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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Tullow go up

Promotion earned to Division 1A

Published 12/02/2013 | 09:17

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William O'Brien was a delighted man on Saturday as his side climbed out of Division 1B

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The brother of the Tullow Tank was in bed by midnight at the Fighting Cocks Dinner Dance such is his committment to Tullow Rugby club.

There are temptations to ask him what time he was actually home at, but the happy back would have laughed for sure.

"It's great, the distance we've come over the years, right down in Division 3 and now next year we're going to be up in 1A and we'll give it a good go too," insisted the Ardristan man.

There has been a difference in Tullow over the last few years though and William says it's down to a combination of things.

"Well I suppose structure and belief would be the two main things. Bernard Jackman and Sean have provided a very high standard of coaching and a very good structure and now this year Massey is expanding that even more," said O'Brien.

The focus for Tullow will now be the Towns Cup but William still says they are just taking it one game at a time.

"It's all about the next game, to be honest, we would obviously like to make the Towns Cup final again but we are just focusing on the next game and making sure we top the table in 1B and then we'll give the Cup a rattle, but it's been a great year for the club and long may it continue," finished William.

Tullow finally signed sealed and delivered their promotion at the weekend with a 31-28 win over Clondalkin in Dublin.

With half an hour to play the Tullow side were guaranteed promotion having bagged four tries in Kingswood with Massey Tuhawks, Andrew Turner, Scott Caldbeck and Darren Dunne all going over.

William Canavan, as always took charge of the kicking to power Tullow into Division 1A

It was a winning weekend for the whole club as the seconds trashed Clondalkin 39-3 before the main event took place.

Tullow: Aho Bloomfield, William Canavan, Massey Tuhawks, Andrew Turner, Willie O'Brien, Darren Dunne, Scott Caldbeck, Sam Corrigan, Alan Burns, Neil Keane, Frank Murphy, Rob Porter, William O'Brein, John Fitzgerald.

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