Match reports Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th November

Waterpark travelled to play Old Christians knowing that a win would boost their chances of keeping their top four spot alive.
Park opened the scoring with a penalty by Outhalf Willie Walsh after seven minutes. 0-3 to Park.  From the restart Old Christians kicked for the corner and from the ensuing line out a driving maul took them over the Park line for Hooker, Hartnett, to get the touchdown. 5-3 to Christians. Park secured a penalty from the dropout and Walsh split the posts for the three points and put his side 5-6 ahead. On twenty seven minutes Park Flanker, Conor Horan, secured a turnover at the breakdown inside the Christians twentytwo and a few phases later Parks Paul Cotter crossed for Parks first try and with Walsh adding the extras it stood at 5-13 to Park. On the half hour mark a Christians player was banished to the Bin and Park opted to take a scrum and a lovely break by Number eight, Alex Deegan up the short side saw Horan in support to drive over for the try. 5-18 to the visitors. For the remainder of the half Park survived heavy pressure from the Cork outfit, but they stood firm to leave the halftime score at 5-18 to Park.
After the break Park were under the cosh again but this time they made the pressure count and within fifteen minutes had registered three tries through their centre, Clarke, the Number eight Purcell and Lock, Kiely and with Out half Laszio Rabatin successful with the three conversions they had taken the lead and opened up a gap of eight points at 26-18.
The restart from Park fell short of the ten metre line but fortunately for Park it was played by a Christians player who spilled the ball forward straight into Centre, Paddy Kiersey’s hands and an absolutely brilliant run saw him cross in the corner  for a wonderful try leaving several would be tacklers in his wake. 26-23. to Christians. On twenty six minutes, Park substitute, Colm Power, engineered a turnover ball on the Christians ten metre line and sprinted clear for the try which Walsh converted and Park back in front at 26 – 30 a lead they defended manfully until the shrill of the final whistle brought the curtain down on another magnificent display by this young side. It would be very hard to single out anyone player as man of the match, but suffice to say there were twenty three candidates. Link to pictures on Facebook
Next weekend there is a top of the table clash against Bandon in Ballinakill on Sunday at 2.30 pm. Mark it down in your diary……. You can’t beat LIVE RUGBY !!!!!.
Munster Women’s D2
Waterpark RFC 38 v 22 Bantry Bay RFC


A bonus point win for Waterpark RFC Women today in Ballinakill.

Waterpark started the brighter of the two but Bantry weren’t long about finding their feet.
In what was a very physical encounter , a player of the match performance from Jacinta McLawrence set the tone for
Waterparks defensive efforts as well as hard work at the breakdown. Parks back line got to show they’re skill and pace with some great link work and intelligent decisions from Sarah Carey & Chloe Beukes at 10 and 12, allowing Jade Shanahan, and our two wingers make good yards.  All round it was genuinely a complete team performance from Waterpark and they held firm when Bantry came back time and again.
Tries :
Alisha Flynn (3)
Jane “Missy” Rochford (2)
Lana Hogan Dowling (1)
Conversions: Chloe Beukes (4)Waterpark head to Cork in two weeks time to take on Dolphin RFC
Despite the strong breeze blowing straight down the pitch in Ballinakill on Saturday morning last, this was a very entertaining game between two very committed sides who were willing to throw the ball around throughout the hour resulting in a plethora of tries being scored.
Park got a rude awakening as within ten minutes Dungarvan had crossed try line twice for converted tries to lead 0 – 14. However within two minutes Park hit back when from a tap penalty twenty metres out, Full Back, Daragh Casey-Power, found his way through the visitors defence to cross for the home sides opening score. 5 – 14 to Dungarvan. On twenty minutes Dungarvan had stretched their lead to 5 – 21 with a converted try, but as before Park came back with another try from Casey-Power             when after some good rucking and mauling inside the visitors twentytwo, he picked up and drove over the line to leave the halftime score 10 – 21 in favour of Dungarvan.
With the wind at their backs after the break, Park started the second half with all guns blazing and within seven minutes had wiped out the visitors lead with tries from a tap penalty by Jack Power and a third try by Casey-Power, with Outhalf, James Comerford converting one, Park were ahead by 22 – 21 a lead they were never to relinquish as the game progressed.
On forty two minutes a brilliant run by Power into the heart of the Dungarvan defence, followed by an offload to Eoin Kelly who crossed for his sides fifth try and the conversion by Comerford put eight points between the sides at 29 – 21. On fifty minutes a converted try by the visitors left only a point between the sides at 29-28 but two further tries within five minutes by Park through Power and Comerford, both of which he converted left the final score at 43-28 to Park.
Congrats to both sides for serving up a great game of rugby and it will be interesting to see how some of the Park players develop over the years as there is an abundance of talent lurking within this side.
Clonmel came to Ballinakill on Sunday morning last to take on Waterpark in this Under 18 Munster Conference fixture and at the end of seventy pulsating minutes were on the wrong side of a 17 – 12 scoreline with victory going to the home side.
This was as tough a game of rugby as you can get with both sides going hammer and tongs straight from the off and it was the Co. Tipperary side that registered the first score with a well worked try in the corner after eight minutes. 0-5 to Clonmel. On fifteen minutes Park had wiped out this lead with a try by Number Eight, Mark Wallis after he crossed from a tap penalty ten metres out which Jack Coady converted.7-5 to Park. Clonmel had the bulk of possession during the first half which required the home side to defend their line with passion on a few occasions. However the visitors eventually found a gap just on halftime to get their second try which was also converted to put five points between the sides at 7-12.
After the break Park upped the ante and within five minutes Wallis had scored his second try which was converted by Jack Cody to put the home side ahead at 14-12. The only other score in the second half was a penalty by Jack Cody on twenty five minutes to leave the final score at 17-12 to Park. A very hard fought win which will go along way towards qualification for the playoffs.
This Under 16 local derby was over after the first twenty minutes during which the home side had racked up thirty three points without reply. After only five minutes Sam Jones scored Park’s first try which was converted by Kieran Hayes. This was followed five minutes later by a Ryan Stephens try and within two minutes Zane Dooley- Cullinane had added try number three with Hayes again splitting the posts. On fifteen minutes a lovely move off the back of a scrum saw Dean McGovern notching up Park’s fourth try and Hayes again adding the extras and on twenty minutes a Fred Moore try which was converted by Hayes left the score at 33-0 to Park.
At this juncture the rules of the competition state that the losing team must concede the game and so it came to pass. This also allowed the winning team to chop and change as many players as they require and Waterpark emptied their bench which comprised mostly of players on their Under 15 Panel ( Thirteen in all). This move had the required effect with the game now more evenly balanced and within five minutes City centre, Sean Mason had opened the scoring for  his side and the successful  conversion left the score at 33-7 to Park. Just on half time Park’s M.J.Murphy got his sides sixth try which was converted by Matthew Mullally and at the break the score stood at 40-7 to Park. Fifteen minutes into the second half a handling error by Park inside their twentytwo allowed City in under the posts for their second try and the conversion made it 40-14 to the home side.The final score of the game came on twenty five minutes when a Zane Dooley – Cullinane try was converted by Mullally to leave Park comprehensive winners at 47 – 14.
Park made the journey South to take on the mighty Cons and after a wonderful display emerged with the win which left the home side shell shocked at the final whistle. Bear in mind that this was a Cons side that hadn’t been beaten for over a year and it was a bitter pill to swallow. Well done to all the guys for a great effort.
Scorers: Enda Bloomer  (2 Tries), C.J. Johnson, Callum Redmond(Capt.) 1 Try each.
Julian Molloy  ( 1 Pen. + 1 Conversion)
This was a second fixture which was supposed to comprise of the remainder of the respective players of both panels and not contain any players who had played in the first game. Unfortunately it didn’t work like that and despite facing a much bigger opposition the Park guys got dug in and we’re only beaten by one score after a great display.
Scorers : Tom Maher and Edward Moore ( 1 try each).