Galway Corinthians RFC Newsletter March 2019
Congratulations Dylan Tierney Martin and Irish U20’s – 2019 Grand Slam Champions.
Galway Corinthians RFC would like to extend our congratulations to Club Player Dylan Tierney Martin and his Irish U20 teammates who won the Grand Slam on Friday night last with a historic win over Wales. This was Ireland’s first ever Grand Slam at this level and it was an incredibly proud moment for Corinthians as a club to see one of their own as part of the team. It was an outstanding tournament for Dylan and a special one for himself, his family and all involved with the club. Next up will be the U20 World Championship in Argentina and we have no doubt that Dylan will once again excel as he did in the Six Nations.
Tag is Coming!
The Corinthians Tag is fast approaching and already we are close to sold out! The 2019 Tag begins on the 23rd of May and as usual there is incredible interest. If teams want to register they can through the following link.
It must also be noted that without referees Tag cannot happen. If you are interested in refereeing, a meeting will be held in Corinthians on Monday the 1st of April at 7pm.
You can register to referee by going to the link below…
Or you can contact the club through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thirds Overcome Ballyhaunis In League Decider
Corinthians Thirds are the Connacht Junior 1C Champions following a tough win over Ballyhaunis last Sunday week in Ballyhaunis. Going into the game, Corinthians knew what they had to do but were going to face a tough opposition backed by a passionate home crowd. Corinthians got down to business and were 10-0 up at Half Time. A Ballyhaunis try closed the gap somewhat but this was not going to stop Corinthians who got the win and the league title. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Mixed Ability Rugby
If you are in the Sportsground this evening (Friday), you are in for a special treat as Galway Corinthians RFC Mixed Ability Rugby will be playing at Half Time of the Connacht v Treviso game!
Mixed Ability Rugby continues every Saturday for any person of special needs. The age profile is up to under 16 on the Astro Turf in Corinthian Park starting at 10am. The plan this year is to play again at half time during one of the Connacht games, as well as go to some blitzes.
We are in the process of starting up an over 16 team, so anyone who is interested could they contact Derek at 091 – 565488 or 087 – 5457138
Best of Luck to the U16 girls who are playing in the Connacht Plate Semi-Final this Saturday in Creggs RFC at 12 Noon. The girls have played excellent rugby this season and we are very proud of them getting to this stage. They have put in a huge effort during training and matches and we wish them all the best on Saturday.
The team is training hard and is looking forward to this part of the season as they have some big games ahead of them. As always we are looking for girls who would like to join us. If anyone would like to join us for a training session or to come and have a look, they are more than welcome. For more information contact Rhoda Browne Mob 086 – 8245040.
U20 Cup Draw Announced
The draw has taken place for the 2019 Connacht U20 Cup, which will feature teams from Ballina, Connemara, Corinthians, Creggs, Monivea/Westport and Sligo.
The U20 Cup will be held across three weekends in April, concluding in a festival of rugby across Easter weekend.
The draw was conducted by two Connacht men who were integral to Ireland U20s Grand Slam win – forwards coach Ambrose Conboy and hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin.
The draw sees Corinthians given a bye to the Semi-Final where they will face the winners of Creggs and Connemara with Corinthians the away team. The other Quarter Final games will see Sligo take on Ballina and Monivea/Westport will face Ballinrobe. The Quarter Final games will be played on the 7th of April with the Semi-Finals a week later. The Final will be played on the 20th of April.
Corinthians Firsts are away to Sunday’s Well tomorrow afternoon with kick off at 2.30. With just three games remaining in the league, Corinthians lie fifth in the league table, nine points off Sligo in fourth and ten behind Rainey Old Boys who are currently in third meaning that it is still mathematically possible to qualify for the play offs. A lot will depend on tomorrow’s game and on results featuring both Sligo who are at home to Barnhall and Rainey Old Boys who host Greystones.
A bus will be going to the game leaving the Clubhouse at Corinthian Park at 8.45pm.
The club president’s dinner will be held on the day of our final home game against Greystones on April 6th. More information next week.
Corinthians remaining league fixtures are as follows
Tomorrow – Away to Sundays Well
April 6th – Home to Greystones
April 13th – Away to Belfast Harlequins
Training will take place at the usual time for all mini teams with the exception of the Under 12’s who are travelling to Loughrea for the Connacht Blitz. Players have been notified of travel arrangements.
Please remember to pack light snack, warm top, spare track suit (in case it rains) and of course GUM SHIELDS!
The Youths End of Season Social awards will take place in Corinthian Park on Saturday the 27th of April at a time to be announced closer to the day. Players of the year in the respective age groups will be announced as well as many other awards in different categories. All Players and Parents are invited to attend. More information on the awards will be announced over the next few weeks.
The Corinthians Black team was beaten in the Quarter Final of the Cup by Galwegians Black in Crowley Park and unfortunately this brings to an end their cup run. In the Plate, Corinthians Blue defeated Monivea in the Preliminary round winning 19-5 with the scores coming from Darragh Kearney who scored two tries and Conor Dooley. The Conversions were kicked by Robbie Dolan and Danny Browne. The team is now through to the Quarter Final where they will host Ballinasloe on Saturday week the 30th of March. The winner of that Quarter Final will be away to the winners of Tuam and Galwegians in the Semi-Final. As part of their preparation for that game, the team will play Ennis on Sunday at 11.30am.
It was a remarkable week for the U14’s who had a very successful trip to Toulouse and on their return beat Oughterard 40-0 in the Quarter Final of the Cup. The scores coming from Adam Huban who scored a Hat Trick of tries with one each for Seghan O Braonain, Jack Wise and Thomas Farthing. Team Captain Farthing also kicked five conversions. Next up is the Semi-Final that happens tomorrow in Dubarry Park as the team face Buccaneers. Kickoff is at 1.30pm. Support will be very important for this game and could be crucial so all support welcome.
Following their impressive 44-7 win over Oughterard in the Quarter Final, the Under 15’s are in the Semi-Final where they will play Creggs in Corinthian Park on the 30th of March. The team will train this weekend as they continue their build up to that game.
The Under 16’s are in the Cup Semi-Final this weekend and will make the journey to Heffernan Park to take on Ballina tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm. The Quarter Final was always going to be a tough one as they hosted Buccaneers but a magnificent team display saw them winning 12-7 with the scores coming from Gareth Kilkelly and Conal Gallagher with a try each and the conversion from Bryan Casburn. Ballina will be a tough proposition and we need as many supporters and parents as possible to go to the game.
The Under 17’s Cup journey came to an end with defeat to Buccaneers losing 19-5. However, the season is not over for this team and they will certainly fancy their chances in the Plate that begins with a Quarter Final against Corrib in Headford on the 31st of March. Should the Under 17’s win that, they will face the winners of Creggs and Claremorris/Tuam in the Semi-Final on the 14th of April. The team will train on Sunday next.
The Under 18.5’s are involved in the Plate and will play Ballyhaunis in the Quarter Final this weekend with the game in Ballyhaunis scheduled for 12 Noon on Sunday.
This team are well capable of a good showing in this competition and should they win, they will play the winners of Monivea/Westport and Ballinrobe in the semi-Final.
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