Monday 10 December 2018

Connemara continue to set hot pace in J1A League race

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'For a full list of Club & Community fixtures and results, go to the newly redesigned connachtrugby.ie/community' (stock photo)
'For a full list of Club & Community fixtures and results, go to the newly redesigned connachtrugby.ie/community' (stock photo)

Connemara have extended their lead at the top of the Connacht J1A League after a bonus-point win at home to Castlebar on Sunday.

The game was a Round 2 tie refixed from late September, with the hosts coming out on top by 25-7.

Their closest rivals are now Creggs after they leapfrogged Monivea into second place, winning 18-8 in the Saturday evening fixture between the two. Creggs are now a point clear of Monivea and six behind Connemara, but with a game in hand against Galwegians.

In J1B, arguably the most historic of the four fixtures took place in Headford where Corrib RFC played their first game under the recently installed floodlights. However, visitors and league leaders NUIG RFC were able to spoil the party, winning 33-10 to solidify their standing at the J1B summit. The unbeaten Tuam, however, remain hot on their heels after they saw off Corinthians 35-10.

Elsewhere, Ballinrobe closed the gap on Loughrea in third after a narrow 10-8 victory over the visitors, while Dunmore overcame Ballinasloe 13-3.

Moving to J1C where Corinthians are the new league leaders, beating OLBC in a thriller 31-29. They are level on points with Ballyhaunis who beat Ballina 20-10, but the greater points differential has the Galway side leading the way. Meanwhile, Portumna have leapfrogged Oughterard at the bottom after a 36-5 victory.

Lastly, there were just the two games in J2. Galwegians moved to the top of the table thanks to a 39-8 win over Claremorris, moving ahead of Sligo who lost 18-8 to Tuam.

For a full list of Club & Community fixtures and results, go to the newly redesigned connachtrugby.ie/community.

In the All-Ireland League, Buccaneers were the only one of the five senior sides in action, with the Athlone club narrowly falling to a 34-32 defeat away to St Mary's College in their 1B tie. Tomorrow they welcome City of Armagh to Dubarry Park.

In 2A, Galwegians' search for a first win of the season brings them Highfield for a 2.30 kick-off tomorrow, while in 2B Corinthians face a tough task as they welcome the league leaders MU Barnhall to Corinthian Park, and Sligo face a trip to Skerries.

The potential game of the weekend arguably comes from Heffernan Park in Mayo where Ballina face Midleton in a top-of-the-table 2C clash. Both sides have won five of their first six games in the division, with Midleton's additional bonus point the difference between the sides.

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