The annual Cashel RFC Charity Match took place on Saturday at Spafield and at the end of a very entertaining game the Tigers managed by Denis Leamy (picutred) overcame the International fifteen managed by John Hayes.
Cashel RFC Annual Charity Match
Tipperary Tigers 29
International All Stars 27
The game was played in a great spirit with running rugby the order of the day. The weather was fine and a large crowd turned up to support the charities involved. There was a carnival athmosphere with Cashel Brass Band adding greatly to the festivities. MC for the day was Chairman of South Tipperary Co Co, Michael Fitzgerald and he was very much at home in the role. The international team drew first blood when Brendan O’Connor intercepted on the 22 and scored under the posts. He also converted. Diramuid O’Connor prevented the Tigers scoring on 12 minutes when he put in a graet tackle but Ailbe Devitt had the Tigers first try shortly after that when he broke through the defence from half way. The game was played at a great pace and on 25 minutes Kilfeacles Jack O’Sullivan scored one of his specials when he ran from inside his own half to score. Howver Howard Stanley had the last word of the first half with a try to make the half time score 12 12. Michael Hickey put the Internationals ahead after 42 minutes put three tries for the Tigers by Ed Leamy, Alan O’Donnell and John Ed O’Connor put them 29 17 ahead. Referee Fergal Buttimer had enough of the whistle with 10 minutes left and swapped jerseys with Brendan O’Connor. He scored a fine try on 71 minutes and showed some of the excellent talents he had as a player. Eoin O’Connor had the last word with a try in the 78th minute but his effort at the conversion, which would have drawn the match explained why he is playing in the second row and not at full back. And so ended a very enjoyable game. Many players stood out but particularly former Ireland prop Peter Bracken, who drove 200 miles to play, and former Munster player Mike Prendergast. Peter Bracken is also a Heineken Cup Medal winner which brought the number of winners of this great trophy in attendence to four. Darragh Lyons of Clonmel, Cork Con and Munster fame also showed some neat touches. John Bernard O’Connor did very well to put together two excellent teams. At half time the kicking competition was held and Dougie Howlett the famous All Black and Munster player presented the prizes to the winners. After the game the John & Mary O’Connor trophy was presented the Tigers Captain,Kilfeacle man, John O’Mahony. Cashel RFC would like to thank everybody who made this such an enjoyable day, the supporters, the players and officials, the sponsors and everybody who contributed in any way by giving their time and effort. The funds raised will be put to good use.
Munster Senior Club of the year award.
At the annual Munster Rugby Awards function held on 5th May 2012 at Thomond Park, Cashel RFC were given the Senior Club of The Year Award. In 2008/2009 season and again in 2010/2011 the club received the Junior Club of The Year awards. Donal Lenihan, former Ireland Captain and Lions player, who acted as MC for the night gave special praise to Cashel for the achievements of the season and advised that it was the first time a club had won a Junior award and then a Senior award the following season in their first year in Senior ranks. It was a special night for the club. President Padraig Ryan accepted the trophy on behalf of the club. There was also a Cashel connection when Ray Hennessy of Cork Con and Munster was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He spoke very fondly afterwards of the many games he played for Cashel back in the 50’s. It was also a special night for Nenagh when their powerful forward Donnacha Ryan was awarded the Munster Player of the year award. A great honour indeed for Donnacha and his club and well deserved.
Everybody in Cashel RFC was shocked to hear of the death of former Cashel great Tadgh Rafferty last week. He played for the club for many years and was a powerhouse in the pack. He also played senior rugby for Bohemians in Limerick. He acted as club coach and president and was a very active member over the years. He recently attended the final All Ireland League match of the season against Rainey Old Boys in Spafield and was delighted with the result. He never lost his love of Cashel Rugby Club and was a regular on the sideline at many of our matches. We extend our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.