Longford RFC Club Notes March 11

Longford RFC Club News March 11

Senior Men Leinster League

After securing five points on the road to Clondalkin Longford now need one point from their last game against Monkstown on March 22nd to secure second place and a promotion play off versus Dundalk.

Longford are currently level with Tullow in second place but Tullow are ahead courtesy of a better head to head record this season.

Tullow have played all their league matches with Longford having one game to play against Monkstown, so one point is the minimum requirement versus Monkstown.

This is no easy task as they are Champions of 1B and are unbeaten in the league, so Longford will have to be at their best to secure second place and another well deserved shot at promotion after last season’s disappointment.

Post Match Reaction by Longford RFC Head Coach Glenn Baskett

“Job done. We couldnt get any more than five points today and that’s what we got. We now know what we have to do against Monkstown in two weeks, and that is up to us.”

“We talked about worrying about our game and I think the boys did that.”

“Clondalkin are a good side, with some good players in there, but like when we played them at home earlier in the season individual errors let them in for scores we shouldn’t have conceded.”

“We kick to relieve pressure, admittedly not probably where we needed it to be, but our chase is good, we get bodies to the tackle and slow the ball, have a reasonably good D line set but then a lazy tackle lets a 50 metre score in.“

“I suppose that kind of summed up the game, good in parts and not so good in others. But we were reasonably happy on the line and our 20 all came in and did a job.”

“Packie had a good game off the back of the scrum for us. Ian and Cormac gelled well in the midfield too. We will look at our scrum though, as Clondalkin got a bit of change off us there.”

“Now it’s a change of focus again as we have Carlow at home in the 2nd round of the cup. We have a few knocks to have a look at this week and see where we are at there, it’s a different opportunity.“

I’ve also gotta mention the J2’s, a good win after a long break without a game too. They are now heading into the Monkstown game unbeaten, league won from the last round.”

“An unbelievable achievement, they have beaten anyone that’s come up against them and they would have to go into the cup with a real belief.”

”For the guys that have been in there since I came around when we struggled to get players together this is a pat on the back for them.”

“Phil Dardis has led the boys brilliantly all season, and actively worked behind the scenes to push the group. And it’s a reward for the Geelan’s, and the likes of them that have fought and worked so hard over the years on tough days, and the young new boys have seen that I think and brought into that want. You can see it on a Friday night with 30+ players training.”

Longford J2s continue their unbeaten run

Clondalkin 12 Longford 17

Longford J2s continued their unbeaten league campaign in securing a 12-17 win versus Clondalkin.

Tries on the day were from Sammy Murphy, Steve Coy and Peader Kenny who scored his first senior try.

Longford bossed proceedings in the first half with the wind at their backs but found the going a lot harder in the second half playing against the wind.

However, the J2s are a very good side and dug deep to secure the win.

Longford J2s will be presented with the league trophy at the Monkstown match on March 22nd and will play Cill Dara in the second round of the cup on the weekend of March 28th/29th.

Such is the form of the side over the season, I would not be betting against them for a good cup run!

Longford: L Brady, J Forde, P Kirk, B Hanley, P Dardis (C), P Kenny, F Davis, D Corrigan, Aaron Beirne, D Geelan, James Geelan, John Geelan, O McGowan, S Coy, J Mimnagh, S Murphy, A Armstrong, J Finnegan, B O’Farrell.

Provincial Towns Cup pulls into Longford this Sunday 

Longford Senior Men take on Carlow this Sunday in the second round of the Provincial Towns Cup at home in CPL Park at 3pm.

A home Towns Cup fixture is always a great occasion so make sure to put this Sunday March 15th at 3pm in your diaries!

Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup – 2nd Round draw

Kilkenny RFC v Edenderry RFC

Gorey RFC v Mullingar RFC

Longford RFC v County Carlow FC

Portlaoise RFC v Dundalk RFC

Roscrea RFC v Wicklow RFC

Athy RFC v Wexford Wanderers RFC

Naas RFC v Tullow RFC

Arklow RFC v Ashbourne RFC

Longford Seniors Men’s Fixtures

15/3/20 – Provincial Towns Cup 2nd Round – Longford v Carlow – K.O 3pm

22/3/20 – Leinster League – Longford v Monkstown – K.O 1/3 J1&J2

29/3/20 – Provincial Towns Cup Quarter-Finals – TBC – KO 3 J1

28/29/3/20 – Provincial Towns 2nds Cup 2nd Round – Cill Dara v Longford – KO 3 J2

4/5/4/20 Division 1A/1B Promotion Play-off -TBC

Longford Women (Warriors)

Longford welcome Blackrock to CPL Park on Sunday in a crucial match to decide who will finish in second place in Division 4.

Why not make an afternoon of it and support our Women beford turning you attentions to the the Senior Men v Carlow in the Provincial Towns Cup.

Longford Women welcome new players throughout the season with all fitness levels, shapes and sizes are welcome.

The Warriors really are on an upward curve and are making an assault on the Division 4 Title and want you to be a part.  Training is on Tuesdays and Fridays and 7:30pm.

Drop in to training for a chat or alternatively give Head Coach Nuala McGoey a ring on 0862482005.

Upcoming Fixtures

15/3/20 – Leinster League – Longford v Blackrock KO 1

TBC – Paul Flood Cup – 1st Round – Garda/Westmanstown v Longford

League Table Womens Division 4A

PosTeamPldWDLPFPADiffBPBP LBP MDedPts
1New Ross330015105000012
2Longford31112025-511007
3Blackrock College RFC J1210122715000-22
4Wanderers20111732-1500002
5Suttonians J12002000000-4-4

Longford Mini/Youths

The Longford Mini/Youth Season is now in full swing.  All teams are now back training and playing.

Training

Due to the recent very bad weather it is likely that some training will not go ahead to try and save the pitches for matches at the weekend, please check with your coaches.

Remember new players are still welcome at all levels with no prior experience required.  It could be you lining out for Ireland in a coming World Cup!

Minis U6-U12

Training on Sundays at 10.30 am in CPL Park for both girls and boys. A full season planner can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2NxGL1j

U13 Male training every Thursday at 6.30 PM.

U14 Male training every Thursday 7-8.30 PM.

U15 Male training every Wednesday at 7.30 PM.

U16 Male training every Wednesday at 7.30 PM.

U17s&18s Male training every Thursday at 7.30 PM.

U14 Female training every Sunday morning with an extra day per week TBC.

U16&U18 Female training every Tuesday and Friday at 7.30 PM.

Fixtures

U18FM v Navan (Home)

U16M v Birr (Home)

U16FM v Kilkenny (Away)

U15M v Cill Dara (Home)

U14M v Carlow (Home)

U14FM v Tullamore (Home)

Please check our website for fixtures herehttp://www.longfordrugby.com/clubFixtures/14013/f_i_x_t_u_r_e_s

Match Reports

Longford U7/U8s played a Blitz against other Midland Teams on Saturday morning v Birr, Edenderry, Mullingar and Tullamore.

While conditions were wet and muddy all teams had a great time producing some great rugby.

Longford U15s travelled to Balbriggan and came away with a great 41 31 win. Longford U16s lost out narrowly in the Leinster Division 1 final to Portlaoise 17-20.

Well done to the U16s in getting this far, we are sure that ye will only get better.

U18

Longford travelled to Portarlington looking to book a place in the semi final of the Darcy cup but were left beaten 16-12 when they couldn’t score at the death on the try line as time ran out.

A very windy noon kickoff saw the home side strategically choose to play with the wind leading to two penaltoes from distance after longford had kept them at bay for the first 15 minutes.

A try in the last minute saw the home side lead 11-0 at the half time whistle.

Longford fought back in the second half with some good line speed, transition play and running by the wingers leading to a great try by Killian Rawle.

Longford continued to drive the home side back and were rewarded with another converted try by Thomas (Mossy) McDermot. Longford took the lead 12-11.

A late push by the hosts was rewarded with an unconverted try which Longford tried to overturn but the referees whistle, right on the try line signalled the end of the game with Portarlington running away with a 16-12 win to proceed to the next round of the league cup.

Longford U18’s automatically drop to the plate competition with fixtures TBA.

Leinster v Saracens

Longford Minis/Youths are organising another trip to watch the boys in blue this time in the blockbuster Champions Cup Quarters Final v Saracens at the Aviva stadium on Saturday April 4th at 17:45.

Over 300 have already booked with the trip now full. However, a few places may be available due to cancellations if you are interested contact Padraig Murphy asap.

4G All Weather Pitch Rental

Our state of the art floodlight Mel Diffley 4G pitch is available for rental. It contains shock absorption so that players can play contact sports/fall over without hurting themselves.

It is also perfect for 5-a-side soccer. If you would like to book it phone Damian on 0862757103.