Fethard & District Rugby Club
Fethard U10s hosted a pan-Munster Blitz on Saturday, March 2. Killarney RFC came all the way up from Kerry, Clanwilliam came from Tipp Town and volunteers from each of the three clubs made up a fourth team called the Barbarians. Fethard once again proved they are a formidable U10 team, too strong for Clan and the first game went to the home side; meanwhile the Barbarians were getting to know each other in a thrilling and surprisingly close match with Killarney. The boys from the Kingdom however were too well organised and their skilful rugby took them out of reach of the scratch team.
Next up Fethard faced the Barbarians and were pinned back for a large part of the game, several times the boys in white reached the line but Fethard held on and defended superbly. In the second half the Fethard coach unleashed the full force of his pack and Fethard powered in several tries to gain their second victory. Killarney gave Fethard their sternest test of the day in a hard fought contest that had individual flair alongside practised team moves and skills. Winning their third game just put the icing on the cake of a hugely enjoyable day for these boys and with the Barbarians forcing a draw against Clan. All the teams enjoyed the day.
Fethard U11s went to Kilfeacle on Sunday for the last leg in a season long rivalry between these two strong and accomplished sides. Both teams have worked hard to learn new skills but where Kilfeacle had the edge was, perhaps, size. The Kilfeacle pack were consistently larger and well drilled. Without substitutes to provide relief the Fethard defence had their work cut out and eventually the scores came for Kilfeacle. Fethard applied pressure but only came away with one score, albeit a cracker! The second half saw a more determined Fethard and another fine score but in the end Kilfeacleâ€™s won through.
Fethard U15s secured their third win in the cup with a win over Thurles. Bill Phelan scoring two tries, Ross McCormack and Michael Gaynor were others to touch down and Gary Kavanagh kicking two of the conversions. This was a great game of open rugby with the Fethard centre pairing of Killian Oâ€™Dwyer and Mark Collins being especially dominant. John Clancy, Griffin Ivors, Tommy Murphy and Richie Holohan were others to shine.
Fethard J2s turned out one of the best performances of the season on Saturday night last when they were narrowly beaten by Waterpark. There was major improvements in many aspects of their play and some great pressure saw Richie Carroll land a great penalty. A lineout on the Waterford 22 saw Kieran Power secure possession and a fine rolling maul saw Chris Bannister touch down for a try.
Ten minutes into the game saw Fethard lose Chris Large and this was a major fact in the game. With ten minutes to go and the score 10 points to 8. Shane Kavanagh made a great break in the centre and was just caught on the line when a try looked imminent but in fairness to Waterpark, they defended well. John Fitzgerald, Kevin Hayes, Declan Doyle, Tomas Keavney, Dean Tobin and Alan Oâ€™Connor all did well.
Training Tuesdays and Fridays at 8pm.