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Castlebar Rugby Club News 13 Jan 2004
By John Mulligan
13, Jan 2004 - 16:55

Castlebar RFC News

Cloondeash, Castlebar Co Mayo

Firsts News

Disappointment was the order of the day when the firsts game against Monivea had to be postponed. The reason, plain and simple was injuries and all are hopeful that those injured are back to full form shortly. There will be little or no time for recovery as Castlebar face Loughrea in the quarter final of the Cawley cup on Sunday next. As this is a home game it is important that a full attendance is here and that as many home supporters get out as possible. Kick off is at 2.30.

Seconds News

The seconds have resumed training and there will be news on seconds games over the week.

Ladies news

The ladies resume training on Wednesday night and news on the forthcoming games will be announced shortly.

Ladies Club Fashion show

Castlebar Ladies RFC are holding a fashion show in the Welcome Inn in February. All funds go towards the running of the ladies team who have created history this season by playing in the AIL. Full dates and details will be available in next weeks issue.

Mini Rugby

Mini Rugby resumed last Saturday and a full turn out made the day very enjoyable. Everyone is looking forward to the games in the New Year and training continues at the usual time at the weekend.

Connacht Under 18 League

Castlebar 31 Corrib 6

In weather better suited to Polar Regions than Mayo in January Castlebar managed to avenge a comprehensive cup loss at the end of last season. On that day Castlebar had no answer to a rampant Corrib side. This fixture saw a similar result but this time in favour of Castlebar.

Usually post Christmas matches are dour affairs due to too much turkey but this was an all action match that entertained those brave souls that poked a finger in the eye of the weather. This match had five tries with three more close calls with Colm O’Brien going over twice and Andrew Verity once being denied.

Castlebar’s first try came from Shane Heffron, who completely outstripped the cover to score under the posts, converted by Danny McGing. Corrib responded immediately with a penalty to make the score 7-3 to Castlebar with fifteen minutes gone. With great patience Castlebar worked hard to subdue a game Corrib outfit. The pack took some time to come to terms with the game Colm O’Brien, David McManaman and Neil Coyle worked hard to go forward but were met with stern resistance from big Corrib forwards. Brian Flannery and Aidan Garvey showed their value as the game wore on by making the hard yards and fighting for possession on the floor. The Castlebar back row of Enda Murphy, Oli Davies and Martin Gill played very well, linking, passing and running in support of each other. They are making for a very effective unit as the cup appears around the corner.

The Castlebar backline is progressing very well. Andrew Verity had his best game for Castlebar adding a break to his game which best shows his incredible pace over that all important first five metres. Danny McGing is another player who is relishing his role as the playmaker. Varying his play between releasing his backs, using his forwards and kicking for territory were all of the highest order. Nigel Byrne has responded well to the raised standards all around him by improving his own play. Scoring two tries through skill power and determination his importance to the team effort is immense. His partner Shane Heffron is another player who is coming along in leaps and bounds, a fiercely strong runner his defence is improving with every game. The wings are John Derrig and Rod O’Donnell, both attacks very well with Derrig being unlucky not to have scored on one or two occasions in the first half. O’Donnell is performing so well one has to scratch his head to believe that last year he was a prop for the under 16’s. Colm Harte is another player who is gaining in confidence with every game, fielding well and counters attacking with confidence.

Nigel Byrnes first try came from broken field attack that caught Corrib unawares. He collected a pass from Martin Gill and outpaced the cover defence to score, the conversion was missed. Then came the try of the day with the Castlebar tight five getting more and more into the game there came a period of play of about twenty phases as the excellent Colm O’Brien took the ball up supported by the rest of the pack, they made huge ground. The ball went right to left and left to right with every player in Castlebar colours getting on the ball at least once, players notably Enda Murphy Nigel Byrne, Oli Davies and Andrew Verity making it more than once. With ten metres to go Colm Harte got on the end of a Byrne pass and scored on the fifteen metre line. The score at half time was 17-6 to Castlebar.

The second half saw Castlebar up the pace again with Byrne breaking a tackle and a double tackle to score an excellent solo effort. That try was followed by a try from Enda Murphy, such is his contribution to Castlebar over the years that sometimes his work is taken for granted. It is hard to remember a game that he did not score in but it was good to see him rewarded for great endeavour and a huge work rate. In desperate weather conditions Danny McGing converted three tries. Making the final tally an impressive thirty-one points.

Interestingly, Castlebar had two new debutants in Stewart McLoughlin and Matt Moran who replaced John Derrig and Aidan Garvey. Two other substitutions are providing Castlebar with real choices; Conor Heneghan is a new player with great potential, sound under the high ball and very strong in the counter attack. Ian McDonagh has played rugby in Castlebar for an incredibly long time, his impact as a half time substitution was immense, accurate throwing, excellent support play and quite but effective ball carrying marks him as a quality player. He is very hard to stop and is unfortunate that he is unable to train with the team on a more regular basis.

If under age football is the lifeblood of sport then fare play gives sustenance to that life, the man in the middle is critical to that development. Trevor Ardle refereed the match in a fare and professional manner. All that played the game enjoyed it and there was not one occasion of unsavoury play due to the arbitration of a great servant of the game of rugby. Well done!

Castlebar: C Harte, R O’Donnell,S Heffron, N Byrne, J Derrig, D McGing, A Verity,

M Gill, E Murphy (Capt), O Davies, A Garvey, B Flannelly, C O’Brien, N Coyle, D McManaman, Subs: Matt Moran, S McLoughlin, Ian McDonagh,


Training continues for all under 14’s, under 16’s and under 18’s on Wednesday night.


The lotto results for the month will be published next week with the date for this months draw.

Live at the club

Castlebar RFC are holding the first of their "live at the club" events on Friday the 30th of January. This has the potential to be a regular event with live music and entertainment. This month the band on stage is "Ice on fire" and all are welcome. Tickets are ten euro and are available from Committee members.

Don’t Forget, for all the latest on Castlebar RFC we now have a website! For all the up to date news on your club go to our website

Are you interested in playing rugby but thought that you lived too far from Castlebar? Well if you live outside of the Castlebar town area but are interested, then Castlebar RFC would like to hear from you. Training takes place for all mini rugby players on Saturday Mornings at 11am and there is training for all under 14, under 16 and under 18 players on Wednesday night at 7pm. We have best coaches around, all IRFU trained and approved and you become part of one of the fastest growing clubs in Connacht. If you are interested you can contact Castlebar RFC in Cloondeash and buses can be arranged if we have enough numbers making it easier on parents and taking the hassle out of attending training and games, so come on…,WHAT are you waiting for?? Get involved! New players are always welcome!



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