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11th to 18th Oct 2013

Official opening of the sports facilities at Co Cavan RFC

On Saturday September 21st 2013 the newly refurbished facilities at Co Cavan RFC were officially opened by Mr Patrick Fitzgerald the president of the IRFU. Great displays of rugby were watched on the day with the seniors, the U17's and the minis all turning out to play for their club. The celebrations went on into the night with dinner and speeches. Co Cavan RFC was praised for the work it has done on it's club to improve facilities for the players as well as all groups in the local community. Everyone enjoyed the event with many compliments being passed on the new facilities which included a function room, bar and kitchen as well as changing rooms and a gym. The president of the club Mr Kevin Jackson thanked everyone for attending and supporting the club and encouraged people to consider the club facilities when booking venues for parties, he thanked the teams for their great games of rugby and he also thanked Mr Fitzgerald for opening the facilities. Also at the club on the day were two Ulster players Stuart Olding and Adam Macklin which attracted the attention of all the young aspiring rugby players in the club. They joined in on the training sessions with the U8's, 10's and 12's and spent an hour with the U13 squad guiding them through the finer points of the set piece.

Our Club Your Country Grand Draw

Hi all,

It's that time of year again when the club does some fundraising. The tickets are out for the IRFU our club, your country grand draw. Tickets available from Catherine on 0861973479. Excellent prizes and all money raised goes into the club!!!

1. Travel to Argentina in June 2014 to support the Irish Rugby Team on their Summer Tour Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons. (compliments of O2)
2. England v Ireland 2014 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Twickenham Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons. (compliments of Ulster Bank)
3. France v Ireland 2014 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Stade de France Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons. (compliments of Guinness)
4. A state of the art home entertainment system Flat screen tv and surround sound equipment to the value of €1500. (compliments of Aviva Home Insurance)
5. Dress like an Irish rugby player Eden Park formal wear to the value of €1500. (compliments of Eden Park)
6. Ireland v Scotland 2014 RBS 6 Nations VIP package in Aviva Stadium Official IRFU hospitality and match tickets for two persons. (compliments of Lucozade Sport)
7. Ireland v Wales 2014 RBS 6 Nations VIP package in Aviva Stadium Official IRFU hospitality and match tickets for two persons. (compliments of Dove MEN+CARE)
8. Ireland v Italy 2014 RBS 6 Nations VIP package in Aviva Stadium Official IRFU hospitality and match tickets for two persons. (compliments of DHL Express)
9. Elverys Sports fitness makeover In store consultation with an Elverys Sports expert, training plan, equipment & nutritional advice with gift card. Total prize to the value of €1000. (compliments of Elverys Sports)
10. Spa weekend in Carton House 2 nights b&b, dinner on one evening in the Linden Tree Restaurant and a Spa treatment for two persons. (compliments of Carton House)

Cavan Ladies let loose against Letterkenny 13th October 2013

Cavan rugby ladies travelled to Letterkenny on the 13th October to take on a tricky Letterkenny side. Conditions were prefect for what turned out to be a game dominated by Cavan. Cavan got off to a terrific start as no sooner had Letterkenny kicked off , Cavan secured a line out on Letterkennys 22. A powerful Cavan maul, powered by Claire McDermott and Rosie Morgan, was set up and Bridget Reynolds couldn’t be stopped as she powered over the Letterkenny try line.

After the Letterkenny restart, Cavan soon found themselves again in the Letterkenny 22 and quick hands through the back line saw captain Deirdre O’Reilly sprint over the try line to secure Cavan’s 2 nd try. In the 30th min, Letterkenny were again feeling the pressure when Caroline O’Reilly made a break down the wing, only to be stopped metres from the line. In true Cavan style, a quick succession of ‘pick and goes’ saw Kathleen Dawson snatch Cavan’s 3rd try of the game. In a 1st half dominant by Cavan, winger Shauna Brady completed the 1st half by out running the Letterkenny defence and securing her first try. Half time score Cavan 20-Letterkenny 0.

Cavan started the 2nd half as they finished the first by Bridget Reynolds receiving the ball from scrum half Karen O’Reilly and making a break down the blind side of the pitch to break the score to Cavan 25-Letterkenny 0. Anna Coyle successfully converted. Fantastic kicking from full back Ellen Cahill, ensured that winger Gillian Martin also got her name on the score sheet by twisting her way over the line. In the last 15 mins, Cavan were down to 12 players after losing Gillian Martin to injury and Grainne McDermott, who was sin binned. However, this didn’t stop Cavan as Anna Coyle exploited space in the Letterkenny defence to run in Cavan’s 7th try. The last try of the game came from great forward and back team work to allow Kathy King, one of the hardest working members of the side on the day, to score the final try. Player of the match went to Clodagh Brady, the newest recruit to the Cavan team who played exceptionally in her position all day.

Final score: Cavan 42-Letterkenny 0

Cavan: Caroline O’Reilly, Rosie Morgan, Kathy King, , Bridget Reynolds, Karen O’Reilly, Kathleen Dawson, Gillian Martin, Clodagh Brady, Shauna Brady, Deirdre O’Reilly (captain), Anna Coyle and Grainne McDermott, Claire McDermott, Ellen Cahill

Cavan Pass Tallaght Test

Cavan rugby ladies traveled to Tallaght on Sunday 6th October to take on difficult opposition in the form of a strong Tallaght side. Anna Coyle kicked off for Cavan who were fast up in a line of attack. Tallaght did not secure their ruck strong enough and Rosie Morgan forced her way through to win back the ball for Cavan. A quick succession of Cavan forward play saw Deirdre O’Reilly power over the line for the first try of the game. Coyle successfully converted. Tallaght came back strong and soon put the Cavan defence to the test but a strong defensive, led by Karen O’Reilly and Kathy King, held tight.
The second half started off as brightly as the first from Cavan. Once again, Cavan punished Tallaght for not securing their rucks, this time with Caroline O’Reilly and Helena Farrell winning the ball for Cavan and unleashing Brigid Reynolds into full flight with a powerful sprint up the sideline. Support play from Kathleen Dawson and Kathy King ensured that the ball was recycled to Christina Brady who scored Cavan’s second try of the game. Coyle, again converted. Cavan’s back line of Jackie O’Halloran, Gillian Martin, Clodagh Brady, Shauna Brady and Grainne Brady worked well together to ensure that the flow of the game continued and caused defensive headaches for Tallaght’s backline.
The final try of the game, came from superb backline play from Martin and O’Halloran to allow Kathleen Dawson sprint up the sideline and score Cavan’s third try of the game. Coyle, who was on fine kicking form all day, once again added the conversion. Final Score Cavan 21: Tallagh 0.

Cavan: Caroline O’Reilly, Helena Farrell, Rosie Morgan, Kathy King, Christina Brady, Bridget Reynolds, Karen O’Reilly, Kathleen Dawson, Jackie O’Halloran, Gillian Martin, Clodagh Brady, Shauna Brady, Deirdre O’Reilly (captain), Anna Coyle and Grainne Brady

Co Cavan Ladies on Ulster U18 Team and Ireland U19 Team

Cavan Underage LadiesThe Co Cavan RFC underage girls made the trip to Ulster. Shannen Lane, Morna O'Hanlon and Helen McDermott had their first U18 full squad training. They have been through a tough trial programme and have made it on to the squad. The have three games in November against the other provinces. Two games in Dublin and one in Belfast. They are training for the next three Sundays in Armagh under the watchful eye of Johnny Gilespie, Ulster Branch Youth Development Officer. Shannen Lane recently achieved an Irish cap as she played for Ireland in a sevens tournament in the Uk with the Irish team coming fourth overall. It is a great boost for women's rugby in Cavan to have such talent coming up through the ranks. We wish the team well in all their games.

Cavan Player Shannen Lane on the Ireland U19 Sevens, Report from IRFU website

The Ireland Under-19 Provinces squad finished fourth in the UK School Games Sevens at the weekend

An Ireland Under-19 Provincial squad took part in the UK School Games in Sheffield at the weekend and finished a very creditable fourth in the Sevens tournament. The success of the Ireland Women's Sevens squad in qualifying for the World Series combined with raised profile of Women's rugby thanks to last season's Grand Slam win means that more girls are willing to 'Give It A Try'.
The Ireland Under-19 Provincial side marks another step in the progression of developing a flow of players to sustain the burgeoning Women's Sevens programme. The aim for these young women now is a place in the Emerging Ireland Women's Sevens squad with an eye on the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
The girls were selected as part of a detailed screening programme that started back in June to identify a squad of players for the UK School Games. We could even one day be looking at sisters lining out for Ireland as Erin Caughey, who featured for the Under-19s, is the younger sister of Nikki who played for the Women's at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow during the summer.
Five training camps followed and the final squad of twelve players was selected following the last camp. On Saturday the U-19 squad kicked off the tournament with two fantastic wins, beating Wales Dragons 'B' 29-0 and England North 28-5.
A 17-all draw with England South West and a 28-12 victory over Scotland later in the day saw them top of their pool at the end of the first day and with a semi-final place in the bag. The semi final against England South West proved to be a real cliff-hanger. Ireland trailed by 5-0 at half-time but came back in the second half to earn a 12-all draw.
Extra-time and a penalty shoot-out could not separate them until the game went into 'golden score' territory with the Irish girls just losing out. The bronze medal game saw come them up against the London & South West side who were just too strong and took third place by 15-5.

Speaking after the tournament, the Ireland U-19 Provincial squad's coach Stan McDowell said: "I am very proud of this achievement. These girls came together back in July and to play so well after only five training camps shows the level of committment they have given. "We didn't have any preconceived ideas about where we would finish, but this squad have measured themselves against the best and have not been found wanting. "Topping the group on day one was a huge boost and a fourth place finish is something we can be very proud of."

Erin Caughey (Malone/Ulster)
Meadbh Donohoe (Tullow/Leinster)
Aoife Doyle (Shannon/Munster)
Irene Herlihy (Mallow/Munster)
Sorcha Holohan (Rugbai Corca Dhuibhne/Munster)
Mairead Hopkins (Ballina/Connacht)
Shannen Lane (Cavan/Leinster)
Emma Murphy (Railway Union/Leinster)
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Clanwilliam/Munster)
Niamh O'Sullivan (Mallow/Munster)
Jayne Pennefeather (Carrigaline/Munster)
Muireann Scully (Cill Dara/Leinster)

Management Team -
Coach - Stan McDowell
Manager - Ruth O'Reilly
Physio - Eimear Ní Fhallúin
Strength & Conditioning - Marian Earls

Related Links -
Give It A Try - Club open days for women and girls interested in playing rugby
Brazil Beckons For Ireland Women's Sevens

Under 13 win against Omagh 12th October 2013

Co Cavan RFC under 13's played their second league match of the season against Omagh RFC. It was a lovely day for rugby, with the pitch in great condition and both teams obliged by playing expansive, attractive rugby.

In the first half omagh came out of the blocks faster scoring the first try of the game, which they converted. Cavan responded with great determination. Through a number of phases and hands; Eoin McCaffrey's, Adam Brady's and Jamie McMullan's, the ball made it out to Matthew Mahood on the left wing who scored whilst evading a couple of Omagh defenders.

After the break Cavan continued to play with great purpose and allowed the Omagh backs little room. There was immense tackling by Thomas Fisher, Glenn Browne, Christopher Elliott and Neil Lowry. With ball in hand Cavan broke the gain line time after time - notably Ryan Maguire's rampaging runs caused Omagh much trouble. It was as a result of one of these that the ball came out to Stuart Smyth who kicked crossfield ( a la Ronan O'Gara). The ball was gathered by Leon Mulcahy, the Neil Lowry passed to Cian Poyntz, who was held up at the try line. The ball eventually made it's way back to Ryan who powered through to score. Cavan kept the intensity levels high and scored again after great team play for Jake Condon to score Cavans third try. Co Cavan came out victorious by the smallest of margins, 15-14.

Squad : Glenn Brown, Cian Poyntz, Stuart Smyth, Leon Mulcahy, Neil Lowry, Christopher Elliott, Matthew Mahood, Eoin McCaffrey. Kilian Brady, Adam Brady, Ryan Maguire, Thomas Fisher, Conor Sheridan, Jake Condon, Jamie McMullan, Daire Tully

Cavan under 8s vs Omagh. 12th October 2013

A 3-3 draw was a fair result for two very evenly matched teams. Defence was dominant action where Louis McGuire, Ben Tully and Elliot Pratt tackled tirelessly denying Omagh any yardage. Omagh scored first which seemed to wake Cavan's travelled legs and it wasn't long before David Poyntz scored one of his two tries. Omagh replied before halftime to draw the match. Come the second half Cavan were hungry for the win. Despite many weaving runs down the wing by speedsters Cormac Crotty, Nili Tuipulotu and William Fisher they were denied by either the touchline or great last ditch Omagh defence. Elliott O'Reilly, Josh McDwyer and Aaron Poyntz found the direct route more to their liking, straight up the middle and over defenders. Yet again, Omagh defence denied their efforts.

Their hard work paid off when Christopher King and Blake Johnson supported a run by Elliott Pratt and bulldozed anything within standing distance of the ruck leaving a clear path for Emmett O'Reilly to pick the ball and race in to what seemed a very big in-goal area.

Like Cavan did to Omagh in the first 2 mins, they returned with a try to draw the very entertaining game. A dubious referee call which denied David Poyntz his hat-trick could have been the winning of the game. All in all a very entertaining physical game enjoyed by the few travelling fans.

Squad: Louis Maguire, David Poyntz, Aaron Poyntz, William Fisher, Blake Johnson, 'Otenili Tu'ipulotu, Cormac Crotty, Josh McDwyer, Christopher King, Elliott Pratt, Ben Tully, Emmett O'Reilly.