John Fitzgerald makes 50th AIL appearance

Former Club captain John Fitzgerald made has 50th AIL appearance for Dolphin against Queens University. There are now six of this seasons squad on 50 or more appearances. Already in the 100th Club are Rob O'Herlihy and Dave O'Mahony, next in line are Daryl Foley and Will Hanley, both on 71. Last seasons captain James Rochford is on 59.  

AIL  Dolphin 13  Queens University 10

The sides met for the first time on Saturday at Musgrave Park, Queens were the 51st side that Dolphin have met in the AIL. Both sides went into the game with 3 victories from 8 games, however the Belfast side was 6 more points thanks to 3 try bonus points and a losing bonus point from each of their 4 losses.

In the wild and windy conditions it was the sudents who opened the scoring with a try, after 20 minutes. After quite a bit of pressure, Dolphin through Paul Daly forced themselves over for a try near the posts which Daryl Foley converted. Foley was succesfull with a long range penalty soon after to extend the lead to 10-5 at the break.


After 62 minutes Queens  University picked up a loose ball at a lineout and scored a 2nd try to level the game but were unable to convert it. Up stepped Daryl Foley again in 74th minute with another difficult kick from distance to edge Dolphin in front again. As Dolphin tried to run down the clock they were penalised at a ruck which gave the students more than a little hope of a late late try.

The Dolphin defence stood firm and had to handle a determined Queens University to close out the game.

Dolphin go into the Christmas break,6th in the table but well aware that there is only 4 points between 6th and 9th. 

 A great show last night in Dolphin, our thanks to the Off the Ball team and guests Gary Halpin, Mick Galwey and Johne Murphy.

Well worth a listen to (link below) and find out more about.

  • What Irish Hammer thrower met his wife in Dolphin
  • What was Mick Kiernan doing out until 2am
  • A mixed marriage
  • What Prop forward took the soup.
  • Which gentle Dolphin 2nd row pushed Gary out of the lineout.

And a point of clarification, Dolphin J2's scored 4 tries v Muskerry

(note play button in top line after podcast)

Former Dolphin President recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award for Voluntary Service

Former Dolphin (and UCC ) President's, Judge Olann Kelleher has become a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award for Voluntary Service  for his contribution to UCC RFC as a coach and manager.

He represented Munster at two sports, Rugby and Cricket. He was on the bench for Munster for the famous victory over the All Blacks in 1978. He was also involved in the 1992 victory over Australia.

Won a Munster Senior League medal with UCC and All Ireland Trophy in 1974. He coached and managed teams with UCC as well as serving on their Management Committee and was UCC Club President in 2015/6 and 2016/7.

Upon leaving UCC he joined Dolphin and was club captain in 1978/79 and later served as Club President, being Club President of 2 seperate Senior Clubs is indeed very unique.

Congratulations Olann on your award,UCC's Alumni Achievement Awards are among the highest honours that UCC can bestow on Alumni and recognise those who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen fields.

Looking forward to OFF THE BALL on Friday Night.
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Weekend Round Up 02.12.2018

First into action last weekend was the J2's, they had a very good away league victory by 18-14 over Bandon on Friday night. 

Both the U20.5's and the Seniors were in action at 2.30 on Saturday, due to the weather conditions the U20.5's game was moved to Mahon. Due to numerous injuries to key players and work commitments Dolphin lined out without substitutes. Dolphin had the better start and were soon 5-0 up against Bruff through a Scott Rochford try. Bruff settled into the game and also scored an unconverted try. After about 25 mins Dolphin had a triple blow, a yellow card, reduced to 13 as a player was forced off through injury and not replaced and thirdly, a 2nd Bruff try leaving the score 5-10 at the break.

With a numerical advantage and fresh legs Bruff were causing problems for Dolphin, however the Dolphin defence stood firm. They refused to give up and kept Bruff to one score in 30 mins, however another couple of tries in the final minutes gave Bruff a 29-5 win.

Back in Musgrave Park, it was 7th v 9th, and thats the way it finished 7th & 9th, the positions having reversed. For the 3rd home game in a row Dolphin scored 3 tries- from Alan O'Sullivan (above) Conor Flanagan and Rob Readon. The game was a close affair, just 3 points in it at halftime with Dolphin leading 13-10 before Blackrock College levelled the score. Dolphin made it 20-13 following Dary Foley's conversion (in addition to an earlier penalty). Blackrock College narrowed the gap to 20-16 with a further penalty but Dolphin held on for the victory.

Dolphin have two games left in the first half of the season, away next Saturday to 5th placed UL Bohemians before a home game on Sat 15th December v 4th placed Queens University  (pre match lunch with guest speaker Trevor Ringland)