Kilfeacle and District RFC 32
Newcastle West RFC 8
Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. cemented its position in the league on Sunday 14th of October with a win at home against newly promoted Newcastle West RFC. When faced with a home game against a side which has won one away game and suffered a home defeat it is hard to gauge what to expect. Having won the previous two games home and away, players can easily take victory for granted. Performances can easily deteriorate into mediocrity, priorities change and enthusiasm wane, however this was not the case on Sunday as Kilfeacle proudly defended Morrissey Park. For the majority of the first 10 minutes Kilfeacle played as if they were unsure of their bearings, unable to find their way or each other and disappointingly at times they even looked lost and the large contingent of supporters feared the worse. On the other hand Newcastle West R.F.C. started this game like their lives depended on it. Within the first five minutes, with the strong breeze at their backs, they had declared their intent and their very sizeable pack were causing Kilfeacle’s forwards, Simon Barry, James Ryan, Diarmuid O’Donnell, Sean Compton, Cormac O’Donoghue, Ger Luby (Pack Leader), Leon Tholand, Alan O’Mahony, James Mullane and Ricky Barry, loads of problems. At this stage of the game Kilfeacle looked shell-shocked and Newcastle West looked menacing. In the 11th minute Newcastle West were awarded a penalty almost on the halfway line. The subsequent attempt had the distance but not the accuracy. This close miss coupled with the realisation that unless Kilfeacle raised their game that they could be on the wrong side of a bad, bad result finally sunk in and Kilfeacle began to perform better. With 18 minutes of the first half gone Kilfeacle, after some fine teamwork saw themselves camped outside their opponents 22, however once again they lost possession and the opposing out-half went to clear his lines and Kilfeacle would lose the ground they had so bravely gained. Cometh the man cometh the hour, Packie Bourke, who was in sparkling form on the day, led by example and firstly blocked down the attempted clearance and secondly touched it down under the posts. This try was converted by Shane Luby to bring the score to 7 points to 0 in favour of Kilfeacle. Kilfeacle now looked the better half, however with the aid of the breeze and because of some last ditch defending and some misplaced passes this was to be the only score of the half.
Newcastle West started the second half in the manner in which they started the first and a well worked lineout and subsequent rolling maul saw them awarded a penalty which they subsequently converted to reduce the deficit to just 4 points after just three minutes. Kilfeacle bounced straight back and went on the offensive but were not having it all their own way. After 5 minutes of the second half, Cormac O’Donoghue, intercepted a pass and 30 yard surge for the line to touch down to heap more woe on a gallant Newcastle West side. This was to be, captain Shane Luby’s day with the boot as he watched this conversion sail over followed by two more very impressive penalty kicks in the 12th and 15th minutes to leave the score line reading 18 points to 3. What was great to see in this game from a Kilfeacle point of view was the way the team and individuals grew as the game progressed, and the backs consisting of Shane Luby, Gavin Heuston, Brian Nugent, Diarmuid Carr, Pat Ryan, Josh Featherstone, Packie Bourke, Keith Bourke and Aidan Noonan grew in confidence. Kilfeacle weren’t finished yet and once again, the brothers, Ger and Shane Luby, led the way to present the evergreen Alan O’Mahony with the opportunity to finish off an excellent team effort which Shane Luby converted. Newcastle West were under severe pressure and defending well however Kilfeacle went further ahead after a well-worked passing move saw an impressive Pat Ryan finish in style, having seen an earlier try disallowed for a foot in touch. The conversion attempt from the boot of Shane Luby was on the mark. The score line now read 32 points to 3 in favour of Kilfeacle and the bonus point was in the bag. When yet another of Kilfeacle’s attacks broke down with only seconds remaining in the game, no one expected Newcastle West to run the ball. It was a brave decision and ultimately the right decision. They caught the opposition off guard and never allowed them time to reset their defence before they went over for a try. The conversion kick was successful. This was the last score of the game and Kilfeacle ran out deserved winners by 32 points to 8. This score line flatters Kilfeacle as the first two tries scored were fortunate and had a huge bearing on the game.
Kilfeacle would like to thank everyone from Newcastle West RFC and wish the club the best. The team as ever are proud and humbled by the amount of support they receive and hope that their supporters will continue to come along and support them in their efforts this season. Our next outing is away in the league against Waterpark RFC on Sunday the 4th of November at 2.30pm.
Galbally RFC 3
Kilfeacle and District RFC 3
The seconds team were called into competitive action this weekend away to Galbally. Recent games and performances have been of great benefit to the team and the team continues to make steady improvement. Kilfeacle were delighted with the attitude and endeavour displayed by our players on the day. The game was played with great spirit, commitment and at a fantastic pace, with a lot of free flowing moves and running of the ball. The homeside owned the ball for large portions of the game and Kilfeacle were defending constantly but they defended well. Both teams showed their intent and how important the game was to them by the manner in which they approached the game. Selectors and the backroom staff were buoyed by many of the performances on the day. The full compliment of substitutes were needed and performed well on the day.
Training still going strong. We are delighted to announce that the training for the underage/younger teams continues every Friday. If you missed last week’s training do not fear as the place to be is Morrissey Park, Kilfeacle, every Friday night. If you enjoy team sports in healthy surroundings with experienced coaches, great facilities and loads of fun then Morrissey Park is the place to be Friday nights!!