The Firsts had a very important game on Sunday last against Corrib knowing that a win would put them into the All Ireland Junior Cup. This happened with a tough 22-13 win. The tries coming from Rayno DeKock, a penalty try and Darren Claasen. Darren kicked two conversions and a penalty to complete the scoring.
The team was: Alan Gavin, Paddy Durcan, Kevin Cox, Ales Goor, Sheamus Devaney, Rayno DeKock, Ger Prendegast, Tadgh Kirby, Christy Cusack, Robbie Cusack, Simon O’Malley, Darren Claasen, Mike Power, Nigel Byrne, Paul Coady. Replacements used: Matt Connolly for DeKock.
Next Sunday they face Gort in the junior cup in Gort with the game kicking off at 3pm. Players will be notified of travel arrangements at training.
Training continues on Wednesday evenings and all players travelling are asked to be at the courthouse at half six. New players are always welcome as the team continue their preparations. Contact Nicola for more details.
Training continues on Tuesday for the under 18 team at 7pm. There are some big games ahead of this talented team so all players are asked to attend and be on time! Training continues for the under 16 and 14 teams on Wednesday with the bus leaving the Courthouse at 6.30.
The Under 18 team are heading to Wales this Easter where they will play two games, against Maesteg under 18 and against the green stars, the exiles team in Wales. The team will also be travelling to the Neath Swansea ospreys v Edinburgh game on the Saturday evening and will be training on the beach on Saturday morning and will return late Sunday night. The team leave Thursday night. Stewart Brennan and Sheamus king are travelling with the team. There is still no word on our forthcoming cup game with Gort.
Mini Rugby news
Castlebar’s mini rugby teams had a good workout over the weekend and there are some important blitzes over the coming weeks. No training will take place next Saturday for the Easter. Next Saturday the 2nd of April all mini rugby players will be in action in Ballina when we take on Ballina and Tuam. The Bus will leave the courthouse at 9am and the bus cost three euro. The under 11 Connacht blitz takes place the following week and there will be training for all other teams. Players will be notified later this week. The under 8 and under 9 Connacht blitz is in Castlebar on the 16th of April so there is a great chance for parents to come out and support the team who have done so well this year and have impressed all the coaches.
All players and parents are asked to stay tuned to MWR and CRC for news on forthcoming matches.