BRIDGESTONE AWARD "Best in Ireland 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan starred for Munster on Saturday evening when the home side stormed to a 31-3 win over the Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park. Three outstanding first half tries, with two coming from new signing CJ Stander, set the tone for Munster. Tipperary’s Tommy O’Donnell and Paddy Butler also featured in the game.
As a result Munster have now climbed to fourth in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 table.
The style of Saturday’s win will also warm the heart of Munster supporters ahead of two vital Heineken Cup clashes - on Saturday, December 8th Munster host Saracens at Thomond Park (6pm) while on Sunday, December 16th Munster travel to face Saracens at Vicarage Road.
Nenagh Ormond maintained their rich vein of form on Saturday when beating Skerries in a terrific contest. Nenagh led 11-9 at the break with a Stephen Carey try in the second half ultimately proving to be the difference between the sides. The lads have now won five of their six Ulster Bank League Division Two games and trail Rainey Old Boys by just three points at the summit of the table. Prior to the Christmas break Nenagh Ormond travel to Navan to take on Navan RFC on Saturday, December 8th (2.30pm) in another vital league game.
Meanwhile the Nenagh Ormond under-19s qualified for the final of the East Munster League thanks to a terrific 15-0 semi-final win over Clanwilliam at New Ormond Park.
Unfortunately, the under-17s lost their respective semi-final away to Clanwilliam while there was further disappointment when the seconds Munster Junior Cup first round clash away to Abbeyfeale on Sunday was called off.
Kilruane MacDonagh’s booked their place in the North Tipperary under-21A hurling final thanks to a well-deserved 1-15 to 1-8 win over Nenagh Éire Óg at Toomevara on Saturday afternoon. Kilruane led that encounter 1-10 to 0-4 at half-time and will now prepare for the divisional final which is scheduled to take place on the weekend of Sunday, December 16th. The corresponding under-21 semi-final between Burgess and Toomevara is scheduled to take place next weekend. Meanwhile in their under-21B hurling championship semi-final Roscrea got the better of Ballinahinch (2-17 to 0-8).
Borrisokane will face Ballinahinch in the final of the North Tipperary junior C hurling championship. Both semi-finals took place on Saturday - Ballinahinch required extra-time to get the better of Silvermines (2-15 to 2-12) while Borrisokane saw off Borris-Ileigh (1-8 to 1-5).
North Tipperary GAA fans will be eager to note that on Wednesday next Nenagh CBS take on Midleton CBS in Charleville (1.30pm) in a winner-takes-all affair - the winner of this encounter will progress to the quarter-finals of this season’s Dr Harty Cup.