23 points to 13 at half time was hardly the way we wanted our seniors to begin their first competitive game last Friday evening in Nenagh. It was a little worrying to have witnessed a 25 minute period where the home side dominated possession, territory and at that stage looked as if they held most of the cards.
Shannon RFC have a continued belief in the prosperity of Irish rugby, and firmly believe that a vibrant club structure is an integral component in its continued success. To this end, they see the continuation of a full All Ireland league as the only way in which the future player base in the country can be maintained.
It’s a common known fact that Club rugby has suffered a lack of support in recent years amongst the wider rugby public, but in terms of sponsorship, Shannon can count themselves fortunate to have been backed very generously over the years. O2, and Shannon have become somewhat synonymous over the last number of years, with Irelands leading Communications Company adorning the famed black and blue jersey for almost 12 years.
Shannon can boast of a hugely successful underage structure with nearly 400 registered players from U/6 through to U/19, and over 50 willing and enthusiastic coaches. Since moving to the spacious Coonagh grounds, they have flourished and have developed an ethos of participation and encouragement.