Anybody who attended at the Monastery Field on Saturday and Sunday, 11 & 12 Feb., would feel reassured about the future of Connacht rugby. At 11:30 Connemara played Ballaghadreen in the under 15 Connacht cup. The home team did not get things too easy for the first half, and the well coached Ballaghadreen team seemed well grounded in the game, and did themselves proud with some fine running rugby. Connemara eventually won 17-5.
Two more games followed between “Dunamara” Ladies and Westport ladies at under 16’s and under 18’s level. Dunamara is a combination of Dunmore and Connemara.
Following these games Connemara seniors had a fine training session under coach Peter Bracken.
On Sunday Connemara under 14’s were beaten by a very heavy and physically strong Creggs side. Feature of this game was a fine try on the right wing by Jack Moran. All Connemara players played their hearts out and all the young lads deserve great praise.
The under 17 cup game against Castlebar was a rousing game, with Connemara taking an early lead with a fine try, this was erased shortly when Castlebar under the posts after a fine break. Oisin Heffernan of Leinster Schools and Connacht was introduced with eight minutes to go in the first half, and playing at number eight he made an immediate impact with a fine break from a solid Connemara scrum. Shortly after this, and before half time, Connemara took the lead with a fine score. In the second half Oisin Heffernan scored a fine try, and Patrick King made a great dash, cutting through Castlebars midfield, to score the try of the game. T.J. Berry, Mark Staunton and the Recess Joyce’s had brilliant games for Connemara.
Connemara ended up with a very fine 31-7 victory.