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 Welcome to Bandon Rugby Club, One of Irelands oldest affiliated teams to the IRFU.

Bandon Rugby Football Club was established in 1882. The Rugby Club facilities, which comprise a Pavilion and 3 full size pitches is located a mile on the Clonakilty side of Bandon Town at Oldchapel. Oldchapel has been the Club's base since 1982, when in the centenary year of the Club the dream of many members came to fruition when the then president of the I.R.F.U
Gerald Reidy officially opened the Pavilion and Grounds. Bandon R.F.C is a Junior Club and today enjoys a large membership with Junior 1, 2, 3 Teams being fielded by the Club.



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9th July  - the numbers drawn were 1, 14 and 28. The jackpot of €3,900 was not won. The following won €25 each: Noel O’Connell, Dunmanway; Mark O’Sullivan Innishannon; Seanie Canniffe, De Barra’s Bar; Karen O’Mahony, Enniskeane; Raymond O’Mahony, Emmet Row and Jim Good, Kinsale. Next week’s jackpot is €4,000. See full details here  Next draw will be on next Wednesday with a jackpot of €4,000. For your chance to win €4,000 buy a ticket in a shop or pub around Bandon.

Match Reports
Munster Junior Challenge Clubs Shield Bandon 22 St Senans 31. Bandon: Kevin Lucey; Gearoid Crowley; Christian Mulcahy; Michael Beechor; Gearoid O’Leary; Jack Murphy; Richard Walsh; Aidan Slattery; Mike Murphy; Tim Crowley (c); Enda Phelan; JP Lucey; Nicky Walsh; Tom Ferguson; Conor Barry. Subs.  Ross  Bateman; Scott Kingston; Des Prendergast; Darragh Coffey; Cathal Crowley.   Bandon who narrowly missed out on promotion to Division 1 this season met Division 2 Champions St. Senan’s (Co. Clare) in Charleville last Sunday.  Playing into a very strong breeze in the first half Bandon opened the scoring when from a lineout the ball was spun across the line to Christian Mulcahy at outside centre and fullback Kevin Lucey took a great line off his shoulder and then proceeded to draw the cover to put Gearoid Crowley in for a try.  The conversion was missed.  Senan’s narrowed the deficit with a penalty and then scored their opening try of the game through their forwards after several quick rucks.  The try was converted for a 10-05 lead.  Richard Walsh kicked a penalty for Bandon who at this stage were coping admirably with the Senan’s pack who had some massive forwards.  It looked like Bandon were going to only go in two points down at the break after seemingly withstanding another series of drives from the Clare side’s pack only for their winger to take a pop ball off the side of a ruck.  The conversion made it 17-08 at half time.   Playing with the wind in the second half Bandon should have probably had more territory in the early stages.  An indication of Senan’s concern at this stage was exemplified when they turned down a kickable penalty in the Bandon ’22 to try and go for five points in order to kill the game off. What followed was a five minute siege on the Bandon line that was repelled time and again by superbly organised and committed defence.  Critically however when Bandon  eventually got their hands on the ball again they didn’t manage to clear their lines sufficiently and another sustained period of Senan’s pressure followed and this time clever running by the Senan’s backs saw them break the Bandon rearguard.  The conversion now made it 24-08.  Bandon to their credit never gave up and a Tom Ferguson try followed by a conversion by Walsh gave them a lifeline.  Trying to chase the game with only a matter of minutes remaining an attempt to run from their own line was intercepted and Senan’s touched down for their fourth try.  Gearoid Crowley hit back with Bandon’s third try shortly after to once again reduce the gap to nine points and with time almost up a Kevin Lucey break could just as easily have led to another.  However it was too little too late as Senan’s ran out deserving winners in the end.  Despite the defeat this was a very encouraging display from a young Bandon side and they can be proud of an excellent season where they played twenty one games, winning sixteen, drawing one with only four defeats and also capturing the O’Neill Cup in the process.  
Kelly Cup Final Bandon 25- Cobh 00.   Bandon: Olann Crowley; Marius Cornelius; Robert O’Sullivan; Andrew Willis; Pat O’Donnell; David Aherne; Jerry Crowley; Ross Bateman; Scott Kingston; Mark Phelan; Des Prendergast; Colum Hurley; James Neville (c); Pat Prendergast; Dermot Robinson. Subs; Cian Buttimer; Giles Murphy; Richie Powell; Liam Dempsey; Eoin Verling.   Fermoy was the venue for this year’s Kelly Cup final between Cobh and Bandon.  On a superb playing surface Bandon played with the breeze at their backs in the first half.  Despite this advantage a lot of the game was played in and around the middle of the field in the early stages.  Bandon eventually began to gain some territory principally through the boot of Olann Crowley.  The opening score came via a clean ball in the middle of the lineout from Colum Hurley.  The ball found its way to Pat O’Donnell coming in off his wing.  After making good ground he linked with James Neville and from the ensuing ruck the ball again was fed out to the right hand side to Robert O’Sullivan who showed a clear pair of heels to beat the cover in the corner.  A second try followed when again from clean ball in the middle of the lineout a maul was formed a and from ten metres the pack drove over the line with Des Prendergast being awarded the try.  Bandon’s third try came about when another maul was stopped short of the Cobh line and when it was moved along the backline O’Sullivan again used his pace to get over in the opposite side of the pitch this time.  None of the tries were converted but an Olann Crowley penalty in the 38th minutes gave Bandon an 18-00 half time lead.    In the second half Bandon defended for long periods without ever really looking in danger of conceding a try.  Only one more score was to follow and that came in the seventy third minute when after a couple of quickly recycled rucks the ball was spun wide where Jerry Crowley hit the line at pace before putting Pat O’Donnell over in the left corner.  Olann Crowley added the difficult conversion to cap off a convincing win.  This was Bandon’s first Kelly Cup since 2003 and after already securing the South Munster League title last month now go in search of a treble this Saturday in the Munster J2 League Final where they take on North Munster Champions Thomond at Anacotty, Limerick.  Kick off 2:30.  J2 Munster League Final Bandon 20 Thomond 07 Bandon: Olann Crowley; Jerry Crowley; Kevin Lucey; Andrew Willis; Pat O’Donnell; David Aherne; Richie Powell; Ross Bateman; Scott Kingston; Mark Phelan; Des Prendergast; Colum Hurley; James Neville (c); Pat Prendergast; Dermot Robinson. Subs; John Lynch; Tim O’Mahony; Giles Murphy; Cian Buttimer; Eoin Verling.  Bandon captured their second trophy within a four day period by winning the Munster J2 league in Anacotty, Limerick last Saturday where they defeated North Munster champions Thomond in a game played in atrocious conditions.  There was driving rain throughout and a gale that blew straight down the field.  Bandon played into the elements in the first half with their pack carrying very effectively and holding onto possession thus denying Thomond too many opportunities to take advantage of the wind.  It was the Limerick men who struck first however when a cross field kick bounced fortuitously into the arms of their full back who raced in for a try.  The conversion was added for a 07-00 lead.  The restart bounced into touch for a Thomond lineout and from this Bandon regained possession and forced a penalty.  The ball was kicked within ten metres of the Thomond line and the resulting lineout saw a tight maul formed which looked like it was going to result in a try before being collapsed illegally.  Mark Phelan took on the tap penalty and bulldozed his way over from five metres out.  The conversion was off target and despite being on the back foot for most of the remainder of the half no further scores were conceded and it remained 07-05 to Thomond at the break.    Bandon’s second try showed great skill when from clean ruck ball the ball found its way to Pat O’Donnell who sent out a long pass to Jerry Crowley.  Crowley used his power and pace to get outside his marker before putting Olann Crowley away and the fullback ran in from twenty metres to touch down in the right hand corner.  He then slotted a superb touchline conversion to give his side a five point lead.  From the restart Thomond managed to regain possession and gradually made their way towards the Bandon line in a near five minute spell that took in twenty nine phases of possession before Bandon eventually forced a penalty at the thirtieth ruck.  This was a huge moment in the game and was followed up minutes later with Bandon being awarded a forty five metre penalty after a Thomond player was yellow carded for foul play.  Crowley calmly slotted the kick to give his side a crucial two score advantage.  Thomond were still dangerous on occasion but were now trying to force the game and when they dropped the ball in their own ’22 Kevin Lucey hacked on the loose ball and beat the cover to score a try.  The conversion was missed but with only ten minutes left it was simply a matter of Bandon playing out the clock to ensure victory which they managed to do to secure this title for the first time in twelve years.   This victory completed a unique hat-trick of trophies having already secured the South Munster League and Kelly Cup and capped off a superb season for the side.
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To become a member and for all for all membership applications click here.
For members tickets for any Heineken Cup or International Matches contact Ger O Flynn on 086 2338431 or full members click here


Our All-Weather pitch is now available for hire Contact Tom Davis on 086 1250989. The Bar and Hall are also available to rent for details contact the social officer Damien Healy on 086-8383527.

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