Shane O’Leary has joined up with the Canadian U20 Rugby Squad, which is playing in the IRB Junior World Trophy competition. He is eligible as his Mum was born in Canada.
He joined them in Minnesota for a camp from May 2nd – 12th. While there they played to games v USA U20s, winning on both occasions. He is in Victoria, Vancouver Island from 12th to 23rd May in the Canadian High Performance Centre. On Thursday 16th they played a British Columbia U23 team and won that also.
On 23 May the squad fly to Chile where the IRB competition is being held. They play the games v Tonga, Japan and Uruguay; as well as a cross-over game with a team from a second group of 4, depending on where they are ranked. The final games are on June 9th.
We wish Shane the best of luck from all at Young Munster.
Read an interview with Shane here at the bcrugbynews.com website.
By Killian McCarthy
On Sunday, our seconds contested the final of the North Munster Senior Seconds Cup with UL Bohemians the visitors to Greenfields.
A cagey opening half saw Munsters take a 6-0 lead through two Shane O’Leary penalties but two tries from the visitors had them ahead at the break 13-12.
Munsters upped the tempo in the second half and put the squeeze on the Red Robins up front, leading to two tries after sustained spells of pressure. Ger Flaherty was the first to burst over, with Darren Ryan picking from the base of the dominant scrum to grab the second.
Bohs were game and battled hard right to the end but a Paul Allen turnover was the last action at the end of an interminable amount of injury time.
Accepting the plaque, out-half and stand-in captain Shane O’Leary thanked all concerned for a fine campaign and echoed the thoughts of all involved in dedicating the success to flanker Ger Ryan who would assuredly have been on speech duties were it not for illness.
Last Sunday’s Hoare Cup U13 game between Young Munster and Old Crescent was won by Young Munster, the photos show members of the Hoare Family presenting the trophy to the victorious Young Munster team.
By Killian McCarthy
It was the classic game of two halves at Templeville Road on Saturday last; except that there were 10 minutes tacked on at the end to provide a sting in the tail.
In the South Dublin sunshine, with the season all but over, and assuredly safe from the dreaded drop there was little for either side to get excited about on the face of it.
With that being said, there’s no shortage of history between Young Munster and St. Mary’s, whose impressive clubhouse was paid for (in cash) some time in the mid-90s.
Add into the mix that this was Mike Prendergast’s last time turning out in black and amber, and that some promising youngsters were eager to stake a claim for their place come the autumn, and suddenly any fears of a drab spectacle could be summarily dismissed.
The Cookies kicked off facing into a strong, blustery breeze that seemed like it could be worth about 10 points to whichever side had it at their backs. 20 minutes in, that was the advantage the hosts held thanks to a Conor Hogan try in the left corner, and two expertly judged Gavin Dunne kicks. Continue reading
By Killian McCarthy
After six defeats on the spin, with little to play for but pride, and with the end of the season looming large, hoisting the motivation levels high enough to contest – let alone win – an AIL game is commendable in itself.
Thankfully, a local derby gets the dander up like little else, particularly when Shannon are ‘welcomed’ to Greenfields. Throw in plenty of pride in the jersey, a vociferous crowd, and toss the formbook out the window and you have a contest that dwarfs the professional fare served up in Thomond Park.
The Cookies set the tone early on, mixing the physical graft up front with plenty of guile in the back division. As early as the ninth minute a kickable 3-pointer was eschewed in favour of dinking the ball into the corner. It came to nought but the gauntlet had been thrown down.
After Shannon scrum half Rob Guerin had missed a penalty at the clubhouse end, the home side came roaring back. A blistering Mark Doyle break brought play over halfway and his inside pass found Seán Duggan, only for the rangy second row to unluckily spill the ball.
Winning in the territory stakes, it seemed a matter of time before Munsters made hay on the scoreboard. Step forward Darragh O’Neill in the 19th minute to provide a moment of individual brilliance. The diminutive winger stepped in to act as scrum half at an innocuous looking ruck in midfield. Spotting half a gap at the side of the ruck he darted into open country and turned on the afterburners to leave two would-be Shannon tacklers in his wake and dot down to the left of the posts.
Shane O’Leary made no mistake with his conversion attempt and Munsters were up and running.
10 minutes later Munsters had turned down two more kickable penalties but finding their efforts thwarted they settled for the shot at goal at the third time of asking. Shane O’Leary added to his burgeoning reputation from the kicking tee to leave his side 10 points to the good and he repeated the dose in first half injury time to leave the scoreboard reading Young Munster 13 Shannon 0 at the short whistle. Continue reading
Young Munster welcome Shannon to Tom Clifford Park at
2.30pm this Saturday, April 13th 2013 in our last home game of the
season. Your support will be appreciated.
It was confirmed this week that Young Munster’s Director of Rugby, Mike
Prendergast, will move to France next season to take up the position of
skills coach with Top 14 club, Grenoble.
The 35 year old Limerick local has had four successful years at Young
Munster, guiding the side to promotion to division 1A in his first season as
player/coach. This was followed by Munster Senior Cup success, and three
successive Limerick Charity Cups, and last season Young Munster were a
whisker away from winning the league, in contention right till the end.
Young Munster would like to congratulate Mike Prendergast on all he has done
for the club as he takes the next step forward in his career, coaching at
President of Young Munster, Jack O’Brien, commented, “We at Young Munster
are very grateful for all Mike Prendergast has done for the club during his
tenure at Tom Clifford Park. From the experience gained in his playing
career, Mike has always been able to earn the respect of players, and
players wanted to do well for him. You can see that in the silverware we won
under his guidance. He gathered great squads during his time here and we saw
some fantastic rugby which the supporters will always be grateful for.”
Prendergast will be involved in the transition to the new coaching setup
before he leaves for France. He commented, “I am massively grateful to Young
Munster who created an opportunity for me for the last four years to work in
a full time role with the club. This new opportunity coaching at
professional level might never have arisen were I not able to work full time
Young Munster would like to wish Mike Prendergast and his family all the
best in the move to France, and look forward to seeing him at Clifford Park
on his visits home.
Young Munster Director of Rugby Mike Prendergast, Club President Jack O’Brien, Gerry O’Shea of GGL Security
Young Munster RFC will be holding a fundraising Golf Classic on Friday 19th
April 2013 at Limerick Golf Club, Ballyclough, Co. Limerick. As many of you
know, these are very difficult times for all rugby clubs and Young Munster
is no different. We also understand how difficult it is for all individuals
in these times but would greatly appreciate your support for Young Munster
RFC by entering our Golf Classic.
This year’s event is being kindly sponsored by GGL Security and we are doing
everything possible to make it a most enjoyable day out for our teams and
their guests. We have put together a package on an excellent parkland course
with 15 top quality prizes on offer for the competing teams.
All teams that compete on the day will also be automatically entered into a
draw that evening at our presentation of prizes for a signed and framed Paul
O’Connell jersey which Paul himself has kindly donated, which will be
presented to the winning team drawn. Paul O’Connell will be presenting the
prizes that evening.
We would greatly appreciate your support by entering a team on the day.
Please contact the organising committee for further information:
* Darragh O’Sullivan 086-7246563
* Ger Haugh 087-2584341
* Mike Prendergast 087-8311297
* Brendan Collopy 086-6062606
* Johnny Smalle 087-2497428
Entry for team of four people €300
Þ Goodie bag on sign-in
Þ BBQ at “wee tee” (10th hole)
Þ Dinner afterwards in Clubhouse
Þ Entry into draw for signed and framed Paul O’Connell jersey
Þ Presentation of prizes by/photograph with Paul O’Connell that evening
Tee Box Sponsorship:
€50 an individual/company can sponsor a tee box on the day.
(Cheques/drafts made payable to Young Munster RFC)
Our U21s AIL quarter final v Old Belvedere takes place this
Saturday 2.30 Tom Clifford Pk. These guys are the future, come out
& support! In the Ulster Bank League, our Seniors take on
Garryowen at 7.30pm Friday night in Dooradoyle. Our Thirds begin
their Webb Cup campaign v Thomond in LIT at 2.30pm on
Young Munster played Garryowen in Dooradoyle on Sunday for the Munster
Junior Cup and both teams were enjoying a closely-fought encounter with
Young Munster just two points ahead at half-time on 14-12. Both Young
Munster’s tries coming from Derry O’Connor on the wing and the conversion by
Garryowen went ahead 18-14 with two penalties before Shane O’Leary got one
back for the visitors after the ref issued a yellow card to Garryowen for
playing the ball on the ground. The next score came from the outhalf again,
as O’Leary used his quick feet to get through the Garryowen defence and run
in a try under the posts which he duly converted.
Young Munster were up 24-18 in the final quarter as the ref sent one of our
players to the sin bin. The following minutes saw two further yellow cards
issued to the visitors, on recommendations from the sideline official on the
home side to the referee, who proceeded to award Garryowen a penalty try
from the same series of offences giving Garryowen the lead. Young Munster
tried a late rally in the dying minutes as Shane O’Leary attempted a drop
goal under pressure but the kick was just right of the posts and the final
whistle sounded to end the game 25-24.
Final score: Garryowen 25 – Young Munster 24
Lansdowne exacted revenge for their away defeat to Young Munster in December
with a bonus point success for the league leaders on the back pitch at the
Aviva Stadium last weekend.
27-3 down at the break, our only score was from a Shane O’Leary penalty as
the home side racked up the tries to secure the bonus point early in the
second half. Consolation tries for Young Munster came from Darragh O’Neill
and Hugh McGrath and were both converted by Mike Prendergast leaving the
final score 37-17. Continue reading
The recent death of Michael Hehir, after a short illness, ended a long
association with Young Munster RFC. Born in 1939, he spent most of his life
in the construction business. He became involved in the club in his early
days and held various positions such as treasurer. Many weekends he could be
seen in Greenfields always ready to help out with pitch and grounds and
offer his vast experience with any work to be done assisted by his right man
Pat ‘the Banker’ Flynn. He also often drove senior players to Galway, Cork,
and Dublin. He will be sadly missed at Greenfields. To his family we extend
our deepest condolences. RIP.
- by Johnny Brennan
In the present economic climate all clubs are finding it difficult to raise the finance necessary to maintain club facilities. Young Munster is no exception to this trend. Traditional fund raising events are not as successful as they were in the past, gate receipts have fallen and some long time contributors are no longer in a position to support us to the extent that they have in the past. In an attempt to secure sufficient funds to meet our commitments on a year round basis the committee is launching a “200 Club”. This is the norm in a number of clubs throughout the country and has helped clubs to meet on-going expenses such as rates, water, gas and electricity bills. This is especially welcome during the closed season when there is no other income.
Members of the “200 Club” are asked to contribute €20 per month to the club. Contributors will be entered in a draw for €1,000 at the end of each month and there will be a special bumper draw at Christmas. The first draw will be held at the end of March. Continue reading
Pride of place last weekend goes to our Under 14 squad who beat our old rivals Garryowen in the final of the U14 League. What a thrilling game last Sunday morning in Annacotty watched by a crowd of 300. The game opened with Garryowen racing into an early lead with a try and conversion followed by a penalty which left the score at 10-0 coming into the last quarter of the first half and Young Munster piling on sustained pressure at the Garryowen line before finely getting over near the posts. Following the conversion the score stood at Garryowen 10 – Young Munster 7.
The second half opened with Young Munster piling on the pressure and eventually scoring from a penalty which was duly converted to leave the score at 10-all. From the kickoff the black and amber continued to pile on the pressure and after an earlier drop goal miss the pressure finally paid off with the ball being spread to the left wing where we scored in the corner and the conversion coming from the touchline to leave the score at Young Munster 17 – Garryowen 10.
From the kick off Garryowen piled on the pressure now and with stout defending the black and ambers held on for a famous victory, again well done to both teams for a fantastic game of rugby played in true Limerick spirit.
Congratulations to both clubs and their coaches for producing two fine sides, special mention to the Young Munster coaches involved: Tony King, John O’Gorman, Jim Maher, Tony Hoban and Tom Dillon, director of youth rugby at the club, and all the parents.
Final score: Young Munster 17 – Garryowen 10
Clontarf climbed ahead of us in the league table this week, pushing Young Munster down a spot to fourth position after their convincing win in Castle Avenue last weekend.
‘Tarf took an early lead courtesy of winger Michael McGrath and Richie Lane added a penalty to take them 8-0 ahead. Young Munster outhalf Shane O’Leary, on his first senior start, got a try for the visitors, which proved to be our only score of the first half.
The Dublin side added on another penalty and two further tries by Lane and Adrian D’Arcy to take the home side in 21-5 ahead at the break. Continue reading