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.

A special interpro half-time minis rugby took place at The Sportsground last Friday with 6 clubs in all taking part.
 
Kids from Galwegians, Gort, Galway Bay, Oughterard, Corinthians and Tuam played in front of a sell-out crowd during the break in Connacht’s Guinness PRO14 loss to Leinster.
 
Check out some of the best pics below!

The draw for the 2019 Junior Cup draw has thrown up two intriguing ties with all four teams looking to move one step closer to the final at The Sportsground later in the season.
 
The draw took place at The Sportsground at lunchtime today after yesterday’s four quarter-finals when Tuam, Creggs, Castlebar and Connemara emerged victorious.
 
The last four ties will see Castlebar with a home tie against Creggs while Tuam play host to Connemara, with both ties taking place this Sunday at 2pm. The final is scheduled for Sunday 24th March at The Sportsground.
 
You can watch how the draw unfolded below.
 

On Wednesday 5th December, 40 aspiring kickers and fly-halfs from around the province gathered at Tuam Rugby Football Club for the first ProZone: Kicking workshop with Jack Carty, David Horwitz, Luke Carty and Eric Elwood.
 
Here’s some of the highlights from a brilliant evening, and keep an eye out for further ProZone events later in the season!
 

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