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Give it a Try: Girls Rugby Open Day

We have an open day planned for Saturday 14th Sept from 12:30-5:00pm and I need everyone's help to promote the event.

 

It will be an open day promoting girls rugby from mini level right through to under 18's.

There will be fun games and activities, face painting, and carnival style events and activities for all ages.

It promises to be a fun event and a great day out for any girls thinking of taking up the sport.

Any support you can give us would be greatly appreciated, as I'm sure you are aware being an amateur sports club funds are pretty tight but if there's anything you need from us in return please let me know and I'll see what we can do.

Rugby is a growing sport for girls and as the Irish ladies team has shown by winning the Grand Slam earlier this year there is no limit to what can be achieved as we are seeing more competition available to girls.

Girls’ rugby started in Westport 4 years ago and we're now going into our fifth season. In the beginning the numbers were relatively small but thanks to word of mouth and hard work by some of the players and teachers in local schools the numbers began to grow.

Westport has a great history of producing players and the current Connacht U19 girls’ team is made up primarily of Westport girls and the Westport U18's girls’ team are going into the coming season as reigning Connacht champions, so we have put ourselves firmly on the map.

The idea of this event is to try and boost our numbers and try and get more players involved particularly at mini level as it’s important to nurture talent at a young age.

Thank you for your time and interest and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Kind Regards

Colin Weston

(Westport RFC Girls Youth Team Manager)

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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

 

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Westport U16 Girls Youth Team had the privilege to play during half time at the Rabo 12 match between Connacht and Ulster at the Sportsground in Galway. It was a big celebration of girls and women's rugby as some of the grand slam winning players from the Irish Ladies Team were present to showcase the Six Nations Trophy that they won earlier this year. The Westport team along with Ballina, Tuam, NUIG and Connemara were paraded around the pitch to the capacity crowd and formed a Guard of Honour as the Connacht and Ulster Teams entered the field.

At half time Westport played Ballina and Tuam played against NUIG/Connemara. It was a great occasion and the Westport girls did us proud as they played some brilliant rugby and managed to get revenge on Ballina following their Connacht Cup Final defeat last month.

That rounds off a great year for the Westport U16 girls who look forward to big things next season

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Westport U16 Girls Youth Team had the privilege to play during half time at the Rabo 12 match between Connacht and Ulster at the Sportsground in Galway. It was a big celebration of girls and women's rugby as some of the grand slam winning players from the Irish Ladies Team were present to showcase the Six Nations Trophy that they won earlier this year. The Westport team along with Ballina, Tuam, NUIG and Connemara were paraded around the pitch to the capacity crowd and formed a Guard of Honour as the Connacht and Ulster Teams entered the field.

At half time Westport played Ballina and Tuam played against NUIG/Connemara. It was a great occasion and the Westport girls did us proud as they played some brilliant rugby and managed to get revenge on Ballina following their Connacht Cup Final defeat last month.

That rounds off a great year for the Westport U16 girls who look forward to big things next season

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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;

 

 

 

 

 

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Bulls U16’s Friday Night Late Late Show seals Connacht Cup Final place


After tries for Fionn McDonagh, Steve Staunton & Paul Prendergast had secured an exciting 17 all draw at a cold Creggs on Easter Monday the sides met again last Friday evening in Westport to decide who would earn the right to play Connemara in the Connacht Cup final.

Westport started the game well, with excellent set plays from the forwards and tackling by all. However, silly penalties related to their kicking a chasing (players ahead of the kicker and players not retrieving allowed Greg’s out half Shane Dowd’s kicking to see Creggs dominate terriotory for the first quarter. Despite their territorial domination Creggs never looked like they were going to break the Westport defence.

Once Westport sorted out the silly penalties they dominated the second quarter and excellent fast ball across the backs saw Stephen Stauton get in at the corner for the first try. Sean Ryder narrowely missed the conversion from a very difficult angle.

As half time approached Westport had Brian McCormack yellow carded for early lifting at the line out. Despite the one man disadvantage Westport reached half time with their 5 nil lead intact.

The third quarter saw Creggs dominate territory but big tackling by Westport looked as if they would be held out. However, from a Creggs scrum on the Westport 5 metre line Creggs best player Brian Diffney crash over near the posts. The conversion by Shane Dowd gave Creggs a 7 – 5 lead.

Westport rallied but despite making good territory they were been driven back again and again by the excellent kicking to touch from Creggs Shane Dowd.

A further penalty to Creggs in front of the post with 5 minutes remaining for hands in the rouck saw Creggs push their lead out to 10 – 5.

It was now or never, positional changes in the Westport backs saw, Harry Langan come onto the wing, Stephen Stauton come into first centre allowing more space for Tim Costigan at outside centre and Paul Prendergast at full back. If Westport were going to go out it would not be for the lack of effort – each and every forward drove the ball up. Creggs only way of stopping the Westport onslought was to give away penalty after penalty – knowing 3 points would not save Westport.

With 2 minutes left the referee lost patients with Creggs and he yellow carded Creggs Brian Diffney.

Westport were running everthing trying to create space and eventually on the last play of the match, fast ball from scrum half Conor Madden reached second centre Costigan who’s inside pass created space for the on rushing Paul Prendergast who collected the ball and showed great pace to crash over the Creggs line.

Sean Ryder missed the conversion from a difficult angle. The match ended 10 all.

After two hours of great rugby Creggs & Westport could not be seperated in terms of the scoreboard, however, Westport go through to the final having scored two tries to one.

The final, against Connemara, will be the curtain raiser next Sunday in Galwegians when the Westport senior team take on Ballina in the Cawley Cup.

 

Westport Team:

B. McLoughlin, J. McNicholas, Darragh Browne, Colin Coyne, L. McNulty, Ross Prendergast, Chris O’Donnell, B.McCormack, C. Madden, S. Ryder, R. Moran, T. Costigan, P. Prendergast, S. Stauton,P.Moran

Subs.

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

 

Creggs Team:

Simon Spain, Alex Syrek, Brian Coady, Thomas Beattie, Regan Fahy, Brian Collins,James Regan, Brian Diffney,Mark Ward, Shane Dowd, Luke Kelly, Kevin Gavin, Conor Gore, Donal Kelly, Thomas Clayton

Subs.

Dan Butt, Rory O’Donoghue, Michael Kelly, Edward Clinton

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Bulls U16’s Friday Night Late Late Show seals Connacht Cup Final place


After tries for Fionn McDonagh, Steve Staunton & Paul Prendergast had secured an exciting 17 all draw at a cold Creggs on Easter Monday the sides met again last Friday evening in Westport to decide who would earn the right to play Connemara in the Connacht Cup final.

Westport started the game well, with excellent set plays from the forwards and tackling by all. However, silly penalties related to their kicking a chasing (players ahead of the kicker and players not retrieving allowed Greg’s out half Shane Dowd’s kicking to see Creggs dominate terriotory for the first quarter. Despite their territorial domination Creggs never looked like they were going to break the Westport defence.

Once Westport sorted out the silly penalties they dominated the second quarter and excellent fast ball across the backs saw Stephen Stauton get in at the corner for the first try. Sean Ryder narrowely missed the conversion from a very difficult angle.

As half time approached Westport had Brian McCormack yellow carded for early lifting at the line out. Despite the one man disadvantage Westport reached half time with their 5 nil lead intact.

The third quarter saw Creggs dominate territory but big tackling by Westport looked as if they would be held out. However, from a Creggs scrum on the Westport 5 metre line Creggs best player Brian Diffney crash over near the posts. The conversion by Shane Dowd gave Creggs a 7 – 5 lead.

Westport rallied but despite making good territory they were been driven back again and again by the excellent kicking to touch from Creggs Shane Dowd.

A further penalty to Creggs in front of the post with 5 minutes remaining for hands in the rouck saw Creggs push their lead out to 10 – 5.

It was now or never, positional changes in the Westport backs saw, Harry Langan come onto the wing, Stephen Stauton come into first centre allowing more space for Tim Costigan at outside centre and Paul Prendergast at full back. If Westport were going to go out it would not be for the lack of effort – each and every forward drove the ball up. Creggs only way of stopping the Westport onslought was to give away penalty after penalty – knowing 3 points would not save Westport.

With 2 minutes left the referee lost patients with Creggs and he yellow carded Creggs Brian Diffney.

Westport were running everthing trying to create space and eventually on the last play of the match, fast ball from scrum half Conor Madden reached second centre Costigan who’s inside pass created space for the on rushing Paul Prendergast who collected the ball and showed great pace to crash over the Creggs line.

Sean Ryder missed the conversion from a difficult angle. The match ended 10 all.

After two hours of great rugby Creggs & Westport could not be seperated in terms of the scoreboard, however, Westport go through to the final having scored two tries to one.

The final, against Connemara, will be the curtain raiser next Sunday in Galwegians when the Westport senior team take on Ballina in the Cawley Cup.

 

Westport Team:

B. McLoughlin, J. McNicholas, Darragh Browne, Colin Coyne, L. McNulty, Ross Prendergast, Chris O’Donnell, B.McCormack, C. Madden, S. Ryder, R. Moran, T. Costigan, P. Prendergast, S. Stauton,P.Moran

Subs.

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

 

Creggs Team:

Simon Spain, Alex Syrek, Brian Coady, Thomas Beattie, Regan Fahy, Brian Collins,James Regan, Brian Diffney,Mark Ward, Shane Dowd, Luke Kelly, Kevin Gavin, Conor Gore, Donal Kelly, Thomas Clayton

Subs.

Dan Butt, Rory O’Donoghue, Michael Kelly, Edward Clinton

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