CONNEMARA R.F.C OCTOBER UPDATE
Tickets can now be bought individually for the four forth coming internationals.
Connemara V Banbridge – AIB League
Connemara’s trip to Banbridge was going to be a difficult undertaking but losing winger Darren Little early in the game through injury, as well as three sin binnings made it an impossible task. Kevin Ward, Captain Emmett Ferron and Cormac McDonnell all got unwanted rest breaks from the referee.
Despite the heavy loss Connemara still scored two tries and had good performances from the three just mentioned. The young Connemara pack, are beginning to find their feet, and some of our backs would need a helping hand from an established backs coach.
Connemara (13) v Portumna (13) – Junior 1B
This was a very enjoyable game at the Monastery Field as the outcome was touch and go to the end. Good for Connemara was that 22 players togged out, as most of the important Gaelic Football Games have now concluded.
Coach Gerry King was happy with the outcome as a very new front row and a very young back row played well – Ian McDonagh, P.J Keane, Colin Reilly and Alan McCann. (Alan McCann scored a great try).
Shane Sweeney got the convert and scored two penalties. Tommy Walsh All Ireland Minor football winner of two years ago made a great impression when he came on in the second half.
Greystones (33) Conemara (13) – AIB League
Greystones last years Division Two side in the A.I.B League came to Clifden for the Connemara game for somewhat of an unknown quantity. However when they togged out under Coach Reggie Corrigan they looked a very big and solid all round team.
Connemara were a great surprise especially in the forwards under new Captain Emmett Ferron, as they scrummaged, rucked and ran good balls. Their tackling was very encouraging as was their line out work. David Keogh had a great game at scrumhalf. Unfortunately a number of tackles were missed in defence and a few try scoring chances were missed due to wrong options. Two of Greystones tries were lucky enough. Connemara brought on a Connacht under age player and Galway Minor Jack Vaughan and he looked very eager, capable and promising.
The backs need more alignment and expertise in defence and attack. With a few more experienced players Connemara should improve.
Winning games is important as gates receipts will improve; it will be easier to get sponsors and new members. It will also be easier to attract players. It would be a great mistake to drift along this year knowing there is no relegation, as there are other teams like Sligo & Monivea in Connacht preparing for an onslaught as next years league honours.
On Saturday all of the forwards played well – Kevin Barry, Richardson, Alan Pryce, Eoin Conroy, Emmett Ferron, Martin Coyne, Martin O’Malley and Darragh Sweeney.
Under 17’s game:
Connemara under 17 Coaches Gerry Delaney & Fergal Woods are playing under lights at Corinthians on Wednesday evening week November 3rd in the Connacht League. The numbers here are scarce and hopefully there will be an addition of new players.
Matt O’Sullivan – PRO