Development Cup Spoils Fall Bish’ Way

St Joseph’s (The Bish) Town edged out country counterparts Clifden Community College by a single conversion 12-10 at The Sportsground’s sidepitch on Thursday.

While both teams may celebrate entry into the Supermacs Connacht Schools Senior Cup later this month, hotting and hollering was The Bish’s alone. Two tries apiece meant little separated the two sides for 80minutes.081_640x480

Domestic Games manager (Connacht Branch) Lyndon Jones said for all its virtues rugby could be a cruel game sometimes, and Clifden had every opportunity to stake a claim for cup honours.

“I suppose to an extent it came down to one kick, but then if you say that, this final really came down to two kicks, it was just that one of them missed,” Jones said.

Branch President John Carr was on site yesterday for the duration, noticeably more comfortable than 093_640x480his last Supermacs Connacht Schools outing – sleet-peppered frostbitten Ballyhaunis league finals. Opting to let players alone wear shorts on Thursday, Mr Carr said school rugby in Connacht was perennially fascinating given it was rare for the same schools to feature as finalists year-in, and year-out.

He congratulated Clifden on their rise through the ranks and The Bish on never being too far off the pace.

The schools cups continue in both senior and junior (open) format throughout January and February.

Sligo Grammar, Marist College Athlone, St Joseph’s (The Bish), Oranmore’s Calasanctius, Garbally and Rice College Westport boast teams in junior and senior cups, albeit Garbally, The Bish and Marist there by way of development cup successes. St Gerald’s Castlebar and Sligo’s Summerhill comprise the two vacant spots in the junior cup, and The Jes’ (Colaiste Iognaid) and Clifden Community College round out the senior knock-out.

Connacht Branch will cover both competitions throughout the next four weeks, watch this space.

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