Heineken_Blank200The draw for the Heineken Connacht Junior Cup was made last night in Busker Brownes, Galway. The first Junior Cup final was played between St Ignatius College and Queens College Galway in 1905, St Ignatius winning by a score long lost to antiquity, and remains one of the most prestigious competitions in the Province to this day.

The draw was presided over by Connacht Branch President Jim Foy and Heineken representative Jim Glynn. In a twist to the usual format only the first 2 round were drawn, with further draws to take place to determine the quarter-final and semi-final pairings once the initial 2 rounds have taken place.
The top 8 ranked teams in Junior Division 1A received a bye into the second round with the bottom 4 joining the 10 teams from Junior Division 1B to make up the 1st round.

Connacht Branch President Jim Foy said that this was a particularly prestigious year to win the Heineken Junior Cup as this was the 125th year of Connacht Rugby and that the memory of this occasion would live long in peoples minds. He went on to wish every team the best of luck in the competition, including title holders Corinthians, and re-iterated the importance of the continued sponsorship and support that Heineken provide.
Jim Glynn of Heineken thanked the clubs for continuing to support Heineken and it’s brands, and spoke of ‘the pride and passion’ that Heineken and it’s supporters bring to rugby.

The event was very well attended, with all of Connacht’s 22 adult clubs represented, along with Pat Maher, Sponsorship Manager for Heineken Ireland who travelled from Cork to attend the launch.

The full Round 1 and Round 2 draws can be found here: (please not that the quarter and semi finals will be drawn after round 2, so the draw will not play out as it appears after round 2)

All pics (C) Jonathan Curran/www.sportsingoccasions.ie

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Eanna Ryan, Jim Glynn, Pat Maher, Andrew Forde & Finbar Lillis from Heineken.

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Connacht Rugby’s Gavin Duffy and Adrian Leddy Creggs RFC

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