Nenagh Ormond make history with cup success
There was a big upset at the Markets Field last Friday night as Nenagh Ormond won the Sporting Limerick Charity Cup for the first time with a 25-24 victory over Garryowen in a very exciting tie.
It was the first time in the competition's 93 years that the trophy has been won by a side from outside Limerick.
Garryowen, who were seeking their 26th title, put in a great performance as they looked to capture the title for the first time since the 2002/03 season but the Tipperary club snatched a dramatic victory.
A Mark Rowley try opened the scoring for Garryowen after eight minutes but Nenagh responded almost immediately with a try from David Gleeson in the 12th minute to tie the scores at 5-5.
A try from Andrew O'Byrne, converted by Dave McCarthy, restored Garryowen's lead but Nenagh took the lead before the break as Clayton Stewart landed a penalty and Ger O'Gorman touched down for a 15-12 half-time lead.
A John Healy try converted by Stewart on 52 minutes extended Nenagh's lead to 22-12 as the title was within touching distance.
Garryowen fought back superbly, however, and Peadar Collins scored a third Garryowen try on 61 minutes to leave five between the sides and seven minutes from time Garryowen were awarded a penalty try to lead 24-22.
Nenagh weren't to be denied though and Stewart put them back in front with a penalty four minutes from time to clinch a thrilling win.
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Munster quartet included for Dubai
The Ireland Women's sevens squad to compete in the opening leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Dubai next week has been named by Anthony Eddy.
Four Munster players have been selected with the uncapped Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (UL Bohemians) named alongside Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians), Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union) and Aoife Doyle (Shannon/Railway Union/Munster).
The selected Ireland side will be captained by Wicklow woman Lucy Mulhall and features two uncapped players in teenager Eve Higgins and Nic a Bhaird, who played for Munster against the Barbarians earlier this month.
Higgins has come through the Ireland sevens pathway, representing Ireland at Schools and U-18 levels, while Munster winger Nic a Bhaird has also been a part of the wider Ireland XVs squad over the past number of seasons.
Murphy Crowe was Ireland's top try scorer in the World Series last season with 21 tries and Galvin was part of the Ireland squad for the World Cup.
Ireland are drawn in Pool C with Canada, Fiji and Spain, with Fiji first up on Thursday week (November 30). Ahead of the squad's departure for Dubai, Eddy, the IRFU director of women's and sevens rugby, said: "I think the squad are really excited about the World Series this year and having shown some good improvement the last couple of seasons, we will be looking to build on that throughout the series."
Ireland - Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke/Ulster), Claire Boles (Railway Union/Ulster), Aoife Doyle (Shannon/Railway Union/Munster), Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock/Leinster), Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster), Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians/Munster), Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster), Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum) (capt), Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster), Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (UL Bohemians/Munster), Audrey O'Flynn (Ireland sevens), Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster).
Munster Rugby's community rugby officers have been busy as ever in recent weeks working with schools and clubs across the province.
Working in tandem with Waterford Sports Partnership, community rugby officer John O'Neill recently ran some activities in the Waterford Area to promote rugby and a club-school link.
Following a five-week Play Rugby course at St Saviour National School, all pupils received a pass to a mini rugby session at Waterford City RFC.
O'Neill also held a coaches workshop at Waterford City RFC on continuity and a TackleSMART presentation.
Community rugby officer Ray Gadsden recently held a mid-term break Give it a Try camp at Dunmanway RFC as 90 children spent two days learning new rugby skills.
There are other activities planned for the season with Munster Rugby and various Sports Partnerships.