Moylan is poised to succeed Galwey in Shannon

GEOFF Moylan has been appointed coach of Shannon RFC for the coming season.

He takes over from Mick Galwey at the end of the current campaign with Galwey expected to take on the role of director of rugby.

Both have shared the coaching job with the eight-time AIL winners since the beginning of the decade.

Mick Galwey stands down after four years at the helm while Moylan returns after a two-year spell with Buccaneers and a season with Highfield.

Pressure of business has influenced Mick Galwey's decision to relinquish the coaching job while Geoff Moylan is looking forward to the new challenge.

"I took over in 2001 after Conor McDermott stood down," said Geoff this morning, "and enjoyed my three years there before I a took a year's break from the game for business reasons. It was my own decision to move on from Highfield and I am looking forward to returning to familiar territory next season."

It is not yet clear if Donal Brennan, who moved from Shannon to Highfield with Geoff last season, will form part of the new coaching staff at Coonagh.

Another coach on the move this weekend is Bruff boss Eugene Murnane.

Bruff press officer David O'Keeffe confirmed this morning that Murnane, who was at Kilballyowen for the past three years and guided them to division two this season, will not be attached to the club for the 2008-09 campaign.

Bruff have appointed Garryowen back-row Peter Malone as player-coach for next season with Eoin Cahill coaching the backs.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader after last Saturday's defeat in the AIL division three final in Donnybrook, Eugene Murnane said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his three years with the County Limerick club: "Bruff RFC have a wonderful set-up and the work ethic of the squad is second to none. We went 15 games unbeaten in the league so obviously we are disappointed to lose this final. Full credit to Instonians who put it up to us, but this was a game that we wanted to win.

"We will be in division two next season, but I won't be with the club for that campaign," he added with a hint of regret.

Young Munster coach Mick Lynch will remain in charge when his side joins the top echelon in division one.

"I suppose if I had the option of promotion or winning the division two title I would opt for division one," he admitted after his side had played below par in their final against UCC.

"College played well and deserved to win and we are very disappointed, but it has been a long season and our players have been fantastic. Nobody likes to lose a final, but that is sport."

In the AIL finals in Donnybrook on Saturday, Young Munster lost 18-8 to UCC while Bruff went down 23-32 to Instonians.

It was also a disappointing weekend for UL Bohemian.

Their senior side lost to Old Belvedere in Dublin while their ladies side went down to Blackrock College in the AIL final in Nenagh.

It was level after extra time, but the Dublin girls took the trophy in a drop goal shoot-out.

The semi-finals of the AIL division one take place on next Saturday week with Shannon hosting Garryowen at Coonagh and Cork Constitution entertaining Clontarf.


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