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Calling All members, Ex Players, Supporters and Parents of Westport RFC

In Conjunction with the Club winning the ULSTER BANK RUGBY FORCE AWARD in Connacht. Westport RFC 2013 CLUB DAY takes place at the club grounds next Saturday 17th August.

 

It involves a work help-out day from 12 until 4 Where we will be undertaking external painting and cleaning, essential repairs, sanding of pitches, levelling work and general Tidy Up.

The Club have won a support package of €5,000 from Ulster Bank as winners of the Connacht Rugby Force and staff from the local Ulster Bank (PJ & Niamh ) will joining us on the day.

Rugby Force T-Shirts,  Banners and Rugby Balls will also be in place, while some photographs are taken for the local press.

All club members Male & Felmale are welcome and bring along some young helpers.

We hope to get as much participation as possible from all ages levels in the club, an hour or two  of your time will be greatly appreciated.

There will be fun games for the young ones and a BBQ to replenish energy levels after all the hard work!

Entertainment will be laid on for all to enjoy.

Contact for the day is   Pat McCormack 087 241 2360

 

www.westportrfc.com

 

The Draw was made yesterday the 22nd of August for the All Ireland Junior Cup,

the club's 1st 's will face Kanturk away on saturday the 27th of October, they are a north Cork club playing in the Munster Junior League.

An away trip that I'm sure many of the club's supporters will enjoy.

More details of the draw at http://www.knockon.ie/2012/08/22/all-ireland-junior-cup-draw/

Bulls U16’s pipped by Connemara in superb Connacht Cup final

Sunday 14th April 2013 Tuam.

 

Given the windy condition in Tuam last Sunday it was always going to be a game of two halves. Connemara won the toss and decided to play with a very strong breeze at their backs for the first half. From the kick off it was clear Connemara were going to utilise their big pack to punch holes around the fringes with lock, Shane Laffey and number 8 Aaron O’Donoghue prominent. After 3 minutes Westport first half challenge was made more difficult when Brian McCormack was harshly yellow carded for a high tackle – harsh given that it appeared only chest high, the difficult condition for all players and the game was just settling down.  Despite Westport being down a man and playing against the strong wind Connemara were been thwarted by players such Chris O’Donnell, Ross Prendergast, Jim McNicholas, Colin Coyne, Conor Madden and Stephen Staunton putting their bodies on the line with superb tackling. However just before Westport were to be restored to 15 men Connemara lock, Shane Laffery burst over the line for the first try of the game.

Westport shook of this disappointment and with players such as Darren Browne, Brian McCormack, Liam McNulty and Brendan McLoughlin to the fore forced the Connemara team deep into their 22 and indeed were unlucky not to force a try – denied by a knock on just as they were ready to ground the ball. A big boot from Connemara out half Nicholas Joyce from his own 22 forced the play into the Westport 22, Westport defense were unable to reorganize quickly enough and Connemara winger Emmet Moran scored their second try. Connemara full back Emmet Moran missed the conversion from a difficult angle. The first half ended with Westport pushing Connemara back into their 22, however the hoped for score against the strong wind failed to materialize.

The start of the second half was accompanied by heavy rain which impact Westport ability to use their exciting back 3 of Ryan Moran, Paul Moran and Paul Prendergast and much of the good work was done by forwards Jim McNicholas, Brian McCormack, Peter Spellman, Darragh Walsh and Darren Browne. As the game entered the final quarter Westport gained their much deserved breakthrough, clean ball from the forwards allowed scrum half Conor Madden to feed Sean Ryder, who stepped inside his man and had too much pace for the covering Connemara players to score a great individual try. Sean Ryder converted his own try and Westport had 15 minutes left to try to score another try & surely win the game.

The full blooded nature of the game was having it tool with players from both sides needing attention for their many bumps and bruises, Conor Madden’s injury required Westport to re-organise their back line with Harry Langan coming in on the wing, Tim Costigan moving to scrum half and Paul Prendergast moving into second centre. As the game entered the last 5 minutes it was clear the only team who would score was Westport, however the big question was could Connemara hold out. A sweeping move by Westport saw the ball go through the backs to Harry Langan who was on his way to the line only for the referee to call him back for a forward pass. If Westport were going to lose out it would not be for the lack of effort – each and every forward drove the ball up. Connemara’s only way of stopping the Westport onslaught was to give away penalty after penalty.

With 2 minutes left the referee lost patients with Connemara and he yellow-carded Connemara’s Aaron O’Donoghue. The game ended on the Connemara line as Westport’s Tim Costigan appeared to ground the ball only for the referee to judge that the ball was held up. The final whistle was greeted with elation by Connemara and desperation by Westport, however all that watched enjoyed a superb game that showcased the extrodiardary commitment and skill from both teams.

Westport Team: Brendan McLoughlin, Jim McNicholas, Darragh Browne, Colin Coyne, Liam McNulty, Ross Prendergast, Chris O’Donnell, Brian McCormack, Conor Madden, Sean Ryder (Capt.), Ryan Moran, Stephen Stauton, Tim Costigan, Paul Prendergast, Paul Moran

Subs.Ross Bourke, Ronan Price, Peter Spellman, Darragh Walsh, Fionn McDonagh, Harry Langan, Aidan Walsh,

 

Connemara Team: Peter Lee, Rory Ward, Dylan Keaney, Shane Laffey, Dillon King, Paul Lee, Dylan Barry, Aaron O’Donoghue, Thomas Mullen (Capt.), Nicholas Joyce, Thomas Mannion, Henry O’Toole, Brendan Regan, Jack Gavin, Emmet Moran,

Subs.Dylan O’Neill, Kevin King, Fionn McAleer, Liam Wlodarczyk 

Full gallery of Photos from the match courtsey Conor McKeown Photography;

 

 

 

 

 

Westport Under 19's had a great league win over Monivea last Saturday scoring 6 tries. It was great all round display showing the depth of this squad.

We'll keep you posted on their next home match, they are a great team to watch playing.

 

 


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This saturday 27th October Westport 1st's play Munster's Kanturk in the All Ireland Junior Cup Round 1.

Last year the lads faced a difficult R1 match away to Portadown and came away with the win,

lets hope for a similar outcome this weekend down in County Cork. Kick off  2.30pm at Knocknacolon, Kanturk.

The squad & team officials are travelling down on Friday evening .

Some supporters are travelling down saturday morning.

Spread the word to supporters of the Bulls down south to come along and show their support.

 

 

 

Full details on the Round 1 games can be found on this link Irish Rugby

Another great historical article on the All Ireland Cup on Knockon

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