Thursday 23 November 2017

Dublin City Council lift Joe Harton Cup

The DCC team
The DCC team

Last week, Donnybrook Stadium was home to the DCC Cup where four local council sides competed in the Metro Council Competition.

Players represented Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council.

The Metro Council Cup is an initiative set up by Leinster Rugby to bring rugby to groups of players who have had little or no rugby-playing experience, the aim is to give those players a positive experience of rugby and to further promote links to clubs in their local areas.

The Joe Harton Memorial Cup is named in honour of past club president of the BGF Ravens (formerly Unidare RFC). Joe was a champion of rugby in areas of Dublin and beyond.

The day began with a council reception were it was an honour to have Joe's family present.

It was also great for the players involved in the competition to receive there jersey and some words of encouragement from Leinster players Dan Leavy, Marty Moore and Tom Denton.

The whole day was a fantastic spectacle of running rugby with all four teams scoring some wonderful tries in the first two rounds of matches.

With the trophy on the line, it came down to the final game between South Dublin CC and Dublin CC, who had won their opening two games.


The game was played in great spirit and neither team deserved to lose, but in the end three tries to one proved the difference and DCC were presented with the trophy in the shadow of the Donnybrook stand.

In presenting the trophy, Stephen Harton (son of Joe) paid tribute to all the teams in action on the day, especially commenting on the skill, determination and commitment from everyone that took to the field.

Irish Independent

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