Longford RFC Club News 05/11/2018   06/11/2018

By Tommy Butler Longford RFC PRO tommylbutler@gmail.com 

Senior Men welcome Tullow, Senior Women play CYM, Longford Hall of Game Awards v Joe Schmidt…

Senior Men

Longford Senior Men returned to action v Tullow in CPL Park yesterday after a weekend off and came from behind to record a superb 35-23 against a very good Tullow side.  The Early XV also recorded a great 27-08 win against the current Provincial Seconds Cup holder.

Longford are back on the road to Dublin again next Sunday away to Suttonian’s.  This will undoubtedly be one of Longford’s toughest matches of the season.  This is a true top of the table clash and one Longford will be putting every effort into after losing home and away to Suttonian’s last season, the only side to do the double on a Longford side that were right up there challenging for league honours for most of the season.  Interestingly, Suttonian’s finished second last year with Longford just behind in third.  Although, Longford lost out 26-05 away to Suttonian’s last season, they had by far the better of the first half and even though they made three clean line breaks only converted one chance to go in at half time in the lead.  However, Suttonian’s led by their Player Coach Henry Bryce significantly lifted their intensity in the second half converting every chance that came their way to finish as bonus point winners.  Bryce has since moved onto to Balbriggan.

Longford are the only unbeaten team in 1B after third placed Monkstown downed Suttonian’s on Thursday under lights.  Their loss loss coupled with Longford’s win means that Longford move to the top of the log for the first time this year.

It has been positively commented on by other clubs on the great level of traveling support that they have enjoyed this season.  We sincerely ask that next weekend in Suttonian’s continues the trend.

You can find a player profile of Longford’s longest serving player, the evergreen Colm Glynn.

LEINSTER LEAGUE 1B TABLE 041118
POS
TEAM
PLD
W
L
D
PF
PA
DIFF
BP
BP 4T
BP L
DED
PTS
1
LONGFORD
5
5
0
0
150
102
48
3
3
0
0
23
2
SUTTONIANS
5
4
1
0
180
87
93
5
4
1
0
21
3
MONKSTOWN
5
3
2
0
89
85
-4
3
1
2
0
15
4
DLSP
5
1
4
0
129
143
-14
7
3
4
0
11
5
CARLOW
5
2
3
0
111
88
-23
2
1
1
0
10
6
TULLOW
5
2
3
0
84
96
-12
2
1
1
0
10
7
COOLMINE
5
2
3
0
88
121
-33
0
0
0
0
8
8
N KILDARE
5
1
4
0
77
186
-109
2
1
1
0
6

Upcoming Fixtures

Sunday November 11th Leinster League Suttonian’s (Away).

Sunday November 25th Leinster League North Kildare (Home).

Sunday December 2nd Leinster League Coolmine (Home).

Sunday December 9th Leinster League Carlow (Away).

Kick offs 13:00/14:30 in November/January & 12:30/14:00 in December.

Player Profile of Colm Glynn

1. Position

Out Half/1st Centre

2. What team do you most look forward to playing the most and why?

Any of the Dublin teams, they don't like playing the country teams

3. Favourite Food?

Fillet steak

4. Favourite Band or Musician?

The Coronas

5. If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?

The Super Bowl

6. When did you last score a try?

In September v Mullingar

7. Growing up who was you all time favourite rugby player?

Carlos Spencer

8. Who is your funniest teammate?

Justin Forde

9. What is your favourite website?

the42.ie

10. Who is the best dressed in the squad?

Joe McGowan

11. What teammate is most likely to avoid paying for a round when you are out?

Benny McManus

12. What training drill do you dread the most?

Murder Ball

13. What is your nick name?

Glynner

Longford Women (Warriors)

Longford Women played also had last weekend off and played CYM in CPL Park yesterday and scored a comprehensive win.  We will publish a match report on their game tomorrow.  Well done Ladies!

The Warriors train every Tuesday and Friday night at 7.30 PM. New players of all fitness levels are welcome, even if they have not played before. Contact Nuala on 082482005.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Sunday November 11th Leinster League Tullamore (Away).

Sunday November 25th Leinster League Tallaght (Home).

Sunday December 2nd Leinster League Athy (Away).

Sunday December 9th Leinster League Portlaoise (Home).

Women’s Match Correspondent Wanted

Can you spare a few hours a week to write match reports for Longford Senior Women?  Your report will be featured in the Longford Leader and on the club website every week.  If you are interested, please contact any of the Women’s Team or Club Volunteer coordinator; Derick Turner on 0862559624.  No previous experience is necessary.

Longford Mini/Youths

Longford Players selected for Midland U16 & U18 Squads.

The Midlands Squads assembled this week for screening and some games.  The Midlands comprises the pick of the players from Longford, Edenderry, Mullingar, Tullamore, Roscrea, Birr and the Midland Warriors.

Congratulations to JJ Jackson, Dario Cigliano & Seamus McKeon who played for the Midlands U18 squad versus the South East.  They all came on in the second half and helped the Midlands come back from 19-7 down 10 minutes in the second half to drawn the match 19-19.

Also, congratulations to Kevin McDonagh and Kola Adejinmi who played for the Midland U16s versus the South East.

Pictured below is the Midlands U16 Squad

Match reports

U14

The U14's played in their second Midland league match away to Mullingar today. Great conditions, played on their 4G pitch, resulted in a 30 to 14 loss. Longford lead at halftime thanks to two converted tries to Ryan D'Arcy and Sam Mills. Mullingar brought their A game to the second half scoring 20 points to our nil. Outstanding plays during the game by Shane O'Hara, James Gilheaney and Sam/Jude O'Rouke. Areas for improvement will be support around the ruck and tackling. Next match will be in the Leinster League, away to St Mary's on the 11th November. Wednesday training this week will be attended by specialist coaches.

U12

Our minis headed into the west on Saturday to play Ballina at U9, U10, U11 & 12. What started as a wet and windy trip brightened up as we neared Ballina.

Our U12 divided into two teams as the pitch set up didn’t allow full teams. Therefore, tackling effort was key to managing the games. Team A managed two wins and one loss. Tries from Daniel Corr, Mitch Clark, James Cosgrove and William McEntire was the reward to the great team effort.

Team B had two wins and one draw. There was fast defensive line speed on show from our lads and some mighty tackling. Donnacha Golden, Derek Belton and Darragh Nash showed some nice attacking abilities in scoring tries while some massive carries by Tadgh McAuley also created scores for the team and his last effort ended with himself dotting down for a great try. The boys were glad for a bite after from our hospitable hosts.

Next week we host our own Midlands blitz at 10.00am Saturday. Sandwiches and help will be required once again as we expect 6-7 teams to visit.