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Match Report: St Stephen’s Day Clash

January 4, 2016 in Mens, News by admin  |  No Comments

The CRFC St Stephen’s Day clash between the club’s Leitrim and Roscommon players ended in a score line that could not have been more apt given the date on which it took place. With a welcome lull in the recent bad weather, the day stayed fine for the two sides to come together in what was both a highly competitive and tactical game, indicative of the improvements in performance the side have made over recent months. letrim side

Leitrim’s players were managed by former Club President Sean McKeon for this fundraising friendly in aid of St Ciarán’s Services in Carrick on Shannon, and the line-up comprised a dazzling array of current and former players and exiles from abroad as well as club captain Colm McWeeney and Youth Coaches Nav Logan and Liam Farrell.

The Roscommon contingent brought a youthful side to the field, with the centre partnership of Will Weaver and Michael Martin at 12 and 13 respectively, injecting the match with the energy and enthusiasm needed to overcome their veteran Leitrim counterparts.

roscommon winnersThe start of play saw Leitrim come out attacking, pushing Roscommon back into their own half, and forcing them to defend their own line, with a battle-hardened pack including Emmet Argue, Keith Crossan and Killian Kuhl fighting hard to retain possession. Roscommon defended hard, denying Leitrim any points in the early stages of the game, and clearing the ball back out into safer territory.

The momentum began to swing in the opposite direction however, when Roscommon fly-half Eddie Weaver made a break through the Leitrim defense before passing to fullback Conor Layden, who drew the final defender before offloading to Michael Martin who finished the move with a 30 metre sprint to the line to score the first points of the match. Weaver converted to give the Roscommon side an early 7-0 advantage over the Leitrim players.

Leitrim continued to show their strength and experience throughout the first half, denying Roscommon any further points and making numerous gains in both territory and possession going into half-time. image

With fresh legs after the short rest, both teams were quickly back down to business but it was the Roscommon side who made the break, with Daniel Layden coming from inside his own half and racing to the line, chased up swiftly by Youth Coach Nav Logan for the Leitrim men. Despite his best efforts, Logan was unable to match the Roscommon number 8’s pace, and Layden carried the ball over the line to score Roscommon’s second try of the match, increasing their advantage to 12-0.

The third try of the match came via a long pass from the Roscommon scrum-half to flanker Justin Farrell, who showed remarkable skill and dexterity, drawing in the opposition centre’s to release Michael Martin, setting up Martin’s second try for Roscommon with another conversion from fly-half Eddie Weaver, taking the score up to a healthy 19-0. Moments later, Eddie Weaver pounced on a Leitrim spilt ball and dived over in the corner to score Roscommon’s fourth try which he went on to convert from the touchline, seeing Roscommon lead play by 26-0.

With all to play for, the last quarter of the game saw Leitrim’s experienced pack pile on the pressure, being rewarded with two penalty tries for repeated infringements after periods of sustained pressure from the pack. With conversions taken by Burns, Leitrim quickly increased their score line to 12 points.

Despite their best efforts, Leitrim were unable to improve on the 26-12 score in favour of the club’s Roscommon players, but the match gave all team members a welcome opportunity to get some match time ahead of next weekend’s league fixture home to Cregg’s RFC when Carrick will seek to retain their top 4 position in the league.

Thanks to Peter Hollage for refereeing the match and the excellent support from the touchline. A collection was made at the match in aid of St Ciarán’s services, raising a total of €550.00.

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League Champions denied win by Carrick

December 14, 2015 in Mens, News by admin  |  No Comments

A draw with last year’s league winners Connemara All Blacks at the weekend means Carrick RFC maintain an enviable top four position at this stage of the competition.  Despite the wintry conditions, the Leitrim side made the trip to Clifden for this away fixture, travelling with a greatly depleted squad due to unavailability of some players as well as a number of injuries affecting the panel.

The Carrick team undoubtedly had the disadvantage after a three hour trip to Clifden, but good pitch conditions meant the Leitrim side had a chance to show off their skills, with an extremely strong first half performance, taking them into half-time with a three point lead.

A notable try-saving tackle from Will Weaver playing at Insideconnemara_Dec Centre, and some barnstorming runs coupled with safe hands from Dermot Foley, playing out of position at Full Back were just some of the highlights of the match.  The forwards put in a sterling performance at the set piece, denying Connemara clean ball at either the line-out or the scrum, and gaining valuable territory with an overpowering maul.  Scrum-half Cormac O’Keefe was quick to take advantage of the forwards’ dominance, with sniping runs around the base of the ruck, exposing holes in Connemara’s defense and guaranteeing quick ball for the backs.

Outstanding defense work from the team, working well together despite the gaps in the line-up, meant Carrick held on to their lead well into the second half of play.  Although a last minute Connemara penalty brought the All Blacks level with Carrick at close of play,    the Leitrim team were undoubtedly the superior side on this occasion, with some memorable moments of play, showing how much has been achieved during the season to date.

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Training continues on Wednesday and Friday evenings throughout the Christmas holiday period in preparation for the New Year fixtures.  Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Club Captain Colm McWeeney on 087 603 6566 for details.

Club Notes w/e 29th Nov – Tommy Bowe visits the club & Carrick Men maintain home record

November 30, 2015 in Mens, Minis, News by admin  |  No Comments

Tommy Bowe visits Carrick RFC training grounds

On Saturday November 28th Tommy Bowe visited Carrick RFC training ground as part of a prize won by senior player Jason Roddy and sponsored by Subway. The wintery conditions did not deter the Carrick RFC Minis players from turning up to training or taking the opportunity to meet one Irelands rugby stars. During his visit Tommy took the opportunity to meet with all the minis teams, posing and answering questions, signing autographs and posing for individual and group pictures. tommy_withmen

Later Tommy got down to the main business of the day – hosting a training session with the men’s senior team. Starting with a questions and answer session Tommy talked about the things that are important in sport  and in life in general, physical fitness, importance of friendships on and off the field, team spirit, leaders and leadership and being in a positive state of mind no matter what the score line is.

Due to Tommy’s injury he was unable to host the physical training session and had delegated this to Munster Women’s Senior coach Wayne Falvey. Wayne put the senior team through their paces for over an hour, with both Wayne and Tommy discussing game management, player positioning, communication and commitment.
Our thanks go to Tommy, Wayne and Subway for providing us with excellent morning of rugby.

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Carrick RFC Senior Men maintain home record

Carrick RFC Seniors continued their unbeaten home run at the weekend with another league victory against opponents Westport RFC.  The Leitrim side had a convincing victory against their Mayo opponents with a 21-10 win.

Adding to his recent GAA successes Dermot Foley, scored the team’s first try of the match within 5 minutes of the starting whistle, with a successful conversion giving the club an early 7-0 lead.  The Westport side put up a strong battle, but another try from flanker Justin Farrell put Carrick ahead by 14 points with a conversion from Coffey.

vwestport_scrumAlthough Westport managed a try ahead of half-time, they were unable to convert, leaving Carrick with a 14-5 point lead going into the second half.  Poor weather conditions resulted in some scrappy play and another try for Westport, but the Mayo defence were unable to  hold back the Carrick players, and a last minute try from Sean Hynes, once more converted by Kevin Coffey, gave the team an impressive 21-10 score at the final whistle.

The club welcomes back Noel McDermott from his recent GAA season successes. Training continues ahead of next week’s away match against Connemara in Clifden.
Anyone interested in joining the club should contact the captain on 086 823 8795 for details.

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Carrick RFC News and Fixtures updates

What better way to spend a Sunday morning / afternoon than supporting your local Carrick RFC Senior and Youths teams. All home matches take place at Carrick RFC pitch in Castlecarra and entry is free of charge.
Keep up to date on all news and fixtures by visiting CRFC website – www.carrickrugbyclub.ie , or follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.http://www.carrickrugbyclub.ie/

J2 Match Report: Carrick rout Tuam 39-0

November 2, 2015 in Mens, News by admin  |  No Comments

Author: Samantha Weaver

A home victory for Carrick RFC saw them notch up a scoreline of 37-0 over opponents Tuam RFC in the second leg of the league at the weekend. Despite having a number of players out with injuriesfoleyvtuam the yellow and black jerseys of Carrick were all over the opposition as they took the match with a total of 6 tries.
An early penalty against Tuam saw fly-half Kevin Coffey put the first points of the match up on the board, giving Carrick a 3-0 lead, quickly followed by the first try of the match from team captain Colm McWeeney, taking the scoreline to a healthy 8-0. Cormac  O’Keeffe came on soon after to take over from Derek Beirnes at scrum-half, scoring Carrick’s second try of the match within moments of coming on to the pitch with another Coffey conversion taking the score up to 15-0.

Carrick’s confidence grew along with the scoreline, and when Stephen Guckian came on as a blood substitution shortly before the half-time whistle, he took full advantage of a scrappy lineout ball from Tuam, bursting through the back line to run the ball 70 metres down the pitch to score try number three for Carrick, sending them into the second half on a 20-0 lead.

loganvtuamThe second half of the match brought more of the same for Carrick, with two successive tries from second row player Dermot Foley and Michael Martin converting to bring the score up to an impressive 32-0. Tuam tried in vain to hold Carrick off but following some incredible interplay between the backs, Will Weaver at 12 broke through to score the final try of the match, giving Carrick a final scoreline of 37-0.

With some serious commitment to training over recent weeks, the Carrick side are now starting to reap the rewards for their efforts and will be looking forward to their next league commitment against Connemara in two weeks’ time. New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining the club should contact the club captain on 086 823 8795.

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Carrick push Monivea all the way in titanic battle

October 20, 2015 in Mens, News by admin  |  No Comments

Carrick RFC seniors traveled to Monivea at the weekend for their first away fixture of the season. The Galway club fielded a strong side, giving the Carrick team an early season opportunity to see how they measured up against the top end of the league.
Strong early play from Monivea saw Carrick concede a penalty followed by a converted try, giving their opponents a 10-0 lead, but Carrick responded quickly with a try of their own from flanker Justin Farrell to bring the score line up to 10-5 at half-time.
The second half opened with Carrick on the offensive, forcing multiple errors from Monivea leading to a total of 3 yellow cards being given in succession to the Galway side. Capitalising on this, Carrick scored a second try after a concerted effort against the Monivea defence, with Hynes carrying the ball across the line. Michael Martin playing at 10 converted the try, bringing the score to 12-10, and giving Carrick the lead ahead of closing play.
Monivea finished stronger scoring another unconverted try and a penalty leaving Carrick on the losing side of an 18 – 12 score line.
Carrick’s performance earned them a losing bonus point; however their overall play bodes well for future matches over the coming months.

Anyone interested in joining the Seniors should contact Colm on 086 823 8795.

Men’s Pre-Season training commences under new coach Dean Weaver

July 29, 2015 in Mens, News by admin  |  No Comments

A new season is nearly upon us as Carrick’s men start preparing for the year ahead when pre-season training commences on Sunday 2nd August at 12pm. This year’s team will fall under the new management team headed up by new coach Dean Weaver who brings a wealth of knowledge from both rugby codes, we wish him well.

All players are expected to be togged and ready for 12pm sharp. Pre-season is a fantastic opportunity for new players to join our ranks and we’ll welcome you with open arms.

See you on Sunday!

Happy Christmas from Carrick on Shannon RFC

December 24, 2014 in Mens, Minis, News by admin  |  1 Comments

On behalf  of the executive committee of Carrick on Shannon RFC we would like to wish all of our members, supporters and sponsors a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

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