Salmo News 24th Nov

Salmo News 24/11/10

(12 Dec 2010)




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1st XV

The late Mick Doyle to his cost once dismissed the scrum as only a way to restart the game. Bective showed us what a strong scrum could do. Starting without Keith Taite and a hooker propping it was going to be tough. Bective got their 1st try bonus point in two seasons against us that afternoon (7th Nov). Three of the tries were push overs and two penalties were converted from infringements at the scrum. I thought of Mick Doyle a few times that afternoon. I knew like Mick did that if we had got the amount of ball the opposition had it would have been beautiful to watch. Instead stale from lack of possession our backs were ambitious when we got possession but it did n’t work. At half time, I had told our chairman John Dwyer we had 10 potential 1st team players unavailable due to injury. He asked to name the ones who would be definite starters. I told him Keith Taite, Colie McCabe, Julian Moroney, Francis Cooney and Adam Philpott. As I returned to my seat I realised I had n’t mentioned Conor Power senior and Ciaran O’Brien. So it was no surprise that the game went way against us. Unfortunately the injuries continue and it is worrying with table toppers Ballynahinch coming to Kirwan Park this Saturday. 



There are few grounds that an away victory is as savoured as in Terenure and when it comes with a bonus point it is so much sweeter. The J1s did just that last Saturday. Starting with their usual generosity conceding a try and conversion in the first two minutes they put a lot of pressure on Terenure and were rewarded with two penalties converted by Dave Thompson. Terenure rallied and got a try in the corner though missed the conversion. 12-6 with halve time looming and Salmo were applying enormous pressure in the ‘nure 22. On the stoke of half time the pressure yielded a try by Cian Erraught. Dave Thompson converted to give us a 13-12 lead at half time. Tenenure started the second half well scoring a penalty and scored a try off a maul. 20-13 Dave Beagon finished off a series of phases to score a try, which went unconverted. 20-18. The try of the day came next Paul Maher broke of a maul with a fine run lined with Killian Keogh who drew his man perfectly and offloaded to Bobby Finnegan to score in the corner. Warren Doyle had taken over kicking duties from the injured Dave Thompson and his right touchline conversion was classic. 25 –20 ten minutes to go. Almost from the restart we got the ball to Killian Keogh who showed his blistering pace to out sprint the Terenure backline and score the bonus try. A la Carter Warren Doyle effortlessly slotted the conversion. The game saw fine performances from Dave Kellhier , Paddy Wardell and Darren Burke and finished with a deserved win. As we walked off the pitch Peter Fields who is standing in for Ed Sheridan looked skyward and said “One for Mick Holmes”.

Naas’s non appearance the previous Monday gave us effectively two victories in the space of 6 days. Well deserved having been so unlucky in more recent games and a testament to the good work of Rob McAlinden and Shane Tynan.


The J3 side are suffering from the number of injuries at 1st, J1 level with few players filtering down. They lost to Marys last Friday but have a chance to regroup this Friday v Old Belvedere.


The J4s had a win over Navan, which keeps them at third position. 

J5 (Filed by Damien Deegan)


The Scorline is a bit deceptive in relation to Saturdays J5 game, it was the first game that scrums were fully contested by our opposition.

Bective were very much up for this mat ch, but the Salmo pack laid the foundation for this game very early on playing up the hill with the first scrum the salmo pack were penalised for pushing too far. (That would have been handy in the AIL game). But the marker had being laid.

The great forward play was rewarded early on when Seth George stepped inside the Bective defence, twice to score under the posts& this was quickly followed up by Cormac Healy who is turning out to be one of the best Centres at Junior level in the club.

The next 3 tries belonged to the Dundrum enforcer Peter Tunney, who bullied his way over the line twice and scored a cracker from the wing, when Seth Heorge spotted him getting up off the ground from the 4th previous ruck.

The day as ever belonged to the kiws, with our professional import (Andrew Bishop), getting a cracking try.

The day was finished off with Seth George kicking a penalty and Adrian Brogan, getting the last try. Man of the match was John Murray, with Springer and Collie fronting up well.



The U21 started well against Newbridge last Sunday 3-0 up after ten minute and after a Danny O’Sullivan run had brought them into the 22 a second penalty by Conor Burke gave them a 6-0 lead in 20 minutes. A great individual run by James Bradley resulted in him scoring a spectacular try, which Conor Burke converted. More pressure and a fine offload from Declan O’Neill gave James Bradley the opportunity for his second try. Despite missing the conversion Conor Burke got a further penalty to make the half time score a convincing 21-0. An early penalty made it 24-0 and like the All Blacks on the two previous Saturdays they stalled and Newbridge spent the remainder of the game in our half. Excellent defence ensured that the only score conceded was in the corner after a 5m scrum. A well deserved victory. Matt Curran captain showed great qualities in both his play and captaincy of the side and is to be commended for his efforts.



Filed by Paul Looby

Friday 26/11

Junior 3's away to Old Belvedere in J3 League with a 19.30KO

Junior 5's a way to St Marys in J5 League 19.30KO

Saturday 27/11

1st XV home to Ballynahinch in AIL with a 14.30 KO in Kirwan Park

J4's Away to Malahide in J4 League with a 14.30KO Estuary Road, Phase 2 of League



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Thursday 2nd December Sportsguard Ireland will be in attendance in the club before and after training.

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Tis and Dat 

Great to see a few Pandas at the Bective game and in particular Kevin Phelan who has recovered from his recent illness.

Saturday’s players lunch to watch the All Black game was well attended though some teams did n’t make it. Highlight was the welcome given to the J1 team returning from their Terenure conquest.

Ed Sheridan is making a good recovery from his recent back operation and hopes he may get up to the Ballynahinch game on Saturday.


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