Back on Track

I know your probably all wondering where or what did she do with all those photos she took at Christmas I was experiencing a few technical difficulties, my laptop went to Frozen and refused to come back. I am now back hopefully on track and over the coming weeks I will catch up with all those photos I took and get them edited and up online.

Thanks for all your patience happy new year one and all. Hilary (pro)

Castleisland Pull Out+ Pre season in NZ.

Castleisland have pulled out of Divison 2 of the MJL.

All of their results have been voided so only one team will be relegated. They have been struggling since the start of the season with heavy defeats most weeks.

So four games to go, two home and two away.

9th February 2020 J1 vs Tralee2:30 pmAway.Munster Junior League
16th February 2020 J1 vs Fethard & District2:30 pmRathcooneyMunster Junior League
15th March 2020 J1 vs Dungarvan2:30 pmAway.Munster Junior League
29th March 2020 J1 vs Charleville2:30 pmRathcooneyMunster Junior League

We play two of the current bottom three and two from the top seven, with the 15th of March game v Dungarvan the pivotal match.

On a different point, below is the Pre-season program for my nearest club in New Zealand, Marist Albion. It might interest some of you.

“Colts” are under 21 and St.Bede’s are the school that a lot of the Marist players attended.

Back for the Tralee game.

Castleisland concede points.

At first glance, this might seem a good thing, but as things stand, all our nearest competitors have taken the Kerry side for bonus point wins, (5pt.).

There are at least five teams still in the running for the two promotion places.

Will this come back to bite us ?

See current table below.


Gerard Brennan R.I.P.

BRENNAN (Cahergal): On December 29th, 2019, peacefully at home. GERARD (Gerry) (Retd. Garda Sergeant), beloved husband of Carol (née Lucy) and loving father of Alan, Brian and Adrian. Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, daughters-in-law, Nuala, Lorna and Sinead, grandchildren Maeve, Dylan, Daniel and Leah, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Lying in repose at the Mayfield Funeral Home, Old Youghal Road of Jerh. O’Connor Ltd. Removal at 7.30pm on Monday evening to St. Joseph’s Church, Mayfield. Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Tuesday. Funeral afterwards to Rathcooney Cemetery.

“May he rest in peace”

Ar dheis Dé, go raibg a anam dílis.

Application now been taken

We are delighted to announce that our 2020 Munster Rugby School of Excellence is now open for bookings!

Due to the demand last year, we have now extended the Boys camp from one to two weeks and we also have our inaugural Girls School of Excellence which we are delighted about.

Full details are available on our website:

Rockwell College Dates (Boys 13-16) 

Monday 20th July to Friday 24th July 2020 or Monday 10th August to Friday 14th August 2020

Bandon Grammar School Dates (Girls 13-17) 

Monday 27th July to Wednesday 29th July 2020

Early Bird prices until Friday 31st January 2020

Watching New Zealanders train.

Not just on holiday, the club is never far from my mind. I watched a pre-season training session on Wednesday. Some people might be interested in same.

Boy was it hot.

I watched the Colt, (Under21), team from Marist Albion going through a session and it was a bit of an eye opener.

As far as I can figure out, their top team would third tier, (i.e. Junior), but they have another 6/7 teams including Ladies AND SOCIAL.

This was just a warm up session as the main work starts just after Christmas.

They began with a passing drill, (at a fierce pace), they then moved on to a short game of “Tip”, again the pace of this was scary.

The main part of the session then involved six “Stations”.


This involved, what I would call Yoga Balls, but deflated and filled with water.
They had to be lifted over the heads, the players then dropped to the ground and rolled over before getting back to their feet holding on to the waterbag at all times and repeat.

No. 2

Again I had not seen this one before. The teams had a pair of small wheels with an axel through them and the had to move forward, while rolling the wheels.


Making their way to station 3. This was a fairly straight lifting exercise, with repeated lifts of the weighted blue bags on the ground.


This involved push ups with the hands on light weights. After every push up, the right hand was lifted shoulder high followed by the left hand.


No pic here, but this involved the six foot tackle bags, lifted over the shoulder, then smashed into the ground and the player followed it to the ground.


This involved an inflated Yoga Ball, the players crawled forward with their hands, the kept the ball going with their legs.

The whole squad looked tremendously fit already, bar one new comer and it was amazing to see the support he got from his team mates as he struggled with some of the tasks.
There were words of encouragement, high fives and applause as he gamely finished his tasks.
(He was a prop).

No doubt he would have got the same encouragement in Rathcoony ??????

The Coach doing the “Stations” was the former National coach of Portugal as well as having coached Honda in Japan, and he reckoned the water bags used in station one weighed about 25 Kgs.

Over to you Sob.