West Limerick RFC amalgamations yields 3 youth rugby cups.

Updated: May 11, 2015
Pan Munster champions

The lead up to this success could be put down to the joint up thinking of the following club officers: Joe Hoyne & Tom Flavin Estuary (based in Shanagolden), Pat Daly Newcastle West RFC, John Tobin, J.D. Hartnett & Billy O’Rourke Abbeyfeale RFC, who two years ago met up to try and retain players at U17 & U19. Individually they couldn’t form a full squad but united they felt they could be competitive. The first season (2013/2014) of the amalgamation Newcastle West/Estuary (with 5 on loan players from Abbeyfeale) competed in the North Munster region and succeeded in reaching the U18 Pan Munster Quarter Final, edged out by their nemesis, Bruff, who went onto win the Pan Munster and later were unlucky not to win the All-Ireland competition.
This set the seeds for the following season, 2014/2015, with all youth levels (U13 – U16) forming amalgamations between Newcastle West and Estuary. The U18 Newcastle West/Estuary (with 4 on loan players from Abbeyfeale) competed in the North Munster region again but this time their sights were set on greater spoils; The Pan Munster Cup. The full details are outlined in section below.
Who would have believed that at the end of 2014/2015 season the trophy cabinet would have three hard earned youth cups. The Can win attitude of recent times has been fed through to the Youths and Minis collectively from the Newcastle West Adult teams J1 who in the last 3 seasons have come from qualifying for division J1 in season 2012/13, to finishing in top four teams of J1 in 2013/14 and finishing second in 2014/15 and adding the Transfield Cup to their trophy cabinet.

North Munster u13 Conference Cup Final (04-May-2015) … compliments of Darren Normoyle (u13 manager)

U13 NM Cup WinningTeam

Newcastle West/Estuary RFC 7 – 5 Ballina-Killaloe-Scariff

This season ended on an incredible high for our under 13s when we beat Ballina-Killaloe-Scariff on the May Bank Holiday Monday to claim the North Munster Conference Final. The final score was 7-5 in what was a tense, yet entertaining game with both teams leaving everything out on the pitch. It marked an incredible turnaround throughout the season, as Ballina-Killaloe-Scariff beat us by 50 points when we travelled to Clare.
We got off to a solid start to the game with our forwards carrying well and our back exploiting what little room the defence allowed them. We were very unlucky not to be a couple of scores to the good after the first quarter of the game. Eventually we did cross the line when Bobby Donovan barrelled his way over after a quick penalty from Evan Sheehan. Aaron Heffernan added the extra with a difficult conversion. Ballina-Killaloe-Scariff went straight on the attack from the restart. They pressurised our defence but we never let them through. We did eventually concede however, when poor rucking on our part cost us a turnover in a dangerous area of the pitch. The ball fell to the feet of the winger who had a handy run into the corner. Thankfully the conversion was missed.
The second half was where Ballina-Killaloe-Scariff really put our defence under pressure. They had the majority of possession and we were camped in ur 22. Heroic defence, especially from Ruadhan O’Connor whose tackle count on the day was up in the 20s, keep the opposition at bay. When we did have the ball, strong running from E’ouenn Ferron, David Walsh and Mike Cremin got us out of danger. As the game came to a close, Ballina-Killaloe-Scariff thought they had snatched the victory from us when they went over in the corner, but the referee adjudged the ball carrier made a double movement. Andrew Mortell cleared our lines and the ref blew the full time whistle, much to the relief of all of West Limerick.
It was a great achievement to win the Conference. The improvement from the beginning of the season to the ends was immeasurable. A special thank you to all the players and parents who put in a huge effort in a season.

Squad – Jodie Woulfe, Kevin O’Connell, Ruadhan O’Connor, Andrew Mortell, Jack Duggan, Aaron Heffernan, Evan Sheehan, Bryan Mortell, Oliver Flanagan, Chris O’Riordan, E’ouenn Ferron, Bobby Donovan, David Walsh, Todd Donovan, Mike Cremin, Aaron Rothwell, Darragh Lyons, Cormac Lyons, Ronan Mullane, Killian Rothwell, Daniel Donovan, Adam Nash.

Management and Coaches – Oliver Heffernan, Darren Normoyle, Mike Mortell, Niall O’Connor
North Munster u15 Cup Final (28th April 2015) … compliments of Mike Lyons (u15 manager)

U15 NM Cup WinningTeam

Newcastle West/Estuary RFC 13 – 8 Bruff

Newcastle West/Estuary RFC boys created history for the club when they won the Under 15’s North Munster Cup for the first time, in a thrilling final against a quality Bruff team on the back pitch in Thomond Park.

It was always going to be a tight affair as both sides were stacked with quality players, playing skilful , hard, clean rugby.
It was evident that Head Coaches on both sides, Vincent O’ Doherty and Mickey Cahill for Newcastle West/Estuary and Bruff respectively had put a lot of thought and effort into their game plans.
Newcastle West/Estuary were cheered on by a fantastic group of supporters who had braved the elements to encourage their team.

Newcastle West/Estuary started well and played the first 8 or 9 minutes in the Bruff half. Bruff defended heroically, giving away only one solitary penalty. Despite challenging conditions Charlie O ‘ Doherty made the most of the penalty and slotted the ball over the bar to open the scoring for Newcastle West/Estuary. Bruff responded well and their forwards took on the ball and built momentum through the phases. Newcastle West/Estuary defended well, but the Bruff drive meant that all defenders were sucked in when the Bruff scrum half let out the ball to go through the hands of their backs , and for their winger to finish it off in the corner. It was nip and tuck for a while, but fantastic carries by Ryan White and Cian Walsh brought play inside their 22,when Killian Fitzgerald took on the ball off a ruck and steamed over for a try.
Again Charlie O’ Doherty added 2 points from the conversion. Newcastle West/Estuary added another 3 points from a penalty just before the half time whistle leaving the score 13 – 5 at the break.

The weather deteriorated considerably in the second half with heavy rain and a swirling wind. Bruff added another 3 points to their tally after being awarded a penalty. Both sides attacked and defended well for the remainder of the second half, with neither side giving any quarter.

Stephen Lyons kicked it into touch as the Ref blow an end to a fantastic game of rugby despite horrendous weather conditions.

Captain Micheal Murphy accepted the Cup from Dermot Kelly, Chairman of the North Munster Youths committee to the delight of the Newcastle West/Estuary contingent. A fitting reward after a long season of hard work and determination. Micheal praised his squad, coaches, parents and supporters and also our opponents who put up a great fight, but it was just to be Newcastle West/Estuary’s day on this occasion.

Squad – Evan Donovan, Jack Kenny, Cian Walsh, Padraig Flavin, Cormac Nash, Ryan White, Adam Flanagan, Killian Fitzgerald, Charlie O’ Doherty, Stephen Lyons, William Cahill, Eamon Ambrose, David O’ Donovan, Liam Molyneaux, Dylan Cahill, David Condon, Michael Mc Mahon, Ross Donovan, Emmett Wrenn, Tiernan Mason, Diarmuid O’ Flynn, Tom Murphy, Connor Finucane, Caolan Dooley. Liam Mc Sweeney ,Micheal Murphy, John Hayes.

Management and Coaches – Vincent O’ Doherty, Philip Wrenn, Dave Flanagan, Tom Flavin and Mike Lyons.

U18 Pan Munster Final (04-May-2015) … compliments of John Liston/James Feane (u18 managers)

Tomas D’Arcy “snatches victory from the jaws of defeat”.

U18 Pan-Munster-champions

Newcastle West/Estuary RFC 22 – 20 Bruff

A historic day for underage rugby in West Limerick saw our lads claim the Munster u18 title last Sunday in Thomond Park.
Bruff started the stronger team and got the first try, that was a wakeup call for our lads and Sean Ivess got a pen and duly kicked it shortly after to put the scoreline at 5-3,, next score came from Jason Woulfe after some terrific teamwork converted by Sean Ivess to make it 10-5 to NCW/estuary.
Bruff were very strong in attack and Eoin Sheridan was ferocious in the tackle to keep them at bay during the first half . Eoin missed the first half of the season but you wouldn’t know it last Sunday as he had a superb game .
Dylan Murphy was sin binned and Bruff scored a try directly after Dylan going off to leave the score ten each at half time.
Sean Murphy had a super game and robbed possession from Bruff ten mins into the second half and made ground and gave the ball to Sean Ivess around the half way line,, Ivess took off and scored the try of the year with the feet of a dancer he weaved through the Bruff defence to score as fine a try as has been scored in Thomond Park.
We now had s decent lead of 17-10, it wasn’t to last too long as Bruff came at us hard again and Niall Byrne broke on the blind side and sent winger Matthew Lockhart O’Dea over in the corner, Lockhart O’Dea scored a second minutes later for Bruff and we were now trailing 20-17, our hearts sank a bit but the players never lost their composure and did everything to get back into the game.
They worked tirelessly to gain ground and get inside Bruff’s 22, Sean Ivess kicked for touch a superb ball and we got a line out on Bruff’s 22, Tommy D’Arcy was throwing now as Jonny Hartigan had exited with injury after the game of his life . Tommy found Gerald Griffin and they went through a series of pods with the forwards working so hard to keep the ball, eventually from the base of a ruck a few yards from the try line Tommy D’Arcy spotted the line and dived over to send the huge Newcastle west following into ecstasy .
We thought time was up but indeed it wasn’t as the ref played a further 3 minutes and the players again worked so hard to keep the ball and play out time. Darragh Fox put the ball out and the ref blew time and the scenes of jubilation were a joy to see for this exceptional bunch of players who have worked so hard to win the Munster title.
Coach Conor Magner and management team of John Liston, Eoin Cahill , James feane, Tom Ivess and Tom Fox were thrilled to reach the promised land of Munster Champions and get our name on the cup for the first time. Dylan Murphy our captain received the cup and Darren O’Doherty our vice-captain said a few lovely words. Darren was out injured with a broken leg but he played a captains role never missing training since he broke the leg and was instrumental in the team achieving its ultimate goal last Sunday.
Estuary had, Eoin Tucker , Colm MC Sweeney and Chris McDaid in the squad,, Abbeyfeale had John O’Connor, Danny Leahy, Corey O’Sullivan and Mark Broderick and without these lads we would not be Munster champions , gentlemen off the field and leaders by example on it.
Memories throughout the season of Jack Feane’s tackling in Dolphin will live long in the memory, Sean Ivess’ try in Thomond, Danny Leahy’s chip ball against young Munster, mark Broderick’s try all from raw strength and serious ability.
Eoin Tucker came off the bench last Sunday and won a crucial ball when if it didn’t we would not be celebrating today. Shane Lee on the wing played a great second half after excelling at scrum half before injury earlier in the season . Colm McSweeney at out half carrying an injury you wouldn’t notice it by the game he played . Darragh Fox played a support role as sub scrum half at the start of the season and ended up playing every Pan Munster game with some excellent performances none more so than the final. Karl Mullane sealed a ball before tommy won us the game last Sunday and he can be proud of his efforts all year. Steve Ruttle and Jason would two huge men for our team tackled like lions and were super players all season. Pierce Curtin and Chris McDaid played on the wing during the season and both men had some great games,, both being underage again next year with a Munster medal in the pocket from this one. Greg Browne played great stuff throughout the year and was an instrumental part of our squad all season.

Management and Coaches – Conor Magner, John Liston, James Feane, Tom Ivess, Eoin Cahill, Tom Fox

Many thanks to all the support from west Limerick we truly appreciate it as we always felt we had an extra man up in the stands willing us over the line.


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