A fantastic occasion in Castle Avenue and a display of great quality from both sides.
A special mention to the AIL Players getting a chance to shine with the Barbarrians: Ger Slattery (Young Munster) William Ryan (Cork Constitution) , Charlie Butterworth (Lansdowne), Philip O’Dwyer (old Belvedere) , Colm McMahon (St Mary’s College).
All the Players gave it all and With the smallest of Margin Clontarf Held on to a 1 point lead at the Death. Final Score 43 -42.
Thanks to the Baabaas for letting me in and Clontarf for a fantastic season.
Thanks to Nigel Owens for a great refereeing performance, to Andy Wood and Mike Ruddock for Getting these two teams to Play such a beautiful game. And to the all the Players For Playing to Such a good level.
Lastly Thanks to the Clontarf Mini rugby teams and Coaches for the halftime game.
As usual a Flickr link For more Photos
On Wednesday Prior to Clontarf hosting the Barbarians. I was allowed in with the Players and club members for the jerseys presentation.
The game was preceded by the Artane Band and some Para Flying in with the Game ball. and a very traditional team photo.
All the prematch photos on Flickr
What a week in Castle Avenue. Our First AIL title; and then the Barbarians visiting to celebrate Brian Boru Famous Victory In Clontarf. A mere 1000 years ago.
I will post Photos from their short tour on the North of the city and Of the Fantastic exhibition of Rugby Clontarf and the Barbarians treated us With
We started Taking the Sights of Dublin From Howth summit. We met with Grace a lovely 93 years old rugby Fan who was enjoying the View.
The Baabaas were only to Happy to Pose and get a photo. We then Visited the Howth Yacht Club. And Stopped by for a light bit of rehearsal at the Sutonian pitches.
Full set of the short tour on Flickr
With Thanks to the Baabaas for Letting me in
Clontarf Hosted Ballinahinch Hoping that Old Belvedere would Stumble. Hinch were trying their hardest to avoid a relegation Playoff.
Clotarf took an early lead but as the time went through Ballinahinch got back level. The Hosts inspired By a very good Bench Started to take the game back in hand and with 2 more tries managed to Pull away.
Here is a brief Slideshow of the best pictures
The Full set is as per usual on Flickr
And Here is one for the bad Video lovers 😉
Who are we
Semi final of the Metro Cup in Clontarf
The visitors pushed on by a vocal travelling support held on Gamely for one half Before The host power game paied in the second half.
Well done to the players and enthusiastic Coaching staves. Final result 42-10.
Flickr for more