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MATCH THIS WEEKEND

 

Saturday 21 January 2017

Westport Vs Sligo in Carrowholly, KO at 12.00 noon

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All things U16 will go here.  We are waiting on full report of  their 2011-2012 Season and some photos of them in action.

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Westport U-15’s Rugby Report Season 2011/2012

 • Started off the season under new head coach Des Reidy

 •First game was a friendly at home to Galwegians. Good game, good performance and a narrow victory

 •Our league consisted of: Tuam Ballaghaderran Ballyhaunis Carrick on Shannon Claremorris entered but did not field a team

 • Unfortunately all the league games proved to be very one sided with big victories against all

 • The lack of completion was a disappointment, however it did allow experimentation Players in different positions Different players

• To compensate we tried to organise additional friendly games, however due to the poor weather and a backlog of games we were only able to secure one additional game, an away match to Castlebar. This game was arranged for a Friday night under floodlights. Unfortunately unknown to us it clashed with a teenage disco at the clubhouse & we ended up travelling with an under strength squad. We were beaten, but given the players we were missing the performance was decent.

• The semi final of the league saw us play Monivea at home. Despite playing well, especially against a strong wind in the first half we lost to the eventual league winners on a score line of 12 to 19.

• The cup draw gave us a home draw vs. Ballina. Injuries to key players during the game but especially ill discipline (two players sent off) saw us lose a game we should have won on a score line of 21 to 24.

• This game was to be Sean Ryder’s (out half) and Ryan Moran’s last game of the season, out through injury. Thankfully both are now fully recovered.

• The draw for the plate saw us go away to Loughrea. Despite some difficulties before the game – Des directing the Bus to Ballinsloe and a few questionable referee decisions during the match, victory was secured by 33 points to 17.

 • The next round saw us host Connemara. Despite missing many players through injury (4 of the normal back line) we were the better team only to give away two sloppy tries and eventually lose on a score line of 28 points to 21. This game ended our season.

• Season Stats.: Played 10 Won 6 Lost 4

• Overall a mixed campaign but with the aid of Junior Cup campaign in Rice College, more luck with injuries & better discipline the team can be very competitive in 2012/2013.

• Finally and most importantly to thanks the key people that helped in a big way last season: Des Reidy supported by Alan Cusack, Mattie Bourke & Martin Kennedy and further aided by Daren Madden, Paul McAleer and Willie McDonagh for their coaching, patients and good humour The referees: The branch referees and especially the local lads, Bobby Hanaghran, Stanley Bourke & Paul McAleer The ladies: Mary McNicholas, Honor Ryder, Agnes & Valerie Sammon, Patricia & Jacqueline Prendergast, Carmel Stauton & Regina McCormack for their work in providing food for all home matches. Michael Heneghan who, like every other year I have been involved, provides huge support with organising food etc. for home matches. Stanley for keeping us informed and for helping to organise buses, referees, etc. The 26 players ,all fully paid up, for their dedication, commitment, skill and humour.

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End of Season Review 2011/2012

Our season started with 27 registered players and a winter that did not know how to stop raining for the first few weeks. The big change for us this year, was getting used to the full pitch and everyone having a position. We continued with our Wednesday night session, which proved helpfull as we missed a few weekend fixtures due to the bad weather. A special thank you to the players for turning up on those nights, when it was easier stay at home.

The League started with games against Sligo, Galwegians , Corinthians , Ballina and Castlebar to name a few. Then onto the cup, in which we got to the quarter final stages against Castlebar who beat us by 10 – 7 with a nerve racking last ten minutes! The players have worked hard at improving their rugby skills and have coped well with the full pitch. With more emphasis on getting the basics right we have improved our rucking and scrums.

At this stage our season would have been over, but we gladly accepted an invitation from Terenure Rugby Club to take part in their Inaugural U13’s Festival which took place over three days in May. They had teams from all over Ireland, one from France and one from Scotland making it a total of 20 teams. The standard of Rugby was a little above us, but it gave us all an insight into what we need to aim for in the coming seasons. The players were the perfect ambassadors for the club and their parents throughout their weekend away, and we should all be proud of them for their behaviour on and off the pitch. A great way to end a season!

Without the help of Simon Kavanagh Joyce and Eoin Fitzgerald our coaches, none of this would have been possible and a big thank you to Danny McLaughlin for helping us with the trip to Terenure. Thanks also to Des Reidy and Eddie Walsh for reffing our home games and Stanley Bourke the youths Co-ordinator. A big thank you to the parents who bring the lads down week after week. Thanks to all the parents who helped out on home games and a special Thank You to Michael Heneghan for all his time and effort that goes into looking after the pitches, organising the food for home games and keeping the club house clean and tidy.

Looking ahead to this next season I think we need to focus more on fitness. Stamina and strength were a big factor when we came up against some of the bigger clubs. We also need to use the abundance of knowledge we have in the club and get people down on a regular basis to specialise on different areas.

Looking forward to seeing you all back again next season.

Declan Currid

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 Connacht League Final

Westport Bulls RFC U19s Report Season 2011/12

 

In August 2011 if we were told that we would compete in the U19s Connacht League Final and win the U19s Connacht Cup Final, have players capped for Ireland at both U19 age grade, (Jamie Dever) and U18 age grade, (Ruben Pepperhobbs) and five players capped for both Connacht Schools and Club we would think the fortune teller had indeed lost his senses.

In a nut shell, that is how the season panned out.

Initially, we had negotiations with Connemara RFC to see if would enter a joint team in the U19s league but it soon became clear that the logistics of travelling to either Westport or Clifden for training would not be palatable for either Club.

Eddie Walsh and Pat McCormack were charged with the duty of harnessing a group of genuine U19 players and players who were making the transition from the previous season’s U17’s team that had progressed to the semi-finals of both the league and cup campaigns. Tom Browne stepped in as Manager to bolster the coaching management set up.

There was a lot of debate during the early youth co-ordinator branch meetings at the Sportsground but eventually it was decided to run a 10 a side blitz on successive Sundays during September to establish the standard of each Club participating in the proposed A & B leagues. It was a novel approach and one that encouraged guys back from the summer holidays. We were lucky in Westport that so many players accepted the challenge and we went through that campaign unbeaten securing a position to play in the A grade league.

 

Before the league proper commenced, training improved in both numbers and participation and Eddie and Pat promised the guys that if they put in the work and training that they would earn a right to play at the business end of all competitions after Christmas.

The league was a tough arduous campaign with many ups and downs. We beat Buccaneers at home 21-20 but when Buccs were successful in an appeal we were forced to play them again at home. We were leading 11-7 with five minutes to go when we took the foot off the gas and Buccs rumbled up the pitch to score a converted try leaving the final score 11-14.  The flip side of that was our game against Sligo straight after Christmas. We were losing 14-8 and had lost Andrew McAleer to a bad shoulder injury. We never gave up and forced Sligo back onto their goal line and during the last play of the game Dwayne Corcoran intercepted a pass to score under the posts. We converted and won the game. Kevin Gill still has teeth marks in his knees from that days encounter!

 

We won all our other games, beating Monivea 30-0 along the way, but because of our loss to Buccaneers we had to play Monivea in a Play-Off decider as they had also lost only one game, to us!  With all our preparation for the play-off we still underestimated the tenacity of the Monivea team and though we could have won the game when we were lined up for a drop goal attempt that never materialised a draw in that game was probably a fair result. The replay was another tight affair when we were beaten by the narrowest of margins to a score line of 12 – 11.

It was particularly difficult for a lot of the players as in the middle of all of this they had also represented Rice College in the Schools Senior Cup semi final losing out in a replay to eventual winners, Marist College, Athlone.

Revenge was sweet though, when we beat Athlone’s Buccaneers in the Cup semi final which set up another meeting, on Easter Sunday, with Monivea on the Sportsground’s hallowed main pitch. We won this game comprehensively 12-5 with our forwards dominating collisions and the back line making plenty of yardage. Andrew McAleer and Kevin Hastings scored our tries.

Looking back, it was an extremely enjoyable season and just rewards were delivered to a group of lads who never quit when the going got tough and they backed each other up right through the season. They are indeed a credit to the Club and to themselves and we look forward to seeing them represent the Club at senior level in the coming years.

Many thanks to the Club’s Main Sponsors and also to T. Bourke’s Bar, Martin McNally, Sue O’Toole and the guys from the U17 squad who contributed hugely to our squad during both competitions.

We can only wonder, when August comes around this year what will the fortune teller predict for next season?

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