Connacht Rugby head coach Andy Friend was on hand to conduct the draw for the 2019/20 Cawley and Curley Cups earlier today at The Sportsground.
The draw saw 18 teams in all learn their fate across the two competitions, with the 1st rounds taking place on Sunday 1st September.
10 of those teams are competing in the Curley Cup, which features two preliminary round ties before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final later in the season. Those preliminary round games will feature Loughrea taking on Ballinrobe and OLBC face Tuam 2nd XVs.
The Cawley Cup is a straight knockout affair with 8 of the best junior clubs in Connacht taking part. Reigning champions Creggs begin the defence of their title with a home tie against Tuam, with the winners then travelling to either Dunmore or Westport. The other side of the draw features Junior League and Cup winners Connemara making the trip to Castlebar, with either Monivea or NUIG awaiting in the semi-finals.

CAWLEY CUP 2019/20

Dunmore v Westport
Monivea v NUIG RFC
Castlebar v Connemara
Creggs v Tuam

Castlebar/Connemara v Monivea/NUIG RFC
Dunmore/Westport v Creggs/Tuam
CURLEY CUP 2019/20

Preliminary Round
Loughrea v Ballinrobe
OLBC v Tuam 2nd XVs

Creggs v Carrick-on-Shannon
Corrib v OLBC/Tuam 2nd XVs
Ballyhaunis v Loughrea/Ballinrobe
Corinthians 3rd XVs v Ballinasloe

Creggs/Carrick-on-Shannon v Corinthians/Ballinasloe
Corrib or OLBC/Tuam v Ballyhaunis or Loughrea/Ballinrobe

With the majority of Junior League games finished for the Christmas period, the focus in Connacht this weekend is on the Cups where the Cawley Cup final and Curley Cup semi-finals are down for decision.
The Cawley Cup decider takes place on Sunday at Crowley Park in Galway (k/o 2pm) where Creggs take on Castlebar for the right to take home this year’s trophy. Creggs saw off Connemara and Monivea en route to this year’s final while Castlebar overcame Ballinasloe and Westport.
In the Curley Cup the first of this year’s semi-finals is at 2pm on Saturday when Dunmore play host to Ballyhaunis, then at the same time on Sunday it’s the meeting of Loughrea and Ballinrobe. The final will take place later in the season.
Meanwhile the five senior Connacht clubs will look to finish 2018 on a high this weekend when they play their final games in the All-Ireland League before the annual Christmas break.
Ballina will look to solidify their place at the top of Division 2C of the AIL when they travel to City of Derry for their 9th game of this year’s campaign. The Mayo side have won 7 of their 8 games so far this season, a brilliant return after making their long-awaited return to the AIL last summer. Midleton and Bruff remain hot on their heels however, sitting 3 points and 5 points behind them respectively.
In Division 2B Sligo aim to make it three wins in a row after overcoming Corinthians in the Connacht derby last time out. They play host to Belfast Harlequins in Strand Hill while Corinthians make the trip to Wanderers in Dublin. Both sides have identical record in 2B so far, picking up three wins and 16 points.
Moving up to Division 2A where Galwegians’ latest search for an elusive victory sees them host Nenagh Ormond at Crowley Park. Nenagh are directly above ‘Wegians at the foot of the table but 11 points still separates the sides.
Lastly in 1B Buccaneers play Ballymena in a game which could have big ramifications on who avoids automatic relegation to 2A. Both sides are level on 14 points at the bottom of the table, but a better points differential for Buccs has them slightly ahead.

The draw has been made for the 2018/19 Cawley Cup and Curley Cup with a number of hugely exciting meetings on the agenda.

In the Cawley Cup the pick of the quarter-finals sees Junior 1A runners-up Connemara take on Junior 1B winners Creggs. Elsewhere Westport take on Tuam, Monivea host NUIG and Castlebar meet Ballinasloe. A new winner will be crowned as last year’s winners Ballina do not enter the cup due to their promotion.

Those ties will be played on Saturday 1st September.

Moving to the Curley Park where Creggs begin the defence of their title with a meeting against either OLBC or Loughrea who face off in a preliminary round tie. The other preliminary round fixture will see Oughterard take on Ballyhaunis, with the winners making the trip to Portumna.

The other two quarter-finals sees the meeting of local rivals Ballinrobe and Corrib, while Dunmore face Corinthians.

The two preliminary round ties are also scheduled for Saturday 1st September with the quarter-finals down for decision a week later.

The full list of fixtures, including potential semi-final pairings, can be read below.


Quarter-Finals (1/9/18)
Westport RFC v Tuam RFC
Monivea RFC v NUIG RFC
Connemara RFC v Creggs RFC
Castlebar RFC v Ballinasloe RFC

Semi-Finals (8/9/18)
Connemara / Creggs v Monivea / NUIG
Westport / Tuam v Castlebar / Ballinasloe

Final (w/e of 15th/16th December)


Preliminary Round (1/9/18)
OLBC RFC v Loughrea RFC
Oughterard RFC v Ballyhaunis RFC

Quarter-Finals (8/9/18)
Creggs RFC (2nd XV) v OLBC / Loughrea
Portumna RFC v Oughterard / Ballyhaunis
Ballinrobe RFC v Corrib RFC
Dunmore RFC v Corinthians RFC (3rd XV)

Semi-Finals (15/12/18)
Dunmore / Corinthians v Portumna / Oughterard / Ballyhaunis
Creggs / OLBC / Loughrea v Ballinrobe / Corrib

Final (TBC)


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