Park slump to third consecutive defeat

Scott Hornibrook driving forward for Waterpark against Kilfeacle.

Scott Hornibrook driving forward for Waterpark against Kilfeacle.

Kilfeacle 35 Waterpark 17
Waterpark travelled to the Co. Tipperary venue on Sunday last to take on the local side and in a game played in very difficult conditions emerged on the wrong side of an 35 – 17 scoreline. With the breeze in their favour during the opening half, Park found themselves behind at the break by 20 – 10 through a try by Scott Hornibrook and the conversion and a penalty by Geoff Deegan.
In the second period Park upped the tempo and brought the deficit back to only three points through a penalty try which was converted again by Deegan to leave the score at 20 – 17 with twenty minutes remaining.
However some handling errors resulting from a lack of concentration, allowed the home side to punish these indiscretions and rack up another fifteen points and leave eighteen points between the sides at 35 – 17 at the final whistle.
Waterpark have now played four games, winning one and gaining a losing bonus point against Bandon for a total of five points. The club are now in the precarious position, propping up the League (on alphabetical order it must be said).
However such is the nature of this League that winning one or two games can have a very positive effect and can result in a sharp rise in a team’s position of five or six places, so all is not yet lost.
Waterpark’s next two games, the first against Clonakilty in Ballinakill on November 29th and then against Muskerry away on December 6th could define the season as both these sides lie just above Waterpark in the League and two wins could see the Waterford team leapfrog both into a more secure zone.

U16 Munster Conference League
Waterpark 50 Cashel 0
As the scoreline would suggest Park were under no pressure from the kick-off and were 36 points to the good at the break with tries by Brian Acheson (2), Ben Daly (2) Darragh Hartley and Josh Duggan with Daly successful with three conversions.
Further tries in the second half by Hartley and Daly, who also landed the two conversions completed Park’s total. This was a very satisfactory display and all the squad got a run out on the day. Next week they travel to play Dungarvan with an 11.00 am kick-off.

East Munster U14 League
Fethard 24 Waterpark 12
Even though they were beaten by double scores 24 – 12 in Fethard on Sunday last, Park have still qualified for their section semi-final which will take place next Sunday against either Clanwilliam or Nenagh. Unfortunately this game will be played at the opponents ground. Park’s total was made up of tries from Billy Doherty and Shane with Ely Cullen slotting one conversion.

U18 Munster Conference League
Again this week the U18’s were denied a game when their opponents of the day, Cobh Pirates, conceded the points on the grounds that they were unable to field a team. This has become an all too regular scenario in relation to this squad as they have only fulfilled two games from a possible six. Questions need to be asked.

Jack O’Donoghue.
Finally congratulations to Jack O’Donoghue who made his European Champions Cup debut for Munster in the 32-7 win over Treviso in Thomond Park last Saturday.

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