Tuesday September 26, 2017
Skibbereen 7 Clonmel 53
With a new coaching set-up in place, Clonmel RFC supporters went into this season’s opener away to Skibereen with a little bit of trepidation. Their fears were quickly assuaged as their team swept to an overwhelming victory.
Coaches Pat O’Connor, Neville Melbourne and Neville Thomson must have been satisfied with their first outing in the Munster Junior League.
As soon as the nerves were settled, Clonmel opened the scoring with a well-taken penalty. Skibereen came at Clonmel for a period only for Nick Thomson to score the first of his three tries. This was quickly followed by a try for Luke Hogan to put Clonmel 17 up after 25 minutes. Thomson struck again from full-back to leave the half time score at 22-0.
Clonmel sniffed blood now and went for the kill in the second half. Flying winger Greg Carroll went over for his first after 47 minutes before Nick Thomson rounded off his hat-trick to leave Clonmel with an unassailable lead on the hour mark. Captain Tony Cantwell scored next before Greg Carroll finished the job with a nicely finished effort.
Skibereen did come back with a consolation try at the end to leave the game finished at 53-7. This was a great start for the current league champions.
15 Nick Thomson: 14 Greg Carroll: 13 Luke Hogan: 12 Luke Noonan :11 Paul Denn: 10 Dylan Cadogan: 9 Alex Sheehan: 1 Niall Campion: 2 Robert Coates: 3 Mark Corby: 4 Neville Melbourne: 5 Tony Cantwell: 6 Diarmuid Devaney: 7 John Gallagher: 8 Stephen Pyke Subs 16 Sean Sweetman: 17 Billy OKelly: 18 Jack Lonergan:19 Conor Cooney :20.Dean Slattery.
Clonmel Retain Adam Burke Trophy
The Clonmel under 16 team retained the Adam Burke trophy for the first time in the club’s history in fine style on Saturday last. The trophy is presented annually by the Burke family in memory of their son Adam who died tragically in 2008. This is a 7 aside competition. 11 teams competed this year with an undefeated Clonmel coming out on top in a hard fought victory over an excellent Clanwilliam side. In the same competition, Thurles won the plate and Carrick on Suir won the Bowl. Congratulations to all on a fine event.
There was no winner of our lotto jackpot the draw for which was held in Eldons. Numbers drawn were 6 10 12 18. There were 5 match 3s who share €200. The next draw will be held on the 29th September. The Jackpot currently stands at a whopping €9,200.