Weekend Report September 23rd & 24th
The U14s played a preseason friendly against Killarney RFC in windy and wet conditions at Ballymalis on Saturday. This was a great opportunity to get in some game time and for our U13 players to gain experience of playing on a full pitch under U14 laws. Rolling substitutions throughout ensured all 21 players had plenty of time on the field. Killorglin were slow to start and conceded a couple of early tries but after that improved and made a game of it. Defensive organisation, communication and line speed will need to improve, but strong carrying and enthusiastic rucking created lots of opportunities and penalties in the Killarney 22. Unfortunately turning those opportunities into scores is something else we will have to work on and in the end the visitors outscored us 5 tries to 1. Cian O’Connor, Mike Teahan, James Prendeville, Colin Griffin and Donncha Crowley caught the eye for Killorglin, but the whole squad benefited from the run out and the coaches now have a good idea of what we need to work on. The Killorglin try was scored by Derry O’Sullivan and converted by Cillian Buckley. Thanks to Killarney for the game and to Colm Conway for refereeing.
Team: Joe Cronin, Fergal O’Shea, Aona O’Shea, Donncha Crowley ©, Finnegan O’Sullivan, Cillian Buckley, Colin Griffin, Mike Teahan, Peadar Whelan, Kevin O’Callaghan, Cathal Daly, James Prendeville, Ben O’Dwyer, Tom Garry, Derry O’Sullivan Subs, Joe O’Neill, Adrian Johnston, Tom McIntyre, Cian O’Connor, Fionn Sheahan, Dylan McDonough.
This year Killorglin, Killarney and Corca Dhuibhne have joined together as South Kerry. This past weekend South Kerry took to the field for the first time in a challenge match against Sundays Well. It was a very encouraging game as the squad is melding together. South Kerry scored three tries which came from Eoin O’Suilleabhain, Chris Scannell and a penalty try with one conversion from Jack Evans. The team played in great spirit but had too much ball turned over and will work on their defense in the coming weeks.
Our seniors were due to play Iveragh RFC this weekend in the opening round of the McElligott Cup. Unfortunately Iveragh couldn’t field a team so no game took place. Killorglin will move on to the next round of the competition.
The seniors first league game is this Sunday October 1st v Bantry RFC. Kick off is at 2:30pm at home in Ballymalis. All support appreciated.