Week end round up



Nenagh Ormond 24  Dolphin 23


Dolphin showed great determination in turning a 21 -8 deficit into a 21-23 lead but just when they thought they had done enough Nenagh scored a match winning drop goal with the final kick of the game.

The home side had a good first half, John Coffey scoring two tries in add to a penalty try. Dolphin had a try from Conor Flanagan and a Daryl Foley penalty. An Emmet McCarthy try reduced to lead to 21-13 at half time before a Foley penalty brought it even closer 21-16.

On 74 mins John Fitzgerald got the vital try which Daryl Foley converted, and with the last kick of the game Alex Ropeti made the it a long road home for Dolphin.



Nenagh Ormond  24 Dolphin 40

As the home side were only in a position to field 12 players, Dolphin who had 15 plus subs matched their number. The game started well for Dolphin, a good run from Matt Perrot led to a  Luke Moloney try, however the Tipp side settled down well and earned a bonus point by virtue of four tries, 2 converted in 30 mins.

Dolphin scored a further two tries by the break, both converted by Ryan O’Herlihy to make in 24-19. The first from Virgil Lafleche while Iain Kennel Webb forced his way over following 26 phases of pick and go from the half way line.

Dolphin suffered a few injuries, one of the replacements Eoin Hodkinson went on to score 3 tries, all converted by Luke Moloney and 35 unanswered points.

Dolphin now are in 2nd place in the league



Dolphin 0              UL Bohemians 36

A dominant pack laid the pathway for a comprehensive victory for UL Bohemians, all but two tries coming in the 2nd half. Dolphin were forced to make four changes in the opening half due to injuries, putting up a good defence as they spent most of the half in their own territory. UL Bohs had a deserved 10-0 lead at half time, the Dolphin supporters on the stand side not being very happy with the awarding of the 2nd try.

UL Bohemians exploited confusion in the Dolphin side with all the changes in scoring a 3rd try and the game was over as a contest when they scored the bonus point try right from the kick off.

Hopefully some of the injuries will not be long term as Dolphin face UCC next Friday evening.

Rob O'Herlihy off to Canada

On Wednesday, a great servant and great clubman Rob O'Herlihy sets off for Canada.

He joined Dolphin in 2010 with the likes of Niall Scannell from PBC, making his Dolphin debut on 27/11/2010 at home to Old Belvedere. He has gone on to represent Dolphin 122 times in the AIL, just four appearances behind John O'Mahony who has the 2nd highest number of appearances.

On behalf of all your friends in Dolphin we wish you well on your travels 

Dolphin started off brightly into a strong wind and in the 9th minute 2nd Row and man of the match Dalton O'Shaughnessy scored the opening try.Galwegians slowly got into the game and had the better of the possession in the 2nd quarter when they equalised in the 36th minute. Dolphin were rewarded with a couple of penalties within metres of the line after the 40th minute mark and finally centre Will Hanley got over by the posts and Daryl Foley converted to put Dolphin 12-5 ahead at the break.

The hopes of anyone who thought that Dolphin would pull ahead with the wind were soon dashed as Galwegians drew level after 46 minutes. Daryl Foley kicked a penalty for Dolphin to get their noses ahead again but further drama was to unfold. Galwegians knocked on inside the Dolphin half, Dolphin played it but knocked on themselves but the referee decided not to bring play back and a gratefull Wegians player picked and ran in their 3rd try.

Dolphin did not lose focus and with the referee playing advantage Daniel Horgan scored Dolphin's 3rd try to win the battle on the day by 22-17. A much better display than last week, which gives plenty of confidence to the squad. It is great to see the progression of many of these young players, for example if anyone watched the performance of prop Luke Jordan in the last two games would find it hard to believe that his first AIL start was v Highfield.

it is interesting to note that the sides who beat Dolphin fill places 1,2 & 3 while they defeated teams 9 & 10.

This combined with Old Crescent's heavy defeat to Highfield takes Dolphin out of the bottom two, next weekend it's 7th v8th so an important game in Nenagh


5 No change U.L. Bohemian 5 2 0 3 89 103 -14 2 1 11
6 Up Blackrock College RFC 5 2 0 3 88 122 -34 1 1 10
7 Down Nenagh Ormond 5 2 0 3 91 140 -49 1 0 9
8 Up Dolphin 5 2 0 3 73 116 -43 0 0 8
9 Down Old Crescent 5 1 0 4 93 160 -67 0 2 6
10 No change Galwegians 5 0 0 5 62 167 -105 0 1 1


J1     Dolphin 22  Bruff 13

They J1 squad are know working well together, after defeat the previous week having scored 4 tries, this week they have won their first game (of 3) in the league and are in fact in 2nd place at the ,moment.

There was some excellent play and the likes of Keith Kelleher, Dave Ahern and Conor Flanagan in particular put their hands up to the senior coaches to let them know they are pushing for places on the senior side.


J2  Midleton 30 Dolphin 16

 Dolphin were away last Friday night to the Dennehy Cup finalists Midleon, the Mideton side which is the clubs 2nd side are flying high in the league.  Dolphin fought hard and did cross the try line twice, but this was not enough to defeat a determined home side.

The Friday Night Lights is proving to be very popular, with home sides providing food for both teams. Dolphin are scheduled to play Old Christians on Friday 23rd and would appreciate your support.


U18.5 Kinsale 20  Dolphin/Crosshaven 0

 September & October was difficult for this side as numbers were low and coaches were in short supply. We now have the coaches and Manager in place and the numbers are getting stronger. The present league format is to seperate the sides into Munster Cup/Bowl/Plate so the side will be well organised and competitive when this happens.

U16  Dolphin/Crosshaven 19 Kinsale 19

Dolphin/Crosshavendrew level with a last minute try, a great performance all round


10th June 2017, two former Dolphin team mates lined up against each other, on opposite sides in Harrison, New Jersey, Niall Scannell for Ireland and John Quill for US Eagles. It was honours even as far as scoring was concerned with both men touching down for tries.

16 months later and they will both be at Soldier Field in Chicago but not facing each other, but maybe in 3 weeks time.

Game 2 on Saturday will see Niall Scannell starting at Hooker for Ireland, game 3 on the day is US Eagles v Maori All Blacks, with John Quill names at 6.

He is the 2nd most experienced player in the Squad, earning his 28th cap.

We hope the day goes well for them both and look forward to a possible rematch in 3 weeks time.

Saturday’s AIL fixture v Galwegians is a must win for both sides as they fill positions 9 (Dolphin) & 10 (Galwegians) in the league.

After 4 rounds the only side they have both played is Cashel who defeated both sides -    Dolphin 10-26 (Away) Galwegians 0-43 (Home)

Home Record- Dolphin have hosted Galwegians five times, Dolphin winning four, the biggest score difference was in 2003-04 when Galwegians won 20-3.

Away Record -  It’s very even in Galway, each side winning twice.

The first game between the sides was 06/02/1993, Dolphin won 21-08 , try scorers were Declan Kidney, Barry O’Neill & Alan O’Shea, with Michael Kiernan getting two penalties.  

It was 13 years years since the sides last met in the AIL, Dolphin had an unbeaten league record v Highfield, however the home side (Highfield) were deserved winners on this occasion.

Highfield set out their stall early and scored an unconverted try in the 3rd minute. Dolphin with the wind in the opening half replied with a penalty goal through captain Darly Foley.

Highfield worked themselves back into the Dolphin 22 and crossed for a converted try to make it 12-3. Three more penalties, some from distance from Foley levelled the game at half time.

That was as good as it got for Dolphin as it took Highfield just a couple of minutes before they took the lead with a 3rd try, the task became much harder as Dolphin received two yellow cards in the 2nd period and in the final minutes Highfield scored two more tries.

Dolphin remain in 2nd last place, ahead of pointless Galwegians who will be visitors next weekend to Musgrave Park.