Connacht Articles

Connemara Return to the Summit


Tension and high drama were in plentiful supply in Clifden on St Patrick’s Day as Connemara out half Shane Sweeney snatched a last gasp victory over Ballina at the Monastery Field to secure the Connacht League title in front of a huge home crowd. The 12-11 victory most certainly didn’t go to the pre game […]

Round Robin Qualifer Fixtures


The dates have been confirmed for this season’s Ulster Bank All Ireland League Round Robin Qualifiers as the provincial league champions from the four province meet in a bid to gain promotion to the AIL. This season there is a change to the promotion format with no automatic promotion for the round robin winner and […]

Ballina Reinstated in 6th

Ballina Castlebar

After an eventful week on and off the field, Ballina got a reprieve of sorts on Monday afternoon at Connacht Branch Head offices. After suffering a demotion to eighth and last place in the league standings on Wednesday for what was termed as ‘failing to field as scheduled’ in their final round fixture with Connemara, […]

Castlebar 12, Monivea 29

Castlebar Moivea

Heineken Connacht Junior Cup Castlebar 12 Monivea 29 Alan Deegan at Cloondeash Castlebar Scorers: P Rowland and M Staunton 1 try each; S Rogan 1 con. Monivea Scorers: C Forde 2 tries, P Mannion and S Maher 1 try each; Ger O’Connor 3 cons and 1 pen. A whirlwind start with a scoring rate of […]

Monivea & Westport Final


Heineken Connacht Junior Cup The margins of victory in Sunday’s Junior Cup semi finals were probably a little more emphatic than expected but the outcomes went with most predictions, as Monivea and Westport booked a place in this year’s final. In Cloondeash, Division 1b home side Castlebar fought back well in the second half but […]

Connacht Previews

Westport Ballina

Heineken Connacht Junior Cup – Semi final Previews Westport v Ballina, Carrowholly There has been a contrasting build up to this fixture for both sides. Westport have played once in three weeks winning with little fuss against Corinthians in their final home league game, Ballina have been idle and are in the midst of what […]

Ballina Demoted to 8th Place

Ballina Ballyhaunis

The Connacht Branch Competitions Committee have handed Ballina RFC a severe penalty for failing to field in their re-fixed final round Connacht Junior League game against Connemara last weekend. A committee representative confirmed to that the ruling decreed that the club must be “deducted sufficient points to move them into eighth position in the […]

Ballina v Connemara – Off


Connacht Division 1a The Connacht Junior league finale has been thrown into turmoil today after the fixture between Ballina and Connemara at Heffernan Park was postponed for a second week running. As reported here on Saturday, the Ballina pitch was due to undergo multiple pitch inspections this weekend after last Sunday’s game was called off […]

Connacht Title on the Line

Connemara v St Marys

Connacht Junior League Division 1a The destination of the league title trophy for 2014/15 should be finally decided on Sunday, a week later than planned. Ballina are due to host Connemara at 1pm in Heffernan Park with Monivea watching on and hoping for a break. For Connemara to win the title they need at least […]

Weather Disrupts Final Day


Connacht Division 1b The drama was of the unexpected variety across the province on Sunday afternoon as after combination of two postponements and a shock result the league title and relegation issues remain unresolved. UPDATE: The score in Monivea v Ballinasloe was wrong in first version of this report (20-24 instead of correct score of […]

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