Connemara R.F.C had two visiting teams this weekend past – Sundays Well in the All Ireland League on Saturday and Carrick R.F.C in the Connacht Junior Cup on Sunday.
Sundays Well 22 Connemara 7
This was a great game in damp conditions and was mostly controlled by a very solid local fifteen. In fact we were leading with fifteen minutes to go when after a series of defensive scrums a long cross kick by the visitors yielded what was probably a deserved try.
Connemara earlier had a great try as a result of a darting dash from Alan Keogh. Sean Joyce converted from under the posts. Well’s got an undeserved try before full time. All our players did well – the three Keoghs – David at full back, Alan and Kevin when he came on in the second half brought a great balance in the pack.
Darren Little is getting better with each game as are our front row of Ferrons, Robinson & Pryce. Also Martin O’Malley and Martin Coyne, Darragh Sweeney, Cormac McDonnell and James Mannion did well as did James O’Connell, Jack Vaughan, David McDonagh etc in the backs.
The visiting team had fewer supporters than Seapoint last week but made themselves heard. Well failed to get the bonus point which they surely expected to get.
Connacht Junior Cup
Connemara 52 Carrick R.F.C 0
Twenty three talented young players and a few evergreens togged out for this first round cup game at the Monastery Field on Sunday and did the club proud. Sadly there were not too many there to witness a fine display of attacking and running rugby.
Among the evergreens were Tomas King and Kevin Ward. Kevin Keogh also made a cameo appearance. Almost from the kick off Peter O’Toole scored a great try in the corner. This was followed by two tries from his full back brother Michael O’Toole. Eoin Bourke also got two good tries and Paddy Madden got one, and made one for scrumhalf Oisin Conneely. Peter O’Toole also got a second try. Shane Sweeney at outhalf kicked six good conversions.
It is good to see a good group of home grown talent develop into a fine team. Now is the time to enjoy their growth into fine future prospects. A number of them could easily graduate onto our A team.
Matt O’Sullivan – PRO
MATT’S DECEMBER/JANUARY UPDATE
CONNEMARA 20 GORT 5
This was a very entertaining game at the Monastery Field on Sunday when our side played some delightful open rugby. It was very encouraging to see about 25 young and not so young players togged out for Connemara B League game against Gort a heavier team.
This was an attractive outing on a good pitch in ideal conditions. Thomas King and Owen Bourke made welcome comebacks and did themselves proud. Both had good games. Others to impress were Michael O’Toole, Shane Sweeney who scored two penalties and two converts over the bar.
Scorers of two good tries were David McHugh & Peter O’Toole. Kevin Ward played well until injury in second half brought him ashore. Oisin Conneely at 9 and Stephen Nee in lineout did well as did Paddy Madden.
It was good to see some young Renvyle players in action as Connemara R.F.C have had great support in the peninsula since the formation of the club.
Keep up the good work.
There were a few very good weeks around Christmas for our Club. Our Cleggan crew deserves great credit when 16 young men did the Christmas Day plunge. They raised €1,600.
Connemara Rugby Club’s pre Christmas Race Night was a great success despite two postponements. The first due to the sad death of Paul Joyce and the clash with St. Feichins card night. On a treacherous night the club raised €3,500. There was great support locally.
A pre Cheltenham night of racing will take place at Griffin’s on the Friday previous to the meeting.
Mark Foyle and his team deserve great credit for a good night at the Station House Theatre when launched a DVD of Connemara‘s great Division 3 win against Trinity in Landsdowne Road. As far as we know about €1,700 was earned. DVD’S are for sale locally for €10.00 a shot.
The clubs golf day will be held in early June also a family festival will take place on the rugby pitch on Easter Sunday. Sponsors and helpers are badly needed.
Friends of Connemara in Oughterard are hoping to run a golf day for us at the local club.
Seapoint 35 Connemara 6
This was a game where Connemara, playing well still managed to make a few basic mistakes, allowing the visitors three soft tries as well as knocking on with the visitors line at our mercy.
Newcomer Chris O’Neill looked good and was strong in the tackle. Alan Keogh at out half as well as Emmet Ferron at prop had good games. Sean Joyce was fine at scrum half all the forwards tried hard in front of a large attendance mostly from Dublin.
Some two hundred plus spent a very enjoyable weekend here and left a substantial amount of money in the town’s coffers.
David McDonagh, Martin Coyne, Martin O’Malley, James Mannion of Leenane did well as did James O’Connell at centre. David Keogh is a specialised scrum half and was wasted at full back.
GATE RECEIPTS for the Seapoint game were €1,400. Thanks to Mary Lydon for her continuous good work. There were very few locals in attendance. But hopefully things will improve.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the young Connemara Boys & Girls who have been picked recently to play for provincial teams.
Oisin Heffernan has been picked to represent Leinster at under 17’s. He is a proven No. 3. His sister Roisin has been picked to play for Connacht also at No. 3 Under 17’s ladies despite being only 14. We are very happy for their parents Maureen & P.J (a Mayo import). Their restaurant “Off The Square” are financial supporters of the club.
Congrats also to John O’Brien who is having a wonderful year with Bucaneers, leaders of their section of the A.I.B Senior League. He is playing consistently well and won Man of the Match against Galwegians in the local derby.
One of our club coaches John O’Halloran is also doing Trojan work with under age teams. His ladies are doing extremely well and some have been picked for the Connacht Under 17 ladies. They are;
There are twenty ladies training at under 17’s. John’s under 13 girls are flying it too.
SEVEN A SIDE
Preparations are being advanced for next Summers International Seven A Side at the Monastery Field. There will be Mens & Ladies Competitions. Irene King and her husband James Staunton, despite his recent illness are working hard to ensure this competitions success. All help physical, moral and financial will be appreciated.
Upcoming game against Sunday’s Well.
Connemara’s game in the All Ireland League against Sunday’s Well is now on at 1:00 o’clock. This is to facilitate the viewing of the Ireland v’s Italy game in Rome. There was disappointment in Connemara that neither Gavin Duffy or Cronin were picked for Ireland. Gavin did not even get the comfort of being on the bench. Connacht’s second row player Mike McCarthy was left off the panel with Peter Stringer.