The draw has been made for the Bank of Ireland Junior Cup quarter-finals. 

Tuam’s reward for their comprehensive win over Monivea is a North Galway derby with Dunmore. Tuam showed a supreme attacking prowess in that game, crossing the whitewash six times in a comprehensive 35-7 victory.

Their opponents, Dunmore, didn’t have it as easy, eventually overcoming a resolute Castlebar by a scoreline of 28- 21.

Creggs put in an epic attacking display to defeat Corinthians 2nd XV by 61-19 on Saturday evening. The Buccaneers and Connemara last 16 game wasn’t played, with a decision on that tie being finalised by the competitions committee.

Galwegians 2nd XV were dominant in their last 16 tie with Sligo 2nd XV. They won by 36-5 and will play a Ballinrobe side that continued their impressive cup run with a 20-5 victory over Ballinasloe.

Westport go into the last eight after their 36-14 win over Ballyhaunis. They will play University of Galway, who had a tight 10-13 victory over Corrib RFC.

Full Bank of Ireland Connacht Junior Cup Quarter-final draw

Tuam RFC v Dunmore RFC

Creggs  v TBC (Buccaneers 2nd XV v Connemara last 16 tie wasn’t played)

Galwegians 2nd XV v Ballinrobe RFC

Westport RFC v University of Galway

Connemara RFC is the Bank of Ireland Cawley Cup champions for 2022. 

They defeated Westport on a scoreline of 39-19 in a cold Crowley Park on late Sunday afternoon. The game got off to a blistering start, with O’Toole brothers Michael and Henry both going over in the same corner to give the Clifden side an early commanding lead.

It was a lead that they would not give up for the entirety of the game, with David O’Reilly adding another try for Connemara before Westport even got on the board.

Leading up to half-time, some sustained pressure from Westport saw Poland international, Kacper Palamarczuk, grasp the opportunity to go through a gap in Connemara’s defence. This left the score 19-7  at the break.

Shortly after half-time, Westport gathered in their droves to push on again, with a heap of bodies ensuring the ball touched down over the line in the Galway City end.

However, that was as good as it good for the Mayo team, with Michael O’Toole adding another, before his brother Henry scored the try of the game, breaking from his own 22 outpacing several members of the Westport defence to touch down under the posts.

Connemara played out the rest of the game with relative ease, running out 39-19 victors, with captain Ian Staunton lifting the Cawley Cup trophy soon after.

In the Bank of Ireland Curley Cup final, University of Galway Rugby outscored Corinthians 2nd XV by seven tries to two, coming out 41-10 victors in Ballyhaunis.

In a well organised team display, College flyhallf Sean O’Grady capitalised on several loose passes from Corinthians, providing a strong counter-attacking platform for the side. A mention must also go to Peter Magliocco, who seemed to be getting on the end of every attack, eventually crossing the whitewash three times.

Lock Tireoin McCabe lifted the Bank of Ireland Cawley Cup as captain for the side.

A late try from Brian Ruane helped Tuam RFC overcome Buccaneers 2nd XV to become Bank of Ireland Cawley Plate champions for 2022, with a final scoreline of 19-22. Eoin Sweeney was brilliant throughout and picked up a brace of tries, as well as the Man of the Match, for the victors.

Corrib RFC overcame Ballinasloe by the minimum of margins in the Bank of Ireland Curley Plate final in Tuam, with the game ending 21-20.

Corrib won out in a contest between two very evenly matched sides, bringing the Curley Plate back to Headford for 2022.

In another close game, Oughterard RFC overcame OLBC in the Bank of Ireland Curley Bowl.

Both sides crossed the whitewash twice, but Oughterard edged it, finishing 20-12 victors in the end. Darragh O’Halloran won man of the match for the side, putting in an excellent performance in both attack and defence.

The Bank of Ireland Cawley Cup returned this weekend, signifying the start of a new season for some of Connacht’s club sides.

Pool A

Pool A saw Buccaneers 2nd XV travel to nearby Creggs, while Castlebar hosted Dunmore.

Buccaneers 2nds looked too strong for their near neighbours, racing into a 16-0 lead at the break. Creggs did manage to get a try on the board, but it was too little, too late, as the visitors travelled back to Athlone with a 21 points to spare.

The other game saw Castlebar prove their worth against Dunmore. The first half was a tentative affair, with the Mayo side going into the break just a point up at 6-5.

After both sides scored two tries, kicking proved the difference as Castlebar ran out 20-12 victors.

Pool B

On a fantastic day for rugby, Connemara welcomed Westport to Clifden for their first game of the season on Sunday. Both sides showed excellent attacking talent throughout, with the Connemara All Blacks eventually coming out on top of a 29-15 scoreline.

Group B’s other game was a Galway derby, as Monivea hosted Tuam.

Here the away side proved to be dominant throughout, scoring eight tries on their way to a 5-48 win. In what was one of the performances of the weekend, Ian Murphy touched down for a hat trick of tries for the visitors.

Here are the team lineups for Sunday’s Bank of Ireland Connacht Junior Cup Final between Buccaneers 2nds and Connemara.

Kick-off is at 3.15pm while there will also be a minute silence for Buccaneers clubman Pat Hynes who passed away recently.

 

BUY FINALS TICKETS HERE
BUCCANEERS RFC 2NDS CONNEMARA RFC
Cedric FOKAM 1 Eugene CONROY
Rory GRENHAM 2 Hendrik PRINSLOO
Sean O’CONNELL 3 Ian STAUNTON
Sam KROUPA 4 David O’REILLY
Fergus GALVIN 5 Niall STAUNTON
Cathal O’GRADY 6 Tommy MULLIN
Brian MCDONNELL 7 Paul LEE
Ryan O’MEARA 8 TJ BERRY
Graham LYNCH 9 Mike O’TOOLE (C)
Frank HOPKINS 10 Ian HEANUE
Harry HUGHES 11 Ethan GRIFFITHS
Colin DALY (C) 12 Eoin BOURKE
Harry BALSIGER 13 John O’BRIEN
Ross MURPHY-SWEENEY 14 Marty CONNELLY
Jenson NAGLE 15 Henry O’TOOLE
Trevor THOMPSON 16 Fionn HEFFERNAN
Cian DALY 17 Ronan CONNELLY
Mark TALLON 18 Enda CONNOLLY
Cian MCCANN 19 Mark JOYCE
Robert TEAPE 20 Dave MCDONAGH
Eoin O’CARROLL 21 Calum HIGGINS
Saul O’CARROLL 22 Shane SWEENEY
Gerald FALLON 23 Barry GIBBONS

Buccaneers Extended Panel

Jack Scouler, Liam Doyle, Mathias O’Neill, Kealon Connolly, Cameron Rooney-Digan, Andy Evans, Michael McHale, Sean Flynn, Niall Harney, Darren Touhey
Managers: Joe Browne, John Doyle, Jimmy Digan
Coaches: Paul Byrne, Benny Gilligan
Physios: Joe Smyth, Jack Mannion, Gary Pyke

Connemara
Head Coach: Henry O’Toole
Forwards Coach: Bernard Keaney
S&C: Alan King
Kit Man: Gerard Faherty
Team Manager: Joe O’Connell
Physio: Alan Daly

Preceding that game is the Plate final between Castlebar RFC and NUIG RFC.

Here is how each team will line out.

CASTLEBAR RFC NUIG RFC
Simon STAUNTON 1 Maitias O’GRIOFA
Sean TONRA 2 Oscar SODEN
Darragh MULGREW 3 Patrick SMYTH
Aodhain O’DONOGHUE 4 Tireoin MCCABE
Mathew STAUNTON 5 Finn MCCALL
Liam HEGARTY 6 David O’CONNOR
Pat CAROLIN 7 Charlie CLARKE
David STAUNTON 8 Oisin HALPIN
James BALASKI 9 Alex BLAKE
Barry WALSH 10 Sean O’GRADY
Luke STAUNTON 11 David BURKE
Mark STAUNTON 12 Fergal CONWAY
Eoghan HUGHES 13 Ross CLEARY
Fintan CASEY 14  Conall MACCUARTA
Stephen ROGAN 15 Fiachra O’GRIOFA
Ruairi HUGHES 16 Daniel JOHNSON
Kieran DEUCY 17 Samuel SHEAHAN
Damien TOGHER 18 Conaill TUITE
Conor O’NEILL 19 Samuel BERNARD
Joe HOWLEY 20 David ROBB
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Castlebar Extended Panel

Ultan McDyre, David O Donnell, Richie Newcombe, David Lavelle, Mathew Goodwin, Peter Gordon, Danny Plaster , Gearoid Cramp

Management: Simon O’Malley Head coach, Ruairi Hughes Assistant coach, Christy Cusack Assistant coach, Gerry Melly Team Manager, Conrad Kelly Kit Manager

CONNEMARA 20 CREGGS 14
By John O’Sullivan
 
Connemara qualified for the Connacht Junior Cup semi finals after a hard fought victory over Creggs on Sunday at the Monastery Field.
 
In a repeat of last season’s Junior Cup final, 12 points from Henry O’Toole and a Shane Sweeney try secured victory for the hosts, but it was their defence — which the rock solid centre Eoin Bourke personified — that won the day.
 
The visitors, meanwhile, registered three penalties through Shane Purcell and notched a try from Maurice Buckley. But, despite having the lions share of territory and possession, Creggs were unable to prize open the Blacks stubborn defence on enough occasions. The win gives Connemara the opportunity to complete consecutive Connacht League and Cup doubles.
 
Connemara and Creggs were winners and runners up in both the League and Cup last season and it was clear from the beginning of the game that there was no love lost between both sets of players.
 
The tempo was high and the physicality was intense and it was the home team who started better. The first of many dominant scrums provided clean ball for the Blacks’ backs. The ball was worked to last season’s Connacht Junior Player of the year, Henry O’Toole, and the full back drew a tackle before releasing the scoring pass to winger Shane Sweeney to touch down.
 
5-0 soon became 8-0 with a penalty from O’Toole as another powerful scrum the home team yielded a penalty.
 
If Connemara were dominant in the scrum, then Creggs’ line out was in the ascendancy. Accurate throws from Buckley fed a dominant maul which sent the Blacks marching backwards at a rate of knots. It was through this route that the visitors got themselves on the board. Purcell accurately slotted a penalty after the hosts were penalised for collapsing a maul.
 
Creggs were now well and truly in the game and two Purcell penalties translated their dominance into points. But the Blacks — through O’Toole and Sweeney — scored two three pointers themselves, showing a clinical touch despite having meagre amounts of possession and territory, to make the half time score 14-9.
 
The second half was played in the same manner as the first; Creggs dominant but the hosts defence proving well organised and game, even when two separate yellow cards twice reduced them to 14 men.
 
The ever impressive Shane Dowd at full back and outside centre Eoghan Coyle both made running incisions into Connemara territory but every attempt was met with the same resistance.
 
On the rare occasions they enjoyed possession, the home team made it count on the board; a capability and efficiency that ultimately proved the difference between the sides. Two more O’Toole penalties brought the score to 20-9 and time was running out for Creggs to find a route to victory.
 
Another surging rolling maul saw the visitors drive their opponents backwards and this time — unlike all the others — it bore try scoring fruit with Buckley touching down at the base. The block was against Creggs, however, and when an attempted, quick drop kick conversion drifted wide the final whistle sounded.
 

Connemara team: (15-9): H.O’Toole; S.Sweeney; E.Bourke, D.McDonagh, M.Conneely; C.Jonas, M.O’Toole; (8-1): T.J.Berry, P.Lee; C.O’Malley; K.Keogh, N.Staunton; I.Staunton, B.Gibbons, E.Conroy.

Replacements: M.Mullins, J.Vaughan, D.Kennedy, I.Heanue, F.Heffernan.
 
Creggs team: (15-9): S.Dowd; K.Gavin; E.Coyle, T.Callaghan; S.Purcell, A.Callaghan; (8-1) B.Diffley, P.Lohan, J.Brandon; B.Donoghue, K.Brandon; A.Leech, M.Buckley, T.Fleming.

Replacements: D.Arnold, R.Horan, E.Farrell, R.Cahill, M.Brandon.

The quarter-final draw for the 2020 Connacht Junior Cup has thrown up a repeat pairing of last year’s final with Connemara taking on Creggs in the last eight.
 
Connemara who are reigning J1A league and Junior Cup holders are aiming for a historic back-to-back double, with the Clifden side six points clear of Creggs at the top of J1A with a game in hand.
 
The two sides learned their fate after coming through their Round of 16 ties over the weekend, with Connemara seeing off Loughrea 15-6 while Creggs defeated Westport 16-9.
 
That game is the only all-J1A tie of the quarter-finals. Castlebar who are 4th in J1A will play host to Corrib, Monivea make the trip to Corinthians while Buccaneers play host to Ballinrobe.
 
All the quarter-finals take place this Sunday 19th January with kick-offs at 2pm.
 
2020 CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP

Preliminary Round (Sunday 5th January)
Ballyhaunis 13-3 Galwegians
Corinthians 39-22 Ballina
Corrib 22-13 Dunmore
Loughrea w/o-con NUIG

Round of 16 (Sunday 12th January)
Ballinrobe 15-14 Carrick-on-Shannon
Buccaneers 31-3 Sligo
Castlebar 17-14 Tuam
Corinthians 31-14 Ballyhaunis
Loughrea 6-15 Connemara
Monivea 35-10 Ballinasloe
OLBC 7-61 Corrib
Westport 9-16 Creggs

Quarter-Finals (Sunday 19th January)
Buccaneers v Ballinrobe
Castlebar v Corrib
Connemara v Creggs
Corinthians v Monivea

Connemara won the repeat of last season’s Connacht Junior Cup final with a 16-8 victory away to Creggs on Saturday night, writes John O’Sullivan.
 
The Blacks, who began the game at the top of the Connacht J1A League, trailed to an unconverted Eoghan Coyle try, but rallied in the second half and sealed the victory thanks to a late Curtis Jonas try — added to three Henry O’Toole penalties — which Shane Sweeney converted.
 
Creggs and Connemara went head to head for both the Connacht Junior League and Cup last season, with the Clifden based side victorious in both competitions, and it was clear from the early exchanges that the hosts were keen to avenge their defeats.
 
The tempo of both teams’ defensive line-speed was at a ferocious level and the ambition with ball in hand was evident. The running games that brought so much success for both of the games contestants last season still the weapon choice.
 
However, defensive solidity was the prominent feature of the opening 20 minutes with the game played largely between both sides 22s.
 
It appeared as if it would take something special to open the nights try scoring account, and Creggs duly obliged midway through the half.
 
Eoghan Coyle, brushing off four would be tackles, burst through the Connemara defence and ran in a score of individual brilliance from the halfway line, much to the delight of the large crowd assembled under the new stand at The Green.
 
Shane Purcell’s conversion, from tight to the right hand touchline, was narrowly wide but any lead in a game of such narrow margins felt huge.
 
To the visitor’s credit, the concession of a try stirred a reaction from them and they were on the board themselves not long after. After a high tackle yielded a penalty, O’Toole — last season’s Connacht Junior Player of the Year — slotted the three points to make the score at half time 5-3 in favour of Creggs.
 
The second half saw no dampening of the attacking approach and Creggs’ Brian Diffley and Connemara’s Niall Staunton were both willing and massively effective ball carriers.
 
The home side notched the first points of the half when Purcell, after the Blacks were penalised for being offside, bisected the posts with an accurate penalty.
 
An 8-3 lead would be as good as it got for Creggs, though, as Connemara began to assert themselves and eventually make it count on the scoreboard.
 
Two further O’Toole penalties gave the table toppers a narrow 9-8 lead, but the best was saved to last for Connemara.
 
Picking up at the back of a retreating scrum just inside his own half, number 8 Jack Vaughan made headway through the heart of the Creggs defence before offloading to his scrum half, Michael O’Toole.
 
O’Toole, jinking through contact, found centre David McDonagh whose powerful run brought the Blacks deep into the 22. Before being tackled near the line, McDonagh had the wherewithal to skillfully offload to the onrushing fly half, Jonas, who acrobatically touched down for a try worthy of winning any game.
 
The conversion, from a difficult angle on the left hand side, was struck firmly and true by Sweeney to give the Blacks the win and — perhaps crucially come the end of the season — take the losing bonus point away from Creggs.
 
Creggs
T.Fleming, M.Buckley, A.Leech; I.Whittington, B.Donoghue; P.Lohan, J.Brandon(C), B.Diffley; E.Coyle, S.Purcell; K.Gavin; T.Callaghan, E.Jennings; R.Dowd; S.Dowd.
Replacements:D.Arnold, S.Higgins, K.Brandon, M.Brandon, M.Quinn.
 
Connemara
E.Conroy, B.Gibbons, F.Heffernan; M.Mullins, N.Staunton; J.Vaughan, P.Lee, K.Keogh; M.O’Toole, C.Jonas; P.O’Toole(C); D.McDonagh, E.Bourke; M.Conneely; H.O’Toole.
Replacements: K.Barry, C.O’Malley, S.Sweeney, R.O’Halloran, E.Conneely

The draw for the 2019/20 All-Ireland Junior Cup has been made. Round 1 kicks off on October 26th with 16 clubs from all four provinces facing off.
 
Cup holders Ashbourne, who will be aiming for an incredible and historic four in a row, open their defense of the coveted trophy with a home game against Creggs.
 
Last season’s beaten finalists and former winners Enniscorthy have been promoted to Division 2C of the All-Ireland League – a well worn path for several previous winners.
 
Knocked out at the semi-final stage last time around, Wicklow are drawn away to Kilfeacle in Round 1.
 
Monivea, beaten finalists in 2011 and 2012, are away to cup newcomers Kilkenny.
 
The quarter-finals will take place on 19th November with the semi-finals pencilled in for the 14th December. The 2019/20 All-Ireland Junior Cup Final will take place on the 25th January, 2020.
 
All-Ireland Junior Cup 2019/20 – Round 1
Saturday 26th October, 2019, kick off 2.30

Ashbourne v Creggs
Richmond v Grosvenor
Dromore v Newcastle West
Connemara v Gorey
Instonians v Crosshaven
Kilkenny v Monivea
Kilfeacle v Wicklow
Castlebar v Ballyclare
 
ALL-IRELAND JUNIOR CUP – LIST OF CHAMPIONS
2019 – Ashbourne 16 – Enniscorthy 11, Edenderry RFC – Report & Highlights
2018 – Ashbourne 18 Kilfeacle & District 9, Portlaoise RFC – Report & Highlights
2017 – Ashbourne 22 Enniscorthy 20, Energia Park – Report & Highlights
2016 – Enniscorthy 23 Instonians 7, Ashbourne RFC – Report & Highlights
2015 – Dundalk 55 Bangor 5, Portadown 5 – Highlights
2014 – Enniscorthy 10 Clogher Valley 9, Coolmine RFC
2013 – Tullamore 29 Enniscorthy 10, Cill Dara RFC
2012 – Tullamore 9 Monivea 3, Dubarry Park
2011 – Crosshaven 17 Monivea 9, Templeville Road
2010 – City of Derry 19 City Of Armagh 17, Dubarry Park
2009 – Tullamore 23 Navan 13, Dubarry Park
2008 – Navan 20 Tullamore 6, Dubarry Park
2007 – Seapoint 47 Coleraine 15, Dubarry Park
2006 – Rainey Old Boys 27 Youghal 5, Lansdowne Road

The Connacht Junior Cup is heading to Clifden after a brilliant display by Connemara gave them victory in today’s final at a sunny Sportsground.
 
A 25-6 win over J1A runners-up Creggs secured a historic league and cup double for Connemara, and sets them up perfectly for a tilt at the AIL Provincial League Championship and with it a potential spot in next season’s All-Ireland League.
 


It was Creggs who took an early lead from the boot of Shane Dowd, but Connemara gave themselves a healthy lead when tries from Michael O’Toole and Henry O’Toole pulled them 12-3 clear. A huge second penalty from Dowd reduced the gap to six points which is how they went into the break.
 
The 3rd quarter was played almost entirely in the Creggs 22 as the league winners dominated possession and territory, though the Roscommon side’s defence held up very well. In the end the pressure eventually told in the 69th minute when a beautifully worked move was finished off by David McDonagh under the posts, and the icing was put on the cake 2 minute before the full-time whistle when Henry O’Toole kicked a further three points.
 


The full-time whistle sparked scenes of jubilation on and off the field, and in the end it was a deserved victory for the Galway side.
 

Seven teams from eight clubs have learned their opponents for this year’s Connacht U20 Cup which will be held across the month of April.
 
The U20 Cup will see teams representing Ballina, Ballinrobe, Connemara Corinthians, Creggs, Monivea/Westport and Sligo face off in a knockout series of games with three quarter-finals before two semi-finals and a decider on the 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.
 
Check out the pairings of some intruiging games we’ve got coming up in the weeks ahead!
 

QUARTER-FINALS
Sligo v Ballina
Monivea/Westport v Ballinrobe
Creggs v Connemara

SEMI-FINALS
Sligo or Ballina v Monivea/Westport or Ballinrobe
Creggs or Connemara v Corinthians

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