MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Members and Friends,
As most of you will now be aware, the decision has been made to end the 2019/20 rugby season. I would like to show my gratitude to all our volunteers, sponsors, coaches, managers, referees, parents, supporters and players for all your support over the last few months.
The rugby is over, for now, but we all have a very important mission to undertake in this unprecedented situation we find ourselves in. I would ask that you all adhere to the strict guidelines that have been set for us. Social distancing, handwashing, limited contact with others, all familiar words in the world today. We will get through this, there will be an end, we need something to look forward to.
A special thanks to all of those people from the club, families and friends who are working hard in the health service industry, retail and logistics. These people are putting their all into protecting and providing for us so please stay indoors as much as possible and limit the spread.
I want to thank the first squad under the guidance of Steve, Jamie, Barry and Modser, the management of Paudge, Peter, Ruari and Ian, and the captaincy and leadership of Tom O’Reilly for maintaining our AIL 1B status for next season . I have supported and followed this young team throughout the season. They have battled hard and won away from home on many occasions, played in terrible conditions and survived Storm Jorge and will survive this virus. They matured and learned as the season went on and will be in contention next season for promotion with this experience.
Our J1’s under the guidance of Paul C, Ger, Mick, Tom, Paul B and Captain Matty Timmons who will be gutted that they didn’t get to play in the Metro 2 League final and gain promotion to Division 1. They were a team in touch of silverware and will be a threat again next season.
Our J2’s led by Gav, Ronan, Harry, Ciaran and Captain Fionan Magee had a great season only to be pipped by a point to playing in the Metro Division 3 league final, with Donners playing as if he was still in his twenties. They were looking forward to the cup campaign.
Our J3’s under the guidance of Dan, Steve, Colm and Captain Denis Daly had one game left in their league against CYM to play. If they won they would play in the league final, if they lost they were relegated. They had everything to play for and will look forward to next season.
Our J4’s under the guidance of Ryan, Dave, Rob, Caglar and Captain Eric Dunne had a game in hand to qualify for the league final and will be disappointed the season finished early.
Our Under 20’s managed by Vinnie, Tony and Peter, coached by Brian, Eddie and Peter and Captained by Sean Bourke won the JP Fanagan Premier 2 league.
They were unbeatable in the league and were looking forward to the Purcell Cup and taking another trophy.
All of our youth teams were in contention for silverware. Our U18 Bisto girls had won a junior Cup v Athy before Christmas and Senan Phelan from our U17s was selected for the Leinster U17 metro squad.
Our minis were going well with great numbers playing every Sunday morning and our U12’s were looking forward to their trip to Biarritz. I would like to thank all the parents and coaches for their huge efforts.
Our Rugby Council, chaired by Alan with support from Kevin, Eoin, Paudge and Stephen can now plan for the season ahead.
Our Directors of Rugby who have worked so diligently I thank you. Mossy, Robbie, Shane and Paddy and our Honorary Match & Fixtures Secretary Michael Fanagan, thank you so much for all your good work.
Marie Hammond, Rio and Tony, I will be forever grateful for all your help.
We had two great unforgettable days in the club when the place was packed. The night we had Rake the Ashes play it was like an old social and our ladies lunch was so well supported by the ladies and friends.
To all of our executive committee, Pearl, Gareth, John, Richie, Vinnie, Paul, Niall and the trustees who gave of their time and energy, thank you.
The DAF coffee mornings were such a success and will continue once we come out the otherside of Covid19.
I also want to sincerely thank D O’Brien, Past President, for all his eloquently written match reports throughout the season. (See here)
To our Club sponsors, Softco, G-Mack, Fanagans, Hugh McCarthy and The Charlie Chawke Group, we could not manage without your support.
I must thank my fellow officers for all their hard work and help, mostly unseen.
To our Chairman Frank Kennedy who took on this role with energy, pride and leadership. To Vincent Cunningham Vice President and Honorary Treasurer who balanced the books and budgets, I wish him all the best in his Presidential year and last but by no means, Patrick Crawford Junior Vice and Honorary Secretary who has put so much time and expertise into his role over the past number of years, I will be forever grateful.
All in all it was good season cut short .
We have plenty to look forward to come next season. We will enter the AIL’s 30th year, our Clubs 120th season and the club Tour to New York. We will also celebrate our 20th year AIL winning team reunion with a gala dinner. These plus many more events WILL happen .
So until we meet up again in the club to support, train, play or socialise please keep yourself and your precious ones safe. You know the drill.
I would also like to wish all the mums a very Happy Mother’s Day.
Yours in Rugby,
St. Mary’s College RFC