Jan 062016

We’re so grateful for all the offers of help we’ve received since the club was flooded. As the cleanup operation progresses we’ll be calling on you to lend a hand. Many others have offered to help financially with the cost of the flood damage so to make the process of handling donations easier we’ve set up a GoFundMe Page. All donations are gratefully accepted and will be put to good use repairing and replacing what was damaged and lost Please share the link below on your social media platforms.

Thank you.


Apr 212014

The U16s and U14s played their finals this week at PBC Wilton.

The U14s were unlucky losing by 3 to Cobh – final score Cobh 10 – Midleton 7

The U16s took on Charleville and with the score tied 5 all at full time take the spoils having scored the first try!

Well done to all for getting so far in their competitions – Midleton’s future is in good hands!



Nov 102013


Final Result: Midleton 14: Cork Constitution 7




A beautiful sunny morning had Midleton’s U14’s achieve a win in this friendly game against Con.  The game gave coaches an opportunity to play the whole squad and give all players a chance to shine.  And while yes a friendly, the players were expected to take the game seriously, friendly or not, it was Con after all.


Midleton got the scoring off early with a try straight down the middle by No. 5, Blake O’Keefe and  conversion by No. Eoghan Ruane.  Midleton backs and forward combined well and structures that have been worked on in training over the last few weeks were starting to show in the game.  Midleton scored again before halftime with a try between the posts from no 7, Alex O’Brien.  This came from well worked interplay with the backs bringing the ball forward and Alex taking it to the try line from the breakdown after a great break from Zac Casagranda, No. 13. Zac had a number of lovely line breaks during the game, but of course such breaks only occur when good service is provided from the 9, 10 and 12.


In the lead – 14 to 0 – at halftime, Midleton brought on a more squad members, who were charged with keeping the lead.  Perhaps tiredness, perhaps because it was a friendly game, Midleton took their foot off the pedal a little in the second half.  This was most obvious in at the breakdown where less forceful rucking allowed Con come back into the game.  However individual tackling kept Midleton in the game.  Nathan Crowley, No 14, comes in for special mention here.  Twice he took on Con’s big second row alone in what was clearly a pre-rehearsed blindside move from Con and twice he stopped him with really good, low tackling.  The absence of forward support for Nathan on this channel led one coach to conclude the lads had generously decided to leave Nathan take all the glory in these try saving tackles.


Con maintained the pressure throughout the second half but a few simple mistakes, dropped passes and the odd poor decision in their half backs let Midleton off the hook.   Two or three times Con had their centres and back row forwards lined up for their blindside move up an undefended Midleton touch line only to have the ball pushed out to the open side and their opportunity slipped away.  The Con team are definitely in building mode after the huge traditional exodus of young players from U13 to U14 that affects the city club as their players head to secondary school.  The simple mistakes made by Con will no doubt soon be ironed out by their coaches and we will definitely see a very strong Con team emerge over time.


As the game progressed Midleton retained their lead, but a concerted effort by Con had them score a try in the last few seconds of the game by their very fast, tall no 6.  This was converted to give a final score of Midleton 14, Cork Con 7.  We meet Con again later in the U14 league and we can expect Con to have tidied-up some of their play to give us a big test.


This was a good game for the squad, we got to play all the available team members and give our subs a well deserved start.  Different combinations through the team led to a few small mix-ups but overall the team worked well as a unit. We were all delighted to have Cathal Lenihan and Mark Donnelly back on the pitch after injury; both look determined and hungry after their long absence.


Finally the game represented a sad moment for the team as our hugely talented front row forward, Sam Keating, played his last game with us before his family move to Calgary, Canada. Sam is a very popular team mate and a huge force in every game.  We wish him and his family all the very best in their move, and hope he doesn’t get too soft playing American Football or Ice hockey…


Nov 042013

Final Result: Midleton 12: Mallow 10

Midleton under 14’s ended as winners in a close and hard fought match against Mallow to make it their third league game win of the 2013 season.

Mallow led with an early try in the first ten minutes but failed to convert.  Spurned on after their slow start Midleton began to get the upper hand in contact and at the breakdown.  This resulted in their fast paced number 8, Blake O’Keefe, finishing off a series of controlled ruck & pick movements by the forwards to touch down beside the posts, easing Second Centre, Ciaran Evans’, successful conversion attempt.

Using possession from a dominant lineout, Mallow’s big runners broke though for another try after 15 minutes in the corner despite stern defence from Midleton backs.  Under the prevailing windy conditions, place kicking was difficult and again Mallow failed to convert.

As the game went on the Midleton backs got more involved in attack and brought play deep into the Mallow half to allow the forwards again to crash through with a try by flanker, Alex O’Brien.  The try wasn’t converted but nonetheless Midleton looked the more comfortable despite a lead of just two points at half-time.

The second half saw Mallow come out fully determined to regain the lead.  For a time their bigger pack commanded dominance in lineouts and they had the edge in scrums.  As their backs got more ball the game looked as if it may indeed turn in their favour.  However Midleton altered their lineout tactics and significantly tightened up their scrumaging technique to gain some parity at set pieces.   Midleton never faltered in their breakdown support and steadfast defence, players realised that Mallow were a team that enjoyed hard running and each tackle had to count and must be supported by strong counter -rucking

In the last quarter of the game Midleton lost the battle for territory and remained in their own half for most of this period. This culminated in a very tense final five minutes with Mallow on the attack around Midleton’s 25 meter line area.  Supporters feared a late try from Mallow was coming and Mallow began to take the upper hand with some excellent backline running.  Midleton drew deep on resources and never relented in their defence.  The last play of the game had Midleton kick out toward the halfway line after they won a lineout on their 25 metres line only to be forced back toward their try line with a clever cross field grubber from Mallow.  An unwavering chase for the ball from Midleton’s fly half, Eoghan Ruane, and the fast Mallow wing saw the Midleton’s player’s GAA skills come through as he pressed hard to get the ball to touch and bring the game to a close with the final whistle.

The final score of Midelton 12, Mallow 10, only the successful conversion separating the teams, reflected the closeness of the game and certainly in this excellent match no side deserved to lose.  Mallow turned up with a strong, well coached side, and will no doubt focus their disappointment into winning their next games.  The match was played vigorously but in good spirit and each side will have learned a little more about their own strengths and weaknesses.  Our thanks to Mallow RFC and referee, John Spillane.