Big Rugby Action on Saturday

 Posted by on April 8, 2011  Add comments
Apr 082011

This coming Saturday, all eyes are on a titanic struggle for the ultimate accolade.

Amlin Challenge? Munster vs Brive?  Pshaw!

Heineken Cup?  Leinster vs Leicester?  Pfff!!

No.  Neither of those.  On Saturday, we see Bruff travelling to Templeville Road for the final of the  Bateman Cup against Dungannon.

The last time a Limerick team won the Bateman Cup was in 1928, when Young Munsters beat Lansdowne 6-3, and a scurrilous rumour is doing the rounds that they never gave the cup back.

When you ask Young Munsters supporters about this, their faces cloud over and they mutter unintelligible grunts.  In other words, they show no unusual behaviour.

I put it to a man of advanced years, who played for Young Munsters back in the late fifties.

Did your crowd steal the Bateman Cup?


Did your crowd steal the Bateman Cup?

What?  Speak up.


Mind your language you young pup.  And there’s no need to shout.


I sent an email to a regular commenter on this site who also happens to be a fervent YM true-believer.

Did Young Munsters give the cup back?

He replied:

My lips are sealed, well and truly, with the fat from a pigs hock.

Oh beautiful beautiful Munsters. Star of my own fade away.

You’re wasting your time.  One old campaigner claimed that UCD stole the cup just before World War 2 broke out, and that was the last anyone saw of it.

I don’t know.  It’s a wall of silence and obfuscation, but anyway, here we are again, with a Limerick team vying for the Bateman Cup.

Interestingly, the game is being played in the grounds of St Mary’s, a team who lost an epic encounter with the wild men of Young Munsters in 1993 for the AIL title.  Brent Pope played for St Mary’s and he broke Brossie’s jaw with a punch, but unfortunately for him, Young Munster had no shortage of extravagantly talented Brossies, and another one came on to replace his injured brother.  Ger Earls, father of Keith, played for Young Munsters that day before a record crowd of 20,000, and I was one of them.

Tomorrow, we hope to see Limerick reclaim the Bateman Cup after 83 years, so forget Munster vs Brive in the Amlin Challenge.   Forget the Grand National.  Forget Leinster vs Leicester.

Tomorrow is a day in history.



Bruff 24 Dungannon 18.

After 83 years, the Bateman Cup returns to Limerick, or, eh, stays in Limerick legally, or …

ah, never mind.






  10 Responses to “Big Rugby Action on Saturday”

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    So when Bruff win, they’ll be down to greenfields to get their cup is it!
    15 burly maniacs coming at ya, I think they’ll be handing it over.

    Best of luck to Bruff. All though they don’t need it I’m sure.

    I had a boyfriend once.. yes I did!.. who used to play for Young Munsters when they weren’t shite. He was on the senior team too, second row.
    He gave it up though soon after meeting me, cause he was a lazy bollix really.. but all the neighbours used say to me when he’d be sneaking in the window of my parents house.. “would you ever let that man go and play some rubgy”. I felt like Yoko Ono! It weren’t my fault…I used love the thick ears and everything.
    Maybe I had him worn out.. nah he was just a lazy bollix.

    So anyways, best of luck to Bruff.


    aboydakid bock – common bruff – best of luck.

    they beat us out the door…….. & twice, this season .

    and bock, come back down the yellow road – it’s not too late – put down the crubeen man,,,,


    did you know that munsters won the Batman cup in 1929. the same year Pres won the munster junior cup.


    And in 1930 the Spiderman Cup?


    Question. How is it that in county Limerick, Bruff managed to get a good rugby club going. You would have though county Limerick was pretty much all GAA, but I even remember 20 years ago playing under 10 blitzes out in Bruff, and they always had good underage teams back then……I don’t think there would be any other county rugby teams on the same level as Bruff, even though I know there are teams in NCW, Galbally etc….


    Great community support is the secret.


    True. More power to em!


    And now they’ve won the all-Ireland Senior Cup.


    Did some retired army officer give the club their grounds, which was a great start for the club. However I think it’s many years of hard work at underage level that has got the club to this stage.
    also when the IRFU allowed the promotion of clubs to senior level, clubs like Bruff could hold on to its best players.


    Congratulations Bruff. By the ay love the picture of a proper ball, not the plastic things they use nowadays.

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