The AIL started very late in 1999, on the 28th November to be exact. Dolphin hosted Bective Rangers at Musgrave Park and had a narrow 16-13 thanks to John O’Mahony. He scored all the points that day, but what was quite unique was that it contained a try, conversion, drop goal and not only one penalty but two.
On the 09/11/1991 Dolphin played their first game in the AIL and in the following 437 AIL & All Ireland Cup fixtures this was the only occasi0n that a player was accredited with all four types of score.
But is that correct, were the Round Robin play offs not a national competition and a part of the AIL. ?
Mick Kiernan could claim he was the first to score a try, conversion, penalty and then a drop goal in a national competition. In 1991, having drawn with Dungannon in the opening game of the Round Robin series, Dolphin played Galwegians. Dolphin were 9-10 behind, Mick having scored a try, conversion and a penalty and two minutes into injury time Eric Elwood put a 25m drop out directly into touch. Kiernan stood back from the scrum, called for it and nailed the drop goal and Dolphin were promoted to the AIL.
So who got the first grand slam of scores ?, one thing is without question, Mick Kiernan got the more important one.