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A poor start proved costly for Garryowen

By Pat Reidy
(Pictured, Barry O’Mahony scored one of Garryowen’s tries last week-end)
12-0 BEHIND within seven minutes of the kick off and 18-3 down at half time, a losing bonus point let alone a win looked extremely unlikely for Garryowen in their Ulster Bank All Ireland league tie with Buccaneers RFC in Athlone last Saturday afternoon. Following an insipid opening half showing during which we hardly reached the opposing 22 metre line,our sole meaningful contribution to the game at that point was Jamie Gavin’s successful penalty kick on 18 minutes.However this first foothold in the game was immediately handed back with the needless concession of a penalty,converted by former Garryowen player Alan Gaughan. Gaughan had earlier converted the second of two tries scored in the same corner by Buccaneers within three minutes of each other before six minutes had elapsed.
Half time thoughts were dominated by Buccaneers holding total sway in the game hitherto and the much hoped for response by the men in light blue and in fairness to them respond they did. We began to enjoy the majority of possession and were now contesting the exchanges with much more purpose and verve having added two replacements to the fray. On 53 minutes we struck,some great running especially from Aaron Mc Closkey in a rapid move veering left culminated in a try far out from James Frawley. Jamie Gavin nailed the difficult conversion for 18-10 and we were up and running. Five minutes later we were almost in again in the opposite corner, Rory Brosnan being bundled into touch as headed powerfully for the try line again after some notable handling of the ball.
Within a minute we did record a second try, a classic 8 9 move saw replacement scrum half Neil Cronin feed Barry O’Mahoney who handled dextrously prior to scoring. Alas the conversion attempt drifted wide.18-15 to Buccaneers and it was game on. The 64 th minute was the game defining one as we switched off momentarily and Buccaneers sauntered in for a soft seven under the posts. 25-15 to the Athlone based side and we were chasing a big deficit yet again. Eight minutes to play we again clawed our way back. James Frawley concluding a move featuring some excellent Garryowen play recorded his second try, Gavin kicked a great conversion for 25-22 and we dared to hope again. Garryowen gave their all late on but failed to score again.A losing bonus point was the days takings but it could have been more despite the turgid opening period mediocrity,regrets abound that it could have been more as it could have been in the game versus Shannon last week,on a more positive note we put three tries on the board for the second consecutive week.
Team; 15. Lorcan Bourke 14. James Frawley 13. Andrew O’Byrne 12. James Mc Inerney 11. Alex Wooton 10. Jamie Gavin 9. Jamie Glynn 1. Peter O’Shea 2. Ed Rossiter {capt} 3. J.P. Cooney 4. Paul Mc Carroll 5. Aaron Mc Closkey 6. Darren Mulcair 7. Barry O’Mahoney 8. Josh Hrstich.
Replacements: 16. Eamonn Costelloe 17. Rory Brosnan for Peter O’Shea 47 minutes 18. Mark Hanrahan for Paul Mc Caroll {rolling temporary }19. Neil Cronin for Jamie Glynn 47 minutes 20. Fionn Mc Gibney.
Referee: Oisin Quinn
Garryowen F.C. wore black arm bands during the game and a most dignified minutes silence was observed before kick off in memory of the late Joe Hassett who sadly passed away suddenly last week. Joe’s untimely passing was a severe shock and an incalculably loss to his dear wife Sally and his devoted son Tony, who also spent many successful days in the blue of Garryowen F.C. and daughter Sorcha and all his family and friends. The wider rugby community has lost a great man too, a man who gave a lifetime as player coach and referee. Joe played with St. Marys R.F.C. Young Munsters R.F.C. and Garryowen F.C. and is well remembered for all his coaching successes in Dooradoyle especially as an integral part the management team of the successful Munster junior cup panel of 2006/2007 season. Joe’s commitment to his sporting undertakingss was a great example to all and if he signed up for something he gave it his all. Uniquely popular in the games fraternity the large numbers of people from far and wide who chose to offer their sympathies to has family bore massive testimony to the respect in which he was held by those whose path he had crossed.
An amicable decent and humane person he will be much missed. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Our U20’s panel travelled to Dublin on Saturday last to take part in the All Ireland U20s Castle Trophy at Blackrock College RFC . We were drawn in a pool that resulted in three defeats to UCC 15-3, Terenure 18-0 and Trinity College 21-7. This was the first competitive outing for the squad this season and was a valuable exercise in working through our patterns and systems and for players to become more familiar with their team mates.
It does however highlight the standard we need to achieve in fitness and conditioning when competing against Leinster teams. Stand out performances on the day came from Hugh Lane, Eimhin Prendergast, Ed Barry, Ronan O’Holloran. Sean Dillon and Conor Redmond. Our next fixture is in the North Munster League v Old Crescent on Saturday next (TBC).
Our squad for the Castle Trophy Tournament was:
1 Mark O’ Connor
2 Eoin Sheehan
3 Hugh Lane
4 Thomas Neville
5 Tadhg McCloskey
6 Eimhin Prendergast
7 Sean Dillon
8 Kevin McInerney
9 Ed Barry
10 Ronan O’ Halloran
11 Dylan McMahon
12 Conor Redmond
13 Patrick Judd
14 Derek De Lacy
15 Beary James
16 O Sullivan Jason
17 Guerin Cian
18 Matt Lane

As indicated in an earlier communication from the Garryowen F.C. Executive Committee,there is a big drive on at present to get our members to renew their membership of our club for season 2014/15. Some of you may have not renewed in a few seasons and we urge you all to pay the annual fee as soon as possible. The running costs of a rugby club are extraordinary these days and your financial contribution is YOUR SHARE towards these. A list of members paid to date will be on display {as it is in most sports clubs nowadays} in the clubhouse in the near future.
Our hard working registrar Dave Heelan will be available to you for membership payment on Saturday next before during and after the Ulster Bank All Ireland League game in Dooradoyle between ourselves and Corinthians RFC. You can contact Dave on 086 8620066 or registrar@garryowenrugby.com
Those seeking to order Autumn International tickets and Six Nations tickets must have their Garryowen F.C. membership paid before their application will be considered.
10 year membership is available for 1000.00 euro per person.
Garryowen F.C. are hosting a pre match meal in Dooradoyle next Saturday prior to the game with Corinthians RFC. The cost is 25.00 euro per person and includes the obligatory glass of vintage wine and of course match entry. If you are interested please contact Geraldine Morrissey at 087 2466815 or germorrissey@gmail.com.
We need a few people to management the front gate and the car park on Saturday afternoon. This shift is only an hour and and a quarter,from 1.30 pm to 2.45 pm. If you can oblige please ring Geraldine Morrissey,contact details above.
We look forward to seeing you all in Dooradoyle next Saturday for game three in the league,remember the players and management always appreciate your support home and away,by the way first team manager Seamus Mc Dermott has asked me to express their gratitude to the supporters who travelled to the game in Athlone last Saturday.
The Division 1B schedule of Ulster Bank All Ireland League fixtures for season 2014/15 is on the Garryowen F.C. website.
The league tables for our Division can be viewed on the IRFU website.
Post match next Saturday FREE finger food will be available to all supporters in the clubhouse, why not join us for a few hours and unwind in the company of your friends and also view Ryder Cup golf,the All Ireland hurling final replay and Pro 12 Rugby on the box as Munster face Ospreys. We ‘re 130 years on the road since last week,an event worth toasting.
The Executive Committee of Garryowen F.C. would like to re-iterate very strongly that dog walking on the club property is strictly forbidden. Many members have taken this liberty over the years and those people should be mindful of the very obvious potential hazards and risks to other members to our customers and to our guests,inherent in this activity. Please also bear in mind the very large number of very young students who frequent our grounds on a daily basis and the risk to their health. Many of these same students are also underage players with our club. Our grounds on fine days often resembles Crufts,poor mans Crufts at that. Also,feel free to inform non members you encounter on our grounds of the foregoing.
Due to a typo last week on my part Andrew O’Byrne appeared to have played in both centre positions against Shannon,he is good but not that good.James Mc Inerney was his centre partner on the evening.
Best wishes to Cian O’Shea who has decamped to the big smoke for professional purposes,he will be seen in Old Wesleys colours for the remainder of the term

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