U12's update 16th Feb 2019   20/02/2019

U12’s Update

The old rugby saying goes "Quitters never win, Winners never Quit". Well that could certainly be applied to the Clonakilty U12's Rugby Team on Saturday morning who hosted our city friends Dolphin & Sunday's Well in Shannonvale. Maybe it was the earlier start than usual, or the fact that they have not played at home for a while, but our lads were sluggishly slow out of the blocks in the first half against Dolphin. As a result a strong, well organised Dolphin team dominated all over the pitch and the Clon lads just could not seem to get a foothold in the match. However, some straight talking at half time from the coaches seemed to have the desired effect! When the ref blew the whistle for the start of the second half Clon got stuck into everything, lifting their tempo by another 50% and they were now chasing down their more illustrious opponents all over the park. It was brilliant to watch, as both teams contributed to a hugely entertaining game. The commitment and character of the Clon lads was in stark contrast to what we had witnessed in the first half and on the full time whistle both teams were happy to draw breath and take a break following this absorbing contest. The second game against the 'Well started in the same vein, with Clon scoring some cracking try's early on. However, our old friend "Mr Complacency" crept back in to our performance and Sunday's Well deservedly went over for a couple of unanswered try's. Thankfully the Clon lads woke from their slumber shortly afterwards and kicked on again to finish the game very strongly.

If Eoin Canopini is our version of Martin Castrogiovanni then Ben Sheehy is our Sean O' Brien. Cathal O' Leary has the potential to be a lethal number 9 while James Hansberry, Aaron Flemming and Mike Crowley are so versatile they could play in any position on the field and look totally at home. Conor Hartnett, Charlie, Harry and Peter McCarthy are among the unsung heroes of this group, going about their business without any drama but making a massive contribution to the team's cause and work rate. At a crucial stage of the second game, when the 'Well were storming back into the game and putting Clon under pressure, their big centre and real danger man, went on a storming run up the right wing and looked a certainty to score. That was until he was met by Rory McCarthy, who covered across the pitch and put in the most incredible try saving tackle that you will see in the Vale this season. Jonas plays like the great French open side Jean Pierre Rives (you will have to look him up on Youtube lads) while Sean Maguire used his power and strength to get over the gain line every time he took the ball into contact. Ben and Joe don't just entertain us with their acrobatic act in between games, they also entertain when in possession of the rugby ball, their jinking runs and side-steps constantly throwing their opponents off balance. Se Gannon is like a good wine that just gets better with age and Padraig Tobin's tackle count was huge, especially in the first game against Dolphin when the team needed a few leaders to step forward. Eoin Donegan put in some powerful run's and can slot in anywhere in the back three just like Jordan Larmour does at Leinster. Eddie Morrisey is a great passer of the ball, always linking well with support runners and putting them into space while Matthew O Regan is rugby's version of Denis Irwin, totally calm & professional in everything he does and making it all look so so easy! Opponents that take their eye off Dylan Harrington will always suffer very serious consequences for their actions while Oisin Harrington wreaked havoc and panic in the Dolphin and Sunday's Well defence with his lightning pace and direct lines of running (although we do know one thing for sure about Oisin - he certainly did not get his pace from his grandfather on his mother's side). A mention too for our "water boy" and physio for the day, Derry O' Donovan, who we look forward to welcoming back in the near future as we do with all of the other lads who were sick or could not make it to today's games. Remember also that new players ( cousin's, nephew's, friends etc) are welcome to join at any time so please encourage them to come out if you feel that they would enjoy it. See ye all at training on Wednesday night and well done lads!


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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