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Roundstone Supporters & Roundstone Events

November 30th, 2011

A large number of Roundstone supporters are travelling to Cork for our game against Sunday’s Well on the first Saturday in December. They’re always very loyal followers. Johnny Sheehan, a Garryowen man, and his fellow Roundstone people, are organising a big Penalty Shoot in the tourist village on New Years Day. There will be a floating piece of pitch with goalposts in the harbour, and all players, coaches, dossers, veterans, ladies and gents are asked to attend and participate. There will be lots of rugby balls available and they will safely retrieved by the McDonagh brothers in their own currach. John and Carole Sheridan, Mary McDonagh and her family, the Burke family, Ferrons family, Keaney family, Joe King and Mary King, Nicholas Griffin, hopefully Joe Creane, Vinny Creane, Paddy Joe King, Hugh O’Donnell and many friends of whom I’m sure we’ve forgotten will be in attendance.
See you all on New Year’s Day, starting at 2.30pm.

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Matt O’Sullivan

Connemara U15’s Unbeatable!

November 30th, 2011

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The supporters who turned out at the Monastery Field on Sunday to watch the Nigel Murray trained under 15 side were treated to a feast of great rugby. In this vital Connacht League game the home team turned out in single file in a very determined way and got into positive mode straight from the kick off, scoring a number of brilliant tries. This was their sixth league win on the trot, they have now won their U15 south division and have a home game in the semi final in mid December.
One also has to credit the Dunmore players, who had some outstanding footballers on view, and scored three great tries. For Connemara, Dylan O’Neill at 8, Henry O’Toole at 9 and Brendan Regan at 12, Emmanuel at 14, and the King brothers, Dillon & Kevin, were all outstanding among the 20 Connemara players who took the field at various stages.
Please god Connemara will advance to the final, which will be played in early January. Also thanks to Henry O’Toole Snr who coached the team when Nigel was ill.
This Connemara U15 team is an inspiration to all our teams and coaches from underage to senior level and also to our very creditable youth lady players.

Matt O’Sullivan

Connemara RFC U15 Team 2011-12

Highfield v Connemara – UBL 26-11-11

November 30th, 2011

Highfield 35 – Connemara 16

Connemara entered Saturday’s game at Highfield knowing it would be a tough encounter against the Cork team, and they were right. Highfield bullied Connemara at times, particularly with their rolling mauls which resulted in two tries. Highfield had a massive pack and they utilised to its full extent.
Although Highfield were deserved winners, Connemara will feel the margin of defeat didn’t reflect their efforts. Indeed, despite Highfields domination up front, Connemara had numerous chances to score, and would have had it not been for resilient Highfield defending. Highfield took the lead early in the game. After a line out Highfield opted for a rolling maul and the sheer size of their pack surged over the line for 5-0. It was to stay at 5-0, due to strong swirling winds their out half was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt. Connemara’s out-half Sean Joyce had no such problems as he scored all Connemara’s 16 points, including a try after a jinking run. Highfield’s second was almost a carbon copy of their first, another line out resulted in a rolling maul and they again powered over for 10-0, this time their conversion was successful to make it 12-0. Connemara responded well and were soon over for a try of their own. Some incisive back play saw Sean Joyce evade several tackles and run in under the posts. He converted the resultant conversion for 12-7.
At 12-7 Connemara were firmly in the game, but it wasn’t long until Highfield crossed again. For once it wasn’t their forwards, after some good Highfield passing and poor Connemara tackling Highfields outside centre ran in unopposed to make it 17-7. It was a simple conversion for their out-half who dually made it 19-7.
Connemara did threaten a few more times in the first half, particularly through David McDonagh, but Highfield held out to keep the score at 19-7 at half time.
Connemara started the second half much better and laid siege to the Highfield line, Connemara came close on a number of occasions, but lacked the cutting edge on the day. They rewarded for their pressure with three second half penalties, all of which Sean Joyce converted. The penalties however were a mere consolation as Highfield secured their fourth try of the game late on. It a counter attacking move Highfield turned over Connemara ball and sent their winger over in the corner for their first bonus point of the season. Connemara were close to a deserved try at the death, but were once again off the mark.
Highfield deserved their victory, but Connemara will feel that on another day it could have been much different.

 John O’Sullivan

Connemara v Ballyhaunis 20-11-11

November 30th, 2011

Ballyhaunis 24-14 Connemara

Connemara should have won this Junior League at the Monastery Field on Sunday. Bernard Keaney at out half was very accurate with three successful penalties. His fourth effort rebounded off the left upright but nobody was following up.
Bernard also scored the only try for the home side, and despite being in his mid thirties was the fittest and hungriest man on the field. Lack of fitness and playing together has meant Connemara have lost winnable games, and should have won all of them. Distance from home is a big impediment regarding training, many are attending college and some have summer jobs, so it’s hard to have time to commit to training in early July. Most teams try to start training early in the summer, and the AGM is a chance to review the past season and to plan and look forward to the new one. Connemara are honoured to be among the elite of senior clubs in Ireland, and we have a huge following on our website, Facebook and have more followers on Twitter than any other senior club in the country. Our Junior side and Under 17’s and 19’s should be seen as our development unit, and from them should come a very talented Senior side. We have to mention a few great players like, Kevin Barry, Colin Reilly, Dean Elcock, Damian Joyce, Cathal King, Chris Heneghan, Alan McCann and Patrick King.
We have top class coaches in place and the money spent will be of better value if some extra players attended the coaching sessions. Gerry King must be pulling his hair out at the feeble response to training. Gerard has been serving school and club for close to forty years. Poor Mark Foyle, who is doing trojan work and is totally committed has lost some of his thatch-no doubt from stress at seeing which some might see as a poor response at his great efforts as playing football committee chairman.

 Matt O’Sullivan

Connemara RFC Calendar 2012

November 30th, 2011

Connemara Calendar Launch

Connemara’s first rugby calendar was launched at the Station House Clifden on Saturday evening 5th November, after the Armagh game. The official duty was carried out by our president Mr. Des Fogerty. The club is in existence for over thirty seven years and various players posed for some “interesting” pictures. There are also team shots, playing moments etc. The first calendar was auctioned by semi-retired auctioneer Connemara RFC Vice-President Matt O’Sullivan and was bought by former President John Sheridan and his wife Carole. The Armagh supporters and players were in attendance, and to celebrate the event wing forward kiwi Richie Byrne did the Haka.
The club is very grateful to all who sponsored the issue, all the posers, all who bought it and will buy it, a special thanks goes to photographer, Regina Pryce, Secretary Irene King, P.R.O Sinead O’Sullivan, designer Julian Matz, Rory O’Toole from Off The Square restaurant, and everyone else who assisted in the process. Hopefully it’ll be a decent momento and raise badly needed funds.

Matt O’Sullivan

Pj’s Walkways!

November 9th, 2011

Well done P.J.

A sincere thanks to P.J. Heffernan for giving many days of his time without charge to Connemara R.F.C this past few weeks. He had great help from his own family and the Keogh family, Liam Kevin and Alan.
The steel poles carrying lights which lit up the pitch had all fallen down and were in a mess. P.J. and his team recycled all of these eight lights, erected them, balanced them and made them very secure. He also put badly needed walkways on both sides of the pitch as well as the Ballyconneely road end. The sand pitch and badly needed area’s of drainage were redone, and Liam Keogh deserves great credit here. The whole tone of the arena is vastly improved and the disastrous looking flag poles which were an embarrassment are now recycled and painted. Thanks an awful lot to P.J. and family and the Keogh family.

Matt O’Sullivan

Connemara 35 – City of Armagh 20

November 6th, 2011

They say luck eventually evens itself out and Connemara will be well aware of this after Saturdays 35-20 win over City of Armagh. Everything went against Connemara in their previous fixture, so lady luck was due to smile on Connemara.
Connemara started the game under the cosh as Armagh threw the kitchen sink at the Connemara defensive line, but Connemara remained resilient and patient. Connemara’s resilience and patience paid off as they broke the deadlock through Richard Bourke. Bourke showed both pace and awareness as he intercepted an Armagh pass on the half way line before galloping over for his third try in two home games. Whilst Armagh were generally in the ascendancy, Connemara did have their moments too and were rewarded with a try after some good team play saw Kevin Ward bulldoze over from a short distance. Sean Joyce was successful with both conversions and it was another accomplished performance from the Clifden fly half.
Connemara may have had a two try cushion, but it was never a comfortable lead, and Armagh struck next to diminish Connemara’s comfort zone. Some neat backs play saw Armagh’s winger go over in the corner for a well deserved try, fortunately for Connemara their fly half was unsuccessful with his conversion, Armagh weren’t to know it then but placed kicks would ultimately be their downfall in this game.
Throughout this season flanker Barry Gibbons has been noted for his industrious displays and he wasn’t to disappoint on Saturday afternoon, as Armagh were pinned in the corner, Gibbons chased and blocked down their attempted kick, the ball then fell to returning flanker Richie Byrne who gratefully crossed the line for Connemara’s third of the half. Sean Joyce was agonisingly close with the conversion as it crashed off the up-right. Armagh were dominant in terms of territory and possession, while it didn’t translate on the scoreboard, it certainly did on the penalty count. Connemara conceded upward of 20 penalties throughout the game, and a team with a more competent kicker would have slotted many of these, instead Armagh kept kicking for touch and on one occasion were rewarded for it. An Armagh line out became a rolling maul which powered its way over Connemara’s line for their second of the game.
Connemara improved in the second half and had more of the ball, after some increasing Connemara pressure fly half Sean Joyce slotted over a drop goal to stretch Connemara’s lead. Connemara were again fortunate for their final try of the game, centre Benny Bester was alert and once again Connemara intercepted an Armagh pass to go in under the posts. With the fourth try secured Connemara gained a second consecutive home bonus point. Armagh would go on to add two more unconverted tries but Connemara’s lead was then unassailable. The final whistle blew to great acclaim, Connemara’s final home game of 2011 ended with victory and there was entertainment go leor. It wasn’t vintage Connemara, but they say great sides win when they play under par and Connemara were certainly under par on Saturday, winning like this shows how much we’ve progressed under the tutelage of Peter Bracken.

Despite Saturday being another great home victory by Connemara, the game was somewhat marred by the injury to Benny Bester. Everyone at Connemara R.F.C. wishes him a speedy recovery.

John O’Sullivan

Connemara Team:

1: Alex Lee
2: Alan Pryce
3: Emmet Ferrons
4: Bernard Keaney
5: Kevin Keogh
6: Barry Gibbons
7: Richie Byrne
8: Kevin Ward
9: David Keogh
10: Sean Joyce
11: Richard Bourke
12: Paddy Madden
13: Benny Bester
14: David McDonagh
15: Alan Keogh

Replacements:
Jerome Harimate
James Mannion
Eugene Conroy
Tomas King


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