Saturday 21 September 2019

Champions Ballina to face OLBC in opener

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The draw has taken place for the 2018/19 Connacht Junior Cup with 19 clubs learning their fate for this year's competition.

Reigning champions Ballina have been handed a home preliminary-round tie, with Galwegians awaiting the winner in the first round.

The other preliminary-round games sees Ballyhaunis play host to Corrib while NUIG will take on Ballinasloe, with the winners of both games facing each other for a place in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere in the first round, there's a clash of Castlebar and Ballinrobe, Corinthians take on Buccaneers, Creggs face Sligo, Dunmore meet Connemara, Loughrea take on Tuam and Monivea face Westport.

The preliminary-round ties will be held on January 6, 2019 with the first-round ties to be played a week later.

CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP 2018/19

Preliminary Round

Ballina v OLBC

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Ballyhaunis v Corrib

NUIG v Ballinasloe

1st Round

Castlebar v Ballinrobe

Corinthians v Buccaneers

Creggs v Sligo

Dunmore v Connemara

Loughrea v Tuam

Monivea v Westport

Ballina/OLBC v Galwegians

NUIG/Ballinasloe v Ballyhaunis/Corrib

Following on from the successful XRugby 7s that took place from September to November, the first Girls Secondary Schools 10s League will be kicking off in the New Year.

Six Junior teams and five Senior teams will be playing the new 10s format, with the double-header final to be played in the coming months.

Wendy Hickey, WDO, is thrilled with the progress the schools have made this year:

"While the XRugby 7s is a great introduction to the game, the 10s offers a chance to play full pitch.

"The Club and Community rugby officers, club members and teachers have been instrumental in bringing this league to fruition, for without them, this would not be possible.

"I would also like to thank Chris Davies, Schools Committee Honorary Secretary, for running this league."

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