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Lansdowne Legends 7s claimed the seniors 7s tag title on Monday night over the Blue Waves from St Mary’s RFC.  Played on the Thornfield pitches in UCD and captained and led by the irrepressible Paul ‘Clincher’ Clinch, Lansdowne looked dead and buried when the opposition went 5-2 up with a point for a try and 2 points for scoring in a small blue box. Bear in mind that Lansdowne had 2 over 50s in Clincher & Roo but two quick fire 2 pointers with about 7 minutes to go sealed the deal 5-6.

Post-match team consensus was Morgan Hickey Crowe, James’ son, might have to get man of the match with his two 2-point tries. Andy Tallon also had an excellent game and created 2 tries.  But defence wins games and have to acknowldge the team defensive effort that keep the Blue Waves (with Rody Corrigan, Mick and Mark Quinn) to 3 tries over the course of them whole 40 minutes!

For all those present, it was both heart-warming and an emotional jolt to welcome Philly ‘Flipper’ Caldwell down to see the game. Flipper’s journey back from injury has been well documented but to see the legend in person was a cause for celebration in itself.

Another legend was also present – the great James Crowe who played for Ireland v New Zealand in 1974.

Others who played during the season but were injured/away for the finals included Justin Comer, Basil Conroy, Ian “Beanser” Hopkins, David Madigan (on loan!), Andy McGeady, Garrett “Slugger” Molloy (the original one), Dave O’Leary (guest from Cork Con) and Greg Stafford.

Andy Geraghty paid his sub and then generously injured himself and missed the entire season!

If anyone born in 1987 or earlier would like to play next season, let Clincher know and you’d be welcome to join in.

Lansdowne Legends

  • Fiachra Banes
  • Paul Clinch
  • John Coleman
  • Donal Dunne
  • Macr Flood
  • Paul Harvey
  • Morgan Hickey-Crowe
  • Stephen Rooney
  • Simon Smyth
  • Will Stafford
  • Andy Tallon
  • Andrew Tracey
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