Galwegians 2nds lifted the Bank of Ireland Invitational Cup after a decisive performance saw them overcome OLBC on a 52-0 scoreline. 

Three tries in the opening ten minutes gave ‘Wegians a commanding early lead and one that they wouldn’t come close to surrendering for the rest of the game. Their captain, Aoife Williams, was outstanding throughout, regularly cutting through the OLBC defense with incisive running.

OLBC struggled to deal with the pace of Maelle Jouve and Sinead O’Brien, with Wegians proving clinical with virtually every opportunity that presented itself.

Despite the scoreline, OLBC never gave up and contested every ball until the very end. There are better days ahead for The Club.

Wegians 2nds lifted the trophy in front of strong support and will look forward to their upcoming games in the Bank of Ireland Connacht League, as they battle it out at the top of the table.

*Additional photography was provided by Kay Synott. 

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.

OLBC RFC would like to invite applications for the position of Head Coach or Player-Coach for the upcoming 2022/2023 season.

 

Requirements:

 

  • Relevant IRFU Coaching Training and experience in coaching at similar levels.
  • The ability to deliver a structured, targeted training plan to develop our men’s team and achieve the goal of promotion to J1B next season.

 

  • Player and Coach development, recruitment, and retainment. Confidence in communicating with members of the Management Team and Club Committee to ensure that a proactive approach is taken in this task.

 

  • A good knowledge of Junior Rugby in Connacht and the ability to network with all relevant parties in the interest of OLBC RFC.

 

Key qualities;
Strong Technical and Tactical understanding of rugby.
Good Communication and Player Management skills.
Strong organizational skills.

 

Key Requirements;
Stage 3 IRFU Coaching Award or equivalent.
Previous coaching experience.

 

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th May.

 

Please use the link provided to submit your expression of interest.

https://forms.office.com/r/s8E1sLHdf2

If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us: [email protected]

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