Happy New Year to all Galwegians and may 2018 bring you much joy and happiness.
Our Firsts start back into All-Ireland League action when we travel across town next Friday night (Jan. 5th) to take on our rivals Corinthians in Cloonacauneen.
Note this game will have a slightly later kick-off time of 7.45pm.
This gives us a chance to regain local bragging rights after our 7-7 draw in November at Crowley Park. Beano, Anto and the boys badly need your support in this vital contest.
Please put it in the New year diary!
This year we have made history as it is the first time we have entered a full team in the Girls league at U15. So far the girls are really approaching this new endeavour with great enthusiasm. They have played 3 games including their first Home game.
History Makers: U15s first Home game at Crowley Park.
The girls are a really positive hard working bunch of players and with healthy numbers training every Tuesday evening are growing stronger every week. It is a steep learning curve up against teams and players that have played in the league for the past season or two. However the management group are very excited about the potential of this group going forward given the obvious depth of talent and the positive attitude of all the players towards learning and having FUN. Next up is Westport at home this weekend.
Last Saturday brought a very positive reward for the girls when they were invited along with Connemara, Portumna and Corianthians to play at half time in the Sportsground for the Connacht v Munster womens InterPro match. This was a really positive experience with the added bonus of a brilliant Win for the Connacht Ladies.
There has been a lot of work put in in the girls section over the past few years and this is now starting to show some good progress. In the recent Connacht U18 Interpros, Galwegians had four players in the squad. Unfortuantly we dint have the numbers to enter a squad in the U18 league this season and are still actively trying to recruit more girls to come and give it a try.
There is a vibrant Minis section training every Saturday morning and our U13 girls regularly take part in Blitzs organised around the county. Always room for more girls at all ages. So if you know someone tell them to Give it a TRY!!
U16s have had a really productive league so far currently topping the league to Ballinasloe, the form team in Connacht in recent years. We are level on points but as we beat them, we sit top.
Our League began on Sat 23rd Sept with a well earned win v’s our city rivals Corinthians. We won this game well 29:3.
We had a very narrow defeat in a cracking home match v Monivea on Sat 28th Oct. This game started well for us with a penalty after 3 mins but we conceded a try on 5 mins and we lead 6:5 at the half. Monivea scored 2 unconverted breakaway tries in the second half to lead 15:6 but we answered with a converted try in the 55th minute and that was how it finished 15:13. The rivalry continues against worthy opponents.
NUIG failed to field for a second time against us and we were awarded the points on Oct 7th.
Next up was Buccaneers on Sat 4th Nov in Galwegians. Buccs are making great progress in a rebuilding of their squad but we won out 46:0 on the day. The scoreboard does not reflect the hard battle that took place between these teams. We scored 19 points in a 12 minute period that killed the challenge completely. Buccs were unlucky not to score on more than a couple of occasions.
Our next game was Sat 12th Nov and was also at home but to Ballinasloe whom we defeated 29:27 in a real cliffhanger. That game ebbed and flowed to and from us right throughout We handed them a 13:0 start which we clawed back to 14:13 at half time. We swapped tries in the second to end up 29:27 winners.
Our last game was away to Creggs in Creggs but under Floodlights on Friday night and what an occasion that was for all of us. Creggs as always were uncompromising and skilled around the park. We were level 7:7 after 6 minutes! Creggs lead 10:7 after 12 minutes while on 16 minutes we hit the whitewash again and converted to lead 14:10. By half-time it was game on again with the scoreline reading 19:17 to Galwegians. We did pull away after a fine display in the second half to finish winners on a scoreline of 41:17.
Next up for us this weekend is our second cross pool round 7 match V Castlebar. We play in Glenina at 12 pm this Saturday. Two more matches after this and we could be in League Final for the very first time in this squads history!
In February, we will travel to Treviso to play a couple of matches and watch the Connacht match in Treviso. Fundraising for this trip is in full swing – all help so far is greatly appreciated. We owe a huge thank you to the parents of the boys who have rallied to the fundraising challenge and also to traveling away (Creggs on a Friday was tough going on families) and providing great quantities of food and real Galwegian hospitality for all our home games.
The Youth Academy awards list for the 2016-17 season was announced at the prizegiving ceremony on May 10th.
- Youth Academy Clubman of the Year: Eoin Fleetwood
||Player of the Year
||Most Improved Player
|| Laura Hastings
|| Greta Thornton
|| Aoibhe Moran
|| Victoria Lee
|| Rosa O’Connor
|| Ruby Lynch
|| Claudia McNicholas
|| Kayley Mannion
|| Jordan Hopkins
|| Callum Brown
|| Ben HcHugh
|| Daniel McInerney
|| David Kelly
|| Dara Regan
|| Conor Flynn
|| Jack Fitzgerald
|| Roman Lees
|| Rossa Bolger
|| Luke Martyn
|| Mark O’Connor
|| Hugh Reddan
|| Patrick Keane
|| Liam Griffin
|| Tom Kelly
|| Theo Morvan
|| Iarlaith Morrin Laheen
|| Gerry Durkin
|| Brian Burnell
|| Michael O’Donnell
|| Dylan Hamill
|| Ethan Conroy
U20 Player of the Year: Fiachra Ó Gríofa
The U20’s player of the year is very well respected among his team mates. He can play in any position on the pitch he is asked to fill . He is the best tackler in the team and would run through a brick wall for you. He attends every training session. In the dressing room when he speaks everyone listens and does what he says. He is one for the future for the senior and junior teams.
Thirds Player of the Year: Alan Campbell
In a transition season for the Thirds, consistency is vital. Both on training nights and on match day. Three, among others, are players we’d like to mention, Gary Carroll and David Stewart are two of these. But we are without any doubt on the Thirds player of the season. Only missing two games, and that owing to injury, is the man who led from the full back position.
Seconds/Junior Player of the Year: Eamonn Dowling
Our winner here has shown that his commitment to the Wegians jersey is second to none. He consistently gives 100% at every training session. At every match this season he has left it all on the pitch and played to the final whistle no matter what the score or circumstances. A great example to any young player both on and off the pitch.
Firsts/Senior Player of the Year: Josh Pim
This gentleman is a leader both on and off the pitch, his consistency throughout the season and past seasons shows his commitment to the club and team mates. His resilience to keep going through good and bad and the most severe pain threshold makes him an inspiration to others. This was typified by being called up to train with the Connacht Senior squad for the season.
Clubman of the Year: Martin Kelly
The club is very fortunate to have so many people giving of their time to keep all teams on the pitch. We acknowlege the
effort of all volunteers at all levels of the Club but it is our job to choose one as our recipient this year. This recipient had the thankless job of making sure we fulfilled our Junior League fixtures each week under very trying circumstances.
His team were rewarded by holding on to our J1A status and he carried out all of his duties with a smile. He was often first to training each night to carry out bags, bottles etc and became Mr Dependable as the season progressed to the end.
Vice President Declan O’Connor, Director of Rugby Paul Casserly, Junior Player of the Year Eamonn Dowling, Senior Player of the Year Josh Pim, President Billy Glynn, Clubman of the Year Martin Kelly and Chairman Paul Shelly
Womens 2nd XV Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year: Edel Murray
This lady made the move from camogie to the oval ball this year and has made a serious impact to the Wegian’s women. Superstar for the seconds and try scorer for the firsts. Expecting big things from her!
Womens 1st XV Players’ Player of the Year: Beth Mallard
World Cup winning player for NZ. She moved to Galway to take up a post as a lecturer in NUIG & joined Galwegians. She won silverware with Wegians & had to retire as she had an old recurring knee injury. She took up a post as coach with George Naoupu & Bundee Aki & managed to win the Irish Cup twice while coaching the team. She took over as head coach when George left and the team continued to improve under her guidance. She has now decided to step aside as senior coach this season & spend some time coaching the U6s & her daughter Lola. She will be missed, but we wish her well in her new adventure as mini coach.
New Ireland Womens Internationals 2016-17
- Ciara O’Connor – She was born in Tralee Co. Kerry, where she started her rugby playing days with Tralee RFC. She moved to Galway to take up a managerial post in Elverys Intersport. She joined Galwegians after moving west and has since played for Connacht. She made her Irish debut this year against Scotland.
- Nicole Fowley – Originally had a huge interest in soccer, decided to try rugby so she joined Sligo RFC. She moved to Galway for work commitments & joined Galwegians & has since played for Connacht. She made her debut against England in the Autumn Internationals. She picked up an injury so it ruled her out of the 6 Nations. She is now back in contention for the World Cup.
Joe Tighe Award for Womens Player of the Year: Emma Cleary
This year it goes once again for the third time to the same player. She is an Accountant by profession and has been recently been offered an opportunity to take up a post in San Francisco with her company Oracle. A very popular winner once again. She will be sorely missed and hopefully will return in the not to distant future to play with us again.
Clubwoman of the Year: Edel Burke
Born in Whitegate Co. Clare, moved to Galway for work & joined Wegians. Played for years but had to retire through injury. Wanted to stay involved so became manager & fixtures secretary, the latter she still does. She also has a very important role as head chef for the women’s team. She has cooked a hot meal for the teams playing in Wegians for many years. The team cannot express enough gratitude to her & she has definitely earned this long over due award tonight.
Chairman Paul Shelly, Ireland International Ciara O’Connor, President Billy Glynn and Joe Tighe Award Player of the Year, Edel Cleary
The last formal event in our club season is the Anual General Meeting.
This year our AGM date is fixed for the evening of Wednesday May 24th, 7.30pm.
The AGM will take place in our clubhouse, Glenina.
This is an important opportunity for all club members to have their say, and for us to recognise the important work done by the club officers.
Click on the link below for a table or remaining Galwegians mini rugby fixtures for the 2016-17 season.
Please note that this is subject to changes. Parents will receive announcements by text message as normal.
Galwegians Remaining Mini Fixtures and Schedule 2017
Dear Club member
The President and Board of Galwegians RFC requests the attendance of members at a Special General Meeting to put proposals in relation to the grounds at Crowley Park and to make a decision on the proposal best suited to the needs of the club into the future.
The meeting is scheduled to take place at Crowley Park, on Thursday the 2nd February 2017 at 7pm.
Please note that only members that have paid their annual subscription and life members may attend and vote.
Noel F. LOWNDES
Director of Administration / Honorary Secretary
An official signed copy of this this letter is available for download
The Firsts are back in action this weekend with two matches:
- This Sat Aug 20th 1pm, Firsts v Old Elthamians in Crowley Park
- This Sunday Aug 21st 2.30pm, Firsts v Sligo away in Senior League
Old Elthamians are from south east London and play in English National League 2. They visited us at the same time last year and provided an excellent pre-season workout (photos).
A Connacht Eagles XV will also play an Old Elthamians side at 3pm, so it’s really worth a visit to Crowley Park this Saturday.