Wales Tour 2015
What a weekend, so many memories, so many laughs and just a little vomit for good measure. The Wales Tour 2015 was a roaring success which we hope will live long in the kids memories and where we hope many a friendship was forged. Whether it was watching Mary “Paulie O’Connell” Griffin leaping like a salmon in the line out or watching Noel “Pavarotti” Flavin forgetting the words to “Everywhere we go” (or even thinking it was a song in the first place!!) or maybe it was watching Luke “Ashton” Landers performing a swan dive as he scored a try, the tour will have left a lasting impression for a variety of different reasons for many years to come. But the main reason we were over in Wales was for the kids and they were fantastic. So many of the kids came of age in a rugby sense during the matches it really was a joy to see (it must have been the international opposition that made them up their game!!). They were wonderful ambassadors for the Club and for our town and they made us all very proud – well done kids. As for the adults, well thats a different story and as the old Chinese proverb says, what goes on tour, stays on tour.
We would like to say a huge thank you to our main sponsor Nutribio and all our other sponsors who gave so generously towards the tour programme enabling the kids to have a momento of the trip. Thanks also to Ian/Rob/Eve and all the other staff members at Celtic Camping who really went out of their way to make our stay a good one. Thanks also to John Daly and Peter Coady for getting us home safely despite Peters best efforts at trying to wreck the gear box!! Thanks also to all the kids/adults that went on the tour and got into the spirit of things which really made the tour a special one – we hope everyone enjoyed themselves.
Finally, a huge word of thanks to Valerie Fitzgerald, Valerie O’Shea, Yvette Dignam, Tessie Anderson, Aidan Finn and Ivan O’Flynn who organised the trip – its not easy organising a trip of this magnitude so well done and thank you for all your hard work.
U10’s Match Vs St. David’s
Our under 10’s squad travelled to Wales for their first taste of international rugby recently. 11 of the 12 players in the squad were playing on their first tour, so nobody would have been surprised if the squad were a little bit nervous as they realized they were representing their nation. The team was captained by Mark O’Neill who chose to allow the hosts to tip off which gave Youghal the advantage of playing downhill in the second half. Wales under Warren Gatland has been seen as a big, tough, power running team but this clearly starts from under 10’s up, as St. David’s barged over for their first try after only 2 minutes. Mark immediately gathered his troops and after warming into the game centres Jack Finn and Eoin Faherty were beginning to cause problems for the St. David’s defence with some great passing and running rugby. As their partnership grew, their defence got stronger and stronger led by Ronan Keane with some superb tackling who also didn’t miss a tackle all game. Youghal continued to pile the pressure on the St. David’s defence with some outstanding running rugby from Bobby Nicholson who made the Welsh lads look dazed as he ran past. As Youghal edged closer to the line, Luke Landers led the team from the scrum half position in to a pick and drive situation and P.J. Morgan barged over with help from the whole team for an outstanding try. St. David’s immediately wanted to take advantage of using the slight hill on the pitch and score a try just before a break, but an outstanding defensive effort from Finn O’Brian and Jason Innes made sure it wasn’t easy for the St. David’s team to score. Bobby Nicholson led from the out half position with big try saving tackles but the Youghal lads were unable to hold out and St. David’s went over for their second try.
After a lengthy team talk from Aidan “Joe Schmidt” Finn the Youghal team went out looking to use the hill to their advantage. They didn’t disappoint as Eoin Faherty continued to pile the pressure on the St. David’s defence as he was helped by super rucking from Suzanne Dignamm and P.J. Morgan. Eventually Youghal got the beak through they needed, a knock on from St. David’s allowed scrum half Luke Landers to scoop the ball and find a massive hole on the wing as he zigged and zagged through the St. David’s defence to “Swan dive” over the try line almost giving coach Conor Finn a heart attack in the process and giving Youghal their second try. Youghal finally seemed to have found their second gear but this try seemed to light a fire under the Welsh lads and they attacked, attacked and attacked but some outstanding tackling and leadership from Mark O’Neill and from Luke O’Shea (although one maybe have been a little high Luke) helped inspire the Youghal lads to a superb defensive display on their own line. The team were not used to the Welsh rule of no ripping and were unfortunate to give up a penalty which led to a St. David’s try. Youghal continued to put pressure the St. David’s defence and vicea versa which saw Skipper Mark O’Neill make a huge tackle but injuring himself in the process leaving the Youghal team down to 9 players and St. David’s took advantage scoring their fourth try. Aidan Finn once again gave the team another tough team talk remenisant of brother-in-law Eddie O’Sullivan, this seemed to inspire the team and with Mark refusing to succumb to his injury the lads found one last gear. This allowed the “Clashmore Tank” Ciaran Ryan to step up to the plate after an outstanding first half of tackling and rucking to do what he does best: put his head down and rumble over any opposition in his way. After making a lot of ground Youghal were up on the St. David’s line which they turned over but were unable to hold on to as they knocked on into the arms of P.J. Morgan and he literally rolled over for a simple try to the dismay of the St. David’s team. Youghal continued with their onslaught of attack and with power running from Ciaran and Ronan helped by great recycling of the ball thanks to Suzanne and Jason, Youghal were inches from the Welsh line in search of the equalising try. From there, Luke “Swan Dive” Landers sniped around the ruck but was unfortunately tackled short of the line but quick thinking from Jack Finn snapped up the ball and touched down to make the score 4 tries to 4. With only minutes left St. David’s went on one last offensive surge to get a winning try but outstanding defensive efforts from the Youghal team saw Luke O’Shea and Finn O’Brian tackle a Welsh man over the touchline to save a try and that saw the end to a great game of rugby. Afterwards St. David’s Coach Adrian brought both teams together and said that our team had put in the best defensive effort he had seen in a very long time. To finish off I would like to congratulate the whole under 10’s team on an outstanding performance and every one of the team should be very proud against strong opposition and which was of the best games of rugby I have ever watched. I would also like to congratulate the whole touring party on what was a very successful and enjoyable tour.
Under 10’s squad: P.J Morgan, Ronan Keane, Ciaran Ryan, Suzanne Dignamm, Mark O’Neill, Luke Landers, Bobby Nicholson, Jack Finn, Eoin Faherty, Jason Innes, Luke O’ Shea and Finn O’Brian.
U11’s Match Vs Fishguard
Due to St. Davids not having an U11’s team, Fishguard were drafted in to be the opposition on what was a very windy day. But unlike St. Davids however, Fishguard is no sleepy hamlet and they brought enough players with them to field 2 teams!! Its difficult to say who was the home team on this occasion as the Youghal team had huge support from ourselves and no doubt a few locals also. Fishguard started off playing with the wind and from the kick off it was clear that the wind would play a major part in deciding the game. Fishguard kicked the ball long and heaped on the pressure eventually leading to the ball being turned over. This was the story of the first 15 minutes as Youghal came to terms with a very well drilled team playing at a level of quality Youghal hadn’t come across yet this season. But as the first half wore on, Youghal began to get to grips with the game and in turn the opposition. The number of times Aoibhe O’Flynn or Lauren Ryan got up from the bottom of a ruck or the wonderful tackling by Brian Coleman, Alex Kennedy, Alex Geary O’Keeffe or Jack Griffin was a joy to behold. It wasn’t all defensive work by any means and some darting runs by Sean Hehir and Charlie Flavin or the more direct route chosen by Kyle Anbro were causing Fishguard some problems and it was the lovely ball handling skills of Jake Mulcahy, Nathan O’Halloran, and Enda Cronin which allowed Jack Nicholson to be a thorn in the Fishguard side all day long. In truth this was a fantastic team effort by Youghal who were up against much stronger opposition but played like a team that had been together for years. The international opposition certainly brought out the best in this Youghal team and their level of commitment and never say die attitude was fantastic to watch. It was also a “coming of age” match for a number of individuals and from a coaching point of view this was the most pleasing element of the match – well done to all involved on what was a fantastic game of rugby.
For the puposes of clarification, the rumours that a sniper was hidden in the trees and was taking out the Youghal players during the second half actually proved to be untrue in the end but try telling that to Dessie O’Halloran who was on/off the pitch every 60 seconds or so attending to the casualties. We even had our own “Lazarus effect” during the game when a certain player who shall remain nameless suddenly became cured from an injury that required attention on the sideline and subsequently hobbled/walked/jogged/ran (in that order!) back on to the pitch to set up a try for Youghal – this game had absolutely everything!!
Youghal Team: Kyle Ansbro, Jack Griffin, Lauren Ryan, Aoibhe O’Flynn, Enda Cronin, Nathan O’Halloran, Jack Nicholson, Charlie Flavin, Alex Kennedy, Sean Hehir, Brian Coleman, Jake Mulcahy, Alex Geary O’Keeffe
U10’s Match Vs St. David’s
On a windy morning of the twenty ninth of March, our U12’s took to the pitch in St.Davids Wales to play their first full pitch match and they certainly did us proud. The Youghal side was captained by Rory Lynch who won the coin toss and decided to play against the wind in the first half. Because of the wind, champagne rugby wasn’t an option and a pop pass, pick and go game was played. Sean O’Riordan was the first player to go over the line for a try to put Youghal ahead, which was created by a lot of hard work by the forwards who rucked very well. It has to be noted Sean and Kira Fitz did a lot of hard work in the tight despite playing in the backline.
With the wind at their backs St. Davids were able to kick the ball down the pitch which gained them considerable ground and with added pressure were able to go over to level things.
The game continued much like this for the first half with Youghal keeping it tight and St. Davids kicking long whenever Youghal coughed up the ball in their half. On one of the occasions when the ball was kicked down the pitch it was picked up by Nathan Daly who took off down the right hand side of the pitch to put Youghal ahead again. However their lead didn’t last too long, after another long kick and some confusion in the Youghal backline St. Davids levelled things up again.
Youghal kept the heads up and hit back with more great forward work and Jamie Fogarty going over for a try to put his team ahead again and that’s how the first half finished up 15-5 to Youghal.
As Murphy’s law would have it the wind died down considerably in the second half so Youghal could forget about any advantage from it, but with twinkle toes coming to form in the second half who needs a wind advantage – Darragh Kenefick made a lovely run from near half way dancing in and out of players to lenghten Youghals lead. This was followed shortly by another try by Captain Rory Lynch to widen the gap 20-5. However St. Davids didn’t lie down and with some nice hands from their backs scored twice to bring it back to 20-15. That was the last score they were to get. The Youghal backs started putting a lot of defensive pressure on their opponents, won a lot of turn-overs which allowed Nathan and Darragh on separate occasions to get their hands on the ball in space and jink in and out to widen the gap again, 30-15. Next was to come the best try of the game, ball taken on by Youghal forwards then out to the backline with the forwards getting across to support at the breakdown and recycled out to the backs again and with nice hands, Rory Fitz was put into space and with blistering pace took off down the wing to make it 35-15. Another try by Rory Lynch ended the game 40-15. Great team effort by Youghal, the coaching staff are very proud with the win they achieved and the way they behaved on and off the pitch, well done lads.
Youghal Team: S. O’Riordan, B. Gardener, R. Lynch, C. Magner, K. Fitzgearld, N. Daly, C. Roche, P. Hennessy, D. Kenefick, J. Fogarty, R. O’Shea, L. Ryan, O. Hill, R. Fitzgearld, J. Griffin, P. Karousos
Youghal Rugby Football Club Wales Tour 2015
Excitement levels are building as there are only a few more sleeps before the 2015 Wales Tour. After the weekend of 6 Nations rugby we were just treated to, everyone is buzzing with anticipation and really looking forward to the upcoming tour. Youghal Rugby Football Club are delighted to be extending our best wishes to all the players/coaches/parents heading over to Wales on what is now the fifth tour across the pond to our Celtic cousins. We are sure this tour will be as enjoyable as all the previous visits to the land of the dragons.
It is such a huge honour to represent your home town on the rugby pitch but very few people get the chance to be ambassadors for their Club on an international level so well done to all the young boys and girls travelling on the tour. As a Club we hope you will all go on to wear the Youghal jersey with pride for many years to come. Playing team sports is a wonderful way of making lasting friendships through shared experiences and the memories you will gain by participating in a tour like this will last forever.
The future is indeed bright for this current crop of youngsters at Youghal Rugby Football Club. We have just completed state of the art dressing rooms and we are currently in the process of providing match quality floodlights on the main pitch which we hope will provide a sound footing to develop the Club in the right direction and have us back challenging for honours in the not too distant future.
A lot of hard work has gone into organising this tour and the Club would like to say a special thank you to Tessie Anderson, Yvette Dignam, Valerie O’Shea, Valerie Fitzgerald, Ivan O’Flynn and Aidan Finn for all their hard work and dedication in organising this tour. We would also like to say a special thank you to our main Tour sponsor Nutribio and all our other sponsors who have made this tour possible. We would also like to thank our wonderful hosts St. Davids R.F.C. who always look after us so well.
All that is left to say is good luck and have a fantastic time. Ádh mór agus gach dea-ghuí ar na himreoirí agus traenálaí go leir atá ag dul go dtí an Bhreatain Beag – go n-éirí an bother leo.
On behalf of the Youghal R.F.C. Minis section, we would like to express our sincere gratitude towards Youghal Credit Union on their recent sponsorship of a set of playing jersey’s for our U12 age group. The jersey’s were given their first outing against Cobh Pirates last weekend and as can be seen from the photos enclosed, the jersey’s look fantastic.
Youghal R.F.C. Minis Section Match Reports V’s Fermoy
On Saturday last (8th November), Youghal welcomed Fermoy to Frogmore for the first home game of the season and what a day it was. After the flooding earlier during the week the rain held off and some fabulous rugby was played by both sides. We would like to thank Fermoy for making the trip and for being the good sports that they are.
The Minis section would also like to say a massive thank you to all the parents who brought up sambos/cakes/bikkies, and generally helped make our opening home game a day to remember – just to let you all know that the bar has been set extremely high!! The spread we put on for our visitors was a veritable feast and between the food/hot chocolates/boot exchange/shop, the club was absolutely buzzing – just the way it should be so well done to all involved. The support we are getting this year from the parents is absolutely outstanding and was well noted by all the home players and also the opposition. Thank you very much and keep up the great work.
Check out the photos on our facebook page – Youghal RFC Minis. Training next Sunday (November 16th) @ 11.15am, new members are always welcome.
Under 7’s/8’s match report
Fermoy tip off, great pressure from Rian and Dylan produces a turn over with Aaron getting the ball and passing to Kelly with some fine running by Fionn gets the games first try. Fermoy tip off with some fast running gets their first try. Youghal tip off with some great running Evan and Nadia O’Shea Jacob spreading the ball well for Nadia Fitzgerald to get a fine try. Fermoy tip off moving the ball fast out to the wing get their second try. Youghal tip off there’s a turn over and Fermoy move the ball fast but with brilliant tackling Nadia and Dylan saves a certain try.
Half Time. Youghal tip off with Aaron getting the ball and with great footwork evades three tackles spreads the ball to Kelly who passes to Conor who goes over for a great try. A lot of tough tackling going on now with every player going in hard and fair. Next phase of play sees Fermoy getting a try. Youghal tip off nearly every Youghal player got their hands on the ball before getting a great try. Fermoy tip off and from good running gets a try to finish the game. It was a great game with some ferocious tackling by all.
Team: Aaron Dignam, Nadia O’Shea, Nadia Fitzgerald, Jacob Dignam, Dylan Revins, Rian Power, Kelly Murphy, Fionn Dalton, Conor Ward, Evan McNamara, Leah Daly, Aliyah Ward, Eva Curran, Liam Kelly
Under 9’s match report
Our under 9’s played their first home game of the season last Saturday, and gave a brilliant performance against Fermoy. Our three new players, Kieran, Jason and Ronan really proved themselves with Jason even scoring a try, and Kieran Ryan setting up two more. Bobby Nicholson scored our first try of the game and also went over for two more over the course of the match. Ryan Hamill and Daire O’Flynn couldn’t do anything wrong and Daire also scored two tries. Fionn Dalton, Tadhg Fitzgerald and Lui Phibbs are improving with every game (I think their parents were watching) and a few more training sessions they will be pushing for places on the Munster side. Jamie had a great game as usual and the ref really liked him as he was talking to him a lot. Well done Jamie! After a terrific game the Youghal boys ran out comfortable winners 12 tries to 2.
Team: Bobby Nicholson, Daire O’Flynn, Fionn Dalton, Tadhg Fitzgerald, Oisin Ryan, Kieran Ryan, Jamie Lee, Jason Innes, Lui Phibbs, Finn O’Brian, Ryan Hamill and Ronan Keane.
Under 10’s match report
Our under 10’s welcomed Fermoy last Saturday to Frogmore for the return leg of this friendly rivalry. Our boys were looking for another great performance against Fermoy this time on their own turf. Youghal were immediately on the back foot playing up against the hill and elected to give Fermoy the opening kick off as Fermoy pressured early on using the hill to their advantage, super tackling from Asia Lupton and Charlie “I only missed a few” O’Brien kept Fermoy at bay. Brilliant rucking from Mark O’Neill allowed Youghal to return fire with quick play from Ciara Kennedy and strong running from P.J Morgan almost saw Youghal go over for a try. Fermoy’s excellent rucking allowed them to attack Youghal on the back foot which saw them go over for two tries before the interval. The second period began with Youghal on the offensive thanks to superb running rugby by Alex Kennedy and Nathan O’Halloran who were supported by Ciara Hodnett who led from the front all morning. Fermoy quickly retaliated but some excellent defending by the Youghal team led by Jack Finn who was outstanding all game, kept Fermoy scoreless in the second period. At the start of the third period Youghal were clearly exhausted from their great performance so far but playing up against the hill, Fermoy in fairness exploited this and were able to bring fresh legs on throughout the game which enabled them to sneak in for two quick tries. After a quick team talk Youghal found some bit of energy from somewhere, probably from Emily Gallogley whose fast tempo approach had Fermoy in trouble. Youghal seemed to be on top around the park with great running coming from Daniel Murray complimented by Kyle Fitzgerald’s strong running saw Youghal show the cracks in Fermoy’s strong defence as time ran out. This group of players continue to grow and improve each week and hopefully this will continue with training next Sunday.
Team: Ciara Hodnett, Emily Gallogley, Jack Finn, Mark O’Neill, Asia Lupton, Ciara Kennedy, Daniel Murray, Alex Kennedy, Kyle Fitzgerald, Charlie O’Brian, PJ Morgan and Nathan O’Halloran.