Salmo News 6/10/10

Salmo News 6/10/10

(06 Oct 2010)




1st XV , J1, J3,J4 :Fixtures:  President’s dinner: Tis and Dat:   Directory:

1st XV

 2.10 Saturday 2nd October Adam Philpot fails a late fitness test and joins Francis Cooney, Ciarian O’Brien, Michael Nevin, and Colie McCabe on the injured list. Not the best start to the first match of the AIL season against UCD. It is UCD’s centenary year and are buoyed by their Dudley Cup success and pre season trip to South Africia.  Undeterred captain Phil DeBarra and the lads took the game to UCD and despite two missed penalty attempts went into the lead with a try. Philly himself was the scorer. Started inside our half with an excellent tackle braking run from Ken Copeland the ball was moved left and former UCD player, scrum halve Julian Moroney broke again and offloaded to Philly for the try which Conor Hickey converted. It was 15 minutes later until UCD got into the game with a penalty. Despite the torrential rain both sides handled the wet ball well. A few min utes after the penalty a move broke down and a huge skip pass sent the UCD winger off from well within his own half. Drawing a retreating Conor Hickey he offloaded to a colleague (sorry did n’t get a team sheet) who scored under the sticks. Try converted and the score remained 10-7 until half time.

Starting the second half as in the first the game was brought to UCD and in a move involving many players Dave Thompson touched down his own grubber kick for a try. Philly DeBarra aided by Sean, Smulley and Vic all handled and gained ground in the move. Chickey converted 10-14.

This spirited UCD into action and after intense pressure, UCD touched down in the corner. Salmo players disputed on the grounds of foot in touch but the ref consulted the touch judge and the try was awarded. We went back at them but a difficult offload fell to the ground and was snapped up by UCD and after a quick transfer a try was scored under the posts. In the space of 3 or 4 minutes the score had gone from 10 –14 in our favour to 22-14 in theirs. The blitz did not deter Salmo and further pressure ensued. An astute enveloping tackle stopped sub scrum half   Simon O’Connor from offloading for a certain try. As full time edged closer the concern was that we might not achieve the losing bonus point, which was deserved. Conor Hickey converted a penalty with minutes to go and the bonus point was in the bag. A very entertaining match given the wet conditions.

This Saturday it is Belfast Harlequins, who convincingly beat Thomond last week. 2.30 in Kirwan Park. (Yes it does clash with the Leinster Racing Heineken Cup fixture but a request to defer ko. was refused by BH). 


5.10 Saturday 2nd October Rob McAlinden rings because Jules got injured and Socky is in cotton wool the J1s have no scrum half. Three phone calls later and the J1 s have still no scrum half. Brian Devitt is given the number 9 shirt.

Like the 1st XV the previous day the J1s were not going to be disrupted and within minutes following a tap penalty Mark Hudson was crashing over for a score. Conversion missed. Suttonians penalty kicked. Suttonians penalty kicked. 5-6. Josh Russell Carroll scores a try. Conversion missed. Warren Doyle grabs an opportunist try. Conversion missed. Josh takes a loop pass outside the 22 straightens and puts the foot down 0-60 in ?? try.   Conversion missed. 20-9. Suttonians try. Conversion kicked. 20-16. Paul Maher try. Conversion missed. 25-16.  Suttonians piled on the pressure and after defending our line for ages we conceded a try. Suttonians conversion kicked. 25-23. Very close game in the end but for the first time in ages the J1s get off to winning start in the league. Thanks to 1st XV players Ken Copeland, Adam Philpot and Sean Bagshaw for their support.


J1 team manager Ed Sheridan is unavailable for the foreseeable future. Ed had extensive back surgery last week. We wish him a speedy recovery. Text him a message if you wish 0877654010.



J3 (filed by Norman Byrne)

Monkstown 5 DLSP  27

The J3s had a good start to the 'season proper' on Friday night last under the lights of Sydney Parade, against a spirited Monkstown side.

While an understandably scrappy game, given that it was the first full fixture of the season for Salmo and also that players are still coming to grips with the new breakdown laws, Salmo played some very good rugby in patches. Showing their customary strength in defence, which was a kernel of last season's success, they soaked up early Monkstown pressure and settled quickly into the game.

 Early tries by Ronan Neary and the returning Stephen Stapleton (who had a smashing match) gave Salmo a strong foothold in the game and they never relinqished the lead. A third try before half time by wing Phil Hannigan was negated by a soft Monkstown try just on the whistle.

 The second half saw a raft of substitutions and Monkstown came back into the game, without ever really threatening the Salmo line. Hannigan added a second try with a lovely line off Darren Spring's flat pass, and Derek McNamara topped off a fine cameo run at scrumhalf with the fifith and final try of the night.

Top performers on the night were new boy Andrew ("Johnny") Wilkinson and the ever-improving Stapleton.

Captain Neil Mitchell was pleased with his troops but rightly pointed out that they will need to step up a further notch in performance, before next Friday's opening league game against the "nemesis" team, Lansdowne (Ballycorus Road, 7.30pm).


J4 (filed by Niall Fitzgerald)

The J4's lost their first league match to a well organised Wanderers side in Kirwan park on Saturday. Unfortunately the match was dicatated by the awful weather conditions and the J4 backline was not allowed to show some of the quality it has and alongside the absence of one or two key players it was to be a frustrating day for the team. Wanderers chose to play with the wind in the first half and had the better of the first 20 minutes kicking 2 penalties to take a 0 - 6 lead. But DLSP fought back and started controling the ball but against a strong wind and monsoon like rain it was very difficult to gain territory.

In the 2nd half with the wind at their backs and Wanderers reduced to 14 men for an off the ball incident, DLSP controlled the game. Wave after wave went at the Wanderers line that finally resulted in a penalty converted by Ray Carey. The pattern continued when Wanderers were back at full strength and indeed DLSP were very unlucky when Con Lyons who had an excellent game, was held up over the Wanderers line. Unfortunately for DLSP it was to be one of those days and they could not be faulted for effort. Emmet Nealon had an excellent game consistently pressurising the Wanderers backline and turn over ball on a number of occassions. However poor decision making in the final third ultimately cost DLSP the game.

Man of the match award was shared by Emmet Nealon and Con Lyons. Next up for the J4's is a trip to Kilcock to play North Kildare on Saturday 16th October where they hope to get their season back on track.


Filed by Paul Looby

Friday 8/10

J3 Away to Lansdowne in J3 League in Ballycorus with a 19.30KO

J5 Friendly Home to St Marys 20.00KO at Kirwan Park


Saturday 9/10

1XV  Home to Belfast Harlequins in AIL with a 14.30KO at Kirwan Park

Sunday 10/10

J1  Away to Seapoint in J1 League with a 15.00KO

U21 Home to Old Wesley in Pennant with a 12.30KO.

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

Please support this flagship night for the club.


Tis and Dat  

Congratulations to Josh O’Rourke part of the successful Leinster Youths (u18) side which won the inter provincial series last Saturday. Thanks also for bringing in the post pads and flags after Sundays J1 game.

Former U21 backs coach got off to a wining start in his new role as Cork Cons backs coach. Con defeated former Salmo old boys Andy Wood and Simon Broughton’s Blackrock side.

Katherina Clutterbuck is giving a detail course on the use of the defibulator and first aid on the morning of 13th November. Six spaces available. Three from mini youth and three from Senior club. Reply to me if you wish to attend   

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