Mar 272018
 

Rhinos win!

The Rhinos open the 2018 IAFL 1 season with a 27-0 win over the Galway Warriors.

The Rhinos travelled ready to play but found the early going tough on offence.

Luckily the defence was holding it down with MVP LB Paul Richardson recovering a fumble to set up a score from Rhinos QB Ethan Foster. Paul Hosford added the extra.

Another fumble recovery in the second quarter, this time from Karl McGlynn, gave the Rhinos a platform to score again. This time, following hard running from Richardson, it was rookie Chris Hutchinson who got into the end zone.

In the second half, it was the defence who did the scoring. First, Richardson ran back an interception and Hosford added the PAT.

Then, Nico Marrimpoey intercepted a pitch to roll in for another 6. This time it was David Hosford who added the PAT to give the Rhinos the 27-0 win.

The Rhinos return to action on 8 April at home to the North Dublin Pirates.

As always, thanks to our sponsors Woolshed Baa & Grill and Health Services Staffs Credit Union Limited!

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Jul 072014
 

PLAYOFFS! Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs.

 

That is all that is on Rhino minds right now after a 7-0 victory over the Waterford Wolves secures a 5th place seed into the playoffs and a match up against the UL Vikings on July 20th. Three teams finished with a 3-5 record and battled for 2 wild card positions but the Rhinos held the head to head tie breaker over both those teams and come out on top of the pile.

Oisin Russell-Conway protecting the QB

Oisin Russell-Conway protecting the QB

This game was both a relegation battle and playoff contender for both teams. The win in favour of the Rhinos has cemented the Wolves in the relegation spot after they finish their inaugural SBC season 0-8. The Rhinos victory catapults them towards the playoffs.

Defense pitch a shut out

Defense pitch a shut out

Both teams fought tooth and nail for the victory on the day and both defenses put up performances to remember but it was QB Arun Mooney who broke the deadlock by calling his own number, taking the ball to the pylon and crossing the goal line from inside the 5 to put the home field Rhinos ahead. Paul Hosford dialled up the extra point to round the score to 7-0.

Paul Hosford adding the PAT to the games only score

Paul Hosford adding the PAT to the games only score

A season that started 0-4 was turned around by some hard fought battles and a regular season record of 3-5 is the reward for the Rhinos as they prepare for the third wild card appearance in club history. The Rhinos face the Vikings now on the 20th July at 2pm in the University of Limerick.

 

The Rhinos would like to extend their thanks to the Wolves and all the spectators on the day who took part in the Rhinos HB Ice Cream Sunday, a whopping €250 was raised in support of Down Syndrome Ireland on the day.

 

Jun 302014
 

Two wins in a row has been enough to change the tide of the Rhinos season. After an 0-4 start to the season, pulling the win/loss column back to 2-4 has opened up the prospect of playoff football for the Rhinos.

Playoff football runs right through Trinity, the only undefeated team left in the Shamrock Bowl conference. When the two sides met earlier in the season, Trinity were the victors with a comfortable 27-0 scoreline. Since then not only have they gone undefeated but they also ended a 2 year winning streak belonging to the Belfast Trojans making Trinity the team to beat.

There's no escaping from LB Paul Richardson

There’s no escaping from LB Paul Richardson

No mean feat. And it wasn’t going to be the Rhinos playing spoiler this weekend as Trinity visited the sunny green expanse of Castleknock College rearing to continue the form they have shown all year, and that they did.

A final score of 53-6 to the students says it all. They were able to score seemingly at will as the Rhinos defense struggled to contain the potent Trinity offense who attacked both on the ground and through the air.

Dan Breslin picking up yards

Dan Breslin picking up yards

Dan Breslin stepped in at QB for the injured Arun Mooney and was able to pick up a consolation score in the second half but the damage had been done and Trinity continued to score into the 4th quarter. The quest for the Shamrock Bowl in 2014 certainly involves a match up with Trinity if they continue to perform at this level.

LB Paul Richardson literally knocking guys off their feet

LB Paul Richardson literally knocking guys off their feet

At 2-5 the Rhinos hopes to join Trinity are not yet over. With two wildcard playoff spots on the line and holding the head to head over the two other teams with 3-5 records, the Rhinos can secure a wild card match up against Limerick with a victory over Waterford next week.

Jun 142014
 

A tale of two halves. More so than usual this time around.

The opening whistle sounded on the 13th of June but the final whistle wasn’t blown until the 13th of July.

Paul Minogue returning the second half kick off

Paul Minogue returning the second half kick off

The first half was played in Carrickfergus on a beautiful June summers day. The Rhinos travelled north fresh on the back of their first victory of the season and looked to continue that, opening the scoring on their first drive with a pass from Arun Mooney to Tom Fanning who had the strength to hold off 2 defenders as he found his way across the goal line from 30 yards out. And in typical Rhinos/Knights fashion the defenses kicked in, and hard too. Neither team would give up much on the ground or in the air and it was the Rhinos touchdown and two point conversion that separated the sides at half time, 8-0. As the first half came to an end, nobody expected the half time would last a full month.

Rhinos offense lining up

Rhinos offense lining up

An injury to one of the Knights players during the first half saw the ambulance in attendance transport the player to hospital. In circumstances like this the game is put on hold until the ambulance returned however in this instance the ambulance could not return. The bizarre situation became more bizarre when the second half was rescheduled to be played out at a neutral venue in the week between the final regular season games and the wild card playoff games.

And so the 13th of July saw both teams travel to Navan to play out the remainder of the game. Both teams were ready for a game and as if it had picked up from where it left off, the stalemate continued. Both teams defenses made big plays when it mattered. The Knights looked most likely to score until Adam Skelly intercepted a pass on the goal line, his first of two on the day.

Far from the sunny shores of Carrickfergus @ Navan RFC

Far from the sunny shores of Carrickfergus @ Navan RFC

With the Knights defense shutting down the Rhinos offense, it was squarely on the shoulders of the defense to keep the Rhinos 8-0 from the first half. And that they did with a stout performance rounded out with a second Adam Skelly interception inside 2 minutes of the fourth quarter allowing the Rhinos to take a knee to conclude the month long game.

Jun 022014
 

The first half of the season finished with zero wins in the Rhinos W column, something that would have to be remedied fast in the second half or the threat of relegation would be inching closer.

Tom Fanning strides down the field for a big gain

Tom Fanning strides down the field for a big gain

Facing off against the newly promoted Reapers in North Kildare was first up on the menu. A win would not be easy, the Kildare side had three wins already under their belt from the other two newly promoted sides and would be looking for another here to push for the playoffs.

Adam Skelly returns an INT while his D drop players

Adam Skelly returns an INT while his D drop players

The Rhinos started the game the stronger of the two sides. Arun Mooney connected with Tom Fanning and Paul Hosford on a number of occasions in the first half and was accruing big numbers through the air. One of said completions landed the Rhinos on the goal line and Mooney kept it himself crossing the line for the opening 6 points. Hosford completed the kick after the score to push the lead to 7-0.

Robert Pops led by Paul Richardson

Robert Pops led by Paul Richardson

The Reapers fought back however and in the third quarter put up a score of their own, their extra point attempt however was blocked and returned by Adam Skelly for 2 points in the Rhinos favour. The score was now 9-6 to the Rhinos. Both sides defense raised their game in the second half and neither would let in another touchdown, but that was not the end of the scoring.

Rhinos D applying pressure

Rhinos D applying pressure

The Reapers scored next and managed to tie the game at 9 points a piece. This led to an interesting if not nervy fourth quarter where the game could still go either way. With the clock inside 2 minutes and the Rhinos in possession of the ball, victory was in sight. With 21 seconds to go in the game Paul Hosford converted a field goal to give the visiting Rhinos a 12-9 lead which they would hold on to until the final whistle.

The game had no shortage of high flying tackles

The game had no shortage of high flying tackles

The first win of the season for the Rhinos who will now look to build on that performance when visiting the Carrickfergus Knights next.

May 122014
 

At 0-3 the prospect of playing the 3-0 Shamrock Bowl holders would be daunting to most. But not the Rhinos as a mixture of sunshine, rain and defense was the order of the day.

Rhinos Offense

Rhinos Offense

The first half was a very tight defensive battle. The Trojans were moving the ball but the Rhinos weren’t breaking. The first quarter finished scoreless and the second started the same way until the Trojans drove down to the goal line looking certain to score. A penalty, a tackle for a loss, an incomplete pass, a sack on third down and a blocked field goal on 4th down kept the champions off the board. The Rhinos defense were here to play.

Rhinos D notch a sack

Rhinos D notch a sack

The rain continued to pour down in Castleknock and the damper it got the more the ground game started to open up. The Trojans struck first and score before half time, the two point conversion was stuffed but they would lead 6-0 going into the half.

Rhinos D fighting hard

Rhinos D fighting hard

The Trojans got the ball to open the second half and ran the ball down the field capping the drive with a touchdown and successful point after, 13-0. The third and fourth quarter was played out on the Rhinos goal line with interceptions thrown from the offense and goal line stops made by the defense. The Trojans capped their scoring with an interception returned for a score for their third and final score of the game to make it 19-0.

Dan Breslin giving it everything

Dan Breslin giving it everything

Dan Breslin hauled in a 30 yard pass from Arun Mooney in the fourth quarter which turned out to be more of  a consolation than a comeback as the final whistle blew leaving the scoreline at 19-6. A spirited performance by the Rhinos kept heads held high despite sinking to 0-4 on the season.

May 052014
 

After starting the season 0-2, back to back home games against visiting northern teams Craigavon and Belfast is where the Rhinos needed to step up their game and grab a hold of  the season before it slipped too far away.

Rhinos Defense

Rhinos Defense

Unfortunately the story of the day was a Cowboy tale. The Cowboys made less mistakes in the opening half and managed to break a big run down the middle of the field to open the scoring in the second quarter. This was followed by a touchdown pass and an interception returned for a touchdown with a two point conversion leaving the visitors 20-0 going into the half.

Rhinos Offense

Rhinos Offense

The Rhinos opened the second half in idyllic fashion, driving down the field to open the second half scoring with a run from Robert Pops and a successful kick by Paul Hosford to bring the score the 20-7. The Rhinos spent much of the second half in Cowboys territory in large part thanks to catches and runs by Dan Breslin picking up large chunks throughout the second half. Unable to convert these opportunities into further points settled the game.

RB Robert Pops

RB Robert Pops

The Cowboys tacked on a 75 yard touchdown run in the middle of the final quarter to put the final nail in the coffin. The final score 26-7 drops the Rhinos to a record of 0-3. The Rhinos will be hosting Shamrock Bowl holders the Belfast Trojans next week.

Apr 142014
 

The 6th of April was the day the Rhinos had hoped would end with a 1-1 standing in the IAFL South Division, unfortunately a loss to Limericks Vikings was the result and the 0-2 Rhinos must now look ahead to the Cowboys for that first win of the season.

With a few late scratches to the Rhinos game day roster, a depleted squad departed Dublin to face the Vikings. It would not be unfair to say that fatigue in the second half of the game was a factor in the game slipping away from the Rhinos.

A touchdown pass from Arun Mooney to Paul Hosford opened the scoring after a scoreless first quarter, Hosford converted the kick for a 7-0 Rhinos advantage. It didn’t take long for the Vikings to respond and before half time they had pulled the score back to 7-6 after failing to convert the PAT.

The Rhinos opened the second half in the worst possible way, conceding a kick return for a touchdown which shifted any momentum built in the first half back to the Vikings. After a successful 2 point conversion the Vikings were ahead 15-7.

The rest of the third quarter played out with both teams punting the ball to each other after drives were stalled by the opposing defense. With just one score between the two sides it was the Vikings who would strike next and ultimately, last. A second rushing touchdown for Limerick was the final nail in the coffin and the 22-7 lead they had built proved insurmountable for the Rhinos with the clock not on their side.

It was a better offensive performance from the Rhinos, one from which they will look to build on before they take on the Craigavon Cowboys in the first home game of 2014 on the 4th of May in Castleknock.

Mar 242014
 

Losing is never easy. Starting your season with a loss is a tough pill to swallow after months of hard work and preparation by coaches and players. The Rhinos will be hoping the loss suffered yesterday will provide a springboard into winning ways.

Rhinos Offense open the game versus Trinity

Rhinos Offense open the game versus Trinity

Receiving the ball to start the game the Rhinos were forced to punt early giving the ball to the students. Trinity’s offense was slowed by the Rhinos defense but Trinity running back Rob McDowell created some running space for himself and was able to pick up small chunks of yardage which QB Dan Finnamore then took advantage off finding receivers with some well thrown passes. The result of a long drive was a touchdown and 6 points when the point after try was sent wide of the posts.

Rhinos Defense force an incompletion

Rhinos Defense force an incompletion

The Rhinos then gifted the students 2 more points shortly afterwards when a mix up resulted in the ball bouncing out the side of the end zone for a safety. With the Rhinos offense a much changed side from last year including many new faces on the starting 11 there were some teething issues that were ironed out as the game progressed.

Oisin Russell-Conway looking for running room

Oisin Russell-Conway looking for running room

The day continued much in the same fashion, the Rhinos offense stalled be it through pressure from the Trinity defense or through mistakes and penalties and were unable to put a score on the board. Trinity took advantage of good field position from turnovers and special teams and were able to add another three touchdowns before the final whistle turning 15-0 at the half into 28-0 at full time.

It’s a wake up call for the Rhinos. Performances like this will only result in a long disappointing season. With one weekend to prepare for the next game against the University of Limerick Vikings the clock is ticking.

Rhinos new away jerseys fail to bring luck in first outing

Rhinos unveil new away jerseys pregame

Aug 292013
 
Luke Ivers

Luke Ivers, Matthew Groves, Solomon Peter, Darragh McDonnell. Four Dublin Rhinos, four members of the Ireland U20’s starting defense who were victorious yesterday evening over Canadian team the Greendell Falcons.

Against all odds the young Irish team made up of players under the age of 21 from teams around the country stood together and put on show a performance to be remembered. A performance that will be remembered. For the first time ever an Irish team has defeated a team from North American, no small feat.

Matthew Groves applying pressure to Greendell QB

Matthew Groves applying pressure to Greendell QB

Leading 22-6 going into the half, the Irish team had to hold the Canadian’s off for just 2 quarters of football as the light was fading in Westmanstown. The second half went to the Canadians as they clawed back to within 2 points but ultimately the Irish defense held strong and a 22-20 victory was the result.

Darragh McDonnell (DE), Solomon Peter (DB), Matthew Groves (DB) and Luke Ivers (LB) put in impressive performances for the Rhinos contingent with highlights coming from Luke Ivers and Matthew Groves. Groves constant pressure forced the Greendell QB to turn the ball over numerous times – including an interception to our own Luke Ivers who returned the pick for an Irish touchdown.

Luke Ivers' interception TD

Luke Ivers’ interception TD

Congratulations to our Rhinos for showcasing their talent and proving that they are right up there with the best in the country in their age group.

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