Malahide RFC News

Weekend Round-Up 9th - 15th October 2017

: U13's
U13’s has a very successful practice match against Bective at home
3 x 20 min sessions
Great attacking play, brilliant counter ticking and powerful defense led to a 40 to 5 win

: U12's
U12’s continued with their preparation in advance of their metro match with Greystones next Sunday. We concentrated on defensive alignment and ruck positioning.

: U11's
The U11 squad got their home competitive season underway with the arrival of DLSP RFC to Estuary Road. Arriving bright & early at 9:30 am, we immediately set about an intense warm-up led by Coach Ger in preparation to get stuck in from the first ball. It seemed to work as each of our three teams tore into the opposition from the off. This was the second test of our consistent squad system. Coupled with our back-to-basics training regime, which places a huge focus on tackle, ruck & fitness, the coaches are very encouraged to see how our play is evolving. Aggressive rucking yielded numerous platforms from which wave after wave of attack was launched at a soon tiring opposition. In the end, we were pleased to achieve the balance of the spoils against a well drilled DLSP squad, with most of the games that went against us only doing so by single scores. Uncontested scrums neutered us somewhat but regardless of the results, the manner in which we played was a delight to watch with teamwork rather than a reliance on individual performances coupled with peerless rucking giving us an edge. Next week we take on Coolmine at home.

: U 10's
The U10s hosted Suttonians for a friendly match on Sunday morning at the Seabury pitch. Three teams from our closest neighbours made the trip and provided a stern challenge for the lads. As always there was a lot of impressive rugby played, on both sides. We are starting to introduce some defined positions to the teams beginning with designated scrum halves which seems to help the players know the role they should play at rucks. One area where the coaches thought we needed improvement was in the tackle, so it is something we will be concentrating on over the next while to make sure all players are comfortable making their tackles.
It was good to see that even after some pretty tiring matches the players were able to show an impressive pace running back to the clubhouse for the after match refreshments.
Next up is Terenure at home on Sunday. This will be our first Metro League match.

: U9's
U9s prepared for their home matches with Suttonians next Sunday.
They tried 3 man scrums for the first time which was great fun. We also concentrated on passing, running lines, defense, and the ruck.

: U8's
The under 8s continued preparation for their first game in Navan next week. We worked on our passing, break down and played a few full contact games. The guys are very excited to play and looking to seeing how our preparation has worked.

: U7's
U7's also continued their preparations for their first blitz this Sunday.
The players worked on staying onside and straight running lines.
Everyone is looking forward to the visit of Coolmine and St. Brigid's on Sunday!

Weekend Round-Up 2nd - 8th October 2017

:1st Team
Malahide made the relatively short trip to take on Seapoint on Saturday for their fourth Ulster Bank All Ireland league game of the season. With two wins out of three, confidence was high and the visitors were hopeful of a positive outcome. However, Seapoint with the wind at their backs opened with an intent that showed they had different ideas. An early Seapoint penalty was swiftly followed by the game’s opening try and a further penalty put the home side into a 13-0 lead after 15 minutes. Seapoint continued to use the elements well as they piled the pressure on their visitors. Another converted try after 20 minutes brought the score to 20-0 before Malahide finally woke up, a swift Hugo Nolan break brought play to just short of the Seapoint line but as Malahide tried to force their way over indiscipline cost them when a penalty five metres out was reversed for foul play and Seapoint could relieve the pressure. As Seapoint made their way back into Malahide territory another spell of quick phases saw them create space wide on the right for their 3rd try and a 25 point lead. Again Malahide responded and another spell of phases close to the Seapoint line was ended with a penalty under the posts, with time running out on the half Malahide opted to take the three points from the boot of Shane O’Brien. Malahide turned for the second half with a strong breeze behind them and knew the deficit was not insurmountable. Malahide dominated territory and possession for much of the second half but a resolute Seapoint defence kept them at bay until the 75th minute when Marcus McAllister drifted outside his man to score in the corner. Malahide desperately tried to get a further score which would put them back in the game. Unfortunately, that score didn’t arrive until the last play of the game when Colin Corkery forced his way over. Corkery’s own conversion saw the visitors fall just short of even the consolation of a losing bonus point falling to a 25-15 defeat. The league enters a two-week break and Malahide will need to take the time to sharpen their instincts ahead of the visit of Bangor on October 28.

: 2nds
Rathdrum v Malahide, Metro Division 4 League. Date: 8th October 2017. Result: 14 - 0
In perfect conditions, Malahide was, unfortunately, unable to pull off the perfect result in Rathdrum. Malahide started the game well. With Colin Corkery pulling the strings at 10 Malahide made some early breaks with strong running Padraic O’Hara, Dan Hayes, and Cillian Walsh. A break from Corkery and offload to David Feenan had him under the posts but was called back dubiously for a forward pass. It proved to be one of many dubious decisions that didn’t go in the Northsider’s favour. After this Rathdrum's experienced number 10 began imposing himself on the game with a good kicking performance out of hand and Rathdrum went over for the first try of the game. The 1st half got away from Malahide through small mistakes and a yellow card to Dan Hayes. Malahide started the second half strongly again and continued to have sustained periods of possession and territory however just failed to convert chances. Malahide received another yellow card this time to Darragh Reilly and when a lineout was lost and Rathdrum scrambled over for a second try of the game (again by questionable means) and Malahide received a third yellow card, this time to Mark Bolger, MRFC were struggling. Malahide did try everything down to 13 men, introducing veteran Eamonn Gleeson to gain control, and again camped on the Rathdrum line with Jack Lawless and David Morrin going close but were undone by mistakes or a referee’s decision. The questionable decisions were too much for a lot of Malahide players who lost control and discipline at crucial stages culminating in a 4th yellow card and the game was lost. It wasn’t all doom and gloom with some good performances and a good debut by Tim Courtney, however, it has to be looked at as one that got away, but a definite learning curve for the team in terms of dealing with situations and decisions not going your way. Onwards and upwards for the lads.
Team: 1. Darragh Reilly 2. Cillian Walsh 3. Michael Tyrell 4. Mark Bolger 5. Eugene Mullen 6.William Corrigan 7. David Feenan 8. Padraic O’Hara (capt) 9. Eric Ryan 10.Colin Corkery 11. Jack Lawless 12. David Morrin 13. Richie Forbes 14. Michael Guerrini 15. Dan Hayes
16. Eamonn Gleeson 17. Tim Courtney 18. Darren Morrin 19. Brían Geraghty.

: 3rd's
The Thirsty Thirds kept their winning start to the season going with a comprehensive 81-5 victory over local rivals Coolmine. The lads scored 13 tries on the day with Shane Breen picking up 5. Their next game is in two weeks away to BGF Ravens in Mount Temple.

: U17's
Leinster under 17 School/Youth league. Malahide RFC 31- DLSP 17
Malahide Under 17s got there season off to a great start following their impressive 2 friendly wins against Wanderers and Terenure, they had their first league match of the season and making it
3 out of 3 wins with a comprehensive win against DLSP at home Sunday last. The lads had a good start with a well-worked backs move which was finished off by Tom Hogan who sprinted past
the opposition. A kick through by scrum-half Harry Nolan was gathered by David Morgan Gabriel who raced in for his first try which was converted by captain Alec Dawson. A further try was scored by flying winger Gabriel before halftime, further tries by Shane Casey and Joey Boland sealed the victory.
Every player got a run what a perfect day was ruined by a bad ankle injury to
In the forward Pack leader, Timmy O’Connor was prominent along with Cormac Buckley who made successful carries into the opposition half they were well supported in the pack by Dylan Venner, Shane Casey, Dave Morgan and Luke Berkeley. While Simon Murphy, Gabriel, and Joey Boland were prominent in the back line.
Every player got a run what a perfect day was ruined by a bad ankle injury to Peter ----, we wish him a speedy recovery and hope to have him back soon.
Next Sunday a big test away to league favourites Landsdowne.

: U 14's
Under 14s had their first official game this Sunday against St Mary's on Estuary road. Won 25 - 7.

: U13's
U13’s supported the U14’s with some players and the rest just trained.

: U12's
U12’s just trained this weekend.

: U10's
U10 trained, getting ready to take on Sutton this weekend

: U9's
The U9s played their first blitz of the season against Clontarf and Suttonians at Estuary Road. There were some brilliant skills on show as the kids demonstrated their abilities. Next match is against Suttonians at home on the 22nd of October.

Weekend Round-Up 18th -24th September 2017

:1st Team
Malahide made the long trip to Sligo on Saturday for their first Ulster Bank League away fixture. The home side started better into the wind and had the Malahide set piece under pressure from the early stages. The sheer weight of that pressure finally told and Sligo grabbed two early tries and give them a 14-0 advantage inside fifteen minutes. Malahide finally started to get some parity in the set piece and this allowed them to bring their backs into play with both Rory Kavanagh and Hugo Nolan crossing for tries, both converted by Conal Keane to leave the sides level at 14-14 on the half hour mark. However a Sligo try just before the break saw the home side get to halftime with a 19-14 lead. The opening second half encounters were even enough but Sligo made use of the wind at their backs and slowly pinned Malahide back in their own half. Sligo’s territorial dominance told when another sequence of short drives on the Malahide line saw them cross for the try. This was quickly followed with a well worked wide attack that saw them move into a 33-14 lead and the game was up for Malahide. A late penalty saw the final score finish at 36-14 to the home side. The set piece inconsistencies and a lack of ability to retain possession will definitely need to be ironed out before the of Tullamore to Estuary Road next Saturday at 2.30.

: U12's
An early start on Saturday morning wasn’t enough to phase the loyal coaches and parents facing a 3-hour drive to Sligo RFC to support Firsts v Sligo and for the u12s to claim a narrow 8-7 victory in the pre AIL encounter. 16 players made the trip including some of our new recruits to Rugby this season.
The early start back to training in August paid off with when the team got the ball out wide to the wingers and we ran in 2 great team effort scores early after kick-off, conditions were very windy and the ball moved fast along the astroturf. The forwards adapted to the conditions and kept the ball tight in a series of forwarding moving rucks but Sligo kept their heads and came back at us to lead at halftime. The second half did not disappoint, the coaches threat of “no more early morning lattes” en route to a match appeared to focus the minds of our young players. Our wingers were provided with some good fast passes and made great ground to enable another brace of tries. We saw some solid on the line defence with a number of try-saving tackles coming in from both forwards and backs. A late ruck created the perfect platform for the match-winning try 3 minutes from time.
A great platform for us to return to the clubhouse to be served up hot dogs by our very welcoming hosts before going out to the main pitch to support the Firsts v Sligo. The lads gave great support to the Firsts but it was not to be a double on this occasion. We extended an invitation for Sligo to come play us in Malahide and made our way to SuperMacs in Carrick On-Shannon en route home. Not only did the team come home victorious but now carry the prestigious award of dining in every county between Dublin and Sligo en-route! A great day was had by coaches, parents and the most importantly the kids, who again held the honour and respect of Malahide RFC both on and off the pitch.
(Thank you Sligo RFC for your generous hospitality, we hope to return the favour later in the season.)

: U11's
The U11 players and coaches continue to train towards our first match against Greystones in two weeks time. Our key areas of work are 1. Fitness; 2. The basics: tackling, ball placement & protection, passing; 3. Playing as a team: game based play with lots of passing! While we are also very much enjoying the addition of kicking to our game this year, this has brought the added challenge of learning when to kick and when not to.

: U10's
The U10s blew away the early season cobwebs with their first match against Coolmine at home. Four teams from each club overcame to all roadblocks (literally) to turn out and play. The games were close with most ending in a draw or a one score difference. Both sides played good open rugby and in the right spirit. There is plenty to work on for the next training session on Sunday but the boys gave a good account of themselves. After the team photos, the nice weather meant the teams could enjoy the post-match refreshments on the verandah and relive their moments of glory from the games! Thanks to Coolmine for making the journey over and we look forward to the return game during the season.

Weekend Round Up (11th -17th September 2017)

Malahide RFC 1st Team:

It was a historic occasion on Friday night as Malahide hosted Bective Rangers in their first ever Ulster Bank All Ireland League game in front of a healthy crowd. Having gained promotion from the Leinster Leagues last season this was their first outing with the big boys. In the tense opening encounters, both sides probed each other without really landing a punch. As the half wore on Malahide finally managed to establish some dominance and worked their way down the left touchline. On 20 minutes a wonderful lineout take from Dave Nolan 5 meters out allowed the pack to establish a strong maul and hooker Damian Butler was able to force his way over for the opening score. Conal Keane’s conversion saw Malahide to a 7-0 lead. The score seemed to settle the home side and a sustained spell of pressure gave Keane the opportunity to land two penalty attempts and stretch the lead to 13-0. Then on 32 minutes Marcus McAllister intercepted a stray Bective pass deep in his own half and sprinted the length of the pitch to move the home team further ahead, Keane’s conversion brought the score to 20-0. Malahide was soon back on the front foot and when Damian Butler pounced on a loose ball in the Bective 22 the path to the posts just seemed to open up for his second try and the home side moved into a 27-0 lead. Malahide found time for the bonus point try just before the break when a loose Bective clearance gave Daragh Sweeney the opportunity to show his pace and cross under the posts. Keane again added the extras to leave the halftime score at 34-0.
After such an action-packed finish to the first period the opening encounters of the second half were slightly calmer however 15 minutes in Malahide were back at it when after a Mike Ross carry a sweeping backline move saw replacement winger Gary Robb cross for the try of the evening with Keane’s conversion now moving the score to 41-0. Bective to their credit kept on probing and they got their reward with a well worked try just after the hour mark to leave the score at 41-7. As the game moved into its closing stages Bective were again the architects of their own downfall when another intercepted pass was picked off by centre Rory Kavanagh for a further converted try As Bective tried to force issues from deep in their own half Malahide found time for one more try before the full-time whistle when a Bective turnover was punished with Kavanagh finding Gary Robb wide on the left wing for his second try and leaving the closing score at 55-7. In such a high scoring game it would seem unusual to say it but Malahide will probably credit their hard-working defensive efforts as the key to this victory.


The U12's had a full complement for their training on Sunday with a particular focus on rucking and tackling. The focus initially was skills-based drills then moving onto game-related drills. The U12's are looking forward to their trip to Sligo next Saturday to play their counterparts in advance of the Senior team taking on Sligo in the AIL.


This weekend u10 focused on passing and evasion drills. As always we added some competition to the drills which keeps the kids interested. All drills are game related drills ensuing the kids can use these skills within the games.
We have our first friendly game at home to Coolmine this weekend. We are all looking forward to a Competitive game with our Coolmine friends.


The U8's trained on Sunday mornings at 10.30 after a restful summer break. We split up into 3 grids passing, tackling and evasion, we do 4 game based drills in these grids. Tackling is especially a big challenge this year and we are enjoying a learning new skills and look forward to trying them out when we play opposition in Early October and at least one game every month following. Colm Sweeney was our player of the week this week.

Mike Ross Makes His debut in Black and Amber of Malahide.

This Friday sees Leinster and Ireland Legend Mike Ross make his debut in the Black and Amber of Malahide. Come down to cheer on Mike and the lads with a 7.30 kick off as they take on Bective in our first ever game of Ulster Bank Rugby AIL Rugby. 

Malahide RFC v Bective Rangers FC

15th September 2017

KO 19:30

Estuary Rd, Malahide 

Come support your local rugby club. 

#Malahide #MRFC 

Up Coming Fixtures

Malahide RFC 1st

Malahide RFC v Tullamore RFC
30th Sep KO 14:30


Malahide 2nd Team

Malahide RFC v Bective Rangers RFC
29th Sep KO 20:00

Metro League Div4

Malahide 3rd Team

Malahide RFC Vs TBC

Leinster Metro Div10

Malahide U20’s

Malahide RFC v TBC

Malahide Vets

Malahide RFC v TBC