2001/2002 Season

1st XV

In the 2001/2002 season, our Junior team were in Division 3 of the Munster Junior League and finished mid table.

Panel: Eoin Cahill (captain), Karl Hayes, Brendan Flynn, Anthony O’Connor, Brian Murphy, Alan Beehan, John Campbell, Adrian Insley, Dave Dooley, Trevor Sexton, Johnny Fitzgerald, Killian Foley, Darren Hayes, Mike Scanlan, Mike Culhane, Oliver Heffernan, George Magner, Kieran O’Connell, Derek Johnson, Declan Moloney, Paudi Magner, John Elfis, Kevin Lyons, Pa McAuliffe, Philip Wrenn, Sam Lane, Michael Rowsome, Gary Kelly, Rob Moone, Gerard Lenihan, John Paul Ahern, Brian Devine, Eoin O’Sullivan, Terry O’Rourke, Dave Curtin, Mike Laffan, Pat Bourke, Dick Sheehy, John Keating, Byron Power, Richard Langford, Dermot Nix.

Transfield CupAbbeyfeale 17 - 5 NCWK O'Connell try.
FriendlyNCW 3 - 16 CastleislandD Hayes pen.
Garryowen CupNCW 10 - 27 Waterford CityJ Elfis try, B Murphy try.
MJCCCKillarney 10 - 8 NCWD Johnson try, M Scanlan pen.
LeagueDungarvan 5 - 6 NCWM Scanlan 2 pen.
LeagueNCW 13 - 11 FermoyK Foley try, A Insley 2 pen, con.
LeagueMallow 21 - 9 NCWA Insley 3 pen.
LeagueNCW 11 - 8 NewportJ Elfis try, A Insley 2 pen.
LeagueNCW 8 - 9 CharlevilleA Insley try, pen.
LeagueNCW 6 - 3 PresentationA Insley 2 pen.
LeagueKillarney 8 - 29 NCWJ Fitzgerald 2 tries, D Hayes try, A Insley 4 pen, con.
LeagueNCW 6 - 9 Waterford CityA Insley 2 pen.
FriendlyBruff 31 - 24 NCWA Insley 2 tries, 2 con, pen, D Hayes try, j Keating try.
LeagueNCW 33 - 5 DunmanwayK Foley 2 try, B Flyn try, O Heffernan try, A Insley try, 2 pen, con.
LeagueCarrick on Suir 20 - 13 NCWK O'Connell try, A Insley 2 pen, con.
Munster Junior CupShannon 38 - 7 NCWK Foley try, A Insley con.
FriendlySt. Senans 29 - 10 NCWA Insley try, pen, J Keating con.
LeagueNCW 15 - 3 CashelK Lyons try, A Beehan try, J Keating pen, con.
LeagueKilrush 9 - 3 NCWB Flynn pen.



Our Under 18 team won the North Munster Cup for the first time. The following are the match reports that detail the two titanic struggles in the final and re-played final:

Thomond    16
Newcastle West 16
On Sunday, 19th May, 2002, Newcastle West and Thomond played out a thrilling draw in the North Munster Cup Final in Thomond Park. The teams were level at half time (6:6), Anthony O’Connor kicking two penalties for Newcastle West. Rob Egan scored an early try for Newcastle West but Thomond led 16:11 with three minutes remaining when Diarmuid Enright scored a great try, much to the delight of the large Newcastle West support. Anthony O’Connor was just wide with the conversion, so the game ended 16:16.

Thomond    8
Newcastle West 10

On Wednesday, 22nd May 2002, Newcastle West became the first Junior club to win the North Munster Cup in 70 years when they defeated Thomond in a replay in Thomond Park. Newcastle West led 5:3 at half time, with Diarmuid Enright getting the Newcastle West try. As in the drawn game, Thomond led (8:5) with time almost up, but the never-say-die attitude of Newcastle West saw Anthony O’Connor score a try to leave the final score 10:8.
Panel: Anthony O’Connor (captain), Tom King, Brendan Gleeson, Matthew Monaghan, Brian Fitzgerald, Bob Mulcahy, Anthony White, Karl Hayes, Brian McAuliffe, Rob Egan, Diarmuid Crowley, Gerry Martin, Diarmuid Enright, Niall Kennedy, James Lane, Mike Quilligan, Sean Leahy, Mike McMahon, PJ King, Ray Kearney, Tom O’Brien, Rob Hayden, Dave Sexton, Dave McCoy.
Coaching team; Vincent O’Doherty, Mike O’Riordan, Matt McCoy, Joe Healy and they had help from Conor Magner and Paddy O’Grady.


Community Games

In 2002, Newcastle West reached the All-Ireland final of the community games, winning the county final and the Munster final along the way.

County Semi Final: Newcastle West 35 – 0 Adare
Newcastle West defeated Adare in the county semi final on Thursday, 13th June in Cullinagh. James Kelly scored four tries, Michael Culhane two tries and Adrian Doyle one try.

County Final: Newcastle West 25 – 10 Kilmallock
Newcastle West became county champions for the first time when they defeated Kilmallock in Cullinagh on Sunday, 16th June 2002. James Kelly again scored four tries, with Ian Corbett scoring the fifth try.

Munster Semi-Final: Newcastle West 40 – 10 Cobh
The Munster finals were held in UL on Saturday, 13th July 2002, with Newcastle West defeating Cobh in the semi final. James Kelly once again scored four tries, with Chris Neville, Michael Culhane, Brian O’Doherty and Adrian Doyle also on the score board.

Munster Final: Newcastle West 50 – 10 Tulla (Clare)
Newcastle West proved too strong for Clare champions Tulla in the Munster final, scoring ten tries from Michael Culhane (4), Adrian Doyle (2), James Kelly (2), Chris Neville (1) and Tadhg Mulcahy (1).

All Ireland Semi-Final: Newcastle West 25 – 10 Eadestown (Kildare)
Newcastle West defeated Leinster champions Eadestown from Kildare in the All Ireland semi final in Mosney on the weekend 24th/25th August 2002. We led 15 – 5 at half time, with James Kelly scoring two tries and Adrian Doyle also on the score board. In the second half we had tries from Ian Corbett and Billy Nash.

All-Ireland Final: Newcastle West 10 – 20 The Quay (Mayo)
It took extra time to seperate the sides in a dramatic final. They were 5:5 at half time, with James Kelly scoring our try. Alan O’Riordan scored our second try to send the game into extra time. But The Quay scored two tries and ran out 20 – 10 winners.
Panel for all games: Michael Culhane (captain), Alan O’Riordan, Brian O’Doherty, Ian Corbett, Tadgh Mulcahy, James Kelly, Billy Nash, Adrian Doyle, Chris Neville, Brian Holland, Aaron O’Brien, Michael O’Leary.
Coaches: Tim Mulcahy, Tommy Culhane and Eddie Holland.