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Membership Subscriptions 2016/2017
Hi, subscriptions are now due so hopefully all concerned will be kind enough to pay their ‘dues’ as quickly as possible. There is no mystery as to what one has to pay as the categories are pretty straight forward. (See under Membership) However an important addition to the categories is the Family Membership and will be helpful to families who may have a few kids interested in playing and of course Mum and Dad will automatically be full members also and have the same entitlements as every other member - not the least of which is an entitlement to apply for 'ticket's'.
I’m stressing here the mad scramble every year for Heineken Cup, Autumn Internationals as well as Six Nation Rugby tickets which can sometimes but not always be as rare as ‘hen’s teeth’ and are only available to fully paid up members – so there are advantages of membership.
The new season got off to a winning start on Sunday 25th September when we entertained Old Christians at the Showgrounds and came away with the points on a scoreline of 28 - 16 - great work and an impressive showing from the younger players. Next Sunday we are away to Cobh Pirates with a 2.30 pm KO. See brief match report HERE
Sunday 2nd October 2016: Our first away game took us to East Cork and Cobh Pirates and try as we did we couldn't break them down and came away empty handed 22-12. We were deserving of some points from this encounter - we certainly played well enough for three-quarters of the game but Cobh proved the stronger finishers when running in two late tries. See match report HERE.
Sunday 9th October 2016: Entertaining Newcastlewest RFC today at the home venue with 2.30pm KO. Outplayed by a better team on the day - no point in saying otherwise - we did not 'turn up' as they say See match report HERE.
Earlier in the morning Skibbereen U16 entertained a visiting Saracens team and both provided a masterful display of running rugby much to the delight of the fine attendance. In the end the visitors just shaded it but our own lads can hold their heads up high - as they say 'they left nothing on the field' - they gave it everything. Photos to follow shortly.
Sunday 16th October 2016: Another home fixture, this time against Abbeyfeale in the Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup - hopefully a more positive result this time. And so it was with the lads producing perhaps their best performance in many a day - despite being at the loss of a few players through injury. The final score of 19-5 does not do full justice to the Skibbereen performance and we should have had two other tries at least. See match report HERE.
The whole world will know at this stage that the much loved and respected Munster Head Coach and former Munster and Irish player Anthony 'Axel' Foley died suddenly while over in Paris with the Munster team. The team were ready to play their opening European match against the Ronan O'Gara side Racing 90. The match was cancelled as a result.
It was just today - Tuesday 18th October - been confirmed that he died from Acute Pulmonary odema caused by heart disease. His remains will fly into Shannon tomorrow Wednesday and then directly to his home - which is private. From there he will be brought to St Flannan's Church Killaloe Co. Clare on Thursday 20th October where he will lie in repose from 1.00pm to 8.00pm. The funeral mass will take place on Friday 21st at 12.00noon - the Church reserved for family and friends. Burial afterwards at Relig Núa Cemetry Killaloe. Ar dheis de go raimh a ainm.
Sunday 23rd October 2016: Skibbereen made the long journey to Shannon in Co. Clare - the home venue for St. Senan's in this MJLeague fixture. While I was unable to attend the end result 41 - 9 tells its own story and we can simply plough on from here and try to accumulate as many points as we can up to the Christmas break - therafter the opposition gets much harder. At present we are dangerously close to the bottom of the Table and we have every reason to be concerned. A minor report can be seen HERE
Sunday 6th November 2016 Skibbereen had Abbeyfeale at home today and after an exciring game and an even more exciting finish we managed to secure the four points 27 -26 in this MJ League fixture. See match report HERE
Sunday 20 th November 2016: Skibbereen entertained Senan's at home in the Junior Clubs Challenge Cup today and came away with an emphatic win 38 - 22 to book a place in the semi-final against Kilfeacle & District - the date is fixed for the 18th. December and its a home game for Skibbereen. See match report HERE
Sunday 27th November 2016;
Sunday 4th December 2016: MJLeague local derby fixture against neighbours Bandon at home where we gave it our best shot but still came up short. The scoreline of 29 - 17 was a fair reflection of the balance between the sides - on the day. Skibbereen concede a few soft tries and probably paid their best rugby for some time - keeping the neighbours virtually scoreless for the second half - bar an unwelcome penalty try, See full match report HERE
Sunday 18th December 2016: Today we bade farewell to our chance of reaching the final of the Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup when we entertained Tipperary side Kilfeacle at the Showgrounds and went down 3 - 14 in what was an at times fractious contest. Kilfeacle led 14 - 3 at half time from one well earned try and the other could be classed a gift from Skibbereen. Both added to by well taken conversions the same Shane Looby missed four penaltied in total - so not a great day for this otherwise consistant kicker - the pity being that we weren't able to take advantage of it. We did not have a good day at the office and were deserving of a more complimentary scoreline - coming very close to tries on at least two occasions. See the full match report HERE
Sunday 22nd January 2017:: Today Skibbereen returned to winning ways on home turf to comprehensively beat Limerick side Richmond RFC 23 - 0. Skibbereen were in top form throughout and perhaps should have secured the bonus point also - but that was not to be. Still languishing near the bottom of the table there is still much work to be done to secure Div 1 status for next season. Next Sunday the League is set aside to make way for the Munster Junior Cup game away against Garryowen at Dooradoyle venue. Not an easy start to this prestigous competition but i'm sure the lads will give it their best shot. See full match report HERE.
Sunday 12th February 2017: Today Skibbereen played hosts to neighbours Clonakilty in the league which also doubled as the Jim Kingston Shield match played annually to commemorate a man who forever had a deep interest in all things rugby in West Cork. The day was bitterly cold and a strong breeze prevailed throughout - so both sides had the advantage - but neither side really utilised it. The final score was 9 - 8 to Skibbereen and the match was well contested by both sides who displayed plenty of passion at times. The Kingston shield was presented later in the bar to winning captain Kieran Shannon. See match report HERE
Next Sunday is a repeat fixture from the 23rd Jan. when Richmond pay a return visit to Skibbereen for a MJCup fixture - KO is at 2.00pm
Skibbereen entertained Newcastle West in their first home League game on the 27th and played well enough throughout but the wheels came off in the final minute to let them in for a try and conversion - score 8 - 20. Click HERE for match report .
Sunday 5th October St. Senan's away: Skibbereen travelled to Shannon for their second league game of the season but suffered another defeat 20 - 30. Click HERE for match report
Sunday 12th October St. Mary's at home : A fine performance today and our first League win of the current season. Having been put to the sword twice last year by St. Mary's it was a sweet victory on a scoreline of 20 - 7. We would all agree the bonus point was left behind but we move forward now in a more positive mode and look for a similar result in Tralee next Sunday. Click HERE for match report.
Sunday 19th October MJCC V Waterpark: Yet another step in the right direction with a win over Waterpark 13 - 10 to secure a meeting against Old Christians for a place in the Semi-Final of the JuniorClubs Challenge Cup. See match report HERE
Due to bad weather and some postponements the first outing of the month for the J1's was the Munster Junior Clubs Challenge quarter-final clash against City side Old Christians on the 16th. Always guaranteed to be a fiercely competitive encounter between the sides - this time was no exception. Nothing much between them right up to the whistle, it was to be Skibbereen's day on the basis of just a better quality performance over the 80 minutes. The final score of 21 - 16 was a true reflection even if the Old Christians last score came almost as the final whistle sounded. Great performance from Skibbereen after a four week lay-off. The Semi-Final is against Cobh Pirates and is fixed for Sunday the 21st December ---I know---I know--in Cobh @2.00pm. Click HERE for match report.
Sunday 23rd Novenber MJL V Cobh at Home: The recent winning streak continued with a win against Cobh 20 - 14 at the Showgrounds. This is the fourth successive win in a row and while we were ultimately pushed to the finishing line it was a deserving victory. Plenty of posession in the first half only yielded a dissapointing 8 points when we could have been 20 - but it happens. The second half was tough with Cobh dictating a lot of the pace , but we ran in 2 fine tries and a conversion to bolster our lead which we held to the whistle - but there were a few scary moments. The defence was fantastic and without doubt there were some tired and weary bodies later. Click HERE for match report
Sunday 30th November MJL Clonmel Away: Joint top of the table side this will be a difficult encounter on their own ground - fingers crossed. Yes it was a tough encounter and it didn't help that we were without a fe high profile players. In any event the spoils went to Clonmel by a substantial margin. Could not make the match for personal reasons so no report on this one.
Sunday 7th December MJL V Kinsale at Home: A good day at the office as our first team had a fine victory 27 - 12 and also secured a bonus point. Kinsale pushed us all the way and were unlucky not to register a few more points on the board. Nice to see a return to the 'ring' of Greg O'Mahony and Denis O'Driscoll and also Lorcan Carey - back from sunnier climates. And the youthful Daniel Lynch showed great promise when he came on. Tralee away next Sunday so hopefully the good results will follow too. See Kinsale match report HERE.
Sunday 14th December MJL V Tralee away: Skibbereen travelled well to Tralee this weekend and recorded an emphatic win - but should possibly have achieved a bonus point. In the end a very good win. See Tralee match report HERE
Sunday 21st December was Semi-Final day of the Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup game against Cobh Pirates in Cobh. After a brilliant first half where they perfectly demonstarted their skills in defence against what appeared to be a continuous onslaught by Cobh Pirates, Skibbereen seemed to turn the tables on thirty seven minutes by scoring a brilliant try - again Dave Shannon to finish it off. The second half even with the wind and playing 'downhill' proved a more difficult challenge - that plus a fired-up Cobh side managed to score a fine try themselves and hold out for surprise win. See Cobh report HERE
St. Stephens Day 26th December 2014: Charity Rugby match between our J1's and a 'Shark' selection of players from former years - all proceeds went to Cancer Connect Charity who continue to fill a great social and medical need transporting people from all areas of West Cork to their cancer treatment centres in the City. A great day was had by all and the festivities extended to the bar after the game. See match report and a few photos HERE
Sunday 4th January MJL V Kilfeacle Away : Very nearly pulled it off but an unintentional (aren't they all) gift of a penalty to the opposition on the 79 minute cost us the win. Not an easy kick by any means for the Kilfeacle outhalf but he was successful on the occasion. Still, we came home with a losing bonus point. So close. See match report HERE
Sunday 11th January is the Annual Jim Kingston Memorial Trophy - this year the opposition is our near neighbours Clonakilty. - KO @ 2.30pm. Support on the day would be welcome and appreciated. This match fixture doubles as the official MJL game - we were down to play Clon on the 11th anyway.
On this coming Sunday 11th January an important fixture on the Skibbereen RFC calendar of events takes place at the Showgrounds Skibbereen with a 2.30pm kick-off. This annual event honours one of its former members, the late Jim Kingston, and whose memorial trophy will be competed for against our near neighbours Clonakilty RFC.
The late Jim Kingston of Caheragh was aged barely fifty when he died in February of 1996. It was indeed an occasion of great shock when he died on the morning of a Munster League match, scheduled to have taken place against Thurles and in which his two sons, James and Ivan were expected to have taken part.
Jim was a lifetime member of Skibbereen Rugby Club and, in his playing career, had a high reputation as a hooker. Jim played on until well into the 1970’s and, meantime, was also active as a member of the committee. He was President of the club in 1977-8 but apart from that, he held many positions, most notably as a hard-working selector over a long number of years.
He was on the club committee almost uninterruptedly all the years since the sixties and spent many years in charge of the grounds committee and oversaw the development of the present training pitch behind the clubhouse, now a much valued addition to club facilities.
Jim’s wife Ruth, has been an ardent rugby supporter all her life, and still is to this day. Son’s James and Ivan have also maintained close ties to rugby, James, who ended his career up playing as first-centre with Tipperary senior side Nenagh Ormond for many years, having had previously played with Sunday’s Well, and Ivan who, having finished his playing career, excelled as an underage coach with the Skibbereen Club, and not to be outdone daughter Karen administered as the Child Welfare Officer with Skibbereen Underage for many years also. Jim Kingston is remembered with affection and respect.
The match ended with an emphatic win for Skibbereen - the outcome was never really in doubt from mid-way through the second half - see full match report HERE
Skibbereen 2nd Team
Earlier in the day the Division 3 side registered a fantastic win against visitors Charleville RFC. - wheo were unfortunate to 'lose' a carload of players along the route when their car broke down. See match report and a few photographs HERE
Sunday 18th V Muskerry Away: The wheels came off today on a bitterly cold day in Muskerry and we gave a poor team performance - and in doing so made the opposition look better than they were. The score of 8-15 might give the impression it was a close encounter but for most of the game we were held scoreless and a touch of magic in the last few minutes helped to save some bit of dignity. We came nowhere near the form shown against Clonakilty the week before. See full match report HERE
Sunday 1st February 2015 V Waterford Away: The long journey to Waterford for this first round MJC fixture ended in defeat for Skibbereen 05 - 14. A disapointing result but the better side won on the day. See match report HERE
Bad weather and cancellations soaked up the rest of the month.
Sunday 08th March V Old Christians at home. Approaching the end of the season this was the second last fixture and given Old Christians lowly League placings this would have been pencilled in as apossible victory. But beware the wounded Lion - Christians came and were well motivated as a loss would have meant almost certain demotion - and they did win on a scoreline of 23 - 17. We had loads of opportunities to score in the final fifteen minutes but we coudn't get our act together. See match report HERE
Sunday 15th March V Waterpark RFC Away:- Final League game of the season - would be nice to end on a high note!!! - Not to be i'm afraid - one better forgotten
Sunday 22nd March V Dolphin at Home in the Munster Junior Plate: Back to winning ways with a comprehensive victory 48 - 10 See match report HERE
Good Friday 3rd April V Muskerry at Home in the quarter-final of the Munster Junior Plate. Once again a very clinical performance - playing better now than at an other time of the season.. Avenged the league defeat of January with a resounding 38 - 05 victory. Looking good. See match report HERE
Sunday 12thApril V Nenagh Ormond RFC Away - The long journey to Nenagh was rewarded with a 9 - 3 victory and a place in the final on the 19th April. The venue for the final is Fermoy and I doubt if any of the lads have ever played there - but it will be the same for Thurlas I'm sure. So a neutral venue in every respect - and yes you will probably need the sat-nav to find it. Best of luck to the lads in the final they deserve some silverware after a long season. We did meet Thurlas before in the same final - back in April 2009 in Musgrave Park - we were pipped at the post 13 - 11 that day. Support on Sunday will be appreciated, do your best to be there to shout on the lads. See Nenagh match report HERE
Sunday 19th April V Thurlas RFC MJPlate Final - Fermoy. No joy for both our adult teams today as J1 went under to Thurlas 5 - 14 in the final of the MJPlate and earlier our second side went under to host side Fermoy in the McCarthy Cup 5 - 18. Both sides played their hearts out and left everything on the field - but will also admit to have been beaten by two better sides on the day. Disapointing of course but there will be another day - hopefully. On the positive side our U14's and U18's recorded two great victories - also on the Sunday so congrats to all. See J1 match report HERE
Sunday 26th April V Old Christians RFC Away - This was the semi-final of the Cork County Cup played at the Rathcooney venue and we came through with flying colours 18 - 13. Not the biggest of margins but a win nonetheless. It was close all the way through and never much between the sides - in fact a game that could have went either way, All the scores came from the boot of Ger Hurley and only the one try scored - and that was to Old Christians. So the final against old rivals Clonakilty is fixed for next Sunday 3rd. May in Bandon - with a 3.00pm kick-off . Support would be great on the day - the lads deserve it. See Old Christians match report HERE
Sunday 3rd May 2015 County Cup Final V Clonakilty RFC in Bandon A great finish to the season and a bit of silverware for the sideboard. After having lots of rain in the preceeding days the weather held good for what turned out to be an exciting final. Not a great opening half for Skibbereen with a strong wind and left with an uphill climb for the second half trailing by one point 10 - 9. After Clon pulled further ahead early in the second half and the outlook not very bright at all, it was to be young Liam Coombes who masterminded a brilliant try from deep in his own half and leave the Clon defence for dead with a fine piece of individual skill. That try changed everything and Skibbereen came alive once again . Then it was the turn of that talented winger Rory Hohne and shortly after he too raised the standard to new heights with a very similar try down the same wing to score in almost the same spot to the left of the posts - what a demonstration of talent and skill and within minutes of each other. Nothing planned - this was just pure raw talent that capitalised on an opportunity presented - and having the talent and skill levels to complete the task - brilliant. Congrats and well done everyone. See full match report HERE.
Our Club Captain Mike Calnan had a big smile on his face accepting the County Cup from Bertie Smith having beaten our neighbours Clonakilty in the final played in Bandon on the 3rd May - but he had even more reason to celebrate on Friday the 15th May when he married his fiance Sarah Jennings and celebrated late into the night with family and friends at the Celtic Ross Hotel Rosscarbery.Congrats to you both and a long and happy life together.
While success is always welcome to a Club - sometimes there is sadness too - and as Mike and Sarah were celebrating their nuptuals on the 15th May 2015 we learned of the death of our much loved and esteemed joint Patron and dear friend Paddy Hurley Glandore and Drinagh.
There was a great attendance at the removal on Saturday and again at the funeral mass on Sunday 17th May at Kilfachtnabeg Church Glandore. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this sad time.
Details of Paddy's passing can be read HERE
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