Club News

Team To Play Queens Announced

November 30th, 2007

The following is the team to play Queens University v Connemara on Saturday, Dec. 1st ’07 –

15. John O’Brien
14. Patrick Flanagan
13. Michael Aspell
12. Troy Nathan
11. Peter O’Toole
10. Paddy O’Toole
9. Martin O’Malley
1. Kevin Ward
2. Tomás King
3. Emmet Ferron
4. Cormac Mc Donnell
5. Kevin Keogh
6. Aden Kelly
7. Oliver Delapp
8. Gerard Burke (Captain)
 
Replacements (From):
Kevin Barry
David Keogh
Darragh Sweeney
Eoin Bourke
Martin Coyne
Mark Joyce
Alan Pryce
Sean Joyce

U18 Match Report v Corinthians 25-11-07

November 27th, 2007

Connemara 5 – Corinthians 0 

The under 18 team finally got their season under way with a hard earned 5-0 victory over Corinthians at the Monastery field on Sunday Nov. 25th. The front row of PJ Kane , Peter Jarmin and Shane McDonagh along with the second row of Patrick Moran and Ronan Keane played fast hard rugby, never allowing their opposite number settle into the match. The Connemara back row of Ian McDonagh, Conor o Malley and no. 8 Cathal King ran themselves ragged with some fierce hits around the rucks, especially at the start of the second half  when the Connemara line was under fierce pressure. The half backs of Stephen Smyth and Jack Vaughan were outstanding with some very well placed kicks and breaks at crucial times during the game. A clever kick by jack Vaughan on 46 minutes provided the break that Connemara wanted. The kick was followed up by the out half and when the ball was won it was fed to Conor o Malley who floated the ball to our no.14, Fiachra Coyne, who wasn’t going to be caught for pace as he made the corner  for the decisive score. The conversion was just wide. David McDonagh and Chris Casey were outstanding in the centre. Their tackling and tactical kicking was excellent, always keeping our forwards on the front foot. No. 11- Sullivan Marfiossa, no.14  Fiachra Coyne and new boy no.15 Conor Carey were superb in defence. Johnny Bolger , who was nursing an injury, came on in the second half  and gave his all. Without a doubt the fire and passion displayed by such a young team on Sunday was a joy to watch. It’s hoped that this victory will encourage the u18’s players in the area to start to come to training on Thursday at 7pm.
Well done to all – a fantastic performance.
(R. King)

U18’s who defeated Corinthians 5-0 on 25th Nov o7

Under 12’s Match Report – 24th November 07

November 26th, 2007

On Saturday last 24/11/07 the under 12’s were hosts to Castlebar and Oughterard. Due to large numbers at the Monastery field the under 12 games had to be played on the GAA field and Connemara RFC are very grateful to Clifden GAA for allowing us to use their facilities.

We had two games on the day, the first was against Oughterard who scored from the first move of the game….before the Connemara boys had stopped talking and settled down. This was a well contested match with both teams very evenly matched. The score at half-time was 1 try to no score in favour of Oughterard. The second half was a different affair with Connemara boys (and one girl) showing more concentration and better skills. Eventually the hard work paid off and they levelled the scores to one try each. Final score Connemara 1 Oughterard 1.

The second game of the day was against Castlebar and again this was a close contest. The Castlebar team had some very fast players but with perfectly executed tackles from the Connemara centres we wore them down. Then after a magnificent break by our prop forward and wonderful support play from the outhalf we crossed their line for the first score.  The second half was well contested with a lot of bangs and bruises being delivered and received by both teams. Eventually we scored again after a lovely break from a scrum close to their line. The final score was Connemara 2 Castlebar 0

A lot of tough training nights will have to be put in over the next few weeks as we have some big games coming up.

The Connemara players were: James M. O’Toole, Ryan Hewitt, Alan Conroy, Christopher Joyce, Kevin Ryan, James P. O’Toole, Mark Staunton, Darwyn O’Halloran, Cian Laffey, Jack Moran, Thomas Joyce, Darren Burke, T.J. Berry,  Peter Brittain,

John Prendergast who was injured in training the previous came along and was a great help on the touch-line with water bottles and first aid. Emmet Madden was ill on the day but we hope to see him back soon.

TRAINING – WEDNESDAY 6.30.P.M.

(S. Coyne)

Quiz Night Result

November 23rd, 2007

1st place : Pete Smyth, Pat Casey, Ivan Griffin.

2nd Place: Jimmy O’Toole, Gerry Claffey, Sean Kane.

Ten rounds of questions resulted in a tie between the two top scoring teams. Our quizmaster on the night, Charlie Bourke, asked three further tie-breaker questions and we ended up with the above result. Pete Smyth ( teacher, Kylemore Abbey) and his team of Pat Casey and Ivan Griffin ended up the overall winners, beating Jimmy O’Toole (teacher, Clifden C.S.), Gerry Claffey (teacher, Clifden C.S.) and Sean Kane (teacher, Clifden C.S.) by one point. The tension was fierce in what ended up a “battle of brains” between local education establishments! Thank you to everyone who came to the table quiz and in turn supported our underage teams. We hope to run another quiz night or two throughout the season.

Match Report – U13 v Oughterard

November 19th, 2007

Connemara V Oughterard          18th November 2007

The Under 13’s had their second match of the weekend today, Sunday 18th November, against Oughterard. This match was played on the Clifden GAA pitch, as the Monastery field was due to hold two games.
The opponents today were Oughterard. This was a very different game to yesterday as Connemara where a much stronger team than Oughterard who are just starting at this level. Again Connemara showed great rugby skills and were easy winners with 15 tries on the day. Full credit must go to the Oughterard team, they kept their heads high throughout the game and never gave up, and when they eventually did get a try towards the end they celebrated with great joy full credit to them.
The Connemara team was.
(15)  Cian Laffey  (14) John Prendergast  (13) Mikey Walsh (12) Jack Shannon (11) Connor Clarke  (10) Mark Gavin  (9) Cathal Heanue  (1) James O’Toole (2) Stephen McDonagh  (3) Sean Coohill  (4) Christopher Joyce  (5) Emmett Madden   (6) T. J. Berry  (7) Thomas Joyce  (8) Roddy O’Donnell (capt) 

Thank you to Clifden GAA for allowing us to use their facilities.

(S. Coyne)     

Match Report – U13 v Buccaneers

November 19th, 2007

Under 13   Connemara 28 –  Buccaneers 24

The Under 13 team had a very busy weekend. On Saturday they travelled to Athlone to play Buccaneers. Leaving Clifden in a torrential downpour we were wondering if the game would be played. We need not have worried as Buccaneers have wonderful facilities and a number of pitches to choose from. This was our first match of the season and was a daunting task as Buccaneers have a very large youth section to choose from and were fielding some very big players at under 13 level.
We got off to a great start and were 14 – 0 up after 15 mins. We then came under intense pressure and Buccaneers got a penalty, which they kicked, into the corner. From the resulting line-out the prop forward crashed over for a try in the corner, the conversion was missed which left the score 14 – 5 with 5 mins of the half remaning.
We got a scrum on their 22 and won a clean ball back, after some quick slick passing from the backs we got a wonderful try in the corner which was followed by an excellent conversion, 21 – 5.  Half time saw some very tired bodies and after quick repairs to blood injuries we were ready for the second half. The weather was now against us with torrential rain and wind blowing into our faces. For the next 12mins Buccaneers were inside our 22 but Connemara defended strongly and held them out on the line time after time. Suddenly a gap opened in the centre when one our boys had to retrieve his flying boot after a wonderful clearance kick and the Buccaneers centre scored under the posts. The conversion left the score   21 – 12. We won the ball back from the kick off and managed to get into their 22 for the first time in this half, this did not last long and Buccaneers were back inside our 22 once more. Again we defended strongly with every player putting in tackle after tackle. Eventually they wore us down and their big centre scored a try under the post with the entire Connemara pack trying to keep him out. The conversion left the score 21 – 19. The pressure was on Connemara now with the weather getting worse. The forwards won a great ball from a ruck in the centre of the pitch and we made a 30 yard break and then the ball was of-loaded to a supporting player who went under the post for a massive score. The conversion made it 28 – 19. at last we had some breathing space with 5 mins remaining. Buccaneers kept up the pressure and eventually scored in the corner, the conversion, which was missed, was the last kick of the game.
Final score 28 – 24 to the boys from the west……a great win.
I have deliberately not named any players, as they were all magnificent on the day.
The team was.
(15) Alan Conroy.  (14) Cian Laffey.  (13) Mikey Walsh. (12) Jack Shannon.
 (11) Connor Clarke.  (10) Mark Gavin. (9) Cathal Heanue.  (1) James O’Toole.
(2) Stephen McDonagh. (3) Sean Coohill. (4) Christopher Joyce. 
(5) Emmett Madden.  (6)T.J. Berry.  (7) Thomas Joyce.  (8) Roddy O’ Donnell. (capt)
(16)  John Prendergast.  (17) Jack Moran.
A special thank you to Mary Joyce from Recess who very kindly travelled on the bus with the team.
S Coyne.                                   

Match Report: Connemara v Waterpark

November 19th, 2007

Connemara 23 – Waterpark 11          17th November ‘07


We got our first win of the AIB AIL against Waterpark on Saturday in the Monastery Field. The pitch looked like a waterpark at 12.30 after the heavy rain we had since early morning but thankfully the rain stopped and John Joyce and his pitch committee got to work and had the pitch in great shape for kick off. We started well and good play by Martin O’Malley and Ollie DeLapp brought play up to the visitors 22 and we were awarded a penalty which Paddy O’Toole converted. We kept up the pressure on Waterpark and 16 minutes into the game Kevin Ward made one of his famous bursts and set up good ball for the backs, John O’Brien joined the line and split the defence before passing to Paddy Flanagan who crashed over in the corner. Paddy O’Toole kicked a great conversion from the touchline. Ten minutes later Paddy was unlucky when another penalty came off the upright. Mark Foyle and Michael Aspell were making fine breaks andwere just caught short of the line on a number of occasions. Waterpark’s first visit into our 22 came on 35min. and after several attacks our defence were sucked in and the winger Craig Doyle had an easy run in for their first score. On the 40th minute, after some good driving by Cormac McDonnell and Kevin Keogh Paddy O’Toole kicked a drop goal from the half way line to make it 13-5. Waterpark had the last say in the scoring when their out half Gary Jones kicked a penalty to leave it 13-8 at half time. Waterpark had the breeze in the second half and tried to keep us in the lake corner but Emmet Ferron and Aden Kelly made the hard yards and kept us away from our line. On eight minutes Ger Burke set up a quick ball and when Martin O’Malley passed to Paddy O’Toole we got to see the brilliance of the man. First he dummyed the pass then he sidestepped of the right then the the left and then ran around the full back to score under the posts. Paddy converted the try to make it 20-8. As expected Waterpark came back and only for a good tackle and clearance by Peter O’Toole this game could have been a lot closer. Although we struggled to get out of our own half our line was never under any real danger as our tackling was hard and committed. Waterpark kicked another penalty and missed an easier one which would have brought them back to score. In the last ten minutes our lads lifted their game and when Thomas king tackled their big number 8 and drove him back the meters we knew the lads were not going to let this game slip. Bernard Keaney who came on for Ollie was using his experience to keep the ball away from the visitors. With minutes to go a late tackle on John O’Brien resulted in a penalty which Paddy O’Toole tapped over to leave the final score 23-11. While Paddy O’Toole was outstanding all the lads around him from 1 to 15 were brilliant and if we can keep the lads injury free we might win a few more games before Christmas. A big thank you to our match sponsor Stephen Burke from IMS Labels. The atmosphere in EJ Kings after the match was a lot better this Saturday evening than two weeks ago when we came out second best to Old Wesley. ( P. Keane)
 

U16’s News — Connemara 12 – Monivea 0

November 18th, 2007

Connemara 12 – Monivea 0               18th November ‘07

Monivea started strongly but we soon got to grips with them. Our lineout functioned well giving some good clean, fast ball to our backs. Shane Sweeney and Jack Vaughan kicked intelligently against the hill and the wind with Cathal Molloy and Eoghan Brady chasing well. Monivea attacked deep into our own half on several occasions. A very strong defensive scrum won a vital turnover with the front row of Dave O’Reilly, Colin Reilly and Michael Prendergast putting their opposite numbers under severe pressure. At this stage before half time we were making good inroads in their defense with piercing straight runs by Ciaran Molloy and Derek Heanue. Alan O’Malley and Eugene Conroy were winning quality ball in the lineout. From a line out near their line we mauled and rucked through a few phases with Ian McDonagh touching down after we mauled over their line -a great team effort. We missed the conversion to lead 5-0 at half time. Monivea started the second half strongly. Some strong runs by their centres exposed our defense a couple of times but some excellent strong tackling by Thomas Roche, Dave O’Reilly and Eugene Conroy saved our bacon. Thomas, Shane and Jack kept Monivea pinned back in the lake corner with some fine chips and kicks. We attacked with some good continuity, the lads all supporting each other well inthe rucks and mauls. After several failed attacks, Derek Heanue cut a lovely line back inside to break the defense and score under the posts. Shane converted to make the final score 12-0. A good squad win, especially when we were missing two strong players in Tommy Coyne and Dylan Davis. Their two young replacements Charles O’Donoghue and Michael Prendergast deserve special mention for acquitting themselves so well in a tough debut. We would also like to wish Tommy Coyne a speedy recovery after his more serious injury. (F. Wood)

Team to play Waterpark named.

November 16th, 2007

The team to play Waterpark RFC in AIL Division Three fixture at The Monastery Field, Clifden on Saturday 17th November 2007 is as follows-

15. John O’Brien
14. Patrick Flanagan
13. Michael Aspell
12. Mark Foyle
11. Peter O’Toole
10. Paddy O’Toole
9. David Keogh
1. Kevin Ward
2. Tomás King
3. Emmet Ferron
4. Cormac Mc Donnell
5. Kevin Keogh
6. Aden Kelly
7. Oliver Delapp
8. Gerard Burke (Captain)

Replacements:
Mark Joyce
Alan King
Eoin Bourke
David Newman
Bernard Keaney
Alan Pryce
Kevin Barry
Darragh Sweeney
Martin O’Malley
Martin Coyne
Martin Flaherty

U16 Match Report 11-11-07

November 12th, 2007

 U16 News 11-11-07

Galwegians 31 Connemara 17

We started poorly when conceding a try nearly straight from the kickoff.  We got back into it when Thomas Roche picked up a bad pass from the Wegians backs and ran 35 metres to score under the posts. The try was converted by Shane Sweeney. After 15 minutes Galwegians scored another unconverted try which they followed with a converted penalty try a few minutes later. After 22 minutes Shane Sweeny converted  a penalty after we put some good phases together in their half. Unfortunately we were still struggling with their big pack and some slack tackling led to them scoring another converted try just before half time. The score was 24-10 at half time and with a decent wind behind us for the second half we felt we were still in it. The first 15 mins of the second half was our best period with our pack finally taking on the big Galwegians pack. We strung together some good phases with David O’Reilly, Colin Reilly, Derek Heanue and Eugene Conroy taking on some good ball. After a lot of pressure we failed to score and some poor tackling left Galwegians score another soft converted try. We had some good posession after this but our lack of match practise and sharpness led to a lot of turnovers, particularly around the ruck area.Just before full time Eugene Conroy took a nice runner to slice open their defense and score near the posts with Shane Sweey converting, putting a bit of gloss on the scoreline. In summary we handed Wegians four very soft tries. While there was some good individual performances, we defended, rucked/mauled and attacked poorly as a team/unit. Monivea at home next week- plenty to work on. (F. Wood)


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