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Match Report: Waterpark v Connemara 24-1-09

January 30th, 2009

Connemara 40 Waterpark 35

Connemara made the long journey to Waterford on Saturday hoping for a win and if possible pick up a bonus point.

With Waterpark without a point on the board to date this seemed quite possible but a team at the bottom are a dangerous side especially at home. It was a nervous time for all. The fact that Paddy O Toole and Troy Nathan were available gave the team and supporters a boost.

The day was perfect for rugby and the pitch in great condition. We got off to a good start and looked like we were well up for this vital match and within 4 minutes Sean Joyce had them in front with a well taken penalty .

Waterpark got on the score board in the 16th minute with a penalty and in the 17th minute Paddy O Toole dropped a goal to make it 6-3

This seemed to give us the confidence they needed and over the next 15 minutes produced some of the best rugby seen all season resulting in tries from Frankie Lenord, Peter O’ Toole  and Bernard Keaney. Waterpark  replied  with two penalty goals . The sin binning of Troy Nathan with 4 minutes to go to half time was the only down side to our golden patch.

The halftime score was 26-9

It seemed now that a bonus point were well within reach, but Waterpark were not finished yet and within 4 minutes they got in for a try which was converted 26-16.

It looked for a while as if the win might be in question but in the 22nd minute Sean Joyce went in for a try and a bonus point (if we won). Sean converted the try making the score 33-16. The game was now into the last quarter, surely this was enough.

Shortly after, in the 26th minute Waterpark got in for a try which was converted 33-23, match on. We responded well and Troy Nathan went in for a try which was converted by Paddy O’ Toole 40 -23 Surely now that was that .

Connemara’s bench made a lot of changes, I suppose to give people a run and a well deserved rest for others. However, Waterpark were not going to go down without a fight and scored two late tries and converted one to bring the final score to 40-35. We were glad to hear the final whistle with a well deserved win, with a bonus point and maybe a valuable lesson learned. Mission accomplished. Hopefully Waterpark’s season will take off now after picking up two bonus points. As always the hospitality they show to us any time we visit is second to none.

Match Report: Connemara v Queens University 17-1-09

January 30th, 2009

Connemara 15 Queens University 26


In conditions that were almost impossible for rugby and in front of one of  the smallest crowds seen in the Monastery field for a long time we were always going to have a tough assignment in their encounter with Queens. Queens were looking for a win to take them to the top of the division 3 table.

The match was in doubt up to 1pm as the pitch was waterlogged and the rain was still coming down heavy but a clearance from the west gave hope.  Tommy Coyne and John Francis Flaherty and a few helpers put in a huge effort to make the pitch playable.

The ref said he would start any way and see what happened.

Connemara chose to play with the strong wind in their backs and got off to a good start slotting over a long distance penalty from the boot of Sean Joyce.

Even at this stage the signs were ominous, Queens were defending well and were willing to be patient. We were giving away a lot of penalties in the rucks which inevitably led to a yellow card. With a man down we lifted our game and after a couple of good runs by Benny Bester we finally got in for a try which Sean Joyce converted. 10-0 half time.

The second half started with the visitors putting pressure on us and within a few minutes it was 10-6 with their scrum half Ian Porter kicking well. Queens kept up the pressure and despite some great defence by our lads midway through the half the students got in for their first try which they converted to make it 10-13. Another fine penalty kick made it 10-16 before we lifted our game again and got up to their line. We got a penalty but Sean Joyce was just wide with the difficult kick. Queens got back into our 22 and got in for a second converted try 10-23. We threw everything at them in the last few minutes and it paid off as Benny Bester went in for a try. The conversion was important as it would have brought us within one score and into bonus point territory but again the gale kept the kick out.15 23. Another fine penalty by Porter with the last kick of the game completed the scoring. 15-23

In fairness the lads they never gave up but with a lot of the original panel that started out the season injured or unavailable it was always asking a lot.  This makes next weeks game against bottom of the table Waterpark a must win game.

Results of Members Draw

January 11th, 2009

The following are the results of the 2008-09 members draw which took place in EJ Kings on Sunday 21st December 2008.

1st Prize: 2 tickets and overnight accommodation for Ireland v England 6 Nations match.

Winner: Maria Hickey, Racecourse Road, Clifden.

2nd Prize: Christmas Hamper sponsored by John Malone Butchers Clifden.

Winner: Kate Joyce, Knocknacarra, Galway.

3rd Prize: Fruit Hamper sponsored by Enda & Saoirse Morley, Clifden Fruit & Veg.

Winner: Thomas O’Sullivan, Westport Road, Clifden.

4th Prize: €50 Voucher sponsored by Joe Lynch, Super Valu Clifden.

Winner: Aaron Warnock, Dublin 18.

Thanks to our many Sponsors and Supporters

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