Thomond all set for Clonmel and Shannon Junior decider
Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30
It's a huge weekend in junior rugby with a number of finals taking place.
The highlight of the action is the Munster Junior Cup Final between holders Clonmel and Shannon on Sunday at 5.0.
The final goes ahead at Thomond Park with Clonmel aiming to complete the treble having won the Munster Junior League and Munster Junior Clubs' Challenge Cup titles for the first time this season.
Last week they had to withstand a late rally by Young Munster before booking their place in the final with a 25-22 victory. In the earlier rounds they saw off the challenge of Presentation 36-6 and St Mary's 34-10 as well as receiving walkovers from Crosshaven and Bandon.
They have been scoring tries regularly with Ronan Crosse, Greg Carroll, Darragh Foley and Brian Condon being some of the players Shannon will have to watch out for.
Shannon will be aiming for their 11th title.
They began their campaign with an easy 69-13 home win over Killorglin. They received a walkover from Old Christians and had two difficult ties against St. Senan's and Kilfeacle before booking their place in the decider.
James Ryan, Shaun Horgan and Kelvin Brown have been some of the players that have helped Shannon get over the line in their recent games.
It should be a very close game with the kickers, Clonmel's Conor Cooney and Shannon's Ronan McKenna, probably the players that will decide this final.
Clonakilty and Skibbereen contest the Cork County Cup final at Bandon on Sunday, with Skibb' aiming to bridge a three-year gap by reclaiming the trophy that was won by Kanturk for the last two years.
Highfield and Cobh Pirates will contest the Junior Two Cup South final at Irish Independent Park this evening.
Thomond will be aiming for the Junior Two double in Limerick when they face St Mary's in the Gleeson League final on the back pitch in Thomond Park on Monday afternoon. The winners of this will travel to Highfield the week after in the Munster Junior 2 final.
The Munster junior team will look to build on their good start to the interprovincial campaign when they travel to Carrickfergus to face Ulster tomorrow.
Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne stars in World Cup video
Dingle's Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne, the most westerly rugby club in Europe, have been chosen to represent Ireland in a short video feature being filmed as part of this year's Rugby World Cup coverage.
A 12-person crew from Partizan Production Company in London have been filming in West Kerry this week as the senior and junior players train and play a match. The short videos (TV idents) will be broadcast before and after the World Cup games to a global audience. Only one club from each of the 16 Rugby World Cup participating countries will be featured and the items will be broadcast all over the world.
"It's a huge honour for Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne to have been chosen to represent Ireland - the producers for Rugby World Cup were attracted by the spirit, energy and commitment of a small club such as ours, as well as the location, the personalities and the Irish language" says Niamh Ní Bhaoill, Club PRO, who convinced the producers to come to Chorca Dhuibhne. "This is not just an honour for our club, it is a brilliant opportunity to show the millions, if not billions, of Rugby World Cup viewers, what a spectacularly beautiful place Chorca Dhuibhne is."
According to Niamh Kennedy, from production company Partizan, "the aims of the short films are to shine a light on grassroots rugby, capturing the unity, passion, humour and spirit of the game with the people on the ground level - the people that give up their evenings to train, that work tirelessly to raise money for the clubs, and bring rugby into the heart of the community. The aim is to reflect the resilience, determination, and sportsmanship that's at the heart of the game."
Partizan filmed with Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne seniors on the path above Dún Chaoin pier, as well as recording junior training and a senior match at the club last night.