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!
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
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.
The Galwegians Senior squad have begun training in earnest for the 2016-17 season, and are looking forward to the traditional opening Connacht Senior League fixtures. (connacht rugby)
The squad will be looking extend our record of 25 league titles amassed since 1925 (wikipedia)
The Firsts face Sligo away first up, followed by matches at home against Corinthians and Buccaneers.
- Sat Aug 20th v Sligo away
- Sat Aug 27th v Corinthians at home
- Sat Sep 3rd v Buccaneers at home
Galwegians have confirmed the appointment of former player and club captain Brian McClearn as their new Head Coach for 2016-17 and beyond.
A native of Abbey-Duniry in East Galway, McClearn joined Wegians in 1999 from the Nenagh club and was a prominent member of an U-20 squad which also included John Muldoon and Ray Hogan who both went on to play professional rugby. McClearn came through the ranks at Galwegians and served as a long-standing member of the senior squad.
A lock forward and line out specialist, he captained the Wegians 2nd XV to Connacht Junior Cup success in 2008. An ever present in the Wegians second row from 2008, McClearn continued playing senior club rugby right up until his retirement in 2015, when he captained Wegians Senior XV to promotion from UBL Division 2a to Division 1a in two consecutive seasons.
Last season he cut his coaching teeth by serving as Head Coach for NUIG RFC. So he now assumes the mantle at Crowley Park where he succeeds the recently departed Matt Brown. Galwegians hope that McClearn’s knowledge of the senior squad, many of whom are recent former colleagues, and his deep insight into the club culture will allow for a quick bedding-in period. His first challenge will be to try regain the Connacht Senior League title in August, before having another tilt at promotion from UBL Division 1b in the autumn.
McClearn said: “It is a tremendous honour to be appointed senior coach at Galwegians at such an early phase in my coaching career. The club, although hurting from recent relegation from UBL Division 1A are determined to make every effort to get promoted again and my job is to make sure that all of the playing resources at our club are maximised to the hilt. I have a terrific team and committee supporting me at the club and I cannot wait to get started on this journey.”
Amid much fanfare the Connacht Age Grade Cup draws were made this week.
We have made each full draw table available on the club website ready to print and tape to walls and fridges. Enjoy!