Saturday 24 August 2019

Tuam do double as weather impacts on junior schedule

Mick Murphy kicks a penalty for Ballina
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Only four Junior League matches survived the weather across four divisions last weekend and it was Tuam who were the big winners, recording impressive wins in J1B and J2.

The Tuam first XV extended their excellent start to the season by making it nine wins out of nine in league and cup this season. The impressive run sees them sit top of the J1B league table after six games and the run has also given them a Curley Cup final to look forward to in the New Year.

Their latest win saw them beat third-placed Castlebar on a scoreline of 31-14. The win also extended their advantage at the top of the table to five points over Creggs RFC. Creggs however do have a game in hand having seen their fixture versus Ballyhaunis called off due to the inclement weather last weekend.

The two sides, Tuam and Creggs, will face off in a top-of-the-table clash when the league returns this weekend. The other game played in J1B last weekend saw Loughrea down OLBC in Galway on Friday night. In a tough encounter played in harsh conditions, it was Loughrea who prevailed 17-9.


Two games also survived the weather in J2, however the conditions were hardly suitable for free-flowing rugby. The Tuam second XV capped off a memorable weekend for the club by defeating high-flying Oughterard in Tuam. The home side ran out 17-7 winners.

The other fixture saw NUIG seconds take on Portumna in Dangan. In a low-scoring affair, it was the away team who took home the points after a 5-0 win.

A full schedule of fixtures is planned once again for this coming weekend and with some help from the weather games will be played in J1A, B, C and J2. In J1A, Ballina will travel to Galway to take on Galwegians at Crowley Park.

Ballina have been frustrated by cancellations in recent weeks and will be keen to reignite their season by registering their third win of the campaign.

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Elsewhere in J1A, Westport will host Corinthians and Connemara will welcome Buccaneers to Clifden in what promises to be a fascinating weekend of action.

As mentioned previously, the stand-out tie in J1B is the top-of-the-table clash between Tuam and Creggs which could prove to be a pivotal encounter even at this relatively early stage of the season. Elsewhere, tonight Sligo will travel to Castlebar and on Sunday NUIG host OLBC in a Galway derby. The final tie of the round sees Ballyhaunis host Loughrea on Sunday afternoon.

J1C also boast a full complement of fixtures this weekend as the league starts to take shape. Buccaneers will welcome Galwegians to Dubarry Park on Sunday in a battle of the league's bottom two sides.

A win would be crucial to either side as both still await their first points of the campaign. The other two ties are intriguing for different reasons. Top of the table Ballinrobe host Corrib in what promises to be a tough battle between two evenly-matched sides and Dunmore host Claremorris in a local derby. Claremorris will be looking to avenge a heavy defeat at the hands of their local rivals earlier in the season.

The only game scheduled for J2 is a match between Connemara and Gort on Sunday afternoon. Both teams are level on four points in the J2 league table and a win for either side would propel them up to sixth position in the standings.

Fixtures in Full

J1A - Sunday, 2.30: Connemara v Buccaneers; Galwegians v Ballina; Westport v Corinthians.

J1B - Friday, 8.0: Castlebar v Sligo; Ballyhaunis v Loughrea

Sunday, 2.30: NUIG v OLBC; Tuam v Creggs.

J1C - Sunday, 2.30: Dunmore v Claremorris; Ballinrobe v Corrib; Buccaneers v Galwegians.

J2 - Sunday, 2.30:

Connemara v Gort

Senior Cup - Tomorrow, 2.30: Galwegians v Corinthianss.

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