Monday 26 September 2016

Stage set for Hosie Cup golden jubilee final

Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30

The clubs and committee of the North Midlands Area Rugby are delighted to be celebrating the 50th season of the Hosie Cup, the premier J1 level competition in the Area and Clondalkin and Naas will compete in the final on January 3.

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JV Communications continues to sponsor the area rugby competitions, which include the Hosie Cup, Lalor Cup and Spiers Cup.

Bill Hosie (RIP) presented the Hosie Cup to the North Midlands Rugby back in 1966. He would be a very proud man today to see that his cup continues to be so vibrantly and competitively contested every year since Curragh RFC became the first winners of the competition in the 1966/67 season, when there were only six clubs in the area.

The Hosie Cup has served its purpose well down through its 50 years and is used as a vital preparatory tool for the Leinster League.

To this day it serves as its chief purpose, giving the local clubs meaningful competitive games in early September when the Hosie group games are decided just before the League commences.

The clubs which have won Hosie Cup winners to date are Naas (10), Portlaoise (9), Curragh (8), North Kildare (6), Athy (4), Clane (3), Cill Dara (3), Portarlington (2), Newbridge (2) and Clondalkin (2).

To celebrate the 50th year of competition the final returns again to Athy RFC, with respect and thanks to Bill Hosie and also Athy RFC for their contribution to rugby and to the North Midlands Area over the years. Athy is the oldest club in the area and was founded in 1880.

The 50th Hosie Cup final will be played in Athy RFC on Sunday, January 3 at 1.30. The Lalor Cup (J2) final between Portlaoise and Clondalkin (12.30) and the Area U-18 final between Athy and Cill Dara (12.0) will be played on the same day.

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