Club News

Family Fun Festival & Registration Day

July 30th, 2011
Family Fun Fest & Underage Registration Day

Family Fun Fest & Registration Day

Sunday August 21st, from 12pm – 4pm, will see Connemara RFC host the first of many  Family Fun Festivals. There will be lots of fun games and activities for all age groups along with BBQ, refreshments, cake sale and Connemara RFC merchandise at special offer prices. There will be no admission fee on the gate.
All underage players are expected to register for the 2011-12 season on the day so that all teams will be ready to take to the field for training in September. All players who register on the day will recieve a free gift. Registration forms are available for download HERE  and will be available on the day.
The Family Fun Fest promises to be a fun-filled afternoon for all the family, young and old, so the whole of Connemara are invited to take part in a great day out.
Events will include Lots of Wacky Races, The Kick Fada, Sponge Throwing, Welly Throwing, The Horse-Shoe Toss, Wife Carrying, Bouncy Castle, Sumo Suits, Face Painting, Tombola, Cake Sale, The Duck Splat and numerous other fun events.

For further details or enquiries please contact Irene – 0879017406.

Introducing Peter Bracken – Head Coach

July 30th, 2011

Connemara RFC are happy to announce the appointment of Peter bracken as Head Coach of Connemara RFC for the coming season. Peter is a native of Tullamore, Co. Offaly with whom he learned to play rugby until he was 17. He then played one year of schools rugby with St.Andrews college in Dublin. He represented Ireland at Irish youths and Ireland school level during this time and was the first player to play with both those sides. He won a triple crown with the Ireland schools and went on an unbeaten tour to Australia with that schools side. Peter played AIL rugby with Bohemians (old Div3) and Galwegians and won numerous senior Connacht league and Connacht senior cup titles with Galwegians along with playing in an AIL Div 1 semi final with Galwegians.

Peter represented Munster six times during his time with Bohemians. He was part of the extended Munster panel in 2000 when Munster reached their first Heineken Cup final againt Northampton. He went on to represent Connacht for 4 years playing in 2 Amlin Cup (Parker Pen Cup as it was known then) semi finals. He then moved to London Wasps where he had two very sucessfull seasons wining an Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2006 and winning the Heineken Cup in 2007. Peter also represented the world 15 side and the Barbarians ( v’s England) during his time at Wasps. Since Wasps he has played for Bristol, Harlequins and French side Carcassonne.

Peter has 7 Ireland A caps and he has also toured New Zealand, Austrailia and Argentina with the Ireland senior team. He was part of the extended 37 man squad before the last world cup in 2007.

“I’m delighted to be appointed head coach of the Connemara All Blacks for this coming season. I’ve just finished playing professional rugby after an enjoyable season with Carcassonne in France. By the way it’s a lovely place for any Connacht fans to visit if they are heading to the Toulouse game in October.
 
I’ve done a lot of coaching during my years as a professional player and have worked with many of the academy sides at the clubs that I’ve played with. I’ve also worked with various amature club sides, mainly in England. I’ve set up a consultant scrum coaching business called The Scrumdoctor which I’ll be pursuing outside with my role within the club but neadless to say Connemara All Blacks is my main priority this year. This is my first job as a head coach so it’s a new and exciting challenge for me. I’m confident in my ability as a coach and I aim to bring a greter element of professionalism that maybe might have been a bit lacking in the club previously. I appreciate the faith the club administrators have show in appointing me and I guarantee I will do everything in my power to help bring about a successful season for the club.
 
Success will not come without the effort and commitment of the players and the support of the Connemara people. I urge our supporters to come out and watch our games. We will be playing an enjoyable, expansive, running game. We need numbers at training to get our preparation correct. I’ve been encouraged with the skill level and commitment of the guys who have been training so far. I thank those lads for that but we will not win anything if the numbers don’t start to increase soon. Those guys not training need to get on board soon if they want to play.
 
We’re going to have a right crack at teams this year, so don’t miss out.”

Connemara 7’s Report

July 30th, 2011

Connemara 7’s Tournament – 1,2,3 July 2011
The Inaugural Connemara 7’s took place at The Monastery Field, Clifden on 1st, 2nd & 3rd July last and it is safe to say that all participants and spectators enjoyed a fantastic weekend of fun and fast paced rugby, along with nose blistering Connemara sunshine.  The positive comments and feedback from clubs, players & spectators is testament to a well organised, enjoyable and 100% successful tournament.
With Clifden being so many miles from everywhere we knew it would be a mammoth task to convince clubs and teams to attend for a weekend, but we also knew that if we provided everyone with a fun, inexpensive weekend in beautiful scenic Connemara, that it would indeed be a massive success.
The festival started on Friday evening with the official opening by John Carr, President Connacht Branch. This was followed by a meet and greet for all teams with BBQ & Bar and fun and games in the festival marquee. A free local courtesy bus was provided by Michael Nee, Connemara Coaches for all participants and supporters over the entire weekend and we must thank Michael and his drivers for showing such hospitality and kindness to everyone who availed of the service from various pick-up and drop-off points.
Games kicked off on the Saturday morning at 10am, with 12 men’s and 4 women’s teams competing. The rugby continued through to 8pm that evening, followed by the “Ruck ‘n’ Scrum” in the festival marquee.  A fantastic party atmosphere continued for the night.
Sunday morning saw the final pool games recommence at 11am followed by the men’s and women’s finals. Congratulations to all who helped organise, volunteered, participated, played, attended and supported the Connemara 7’s. The support and help we received from the Connacht Branch, The Association of Referee’s – Connacht Branch, and the IRFU was second to none and without a doubt was a major factor in making the tournament a brilliant success.

Men’s Cup Winners – Shamrock Warriors,  Runners up – Connemara Boys
Men’s Plate Winners – Lazy Leprechauns, Runners up – Tuam RFC
Men’s Bowl Winners – DCU Force 7,  Runners up – Darren Murphy’s Rugby Wake
Men’s Shield Winner – Inbetweeners,  Runners up – Connacht Dragons
Women’s Cup Winners – Shamrock Warriors, Runners up – The Allsorts
Women’s Plate Winners – Galwegians, Women Runners up – Tuam Nada Balls
There were also prizes for Top Try Scorers and Best Try and Most Colourful Kit

The Connemara 7’s will take place on the first weekend of July annually – next tournament on 6th, 7th, 8th July 2012 where we aim to increase participation and include some extra prizes and festival events!  The Connemara RFC 7’s Tournament is in aid of Connemara RFC Club Development.

Irene & James Staunton – Connemara 7’s Organisers

Congratulations!

July 23rd, 2011

Huge congratulations to our Football Committee Chairman Mark Foyle on his recent engagement to local lass Regina Pryce. Well done to you both and best wishes from all in Connemara RFC.

PRO Notes – June 2011

July 20th, 2011

E.G.M.

An E.G.M. of Connemara R.F.C approved the new club constitution on Wednesday evening 25th May the Station House Hotel Clifden by all members present.
Committee members Irene King and Breda Coneys are to be thanked for their great work re -wording and updating of the old document.

A.G.M.

Just 26 members turned up for this annual meeting at the Station House Hotel Clifden on Wednesday evening the 25th of May.
Outgoing president Aidan O’Halloran gave a thorough review of the years activities before handing over to new president Des Fogerty. Des set the tone for the new season when promising a full commitment to the clubs future.
Of interest at the meeting was the appointment of Sinead O’Sullivan as club P.R.O. thus bringing a added lady to the committee- already Irene King, Mary Lydon and Breda Coneys have done trojan work throughout the years.

Oughterard Rugby

Congratulations to Oughterard R.F.C. on the opening of the new pitch on Saturday 28th May.
Sadly a number of Connemara were unaware of the opening and did not attend.

Membership Fee

Membership secretary Peter Smyth recommended that there should be no increase in fee’s this year, so the annual membership is still fifty euro and the 300 club remains at ten euro per month.
There are still places for new members in this limited  club and there are three one hundred euro prizes each month.
Older friends of Connemara can have a life membership which includes a made to measure black jacket with the clubs hand embroidered crest. This will cost one thousand euro and these members will be especially cherished members of the club. Many golf clubs have raised needed funds by this means for example Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry.
Sinead O’Sullivan


Thanks to our many Sponsors and Supporters

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