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Archive for February, 2020

Next up in AIL: Ballynahinch

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

Saturday 14th March. 2.30pm KO

Senior Club Fixtures this week.

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Thursday 27th: Donal Walsh Trophy v Cork Constitution FC. (away) KO 7.30pm

Friday 28th Feb: AIL 1A v Young Munster RFC (Home) KO 8pm

Saturday 29th Feb: Gleeson League Semi-Final v Kilfeakle RFC. KO 2.30pm (Home)

Sunday 30th Feb: Munster Junior Cup v Kinsale RFC (away) KO 2.pm

Next Up in AIL: Young Munsters

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

The much anticipated local Derby v Young Musters RFC takes place this Friday. KO 8pm in Dooradoyle.

Garryowen are positioned in a strong second place, with the Cookies looking to secure a place in the last 4. A thrilling encounter in store.

Pre-Match Function will be heavily subscribed. Contact Geraldine on 087 2466815 before Wed 26/2 to reserve. €30/Person. Match Ticket and 3 Course Dinner.

6pm at Club House. 6.30pm Service. 8pm Kick Off.

Golf Classic. Thurs May 7th

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Date: 7th May

Venue: Castletroy GC

More Details to follow

Bonus Point win in Clontarf

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

CLONTARF 13 GARRYOWEN 32, Castle Avenue
Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Hugh O’Sullivan, Matt D’Arcy; Pen: Sean Kearns
Garryowen: Tries: Andy Keating 2, Colm Quilligan, Cian Hurley; Cons: Ben Healy 3; Pens: Ben Healy 2
HT: Clontarf 8 Garryowen 12

Garryowen completed a fine season’s double over fellow play-off hopefuls Clontarf with a well-merited 32-12 bonus point victory at Castle Avenue.

While Munster Academy duo Ben Healy (20) and Jack Stafford (22) pulled the strings at half-back, Garryowen also benefited from another strong showing by their big pack. Ireland Club international Andy ‘Panda’ Keating helped himself to two of the visitors’ four tries.

The Light Blues’ decision to play into the wind in the first half paid off, although they trailed early on to a Sean Kearns penalty. In response, eager winger Colm Quilligan was released for the game’s opening try in the right corner.

Clontarf, who have struggled with some inconsistent recent form, snapped back with a clever sniping try from Leinster scrum half Hugh O’Sullivan. The tricky conditions played their part in Kearns’ missed conversion and ‘Tarf were held scoreless for the remainder of the first half.

Garryowen took a 12-8 lead right on the stroke of half-time, tighthead Keating showing his power as he picked from a ruck and took two defenders with him over the whitewash. Before that, ‘Tarf had failed to profit from a series of scrum and maul penalties at the other end.

Conan Doyle’s side built further momentum on the resumption, as they wore down the home defence for flanker Cian Hurley to cross from close range. Tipperary youngster Healy converted and added a penalty to suddenly leave the north Dubliners with a 14-point deficit.

‘Tarf’s talismanic centre Matt D’Arcy clawed back five points by breaking the line and reaching over in the corner for his sixth try of the season. However, that good work was undone when the Garryowen forwards began to punch holes in the home defence and Keating, having been off for a breather, proved unstoppable again from a few metres out.

Munster prospect Healy closed out the scoring with a well-struck conversion and a terrific penalty from halfway, taking his tally to 12 points. Garryowen are looking stronger by the week in second place, while Clontarf’s eighth loss has seen them drop out of the top half of the table.

CLONTARF: Jack Power; Sean Kearns, Michael Brown, Matt D’Arcy, Michael Courtney; Conor Kelly, Hugh O’Sullivan; Ivan Soroka, Dylan Donnellan, JP Phelan, Tom Byrne, Ben Reilly, Tom Ryan, Tony Ryan, Michael Noone (capt).

Replacements: Tadgh McElroy, Cormac Daly, Sam Garvey, Angus Lloyd, Gearoid Lyons.

GARRYOWEN: Jamie Heuston; Colm Quilligan, Bryan Fitzgerald, Dave McCarthy, Hugh O’Brien-Cunningham; Ben Healy, Jack Stafford; Corrie Barrett, Pat O’Toole, Andy Keating, Tim Ferguson, Kevin Seymour (capt), Cian Hurley, Johnny Keane, Bailey Faloon.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Mark Donnelly, Paddy Kelly, Evan Maher, Jack Delaney

AIL Round 12 Update

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Garryowen boosted their hopes of securing a top four play-off position and a home semi-final to boot after securing a dramatic 8-5 victory over a gritty Terenure College side on the 3G pitch at Dooradoyle.   This was second-placed Garryowen’s eighth victory in their last nine AIL fixtures.

Irish Clubs Side Victorious

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Ireland Club XV beat Scotland Club XV 22-17 at Energia Park to retain the Dalriada Cup and win the 2020 Club International Series.

Ireland Club XV: Jamie Heuston (Garryowen), Colm Hogan (Dublin University), Pa Ryan (Shannon), Bryan Fitzgerald (Garryowen), Matthew Byrne (Terenure College); James Taylor (UCC), Aran Hehir (Shannon); Conor Maguire (Old Wesley), Max Abbott (Cork Constitution), Andrew Keating (Garryowen), Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution), Alan Kennedy (Young Munster), Michael Melia (Terenure College), John Foley (Young Munster), Paul Derham (Old Wesley).

Replacements: Adam Clarkin (Terenure College), Conor Bartley (Young Munster), Corrie Barrett (Garryowen), Peter Claffey (Terenure College), Ryan Murphy (UCC), Gerry Hurley (Cork Constitution), Gearoid Lyons (Clontarf), Sam Coghlan Murray (Terenure College).

Pre-Match Lunch v Terenure College RFC

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Our AIL 1A Fixture v Terenure College on 15th Feb will have a full house for our Pre-Match Lunch, where friends and colleagues of the Late Noel Noonan will attend to honour his contribution to Garryowen FC.


Noel sadly passed away on March 31st 2019. He was a former player and member of the Senior Seconds Management Team.

Ireland Club International v Scotland

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

SCOTLAND CLUB XV 39 IRELAND CLUB XV 17 , Netherdale, Galashiels.

Ireland Club XV posted a record score to beat Scotland Club XV 39-17 in Galashiels. The squad of players from the Energia All-Ireland League produced five tries and served notice ahead of the series decider in Dublin next Friday.

Bryan Fitzgerald opened the scoring after 8 minutes. The Garryowen centre ran the perfect support line after James Taylor’s initial break in and had the gas to finish from the 10m line.

Highlights (4Mins) can be located here:

Taylor and Man of the Match Aran Hehir were distributing well from half-back and had constant options from a slew of ball carriers.

Paul Derham was next to break the line and give the scoring pass to Hehir before the forwards took over for Conor Maguire’s try after 32 minutes.

The Scottish pack led a strong come-back in the second half and it was a one-score game after 62 minutes when Scott Bickerstaff strong-armed his way over the line for his second try.

Ireland Club XV’s replacements were instrumental in deciding the game. Gerry Hurley’s penalty stemmed Scottish momentum after Ryan Murphy forced a crucial turnover.

Full-back Jamie Heuston was next to score and Matthew Byrne cut in off his wing to score in the final play and ensure a record points haul for an Irish Club international side.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Gearoid Prendergast said:

“We played from really good rugby in the first half. We played a high tempo game with a lot of intent like we spoke about.

“The first 25-30 minutes of the second half were very disappointing but we showed in the last 10 minutes what we’re capable of. To come out of Scotland with that kind of win is superb but we have to build on it now for next week.

“We know that we’ll be at home in front of our own supporters. That’s huge. The most important thing from a rugby perspective is to take the learnings from tonight, particularly in relation to the second half where they owned the ball. We need to address that and kick on.”

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL GALLERY OF IMAGES FROM THE GAME

Scorers: Scotland Club XV: Tries: Scott Bickerstaff 2, Colin Sturgeon, Cons: Aaron McColm

Ireland Club XV: Tries: Bryan Fitzgerald, Aran Hehir, Conor Maguire, Jamie Heuston, Matthew Byrne; Pens: James Taylor, Gerry Hurley; Con: James Taylor 2, Gerry Hurley 2.

HT: Scotland Club XV 5 Ireland Club XV 22

Player Of The Match: Aran Hehir

SCOTLAND CLUB XV: Grant Mollison, Scott Bickerstaff, Conor Bickerstaff, Colin Sturgeon, Callum Young; Aaran McColm, Gregor Christie; Shawn Muir, Fergus Scott, Calvin Henderson, Mike Vernel, Gregor Law, Jamie Sole, Wallace Nelson, Ewan McDougall.

Replacements: Matt Carryer, William Farquhar, Gary Strain, Robin Cessford, Nathaniel Coe, Patrick Boyer, Andrew Mitchell, Steven Hamilton.

IRELAND CLUB XV:  Jamie Heuston (Garryowen), Colm Hogan (Dublin University), Pa Ryan (Shannon), Brian Fitzgerald (Garryowen), Jack Ringrose (UCD); James Taylor (UCC), Aran Hehir (Shannon); Colm Maguire (Old Wesley), John Sutton (Cork Constutution), Andrew Keating (Garryowen), Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution), Alan Kennedy (capt) (Young Munster), Michael Melia (Terenure College), John Foley (Young Munster), Paul Derham (Old Wesley).

Replacements: Adam Clarkin (Terenure College), Corrie Barrett (Garryowen), JP Phelan (Clontarf), Peter Claffey (Terenure College), Ryan Murphy (UCC), Gerry Hurley (Cork Constitution), Niall Kenneally (Cork Constitution), Matthew Byrne (Terenure College).

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