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Match Report: Connemara V Portadown 25-10-08

October 28th, 2008

Connemara 3 Portadown 5

As the score suggests this was a very close hard fought game in difficult conditions and up to time of kick off  it was a toss up as to whether the game would go ahead or not. The pitch had a final inspection and the match officials gave the go ahead.

Despite the poor conditions Portadown, playing into the strong wind, were handling very well and were putting us to the pin of our collar to contain their many attacks. Their handling was excellent with the very wet ball and it looked like we were in for a long and difficult afternoon.  Portadown continued to press but due to some fine tackling by our backs and forwards our line stayed intact. The match remained scoreless until the 28th minute when Troy Nathan put us ahead with a good penalty kick. We gave away a lot of penalties and the referee decided the next would be a sin binning with five minutes left in the first half.

Facing into the strong wind in the second half and a man down things were not looking to good but you would just have to admire the lads they way they lifted their game and put a lot of pressure on the visitors.

Although the weather was bad the home support got behind the lads and they were not to happy with the referee as the penalties continued to mount against us. Midway through the second half Aden Kelly was sent to the sin bin after another decision went against us. Still we were giving it everything we had.

With twelve minutes remaining we failed to deal with a high swirling ball and we were again penalised, quickly taken we couldn’t get our defenders in place and the visitors got in for a try.

We through everything at them in the last few minutes and a forward charge started by Frank Lenord carried on by Emmet Ferron brought play up to the Portadown line, the ball was quickly recycled but the referee got in the way with the line at our mercy.  

With seconds to go Troy Nathan only missed by inches with an attempted drop goal. Portadown were a very relieved team when the ref blew the final whistle and we had to settle for a bonus point.

The only difference between the teams was that we gave away too many penalties and had two men in the sin bin.  Well done to Portadown who enjoyed their visit to Connemara and had a good time in Roundstone.

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Match Report: Connemara v Suttonians 18-10-08

October 23rd, 2008

Connemara 19  Suttonians 12

With a good away win under their belt Connemara were looking forward to the match with Suttonians with the confidence an away win gives a team and with Troy Nathan available things were looking good. Then with match time approaching the news was that Tomas King was out with a groin injury this added to the loss of Mark Foyle put a different complexion on the situation.
The match got under way and Connemara were out of the blocks fast and were looking good. They were rewarded in the eighth minute when Ollie Delapp went in for a rather unusual try which was hotly disputed by Suttonians but the home crowd were sure it was good and more important so did the ref. Troy Nathan made no mistake with the convert, 7-0 to Connemara.
The visitors were very strong and were getting the best of the set pieces. The supply of good ball to Connemara backs was scarce Bernard Keaney was making the best of what he was getting. David Walsh, full back for Suttonians had a few chances but was off target with his kicks
In the 26th min John Fagan got in for a try and David Walsh made no mistake this time,      7-7.
Troy Nathan nosed Connemara ahead in the 32nd minute with a well taken penalty, 10 -7 to Connemara. This was short lived as in the 36th minute Frank Kearney got what was a very fortuitous try for Suttonians leaving the score 12-10 to Suttonians  as we approached half time
Troy Nathan  score again well into injury time this was due to an earlier injury to full back David Keogh who was having a stormer before having to leaving the field on a stretcher.  Connemara had to reshuffle the team once more.
The half time score was 13-12 to Connemara and still a lot to do if they were going to get their first home win in front of a big home crowd
It was not the prettiest of games and who ever was going to win would have to grind it out the hard way.
It took until the 29th minute of the second half for troy Nathan to stretch the Connemara lead to 16-12 which meant that an unconverted try would steel the game but in the 40 min Troy again converted a penalty to give Connemara a well deserved home win, 19-12.
While this was not the best of games it was a victory that was carved out with a huge amount of effort from all the team but Troy Nathan’s kicking kept Suttonians on the back foot and his penalty kicking was excellent.
Next week Connemara play hosts to an ever improving Portadown who have made a great start to their return to Division 3 after a year in the junior division. Connemara again will be forced to make some changes but it is encouraging so far to see that the substitutions made have worked.
Again it is vital that the home support turns out in force and as this is the last match until the 29th of November it would be great to get another win and give some of the injured players a chance to recover.
All the Connemara management, supporters and players would like to wish David Keogh a speedy recovery.

Team to face Suttonians if announced

October 17th, 2008

The Connemara team to face Suttonians on 18-10-08 is as follows:

15 David Keogh
14 Eoin Bourke
13 Bennie Bester
12 Troy Nathan
11 Peter O’Toole
10 Sean Joyce
 9 Gary Conroy
 1 Kevin Ward
 2 Frank Leonard
 3 Jason East
 4 Aden Kelly
 5 Kevin Keogh
 6 Oliver Delapp
 7 Tomas King
 8 Bernard Keaney (Capt.)


Alan Pryce
Emmet Ferron
David Mc Hugh
Martin Coyne
Paddy Madden
Walter Gibbons

Match Report: Connemara v Barnhall 11-10-08

October 17th, 2008

Connemara V Barnhall 11-10-08

We traveled to Barnhall on Saturday in the knowledge that we had a fair chance of collecting some points from this encounter. After all we were within 3points of Barnhall when we met in the AIB cup only 2 weeks ago in the Monastery field.

Then again an away match in the AIL league against a team just down from division 2 is never easy.  The game started a lively pace and Barnhall looked like they were going to be a hand full but within 3 minutes of the start we won a penalty in a very kickable position and Sean Joyce stepped up and put us on the score board. This was an important kick and set the trend as in the 5th and 8th minute he repeated the procedure Connemara 9-0 up and the missed kicks the previous week now a dim memory

Barnhall were finding it difficult to come to grips with the new rules and the Referee was very determined to implement the rules .Barnhall were playing well but continued to fall foul of the ref.

However we were finding Barnhalls pack difficult enough to handle and their backs were always looking dangerous and when Mark Foyle had to be replaced with an injury it was a worrying times for us and in the 17min Barnhall put a lot of pressure on our line and when a Sean Joyce’s attempted clearance was blocked down and with men over Colm Dufficy crossed for an easy try.

That left the score 12-5 and Barnhall now looking like they were coming back into the game.

This was Barnhall’s best period.  The new laws caused problems again for the home team and on 30min after coming under pressure they gave away a needless penalty and Sean Joyce made them pay with another fine kick slotted over Leaving the score 12-5 which was how the half ended.

This was a good lead but Barnhall always had the capacity to stretch us so no one was taking anything for granted at this stage

The second half started with us taking the game to Barnhall and trying to extend the lead. Barnhall continued to fall foul of the ref and over all they gave away 26 penalties

The Connemara pack were now getting on top and in the 25min of the second half Sean Joyce slotted over a drop goal after some good forward play.

 At 15-5 Connemara stuck to there task and in the 34min were rewarded with a well taken try by Peter O Toole  after good work from the pack and a perfect pass from Gary Conroy left the score  20-5 . At this stage Barnhall were rattled and Sean Joyce added 2 more penalties in the 37th and 40th min 26-5 to Connemara

This was just what we needed an away win and with 2 home matches coming up this will restore confidence after what might be seen as a slip up in their first outing against Sundays well.

A big home crowd could be what is needed to see if we can continue overcome Suttonians who were 15-12 winners in Barnhall the previous week.

Saturday’s game kick offs 2.30

Connemara Whiskey goes to Sundays Well

October 10th, 2008

Jim Walsh, pictured below was the winner of the “predict the score”  fundraiser at the Connemara v Sundays Well clash last weekend. Jim won a bottle of Connemara Malt Whiskey, kindly sponsored by Cooley Distilliries. Well done Jim, enjoy!


Jim Walsh, Sundays Well RFC is presented with Connemara Malt Whiskey by Peter Keane, Connemara RFC

Team to play Barnhall is announced

October 10th, 2008

The team to play Barnhall on Oct 11th ’08 is as follows:

 15 David Keogh
 14 Eoin Bourke
 13 Bennie Bester
 12 Mark Foyle
 11 Peter O’Toole
 10 Sean Joyce
  9 Gary Conroy
  1 Kevin Ward
  2 Frankie Leonard
  3 Jason East
  4 David Mc Hugh
  5 Kevin Keogh
  6 Ollie Delapp
  7 Tomás King
  8 Bernard Keaney

 16 Alan Pryce
 17 Emmet Ferron
 18 Aden Kelly
 19 Paddy Madden
 20 Walter Gibbons

Connemara v Sundays Well 4-10-08

October 10th, 2008

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Match Report: Connemara v Sunday’s Well 4-20-08

October 9th, 2008

Connemara fails to take opportunity of winning start to season           
Our hopes of getting off to a wining start to the 2008-9 AIL division three were dashed in conditions that were far from conducive to good rugby at the Monastery Field on Saturday last.
We had two early penalties but failed to find the target. The visitors Sundays Well playing into the wind and rain recovered from a shaky start and were on the score board in 10 minutes with a penalty from Chris Burnett.
Our pack with Kevin Ward, Emmet Ferron and Frank Lenord in the front row seemed to be well on top in the early stages and seemed to have the measure of the Cork pack but their back line tackled everything we threw at them.
In the 25th minute Sundays Well went in for the first try of the game this was converted leaving the score at 10 – 0.
In the 38th minute Sean Joyce who took over the kicking duties from Benny Bester made the score 10-3 from a penalty, this was an important score and the last before half time.
We were playing into the wind in the second half and when Sundays Well  scored a penalty in the 45 min to bring the score to 13-3 things were not looking good for the men in black.
To add to their woes Aidan Kelly was yellow carded. However this seemed to spur on our lads, Thomas King claimed the restart and made it into the visitors 22 but just couldn’t link up with Peter O’Toole The Sundays Well fullback was penalised for not rolling away after tackling Tomas and Sean Joyce kicked the penalty 13-6. We came more into the game and good driving in the pack resulted in Bernard Keaney going over to make it 11 13. Sean was just wide with the conversion.
A couple of handing errors on our side let the visitors back into the game and when we conceded a penalty with five minutes remaining the gap was extended to 11 15.
We throw everything at them in the last few minutes but another penalty by their out half sealed out fate and for the second season in a row we lost out to Sundays Well.
Connemara it must be said were with out some of its more experienced players like Mark Foyle, Troy Nathan, Paddy O’Toole, Alan Keogh and David Newman.
Next Saturday were off to Barnhall.

Team To Play Sunday’s Well is Named

October 3rd, 2008

The Connemara RFC team v Sunday’s Well for Sat. 4th October 2008 is as follows:

15. David Keogh
14. Eoin Bourke
13. Bennie Bester
12. Paddy Madden
11. Peter O’Toole
10. Sean Joyce
 9. Gary Conroy
 1. Kevin Ward
 2. Frank Leonard
 3. Emmet Ferron
 4. David Mc Hugh
 5. Kevin Keogh
 6. Oliver Delapp
 7. Tomás King
 8. Bernard Keaney  (C)
Jason East
Martin Coyne
Aden Kelly
Martin O’Malley
Walter Gibbons

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