Last week, Daryl, became just the 11th Dolphin player to reach 100 AIL appearance last week in Nenagh.
Daryl’s introduction to rugby was at Crosshaven RFC where he played until he went to CBC at eleven years of age. He went on to UCC where he was dual status in his first year, playing U20 & Senior with UCC and J1 with Crosshaven.
In 2010 he was on the UCC side that won the Frazer McMullen Trophy (All Ireland U21 winners), there was a big Dolphin connection in that side, half the pack, Gavin Duffy, Brian Quill, Brian O’Callaghan and Dave O’Callaghan went on to play for Dolphin. The Head Coach was Richie Kelleher who was full back on Dolphin’s first ever AIL team. Forwards coach was Irish Club International Rory McGrath (93 AIL appearances)
On leaving UCC, he decided to give French rugby a try. He joined Rugby Chartres Métropole a club located c 80 km from Paris. He was joined by another former Dolphin player Don Horgan. Daryl started every game for RCM that season in Fédérale 1 (D4) and were a retaken lineout away from promotion.
He returned to Ireland and joined Dolphin in 2014, he was approached again by RCM at the end of that season to return to France, having completed his Masters in BIS he decided to remain and concentrate on his career with Dell.
He has now played 100/124 games following his debut v UCD in Belfield on 27.09.2014 as a substitute, another debutant as a substitute that day was Kevin Allen.
The Senior Captain for 2018-19 season had scored 9 tries, 60 conversions and 40 penalties, a total of 285 points prior to Saturday.
He has the 3rd highest number of conversions in a season (for Dolphin) – he had 20 in the 2018-09 season. He was already exceeded this (by 2) this season in just eight games and has his sights on overtaking John O’Mahony (26) and Barry Keeshan (37)
Barry Keeshan scored 7 conversions in an All-Ireland Cup game, while Mick Kiernan, John O’Mahony & Daryl Foley (twice) have kicked six in AIL games.
He scored 50% more conversions in a single game (twice) than the club did in the entire 1994/95 season, in 10 games they scored 11 tries and converted four and stayed up.
On Saturday he scored a try, penalty and two conversions, after the game a number of presentations were made to him to recognise his achievement.