JIm Kingston Memorial Trophy 2015

The Jim Kingston Memorial Tropy match was played on Sunday last 11th January 2015. The opponents this year were neighours Clonakilty and on this occasion the match doubled as a Munster Junior league fixture also.

Understandbly there was tremendous interest in the fixture being the 'local derby' that it is, and so big crowds turned up to witness what was a very entertaining and competitive match. In the end the hosts claimed victory on a scoreline of 32 - 5 and I don't think anyone present could have doubted the outcome - the result was merited on the day's play. Skibbereen were on top of their game and ran in five tries to the one try for the visitors. Conditions were tough enough on the field of play and there was a powerful wind ( more like a gale) blowing right through the eighty minutes.

Skibbereen had the benefit of the wind in the first half and managed to accumulate 20 points - which many at the time felt it just might not be enough, however Skibbereen played a far better against the wind than Clonakilty did in the first half and in the end the result was never really in doubt.

A marvelloue team performance form Skibbereen on the day, and indeed there were many fine individual performances also. Clonakilty also played their heart out but I gather they travelled 'light' and were missing a few players.

An interesting feature of this fixture was the fact that both sides were coached by the Coppinger brothers Declan and Ray. Ray Coppinger had given great service to Skibbereen for some years before declaring for Clonakilty at the start of the season. Declan has been coaching Skibbereen forwards for quite some time now and was himself on the verge of 'retiring' at the end of last season, however the existing coaching circumstances in the Club at the time changed, and Declan was asked to come back to help out.  And he has been going flat out since.

After the match and in the comfort of the Clubhouse the Jim Kingston Memorial trophy was presented the winning captain Mike Calnan by young Darren Benn a grandson of the late Jim.

Se the full match report and photographs HERE


































































14th January 2015