A good start for Gerry King’s side when they won their first game of their league. A try by Noel Walsh and four penalties and a conversion by Alan King was enough see off NUIG in a lively game at the Monastery Field. Gerry hopes to build on this and there is a rumour that he is coming out of retirement again. Watch this space!
We travelled to Cork to take on Sundays Well in the first game of the AIB AIL league. We were without Benny Bester and Mark Foyle who are out injured and if we had either we might have a different result. Having said that the seventeen players used gave it all and were unlucky not to at least get a bonus point. The home side couldn’t have got a better start when their out half chipped over our backline and the ball bounced nicely for him and he made thirty meters before setting up a ruck outside our 22, a quick ball to the wing and a try after two minutes. Three minutes later John O’Brien followed his own kick and put enough pressure on the full back to fumble the ball, we won a penalty and Paddy O’Toole saw his attempt come back of the upright. The Well took control for the next fifteen minutes and had scrums and lineouts close to our line. Our lineouts were not too good at this stage but the lads done very well to keep the line intact. We improved for the next ten minutes and worked the touch line well and brought play into their 22. The home defence held firm and cleared their lines. We gave away two penalties before half time one was converted to make it 8-nil. Just as we were going into injury time we had a five meter lineout but crooked throw in gave away the advantage. As the half time whistle went John O’Brien was down injured and had to leave the field with a rib injury. He was replaced by Martin O’Malley and David Keogh went to full back.
We started the second half much better and within minutes we were over their line and although Gerard Burke was over, the referee couldn’t see the ball had been grounded and gave us a five meter scrum. Again we attacked the line but this time we knocked on and the home side cleared. Three minutes later Paddy O’Toole blocked down an attempted clearance and was very unlucky with the bounce. Eventually after twenty minutes of pressure we drove over and Kevin Ward got the touch down. Paddy O’Toole missed the conversion from a difficult angle. All the good work was wasted when we gave away a penalty which Sundays Well converted to make it 11-5. We tried hard to get back into their 22 but gave away too many penalties and one of these in injury time was converted to deny us a bonus point and make the final score 14-5.
Although we came away with nothing this was a very spirited performance and all the players tried right up to the final whistle.
Team John O’ Brien, Mark Joyce, Michael Aspell, Bernard Keaney, Peter O’Toole, Paddy O’Toole, David Keogh, Kevin Ward, Alan Pryce, Emmet Ferron, Kevin Keogh, Cormac McDonnell, Aden Kelly, Ollie DeLapp. Ger Burke. Replacements, Martin O’Malley, Martin Coyne, Kevin Barry, Darragh Sweeney, Paddy Flanagan, Eoin Bourke, Vinny Heffernan.
Sundays Well are having a great start to the season. They are in the Munster Cup semi-final and have recruited well this season. There is a lot we can take from this game and hopefully, next Saturday’s home game against Old Wesley might get us a result.
A big thank you to Bill Keating President of Sundays Well and all his Committee for the warm hospitality they gave us and thank you to all our supporters who made the long journey.
The starting team for the first game in the AIL AIB League against Sundays Well on 28th October ’07 is:
15 John O’Brien – from Clifden
14 Peter O’Toole – from Clifden
13 Michael Aspell – from Letterfrack
12 Bernard Keaney – from Murvey, Roundstone
11 Mark Joyce – from Ballyconneely
10 Paddy O’Toole – from Kingstown, Clifden
9 David Keogh – from Clifden
8 Gerard Burke (Captain) – from Roundstone
6 Ollie DeLapp – from Roundstone
5 Cormac McDonnell – from Claddaghduff
4 Kevin Keogh – from Clifden
3 Emmet Ferron – from Roundstone
2 Alan Pryce – from Kingstown, Clifden
1 Kevin Ward – from Claddaghduff
Dara Sweeney – from Ballyconneely
Martin O’Malley – from Mannin, Ballyconneely
Kevin Barry – from Cleggan
Martin Coyne – from Moyard
Eoin Bourke – from Clifden
Vinny Heffernan – from Clifden
Paddy Flanagan – from Ballinrobe
This Sunday, October 28th, the Junior side takes to the field for their first league match against NUIG at the Monastery Field. Gerry King has put together a good mix of older and younger players. Details of the squad will be posted soon. Kick off 3.00pm.
Congratulations to Tom Connolly from Dolan, Roundstone who won the Rugby Lotto last Sunday night. Tom won 15,000euro. The winning ticket was bought in Mary King’s bar in Roundstone. This is the third time in a row that the winning ticket was purchased in Roundstone.
Lotto winner Tom Connolly being presented with the winning cheque by Bridget Keogh – Lotto Committee and Mary Lydon – Hon. Treasurer Connemara RFC. Also in the photo is Rory O’Toole – EJ Kings – hard at work!
Enjoying the winning cheque in EJ Kings, Clifden.
This Sunday, at 2.30pm we play Sundays Well in Cork. The squad have been training well but we got a big setback last week when Benny Bester got a bad hand injury and will be out of action for a couple of weeks. There are a few other players with niggling injuries but hopefully they will be ok for Sunday. The starting 15 should be announced Thursday evening. Don’t forget to tune in to Connemara Community Radio for live commentary on 87.8fm and 106.1fm.
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Today’s U18’s game against Creggs was postponed as Creggs were unable to field due to a minor football match. Next Sunday the U18’s are away to Ballinasloe. Our base is spreading as we have two lads from Oughterard training with the squad and hopefully there will be a few more next week.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Connemara RFC website. It has been a long time threatening and we are very pleased to be now able to present it to you. I hope that you will find it useful and informative and we would welcome any feedback and comments that you may wish to make. It is a great honour and pleasure to be elected president of this most western and beautifully situated club – as you will be able to see from some of our photographs. I hope that many of you will be able to see it for yourselves and support us throughout the forthcoming season- you will be made very welcome. I would like to wish the senior team coaching and management of Henry O’Toole, Aidan O’Halloran, Pete Smyth and captain Gerard Burke along with all the other coaches, club officers, players and volunteers the very best for the coming season. I would also like to sincerely thank Terry Sweeney and E.J. Kings for their continued sponsorship and indeed all our other sponsors, members and supporters without whom we would not survive. Finally, I would like to thank John Claro and his team at Two Dog Café for the superb job they have done to produce our new website. Here’s to a good season and I look forward to welcoming you to Connemara RFC.