MALONE vs ST. MARY's 15th Jan 2022

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Saturday 15th January Kick off 2.30pm

Malone versus

Ballincollig 12 midday kick off

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We are extremely proud to be supporting Malone RFC, who have played such a significant role in the rugby community both locally and nationally for over a century. At this time, Walsin and Malone make a great team as both are aiming high; Malone on their rugby journey and Walsin experiencing unprecedented growth to become one of the largest facade companies in Ireland. I have always had an interest in the sport, having played for my local club for many years and was delighted to be asked to get involved with Malone. Staff members regularly attend home and away games and there is a real buzz in the company around the club’s recent successes. So far we have been delighted to play a small part in the club’s ongoing refurbishment programme and will continue to support Malone RFC as it goes forward. Ian Sinclair, Managing Director, Walsin Ltd.

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PRESIDENT MALONE RFC On behalf of all the members of Malone Rugby Football Club I am delighted to welcome Patrick Crawford president of St. Marys and Fiona Hayes and Mairead Kelly from Ballincollig and their guests and supporters. It’s fantastic to see both teams at Malone today for a full day of Rugby. It is an honour and privilege to be the 85th President of Malone RFC in our 130th year. The Christmas and New Year break will hopefully have given all our players and coaches a welcome rest - A Happy New Year to everyone. Today we have two games, our 1st XV men’s playing an AIL 1B game against St. Marys RFC and our 1st XV ladies playing Ballincollig RFC. Division 1B is again proving to be a very competitive league and during our last game in December Malone and St Marys drew 42 each. The WAIL is also very competitive and we had a win last time out against Ballincollig, good luck to everyone today. AIL 1B is a real test of endurance and commitment and we hope to back to full strength as soon as possible. Today’s games will be closely fought affairs with all teams looking for wins. As ever we are indebted to our

sponsors, thank you on behalf of all our members. I would like to thank all our club volunteers who turn up to look after our Club on a very regular basis. Your hard work is often forgotten but not unseen. Thank you all. To all our supporters, families and friends I ask for 100% support and commitment for all our teams, and respect for the opposition and the officials. After today's games I want to welcome everyone back inside the clubhouse for some traditional Malone hospitality. Finally I hope you all enjoy your day at Gibson Park, good luck to all the teams and I look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Keith Murray, President, Malone RFC

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St Mary's College Rugby Football Club is based in South Dublin. The club was founded in 1900 by former pupils of St. Mary's College, Dublin and was originally known as Old St Mary's.

The club was formerly sited at College Drive, Templeogue from 1955 until the 1970s when the club moved to Templeville Road to rugby grounds formerly owned and used by Templeogue College, the Holy Ghost Fathers, sister school of St Mary's College. In the early days, the matches were played in the front field at the college, and the first trophy, the Leinster Junior Cup was won in 1905 In 1911, the club earned senior status and secured its own grounds off Beaver Row in Donnybrook. There it thrived until the First World War when, along with the college, it closed down and although the college reopened after the war, the club did not get going again until 1932. In 1955 a new clubhouse and grounds were opened on College Drive. It took only a few years to taste success and in 1958 the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time. The sixties saw a stream of cups come home to St Marys at junior level and then having been so close on a few occasions, in 1969 the great Sean Lynch, who afterward became be their first international and British and Irish Lion, drove his super team to win the Leinster Senior Cup again. The cup was to be won again in ‘71, ‘74, ‘75,’87, ‘93, ’95, 2005, 2010, and 2012. The IRFU centenary all Ireland cup was won

by Marys, led by the incomparable Johnny Moloney in 1975. The seventies also saw the club outgrow College Drive and a new ground was purchased from the Holy Ghost Community. In the eighties, the club continued to make strong progress, and as well as three senior trophies, cups and leagues were won at all levels right through the decade. We added to our international members with Paul Dean and Vincent Cunningham The nineties saw the commencement of the All Ireland League in season 1990-91 and the club started in the 1st division During the decade, the quality of play increased rapidly, with Brent Pope coming over from New Zealand in 1991 and others such as Victor Costello, Peter Smyth, and Trevor Brennan joining from outside the club to add to the talent. St. Mary’s has produced a plethora of internationals and British and Irish Lions including Sean Lynch, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Tony Ward, Paul Dean, Jack McGrath, and Johnny Sexton to name a few.



Covid regulations for Saturday

When arriving, entry to the bar must only be via the FRONT MAIN DOOR COVID PASSPORTS must be checked and hands must be sanitised. You will then be given a hand stamp as proof of entry. While INSIDE the building a MASK must be worn. Inside TABLE SERVICE will be in operation and only tables with a MAXIMUM OF 6 are permitted. For those wishing to watch from the terrace a bar facility will be provided from the doorway to the terrace. When the Daddy Winker’s Bar is full, please overflow to the Jimmy Nelson Lounge or the Main Hall, showing your hand stamp, where similar rules must be followed. Members are NOT permitted to stand at the bar or around tables, and will not be served at the bar under any circumstance. We understand the disruption caused to bar service by Covid regulations can be frustrating. As such, we appreciate your patience and co-operation to ensure your Club is compliant with the rules and avoids any legal or financial penalty.

INTO THE NEW YEAR A message from the Chairman, Michael Kearney I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our visitors from St Mary’s and Ballincollig, our own members and friends of Malone. It’s January again and as we commence the new calendar Year our attention now turns to complete the remainder of the AIL leagues, we are fortunate that Malone is involved in both the womens’ and men’s leagues. I’m looking forward to the buzz around the club, given that we have a womens’ game followed by the men’s match. It’s a tremendous privilege to have both teams in their respective leagues and it adds so much more to match day at Malone. Malone like every other club has gone through some hard times recently but hopefully, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and we can all look forward to a more normal life. Looking back despite our trials and tribulations we have managed to make progress around the club having completed projects such as: • The new womens’ changing rooms and showers. • Refurbishment of the Gym and equipment. • The new disabled toilet. • The new upstairs video analysis suite. • The refurbishment of all our toilet facilities. • General painting and decorating around toilets, corridors etc. • The Main and Prunty pitches have had major repairs and improvements completed. • All the floodlights were removed and replaced with superior floodlights. • Next week we are commencing work on the top carpark.

A big thank you to Mark Dowds and to Gerry Gibbons and the grounds team for completing these works in trying times, I’d like to thank all the members of the Executive Committee who have strived to keep everything on track and given me support and encouragement. Thanks also too the management and coaches of all the boys, girls, women and men’s rugby sections who just rolled with the punches and kept going and all those members who have stayed positive and patient throughout the Pandemic. Special thanks are due to Gareth Fry, Chris Henry, and George Martin for their efforts in getting our Academy system up and running, its early days but this will enhance our future playing pool. Under 20s rugby has for a long time been a personal goal of mine and hopefully, it will mature and succeed in Ulster, it is vital that it succeeds and contributes to the continued success and popularity of Rugby in the province. Enjoy your day at Malone and hopefully, we will witness some good rugby with zero injuries. MK

TORNADO Malone’s mixed ability team, the Tornadoes, have started their preparation for the upcoming World Cup in June of this year with a series of training sessions and games.

Before Christmas, they played Banbridge in one of the best games at Gibson Park last year and more recently Stephen Ferris and the Boost team took part in one of the sessions and presented coaches Stuart Porter and Sam McBurney with a Boost Hamper in recognition of their efforts. The World Cup will take place in Cork, in June 2022 and will be the biggest tournament to date, with 24 mens’ teams competing for the overall Winners’ Trophy as well as the much-coveted ‘Spirit of’ Trophy. Each team will get six games in total, with lots of time for everyone to get involved right the way to finals day, competing for trophies and competition placings. Mixed Ability Rugby grew originally from a lack of provision for disabled participants to play rugby. Players with and without physical and learning disabilities began playing in the same 15 a side rugby game abiding by World Rugby Laws. Mixed Ability emphasises regular, frequent, and sustainable activities, selfdetermination, full membership of grassroots


clubs, and opportunities for social interaction for all. Head coach Stuart Porter tells the story from a Malone perspective: “Sam McBurney ran the Taggers, which was a team for people with Autism and Down Syndrome. He realised that when they turned 18 there was nothing for them rugbywise. “He got myself involved and we got the Malone Tornadoes up and running - and it's all about Mixed Ability. Although this is a vehicle for people to participate who have physical, mental, and learning disabilities we focus on inclusion, bringing people together, and working with their ability, rather than their disability. “Through this, we can see a remarkable increase in wellbeing, fitness, skills, and communication, both on and off the pitch! “The Tornadoes are just another team in our club.” The new year will see the Tornadoes ramp up their training schedule to make sure they are ready to go for the World Cup in June. If you would like to be involved with the Tornadoes or get more information, contact Stuart Porter: 07917 115 641 Sam McBurney: 07718 209 640

Stuart and Sam receive their Christmas Hampers from Stephen Ferris.

Malone Tornadoes and Banbridge after their recent game last year.

A dander down Through the difficult and troubled 1970s travelling around Belfast and to most parts of the Province proved to be increasingly difficult, but in common with most other clubs Malone worked hard to fulfill its obligations to the full. Fundraising was still paramount to the success of keeping the club at the forefront of Ulster rugby and many varied schemes were tried, from holding a wrestling match to renting the hall to the local Petty Sessions Court to installing, at the time, controversial but highly profitable gaming machines in the bar. In 1970, in partnership with London Irish, Malone took its first overseas tour to the United States to play in a tournament in Boston, Massachusetts, and in 1971, after a gap of 60 years, Malone won the Ulster Senior Cup. They defeated NIFC 6 points to 3 in the final and Ireland’s Saturday Night reported: ‘Malone equalised following a fine blindside break by scrum-half Barry Kernoghan. A bemused North defence watched him run past and it was Stewart who continued the thrust to score in the corner’. Tom McComb kicked a penalty in

Joey Miles taking on the All Blacks at Ravenhill in 1972

Bill Brown in action for Ireland against South Africa in 1970, persued by his opposite winger Sid Nomis

injury time to win the match. The team was; Tom McComb, Lindsay Stewart, Derek Taylor, Brian Petrie, Joe Miles, Gilbert McAlpine, Barry Kernoghan, Sam Hutton, Randal Bell, Brian Lewis, Michael McBride, Dermot Dalton, Cecil Watson, Jim Stokes, and Neill Jackson. To underline the strength of the club at that time, the second XV won Section 1 of the Junior League in 1971. The seventies were a successful period for Malone’s junior teams. IN 1973/74 there was a unique all-Malone final with the 3’A’s beating the 3’C’s to win the Harden Cup. In 1974/75 the 2’A’s won the Crawford Cup, the Junior Cup, the Armagh Club’s Mall Trophy and were runners up in Section 1 of the Junior League, in the same season the 2’B’s gained promotion to Section 2 of the Junior League and in the following year won the Crawford Cup. The success continued in 1975/76 the 3’A’s won the Forster and Harden Cups and the Colts A team won the Under 19 Shield. In 1976/77 the Crawford and Forster Cups again came to Gibson Park courtesy of the 2 and 3’A’ XVs. In 1975 it was decided to convert one half of the main playing area to provide a ‘Prunty’ pitch, to install floodlights for training, and to build two squash courts in an extension to the pavilion which would

also include alterations to the changing rooms and showers and a new bar store. The first phase, the new ‘Prunty’ pitch, at a cost of £12,000, required the demolition of the old timber pavilion which had been in use for nearly 30 years. Sadly this landmark at Gibson Park, which had been some to several generations of Malone men and a talking point for hundreds of visitors disappeared forever. The work however was completed on time and the pavilion extension with squash courts, the new pitch and floodlights were officially opened in September 1977. With these new developments Malone’s overdraft had now soared to £55,000 and although Malone remained committed to providing the best facilies possible for all members, it was hardly surprising that captial expenditure would be non existent for the forseeable future. To finish the decade the club undertook a solo tour to Quebec, Canada in 1979. The management team led by Hugh Logan and David Pollock ran a successful tour with five wins from five games. This was a period of great change, growth and development for Malone, in many respects it laid the foundations for the club we have today, and it would not have been possible without the time and energy of the many members involved. During this decade some players really made their names at Malone, Cecil Watson, a totally committed wing forward, Neill Jackson, who played for Ulster and who suffered serious injury when on the verge of higher honours; Lindsay Stewart, an exciting winger, whose ‘Up and Unders’ and long-striding changes brought many a game to life; Dinky Dalton, a powerful second row who played for Ulster and Ireland ‘B’ and was unlucky not to get a full cap; Billy Brown, a tenacious and strong running winger who was capped for Ireland in 1970 and whose international career ended prematurely when he broke his leg playing for Ireland in Argentina and Joe Miles, an elusive winger who played for Ulster and Ireland ‘B’ and who tortured the mighty All Blacks in that famous game in front of 24,000 spectators at Ravenhill in 1972.

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the Iranian Revolution of 1979 ousts Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who is later replaced by an Islamic theocracy led by Ayatollah Khomeini, meanwhile, American hostages would be held by Iran until 1981.

MALONE 1. Ben Halliday

3. Aidan McSwiggan

2. Claytan Milligan

5. Stewart McKendrick

4. Adam McNamee

6. James McAlister

8. Harry Andrews

7. Dave Cave Captain

9. Shane Kelly 11. Andy Bryans

10. Callum Smith

12. Ben McCaughey 13. David McMaster 15. Aaron Sexton

14. Rory Campbell

TEAM PL W L HIghfield 9 8 1 Old Wesley 9 8 1 St Mary’s 9 5 3 Naas 9 5 4 Shannon 9 4 4 Armagh 9 5 4 Old Belvedere 9 3 6 Malone 9 2 6 Navan 9 2 6 Banbridge 9 1 8

D 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0

PF 212 224 250 214 173 165 182 182 144 151

PA DIFF 116 96 146 78 212 38 219 -5 134 39 172 -7 199 -19 224 -42 249 -105 224 -73

Replacements: 16. Ricky Greenwood 17 Gary Crawford 18 Darryl Maxwell 19 Nico Andress 20 Matty Neill 21 Thomas Leitch

B 4 4 6 6 7 3 5 5 2 4

PTS 36 36 28 26 25 23 17 15 12 8

St. Mary’s 1. Daniel Lyons 2. Richard Halpin 3. Michael McCormack 4. Peter Starett 5. Liam Corcoran 6. David Aspil 7. Nick McCarthy 8. Ronan Watters 9. Colm Reilly 10. Conor Dean 11. Craig Kennedy 12. Mick O’Gara 13. Myles Carey 14. Matt Timmons 15. David Fanagan Replacements: 16 Steven O'Brien 17 Niall McEniff 18 Daniel Leane 19 Joe Nolan 20 Tim MacMahon 21 Ruairi Shields

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January - February It was a quiet start to

2021 with Covid restrictions in full swing and at the end of January we got the inevitable news that the AIL had been officially cancelled. However February brought the start of the Six Nations and our own Neve Jones was included in the Ireland squad.



Things started to come to life in April. Training was able to recommence for all teams in the club. The Womens’ section announced their new coaching set up with Jamie McMullan taking over and all sections of the club had a work day at Malone, doing some much needed tidying up around the club.

June June saw representative honours for many of our youth players. Sam Green, Stuart McKendrick and Leon Thorndon at Ulster Under 18 level. Jorja Battishill, Katie-Ann McCallion Jennifer Collins, Jenna O’Sullivan and Jan McQuillan were selected for the Ulster Under 18 squad and 11 Malone players were selected for the Ulster Senior womens’ squad and Emily Millar was announced manager.

March heralded the start of spring and International Womens’ Day was celebrated by the planting of snowdrops around the club by president Keith Murray, Neve Jones and Lynn Wilson.

May Sunday 1st May saw the run in memory of Chippy. Members took part in a run through Belfast but plenty of members and friends did their runs wherever they were living at the time. The event saw over £10,000 raised for Chest Heart and Stroke. The Gym had been refurbished and an Open Night for new members took place. Malone also announced that they were starting up an Academy team for players aged 18-22 and our Under 12 girls got a match against Cooke and the Under 14 boys against Ophir. May finished with the announcement of a Festival Of Rugby to take place in September and some much need maintenance work started on all pitches.

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July saw Stuart Porter complete his cycle around Ireland in aid of the My Name is Doddie foundation and the club had a tentative opening of the bar facilities in preparation for the Lions series. Preparations were in full swing for the Festival of Rugby in August and 1st XV training resumed with some extra work at St. Paul’s Boxing Club.

October October saw the start of the All Ireland League for both men and women with Navan the visitors to Malone for the 1st XV and the Women travelled to Old Belvedere. Sam Green was in the Irish Rugby Club’s Under 18 Matchday squad to play Italy at the end of the month.

August August saw training resume for all teams at Malone and at the end of the month the succesful Festival of Rugby took place. A packed Gibson Park saw Malone lift the inaugural Patrick Baird Cup after defeating Belfast Harlquins. The day also saw the women, Tornadoes, Over 35s and Minis in action. August finished with the start of the Ulster Senior League, Malone getting an opening day win over Armagh.

September September saw the Ulster Senior League continue and the Under 16 girls played at Kingspan. They met Carrick during the interval of the Women’s Inter Provincial game against Munster. The darker nights saw the floodlights on again at Malone when the seconds entertained Ballymena seconds. We had a very enjoyable visit from the crew of HMS Lancaster when they played our 3rd XV.

November November saw Malone’s increasing injury list cause problems all through the month with a difficult AIL programme - it took until 20th November before we registered another win, a 22-21 victory over Banbridge. November finished with an Ulster Rugby Super Series at Maone when over 90 girls in the under 16-18 age group took part in a blitz at Maone

December December brought its own problems with Covid Passports for the bar, but our Academy got properly underway with increased training sessions and a game against Ballynahinch. The first XV finished off the first half of the AIL season with a remarkable 42-42 draw away to St. Mary’s and old favourite Santa rounded off the year with a visit to our Mini Rugby section.

The Coach’s Corner Happy New Year to all. We return to Gibson Park today after a positive start to 2022 with the 1st XV beating Banbridge in the Senior Cup. The seconds have no game today. After an extended Christmas break due to Covid we returned to training on 30/1/21 with a spin class at Bodyscape Belfast and then back to pitch sessions on the 4/1/22. A depleted squad put in a fine effort to beat Banbridge 14-8 last Saturday where at times we rode our luck, but we’ve maybe lacked a little bit of that at times this season in close games. We look forward to the draw for the next round. It’s fantastic to be back into our AIL campaign against a St Marys team who we played out a thrilling 42 all draw before Christmas. What a day that was! We took our full senior squad down and I have to say the

atmosphere and support our 2nd XV and injured players gave us that day helped us to take 3 points in a crazy game of rugby. That day reflects the atmosphere and togetherness we have as a squad, and I’d like to thank all the boys for their efforts so far this season. I’d also like to put on record my thanks to Malone stalwart Simon Millar at Bodyscape Belfast for putting on the occasional spin class for the boys and Joe McIldowney at Dirt Bird restaurant for his continued support in supplying our post training food and Man of the Match awards. William Leacock

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With the women Malone women are back in action when they face Ballincollig in the Womens’ All Ireland League Conference. The Women’s Division has now split into the Top 4 and the Conference with home and away fixtures building to the finals. The Top 4 is made up of Railway Union, who finished the first half of the season in first place, UL Bohs, Blackrock and Old Belvedere. Galwegians, Suttonians, Cooke, Malone, Ballincollig and Wicklow make up the Conference. Malone had a bonus point win away to Ballincollig at the end of November, and although disappointed at not getting a game last week in the Energia Shield due to Covid problems, club captain Peita McAllister is nevertheless looking forward to the match. “This is the exciting part of the season for the women. This weekend alone we have three players on senior debut as well as a number of players returning from injury. With the split in the league structure the next six games are going to be highly competitive and it’s a great opportunity for us to string a couple of wins together and build momentum for an Energia plate semi final and the chance of some silverware.” The game against Ballincollig has a 12.00 (midday) kick-off at Gibson Park.



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Sarah Murphy Ashleigh Currie Chrissie McKee Hannah Beattie Jasmine Ward Jo McMorris-Cloughey Peita McAlister (c) Lauren Maginnes Shirelle Wilson Alexa Grudgings Sophie Armstrong Ella Durkan Emma Jordan Donna McGovern Holly Brannigan

Subs: 16. Aoife Cahill 17. Anna Smith 18. Erin Jones 19. Cara O’Neill 20. Rachael McIlroy 21. Nicole Rafferty 22. Jill Stephens 23. Jana McQuillan