Club News

Result of Members Draw

December 23rd, 2007

A members draw was held on Sat. Dec. 15th for paid up members of Connemara RFC. The following is the result –

1st Prize: Two tickets to Ireland v Wales on March 8th 2008.

Winner: Dermot Nee, Letterfrack, Co. Galway.

2nd Prize: Christmas Hamper – Sponsored by John Malone, Malone Meats, Clifden.

Winner : Barry Hughes, 113 Palace Fields, Tuam, Co. Galway.

3rd Prize: €100 Supervalu  Voucher– Sponsored by Michael Holmes, Connemara Fisheries, Clifden.

Winner: Dave Higgins, Thorncastle Street, Fishermans Wharf, Ringsend, Dublin 4.

4th Prize: Fruit Hamper – Sponsored by Enda & Saoirse Morley, Clifden Fruit & Veg.

Winner: Sinéad O’Flaherty, Cleggan, Co. Galway.

Well done to all four winners and thank you to all our sponsors for their support and generosity. A special thank you to the Connemara RFC Membership Committee, Tim Hickey, Joe O’Connell and John Malone for all their time and effort in bringing in new memberships into the club. New membership applications will be accepted throughout the year. Membership forms can be downloaded by clicking here.

Connemara RFC Captains v Presidents on St Stephens Day for the Peter Lydon Cup 2007

December 21st, 2007

Presidents XV                            Captains XV

Emmet Ferron                               Kevin Ward

Barry Gibbons                               Tomás King

Kevin Barry                                    Brian Flaherty

Kevin Keogh                                   Aden Kelly

Cormac McDonald                         Darragh Sweeney

Alan Pryce                                     Bernard Keaney

Martin Coyne                                Gerard Burke

Noel Walsh                                    Martin O’Malley

David Keogh                                 Eoin Bourke

Sean Joyce                                    Paddy O’Toole             

Alan King                                      Paddy Madden

Mark Joyce                                   Enda Mulkerrins

Richard Bourke                            Peter o’Toole

Vinny Heffernan                           Paddy Flanagan

Alan Keogh                                   Darren Little

Subs                                             Subs

Kevin Mullen                              Pat O’Toole

Martin Mannion                         Tom O’Brien

Martin Faherty                           Cathal King

Steven Nee                                David Mullen

Robert Delaney                          Henry O’Toole

Michael Conroy                          Tommy Burke

Sean King                                   A N Other

Under 13’s V Corinthians 15th Dec. 2007

December 21st, 2007


The Under 13s played Corinthians on Saturday Dec 15th. Once again this match was played at the Clifden GAA field and Connemara RFC are very grateful for this facility. This was a very hard fought game and Corithians went 7 – 0 ahead after 15 minutes. The Connemara boys  were not winning enough ball in the rucks  but defended every attack from Corinthians.  There was a lot of hard talking  to the Connemara team at half time but no changes were possible as we only had 15 players on the day. We started the second half with more determination and the forwards began to win more ball and after 10 minutes this paid off with us scoring a try in the corner…..score 7 – 5. Corinthians quickly came back at us and also scored in the corner after some poor tackling by Connemara….12 – 5. The pressure was now on and with 10 minutes left we scored again…. Corinthians 12, Connemara 10. There was still a lot of work to be done and we kept on attacking  the Corinthians line but were kept out  every time by some great defending. Legs and bodies were  getting tired but the will to win was still there  and we managed to score twice in the last 5 minutes. Final score Connemara 24, Corinthians 12.
This was another great win for the Under 13s, they have won all their matches so far. But we must get more players out training and especially turn up on match days. If a player is unavailable they should let their coach know as it is unfair to the entire squad otherwise.
I would like to wish all the players and their families a Happy Christmas and I will see you all in 2008.
(S Coyne)

Social Events Update

December 12th, 2007

Saturday 15th Dec. ’07 –  

Next Saturday evening there will be a draw for two tickets for the Ireland v Wales for members of Connemara Rugby Club. Make sure your membership is up to date. Contact Tim Hickey on 085-1363553.

Sunday 16th Dec. ’07 –  

Next Sunday night in E.J.Kings we will be having our Christmas Lotto draw. There will be hampers bottles etc. on offer starting at 9.30 pm.

Underage Update

December 12th, 2007

All underage games were called off last weekend 8th & 9th Dec. 07 due to weather conditions.

Junior Rugby Update

December 12th, 2007

Last Sundays Junior game against Ballinrobe in Ballinrobe fell foul to the weather. The game was called off on Saturday after the heavy rain left the pitch water-logged. That game will now be played next Sunday 16/12/07.

Ards Match Rearranged

December 10th, 2007

Due to the bad weather over the last two weeks we had to call off the AIL match against Ards on Saturday. After an inspection on Friday morning  the pitch was waterlogged and with more heavy rain forecast for Friday night we were left with no choice but to contact Ards before they set out from Belfast. The game has been rearranged for 5th January. It’s a pity the game was called off as we had a full squad to pick from for the first time this season.

Next Saturday we host Corinthians. This is always a big game for both clubs but with plenty of support we hope to get the right result.

Thanks to our many Sponsors and Supporters

Sponsors Clifden Station House David Jameson Group Clifden SuperValu The Oil Company Clifden