‘Pops’ hits the top of local legends
Published 15/05/2015 | 02:30
The Wolf Blass and Leinster Rugby “Local Legends” campaign has sought to find the unsung heroes of the local rugby scene in Leinster this season, and Wolf Blas is proud to announce Johnny ‘Pops’ O’Dwyer of Stillorgan RFC as this year’s last Local Legend finalist.
Originally a native of Tipperary, in 1975 Pops joined Stillorgan RFC at the tender age of 20 in what was then only the club’s second season in existence. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s he became a key player for the club and deputised in almost every position from 1-15 on the field of play, captaining on many occasions, and in the 1990’s Pops captained the O’Connor Cup winning team as a senior player.
While most hang up their boots in their thirties, Pops continued to play until 1999, which was astonishingly his 24th season. His involvement with the club didn’t stop there though as Johnny has given and continues to give the same level of commitment to the behind the scenes running of Stillorgan RFC: lining the pitches in all weather, landscaping the grounds, attending every game possible and mentoring players both young and old, new and established.
Pops has tirelessly done his best for his club for over 38 years without question or fail: a true embodiment of a Wolf Blass Local Legend.
Pops has won some fantastic Rhino Rugby merchandise for Stillorgan RFC and is the last Wolf Blass Local Legend for this season. See www.facebook.com/wolf-blass-ireland or updates.