Kanturk retain senior status
Kanturk 30 Old Crescent 10
If there were any lingering questions about Kanturk's ability to compete in the senior grade of Irish club rugby they were well-and-truly put to bed last Saturday as the north Cork side ran riot - securing their status as a senior club for another year with a comprehensive dismissal of Old Crescent at Knocknacolan.
The Duhallow men were simply magnificent against the Limerick side - dominating all over the pitch and showing to all that they may well be a force in senior club rugby for years to come.
Kanturk have been impressive away from home in their first senior season picking up five very important losing bonus points however at Knocknacolan they have been simply magnificent, winning five out of six in front of their own loyal fans.
Last weekend's clash with Old Crescent was an important fixture for a number of reasons. The spoils on offer included valuable league points, bragging rights, confirmation of league security and the all-important psychological boost a win like this can bring to a club.
Kanturk's 30-10 win was nothing more than the Duhallow side deserved. A brace of tries from both Sean Cremin and Luke McCabe set the tone for this win with Mark Healy adding the fifth touchdown. Healy also slotted over a penalty and a conversion to round off a great day for the boys in green.
Old Crescent hit back with a try from Shane O'Brien with Shane Monaghan converting and also adding a penalty.
Next weekend sees Kanturk head back on the road as they prepare to take on the side directly above them, Bruff. This would be a great time to record an away win for Kanturk as they would leapfrog the hosts into a very respectable seventh place.
Bruff will be tough to beat at home but the way Kanturk are performing at present it would be a brave man to bet against the north Cork side recording their sixth league win of the year.
The only other game with a local interest last weekend was the Munster Junior Cup game between Mallow and Old Christians.
Mallow were always going to be up against it in this one but despite the underdogs tag, the boys from St Joseph's road would have confident of progressing to the next round. For Old Christians, Mallow would have been a side that would undoubtedly possess the ability to cause problems so there was little doubt that Christians came into this one focussed on doing everything right.
This game was always likely to be a close run thing as both sides have shown plenty of promise recently. Sean Meaney proved to be the match winner for Christians kicking three penalties. Mallow were unable to break through until late on when Tom Gardner went over the game's only try however it was never going to be enough to stop Christian's progression to the next round.
Local interest will continue next weekend in a selection of cup competitions with Charleville entertaining Muskerry in the Munster Junior Plate, Kanturk's seconds hosting St Senans in the Munster Junior Cup while Fermoy head to Sunday's Well in the Munster Junior Bowl.
All three cup fixtures should bring the best from the local sides with three north Cork wins a realistic proposition from the weekend.
Saturday, March 7
Bruff v Kanturk, 2.30pm
Sunday, March 8
(all at 2.30pm)
Charleville v Muskerry
Kanturk (Seconds) v St Senans
Sunday's Well v Fermoy