Longford RFC Club News 12/11/2018   13/11/2018

By Tommy Butler Longford RFC PRO tommylbutler@gmail.com 

Senior Men away to Suttonians, Senior Women play Tullamore, Longford Hall of Fame Awards with Joe Schmidt, Minis Trip to Leinster v Toulouse…

Senior Men

Longford Senior Men travelled to Sutton, Co. Dublin to take on Suttonian’s, the only team to do the double over them last season.  It was a mixed day with the Early XV scoring their third win on the trot and the Late XVs winning streak coming to a halt.  However, we still are in a strong position only three points off the top with five wins out of six.

The Senior Men have next weekend off before heading into two back to back matches at home in CPL Park v North Kildare and Coolmine.  Their last Leinster League match of the season is away to Carlow on December 9th.

Midland League Finals Day, Friday December 30th

Longford are the defending Midland League Champions and after topping the League section, will face off against Edenderry for the Midland League Trophy on Finals day on Friday December 30th.  The Midland League Trophy, Shield and Plate are all up for grabs on the day with Tullamore RFC hosting all three matches.

LEINSTER LEAGUE 1B TABLE 111118
POS
TEAM
PLD
W
L
D
PF
PA
DIFF
BP
BP 4T
BP L
DED
PTS
1
SUTTONIANS
6
5
1
0
213
98
115
6
5
1
0
26
2
LONGFORD
6
5
1
0
161
135
26
3
3
0
0
23
3
MONKSTOWN
6
4
2
0
117
96
21
3
1
2
0
19
4
CARLOW
6
3
3
0
142
102
40
3
2
1
0
15
5
TULLOW
6
3
3
0
97
108
-11
2
1
1
0
14
6
DSLP
6
1
5
0
141
156
-15
8
3
5
0
12
7
COOLMINE
6
2
4
0
102
152
-50
0
0
0
0
8
8
N KILDARE
6
1
5
0
88
214
-126
2
1
1
0
6

Upcoming Fixtures

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

Sunday December 2nd Leinster League Coolmine (Home).

Sunday December 9th Leinster League Carlow (Away).

Friday December 30th Midland League Trophy Final v Edenderry (Tullamore).

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

Longford Women (Warriors)

Longfor Women came up against a very strong team on the road, the match report will be published tomorrow.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Sunday November 25th Leinster League Tallaght (Home).

Sunday December 2nd Leinster League Athy (Away).

Sunday December 9th Leinster League Portlaoise (Home).

Sunday January 13th Leinster League Greystones (Away).

Player Profile Megan Banahan

1. Position

Out Half

2. Favourite Food?

Bacon & Cabbage

3. Favourite Band or Musician?

Brave Giant

4. Favourite Rugby Team?

Leinster/Ireland

5. When did you last score a try?

Against Athy a few weeks ago

6. Who is your favourite rugby player?

James Lowe

7. Who is your funniest teammate?

Fidelma Fallon

8. What do you most like about rugby?

Working as a team to win games and playing/training with friends

Longford Mini/Youths

Match reports

U18

The under 18s played Birr at home in the league. It was a very physical game played at a high tempo. Longford came out on top with a final score of 29-12. To a man each player put in a great performance. Jack Finnegan, Brynn Peters, Dean Norton and Michael Dunne scoring a try each. Dunne also kicked 3 conversions and a penalty. Next up Edenderry in Longford Saturday 17th November.

U14

The U14's played in their third Leinster league match away to Balbriggan today. Great conditions, played on well maintained pitch, resulted in a 38 to 33 win. Longford lead at halftime thanks to 4 tries by Ryan D'Arcy, Sam Mills and a brace from Shane O'Hara. Balbriggan grew in confidence as the game closed at the half, 26 to 14, we also lost part of our scrum power as Oisin Gallagher took a knock and had to be subbed.  The second half started with another Shane O'Hara try but from there we witnessed a great fight back from Balbriggan. Score was 33 to 31 and we were looking at a close defeat. Then Adam Reem grabbed a loose ball out of a ruck and bust straight through 5 tackles to score under the posts. Outstanding plays during the game by Shane O'Hara, Sam Mills, Adam Reem. Areas for improvement are ball passing/ supporting the runner and tackling. Next match will be in the Leinster League, at home to Wanderers on the 18th November. Wednesday training this week will be attended by specialist coaches.

U11/U12 Blitz

Longford RFC hosted the Midlands area U11 and U12 Blitz on Saturday last. Teams from Mullingar and Edenderry arrived on a cool morning for an action packed morning.

The pitches were in top condition despite the rain overnight. Thanks to our brilliant parents who brought the food for the after match banquet with our visitors.

U12.