Club Notes for w/c 01-DEC-2014

Updated: December 2, 2014

Munster Junior League Division 1


Tralee 0 - Newcastle West 38

It was back to the league last Sunday and that old statement of forwards win games and backs decide by how much came home. Tralee had defeated us in our last two league meetings and this was the challenge thrown down to the team before the kick-off.

It was a battle up front early and the visitors were dominant in the set piece both at scrum and line-out where Gary O Donnell was cleaning up on both ours and their ball.Conor was receiving good quality ball and a move along the back line allowed James Kelly in for our first try which Sean Herlihy converted on fourteen minutes.

With Declan, Sean Corbett and rock solid in the front row, a carry from the back of the scrum by Richard Langford saw him give a well-timed off load to Captain Sean Herlihy who went over just right of the post for a try which he converted himself. Richard Langford sustained and injury in this move which saw him replaced by Mike McMahon.

Sean was putting in some great up and unders and it was from one of these that was collected by Gary O’Donnell on the run passing to Dave Foley then to Stephen who went over in the corner on thirty five minutes.

It was all the visitors up to half-time and the teams turned with NCW leading by 19-0.

The score of the game came in the fiftieth minute when a great line out throw from Sean Corbett hit Gary who passed off the top to Sean, he went straight for their number ten and from the ensuing ruck Conor Whelan received the ball and a forty yard cross kick in to the hands of Stephen Kelly saw him run sixty yard to touch down under the posts which Sean Herlihy converted.

The visitors were in total control and could have scored at will but made a number of unforced errors until the sixtieth minute when all ran right and Sean Neville got a try from great work by the forwards and backs together.

Conor Whelan was to have the final say in the game when continuous pressure on the Tralee back line saw them knock the ball straight to his boot, he then dribbled it over the line and touch down for a try which he converted himself.

Man of the match goes to Davy Foley,with Gary O’Donnell and Conor Whelan snapping at his heels for the honor.

A bonus pint win on the road is never easy but after our woes of the last few weeks it was great to resume normal service with a win.

We are entering a vital stage of our season where who wants this league more will be defined by those willing to make the sacrifices required to take things to another level.

Thank you again to the travelling support who continue to outnumber the home supporters everywhere we go.

Newcastle West: Tom Kelleher, Stephen Kelly, John Sheehan, Shaun Berkery, James Kelly, Conor Whelan, Sean Herlihy, Pa Galvin, Sean Corbett, Declan Moloney, Dave Foley ,Sean Leahy, Richard Langford, Gary O’Donnell, Mikey Berkery, Shane Magner, Trevor Sexton, Murley Sheehan, Mike McMahon, Sean Neville, TJ Relihan.

Scorers: Sean Herlihy 1 Try, 3 Conversions.Conor Whelan 1 Try & 1 Conversion, Stephen Kelly 2 Tries, James Kelly 1 Try, Sean Neville 1Try,

This Saturday 6th December, Gleeson League Newcastle West 2nd XV (elite squad) V Clanwilliam 1 pm in Cullinagh
This Sunday 7th December, 1st XV Munster Junior League Division 1, Newcastle West V Cobh Pirates 2.30 pm in Cullinagh.
Sunday December 21st, Transfield Cup Final, Newcastle West V Shannon 2.30 pm Thomond Park

Gleeson League


Thurles 3 Newcastle West 2 XV (Elite Squad) 46

Thurles is the longest trip on the road for this team and is usually hard to get players to travel, but the fifteen who made the journey last Saturday played with great heart and skill to return home with a fantastic result .It was also a great day for newcomer Tom O Shaughnessy to earn his first cap.
It was a dream start when after three minutes the forwards gather the ball from a line out through the forever young Brendan Burke, with Gary Hanley by his side they drove to the line and Sean Mc Auliff burrowed over.Micheal O Leary added the conversion.Thurles got there only score in the game when they got a penalty in the seventh minute and that was there lot for the day. Michael O Leary got a penalty in the tenth minute. With the forwards laying the foundation through Paudie,Podge and Gavin they drove a scrum creating go forward ball for the backs and Mikey Berkery got his first try of the season in the fifteenth while on holidays from his base in eastern Europe.Michael O Leary converted.
Aaron O Brien got our next try in the twenty-fifth minute with a move involving Podge, Gary, and Rob and eventually driving him over scoring a typical forward orientated try, MOL again converted.
Mikey ,Shaun and Brian were being provided excellent quality ball from our two halves and it was the strong penetrating running of the Berkery brothers allowed Michael O Leary to score his first of a hat-trick of try’s which he again converted himself. The halftime score was 3-31 and the visitors were cruising at the turnaround.
Some indecision early in the second half gave Thurles momentum but a quick word from Brendan and a return to the game plan which saw the second half being run by Man of the Match Michael O Leary who scored a penalty, two trys and a conversion in the second forty. The only blemish on another wise perfect performance came in the 79th minute when he actually missed a shot at goal.
Well done to all who travelled and showed great respect for their manager Brendan Burke by giving 150% from the time we left home to the return.
Man of the match. Michael O Leary, closly followed by Gary Hanly, Sean McAuliffe Podge Roche
Scorers; Michael O Leary 3 trys, 2 penalties, 5 conversions. Aaron O Brien Try, Mikey Berkery Try, Sean McAuliffe Try,
Team Gary Hanly,Rob Hayden, Gavin Whelan, Padraig Fogarty Capt. Tom O Shaughnessy, Brendan Burke, Podge Roche, Aaron O Brien, Sean McAuliffe, Michael O Leary, Mikey Berkery, Shaun Berkery, Brian McAuliffe, Mike Boyce, Alan Roche

Under 18’s

Gritty performance topples Shannon

Newcastle West RFC – 15 Shannon – 11

A great victory away to Shannon was ground out by a determined team performance . A try each for Sean Ivess and Sean Murphy and a pen and conversion from the boot of Sean Ivess was enough to get us over the line.
We were the stronger team in the first half and lead 15 to 3 at half time and possibly should have been ahead by more.
The second half and Shannon came out strong and got an early try that really gave them confidence and they came at us hard and took the game to us. They pinned us in our own half for long periods but our defence stood resolute and held there line well. Shannon got a pen and kicked it to put them within 4 points of us but we defended well and held on for the victory.
We’re away to Richmond next Sunday Dec 7th and we have 2 home games before Xmas against Bruff Dec 14th in Cullinagh and Thomand Dec 21st again in Cullinagh, thanks to all our supporters last Sunday and please come along and support the lads in these important fixtures in the weeks ahead.


 Under 13’s

Walsh Hat-trick Caps Comeback for Top of the Table Under 13s

Newcastle West – 25 St. Senan’s – 19

The under 13s travelled to Shannon Town on Sunday morning to take on St. Senan’s. It was our first game of the league season. We were very slow to get started. Directly from the kick off Senan’s won there own ball and ran it in for a try. Things didnt get any better after that as Senan’s exposed some weak tackling on our part and went into a 12-0 lead midway through the opening period. We gained a foothold in the game through strong ball carrying from the Mike Cremin and Chris O’Riordan. The pressure told and Bobby Donovan powered his way over the line for our opening score. Just before the break Senan’s added a further seven points to make the half time score 19-5 to the home side.
After some strong words at the break, the lads came out with a desire to prove that they were better than there first half showing. The comeback began with a big tackle from Todd Donovan, who also managed to force a turnover. When the boys carried hard, they made brilliant ground and that is exactly what happened. Following carries by Oliver Flanagan and Jack Duggan, David Walsh drove over the line for his first try for Newcastle West. It didn’t take long for him to add his second as five minutes later he scored a carbon copy of his first. With the game entering the closing stages, we needed a try to take the lead for the first time in the game. And it was Bobby Donovan who added his second try of the day put us in the winning position. From the restart, Senan’s came at us with everything they had in an attempt to snatch a victory. But our defence stayed strong and stopped any momentum that was building. We earned a turnover and ended up sealing a win with yet another David Walsh try.
It capped off a superb comeback by the boys and were fully deserving of their win. Thanks to all players and parents who travelled the Shannon on a foggy morning. Training continues every Wednesday and Friday night at 6:30. New players are always welcome. Our next game is at home to Richmond on Sunday the 14th of December.
Squad: Bryan Mortell, Oliver Flanagan, Chris O’Riordan, David Walsh, Bobby Donovan, Jack Duggan, Todd Donovan, Mike Cremin, Kevin O’Connell, Aaron Heffernan(c), Darragh Lyons, Andrew Mortell, Ruadhan O’Connor, Daniel Donovan, Jodie Woulfe, Ronan Mullane, Aaron Rothwell

Newcastle West rugby website is more up to date

Recently some maintenance work has been happening so a lot of the tables and notes are recent. Check out the changes on

Pay a visit to our Kilelline Shop for Christmas presents

Please consider purchasing adult club merchandise and show your club colours when cheering on your son’s match day.
Special offers on Adult Hoodies and polo shirts. Pay a visit on Sunday’s or order in advance by ringing either Eoin Cahill (085 1651763) or Pat Daly (087 2421682) after 6:30 pm or call up to coaches at any of weekday youth trainings nights.

Interested in being involved in an Events committee?

Interested parties please mark off in your (phone) diaries for a meeting in Kilelline Clubhouse on Monday 8th of December. With Christmas coming we need people to help arrange food and drinks occasions for mini and youth match days.

Collect your Munster vs Clermont in Kilelline on Wed 3-Dec 8pm sharp

Please be aware that if you booked tickets for the Munster Vs. Clermont Match you need to collect and pay on Wed night 3-Dec at 8pm. See you all there.

International Tickets

Ireland have 2 home International in the 2015 6 Nations
Saturday, February 14th: Ireland v France, Aviva stadium (5.00pm) & Sunday, March 1st: Ireland v England, Aviva stadium (3.00pm)
Tickets are limited and we will ONLY accept written applications from paid club members.
All applications must be sent to
Newcastle West RFC, C/O Hon Secretary, Eoin Cahill
Newcastle West RFC, C/O PRO, Martin O’Sullivan, Dually, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick


There was no winner of the November 28th Lotto draw which was held in The Central Bar.
The numbers drawn were 8, 20, 23 and 28.

The lucky dip winners were:
Marie Reddan,Killaloe.
Michael Browne C /O MAGS Motors.
Lynda Heffernan C/O Pallas Foods.
Pat & Mary Bourke Ballyshane.
William Keane C/O Monagea GAA
Claire & Louise Condon Newcastle West
Jerome Scanlon C/O Tom McCoy

The promoter’s prize went to Sean Leahy

Next week’s jackpot is €18,500 and the draw takes place on Friday 5th December in The Ballintemple Inn. Your continued support for the weekly draw is greatly appreciated.


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