It was a bit of a family affair at Donnybrook last night as the Bective Over-35s clinched the Fox Cup with three members of the Power family in the side and with three Mahon Brothers lining out for Wanderers.
At times it was nail-biting at Donnybrook last night as the Over-35s from Bective and Wanderers slugged it out for the Fox Cup.
The Powers of Bective and Mahons of Wanderers have been slugging out on the pitch since they could first pick up and run with a ball so there was a real family flavour in the stands.
On a crisp spring night, under the floodlights, the action ebbed and flowed from touchline to touchline and from try-line to try-line but neither side could gain the upper hand.
Bective, still nursing the wounds from last season’s final, were determined not to go home empty handed this time around and with three brothers in both sides there was a whiff of the Mafia grudge in the air.
Cheered on from the stands, ‘WeeWaw’ Power lead his side from the front with a vigorous and dynamic display to turn the clock back to his glory days in a Clongowes jersey and inspire his team.
Aided and abetted by two brothers ‘Gubby’ and ‘Nardo’, the Bective side, with former Austrian international Gary Purcell in the ranks, weathered the Wanderers storm early on.
The action continued at a hectic pace and both sides played some terrific free-flowing rugby but still neither side could break the duck until a penalty gave Bective a chance for Fox Cup glory.
Fergal Campion stepped up, lined up the ball and sent it flying through the Donnybrook night, sweetly between the posts.
The points were Bective’s and as the minutes ticked on it seemed clear they had one hand on the cup. The final whistle drew cheers from the faithful and the obligatory pitch invasion from family and friends.
Speaking after the game Bective captain ‘WeeWaw’ Power said: “This win is testament to the hard work the squad have put in over the season. We took time out after last year’s defeat to reflect on what was required.
“Our off-season training saw many of the squad playing in the Bud Light Tag men’s League and it was noticeable that our skill levels improved.
“From there we went into the start of the season with renewed confidence. Like every team we have had our setbacks but the spirit of these lads was immense.
“We enjoyed our rugby all season, particularly the post match ‘analysis’ in the clubhouse!”
The game was made extra special for him because so many of his family were on hand. He added: “Yeah, it was great, really great. To be honest I felt quite emotional leading the team out.
“Our dressing room is a special place to be and when you look around and see two of your brothers there as well…what can I say? It just makes it.”
Power also heaped praise on the team manager Joe Nolan, saying: “Joe has been a true inspiration for us this season. Joe will be club President next season and if ever there was a real clubman then it is Joe.”
The future of the Vets team in Bective looks bright.
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