Connemara’s fourth annual sevens tournament this past weekend was a great success, despite a disappointing local support.
Teams from all over the country took part in what was, as always, a highly entertaining tournament.
Thurles RFC, under the moniker ‘The Honey Badgers’, deservedly won the Men’s Section.
Once again, Galwegians Ladies, known as the Shirt of Ducks, won the ladies section with a display of strong rugby.
On the Friday evening, the Connemara players of all ages received their players of the season awards in the new marquee, accompanied by Michael Carey and band.
There are many to be thanked for the successful outcome-the good neighbors who put up with the inconvenience; Lidl; Michael Nee Bus Transport; Michael Laffey, driver; Joyce’s Shop Recess; Supervalu.
Rory O’Toole, aided by Peter Smyth, Aidan O’Halloran, Gerry Delaney, Oisin Heffernan and Gerard Flaherty, all put Trojan work in over the course of the weekend and deserve massive kudos for their efforts.
Immense work was done by the Heffernan family of Off The Square Restaurant, who erected the marquee, prepared for the opening and provided the catering all weekend. The marquee, which the club now owns, was officially happening, the Irish Under 20 international who had just returned from the World Junior World Cup in New Zealand.
A huge thanks to Michael O’Malley for this great work over the weekend, providing music, presentation and entertainment all weekend. Mike was there(at the pitch) from 08:30 AM to 01:30 AM on Friday and likewise on Saturday and Sunday.
Many thanks to those who supported the club and also to Martin Little for his great efforts in preparing the pitch.
A great welcome was extended to our Exiles, Emmet Ferron, Mark Joyce, Martin O’Malley and Stephen Nee, who returned from their jobs in London and Dublin respectively to enter a team for the weekend of festivities.
The Seniors Pre Season training starts on Tuesday next. Last year’s coach, Eddie Walsh, has once again assumed the role of head coach and will be looking to build on last years encouraging season.
Gerard King has retained his post as chairman of the football committee and will, once again, be ably assisted by team manager Joe O’Connell and Gerard Flaherty.
The club are very anxious to enroll new members into the 300 Club and are making great efforts to sign up new members, both home and abroad. If the club’s 300 Club initiative was fully subscribed to, it would lessen the efforts with which the club reaches in terms of fundraising and would be a huge benefit to all facets of the clubs.
Richard Bourke, formerly of Connemara RFC, won top try scorer at the Connemara Sevens’, amassing a total of eight tries.