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.

Munster Rugby Coach Development Workshop

Anyone interested should email the development officers listed below all workshops are free. Workshops are on next week so email and reserve your spot early.

You are invited to attend an upcoming Munster Rugby Coach Development Workshop. Details as follows:

Munster Rugby Coach Development | Rugby Attack Workshop 2019

Monday 9 December | Irish Independent Park | 7pm-8pm

The Munster Rugby Coach Development Department are set to host a Rugby Attack Workshop, delivered by Paul Barr and Mike Pettman

Barr and Pettman will each deliver a session on Rugby Attack designed for coaches who work with players from U14 through to Senior level.

Paul Barr is a former Director of Rugby at St Michaels College, Dublin and Head Coach and Director of Coaching at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He has been head coach of Leinster and Munster Schools. Paul is one of the most decorated coaches in the domestic game, with vast experience at many levels of the game. Last year alone, Paul was Head Coach of Cork Constitution when they won the AIL and Munster Senior Cup, while also coaching Bandon RFC U16s to an All-Ireland win.

You can read a little more about Paul’s attacking philosophy in the link below:

Mike Pettman joined the Munster Rugby Development Department earlier this year as a technical skills development coach. The former New Zealand 7s player and Dolphin RFC utility back is currently working with Munster’s talent identified players to help develop their technical and tactical ability, as well as improving the standards of skills coaching on the Munster pathway within clubs and schools.

The Rugby Attack Workshop is FREE and coaches from across the province are welcome to attend. The workshop will be on the field from 7pm-8pm with Q&A afterwards in the hospitality suite.

For more information please contact your respective coach development officers.

Owen Mullowney –

Brendan O’Connor –

Robert Healy R.I.P.

We note with sadness the passing of Bob Healy, (the Blackman Bar), and father of Junior 1 team manager.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Brian and family at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements below.

HEALY (The Blackman, Dublin Pike, Cork):
On December 2nd, 2019, peacefully, at the Bon Secours Hospital, ROBERT (BOB), dearly loved husband of Maureen (née Cronin) and loving father of Patricia, Roy, Denis, Brian, David, Joanne and Kevin.
Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, son-in-law, daughters-in- law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends. 
Lying in repose at the Mayfield Funeral Home, Old Youghal Road of
Jerh. O’Connor Ltd. on (Wednesday) from 5.00pm until Removal at 7.00pm to St. Joseph’s Church,

Mayfield. Requiem Mass at 12 noon on (Thursday). Funeral afterwards to St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Crosshaven. Family flowers only, please.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis”.