Author: Dave Philpott

Last U 11 Blitz

The U11 squad had their last blitz of the season in Ballincollig  recently.

We had two strong teams out and all went very well .

Next sat 20th is a egg hunt for the mini sections. 

Sat 27th is the final day for all mini for the season. 

U10 and u11 are heading to Athy Rugby Festival on the 27th and then a camp out . 

No nonsense tackle.

In the clear.

The “Three Wise Men ?” look on.
Time for a break.

Breaking away.

Getting clear.

Support left and right.

Two handed touchdown.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

Variously attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, Alfred Marshall, Mark Twain and many other dead people, but if stats won matches, the All-Ireland joint champions would have been well beaten. Alas as Munster have often shown, stats can often count for nothing.

See match report below under “RESULTS” on main page.

Some sideline pics.

Part of the large crowd at the game.

Athletics Club using the top pitch, we cater for everything in Rathcooney these days.

Tim’s boot, our only source of points.

Injury kept Daniel out of the game.

Tough task for U18’s+Representative Honours.


Craig O’Connell, (with ball), has been selected on the Munster Junior Panel for the upcoming Junior Interpro’s which start with a game v Leinster in Skibb, on the 27th.

Craig, is following in his dad’s footsteps.

Paul, played for Munster back in the day, all though Craig is clearly a better player.

Meanwhile,

This is Jake Overbury, who played for the Cork side in the Munster Under 17 Blitz at C.I.T. over the last two week-ends.

Well done to both the lads, although I’m not too sure about that Munster/Cork Jersey, Jake.

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The u18’s South Munster Cup quarter final v Skibbereen RFC (the newly crowned joint all Ireland u18 champions), is confirmed for a 19.30 KO on Wednesday April 17th in Rathcooney. –

ALL SUPPORT WELCOME PLEASE

New coaching team for next season.

Ken O’Connell,
the former Ireland Under-25s, London Irish and full Ireland
international, has been appointed head coach for season 2019/2020.

Ken, who works in the domestic rugby department of Munster Rugby and is taking time out from his job as an elite development officer in the academy and has worked with many of Munster’s current internationals.

Ken has a son playing Mini Rugby with Old Christians and for many years was a Sunday’s Well stalward.

and he only lives down the road

Ken will bring a wealth of experience with him, which should help a very young squad as they try to get back to Division one.

Also confirmed on the coaching ticket for next season, is former player, Stephan O’Brien, who was involved last season.We

We wish the new coaching team the best of luck as we try to get back to Division one.


Mud, mud glorious mud,

Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood,

So ran the song from Flanders & Swann’s, (It’s actually called the Hippopotamus Song and probably 60/70 years old).

Your education is now complete, but the song came to mind when I got the pictures of the Under 12’s recent trip to Kerry.

Sean/Mossie Murnane take up the story.

U 12 TRIP TO ECLIPSE

On Sat Apr 6 the U12’s took to the road for an overnight stay in the Eclipse Adventure Centre in Kenmare, for end of season trip. 17 brave young souls and 15 thirsty adults left Glanmire, unaware of what was to lie ahead of them.
On arrival the group where divided into 2 teams and a strong emphasis on team work was put into place.The first task was Raft Building & Kayaking And a game of Django Ball! Like American football on water, but no rules. Both teams excelled at this and showed great teamwork and skill in completing the necessary tasks .

While this was taking place the adults who did not participate in the activity had the long weary trek to the local (POST OFFICE)😊😊. For some light refreshments and a few hotly contested games of killer, where the older lemons excelled, (a lot of miss-spent time in the 147, Tony and Shane).
That evening we settled down for the belly busting barbecue at the campfire, where there was no shortage of wood.
Thanks to Martin and the team for all there hard work in gathering the wood. With a big day ahead we all turned in early for a good nights sleep.

The next morning with the breakfast out of the way, the team was split into 2 groups and a few brave dads joined in, not fully aware of what lay ahead, (how tough could a mud run be !!!! )

First challenge was the orienteering and scavenger hunt which put them through their paces and tested their IQ’s

Next, was Irelands fittest club, an assault course which had 10 foot walls to be conquered, rope swings over water, hang from bars challenge, electrified fence to be negotiated and many tough challenges and again they worked together and thrived.

Last but not least was the mud run, a gruelling 2 km trek through some of the toughest terrain possible, (see pics below).
The resolve of the team and adults was severely tested, as the trek through the muck and ice cold water was unforgiving. However with an attitude of never give up and no man left behind, they stormed through the assault course and where mighty glad to be hitting the hot showers afterwards and home to bed.

All in all it was a great trip enjoyed by everyone and a big thank you to everyone that attended, a lot of great memories for everybody.

Down but not out.

How to stuff a somebody up a water pipe.

Helping the “adults” along.
Up and over.

Are we there yet ???

Team work.

Tarzan.

Nearly there.

A bit like Rathcooney in the Winter.


Safe and dry AND CLEAN.

Two big questions remain:

Who was the coward, who stayed on the riverbank taking pictures ?

and,

Who washed the clothes afterwards.

Shane calls it a day

Although a year or two younger than the “Yank”, Shane announced that he was hanging up his boots after the Thurles game.

With a young family and running his own business, (see here), he felt the time had come to step down. The former Club Captain (and a handy man with a bit of 4X2), had attempted to retire already this season, but answered the call when the need was greatest.

A brief photographic look back.

Keeping up with Ado.

Last season in Cobh.

On the charge.

Engage.

Being patched up, again.

Availing of player rotation, (or maybe a yellow card).
And again.

Battered but unbowed.

Striding out.

A little faster this time.

Spot the ball ?

We hope that Shane, will still be available to pass on his knowledge of whatever the hell goes on in the front row, to a younger generation.

Go dté tú slan.


More Pics/Video from U 18 Win

Ken Collins sent on a couple of great pictures from Sunday’s victory.

Great agility and good lifting.

Great try, but NO MORE ONEHANDED TOUCHDOWNS PLEASE LIAM.

SOMETIMES KICKING IS THE BEST OPTION.

BEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK AS LUKE TOUCHES DOWN.
PRESSURE, WHAT PRESSURE?

TROPHY TIME.

A COUPLE OF SHORT VIDEO CLIPS.

We have added a couple of short video clips to our

channel, HERE.

We get to meet the players, (sorry we missed Daniel, he was too quick for my camera), hear Charlie’s speech and hear some of the worst singing, you will ever hear.

Stick to the rugby lads.

Triumph at U 18 level

It was bad for the nerves as we made hard work of defeating a gallant Castleisland side. Match report on main page.

Some pictures from the day.

SHAKING HANDS UNDER A PLEASING SCOREBOARD.

PETER AND LIAM CLAIM TO HAVE PLAYED IN AN UNDER 18 FINAL TOGETHER IN 1981. I RECKON IT WAS MUCH EARLIER.

BERTIE SMITH, OF THE MUNSTER BRANCH, PRESENTS THE TROPHY TO SKIPPER CHARLIE REDMOND.

LOOK IN THE BACKGROUND, AS FARIDE PLANTS A SNEAKY EAR FLICK ON MATTIE.

“FORMER GREAT”, JOHN RYAN OF THE COACHING STAFF.

DANIEL TAKES A REST.

THE BOSS LOOK WORRIED WITH 5 MINS TO GO.
AFTER THIS PICTURE, WE HAD TO BORROW A FORKLIFT TO GET MATTIE BACK ON HIS FEET.

All roads lead to “Muzzer”

On Sunday at 4 p.m., our Under 18.5 team meet Castleisland in the Munster
Club Development Cup Final.

This is a huge achievement for the lads, who along with their U16 Club mates battled their way to the Pan Munster Leagues this season..

The picture shows the Lads training during the week.

We need everyone and anyone in Muzzer on Sunday, to cheer on the Team.


No excuses,

BÍ ann gan teip.

P.S. I know all the younger people call it Independant Park, but to those of us over 45, it will always be Muzzer.

Be there early, (4 p.m. kick-off) in a weekend Festival of Rugby.

Lets take it over again.

but if you are in Edinburgh


Lán Chúl.

For those who have already left for Edinburgh, (mo náire sibh),, I got the following e-mail (and a phone call), from Calum Dunlea,



Calum – Malones Edinburgh – Assistant Manager <Calum@malonesirishbars.com>
17:10 (6 minutes ago)


Hello Dave,


If any of the Old Christians lads are heading to Edinburgh for the game tomorrow, the pub I’m working for are doing discounts for Munster supporters and we are giving wrist bands to access our supporters bar just outside of Murrayfield. Best of luck to the lads in the Cup!

All the best,

Calum Dunlea
Assistant Manager

I coached Calum years ago when he played with Old Christians, so if you are in Edinburg, (and now feeling guilty about missing the Final), why not give him as call.

or better still get back in time for the u18.5 Final.

Chris “the Yank” retires.

First things first, he’s actually, Chris Knieriem, but nobody can pronounce it or spell it , (I had to look it up), and he seems to have been around for ever.

How often has he informed me that he was finished, only to be first on the pitch at pre-season. More that once he told me, “I got an extension”.

Will we not hear again that encouraging voice, in a very non Cork accent.

Surely someone with his enthusiasm could do a good job coaching ?

A couple of pictures from his time in Rathcooney.

CHRIS GOES HIGH.
HE SEES THE FUNNY SIDE.
CHECKING THE WEATHER ?

LIFT ME HIGHER.
REMEMBER THOSE JERSIES ?

ANOTHER MEDAL.

WHICH BIRTHDAY WAS THAT ?

HOLD ON.

” PLAY ON ALAN, IT’S ONLY SLIGHTLY CROOKED”

MORE SUCCESS, NEXT TO PUMP IN THE BACK ROW.

TWO UNPRONOUNCEABLE NAMES, AS HE STANDS BEHIND FRENCHY.