Coolmine recently hosted the inaugural competition for the Miko Killarney Memorial Trophy which involved sides at Under-18 and 19 levels, under floodlights, with the aggregate scores of both games to determine the result…

Monivea Under-19’s have had a very successful season and will shortly compete in the Connacht League final. This team has been highly successful at youth level for a number of years.

Coolmine Under-19’s welcomed back their Schools players after their Senior Cup campaigns and had 29 players competing on the nightIn a highly competitive game, Coolmine were eventual winners 12–9 thanks to two first half tries from Conor Tolan.

Both packs were strong and highly competitive possessing good line outs and scrums with Coolmine having the slight edge at the break down area. Both sets of backs displayed strong running but as the score line suggest, defences were on top.

In the under 18’s, Coolmine were victorious 22–6, again a very competitive game with strong skills being displayed by both sets of forwards in scrums and line outs. Coolmine’s stronger back line made the difference running in some good tries. At the after match dinner, Tony Killarney presented the Miko Killarney Memorial Trophy to Conor Duffy, Captain Coolmine Under-19’s (Ireland Under-19 Schools International). All four teams had a very enjoyable social evening as plans for a return trip to Monivea were being finalised by the respective “alickadoos” from both Clubs.

A special thank you to Tony Killarney of Killarney Telecom for his very generous sponsorship of the event. Indeed, it was Tony’s idea to hold the competition and both Clubs look forward to its continued success in years to come. Coolmine RFC were also delighted to welcome Tony’s brothers and sister to the games and subsequent festivities, particularly the presentation of the trophy in memory of their late brother Miko.

Coolmine RFC are highly appreciative of this sponsorship from Tony Killarney and indeed his ongoing support and sponsorship down the years. It was Tony’s Company who erected the floodlights on both pitches and it was great to see him there for the first joint youths games played concurrently under lights.