ULBohs Win Promotion.
- Published on 21 April 2012
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UL BOHEMIANS 34 BELFAST HARLEQUINS 14, Annacotty (UL Bohemians finish top of Division 1B and win automatic promotion to Division 1A for next season; Belfast Harlequins are second and will face Old Belvedere in a Division 1A relegation/promotion play-off)
21s overcome Old Crescent
- Published on 18 April 2012
With the Pat Lawler Tournament on in Annacotty, the 21s moved home for the day to the magnificent new facilities in UL and thanks to our partners in sport for facilitating this !
The players showed how adaptable they are when running out comfortable 34-5 winners on the super new all weather pitch, over Old Crescent. This followed on from our win against Thomond last week, with the prize being a place in the Final of the Nth Munster Cup, something all in the Club are looking forward to ! The vibes were good as the match approached ! Ul Bohs Red Team were on the way to the Final of the Pat Lawler, the Seniors were leading up North and all was in readiness for the Webb Cup Final on Sunday.
There were a couple of changes to the starting line up with Tom Doyle travelling with the 1st XV, as was Rory Cunningham , Rory White and other regulars Conor Kindregan and Niall Kenneally. This ,of course, brings chances for others and Keith Kennedy came into the front row, Paul Quille locked the pack at 8 and there was the bonus of having flanker Keith McManus available also. In the backs Jack Murray was out, but Tom Flynn came back in, and other than that it was along predictable lines.
The opening salvos saw ULB on the attack more often than not, with the pitch allowing for the kind of rugby that this team loves. It was somewhat frustrating, as that final pass was just going astray and we had to wait until the 26th minute for the first try, having gone three up after 20 from a Penalty by Tim Rafferty. And it was that man again who provided all 7 points. A great scrum , with the “home” team getting the nudge, saw Tim selling a great dummy before going over for a lovely try which he then converted.
The forwards were on top and the rugby was flowing at this stage ! The next score came on the 35th minute when a great break saw the ever improving Tadhg Power, going over for try number 2. The conversion was missed and the score was now 15-0.
There was much more to come however, as the last 5 minutes of the first half were to yield 2 more great scores.
The first, on the 40th Minute, came after a superb lineout take from Tom Goggins ! The ball came to Chris Nairn who ran a great line, passing to Keith McManus for a terrific try which Tim Rafferty converted . 22-0.
The icing on the cake came in injury time when after some great passing across the three quarter line a ruck ensued. From the resultant 5 metre scrum, the very impressive No 8, Paul Quille picked and went over . Tim looked after the extras and it was 29-0 at the short whistle.
The second half started much as the first ended with ULB on the attack and after 5 minutes they were rewarded. A great move involving Chris Nairn and Paul Quille saw full back Eoin Dennehy going over for try no 5. The conversion was missed and it was now 34-0.
The bench was emptied over the next few minutes and it was simply impossible to maintain the momentum of the first 50 minutes. A Crescent consolation try was the only other score in the match and it finished 34-5. The Seniors had also won with a bonus and the U 13s were in the Pat Lawler final. The Webb Cup was to come , and all was well with the world. It was a good weekend to be a Bohemian !!
No room for complacency with this U 21 team, by the way. As Coach Mike Storey was purring on the sideline as he watched his charges, he was reminded, in the quote of the day, by Paul Quille, that the score, since he was substituted, was minus 5 !!
With that kind of attitude we look forward to the Final !! Time , venue and most importantly opposition to be confirmed. This group are a joy to be around and to watch. Their team ethic, and the fun they are having is infectious and , for this scribe, the next match can’t come soon enough !
29th Annual Pat Lawler Competition
- Published on 09 April 2012
U 21s come up short
- Published on 26 March 2012
Our U 21s bowed out of the National Competition at the quarter final stage at a sun soaked Angelsea Road on Saturday, going down 12 6 to Old Belvedere.
On a day when they did not play to their undoubted capabilities, it was certainly a case of what might have been for the visitors, but all credit to a well drilled Belvo side who persevered to the final whistle and who progress to the semi final.
And it all started so well for Bohs.
After an early statement of intent the Robins were awarded a penalty on halfway and up stepped Jack Murray to secure the 3 points on offer after 3 minutes. This advantage was doubled after 11 minutes by Murray with another superb penalty and things were looking good, albeit Belvo were giving the visiting defence plenty to think about. The home scrum was also causing some problems but some heroic tackling by Paul Quille, Alan Rossiter and Jack Murray, in particular, kept the home side at bay.
They got back into the game with a penalty, however, on the half hour. 3-6 and thus it remained at half time.
They were not behind for long, however, and they levelled after 7 minutes of the second half with yet another long range penalty and at 6-6 one felt that the next score would be crucial. The visiting bench and considerable travelling support were somewhat perplexed at this stage with some of the refereeing decisions, particularly at the breakdown.
That crucial next score came after 20 minutes when yet another long range penalty was awarded to Belvedere. 9-6 but still anyone’s game.
Visiting management brought on John Sutton for Tadhg Power, Keith Kennedy for Vincent O’Regan and Paul Bolger for Tom Flynn as we tried to chase the game. We had , however, lost our way somewhat at this stage and were possibly trying too hard. Some over elaborate moves, wrong options and collective lack of concentration resulted in no additional scores and Belvedere sealed victory with one last penalty with four minutes remaining. Final Score 12-6.
The sense of disappointment after the match was palpable among players , management and supporters. This team is capable of a lot more, and has played a lot better but it was just not our day.
They will learn from this experience, however, and will come back stronger and more determined than ever. Many are underage for next year and there is a lot to look forward to. They are a great group of lads and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch them throughout the season. Onwards and upwards !!
The Coaching staff of Mike Storey, Donn O’Sullivan and Anthony Hartigan can feel very proud of how this group has developed and improved with every game.
Equally the Management Team of Mike Moroney, Barnaby Ross and John Burton, led by Gerry Stokes should take a bow as nothing was left to chance in preparations throughout the season.
The national prize may be gone for this year, but there is still the considerably local prize of the City Cup to play for ! Knowing this group they will knuckle down immediately to the task at hand and hopefully they can secure their second trophy of the season.
Team: 1-15, Tom Doyle, Tadhg Power,Vincent O’Regan,Tom Goggin, TJ O’Sullivan, Rory Cunningham,Paul Quill,Lorcan Laheen,Tim Rafferty,Jack Murray, Alan Rossiter, Austin Gibbons, Chris Nairn, Tom Flynn, Eoin Dennehy
Subs: John Sutton, Cillian McDowell, Keith Kennedy, Kevin Walsh, Paul Bolger,Cathal Murtagh, Shane Madden, Jamie Byrne
Current Management Gerry Stokes and Mike Moroney receive words of wisdom from past Supremo, Mike Nix before the Match !