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Nail-biting final minutes for Garryowen fans

By Pat Reidy
WHEN referee Dermot Blake blew the final whistle after 46 minutes and 17 seconds of second half play in Dooradoyle last Saturday,the relief was palpable and audible with Garryowen hanging on grimly to a 23 points to 18 lead over Corinthians in a Division 1B league game.It was discomfiting to be surviving on our wits in a game that had apparently been won early in the half when we lead by 23 points to 11,but we yet again failed to kick on when in a commanding position.The final kick by a Garryowen player to terminate the tie caused many a heart to flutter as the leather wound its way via a kind bounce over the touchline.
Despite a high error count it was a game Garryowen had dominated and it was puzzling that a decent display saw all and sundry suffering a torturous and nail biting denouement. We commenced the game at a high tempo with bright and inventive play abounding from the light blues,however Corinthians carved the games initial opening but a foot in touch denied their left winger a try.However we lost the ensuing lineout and the Galway sides Jamie Dever burrowed over for 0-5 start to our opponents,the conversion was missed.We dominated the game to the interval thereafter but were guilty at times of losing possession after 5 or 6 phases.We did continue to press forward and J.P. Cooney romped in for a try on 23 minutes following a good sustained period of skilful possession retention.Jamie Gavin converted and we we were 7-5 up and deservedly so.We continued to make the running and had stretched the lead to 10-5 by the interval courtesy of a Gavin penalty two minutes into first half injury time following a half during which we also missed three penalties.
Our defence was tested early on the resumption of play but held firm when asked to despite the concession of a successful penalty kick on 42 minutes following a poorly attempted clearance kick to touch.It was the only breach in that phase of play.10-8 to Garryowen at that point.As the hour mark approached we had pushed on to lead 16-11,Jamie Gavin had landed two penalty kicks to one for Corinthians. On 58 minutes we scored a beautiful try to emphasise our superiority in the game,great “hands” by Mc Carroll,Mc Closkey and Cronin put James Mc Inerney away and clear and he dotted down under the posts.Gavin landed the simple conversion 23-11 to Garryowen. This was the winning score in reality but not as uncomfortably as we would have wished as events unfolded.Four minutes to go a seven pointer re-invigorated the contest from the Corinthian perspective,certainly not from ours. It was now 23-18 in our favour as the remaining ten minutes or so became tense and fraught with some errors and bad decisions on our part unsettling a very nervy Dooradoyle,but hang on we did.
Two wins from three league starts has us third on points difference from UL Bohemians in the 1B rankings, 4 points off Ballymena and 5 points behind Galwegians. A stern test in store next week as we travel to face Belfast Harlequins,the first of our three trips up north this term.
TEAM: 15: Lorcan Bourke 14. James Frawley 13. Andrew O’Byrne 12. James Mc Inerney 11. Alex Wooton 10. Jamie Gavin 9. Neil Cronin 1. Rory Brosnan 2. Ed Rossiter {capt} 3. J.P. Cooney 4. Paul Mc Carroll 5. Aaron Mc Closkey 6. Mark Hanrahan 7. Darren Mulcair 8. Shane Buckley.
REPLACEMENTS: 16. Eamonn Costelloe 17. Peter O’Shea 18. Toby Ademakin for Paul Mc Carroll 60 mins 19. Jamie Glynn for James Mc Inerney 60 minutes. 20. Steve Mc Mahon for Lorcan Bourke 67 minutes Neil Cronin for Andrew O’Byrne 78 minutes
Our seconds game versus Shannon RFC scheduled for Dooradoyle last Sunday was cancelled. THIRDS LOSE THEIR WAY! By J.P. Baggott
The thirds set out on their first away trip of the season to Galbally in a friendly game last Friday evening. After a few navigational errors we arrived at the venue quite late and had to hit the ground running as we only had twenty minutes to prepare for kick off,this despite 18 guys having Sat Nav’s in their expensive mobile phones.
As a mark of respect to the late, great Joe Hassett the team gladly wore black arm bands on the occasion and had a sincere minute of silence was observed before the game.
Galbally started the stronger of the two teams keeping the ball tight and worked some great pods and runners. Our defence held strong and we pushed them back and earned a penalty early in the game which Dave Madden slotted neatly between the posts.
As the cobwebs were blown out after our slow start, the ball started to shift out to our centres. Cian Leahy and John Brennan putting on a masterclass of line running. It wasn’t long before Cian broke the line with a great break put the hammer down and scored 8-0.
After half time we again commenced strongly again, a fantastic break by John Brennan who was halted short of the line but with a well executed pass, Padraig Lawn on his debut for the club recorded his first try for Garryowen F.C,13-0 to Garryowen.
On his first start at second centre John Brennan made another cracking break shortly after the restart and this time he wasn’t caught. 20-0 now with Dave Madden kicking the conversion
The pack were putting in a great performance no more so than the back row. A well stolen ball just outside our 22 by Dara Shanahan and few well executed pods pushed us up to our halfway line. Simple but effective handling out through the line and Corey Mc Namara saw the gap and raced in from the halfway line.
With 5 minutes to go Galbally were determined to get on the score board and battered our defence. Pod after Pod was thrown at us but our defence held strong and we won a penalty at the death for holding on. Our faithful captain had executed a perfect tackle on an isolated player. As he won the penalty the referee said time was up and to kick the ball out of play. Our flawless leader kicked the ball straight into the Galbally wingers hands and he skated in at the corner to make it 25-5. He has since paid 50.00 euro to the team Christmas party fund.
The Garryowen thirds team would also like to say a very Happy Birthday and a big thank you to Mike Scanlon who refereed the game, Mike played for many years with the club at Senior level,it will not be long before this guy is fast tracked to the big leagues.
1. Niall Keogh
2. Mike John
3. Cian Callaghan
4. Eoin Sheehy
5. Leon Charnley
6. Ronan Haugh
7. Corey Mc Namara
8. Dara Shanahan
9. James Maher
10. Dave Madden
11. Thomas Lynch
12. Cian Leahy
13. John Brennan
14. Padraig Lawn
15. David Leonard
16. Mark Gordan
17. Decy Earlie
18. Florian Byrnes
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 is available to you at all times for much needed membership payments. You can contact Dave on 086 8620066 or
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 a dogs home. Also, feel free to inform non members you encounter on our grounds of the foregoing.
The Executive Committee of Garryowen F.C. would like to thank all of those who supported the pre match luncheon in Dooradoyle last Saturday. Well done to Geraldine Morrissey for organising same yet again.
Our U-20’s having built a commanding 12-0 interval lead which did not flatter them in the least survived a near second half collapse to eke out a rather fortuitous 15-10 victory in the end over neighbours Old Crescent in the opening round of the North Munster Cup at Dooradoyle on Monday evening last. In truth they could have been out of sight at half time after a pacy and cultured first half showing highlighted by tries from centre Mark Mc Carthy and number six Toby Ademakin and a conversion from Fionn Mc Gibney,the lead could well have been doubled at that point.Ademakin was particularly prominent during the opening 40 minutes,carrying regularly with great power.
The interval precipitated a sea change in the games pattern with the losers taking advantage of Garryowens lack of composure and concentration and eventually recorded a try on 54 minutes,the referee awarded the conversion despite mixed signals from the touch judges.12-7 to Garryowen. We were conceding penalties at will and Old Crescent missed three kicks at goal on 57, 64 and 69 minutes respectively,they did score one on the hour mark to make it 12-10 in favour of the home team and opted to go down the line on a few occasions also. Fionn Mc Gibney eased everybodys nerves with a successful penalty kick on 74 minutes to complete the scoring at 15-10 to the light blues.
A classic game of two halves then,the winners first half performance was at times very impressive but the scrappy and panicky second half display will give them all food for thought,though they did scramble well at times and defended well late on, others to catch the eye were Mc Carthy, Barry and Mc Gibney.
Team: 15. Jason O’Sullivan 14. Ed Barry 13. Mark Mc Carthy 12. Eoin Parkes 11. James Beary 10. Fionn Mc Gibney 9. Ronan O’Halloran 1. Tom Neville 2. Aidan Costelloe 3. Hugh Lane 4. Kevin Mc Inerney 5. Tadhg Mc Closkey 6. Toby Ademakin 7. Cian Guerin 8. Eimhin Prendergast
Replacements:16. Eoin Sheeehan for Aidan Costelloe, 17. Mark O’Connor for Hugh Lane, 18. Dan Cinnamond for Tom Neville,19. Sean Dillon for Tadhg Mc Closkey,20. John Touhy for Eoin Parkes 21. Derek De Lacy for Cian Guerin.
Last Sunday was a registration and family day for our underage players and parents/guardians.
It included events such as car tyre rolling, relay races, sack races, tug of war for each age group following their training today and of course the mandatory disco! Everyone was treated to an ice cream courtesy of Garryowen F.C.and all the parents were encouraged to pay their subscriptions.
Garryowen F.C. underage committee would like to thank everyone who has paid so far but we still have some monies outstanding and would ask that you make every effort to pay them as soon as possible.
Underage fixtures for Sunday next 5th October.
U11s: Blitz in Dooradoyle hosting St. Senans RFC, Presentation RFC and Newcastle West RFC 10.30 am.
U14s: North Munster League v Shannon RFC, Dooradoyle, KO 12.00.
U15s: North Munster League v Ennis RFC, Lees Road Ennis, KO 11.30.
U16s: Munster Provincial League v Thomond RFC,Liam Fitzgerald Park, KO 11.30.
Join Conor Murray with the 6 Nations Trophy in Garryowen FC on the evening of Tuesday 30th Sept from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone is invited to come along and get your photograph taken with Conor and the trophy.
Cash for Clobber:
Have you returned yours? If not please return your bag{s} as soon as possible please!. This coming Friday October 3 rd is the closing date for delivery of same to Garryowen F.C.For further details ring Liam Glynn at 087 2516354.
Munster Rugby embark on a new european odyssey which commences in the coming weeks. While results have not gone the way of the province in the Guinness Pro 12 to date there is no doubt that they have reserved their best displays for the Heineken Cup over the years.
As in the previous European cup competition there is a home and away basis in the new Champions cup competition. The following is the schedule of home matches.
Munster v Saracens – Friday 24th October 2014 (K.O. 19:45 Hrs.)
Munster v Clermont Auvergne – 5/6/7 December 2014 (No Date)
Munster v Sale Sharks – 23/24/25 January 2015 (No Date)
Each of these matches feature players of exceptional quality from the top of their leagues in both France and England.
There are two options for purchase of tickets:
The club is in a position to offer tickets in a 3 match package:
Category 1 Tickets: @ €160.00 per 3 match package.
Category 4 Tickets: @ €130.00 per 3 match package.
East Terrace ticket: @ €100.00 per 3 match package.
West Terrace ticket: @ €100.00 per 3 match package.
Category 1 Ticket: @ €55.00 per ticket.
Category 4 Ticket: @ €45.00 per ticket.
East Terrace ticket: @ €35.00 per ticket.
West Terrace ticket: @ €35.00 per ticket.
Those interested in applying to purchase tickets should make an application as soon as possible to
Congratulations to a goodly number of Garryowen F.C. players who were chosen on various Munster panels over the last few weeks. At U-20 level we had Steve Mc Mahon, Michael O’Donnell and Jonathan Keane,with Toby Ademakin and Fionn Mc Gibney on the extended panel,at the U-19 grade Munster included our own Gary O’Sullivan and Caolan Moloney and at U 18 Munster Schools and Club level Bailey Faloon and Billy O’Hora were included,the latter winning the Interprovincial title at that grade.

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