The Southern Alliance S.C. was formed one blustery October Bank holiday in 1997,at a Pure Genius S.C all-nighter in Athlone. Matt and Dave Murphy (A.K.A. Davy Rock, who was an original member of Boyzone until he got kicked out and is currently residing in Dubai don't ask why),would always travel to rallies together from Waterford. Somewhere along the way we would inevitably meet up with Hoppy, Tony and Barry from Clonmel -who would usually be fixing Hoppy's cutdown at the side of the road. Although Clonmel is the best part of an hours drive from Waterford, we would all end up generally all end up traveling the same drunken direction.
At this all-nighter in Athlone -over a pint or 7 the idea came to us to form our own club. "I don't want to call it something stupid like that Great Goo Ga Moo Ga bollocks" said Barry. "OK so we won't". Since Waterford and Clonmel are two towns in the south of the Country, "Southern Alliance" seemed quite apt. We all agreed and raised a toast to the new breed. Barry was so much on cloud 9(or something anyway)that he did a full monty in front of a packed and very amused venue, to the sounds of "Ah.ah,ah,ah staying alive,staying alive".At our first rally together in Athlone we won 3 trophies we swept the board the following year at the Drogheda rally, and have also picked up a few more trophies along the the way e.g Tom's "Best series 0ne" at Euro Lambretta at Millstreet in 1998.
The club isn't very big but it has commitment, and is always up for a good time, after all we are scooterists - what would you expect! Members travel to all Irish rallies to rallies in the north, to the Isle of Wight each year, The Tenby and Rhyl rallies in wales and to rallies in France and Holland("Hello the Richard and Ramona, Vulcans S.C - Holland, to Chris Parrish, Berkshire Lambretta s.c,to all in the Oxford roadrunners and the Celtic s.c and Paradise lost s.c in Wales. Over the last 2 years, new members have joined and now the club is a mixture of wrinklies and young bloods alike.
After holding our rally in The Royal Oak (just outside Waterford) for 4 years in a row, we decided a move further North was needed, so Knocklofty (just outside Clonmel) was chosen as the new venue. And what a venue it turned out to be! We held the 2003 rally there in conjunction with The South East Raiders for the first time and it proved to be a very successful rally, ie everyone got extremely drunk.
As August 2004 neared we contacted Knocklofty and were told that the venue wasn't available (for family reasons) this year, so a substitute venue had to found. Luckily enough, The Hidden Inn is only two miles down the road and was available for the weekend, and so it became the venue for the Southern Alliance and South East Raiders second joint rally, and on the Sunday night it was decided that it had been another great success (yep, we were drunk).
Preparations for August 2005 are now under way and hopefully we'll be back in Knocklofty.
The club has seen a couple of new faces join over the last few years and seems to be going from strength to strength with the rise in popularity of scooters recently. So with the promise of new interest in the scene, it should ensure that Irish August Bank holiday weekends will be spent at Southern Alliance rallies for years to come.