave young warrior who lost his life in a tragic accident.
We have 10 teams taking part with Waterpark bringing two teams hoping to retain the cup for a second year in a row.
Clonmel High School will also have a team and coach Brendan Mullen has great hopes of bringing the cup back to Adam’s School.
The club would like all members to come and enjoy a great mornings rugby
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 email@example.com
So please come along and enjoy this wonderful modern facility
Fixtures: To be confirmed