Salmo news 4/2/11

Salmo News 4/2/11

(04 Feb 2011)



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Ballymena arrived in Kirwan Park last Saturday with 3 Ulster contracted Ss in the back division. Seymour (14) Shields (12) and Smith (15). It was plain from the start that they were going to be part of the action but a combative Salmo  midfield defence shepherded  them into lateral running with go forward kept to a minimum. They were subsequently penalised for holding and after being under pressure we carried the ball into the 22 were Keith Taite brought the ball to the line to be held up, the quick ruck enabled Vic Ball to go over. Phil De Barra slotted the conversion and we were 7 up after 8 minutes of play. Ballymena brought the game into our half but the defence was resolute. Eventually on the 20th minute they had a scrum inside the 22. This was wheeled to the touch and our back row was pinned back giving Ballymena space to attack into. After two passes an offload gave the Ulster player Jamie Smith an easy touch down.  The conversion was missed. Penalties were exchanged leaving the score at 10 -8 Phi De barra being successful for us. We pressed into the Ballymena half and they kicked speculatively out of defence. The ball was gathered and after a wonderful passing movement that involved Vic Ball, Niall Smullen, Karl Moran, full back Michael Nevin scored. Once again Phil De Barra made sure of the conversion and on the stroke of half time we led 17-8.

Ballymena’s determination saw them get a soft try which was converted 17-15 game on. Ballymena applied enormous pressure and when Ballymena failed to gather a relieving kick Adam Philpott snapped the opportunity to bring us back into the Ballymena half. Then a Ballymena relieving defensive kick was fielded by Ken Copeland who ran back at Ballymena sold a delightful dummy and scored. The conversion was missed. Score 22-15. On a day when not finding touch was punishing both sides another relieving Salmo kick went straight to a Ballymena player and after a good run and two further passes they scored, at the posts, converted and it was 22-22. GAME ON AGAIN. Phil De Barra  kicked into the space of the Ballymena 22 and we got a scrum. A well worked move off the scrum saw Senior brake and receive and then  make the ground to the line offloading with Clive Ross getting the bonus point score. Phil De Barra got the conversion. 29-22.The next period was constant Ballymena pressure where the defence was magnificent. Even missing a penalty kick to touch and letting them back at it did not dent the resolve and the score finished at 29-22 a five pointer in the Ulster Bank League.


A great victory and I believe our first over Ballymena in AIL rugby since we travelled to them in Division 1 over ten years ago.  That day as new kids on the block it took a penalty in injury time from Ulster‘s prolific kicker Simon Mason to win the game. Last Sat was what Hoggy Ted, Sly pig, Red, Daveo, Maxi , Machine, Mihi and many more  deserved. It’s about memories.



J3 (Filed by Norman Byrne)

DLSP 10 St.Marys College 23

Another 'what might have been' night for Salmo last Friday in excellent conditions in Kirwan Park, when they let slip an opportunity to beat the lads from Templeville Road.

A superb early start saw Salmo surge deep into St.Marys territory and when they won a penalty wide on the left, skipper Neil Mitchell made the decision to kick for the corner. The decision payed off hadnsomely when the lineout was secured by Stephen Stapleton, mauled on superbly by the pack and driven over the Marys line for Kevin Crowley to claim the try (which went unconverted).

Salmo however failed to capitalise on this early lead and a lack of concentration and some sloppy handling, let Marys back into the match. Midway through the half, having kicked two penalties to take the lead, Marys intercepted a loose pass off a Salmo lineout and their wingforward cantered in under the sticks for a converted try to bring their lead to 13-5. Salmo countered well, but conceded two silly penalties and ended up back in their own 22, following which Marys broke the defence out wide. Good Salmo cover defence stopped the Marys fullback, but in a clear double-movement (to all 30 players but not the referee) the fullback touched down over the line and was awarded the try. The conversion was missed and the halftime whistle blew minutes later with Salmo down by 18-5.

Following the 'hairdryer treatment' by the coaching team at halftime, Salmo came out blazing and were unfortunate not to score on 2 separate occasions early in the half. However, once again a lack of discipline cost them and Marys kicked their way back up field, eventually scoring a soft try off the back of a scrum close to the Salmo line, increasing their lead to 23-5.

With the match seemingly out of reach, Salmo stayed focused and resolute defence prevented Marys getting their bonus point try. The Salmo effort was rewarded a few minutes from time, when an excellent break by Mitchell and Ronan Neary resulted in a try for prop Mick Fennelly who had run a superb support line. The conversion was wide and the final whistle went with Salmo going down by 10-23.

Best for Salmo on the day were prop Mick Kirwan and hooker Collie Murdoch. Player-coach Conor Cabbage Kavanagh also made a fine cameo appearance off the bench and led the resurgence in the last 15 minutes.

Onwards and upwards !


J4 (Filed by Gavin Ross)  

Saturday 29th January 2011, Kirwan Park, DLSP J4 XV Vs North Kildare.

Well, for those that weren`t aware this was a seriously important match for the J4 team. The demons and memories of the 13-12 defeat smarted only too painfully in the mind of anyone who played the away fixture against the Kildare team before Christmas. On that day, as on Saturday the 29th, the biggest foe that had to be beaten was confidence. The usual grit and skill was ever present but the niggling feeling of an unfinished job helped to focus resolve. With the firsts at home on the top pitch the J4 team were down on the third be honest where they are happiest.

The game started aggressively and for the first period of the first half the J4 team defended strongly. All the defensive practice paid off with no missed tackles and toe to toe defending. Kildare had travelled with a body of spectators who encouraged them on but the Salmo lads had set out their stall early. The level of intensity was obvious when Alan Davey single handedly stopped a maul (translated to bravely pulled the whole lot down on top of himself") and was taken off with an injury which was later discovered to be a nasty fracture(anything for a bit of attention from Johno!).

With this big loss in the second row it was obvious the team would have to dig deep, Kildare kept knocking at the door but to no avail. James Kiely and Daragh Stone were dominant in the lineouts and this proved frustrating for the opposition, and the ref apparently. The scrum was dominant in the first half and Rory "Movies" was enjoying the aggression taking on lots of ball. Chris Madsen, John Murray and Gav Stokes were testament to the fact that their opposite numbers just weren`t interested up front hearty drives and counter rucking. Aidan Ivers was solid under the high ball as ever and hardy going forward. Owen O`Leary, despite obviously carrying an injury, was his usual selfless self, commanding and solid with his vision around the pitch worth gold letting lads know where they stood (or should not be standing!!!!!!!!)

A tasty little 3 pointer from Ray Carey settled the nerves for everybody and the platform was set, another spectacular performance from the George Clooney of the J4`s. The conditions were perfect for a game and the final score didn`t reflect the Salmo dominance around the game. Thankfully, Miguel Jones decided to play and scored, tackled and ran smooth lines. He well deserved the man of the match accolade. Emmet Nealon was like a tiger as ever and his defensive prowess often goes unnoticed. Kiwi got a run too and pushed, pulled and played hard an tried his best and managed not to give away 100 penalties.

The final score was 15-7 and the team momentum is good and positive. The booming tones of the injured Peter Tunney (still highest try scorer Jonesy) kept the line going and his half time talk was as usual to the point and motivating. Toby Booth aka Rory Howard was unlucky not to capitalise from a cross field experimental kick but he excised the demons of his previous Salmo v Kildare performance. Finally, it was great to see Fitzy on the sideline and lots of pints in the bar after tasted better when news of the J5 victory arrived.


Filed by Paul Looby


Friday 4th February

J3 home to Lansdowne in J3 League 19.30KO Kirwan Park

Saturday 5th February

1st XV Away to Thomond in Ulster Bank AIL 14.00KO

Sunday 6th February

J1' home to Naas in J1 League with a 15.00KO Kirwan Park
Under21's away to Trinity in Santry with a 12.30KO

The Kieran Burke Perpetual Trophy

The Kieran Burke Perpetual Trophy was once again a resounding success. The spoils were shared by St. Bridget’s and St Marys. The appearance of Leinster players Madigan, Ryan and Heaslip added to the success of the event.


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