Senior Men’s team

Connacht J2 Match Report: Carrick 15 v Corinthians 27

Whilst a minor distraction took place on Sunday afternoon, the 28/09/2014 in Páirc Seán, the main sporting event of the day took place in Keenaghan, Carrick on Shannon as Carrick on Shannon’s senior men’s rugby team commenced their league campaign for 2014/5.  Corinthians of Galway were the visitors on a historic day for the club in what was the first fixture on our brand new playing pitch. What transpired was an open entertaining affair which bodes well for the season ahead.

From the beginning Carrick coped well with early Corinthians pressure with the home pack on top. They were however undone with a chip through the middle with the Corinthians scrum half touching down underneath the posts. Some good pressure from the resulting kick off soon levelled matters. Steven Guckian being bundled over the line after a series of good Carrick scrums, Coffey adding the conversion.

Back came Corinthians again and after a penalty for a high tackle they edged ahead 10-7. A further unconverted try and penalty stretched their lead to 18-7 at the break, 2 missed penalties before half time not helping matters for the hosts.

Carrick again came up short with a long range effort after the interval while Corinthians stretched their lead to 21-7. The new surface and the wide open spaces of the new pitch led to a new open free running style from the home side. This, and some much improved defence paid dividends as Podge McKeon was put in the corner to make it 21-12. Out half McKeon added a penalty in between a Corinthians drop goal and penalty which continued to keep the home side at arm’s length. Corinthians were happy to endure some late yellow cards as Carrick hunted in vain for the losing bonus point which unfortunately never came, leaving the final score 27-15.

Though an opening day defeat there’s a lot to be positive about for the home side. A brand new playing pitch, a more expansive playing style, players still to return from the end of the GAA season allied to our always strong pack could add to a season of promise. Our next home match will be on the 12th of October v Ballinasloe.

1. Joe Mulvey 2. Colm McWeeney (c) 3. Joe Kennedy 4. Keith Crossan 5. Dermot Foley 6. Cormac Kelleher 7. Jason Roddy 8. Steven Guckian 9. Kevib Coffey 10. Podge McKeon 11. Liam Logan, 12. Owen McDermott, 13. Davitt O’Shannon 14. Mick Cox 15. Derek Burns Subs: Barry Lupton, Justin Farrell, Sean McKeon, Denis McCaffery, Oz Ibrahmi, Ollie Deignan

All new players are welcome and anybody interested in joining Carrick on Shannon Senior Men’s Team can contact the Men’s Captain; Colm McWeeney on 087 6036566 for further details.

Canterbury Warriors Women’s Team

Unfortunately last Sunday 05/10/2014, the Wexford Wanderers forfeited their game against The Canterbury Warriors.  This means the Canterbury Warriors will have to wait until the next weekend to have their victory when they play Edenderry.  To be part of this winning team, why not train with the girls and see if you like the way they play rugby.  For more information, please call Aoife 087 4101155.

CRFC Youths (12yrs to 17yrs)

Under 14 Match Report for Sunday 05/10/2014.  Carrick v Ballyhaunis

On Sunday 05/10/2014, Carrick Under-14 rugby team began their IRFU Connacht League with an impressive victory over Ballyhaunis RFC.  The game was played in front of a home crowd which helped Carrick on and conditions lent themselves to open and free flowing rugby.  This was another landmark day for Carrick, putting away another team playing on the fields of Connacht.  The game itself went very much Carrick’s way, working hard as a team through good tackling, rucking and open running they put the opposition under huge pressure.  The forwards laying the platform for a free running back line, this was a great combined performance by the entire squad on the day.  Tougher days await but for now Carrick will take this victory with open arms. 

Final score line; Carrick 56 – Ballyhaunis 7. 

Under 14 team for Carrick on Shannon consisted of: 1. Matthew Early, 2. Turlough McGovern Moran, 3. Ashley Maziya, 4. Kevin Brady, 5. David O’ Connell, 6. James McGuide, 7. Brian King, 8. Robin,   9. Ruairi King, 10. Paul Woods, 11. Tom Mckeon, 12. Diarmuid Kelleher, 13 Sean Lenehan, 14. Alan Crowe, 15. Eoghan Farrell.  Subs; 16. Cathal Gormley, 17. Liam Taylor, 18. Liam Phelan.  Referee; David Leyden (Connacht Referees Assoc.)

Next game up for under 14s is on Sunday week, 19/10/2014 in Tuam. 

CRFC U13s have their first IRFU Connacht League match on Sunday 12/10/2014 in Ballyhaunis. For more info. check our updates at or contact Bryan on 086 3840453.

CRFC Youths usually train at Keenaghan, Castlecara Road, Carrick on Shannon on Sundays at 10:30 am to 12 pm.  Any players who haven’t been able to make training so far, or who will be delayed starting this season, should contact Aidan on 086 3867960 or email [email protected] for Youths. 

CRFC Minis (6yrs to 11yrs/Boys & Girls)

CRFC U10s travelled to Ashbourne for National Under 10 Festival

On Saturday 04/10/2014 a squad of 17 under 10 players travelled to Ashbourne RFC to participate in the National IRFU/Aviva Under 10 Festival.  Accompanied by Coaches and parents, the players were eager to get involved in their games.  Carrick U10s, were one of four clubs representing Connacht and their first game was up against a strong Ulster club from Armagh.  Carrick lost this game but it only steadied their resolve to win the rest of their games they played on the day.  Carrick played against; Newport, Lansdowne and Wicklow.  It was a fantastic day in every sense for players, parents and coaches and hopefully a day these players will remember fondly in years to come.  On and off the pitch, the players were a credit to themselves and the club.   A big thank you to parents and coaches and also to Barry McGonigle and Kevin, our bus driver for making the day all the more memorable and enjoyable.  Thanks also to Ashbourne RFC for hosting the well organised event.

Training for CRFC Minis is from 10:30 am to 12 pm.  Training for new boys and girls is free for two weeks and the idea is for new players to give rugby a try!  A big thank you to all our returning players and it’s great to see new young players, brave enough to come down and give Rugby a try.  If you are a boy or girl aged between 6 years and 12 years and are interested in learning how to play rugby, please ask a parent to contact Aidan on 086 3867960 or email [email protected] for more info. 

Clobber 4 CRFC

We will gladly take any old clobber over all of the Saturdays and Sundays in October this season.  Clobber MUST be left with any of the Coaches at our training grounds at Keenaghan, on Saturdays or Sundays between 10:30am and 12pm.  Please let your neighbours, friends and relations know, as your old clobber can help us improve the facilities for your child/our player, the club and our community.  CRFC is a not for profit, voluntary club. 

As always, for more information or updates, please check local press, Facebook and/or Twitter.


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