Nenagh Ormond Rugby Club was last Saturday crowned AIL Division 2B champions following a comprehensive win over Suttonians at New Ormond Park. The victory by a 51-0 margin stretches Nenagh’s unbeaten home record to two years. They now face Ards away on April 12 in the final game of the season.
Leading the tributes to the team, management and club was Nenagh’s Munster and Ireland star Donnacha Ryan, who told the Tipperary Star the league championship was a “phenomenal testament to what the coach and the lads have done”.
He revealed that he had been “fortunate” to have trained with the squad some weeks back and it was “brilliant to see this level of profesionalism”.
He added that there was a massive pool of talent in Nenagh and surrounding areas and recalled that Nenagh Ormond was the first Tipperary team to have achieved senior status.
Donnacha said promotion would entice people to come to Nenagh and hopefully keep players in the club “because they don’t feel they have to play in Limerick”.
He said the two-year unbeaten home record now made it “very daunting to come and play in Nenagh and that was also a testament to the supporters”.
Donnacha also paid tribute to coach Trevor Hogan: “The lads are winning playing a great brand of rugby. Trevor is enjoying the training and has created a great atmosphere. He has put a great structure in place.”
And he felt that there was more to come from the players, including the chance to move into the Munster Rugby set up.
“When you are making strides like that it gives you more drive to become successful. There is no reason why some of the guys can’t go on and be involved in the Munster set up,” said Donnacha.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star