Midleton Win on the Double against Bruff RFC

There was an Autumnal feel around Towns Park on Saturday 30th October 2021 as Midleton RFC prepared to take on their local Munster rivals in the all Munster AIL 2C clash as well as taking on the same opposition in the Munster Senior 2nds League.

The skies cleared brightly ahead of kick off which was a sign of things to come for the remainder of the afternoon!

Midleton 1st XV 28 – 15 Bruff 1st XV

Midleton were forced into some late changes to the team that was initially named to start following an injury to scrum half Willie Casey. This lead to a re-jig of the team which saw Florence McCarthy coming into the no. 9 position, Charlie Murphy moving from 2nd row to open side wing forward and Rob Hickey coming into the 2nd row. However, these disruptions did nothing to upset the Midleton team, who started brightly.

Bryan Moore leads out the team

In the first 10 minutes, all of the early running came from the home side with some good breaks from Denis Broderick in the forwards and Stuart Lee in the backs. Midleton applied some early pressure in the Bruff 22, however the away team managed to clear their lines following some good turnovers in defence. However, a missed clearance to touch on 9 minutes allowed Midleton full back Jack Colbert to collect his own clever chip through into the 22. What followed was another period of pressure from the Midleton pack which resulted in a penalty being awarded 5m from the left touchline. Midleton outhalf Stuart Lee stepped up to nail the penalty, giving Midleton a deserved 3 – 0 lead after 10 minutes.

A great lineout take from the Midleton pack on 12 minutes allowed centre Rory Horgan to make further inroads into the Bruff 22. Fullback Jack Colbert aimed another clever kick to pin the Bruff team into their own corner again. The Midleton pack disrupted the Bruff lineout, heaping more pressure on the Bruff defence until another penalty was awarded leaving the score 6 – 0 after 18 minutes.

Midleton prepare to attack

It was heard mentioned on the sidelines after the game that this was almost ‘a game of 3 halves’ as both sides enjoyed different spells of dominance!! It was at this point that the 2nd of the  3 halves started. As always happens in matches, Bruff hit their purple patch and only for some great tracking back from Rob Hickey, would have had a try to their name after 20 minutes. From this point onwards the Midleton try line came under intense pressure.

Another Bruff attack is halted

For the next 10 minutes the Midleton defence battled valiantly to protect their line with big tackles across the team, including a last ditch tackle from Rob Carey to bundle the Bruff attacker into touch on the 5m line. While Midleton had some great defensive turnovers, they were unable to clear their lines fully and eventually Bruff managed to get over the line to leave the score 6 – 5 after 30 minutes. Ger McIntyre was replaced by Joe Doran at this point after some good carries.

On 35 minutes, some great defensive tackles, including some great linespeed from Rory Horgan, forced a knock on by the Bruff no. 13. After this, a great steal on a Bruff lineout inside their half, allowed captain Bryan Moore to take off on a barnstorming run up the middle of the field, gaining 25 yards. Unfortunately the support was slow to get to the break down and from the resultant penalty disaster struck for Midleton. A smart kick through from the Bruff outhalf caught the Midleton back 3 napping, allowing their centre to race through for what looked like the last score of the half. Bruff were now leading 6 – 12 against the run of play.

It is a credit to the Midleton team, and their leadership group, that instead of trying to play out the remainder of the half they went on the attack immediately, bringing the game to Bruff. On 40 minutes they pinned Bruff deep into their own 22, forcing a turnover penalty. Stuart kicked the penalty to leave the score Midleton 9 – 12 Bruff at halftime.

It is not known what was said at halftime, but it was a re-invigorated Midleton 15 that returned to the field. For the next 40 minutes, Midleton had their own purple patch in what could be described as the ‘3rd’ half!

Midleton immediately went on the attack and over the next 10 minutes had multiple efforts at crossing the Bruff line fall marginally short. Rory Horgan was forced into touch on one side, while Stuart Lee was hit with a last ditch tackle by the Bruff winger to prevent a try in the opposite corner. After a great lineout, a huge carry by the Midleton 2nd centre almost resulted in a try, but an unfortunate knock on ended the move.

On 55 minutes, Bruff’s defence creaked and in-discipline resulted in a penalty and a yellow card for their no. 6. Ger McIntyre returned to the action and when Midleton kicked a penalty to the corner, instead of taking points that were on offer, they were vindicated in turning down the kickable penalty. Instead, a huge maul drive from the entire forward pack resulted in man of the match Bryan Moore touching down. The resulting conversion left the score 16 – 12 to Midleton.  Julian Power was replaced by Richie Daly after a solid afternoon on the wing, while Rob England came on to add some energy in the forwards.

Midleton catch, drive and score!

Some big defensive tackles from Denis Broderick, Riain Hogan, Shayne Anderson and David ‘Dosser’ O’Sullivan held the Bruff attack at bay. However, an unlucky knock on in a tackle resulted in a Bruff penalty which they kicked to leave the score 16 – 15 to Midleton with 15 minutes remaining.

Midleton never panicked and following some good interplay between the back 3, and a clever kick through from Stuart Lee, a great chase resulted in a Midleton lineout deep in the Bruff 22. The pack took control of the situation with some big carries from Bryan Moore and Ger McIntyre, along with some free flowing interplay between the Midleton back row. A further kickable penalty was turned down as Midleton decided to go for the jugular on 68 minutes by kicking to the corner.

Midleton on the attack in the 2nd Half

To their credit, as is always a feature of the Limerick club, Bruff never backed down or shirked their defensive duties. It took multiple Midleton attacks from lineouts, scrums and tap penalties before eventually the Bruff defence was breached. Following some big carries from the Midleton pack, David O’Sullivan was the one who managed to break the line, crossing under the posts for his first AIL try of the season! The resultant conversion left the score 23 – 15 to Midleton with 7 minutes remaining.

A Bruff cross field kick was dealt with well by Richie Daly who turned defence into attack with a good break while another attack from the Bruff backline was covered well by Julian Power in defence. Midleton turned defence into attack in the closing minutes and, following a good break from Rory Horgan, the ball was fed to Shayne Anderson. With work to do, he battled and beat a number of Bruff defenders to touch down, leaving the score 28 – 15 to Midleton in the end.

A mentioned above, it was a ‘game of 3 halves’ with Midleton starting very well, Bruff enjoying a purple patch in the middle 40 minutes, before Midleton turned the screw to finish the game strongly. There were some great carries from the Midleton front row, second row and back row throughout the game, while the backline showed some free flowing running at times. Midleton were rewarded for the courage in turning down multiple kickable penalties, instead taking the game to Bruff and scoring tries. The only blackspot on the copy book, arguably, is that they didn’t manage to score the 4th try to secure a bonus point. However, in a local Munster derby, the Midleton coaching ticket would have taken your hand off if offered a win of this nature before the match!

Midleton 2nd XV 24 – 12 Bruff 2nd XV

As the sun set on a great win for our 1st XV, the 2nd XV took on Bruff in the Senior 2nds League. It was great to have a fixture of this nature held in the club, on the same day, allowing the entire Senior squad to enjoy a match and celebrations in the club on the same day!

In the first 5 minutes, a brave Midleton defence withstood some prolonged Bruff pressure with some great defence from the Midleton forward pack and centres. After some ferocious tacking, Midleton turned defence into attack, with a great break upfield following a well worked backs move. This lead to Richie Daly kicking through, only for the try to be disallowed.

On 10 minutes, some more good backs play saw a great pass from Midleton outhalf Michael White, putting Ciarán Evans clear. The ball was flashed firstly to the Midleton right winger, before being moved all the way across to the Midleton left winger Praise Popoola who was stopped short following a good break. The quality of the Midleton team in moving the ball from one wing to the other, along with some big carries from the Midleton pack, were a real feature of this first half.

On the attack

In the 30th minute the Midleton pack earned a huge scrum penalty. However, the pressure didn’t pay off and Bruff attacked the Midleton line. Following some good attacking play, Bruff managed to squeeze in in the corner to take a 0 – 5 lead on 35 minutes.

With half time nearing, Midleton went in search of a score before the break. The Midleton scrum half took full advantage when the referee raised his arm to signal an advantage to the home side, hitting winger Richie Daly in space. When Richie was tackled, Midleton again spread the ball well to the far wing. Praise Popoola, with some distance to travel, and defenders to beat, put on the after burners to score in the left corner. The conversion was missed leaving the score Midleton 5 – 5 Bruff.

Midleton were forced to defend before the halftime break with a massive tackle from Ciarán Evans turning over a Bruff attack and allowing Midleton to clear their lines. A subsequent deft kick from the Midleton outhalf White put Josh Deady through to score under the posts on the cusp of halftime. Midleton 12 – 5 Bruff at the break.

Another attacking lineout

For the first 25 minutes of the second half it was all Midleton with some great pressure from the forwards converted into points when Joe Dolan crashed over to make the score 17 – 05. Some great breaks from elder statesmen Ryan Lehane and the ever green Ken O’Connell put more pressure on the Bruff defence.

Unfortunately, on 65 minutes and intercept by the onrushing Bruff centre dragged Bruff back into the game. However, with the score reading 17 – 12 to Midleton on 75 minutes a great break from the Midleton second centre Fionn Bailey stretched Midleton’s lead to 24 – 12 when he dotted down under the posts for the last score of the game.

A break from Richie Daly

Midleton had some big carries and big tackles in the forwards with Steve England making a nuisance of himself, Ken O’Connell carrying well and Luke Obersbey putting in some big tackles. In the backs, the half backs moved the ball well, giving our centres and wingers the opportunity to stretch their legs on numerous occasions. The Management team will be happy with the performance also. As everyone knows, a good 2nd XV is the key to a successful 1st XV and I’m sure there will be some players looking over their shoulders after this performance.

Another great win

Overall it was a great day in the Club with supporters, players, committee members and friends enjoying a great day from the pre-match meal followed by 2 very entertaining, high quality matches and some refreshments afterwards!  

AIL 2C: Midleton Grind Out Win Over Rivals ‘the Well’

(Under 9’s & U14’s also win!)

The day started ominously, with heavy grey clouds threatening to dampen the spirits ahead of our first AIL home game in over a year against Sundays Well. In fact, our last AIL home game, held in early 2020 was against the same opposition.

However, as punters enjoyed the first pre-match meal festivities in a long time, and the teams warmed up ahead of kick off, the skies cleared and gave way to a day more akin to a pre-season friendly than a mid-October AIL game, leaving spirits high for a free-flowing game of rugby.  

Midleton Warm Up
Midleton take the field!

The match started in similar, ominous, fashion. Despite Midleton having a good share of possession, and being comfortable in defence, they were unable to gain a foothold in the game in the early stages. On the other hand Sundays Well, without making any significant in-roads into the game, found themselves leading 6 – 0 as the end of the first half approached.

Sundays Well kicked off, playing into the Midleton Clubhouse. Midleton relieved some early pressure by winning a dominant scrum penalty – a theme that would continue during the game. After a further period of pressure between the 10 and 12th minutes, despite some big tackles from Rob Carey and Rian Hogan, Midleton conceded a penalty which Sundays Well kicked to take a 3 – 0 lead.

Midelton were harshly penalised again in the 15th minute, for a high tackle, when a Sundays Well player appeared to dip into the tackle. However, Midleton repelled the Sundays Well pressure with a great turnover on the deck by Rob Carey, and a subsequent lineout steal by Charlie Murphy a couple of minutes later.

From here Midleton tried to build some phases of play together. Some good carries by the forwards were complimented by some nice running from the outside backs. However, Midleton were the makers of their own downfall with too many simple handling errors and knock-ons allowing Sundays Well to stay in the game.

Midleton backs preparing to move the ball wide

On 22 minutes, a great lineout steal by Denis Broderick lead to great interplay between the forwards as they broke upfield from the lineout. This was followed up with some good backs play to move the ball wide. Unfortunately the move was ended with another knock on. However, Midleton were dominant again at the scrum, winning a penalty which they kicked into touch at the Sundays Well 5m line. A well worked lineout lead to a series of picks and drives for the try line. However, the move ended when the Midleton pack fell foul of this season’s new rule of having too many ‘latchers’, with the referee awarding a penalty to the Well.

Some great work on the deck by Midleton’s Willie Casey on 29 minutes and Rob Carey again on 35 minutes, earned penalties which allowed Midleton to gain territory in the Well half, only to be outdone by unforced errors. During this time Paul Kingston came on to give some fresh legs to the pack. However, in a rare foray into the Midleton half on 38 minutes, Sundays Well forced a penalty which they converted to take a 6 – 0 lead into the halftime break.

If ever the cliché of ‘A Game of 2 Halves’ applied, today was one of them. Not so much that one team dominated the other, but more so that in the 2nd half Midleton finally managed to make their passes stick, gain momentum and turn pressure into scores.

Midleton always enjoy playing into the clubhouse and when the 2nd half kicked off the forwards continued to dominate at scrumtime in the early stages, earning penalties which allowed them to gain territory deep into the Sundays Well half.

Midleton on the attack

After only 7 minutes of the 2nd half, having been put under the cosh by the Midleton forwards, Sundays Well were punished with a yellow card after giving away a series of penalties. Following a good performance by Conor Smiddy and Rob Hickey, Fionn O’Connell and Luke Obersby were brought on to add some bulk to the pack and Midleton kicked for the corner, turning down a potential 3 points to go for 7. To their credit, Sundays Well defended the lineout and cleared their lines.

Between the 54th and 60th minutes, Midleton began to turn the screw, using the advantage of the extra man, and continued to attack the Well’s try line. However, despite multiple attempts at crossing the line, they were outdone again by unforced errors and knock ons. Somehow Midleton turned into the 60minute water break trailing 6 – 0.

More Midleton pressure

After the break Midleton continued to live in the Sundays Well 22. Midleton were ferocious in refusing to allow the Well out of the 22, typified by a great block down by Midleton’s no. 8 on an attempted box kick which nearly lead to a try. They persisted to hammer the Sundays Well try line but could not find that chink in the defence to get through. If anything, Midleton could be found guilty of trying to force the final scoring try, with a little patience needed in attack to get over the line.

On 65 minutes a great break by the Midleton outside centre, almost lead to a score but the move broke down and Sundays Well cleared their lines again. Midleton rang the changes around this time with Ken O’Connell, and Julian Power coming off the bench after good shifts from Rob England and Rian Hogan, and Ger McIntyre returning to bolster the front row.  

Midleton attack the line

Another good phase of play by the Midleton backs lead to a clever kick through from Stuart Lee and following a great chase by Rian Hogan, Charlie Murphy forced the Sundays Well full back over the line for a 5m scrum! The Midleton pack, who had the upper hand in the scrum all day, licked their lips as the try-line beckoned. As an 8 they turned the screw on the Well pack, marching them backwards towards the clubhouse, leaving the referee no option but to award a penalty try!! Midleton 7 – 6 Sundays Well after 69 minutes.

In the following 5 minutes, Midleton upped the ante again with a superb penalty turnover on the deck by Charlie Murphy allowing Midleton to gain a foothold in the Well 22 again. After a series of penalties, Midleton again chose an attacking scrum in search of a score that would put them out of reach. Midleton marched forward again and, following a serious of pick and drives, finally crossed the line when the pack dragged Denis Broderick over the line to score. Stuart converted to make the score 14 – 6 with 5 minutes to go.

The Midleton pack celebrate scoring the 2nd try

For the last 5 minutes the Well tried to attack from deep but Midleton were able to withstand the pressure, with some great tackles made by Jack Colbert, Florence McCarthy and Julian Power. In the 80th minute, stalwart David ‘Dosser’ O’Sullivan epitomised the effort with a huge hit when Sundays Well threatened to break the line. The Well continued to attack and, after a great last ditch tackle from Richie Daly, the game ended Midleton 14 – 6 Sundays Well. The roar from the crowd was of relief and delight to get one over on our local rivals!!

While Midleton will be happy with the win, and with the effort from all involved, there are areas for improvement. Despite having the lions share of possession, and attacking in the opposition’s 22 for long periods, errors and knock-ons could have derailed the win. They will need to work on these and learn to build continuity, momentum and multiple phases into their game. However, they ground out the win today and if they can improve on that performance, they wont fear any team.

A resounding rendition of ‘Red is the Jersey’ was a great way to round off the day after earlier success for our Under 9’s who triumphed in a blitz held by Cobh Pirates and another win over the Well by our Under 14s team!!

Our victorious U9’s celebrating their win in the blitz at Cobh Priates
Our U14’s also had a win against Sundays Well!

Midleton Perform Well in Munster Senior Cup

Charlie Murphy takes a lineout

Midleton traveled to Nenagh today to take on the Division 2A side in the Munster Senior Cup.

With a blend of old heads and some new faces, taking on a team 2 divisions ahead was always going to be a tough ask. However, the team took the challenge to Nenagh, providing plenty of encouraging plays to give confidence ahead of the league campaign.

The match started with Midleton playing against the hill in the 1st half, with most of the play in the opening minutes between the two 22m lines. Midleton had some good carries from the second row partners Rob Hickey and Denis Broderick, as well as some big carries from Luke Obersby. After 8 minutes a last man tackle from Julian Power prevented a certain try before Nenagh eventually won a penalty to go 3-0 up after 10 minutes.

For the next 10 minutes Midleton had the majority of the possession with some good attacking play from the backs, supplemented by some big carries by the back row. In the 22nd minute, after a huge clear out from Mark Corby, Midleton were awarded a penalty which lead to a great lineout mall inside the Nenagh half. Following some good running rugby from the backs, a Midleton player was isolated and Nenagh were awarded a penalty to clear their lines.

What followed was an intense period of pressure with Nenagh attacking the Midleton line continuously. The Midleton players from 1 – 15 put their bodies on the line and their massive defensive effort eventually forced a knock on to give Midleton a scrum inside their 22. The forwards backed up the defensive effort to win a huge scrum penalty, allowing the team to clear their lines. The first half finished 3 – 0 to the home team.

A big defensive effort before half time

Midleton started the 2nd half well with 2 turnover penalties on the deck from captain Bryan Moore and 2nd row Rob Hickey. For the next 10 minutes, Midleton had a lot of possession, putting some good phases together but unfortunately converting this possession into scores. One such phase lead to a great break from full back Julian Power. Unfortunately the phase ended with a penalty being awarded to Nenagh after a Midleton player was penalised for holding on on the ground. Nenagh, sensing an opportunity, tapped the penaly inside a counter attacked deep into the Midleton 22. This resulted in a penalty being awarded to Nenagh which they kicked to take a 6 – 0 lead after 52 minutes. They followed this up with some great open field running to score a converted try on 58 mins to lead 13 – 0.

Midleton introduced some fresh faces from the bench and once again started to make in-roads into the Nenagh half. On 62 minutes a great attached was bundled into touch by Nenagh. This was followed shortly after by a good training park move from a Midleton lineout which saw David ‘Dosser’ O’Sullivan making a clean break before off-loading to Florence McCarthy who was stopped short of the line. The ball was spread quickly to the backline, who ran from deep, allowing Julian Power finished off a great move, with numbers to spare on the outside.

A great take from an attacking lineout

Midleton rang the changes again and, after a huge clearance kick from Stuart Lee deep into the Nenagh half, continued to attack as the match came into the closing stages. With the score at 13-7 to Nenagh with only moments remaining, the Div. 2A team sealed the win with a try and conversion in the dying moments to take the win 20 – 7.

It was a great performance from the Midleton side, while still having room for improvement. The scrum was solid throughout and with some tidying up the lineout will prove to be a good platform for attack. Some rustiness, and lack of depth in attack lead to some unforced errors but no doubt this team will continue to gel together and improve. It was also great to see some of our underage talent progressing through the ranks with Laurence O’Regan, Richie Daly and Jack Colbert all making their debuts, and none looking out of place! Florence McCarthy, who recently signed for Midleton, also made his debut.

We now play Shannon next weekend in the Munster Senior Plate in Coonagh. Details to be confirmed.

Midleton RFC’s Journey to Johannesburg!

Join Our Journey to Johannesburg

Midleton RFC is raising funds for floodlights that will hugely help the rugby experience for our underage and youth players and coaches. For us, like any club, these players form the future of our senior teams, our provincial and national teams and perhaps even the British & Irish Lions. Our ability to enable them to run around, train and play after school in the winter is key to their overall rugby experience.

Our aim is to raise €6,000 through our dedicated Go Fund Me page:

https://gofund.me/bcd713f9

To help us achieve our goal we are going to do something that no other club has ever done before. Starting on 03rd July 2021, the day of the first match in South Africa, we are going to support our Lion Cubs and the British & Irish Lions, by walking 14,000km. This is the equivalent of walking from Midleton to Johannesburg, finishing on August 07th 2021, for the final Test in Johannesburg.

Along our virtual journey, we will be ‘stopping’ at local towns, villages and rugby clubs, learning about the local history, cultures, native animals and rugby history of the areas.

You will be able to track our progress on our Social Media Platforms on Facebook (@midletonrfc), Instagram (Midleton_Rfc) and Twitter (@Midleton_RFC), along with our Club Website www.midletonrugby.com.

Departing from Midleton RFC on 03rd July 2021, our virtual walk will take us across the Irish Sea to the UK before travelling through France, Spain and Gibraltar to reach the northernmost tip of Africa.

On entering Africa, we will travel through countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Gabon, the Dominican Republic of the Congo, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. From there, we will then enter South Africa, completing the final 550km of the journey by travelling through the Kruger National Park, Pretoria (one of South Africa’s 3 Capital Cities!!) before ‘arriving’ in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg. The final Test Match is scheduled to be played here on Saturday 07th August 2021.

During this time, we will also be running fun activities such as colouring competitions, quizzes and selfie/photo competitions of people while clocking up their kilometres and using the hashtag #journeytojohannesburg.

We will complete our journey on Saturday 07th August by completing the final few kilometres at Midleton Rugby Club, Towns Park, where we will celebrate our achievement by cheering on the Lions in the final Test Match versus South Africa!!!

Make Your Miles Go Further!

The beauty of this journey is that absolutely anyone, regardless of age or location, can join us. Together, we’ll cover the distance by using technology that tracks our everyday activity. It doesn’t matter if it’s mowing the lawn, walking your usual circuit or playing in the garden, every step will help make a difference.

We will continue to provide updates on our progress, along our route by updating our position on the map.

How to Participate?

If you would like to get involved, be a Team Captain or a Team Member,

JOIN OUR JOURNEY TODAY

You can email your interest to midletonrfcfundraising@gmail.com or send a private message to our Facebook or Instagram pages.

  • People come together as a group (max 10) and nominate a Team Captain. Register with a committee member your group name and team members.
  • You will then be given instructions on how to participate using your phone, smart watch or Fitbit.
  • If you would like to join our journey but aren’t part of an organised team, just contact a member of the Fundraising Group and we will find some teammates for you.
  • Team Captains and Team Members can go to the Club Go Fund Me page to donate to the floodlights appeal:

https://gofund.me/bcd713f9

  • All participants encourage family members and friends to join their teams or to sponsor them on the Go Fund Me page, naming the team they are sponsoring and offering messages of encouragement!
  • The walk will start on July 03rd and all team members will send in the Kilometres completed to their Team Captain weekly. The overall distance covered will be tracked each week.
  • Team Members and Captains go to Midleton RFC Facebook and Instagram sites to post updates on your team’s journey using photos etc. and the hashtag #journeytojohannesburg

As this Fundraiser is all about involvement and enjoyment, other fun things being considered are; a photo competition; under-age art competition; quiz around educational elements of the journey, etc. We also hope to post information on the area that we are travelling through at certain times and have some educational slides for families of the Rugby Clubs, culture, flora and fauna of the region.

MIDLETON RFC’s SPLIT THE BUCKET FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE

We are now 6 weeks into the Club’s new fundraising initiative, Split the Bucket! This initiative was introduced to replace our Lotto draw, who’s support had suffered as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic which meant that the club, and all the establishments who supported the Lotto, have been closed for some time.

We would like to thank all of the establishments and people who supported our Lotto over the years, along with those who ran it. It was always a great source of income to assist with the running of the Club.

We have now entered new territory with our Split the Bucket draw! Following some brainstorming, and innovative thinking by the Club Committee, the Split the Bucket model was developed and put in place. It is currently being run, to great efficiency and success, by Tracy McCarthy, Jason Boyle and Dave Ryan, with draws being presented on Facebook Live at 9pm each Thursday evening by Club President Connie Walsh.

The draw involves a weekly collection of entries from a mixture of online entries and in-store entries around the town. Entry costs €2 and the winner splits the ‘bucket’ of money raised that week with the Club, ensuring a guaranteed winner each week!!

So far we have had 6 weekly draws. The first draw carried a minimum jackpot prize of €1,000 for the winner and was won by Sarah Silke who scooped the jackpot of €1,095!! The winners to date are as follows:

Week 1: Sarah Silke (€1,095)

Week 2: Tony Harpur (€360)

Week 3: Fiona Desmond (€351)

Week 4: Kieran Wall (€376)

Week 5: Mary O’Farrell (€347)

Week 6: Ollie McSweeny (€405)

The winning entries have been a mixture of online entries and in-store entries and, in total, we have given away almost €3,000 to the lucky winners!

Tickets can be purchased on-line at https://midletonrugby.com/split-the-bucket/  Here you can sign up for the weekly draw, or you can subscribe for 5 weeks, 26 weeks or 52 weeks, at a cost of only €2  per entry!!

Alternatively, you can place your entries in the buckets in-store at the following locations:

  • Frank Murphy Butchers, 79 Main St Midleton
  • Number 21 Off License, Lakeview
  • Corner Stone Pizza, St Marys Road
  • Crowleys Butchers, Mill Road
  • Kennedys on the Green
  • Wash n’ Wear, Mill Road

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the draw to date. Your support is vital for the continuing running of the Club for all of our teams from U-6 girls and boys, all the way up to our adult ladies and men’s teams.  

To conclude we would like to thank everyone again for their continuous support. We are delighted that all our teams have been able to return to training!! We hope to welcome everyone back to the Club sooner rather than later to start enjoying club events and matches (and maybe a pint or 2 😉) in the near future!!

Our Weekly Winners to date: