ORFC first XV start league with unbeaten run

Mini Rugby: October and November are always busy months in the rugby season, and this year is no exception. The Oughterard RFC mini sections have been on the road to blitzes at Tuam, Corinthians, Galwegians and Carraroe over the past few weeks. First up was the trip to Tuam RFC on a lovely, sunny and mild autumnal morning where the U8–U12s played thrilling matches against Tuam and Monivea.

Two weeks later our U7s had their very first blitz, having great fun with their contemporaries in Galwegians. Our growing girls section also went to Galwegians for their first blitz of the season, playing some fast and tough rugby in a series of matches.

On the same day the U8/9, U10/11 and U12s headed to Corinthians for a fabulous morning of terrific mini rugby.

The dry and sunny day in Tuam was a distant memory on the first weekend in November when ORFC headed to Carraroe for a blitz at An Gaeltacht with Westport and Galwegians. Wet and windy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of any of the players though, with a brilliant, if muddy, series of matches.

Still to come before the Christmas break is a home blitz with Gort RFC the visiting team.

Youth Rugby: As always, the youth U15 and U16s squads have been training and playing hard over the past couple of months. In the last few weeks the U15s have come up against some very tough opposition. Monivea, last year’s unbeaten division champions, came to Oughterard and won a hard fought match 44-5. The score line doesn’t completely reflect the match, with the visitors only really pulling away in the last quarter of the game.

The ORFC squad also travelled up to Westport for a league match. Again another exciting see-saw match which could have been won by either side, saw the home side come out on top with a 19-12 win.

Our recently started U13/14 youth team had their first outing recently. Playing alongside a squad from Connemara, the lads travelled to Galway city to take on NUIG in a challenge game. It was a great experience for the ORFC lads, some of who hadn’t played rugby before this season, while for others it was the first time playing 15-a-side rugby on a big pitch.

Going forward we hope to develop this age group along with Clifden, with the aim of keeping local players training and playing in Connemara.

ORFC First XV: The First XV have got off to a good solid start to their League campaign this season, having a 100% record from the three games they have had. After a convincing 0-30 away win against OLBC, the squad had a very special 24-18 home win over Corinthians.

Having failed to beat the ‘big boys’ in six previous occasions, the ORFC team overcame this hurdle by sheer determination and team work rather than playing particularly good rugby. Hooker Ciaran ‘Pops’ Conneely topped a very special weekend for himself by diving over the line in the dying minutes to secure the victory.

Full points were awarded to ORFC after Monivea RFC failed to field a team at late notice.

Upcoming games before the mid-season break are an away trip to Tuam and a home derby match with Connemara.

It is great to see players returning to the squad and also new players coming along to play for their village team, which is going from strength to strength, building on a solid platform created over the last four seasons.