Waterpark Rugby Football Club

Founded 1925

Match Report

Garryowen Cup
Round: Round 1
Team: Waterpark (26)
Opponent: Fethard RFC (9)
Venue: Fethard
Date/Time: 28-08-2016 14:30

Match Report
WATERPARK  RUGBY …   28-08-2016                                    Report by Junior Drohan


After an extremely scrappy affair, during which the referee’s whistle was a constant source of irritation to both players and spectators alike, Waterpark eventually overcame Co.Tipperary side Fethard on a scoreline of 9 – 26 to progress to the second round of this competition where they are again due to meet another Tipperary side, namely  Clonmel, which is due to take place on Sunday next 4th. September in Ballinakill with  a 2.30pm kick-off. With the scores tied at 6 – 6  courtesy of two successful penalties to both sides kicked by the Fethard out half, Gary Kavanagh and Park’s winger, John Flynn, during a half which is best forgotten, the visitor’s upped the ante after the break and dictated matters for virtually the whole of the second half to run in three tries, one conversion and a further penalty to complete their total. The first of the tries came within two minutes of the restart when after a good bout of inter-passing by the backs and forwards, a lovely break by Park centre, Ivan Kiersey, took him to within a few metres from the Fethard line where he offloaded to Dave Latimer who crashed over for the try which Flynn converted. 6-13 to Park. Within the space of ten minutes, both Flynn and Kavanagh had exchanged penalties to leave the score at 9 - 16 and on the hour mark a great break by Park centre, Scott Hornibrook, from inside his own half saw him fend off despairing Fethard tackles to cross for his side’s second try and the deficit now increased to 9 – 21. In injury time another fine break by Kiersey saw him just brought down virtually on the home side’s tryline but full back Richie Halley was up in support to take the pass and run in the third try and leave the final score at 9 – 26 in the visitor’s favour. There is an old saying that a win, is a win, is a win, but I feel that there is a lot of improvement needed from this squad for future games. You play what’s put in front of you and if you encounter an opposition that is (in politically correct terms) not up to your standard, on most occasions, while you will most likely emerge victorious, your own game can drop a level or two and you end up in a dog fight. It is vital in these situations that you maintain your standards and play accordingly . This did not happen on this occasion and we ended up with a much harder game than was envisaged. The only blot on the landscape as far as Park are concerned was the calling ashore of scrum half, Connor Molloy during the second half with a perceived hamstring injury. Up to the time of his substation Connor was one of the stand out performers on the day and hopefully things are not as bad as they seem and that he will be back to full fitness shortly.