Salmo News 15/10/10

Salmo News 15/10/10

(15 Oct 2010)


1st XV, J1, J3, J5: Fixtures:  President’s dinner: Tis and Dat:   Directory:

 1st XV

Saturday 9th October.  The injury list continued unabated with Julian Moroney joining the list and the terrible news that Fran Cooney has to retire as result of two bruised discs in the neck. Franner has been a constant in the 1st XV for many seasons starting on the wing and more recently in the centre. Strong and pacy with a great workrate he provided many a good moment for Salmo.

The arrival of Belfast Harlequins after their bonus point demolition of Thomond the previous week was daunting but Salmo were up for the challenge. Despite going down to an early penalty Salmo stuck to their task. Improved scrumaging helped disrupt A Harlequins scrum and the counter attack ended with Conor Power senior scoring close to the touchline. Despite a monopoly of possession Harlequins were unable to breach the Salmo resolute defence. A sweeping move with debutant Josh Russell Carroll coming in from his wing outside Dave Thompson almost yielded a try just before half time for Salmo.  So the match turned at half time 5-3 to Salmo and Harlequins playing with the wind into the Stepaside end. The game continued as in the first half with Quins dominating possession and a mixture of no ideas and good defence holding them tryless. With about ten minutes to go they converted a penalty to take the narrow est of leads. Salmo were always trying despite the sparse possession. A forward pass with a 2 man overlap looked like it would be rued especially when Smulley conceded a penalty which they converted. 9 –5 and minutes to play. Determination came to the fore and after a penalty was kicked to the corner a series forward surges finally resulted in Karl Moran going over for a try converted by Dave Thompson. 12-9 to Salmo One of those where else would you want to be days. 


J1 Sunday 10th October 

A strong squad assembled for the J1 league game v Seapoint. The 1st XV result the previous day and the Suttonians win brought an air of confidence to the pre match assembly. Seapoint had other ideas, celebrating their first home game in the AIL the previous day, by beating Wanderers, was their fillip. The game was a dominated by Seapoint up front in the first half and despite Salmo’s effort to run the ball it was 0-0 at half time.

A Ronan McCabe penalty gave Salmo the lead but this was eroded by  a converted Seapoint  try scored after a series of well drilled pick and goes.

With less than ten minutes to go Kilian Keogh received a pass on the half way line and with an elusive run showing great pace touched down left of the posts 10-7 and it looked like home and dry. Seapoint fought back and in the last play of the game, which appeared to include a knock on and a foot in touch, they scored in the corner. However a decent tackle would have stopped the try.  Seapoint claimed the spoils 14-10. Former Salmomen  Declan Griffith and Alan Temple both played their part in the Seapoint win.


J3 (filed by Norman Byrne)

Lansdowne 21 DLSP 8

The J3s league campaign started with a disappointing defeat to A strong Lansdowne side at Ballycorus Road last week. Disrupted beforehand with a number of injuries and unavailabilities, a slightly understrength team took to the field confident of securing a good result against the "old enemy" at this level.

Lansdowne however started much the better side, imposing their physicality on Salmo and dominating at ruck time in particular. Salmo however maintained their usual solid defensive work and restricted Lansdowne to two early penalties. Unable to secure any good possession however, Salmo remained on the back foot and conceded a try 10 minutes before halftime, allowed by the ref despite clear crossing in the centre in the immediate lead-up to the try. The missed conversion left the score 11-0 at the break.

 Salmo started the second half slowly but when Phil Hannigan kicked an excellent 40metre penalty ten minutes in, they sensed a recovery was on the cards. However, some uncharacteristic sloppy defence let Lansdowne slice through and score a converted try 2 minutes later to leave them in a comprehensive lead of 18-3, which they increased with a penalty shortly afterwards.

 Despite being under the cosh, Salmo were determined to hang in to the game and stepped up their performance considerably, with some strong running and phase play and were rewarded with an excellent team try finished off by Gavin Stapleton with 8 minutes left. The conversion was missed but Salmo had an opportunity to get at least a bonus point. Despite their best efforts however and finishing the match deep in Lansdowne territory, they couldn't get over the line and ended up empty-handed.

 Best for Salmo on the night were the outstanding Ronan Neary, Gavin Stapleton and Cathal Ryan. Captain Neil Mitchell: "We are very disappointed with the match. we never got going at all and really ended up chasing a lost cause. However they were very good and deserved their victory. We'll look forward to the return fixture in Kirwan Park in December and for now, will refocus for the Barnhall match in Kirwan Park next Friday". 


J5 (Filed by Damien Deegan)

The j5 side had their first game at home on Friday night against St Marys College. The team was literally only put together a couple of days before the game and were up against a well drilled and experienced St Mary’s side. The commitment from the home side was obvious from the start laying down a marker for the St Marys side up front and controlling all aspects of the forward battle apart from the lineout. Some of the stars in the pack included Declan Farrelly (sadie) who gets fitter and younger every year. Chris Doyle also looked very sharp with some surging runs well assisted by Fergus and Peter who were first to most breakdowns and well assisted of course five minutes later by Kiwi and Brian Murray who both excelled at upsetting the opposition.Marys were first on the scoreboard with a well taken try and conversion which was followed minutes later with a second try and conversion after a cruel bounce of the ball left two salmo players wrong foote d. At this stage you would be forgiven for expecting the obvious route to take place "not so" up stepped our captain with some wise words of advice while waiting for the Marys conversion which I am afraid I cannot print. But Lilo had the desired motivational effect on the team who pounded the Marys line and actually got over twice but the referee was unsighted for both scores through no fault of his own. It is a credit to the salmo sides spirit and aggression that Maryos went uncontested in the scrums from the begining of the second half.Salmo traded scores evenly with marys in this half a try a peice and a penalty for salmo who eventually lost the game 24-8 but outscored marys 8-7 in the second half. What might have been if only we had contested scrums ? The backline saw some excellent play overall from Alan Barry our contracted overseas brit as well as John Boboo Hayes and arron paisley who had a stormer scoring all salmo points but the real star on the night was the Bally ogan Bommer Richie Redmond who tackled his heart out all night. Wanderers next at home


Filed by Paul Looby

Friday 15th October

J3 Home to NUIM Barnhall in J3 League 20.00 KO

Saturday 16th

J4 Away to North Kildare in J4 League 15.00 KO

J5 Home to Wanderers 15.00 KO

Sunday 17th

J1  Away to Navan in J1 League with a 15.00KO

U21 Away to Seapoint in Pennant with a  tbc KO.

President’s dinner
Club President Denis Murphy will host this year’s annual club dinner on 29th October at 7.30pm.Tickets are now available €55 (players €45).

Contact Dominic O’Brien   or Karl Burke

Filling up so book now.   Please support this flagship night for the club.

Tis and Dat  

International tickets;

Irish Rugby returns to Lansdowne Road and the new Aviva Stadium!

The Club have tickets available on a 2 match package basis, for the Autumn Internationals in November.

Package A    (South Africa and Samoa)   €160 per combined ticket, including small contrib. for Leinster Branch and for DLSP.

Package B   (New Zealand and Argentina)   €200 per combined ticket, including small contribution for Leinster Branch and for DLSP.

First come, first served, please send text to Sean O Neill, Ticket Secretary, on 086 2389220, with your name, preferred package and number of tickets required.

The Club has a proud history of supporting Ireland home matches and we would like to see this tradition continue.

Heineken Cup Matches

Gerry Doyle is delighted to confirm that all the Heineken Cup Matches will be shown live in the club this Saturday, Gerry's team are also

doing some special offers:

Cocktail sausages & chips, with a can of coke for €5 for the kids & Lasagna or Chicken Kiev with desert for €7.50 for the Adults.

Stevie Harte

Shortly after last Saturday’s epic victory, Peter Harte, along with Fiona Harte and Andrea and Stevie’s sons (Andrew and Stephen), sprinkled some of Stevie’s ashes on the pitch. Now part of him will always be in Salmo. Fitting that the 1st XV, particularly in the scrum, put up such a good show.


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