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Match Report – Connemara v Bruff – 26-01-08

January 29th, 2008

Close Call for Division 3 Leaders

Connemara 16   Bruff 21

Top of the table Bruff arrived in Connemara with a very impressive record, only 22 points scored against them in 9 games. In fact 5 teams failed to score any points against them. From reading their web site, keeping a clean sheet has become as important to them as winning.
It was a perfect day for this battle between a team at the top of the table full of confidence and Connemara a team in the bottom 4 that is growing in confidence after wins in their last two outings.
This was a chance for Connemara to measure their progress over the last few weeks against the best in Division 3.
From the very beginning of the match it was obvious that Bruff, like Munster, like to play 10 man rugby and like Munster are good at it.
At half time with Bruff leading 21 to 6 it looked like Bruff were going to add another scalp to their record and run out easy winners. One more try and they would get a bonus point to increase there points tally and move them further ahead of their nearest rivals .
The third try right on the half time whistle seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for Connemara. In the process of scoring this try the bruff number 8 was tackled went over and sustained a bad leg injury. At this stage the referee took the teams off the field while the player was attended to.
On resumption of the second half Bruff converted the try they had scored before the accident right on the whistle for half time.
The score was now  21-6 and despite playing with the assistance of the wind Connemara had it all to do playing against a team that had only conceded 1 try and 22 points in all in the last 9 games. It was a big ask.
I was glad not to be in the dressing room at half time but from our position it seemed like some very serious talk was going on and the Connemara team were being asked to stand up and be counted.
Bruff started the second half as they finished the first. They are not the biggest pack I ever saw but the technique was brilliant they obviously have a forwards coach. They played phase after phase, some times up to 10 and 12. Connemara defense did trojan work but how long can you keep this up.
Connemara got a break from one of these attacks when David Keogh got a boot to a loose ball that eventually was fed to Paddy O Toole on the left. He had come on as a sub and in the 8th minute into the second half did very well to round the defense and go in for a try, only the second try scored against Bruff this year. Troy Nathan converted what was a very difficult kick 5 yds from the right touch line. This left the score 21-13  The large attendance now got behind the home team because another score for Connemara would get a bonus point.
When Connemara got to 21-16 with 10 minutes to go it was all to play for. Connemara needed a try and conversion to win and Bruff needed another try for the bonus point.
Bruff continued to press and got s penalty 30 yds out. They kicked for the corner to try and secure the fourth try but Connemara defended well and made only an odd trip to the Bruff half of the field.
The pressure continued right up to the last kick of the match which it self was interesting. A penalty 25 yards out in what was a very kickable position. Some consultation took place with the referee and the Bruff player kicked the ball into touch and the referee blew the full time whistle. One of the Bruff supporters explained why they did not take a shot at goal.
He said they had nothing to gain by scoring a penalty and there was a risk of Connemara scoring if they missed the kick and the ball remained in play.

New dates for Ards and Banbridge Games

January 28th, 2008

The two home matches against Ards and Banbridge which were both previously postponed due to flooding on the pitch and poor weather conditions have now been refixed for the following dates.

Sat. 23rd February ’08 – Connemara v Banbridge

Sat. 8th March ’08 – Connemara v Ards

Photo’s from Connemara v Bruff 26-01-08

January 28th, 2008

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Supporters in EJ’s after Bruff game 26-01-08

January 27th, 2008

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Great Win for U20’s

January 26th, 2008

Castlebar 5 Connemara 29

This game was played on Friday 25th January ‘08 in Castlebar under lights. This was a preliminary round to get into the round robin for the u20 cup.

Team Announced For Clash With Bruff

January 25th, 2008

The Connemara team to play table-toppers Bruff on Jan. 26th is listed below.  Bruff, having played all nine fixtures so far are sitting in prime position on the AIL Division Three table. Connemara, who have two games in hand are currently in 13th position. The new dates for Connemara’s two previously postponed matches against Ards and Banbridge, both home fixtures, are expected to be confirmed after this weekend.

Connemara team to play Bruff

15. John O’Brien
14. Alan Keogh
13. Sean Joyce
12. Bennie Bester
11. Richard Bourke
10. Troy Nathan
 9. David Keogh
 1. Kevin Ward
 2. Tomás King
 3. Emmet Ferron
 4. Aden Kelly
 5. Kevin Keogh
 6. Martin Coyne
 7. Bernard Keaney
 8. Gerard Burke (Capt.)


Kevin Barry
Darragh Sweeney
Oliver DeLapp
Paddy O’Toole
Peter O’Toole

Peter Lydon Memorial Cup 26-12-07

January 19th, 2008

The annual clash of Captain’s choice v President’s choice for the Peter Lydon Memorial Cup took place again on St. Stephens’ Day, 26th Dec. ’07. Winners on the day were the Captains (Gerard Burke’s) team. Below is a selection of photo’s taken on the day.

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Win Four Tickets To See Manchester United v Aston Villa

January 18th, 2008

Connemara RFC Underage section are holding an auction for four tickets to see Manchester United v Aston Villa in Old Trafford on March 30th. This auction is to raise funds for the youth and mini rugby sections of the club. The auction will contuinue until Thursday 28th February 2008 and the tickets will be won by the highest bidder. Please note: Due to some technical problems the auction will be extended until Sunday 2nd March and will close at 6pm on that date. Winner will be announced on this website and on Connemara Community Radio on Monday 3rd March between 7pm-8pm on the “Talk Sport” programme.

You can bid for the tickets by text or email, including details of your bid and your name and contact details.

Text Your Bid to – 087-6687468 or 087-9017406

Email Your Bid to –

The progress of the auction bids will be posted on

Happy Bidding!

Connemara RFC reserve the right to withdraw this auction without notice.

Supporters at the away game in Midleton 12-01-08

January 15th, 2008

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In EJ Kings after the Connemara v Corinthians Match 15-12-07

January 15th, 2008

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The President and The Bullockeen Alan & Feargal in EJ’s after the Corinthians Game 15-12-07 Joe and Co. 

The Blondes……and Wardy Fair Contest Troy & Aden with Young Fan 

Aden and Pete (without stool) Post Match Pep-talk

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