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10th July 2021

Click on the link to see brief match report and photographs of the Ireland V USA game.

8th July 2021

Okay, we’re on our way – the News is just in, Gavin gets his start on Saturday 10th July at the Aviva against the USA – and is the new driving force behind the pack at No.8. So well done again young man, and we wish you the best of luck on the day. Gavin's  Munster colleague from Coomhola outside Bantry Fineen Wycherley, has also made the cut and starts on the bench, but can be pretty sure of getting a runout over the 80 minutes. So, another great week-end ahead for West Cork rugby enthusiasts and no doubt many will take the opportunity to travel to Dublin – it’s the tickets that might pose the problem. Nonetheless, watching the match at the coalface or on TV, do enjoy the occasion and rejoice in the success of our own newly-crowned West Cork gladiators as they take on the US. in the Aviva. SkibRugby Abú.

Here is the full Team as announced earlier today.:-

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3rd July  2021 -  Ireland V Japan -  Post Match   Click for  Gavin's Aviva Photographs

Well after a truly hectic battle in the Aviva today, Ireland did triumph in the end – but not by much –  the scoreline read 39-31, and perhaps more importantly from a Skibb point of view, Gavin did officially secure his first senior International cap when he got the call, on or about the 70 minute mark. So, undoubtedly his arrival on the field signalled much celebrations all around West Cork and beyond – and not least on the Aviva Stands, as I’m sure his proud  Mum and Dad and family made their voices heard. I was watching to see if I could pick out the family and take a quick photo, but no such luck –  then it was hard to identify anyone given all were ‘masked’ up anyway.

The match was played at a ferocious pace and the Japanese were a delight to watch with their never-say-die attitude and exciting running and passing game a joy to behold. Indeed, we were lucky to get there in the end as it was really neck and neck right up until – as it happened, Gavin’s appearance in the last 10 minutes, when we started to better impose ourselves on the game. But up until then the result could have went either way.

Japan held the lead for a lot of the game and were it not for a questionable disallowed try – forward pass - in the first half, they may well have driven on to an unreachable position. Ireland marked up too many penalty infringements and experienced some terrible lineout errors in the opening half, and then add  to the mix some poor defensive work and you get a picture of how topsy- turvy this game was.

That said we still seemed to be capable of bouncing back when required, matching their tries and penalty kicks and maintain the scoreline from widening too-much. As mentioned the Japanese were really mad to run the ball, at most every opportunity, and they were justly rewarded in the end with a 31 points total– something never achieved by any other International opposition in recent times –  as one of the rugby pundits on the day mentioned. All in all, a brilliantly entertaining game to watch and as well we saw ‘one of our own’ gain his first cap – it can’t get much better than that really.

Gavin did as Gavin does, when he came on, and suitably accounted for himself in his own inimitable way – but 10 minutes is a short time to impress – and we eagerly await next Saturday’s outing against the USA, and this time in the firm hope of a place on that starting 15. But today history was made for the Coombes family and for Skibbereen RFC – and Gavin, we have a few places picked out on the wall for the photographs and the ‘Jersey’ of course. Well done young man, and heartiest congratulations to you and the family – a truly great sporting achievement. 

From a Munster Rugby point of view, nd if you want to watch Gavin's 15  record breaking tries this past season  just click on this link : 

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Now, do also click on the following link to view Gavin's after match TV interview on Saturday last:-

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I took a few photos from my TV screen  during the match so apologies for the quality.

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3rd July 2021 

As excitement abounds  ahead of the Ireland - Japanese match at 1.00 o'clock today,  the media  welcomes the arrival of one Gavin Coombes on the International scene - and understandably wish him very well - as we all do. I thought it appropriate, being the day that's in it, to show this photo I received this morning, which carried the caption Master & Apprentice - in reference to the two Munster forwards. It captures the moment quite well. That said, we all know Gavin has progressed well beyond the  'Apprentice' stage and is more than capable of making his mark - when the opportunity presents. Best of luck to all on the Irish team - the japanese  are a well drilled outfit, and will be no pushover today. More later.

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2nd July 2021

Well the waiting is finally over, and tomorrow our new Irish International Gavin Coombes will run on to the Arena we call the Aviva, and line up with his team-mates and experience the pre-match ritual we have been accustomed to – including ‘Ireland’s Call’. I would prefer Amhrán na bhFiann , but that’s another story.

In the stand will be Gavin’s family, his proud dad Eric and mother Regina -who undoubtedly will both shed a proud tear or two as emotions take hold – and take over – but only for a short spell,  before the start of the important business of the day, and the battle begins against the mighty Japanese  – a formidable foe, judging by their performance against the Lions last week.

Gavin starts on the bench – news that only broke yesterday - 1st. July 2021- and on hearing it, all of West Cork shared in the delight and admiration of his remarkable achievements over the years since he first set foot on the rugby field. I have little doubt but that Gavin will get that ultimate call to the field and begin his Irish Rugby career proper – and we wish him well – and I know I speak for everyone with West Cork blood in their veins – because they will be glued to their  TV’s tomorrow. And if by chance Gavin again manages to score a try – the roar alone, from the South West will surely be heard in the Aviva.

Gavin – this is your moment, grab it with both hands, we are all immensely proud of you, and if per chance you find yourself needing that little extra ‘push’ from the 5 Metre line, we will be right there with you, and we’ll get you over that line one way or another – rest assured. All broad-shouldered men and women from Cape Clear to Bandon and all places in-between will have their shoulders to the wheel – i.e. your virtual ass - pushing hard to make sure you get over that line.

But Gavin, above all else, enjoy and savour the moment, the day, and the occasion – because you deserve it, you have earned the right to represent your country in your chosen sport - not everyone gets that chance – so congrats again and well done. Nobody knows what the future holds – but you now have the experience, the commitment,  the strength, and the talent to take you right to the top – and we, here in West Cork, are with you all the way, and will maintain a watching brief and a keen interest and will share in your journey - SkibRugby Abú.

Our Honorary Treasurer and current PRO Jacinta Veale, sent me a lovely piece in honour of the occasion of Gavin’s International debut – and a few well-chosen photographs also. Thanks Jacinta, and well done.

"FROM GRASS ROOTS TO GREEN JERSEY!

All at Skibbereen RFC want to wish a massive congratulations to Gavin Coombes and his family on his first Irish cap when he joins the Irish Rugby senior team to take on Japan in Aviva Stadium this Saturday. Televised coverage can be seen on RTE at 1pm.

What an incredible and well-deserved achievement for one of our own, who first laced up his boots with Skibbereen RFC at six years of age, alongside his cousin Liam Coombes (now a Senior Munster player also), under the coaching skills of his uncle John Coombes, Aidan Bushe and Jerry O Brien.

Gavin has gone from strength to strength ever since picking up a rugby ball; he played his club rugby all the way up through the age grades from minis with Skibbereen RFC and also played J1 with Skibbereen while completing his Leaving Cert. He played his schools rugby with Bandon Grammar from the age of 13 to 18 and captained their Senior Rugby team to the quarter finals of the Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup. He then moved to Young Munster and played in the AIL. Gavin has also represented Munster at U18,U19 and U20 levels and has won interprovincial championships with Munster at both U18 & U19; he has represented Ireland at U19 and in the U20 World Cup in Georgia.

Gavin went straight into the Munster Academy after school in 2016 and was on the Munster A team that won the British and Irish Cup that season. Gavin completed his three years with the Munster Academy and signed on for a senior contract where he made his debut with the Munster Senior squad in September 2018 when he started at Number 8 against Cheetahs in Thomond Park.

His star has continued to rise since and this season his presence on the pitch has been immense to say the least; he received his first senior Man of the Match award in November 2020 after his hat trick of tries that contributed to Munster’s win over Ospreys. Gavin made his Champions Cup debut for Munster in December 2020 and has racked up the try count ever since! To date he has scored 15 tries in 22 appearances for Munster in the 2020/21 season; the most tries EVER scored by a player for Munster IN A SINGLE SEASON! and was aptly awarded the Men’s Player of the Year. Along with his record breaking try scoring and powerful ball carrying, Gavin is equally effective in defence and was a constant threat to the opposition at the breakdown. All at Skibbereen RFC will continue to watch this young man’s exploits with excitement as a glittering rugby future is surely assured for such a talented, hardworking player; and what an inspiration he is for all our young members who take to the pitches every weekend to develop their own rugby playing skills.

Skibb Abu!!!"

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17th June 2021: OK, here we are at the start of what will hopefuly be a lovely Summer, and with plenty of sunshine about to counter all the depression associated with Covid 19 etc. etc. That said the country is powering ahead on the vaccination front,and before very long we will hopefully have reached that 100% Covid Free state.

In the meantime another man is powering himself forward just now - for a place on the Ireland Senior Team, after being included in the panel in the last few days. I speak of course of our own Gavin Coombes, who has surely made his mark on the Munster and International  stages with many outstanding performances to his credit. So, in truth his nomination was being shouted from the rooftops for quite some time anyway, so no great surprise there - still the recognition is always welcome and appreciated. Gavin has been called to train with the squad before this, but on this particular occasion his calling has been more 'official'  - so fingers crossed he makes that final cut for either the Japan or the USA matches - or indeed both. Getting that first cap must  be a seminal moment for any young player - and we will all join with him to celebrate that moment.

Lest I seem to be singing a solo tune for Gavin , I mention his first cousin and best friend Liam Coombes in the same strata of remarable achievements and perhaps being the optimist that I am, we might not be too far away from celebrating  'two of our own' on that Irish Team, because Liam too is making his presence felt, and his name is becoming equally as recognisable as Gavin's - and rightly so. Just last Friday 11th June both Liam and Gavin played the final match of the series against Zebra  - a team actually coached by Michael Bradley, himself a former Munster and Irish scrum-half -and what a stunning performance by our own two Skibb boys, Gavin ran in a total of 4 tries  on the night while Liam made his own mark with a beautifuly timed intercept  and a great run to the line for his try. So, these boys are really knocking at the door of greatness in - rugby parlance- and bar any unfortunate injuries - there is no reason why they shouldn't go all the way.

This was the recent announcement re the upcoming Summer Tests :-

Ireland Head Coach Andy Farrel l and his Coaching team have named a 37 man squad for the Vodaphone Summer series which features two Tests in July against Japan and the USA at the Aviva Stadium.

 10 Munster players are included (5 backs and 5 forwards) as Bantry's Fineen Wycherley is named in an Irish squad for the first time, with the uncapped Gavin Coombes also included.

The full Munster contingent is: Joey Carbery; Craig Casey; Andrew Conway; Shane Daly; Chris Farrell; Gavin Coombes; Dave Kilcoyne; Peter O'Mahony; John Ryan; and Fineen Wycherley.

So its all systems go, and we wish all players every success in the series -  but who would blame us for rooting for our own Gavin !!!!

Another Skibbereen player playing his heart out on the fringes of Irish recognition - this time at U20 Level - is  Jamie Shanahan. Jamie is  another outstanding prospect having come through our underage structure, and one to watch for the future. Recently he was honoured to be part of a select training squad under elitist Coaches as part of an IRFU development programme for the U20 panel. While understandably dissapointed not to make that final cut he too has put down his marker and his talents have been noted - so we will follow his career also with great pride. SkibbRugby Abú.

What follows is a selection of photographs I 'grabbed' from the Zebra match Video - the quality is not the best - but the best I could do under the circumstances. All have to do with the tries scored on the night.

Hold Everything - STOP PRESS:    Now, as if all of the above-mentioned achievements, distinctions and accolades of one Gavin Coombes wasn't enough - now one more -  and just hot off the Press. Gavin has been voted Player's Player of the Year for the past season in the just announced Munster  Rugby Awards 2021. Wow, can it get any better  for this young man, you might  well ask, and of course the answer is it can - when he gets that CAP, and if ever a player was entitled to it - it must be Gavin. We're all rooting for you Gavin, and that  Andy Farrell call is surely not far away now. 

Here i'm reproducing the Award photographs from the Munster website.

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Saturday 3rd April 2021:-

Easter weekend 2021 was offering up a plethora of moutwatering matches in the European Champions Cup, and an eagerly awaited contest between Munster and Toulouse was high on the must-see agenda. On Friday the Leinster/Toulon game was cancelled due to a Covid – 19 saga involving a French player which saw Leinster progress to the last 8, and this made the Munster match even more interesting. Undoubtedly, getting one over 4 times Heineken Champions Toulouse was always going to be a big ask, and given Munster’s most recent performance against Leinster in the Pro 14 final, it was understandable that fans were hoping for a really big performance on the day – and take our chances after that.

This time Munster delivered on the pitch and if the truth be told should probably have won – having controlled the match for 70 minutes, and were it not for the strong French bench in the final quarter and some individual brilliance from Ntamach and Dupont to effectively close the game down in the final 10 minutes. The final score Toulouse 40 – Munster 33

Naturally our individual interest in this website was with the performance of our own Gavin Coombes, and again his performance in such a class field was truly outstanding, and two brilliant tries to boot. Every paper bar none reads Gavin Coombes as the ‘man for the future’ – and others would rate Gavin  ‘a natural shoe-in for CJ Stander – and absolutely nobody disputes the level of this young man’s contribution. He is now firmly established in this Munster Team and clearly has a very bright future ahead, and but for the time of the year, and 6 nations finished, Gavin Coombes would be knocking very loudly at that National door – deserving his call-up and his opportunity – Oh Yes, he has truly signalled his presence. Well done Gavin, you did everyone proud. SkibbRugby Abú.

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Saturday 27th March 2021

And it's a very special Pro-14 Final Day with Munster and Leinster going head to head yet again - and featuring in the Munster start-up team today is our own Gavin Coombes at No 6 . So Gavin we are all rooting for you down here in dear old Skibbereen and wish you and the Team the very best on the day, knowing as always, you will be giving it everything - SkibbRugby Abú

Teams

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Gavin Coombes, Peter O’Mahony (C), CJ Stander.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Craig Casey, JJ Hanrahan, Rory Scannell.

Leinster: Hugo Keenan; Jordan Larmour, Rory O’Loughlin, Robbie Henshaw, Dave Kearney; Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath (C); Cian Healy, Ronan Kelleher, Andrew Porter; Devin Toner, Scott Fardy; Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier; Jack Conan.

Replacements: James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Tadhg Furlong, Ross Molony, Ryan Baird, Jamison Gibson-Park, Johnny Sexton, James Lowe.

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Ok, and so once again we came off 2nd best when the chips were down. The score line of 16 – 6 does not really tell the true story and in truth Munster were not in the same class at all. Sadly, a dismal Munster performance and not coming close to the level of earlier performances we had come to expect, but on the day it’s hard to deny the facts, and many of the big Munster names did not give big performances. It must be said that for most of the game we were not really ‘at the races’ and rarely got inside the Leinster 22 to do any damage anyway. Munster probably played their best rugby in the first half, and in truth should have went in at half-time a few points ahead if Carbery’s boot was on song – but it wasn’t. That said it was still all to play for in the second half, but we rarely got off the starting blocks and proceeded to compound error after error and totally lacked penetrative power – credit here to Leinster who also defended well, but still always had the edge in attack and utilised every opportunity to try and score tries – that they didn’t is down to an equally good Munster defence, it must be said, but as mentioned, you won’t score too many tries from your own five metre line.

Biased as I probably am, the only ray of sunshine in those rare Munster attacks was what was initiated by our own Gavin Coombes, and he really did give a man-of-the-match performance right from the start, and if there were any IRFU scouts watching then he won’t have done himself and harm at all. He featured in every ruck, maul, lineout and turnover, and gained more ground with his inspiring runs than anyone else – all he lacked was supporting players with the same intensity – and they were very much absent today. Gavin, you can hold your head up high, you did what was asked of you, and a lot more. Not all on the team can say that. The better team won on the day – full stop.

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It's now February 2021 - how time flies you might well say !!!.  Well ,apologies are in order surely. When I wrote that  paragraph below I had every intention of starting some  website activity again, and there was good reason to do so as we were about to build additional dressing rooms and showers - this time with Ladies in mind - and now as I write that project is well and truly finished and operational. So what happened in between?


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Well, actually lots of things happened since then -  not least Covid-19 - which has more or less taken over our lives and our minds, and not a lot of rugby over the last two seasons - so lot's of 'down' time in Club rugby you might say. That said, Provincial Rugby  was not affected and we have had plenty to cheer about in that department, with two of our young men  Gavin & Liam Coombes bringing honour to themselves , but also to their families, and of course the Club also.

 

I'm certainly not qualified to write authoritatively of their skills and strengths, suffice to say their presence on the field of play at Munster levelmakes us all feel very proud indeed.   And what a boost to Gavin to get the call for the Irish squad  - a first for SRFC - and what a proud moment for the family - and the International season is not over yet, so we wish Gavin well and just know he's going to get that call sooner rather than later.

What an example these two young men and others have been  -  paving the way for more to follow -  they have raised the bar to new heights surely. It doesn't get much better than that. More on that front  and others who made provincial and Irish level - in a seperate article ,  As for the rest of us, Covid -19 still occupies the mind but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and once everyone gets a 'jab' or two,  things  should be heading back to normal - well, whatever the new normal is going to be like.

Its July 2019, and after a sizeable layoff -  apologies to all  -  the Website site is making a bit of a comeback, and about time too, I hear you say. The fact is  this 'site' was a 'one-man-band' from the start and a bit of a burden for one person, and still is. Try as I did to recruit  help, I'm afraid not too many  were coming forward to continue the effort - but  I am making an effort re-ignite the website again , chiefly because I think its necessary and I believe has the potential to provide a more indepth quality coverage that other media outlets lack.

That said, it will still require additional help and I appeal once again to anyone out there who is prepared to cover aspects of Club activity. To survive and maintain a meaningful website  contributions are required from all sections within the Club and I would appeal to those people to contribute on a regular basis - items on Coaching/Training/Match Reports/Fixtures/Photographs/Social etc. etc. would be very much appreciated.

Understandably the site needs to be drastically updated and modernised on many levels - and hopefully that will be done too. In the meantime I will try to keep the ship afloat and provide some info about what's happening in and around the club.

NEWSFLASH ( now old ) : Just at this moment in time,(2019) SRFC are about  to embark on  the development of a new ladies designated changing/dressing room project to expand our Clubhouse facilities as we continue to grow. Very soon you will be getting a letter in the post explaining everything and asking for your help to get the project over the line - we have roughly half of the cost in place thanks to Lotto/Sports Funding - and we need to raise the balance locally.

It will require the support of everyone and the Committee are happy that together we can do this in-house as it were.  I will  shortly have a link to a page to show the plans of the project and also a graphical representation of how the finished product will look when finished - well that was then and this is now. We did manage to get the balance of approximately €50 K -mind you, after a big battle -but get there we did and we now have 2 additional dressing rooms and a double bank of showers .

Its fair to say they haven't been used as much as we would have liked  but the enemy was Covid - 19 this time - and it looks like its going to rule the roost for this season also. But come next September 2021, fingers crossed we'll be back in action again 

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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.

September 2016

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

October 2016

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

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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

Sunday 19th March 2017: End of season clash with Galbally RFC brought the much sought after win 9 - 0 and a secure J1 season for 2017-2018. Skibbereen were deserving winners and controlled the game throughout despite the heavy hitting galbally pack who certainly won the battle of the 'scrums' but never did put numbers on the board for the eighty minutes. Finishing much earlier than other years the players have earned their extended 'rest' period and well deserved. See match report HERE

 

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September 2014

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 .

October 2014

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

 

November 2014

 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.

 December 2014

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

January 2015:

 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

February 2015

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.

March 2015

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

April 2015

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

May 2015

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.

Cork County Cup 2015 Presentation - Bertie Smith to Team Captain Mike Calnan
Cork County Cup 2015

 

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