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October 11th 2006

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Great win for Naomh Brid over Na Rossa

Naomh Brid players and supporters celebrate a great win.

Congratulations to the Naomh Brid senior team on winning the Junior A Championship on Sunday. They had a convincing 2-10 to 0-06 win over Na Rossa. The first half was close, ending up with Naomh Brid leading by a point. Naomh Brid dominated the second half and, after an early goal, Naomh Brid scored freely. Congratulations to all panel members, manager, selectors, trainers and background staff. A lot of effort has been put in since early February and it was a deserved win for everyone involved. Thanks to all the supporters who travelled to the game to give the team a 16th man. Thanks to the sponsors, Robt Roberts, The Country Inn and Laghey Waste

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Finn Harps News
Harps have claimed two successive victories with comfortable wins over Kildare County with the game ending in a 3-1 victory, and bottom of the table Kilkenny City at Buckley park last Saturday afternoon coming home with a 2-0 victory.
Player, manager, Anthony Gorman, moved around the starting eleven who played against Kildare County to accommodate the return of Jonathan Minnock and Michael Funston who were off on suspension. This win over Kilkenny City is a welcome change for Harps from their last visit to Buckley Park when all the chances on earth were created but the ball just wouldn’t go into the back of the net. That game ended up in a 1-0 victory to Kilkenny. This time we got our own back.
The next game to be played by Finn Harps is against Galway United in Finn Park on October 14th, kick-off at 7.45pm All support will be welcomed and let’s just hope the Harps come out with another win in the bag! Breda Curristin.

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Donegal Rugby Notes by The Rucker
It has been an interesting month on the world rugby stage with Aussie international George Smith getting his dreadlocks cut off for charity and former All Black great Anton Oliver posing nude for a painting. Have we any volunteers in Donegal Rugby club? If there are, I hope it’s only for the hair-cut. By the shape of some of the players, if you had to paint them, you’d need about 20 litres of Dulux!
All in all, it has been a promising start to the season with the Firsts winning their initial two league matches and the Seconds winning one out of two.
Laurie McCaughan’s Firsts secured a very good away win against Cookstown by 27-12. Last Saturday they beat Virgina 17-16 at The Holmes. Declan Bushell knocked over four penalties in the first half to give us a 12-10 lead at the half way mark. At the start of the second half the svelte figure of Gary Prendiville pounded over the white-wash for a 17-10 lead. Virgina responded with two penalties but Donegal held out heroically to the final blast of the referee’s whistle for a one point victory.
Kevin Gillespie’s Seconds produced a top drawer rear-guard action again City of Derry, coming back from a large deficit to just lose by 28-21 in an exciting tussle. The following week they travelled to Inishowen and had a fine 28-10 win over their north Donegal rivals.
This coming Saturday the Firsts play Armoy at The Holmes and the Seconds make the short journey up the road to play Enniskillen.
What were we doing 30 years ago in our first season in the Ulster League? Well, in order to improve our playing skills we invited City of Derry coach Alex Campbell down for a coaching session in Letterbarrow. I don’t believe a rugby ball has been seen in that townland since that day.
At the start of October 1976 we lost 20-0 to a now defunct Rosses team. The Donegal team was - Danny Drennan, Fred Coyne, Liam Brown, Ray Dunne, Alrick Thompson, Aylmer Barrett, Roy Irwin, Charlie McGinty, Trevor Johnston, Conor McBrearty, Mick Doherty, Eamonn Friel, Pat Brady, Niall Fitzpatrick and Michael Reilly. Referee was Jim King. Best for The Rosses were Enda Bonner, Dannie Ward and Jim Creamer. It’s interesting to note that Eamon Friel was a second-row in those days. That was before he slimmed down and turned into a prop. Alrick Thompson was on the wing. I think this was because he could sneak the odd drag of a cigarette from the spectators!


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