Wednesday 20 September 2017

Shannon and Wesley pay tribute to stalwarts McCoy and Tucker

Women's friendlies
Women's friendlies

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There was more than just All-Ireland League Division 1B points at stake last Saturday in Donnybrook when local side Old Wesley hosted Limerick visitors Shannon.

Two sadly-departed great stalwarts of both clubs, Doug McCoy and Colm Tucker, who were also close personal friends from rugby and their motor industry involvement, were commemorated in a fitting manner by the inaugural playing for the McCoy Tucker Memorial Trophy, which will now be on the line in all future senior encounters between the two clubs.

Doug McCoy, who passed away suddenly early in the New Year, had a very distinguished playing and administrative career with Old Wesley, fulfilling the role of club captain and president, among others. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Bob McCoy, as president and was in turn followed in the role by his younger brother Gordon making the "trinity", a unique and unprecedented family within Old Wesley.

Colm Tucker had a very distinguished rugby career for Shannon, Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions and the close friendship between the two continued right up to the premature passing of Colm in 2012.

Both Doug and Colm also had another strong personal connection, having been born only 11 days apart in September 1952.

The match itself, which was crucial for both clubs, was an excellent, hard-fought, but eminently fair, encounter and after the lead fluctuated on a number of occasions, Shannon finally prevailed with a last-minute try to run out narrow winners on a 26-22 scoreline.

The match was a fitting encounter to mark the special and poignant occasion and the McCoy Tucker Memorial Trophy was presented afterwards to victorious Shannon captain Lee Nicholas.

Also present were Mrs Judy McCoy and Mrs Geraldine Tucker, the respective wives of the two great friends, rivals and work colleagues, reflecting the true embodiment of what life, both sporting and otherwise, should be all about.

Women's friendlies

Forty women from Naas, Tallaght, Old Belvedere, Barnhall and one hardy soul from Buccaneers combined to play a friendly in Naas last Friday night.

These games are part of a Leinster-wide initiative to keep young women playing rugby once they are too old for U-18 teams.

It also has been a great benefit to players returning after injury, breaks from playing or no available game time in their own clubs.

Contact David McKeown (dsmckeown@hotmail.com) if you would like to attend the next planned night.

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