Big Game

We hosted Waterpark-Rfc on Sunday the 7th. It promised to be a very competitive game and it did not disappoint. You could not take your eyes off the action.

If you’d like to watch the video of the minis cheering on the J1’s click on the link the see it.

Waterpark opened up the scoring with a converted penalty we answered with a unconverted try. They then converted another penalty putting them back in the lead by one point. We were yellow carded for repeated penalties. They then ran in two tries before half time one converted one not converted, we were awarded a penalty which we didn’t’ convert. The half time score was OCRFC 5 – 18 WaterparkRfc.

Old Christians J1 v Waterpark J1

The second half seen the J1’s come out of the gates surging and determined to win. We scored a try early in the half which was converted. Waterpark were yellow carded for repeated infringements. We took full advance of the extra man by running in 2 more tries in that time both converted. Giving us the bonus point for 4 tries. Waterpark came back at us in the dying minutes of the game and scored 2 more tries again one converted, one not. Their last try was an intercepted ball that they ran with and scored. The full time score was OCRFC J1’s 26 – 30 Waterpark J1’s.

Try scorers; Chris Harnett, Small John, Laz, and Smitty

After the game we all went into the club house for a hearty meal of mash potatoes, beans and sausages. Thanks to the women’ committee for looking after everyone so well. Thanks to the young Kav lads who were selling tickets for the raffle.

Noel Phelan the president of Waterpark
and
Claire o Brien the president of Old Christians

Everyone agreed it was a great game such a pity we didn’t win but we did come away with not one but 2 bonus points. Next Sunday we are hosting Mallow at home should be a good game. Its well worth coming up to watch the J1’s playing. Especially with the minis bringing up lots of noise, atmosphere and colour thanks to Liam and Ray for organizing them for all home games. #OneClubOneCommunity

Great morning for the minis

Saturday the 30th October, training and then breakfast rolls with a tea or coffee for €4, great fundraiser and great fun was had by all.

Thanks to O’Flynn sausages for providing all the yummy ingredients for the breakfast rolls
Giving Gordon Ramsey a run for his money our own Conor and madam president Claire cooking up a storm
Thanks to Rising sons brewery for providing the marquee to keep the rain off
Olive O’Donoghue tucking into her breakfast roll after training.
Shay O’Donoghue and Kav demolishing their breakfast rolls, ideal on a cold morning

Referee Appeal

This could be you.
(photo courtesy of @hilarycphotography)

Now that the season has begun it has become apparent that there is a severe shortage of active referees available to officiate at games. We need to have our ‘Active Referees’ numbers in the region of 200, thus allowing for a rotation to ensure, that to the very best of our ability all games are covered. At the present time the number of referees across the province is on a weekly basis approximately 80. With on average 200 games per week in Munster some of which require referee and touch judges this is a huge draw on a small pool of people. As a result providing associate referees to officiate at all games is an impossible task and can be a source of frustration to teams when there is no referee available. As you are well aware, the role of the referee in our game is a critical one and with this in mind I am asking your club to reach out to all of your members to see if any of them would be interested volunteering as a referee. There are a number of options available ranging from being a full time member of the M.A.R to becoming an affiliate referee. • In the event that you have club members that are willing to become an affiliate referee, this course can be undertaken online https://www.irishrugby.ie/playing-the-game/refereeing/club-schoolaffiliated-referees/ • Many clubs have had referees who have in the last few years retired and may be in a position to return to refereeing to assist in ensuring that games can be officiated by an associate referees, we request that these people reach directly out to the MAR and contact the Honorary Secretary Mr. Martin Ryan at marhonsec@mar.ie and re-registration will be expedited. • Should you have members within your club who are interested in taking up refereeing for the first time they should contact Mr. David Wilkinson, who is the National Referee Development Manager at the IRFU and can be contacted at david.wilkinson@irfu.ie. The Rugby Committee has commissioned a working group which will be starting in the next week to look at improving the numbers but for now your help would be greatly appreciated on this urgent matter.

Munster Rugby

Mixed News

Last weekend with a heavy heart we waved bye to Peter Brennan. Peter has played with Old Christains for a number of years and the U14 player was a rising star. He is moving back to Meath with his family.

Peter Brennan

Old Christians loss is Leinster Rugbys gain. Peter mom Jennifer thanked Shane and Peters other coaches for Peter jersey and the time they put in to Peter and his team mates over the last number of year.

Peter with his new jersey and team mates.

We all wish Peter the best in the future and can’t wait to hear how you progress in the coming years. Keep in touch

Then on Sunday we got some great news.

Not 1, Not 2 but 3 players on the munster u18s school squad that played against Ulster all got their start in Old Christians.

Matthew O Callaghan (left),Sam Loftus (middle) & Jack Casey (right)

The lads all played with Old Christians up till u14 and it goes to show its not just the schools but the clubs that are super important in developing players.

All were mainly coached by Brian Fahy, Gary Curtin, Colin O’Neill and Pat O Callaghan. Well done to all involved with the boys over the years. Watch out for these faces in the future hopefully in the Red of Munster.

Jerry Casey R.I.P.

Sad news to pass on.

Gerry Casey passed away this morning. You need to be one of “the old guard”, to remember Gerry, a fine centre and all round nice guy. He always seemed to be laughing and smiling.

Our sympathies to Helen and his family.

Casey (Killeens, Co. Cork), on June 30th 2021, peacefully in the presence of his loving family at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice; Jerry (ex Cork County Hall), beloved husband of Helen (née McCarthy) and loving father of Tim, Kevin and Hilary (Casey-Glavin). Sadly missed by his heartbroken wife and family, grandchildren Hannah, Fionn, Cara and Cathal, brother Pat, sister Mary, son-in-law Steven, daughter-in-law Anita, Kevin’s partner Karen, relatives, neighbours, great friends and his dog Joey.

To follow best practices and guidelines and with the support of Jerry’s family the funeral will take place privately. Condolences may be added below and at www.oconnorfuneralcork.ie

Jerry’s Requiem Mass will be live-streamed on Saturday, July 3rd, at 1.30pm on www.churchservices.tv/blarney

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to Marymount.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

AGM 2021

We are formally announcing the Annual General Meeting will be held in the club on July 27th at 8pm.

Nominations for President, Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary are to be emailed to Adrian at aoconnell@oldchristiansrfc.ie by 20th July.

We will hold the AGM in the hall, everything will be done in accordance with the current guidelines. If you feel unwell or have been named as a close contact of someone. Do not attend the meeting.

Stay safe and we hope to see you on the night.

Care Taker Position

We have an opening in Old Christians as Caretaker if you would like to apply for the job send your CV to Adrian our club secretary.

Adrian email address is: aoconnell@oldchristiansrfc.ie

If you want to know more about the position and what will be required of you, you can contact anyone on the committee and we will point you in the right direction.

Eugene O’Callaghan R.I.P.

We note with sadness the passing of Eugene O’Callaghan, father of 80’s club stalward Pat, (Front rower).

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The death has occurred of Eugene O’Callaghan
Boreenmanna Road, Cork

O’CALLAGHAN (Boreenmanna Road, Cork): On May 23rd, 2021, peacefully ,surrounded by his loving family in the tender care of the staff at St. Bernadette’s Ward at the Bon Secours Hospital, EUGENE (Hughie) (late of I.T.G.W.U.), dearly loved husband of Marie (née Carroll) and loving father of Pat, Donal, Gerard, Alison (Scannell) and Fiona (Power) and dear brother of Pat, Christy, Marjorie and the late Noreen and Mattie.   Sadly missed by his loving wife, family, daughters-in-law Catherine, Liz and Christina, sons-in-law Michael and Marc, devoted Pop to Owen, Ken, Roy, Cian, Gavin, Clodagh, Harry, Conor, Rory and Leah, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.   Eugene’s Requiem Mass will be live streamed on https://www.churchservices.tv/ballinloughlourdes at 2.00pm on Tuesday 25th, May 2021.   A private family funeral will take place, in accordance with current guidelines. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. Please leave your personal message for Eugene’s family in the condolences section below or through www.jerhoconnorfuneralhomes.ie Family flowers only, please. Donations, in lieu, to Cúnamh at Bon Secours Hospital. “May he rest in peace”