Waterpark Rugby Football Club

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A power packed display from the forwards coupled with some sublime

movements from the backs resulted in Park clocking up thirtyeight points

without reply against Dungarvan in this Casey Cup Final played in

Waterford City's ground at Kilbarry on Wednesday night last to take the

silverware back to Ballinakill.

Strong Breeze

Playing with the advantage of the breeze in the first half, Park made their

intentions very clear as within the first two minutes they scorned two

kickable penalties at goal by opting to go down the line to no avail. However

five minutes later with Park camped inside the opposition twenty two an

attempted chip ahead by the Dungarvan out half, Mossie Keith, was gathered

gazelle like by Parks lock forward Collie Walsh who sprinted clear under the

posts to open his sides account and with out half Billy Phelan adding the

extras Park were ahead 7-0. This margin was increased to 14-0 within five

minutes after some good driving by the pack the ball was flashed across the

backs for winger Gus Walsh to cross for the second try with Phelan again

adding the conversion.

On top out of Touch

On twenty three minutes Park secured good possession from a lineout on

half way and a series of forward drives took them inside the Dungarvan

twenty two where the ball was released to centre John Laffin to power his

way over from fifteen metres under the posts to leave a simple kick for

Phelan and Park in the driving seat at 21-0. Five minutes before the break a

lovely snipe from the base of a ruck thirty metres out by scrum half Mark

Daly had the alarm bells ringing for Dungarvan again, as a lovely skip pass

to Enda Nolan took out three defenders for the centre to go over unopposed

in the corner for Parks fourth try and a wonderful strike by Phelan from the

touchline left the score at 28-0 going into the break.

The Collie Walsh Show

The second period of this game could be labelled the above as the rampaging

lock forward caused havoc within the opposition defence with his surging

runs deep into the West Waterford side's territory. He seemed to be involved

in everything that was going on out on the pitch and with the Dungarvan

discipline starting to waver it was no surprise that on the hour mark Park

added to the score line after Collie Higgins emerged from a rolling maul ten

metres out to cross for his side's fifth try. With Phelan off the field due to an

injury sustained after a nasty late tackle, full back Killian Grant took over

the kicking duties but struck the conversion to the left of the posts to leave

the score at 33-0. Parks final score came five minutes later after they had

gained possession from a Dungarvan line out, sub hooker David Fitzgerald

drove straight into the heart of the opposition defence where he offloaded to

Collie Walsh who left several defenders in his wake as he registered Parks

sixth try of the evening and Dungarvan in arrears at 38-0.

Competent Performance

This was a very good performance by a team graced with some experienced

old heads and some up and coming young talented players who gel together

extremely well. They are a joy to watch as they endeavour to entertain their

loyal band of supporters by playing an open style game of rugby which

almost always succeeds. This is down to their ace manager, the "Jose

Mourhino of Rugby” the legend that is Andy Crowley who has guided this

squad through thick and thin throughout a very successful season. They now

look forward to a trip westward next Saturday night the 1st. May to again

lock horns with Dungarvan, this time in the Ballyrandle Cup Final.

Deepest Sympathy

Finally on behalf of the Waterpark club and on my own behalf I would like

to offer our deepest sympathies to the McGrath family on the passing of

their father, the one and only Danny McGrath, a legend within the game and

a true gentleman. May he rest in Peace.

A minutes silence was observed before the game in Danny's memory.




Despite being short seven players from their previous encounter on

Wednesday night, Waterpark completed the double over Dungarvan on

Saturday night last by 29-0 at the Ballinroad venue to claim the Ballyrandle


Same Scenario

As in the Casey Cup, Park had the home side under pressure for the majority

of the first half but in this instance it took them until the twenty fifth minute

to put points on the board when out half Killian Grant glided through the

Dungarvan defence to go over under the posts for the first try which he

converted himself to put his side ahead at 0-7. Five minutes later Pat Fahy

had added a second after a patient build up saw him emerge from a rolling

maul to cross just at the corner flag. Grant made it 0-14 with a great strike

from the touchline. Just before half time winger Kevin Phelan popped up in

the centre to finish off a lovely back movement for the third try which Grant

also converted to leave twenty one points between the sides at the change


Game Over

This game was killed off as a contest within two minutes of the restart after

Park turned over a Dungarvan lineout, David Fitzgerald was on hand to

barge his way over for Park's fourth try and ahead at 0-26. The last score of

the game came midway through the half when Grant was again successful

with a penalty from forty metres to leave the final score 0-29 and Park

winners of the Ballyrandle Cup.