Our 14’s kicked off their league campaign this weekend with an away fixture in Corrib RFC. These tough young Connemara men won the game with an impressive scoreline of 52-12. The under 15 side followed their great friendly win over Ballina two weeks ago with a fine 25-0 over Westport last weekend. They went on to play Monivea in their first league outing this weekend and came away with a 31-17 victory. The Under 17 and U19 leagues will soon start aswell. Numbers training at youth level have improved in recent years and all these young Connemara men are sure to be a force to be reckoned with throughout the season ahead. All these young men are very proud to wear the famous Black jersey. Well done to all the underage players and their mentors.
Welcome to Hayden Tapp, who has recently joined our club. Hayden, who is being sponsored by the Keogh family, is a specialist back row player. We hope the Kiwi has a great time playing for Connemara.
Congratulations to Oisin Heffernan for winning the underage Interprovincial title with Leinster schools. He also been picked on the Irish Schools panel. He has played successfully with Connemara underage sides, and we congratulate him and his family, who are all great supporters of the club.
Josephine Aspell R.I.P
Connemara RFC wish to sympathise with the extended of Mrs Josephine Aspell of Letterfrack, who passed away last week. She was mother of Michael Aspell, one of the first rugby players to represent the local secondary school when he and the late Martin Kerrigan represented an underage Connacht team against Llanelli in Galway in the late sixties. More recently, Michael Aspell, her grandson, played very successfully for Connemara and Connacht under 20’s. Michael is now living in Canada. May she rest in peace.
It was great to see two of our ex players, who began their careers with Connemara doing so well with Division 2A clubs in the Ulster Bank League. Paddy O’Toole is performing excellently for Highfield at out half, and Emmet Ferron has immediately established himself as prop forward for Bective. Also, well done to Tiernan O’Halloran for his exploits with Connacht and we wish him well in the Heineken Cup starting against Zebre in Italy on Saturday. He will be accompanied by his Father, Aidan O’Halloran, chairman of Connemara RFC. The club also has a host of players who are performing well for foreign clubs.
Many thanks to Joe Lynch and Noel Kavanagh for allowing us to sell the IRFU green tickets at their store at Friday the 19th of October. We are very conscious that the local people support the club, as we look after all age groups of both boys and girls. There are great expenses put on the club for coaching, transport, insurance etc etc.
Connemara’s heavy defeat to Naas on last week in the All Ireland League, though a humiliating experience for coaches, players, fans etc, may yet prove to be a blessing. A number of our players gave huge commitment to the cause and short of thirteen regulars who played last year, we must commend the player’s efforts. Naas are a powerful side and a had a number of very useful non nationals, including one who played for Western Samoa.`
Tomas King, Paddy Madden, Sean Joyce, Martin Coyne, and Alan Pryce, among others, made huge efforts. Connemara is one of only 52 clubs with Senior Status in the whole of Ireland, north and south, and it would be tragic to lose this position from lack of training fitness and team unity. Admittedly, we are short of many players who are injured and a lot of good players who are still too young to make the transition to senior level.
Our committee, players and supporters, must raise their efforts immediately to redress this unwelcome slump or lack of effort from some.
Even economically, the lack of Senior Status would be detrimental in some ways to the general area. Many supporters from other clubs continue to visit here afterwards on holidays, and because of our senior status, we are more attractive to visiting clubs from abroad which raises revenue.
Connemara 5-3 Portumna
Gerry King with his charges on Sunday last, when they beat Portumna 5-3 in a very tense encounter at Portumna in the Connacht Junior League. Down 3-0 at half time, Connemara tore into their opposite numbers and an excellent try from Renvyle man Peter Wallace secured a very valuable four points. This is a very dedicated bunch of players, some are very close to getting picked on the senior side. Props David O’Reilly and Chris Heneghan and second row Pat Mulkerrins, flanker Dean Elcock and full back Peter Wallace had excellent games.
Winners November 2012
Winners October 2012
Marina Ní Riain
Winners September 2012
Pat & Cathriona O’Toole
Connacht Junior League
NUI Galway 34-29 Connemara
This was a very high scoring entertaining game of rugby at the Monastery
Field on Sunday week at 1:30 p.m. Connemara had a full panel of 20 players, but
sadly many of them had come together for the first time and lacked cohesion.
Some players showed huge potential and commitment. There was a lot of good
rucking and direct rucking, with NUI taking a five point lead with ten minutes
to go in the first half. Connemara quickly replied with a fine try from Conor
O’Malley, which full back Peter Wallace converted with aplomb.
NUI, unfortunately, got an easy try before halftime to lead 12-7. NUIG
were a different team after half time, and through good passing and direct
running scored a number of tries, one from an intercept, and another after an
unfortunate accidental offside from Connemara. Connemara, now down 15 points,
with seven minutes remaining, rallied with two tries to collect two crucial
bonus points. Peter Wallace at full back, Chris Casey on the wing and Patrick
Mulkerrins at lock and the prop duo of Ian McDonagh and David O’Reilly and the
Keaney brothers, and the O’Malley’s, Alan and Conor, among others all impressed
in the Black of Connemara.
If this Connemara side gets some training time together, they will be a
formidable outfit. Well done to Gerry King and his assistants.
Connemara under 15’s and 17’s had a very successful away trip to Ballina
recently. The home team were short a number of players at under 17’s, so
Connemara sportingly lent them a few of their players, and had a very
worthwhile game and practice sessions. The under 15 side played extremely well
against a tough Ballina side with the score 12-12 at half time. However,
Connemara’s superior fitness and dedication saw them pull away in splendid in
the second half to win 55-12.
Both underage teams deserve great credit for their constant attendance
of training and their fierce determination to succeed.
It is good to see the continuous use of the clothes bank overlooking the
rugby pitch. It is great to know that all items left and great appreciated and
are collected regularly.
The IRFU tickets to support local rugby clubs are on sale at the moment.
At a price of ten euro each, with the main prize and all expenses paid trip to
the Lions tour of Australia for two next summer. This includes travel, hotels,
match tickets etc.
All takens from the sale of the tickets go toward Connemara R.F.C.
Connemara R.F.C. will be holding a monthly bingo in the Station House
Hotel on the last Sunday of each month-starting this October. Irene King, our
secretary, stresses that all funds raised will be contributed towards all
Connemara’s underage teams, be they girls or boys.
There are over ninety young boys playing at the moment, many coming from
Carna and Renvyle. There are also two young ladies teams playing in the
Connacht league. There is a lot of expense involved with travel, kit and gear
and insurance. Your attendance at the bingo will be great appreciated.
R.I.P Nevin Spence
There was an immaculately observed silence at Connemara R.F.C since the
passing of young Ulster centre Nevin Spence. The teams lined up each side of
the referee and there was great reverence showed by all who attended, fans and
Connemara R.F.C would like to offer their sympathies to the family of
There was a great surprise for the underage boys and girls of Connemara
R.F.C at the opening weekend of Clifden Arts Week when their training was
interrupted by President Michael D.Higgins helicopter. The president was in
town to open the towns annual Arts Week. The president himself, who is a keen
supporter of Connemara R..F.C, did not arrive on the chopper but left on it
when his duties were fulfilled. Despite the interruption, the children
continued to play and enjoy their rugby. In future years, the kids will
remember this visit fondly.