Saturday 18 November 2017

Terenure's Invincibles set up derby to rival Limerick's finest

James O'Neill, Terenure. Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
James O'Neill, Terenure. Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Tony Ward

Tony Ward

What a dream day too for Terenure as this great D6W rugby nursery completed the perfect season and with it a welcome return to the top table of the All- Ireland League.

In order to finish a remarkable 100pc campaign in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League they needed to get the better of second-placed Buccaneers (who now face Ballynahinch in a crucial Division 1A promotion/relegation play-off in Ballymacarn Park) at Lakelands.

They did just that by way of a 36-29 thriller taking the Division 1B title by an amazing 23 points from Athlone-based Buccs.

It is an extraordinary return, and already Ian Morgan, James Blaney, James O'Neill and the rest are planning not just for that Division 1A return but for the only local derby in the country that matches Limerick's finest for intensity when purple, white and black of Terenure and blue and white of St Mary's go head-to-head.

No academy can equal the experience provided for young and emerging players courtesy of local derbies of this magnitude.

Suffice to say, plans at both Lakelands and Templeville Road are well and truly under way, and best of all no club welcomes the 'Nure's return to the top flight than their great rivals from around the road.

Fact not opinion.

Irish Independent

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