Good win for the Under 17s in City Cup.
- Published on 20 April 2011
Pat Lawler Tournament 2011
- Published on 18 April 2011
The 28th Pat Lawler Under 13 Tournament was played in a sun drenched Annacotty last Saturday. Our Chief Grounds man Martin Hanley had the 6 pitches in tip top condition with Pitch 3 dedicated as our Car Park. The opening ceremony included our President John Lenahan who welcomed all specially those who travelled long distances notably Instonians FC from Belfast and Sligo RFC. He stressed that Patricia Lawler and her family are great supporters of the event and thanked them for their support. Next up was Carole Murphy a member of the UL Bohemian RFC Ladies Team who was delighted to be given the opportunity to wish all the young players the best of luck. She also stated that the UL Bohs ladies team is one of the most successful teams in Ireland and this team supports the underage at this growing club. The last speaker was Councillor Cormac Hurley (Deputy Mayor) who stressed the importance of playing team sports from a young age in a inclusive and open environment. He remembers Pat Lawler as a magnificent player and stated that his memory is kept alive by UL Bohemians and the Lawler family.
John Lenihan flanked by Mick Doyle, Deputy Mayor Cormac Hurley and Carol Murphy from the UL Bohs Ladies team
The event was run under the IRFU Min Rugby rules (Stage 3) with tries as the only method of scoring. Twenty one teams turned up to honour the event with three late defections making it a bit difficult to sort groups play-offs etc. We had four groups of four and one with five and after 34 round one games we eventually whittled it down to 16 teams - Top 8 playing for the Cup and 9th to 16th playing for the Shield.
The Quarter Finals Draw for both trophies was as follows
Thomond 2 Garryowen 4
UL Bohemians White 1 Cork Constitution 1 AET (UL Bohs went through on superior try count 10-09)
Ennis Black 2 Tralee 1
Sligo 2 Castleisland 1
New Ross 4 UL Bohs RED 1
Instonians RED 2 Richmond 1
Wexford Wanderers 4 UL Bohemians BLUE 0
Galwegians 3 Bruff 2
Garryowen 2 Sligo 1 AET
UL Bohemians WHITE 3 Ennis 1
New Ross 0 Galwegians 2 AET
Instonians RED 1 Wexford Wanderers 3
Garryowen 3 UL Bohemian WHITE 0
Wexford Wanderers 3 Galwegians 0
We had three games going to extra time and all were very close with the Garryowen Sligo game turning into a real battle with Garryowen getting there narrowly in the end of extra time. The Shield Final was a close run match till early in the second half when Garryowen ran in two quick tries which secured a well earned victory. The Cup Final saw two Clubs slug it out neck and neck till half time. Wexford throughout the competition were very impressive and in the end proved too strong for a very gallant Galway side. All in all this was very sucdeefull and enjoyable event. We had three clubs making their debut in the Tournament : Crosshaven, New Ross and Wexford Wanderers. Before the presentations were made the Event Coordinator Mick McLoughlin took the opportunity to thank all the club members involved particularly, Mike Clancy for arranging the referees and tenting etc, Martin Hanley for getting the grounds in order, Ed Irwin for organising the Catering, Mike Doyle for acting as MC for the day, Adrian O’Sullivan for official photography, Tony Quilty for the Event programmes and the many pitch and traffic marshals who did a marvellous job.
It very nearly turned into an all Wexford Cup Final but Galwegians pull away from New Ross in extra time in the semis. Garryowen and Wexford Wanderers were presented with their trophies by Patricia Lawler. Garryowen captain Mike Sheehan accepted the Shield trophy and Peter Barry accepted the Cup. Our Senior Vice President Frank Malone thanks all those involved particularly the many referees who participated and the personnel of the St. Johns Ambulance services. He also thanked the three club doctors who were available to us: Eamonn Kavanagh, Maurice Rowsome and Matt Kiely. All in all a mighty day was had by all and the organising committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs for attending.
Lawler Event Coordinator
UL Bohemian RFC
All of the team photographs are below, for more photographs of the day, click here to go to Flikr.
St Marys (Dublin)
UL Bohemian (Blue)
UL Bohemian (Red)
UL Bohemian (White)
Under 21s lose Cup Final to Shannon.
- Published on 18 April 2011
Under 21 North Munster Cup Final.
Ul Bohs 18 – Shannon 19.
This was a disappointing loss despite a spirited late comeback which could have gone our way only for JJ Hanrahan`s conversion of Brian O`Hara`s try not drifted just wide in injury time. We ultimately paid the price for not making sufficient use of the strong breeze in the first half and generally taking poor options throughout. Shannon lost a forward to a yellow card in the 32nd minute but we failed to make this advantage tell and had conceded a nett 4 points by the time he returned. In a game which we eventually lost by a solitary point this period was crucial. In truth we probably did not deserve the win against a Shannon team which played far simpler football and took their chances well.
We led after 10 minutes when Niall Kennelly `s kick to the corner created the chance to maul over from 10 metres out. John Sutton was credited with the touchdown and Kennelly kicked a fine conversion. Shannon hit back with two Ben Sergeant penalties for 7-6 after 25 minutes. They then went ahead on 36 minutes with a try which Sergeant converted for 7-13.JJ Hanrahan had joined the fray for the injured Rob Buckley and closed the first half scoring with a penalty in injury time. A Shannon forward again saw the yellow card for this incident as we nearly crossed after a sweeping back line move was halted by a “professional foul”.10-13 at the break.
Shannon stretched their lead with another Sergeant kick on 45 minutes and he then repeated the dose ten minutes later as we were punished for continually trying to move the ball from pressure situations. The Shannon scrum was now on top as they benefitted from the loss of Cian O`Sullivan through injury. Nine points down with 15 minutes remaining .Hanrahan was successful in the 67th minute to close the gap. The same player missed in the 75th minute before a late and sustained siege brought its reward deep in injury time with O`Hara`s effort. We still had time to mount a last attack but Shannon held out for the victory.
You could not fault the effort of all concerned .Ed Kelly was immense throughout and Rory Kerins, Tom Goggin, Eoin Sweeney and Rory Cunningham gave great support. Brian O`Hara came on in the 60th minute and was an immediate force while Darren Moroney looked the most inventive back on view but was an isolated figure on the wing for far too long before being moved to full back. The loss of Rob Buckley was also a blow but we made life difficult for ourselves in a game we were capable of winning.
Tom Doyle, John Sutton, Cian O`Sullivan, Ed Kelly, Tom Goggin, Eoin Sweeney, Rory Kerins, Rory Cunningham, Rob Buckley, Tim Rafferty, Graham O`Keeffe, Chris Nairn,Niall Kennelly, Darren Moroney, Alan Rossiter.
Womens XV retain AIL Title.
- Published on 18 April 2011
Women’s AIL Division 1.
Old Belvedere 0 - Ul Bohs 43.
The Women’s team did us proud again last Sunday when a comprehensive 7 try display against Old Belvedere saw them retain their AIL Title. The girls produced a super display in perfect conditions and had built up a 19 point lead at the break.Ashling Hutchins led the scoring with a tremendous personal performance in scoring a hat trick of tries.Niamh Kavanagh,Patrique Kelly and Niamh Briggs added further tries before Claire Keohane was on hand to finish a superb 70 metre run from Joy Neville to complete the scoring.Niamh Briggs added 4 conversions to leave the final score 43-0 and bring another fantastic season to an end for this remarkable team. Congratulations to all!