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Cavan  31 -  12  Letterkenny
31st December 2016

A great way to end 2016. This was a game that Cavan needed to win and to get the bonus point was a bonus. From the ko  S mc Cormick gathered the ball and powered his way up field after a few rucks  C.Crowe soon got his backs moving but were unable to break down the L/kenny defence eventually they gave away a penalty, Crowe kicked for touch and from a perfect driving maul  (capt) Gillispie got the touch down.This gave Cavan a great lift and they piled the pressure on with some great work at the breakdown by Mc Gregor  I Heslip and Gillispie scrum half G Brennan found C Crowe and his inside pass to the strong running J Dunne broke the line he in turn found D Conathy and he went over for Cavans second try conv C Crowe.Just before the break L/kenny had a five meter scrum this was one area where they were very strong but a great call by (capt) Gillispie to put himself in as hooker and Mc Cormick as prop paid off as they drove the L/kenny scrum back their no8 picked and as he came around the corner Mc Gregor was there to welcome him and send him back another few meters then C Crowe got on the ball turnover Cavan.
HT Cavan  12 - 0 L/kenny
Second half saw L/kenny up the tempo and they tried again and again to break down the Cavan defence but again great tackling from Dunne , McGregor and Heslip in the back row and G Brennan   A Crowe  D Conathy and J Crowe  in the backs kept them at bay. From another penalty C Crowe again went for the corner the ball was gathered by Hughes at the lineout and after a few pick and go's big Karl crashed over in the corner Cavan now knew that the bonus point try was there to be taken and after a great kick deep into the L/kenny 22 by C Crowe  P Lynch was up like a rocket and put the L/kenny fullback under all sorts of pressure and won a penalty ten meters out. Again Cavan decided to keep the ball in hands and from the driving maul Mc Gregor powered over for the bonus point try (conv) C Crowe.  As Cavan has done in previous games they took the  foot off the pedal along with some poor tackling they let L/kenny in for two soft try's but they weren't finished yet C Crowe kicked a pen to the corner and from a training ground move Gillispie found McCormick at the front of the lineout who in turn fed the ball back to Gillispie and he stepped around the winger to score his second and Cavan's fifth try (conv) C Crowe. The game was not over yet as Mc Gregor twice broke through the L/kenny defence but he had'nt his fathers speed to make it to the try line Then J Denning had a great chip through and chase but the ball was deemed inches over the dead ball line by referee S Toolan who had a great game.                          This was a great result for Cavan and hopefully will bring confidence to the squad.There were some great preformance's espically by G Brennan, C Crowe, A Crowe, P Lynch, in the backs and G Gillispie, McCormick, Dunne, McGregor and Heslip's in the pack..Team G Gillispie(capt) I Heslip, K Heslip, S McCormick, C Tully, C Hughes, D McGregor, J Dunne, G Brennan, C Crowe,P Sweeny, A Crowe, D Conathy, P Lynch, J Crowe, J Denning.
Training Tuesday and Thursday nights @:7.45  a big effort by all for the next few months and we'll finish the season on a high.      Happy new year to all.

Cavan 7 -  18 Virginia
10th December 2016

Cavan were looking forward to this return fixture having lost there first game at Virginia rfc grounds.Once again Cavan failed to capatilise when in good field position something that has happened on numerous occasions this season.the Virginia pack were far more aggressive at the breakdown and they went ahead with a penalty for Cavan having hands in a ruck .Soon after Cavan hit back and after a few good carries from Gillispie ,Brennan and McGregor then D.Conathy took a pop pass and went over in the corner follow by a well taken converson by C.Crowe. Soon after Virginia were awarded another pen in front of the Cavan posts but this time the ball sailed just wide to leave the  half time score Cavan 7 - 3 Virginia..   From the ko Virgina gathered and with a number of mistackles and strong running they crossed for the first of there three second half try's. Cavan kept the pressure on and were unlucky not to come away with a try after a good driving maul brought the Cavan pack close to the Virginia line where McGregor crossed but the ref was on the wrong side and no try was awarded.Again there were to many missed passes and tackles made by Cavan and Virginia deserved their win final score Cavan 7 - 18 Virginia.
 On the day there were only a small number of Cavan players giving everything they had and this is not good enough its a team sport and everyone has to front up, let that be to training as well as matches.Team;G.Gillispie(capt) M.oReilly, S.McCormick, K.Heslip, J.Cherry, C.Hughes, G.Fay, J.Dunn, D.McGregor, G.Brennan,C.Crowe, A.Crowe, P.Mulligan,  D.Conathy. A.Fitzpatrick, P.Lynch, C.Tully

Cavan 1st  33 - 11  B.H.S.fp
3rd December 2016

At last the young  Cavan lads let loose and scored five great try's in the last fifteen minutes of their league match played in clones peace-link on saturday 3rd. Cavan had been playing quiet well the past few games but just couldn't put those last few passes together when it counted.
B.H.S came into this game as favourite's as they were sitting in fifth place in the league,as in the last few matches  Cavan had all the play but once again failed to score and the twice B.H.S got into the  Cavan half theY scored two penalties leaving the HT score Cavan   0 - 6  B.H.S
Second half saw Cavan step up a gear and the big B.H.S. lads started to tire soon Cavan  were on the score board through P.Mulligan now operating at outside  centre and he danced his way through the B.H.S. defence for a great score (con) C.Crowe. Then it was (capt) G.Gillispie's turn from a driving maul. At this stage Cavan took their foot off the gas along with some poor tackling and allowed B.H.S to score in the corner, from here on in the Cavan lads upped the pace and ran in three more unanswered try's through  D.Conathy,  J.Crowe  and P.Lynch crossing for his first try for Cavan all converted by  C.Crowe.
The pack worked hard with some big carries by Gillispie, Cherry. McCormick and Fay and great tackling and turn overs by P. Galligan and the hard working back row of Murtha, Dunn and McGregor before he went off with a knee injury and his replacement P. Lynch also put in a good shift bagging himself a try along the way.. AT 9 G.Brennan  came in for the( inj) A.Fitzpatrick and kept the pressure on his opposition all day, As the game went on  C.Crowe came more and more into it and his conv's and touch line kicks were top class .Centres  A Crowe and P. Mulligan tackled and ran all afternoon as did wingers  D.Conathy and  P. Sweeney. J. Crowe now playing at full back had more freedom to stretch his legs and this he did popping up all over the field both in Defence and Attack. C Hughes replaced (10 mins inj )
Good game and well played. Team; G.Gillispie(capt) G.Fay. S Mc Cormick  C.Hughes. J.Cherry. P.Galligan. C.Murtha. D.Mc Gregor. J.Dunn. P.Lynch. G.Brennan. C.Crowe. D.Conathy. A.Crowe. P.Mulligan. P.Sweeny.J.Crowe..Next match on sat 11th home to Virginia. Training This  Tuesday and Thursday equestrian centre 7.45 big turn out expected 

Senior mens 1st XV
Cavan  13-- 19 Strabane.

This was another game which Cavan could have won only for far to many penalties at the rucks which led to a very powerful Strabane scrum putting us under all sorts of pressure and in the end led to two penalty try's. Having said that Cavan played very well with a few more changes to the team through P.Lynch starting at 6 and K Murtagh in the centre and both lads fitted in very well. Cavan were first on the score board through a pen from  C.Crowe  then after a series of pick and drive's near the Strabane line the ball was spun wide and D.Mc.Gregor burst over near the corner (conv) C.Crowe.  Cavan were now playing some great rugby with scrum half Fitzpatrick having a good game and C.Crowe keeping the Strabane backs pinned back with some fine kicks. Our two young centre's  A.Crowe and new man K.Murtha put great pressure on the S/bane back line and made some fine tackles.Once again in our pack (capt) Gillispie, Fay. Dunn and Mc Gregor worked hard around the field and were well backed up by Cherry, Myles, Lynch and Galligan.  HT Cavan 11 -- 12 Strabane.
Cavan started the second half as they finished the first and ran deep into the Strabane half through Heslip, Cherry, Gillispie  and McGregor. There was also great pressure put on strabane when P.Mulligan and J.Crowe got into there stride but this was not often enough as the ball seemed to break down on its way to them something that can only be worked on in training. C.Crowe landed another penalty and it looked as if Cavan were going to come away with the win but this was short lives as yet from another scrum Strabane got another penalty try to leave the final score Cavan 13 -19 Strabane.
Team: M.O.Reilly, G.Fay, G.Gillispie(capt), K.Heaslip, J.Cherry, P.Galligan, P.Lynch, C.Tully, J.Dunn, D.McGregor, A.Fitzpatrick, C.Crowe, A.Crowe, K.Murtha, J.Crowe, I.Heaslip, P.Mulligan.
Cavan played very well in this game and as a club were growing in numbers of lads that can compete with the so called better teams but a bigger effort is needed at training not only at the club but also an individual effort is needed to make ourselves all round fitter better players.
Next match for 1st XV is in Clones on Saturday 3rd v BFHS and  Sunday the 4th for 2nd XV away to north Meath

First XV travel to Holywood 
Hollywood 35
Co Cavan RFC 15
15th October 2016
Cavan travelled to Holywood last saturday confident of coming back down the road with something to show for their journey,but that was not to be as we let our hosts in for two try's in the first ten minutes again by not making first up tackles and some poor kicking out of defence. Once again Cavan had a very young team on show but they never stopped working with (capt) Gillispie ,McGregor and Fay prominent in the pack outside them Fitzpatrick, C.Crowe  J.Crowe, P.Mulligan and new man P.Sweeney tried on every occasion to break down the Hollywood defence. Just before half time Hollywood crossed again to leave the score 21 - 0
 After the break Cavan seemed to wake up and with the introduction of A.Brady whose powerful runs put Hollywood on the back foot the ball was passed out to the elusive J .Crowe and he jinked his way over for Cavan's first try Cavan now playing with that tempo that was'nt there in the first half was soon over again after a great run by Mulligan who broke into the opposing 22 the ball was then carried forward by Blackie then Mc Gregor and again by Brady who was stopped five meters out but G.Gillispie was on hand to burst over for Cavan's second try conv C.Crowe, Crowe also kicked a penealty to leave the full time score, Hollywood 35 - 15 Cavan.
 We must start our games with more urgency as we let teams ahead early on which puts pressure on for the remainder of the game also more numbers to training as it shows in areas that haven't been worked on.The last 30 min's was very good espically the powerful ball  carrying and high intensity work rate but as said above we must start this way.
Team ; M.oReilly, G.Fay, K.Heslip, A.Brady, J.Cherry, C.Tully ,P.Galligan, D,McGregor, G.Gillispie(capt) A.Fitzpatrick, L.Browne, J.Crowe, A.Crowe, P.Mulligan, P.Sweeny, C.Crowe, I.Heslip.

Cavan 24 Newry 26
8th October 2016

As the saying goes the one that got away,well this certianly was that, winning 24 - 11 deep into the second half we conceded three try's one of them was just good hands by Newry the other two just poor tackling espically Newry's last and winning  try as we had enough numbers to push him over the touch line.Having said that there was some great rugby played by Cavan and espically in the first half when L.Brown moved to outhalf this was Luke's first start for the seniors and he certainly didn't look out of place as he kept Newry on the back foot with some neat chips to the corners and also some good tackling.A Fitzpatrick also had a fine game at 9 as did the two Crowe's Josh and Adam with their big hits and powerful running,C.Hughes playing at fullback also did well. In the pack once again our scrum was solid with front row of Blackie,G.Fay,Karl \ A.Brady working hard and well supported by P.Galligan and C.Tully the back row worked hard with some strong carries from (capt) G.Gillispie J.Cherry and D.Mc Gregor who's tackling was outstanding espically on the Newry no8 as he tried to break around from a five meter scrum on three occasion's but was driven back by Mc Gregor every time.  Cavan's first score came from D.Conathy now moved to the wing where he was more comfortable than at out half. Big karl was on hand for Cavan's next score as he was driven over by the pack from tem meters out. G.Fay was on hand to get Cavans third try of the half when he pounced on a sloppy Newry line out ball and made his way over for a try converted by L Brown  HT Cavan 17 - 11 Newry.  Once again Big Karl was on hand to get his second try of the match after good work by C.Tully he drove towards the Newry line and Karl was on hand to gather the ball and burst his way over the Newry line. This is a very young Cavan team espically the back line with all but one (DL) under twenty one years and four forward's under twenty which is a plus going forward as a club. Lads try and get in as much extra training as possible a long with club training as it will stand to you as the season progresses 
Team; M.O.Reilly,G.Fay,K.Heslip.C.Tully.P.Galligan,J.Cherry,D.Mc.Gregor,G.Gillispie,A.Fitzpatrick,L.Brown,D.Lynch,J.Crowe,A.Crowe,D.Conathy,C.Hughes,A.Brady,J.Denning  training at club Tuesdays and Thursdays  7.45 bring runners and boots

Cavan v Lurgan
1st October 2016

Cavan got off to the worst possible start in their first home game of the season conceding two converted  try's with in the first five mins against a very hard running lurgan side.This was another step up in rugby for this relativity you Cavan team and they never took a backward step scoring a well worked try by winger C Hughes after good work at the break down by Fay ,Tully, mcGregor  and the powerful G Gillispie back to lead the side after his vacation touring the statese,quick ball out by G.Brennan to C.Crowe who popped inside to Hughes coming at pace and he burst his way over for a well taken try conv C.Crowe,Crowe also struck a great dp goal but this was to be Cavan's last score of the match as Lurgan piled on the pressure an ran out easy winners.
Once again our scrums were solid line out needs a bit of work as does out tackling and defence but the new younger lads are working hard and learning in every game as a squad everyone has to improve on there fitness levels as rugby is becoming a more open running game and we'l all get left behind if we don't
Team P.Galligan. G.Fay. S.Mc Cormick. S.Walls. C.Tully. J.Cherry. D Mc Gregor. G.Gillispie.(capt) G.Brennan. A.Fitzpatrick. D.Lynch. C.Crowe. A.Crowe. C.Hughes. P.Mulligan.Blackie. P.Lynch.
On sunday we had our 2s team for the first time in a few years against Virginia with around twenty lads picked to play during the week we had twelve turned up so we played twelve aside it was good to get more of the younger lads a game and they  stuck to there task very well and ran out winning in  what was a very entertaining game lads that stood out S.Gormaly. S.Brady.I.Heslip in the pack and P.Keady. D.Conathy and the strong running P.Sweeny in the backs
Team K.Heslip (capt) F.Murry. A.Crowe. S. Gormily. I.Heslip. S.Brady. P.Sweeny. P.Keady. S.Keady. D.Conathy. M.Morgan. B.Fay

Co Cavan RFC 6 - 13 Virginia RFC


Cavan RFC made the short journey to neighbours Virginia RFC on Saturday 10th to play for the first time on their great new pitch. To the supporters this should have been a cracker as was when the two sides met last season, but for most of the game neither side got into their stride and it showed on the score board at half time with the score 3-3. Cavan started the second half strong and were camped in Virginia's 22 for long periods but with some... good defending from the host team and indiscipline and bad decision making Cavan only came away with three points also at this stage we had K Heislip sin binned. This was another blow to us as we were already under pressure in the scrums, shortly after he came back on another of our front row this time Blackey who was getting too friendly with one of the Virginia lads also got a yellow card. At this point with about twenty minutes left Virginia upped the tempo and scored a converted try in the corner from a neat cross field kick it was an easy score for them as our defence were all out of position, soon after, they landed another penalty which left the final score, Cavan 6 - 13 Virginia.

Team- Blackie,Myles,K.Heslip,G.Brown,P.Galligan,J.Crowe,D Mc Gregor,S McCormick,A,Fitzpatrick,C.Crowe,D.Conathy,G.Fay,J.Crowe,C.Hughes,Patch,C.Tully,A.Crowe.
Over the next few weeks there is a lot of work to be done in all areas and this can only be achieved on the training field. Another big game next Saturday v PSNI in Enniskillen

CCRFC Senior Men Vs Clogher Valley


Well done to the Cavan lads with their first run out and win of the season against Cloghervalley 2's. There were a new few faces to the Cavan team; Josh Cherry, Conor Tully, and Adam Crowe joining the senior squad from the u18's, also new lads, Ryan Slaughter and Daniel McGregor.

Clogher were first to score after a line-out drive from the big forward pack as they forced their way over for a converted try. Cavan responded well and ran the ball at every opportunity they got. A big hit from Gary Gilespie (Capt.) turned the ball over and Shane McCormick, Cherry, Karl Heaslip and McGregor carried back into the Clogher half. From the quick ruck, Josh Crowe spun the ball wide to C. Crowe to Fay who sent the flying C.Hughes down the wing for a great try.


Soon after the restart, Clogher were over for their 2nd converted try. This time with good handling and poor defending by Cavan, the gaps opened up for Clogher. From this point on, the Cavan pack upped their game and with good work at the breakdown by the Heaslip brothers, Miles, Browne and Tully and strong running by McCormick, Fay, Cherry and Gilespie forced Clogher back into their 22. The ball went out to C. Crowe who chipped in behind the Clogher defence, then gathered by A. Crowe who popped to D. Lynch who scored in the corner. Cavan started to pile on the pressure and this led to a few penalties to Cavan, and they decided to quick tap and run. Good carries by Miles and Karl, the ball went wide to McCormick who carried to the Clogher 5m line, D.McGregor was on hand to crash over for his first try in a Cavan jersey, conv. C.Crowe. 


Thanks to Clogher for a good, tough game which was needed as the league starts next Saturday. Also great to see the new and younger lads putting their hands up for starting places. Well Done to all. Team: M.O'Reilly, G.Gilespie (Capt.), K.Heaslip, C.Tully, I.Heaslip, J.Cherry, D.McGregor, S.MCCormick, J.Crowe, C.Crowe, D.Conathy, G.Fay, C.Hughes, D.Lynch, Patch, G.Browne, R.Slaughter, N.McHugh, A.Crowe. 

Training Monday and Thursday @ 7.45pm sharp, need a full turnout as league starts Saturday.

Cavan RFC men's XV gain PROMOTION to qualifying leagues.

Co Cavan RFC senior XV 

Co Cavan RFC 17

Strabane RFC 10



Cavan have joined their neighbours and rivals Virginia and Monaghan back in the Ulster Qualifying League after a great performance on Saturday against a strong Strabane side that were fighting for survival. Full Time score Cavan (17) - (10) Strabane.

After a disappointing performance in our last home game last Saturday, we took that on board and rectified our mistakes and worked hard during the last week of training. From the KO, the Cavan pack laid down their marker with some early big hits and strong scrumaging. Our first try came after a good clearance by C.Crowe into the Strabane 22. Pressure was put on by D.Conathy on the Strabane full back and the ball went into touch. A well-worked line-out and after a few strong runs by Gillispie, Blacky, Browne, and McCormick, the ball was passed out to J.Crowe coming at pace and he crashed his way through the defence to score Cavan's first try, conv. C.Crowe. The strong Strabane pack made their way into the Cavan 22 and after a few scrums, they powered their way over the try line, conv. missed. At this stage, the game was played with lots of pace and big heads were going in from both sides. HT Cavan (7) - (5) Strabane.

Strabane kicked off the second half and the ball was well received by S.Walls and who carried hard into the Strabane forwards. On the recycle, Crowe put us back into the corner again. Line-out was stolen by Cavan and after a couple of phases D.Conathy dived over in the corner. After the restart, Strabane started to take control and eventually their powerful forwards set up a number of rucks inside our 22 and the ball was passed out wide where they had numbers and scored in the corner. At this stage, Cavan now had replacements; M.O Reilly, on the front row and P.Galligan on in the back row for the injured G.Gillispie and they also stepped up to the mark. Inside the last 10 minutes, Cavan were leading by just 2 points with Strabane applying all the pressure but a great turnover was made by the Cavan pack and clearance by C.Crowe down into the Strabane 22 was chased down by S.Brady. Cavan turned the ball over and after a couple of carries by the pack, Fitzpatrick fired out a quick pass to Crowe who sent G.Fay through the gap and Gean made no mistake for that all important winning try. Shortly after the restart the referree blew the full time whistle and celebrations were on the way.  Full time Cavan 17 - 10 Strabane.

The scrums were going well with front row of Blacky, King and Heaslip getting their upper hand of a very strong Strabane front row. Second row of Walls and Browne were excellent in the line-out and at the breakdowns. Back row of Gilispie (Capt.), and McCormick and Crowe carried the ball at the Strabane defence at any chance they got. In the backs, No.9 A.Fitzpatrick was having another fine game and outhalf C.Crowe's touchline kicking was top class. Centres J.Fay and C.Hughes tore into the opposite numbers with every chance they got with some hard-hitting and aggressive tackling. Wingers D.Conathy and S.Brady chased the ball up and down the field all day and kept their opposite numbers under all sorts of pressure. Once again, Patch at fullback dealt comfortably with everything that came his way. 

This was a great finish to a good season of rugby for the squad of players who are now looking forward to a few months break and then back in action next season in the qualifing league.

Well done to all the lads that played throught the season it was a squad effort that put us back in this position.

Team M. O'Reilly, C. King, K Heaslip, G Brown, S. Walls, G. Gillispie (capt), S. Mc Cormack, J.Crowe, A.Fitzpatrick, C.Crowe, D.Conathy, G.Fay, C.Hughes, S.Brady, Patch, M. O'Reilly, P.Galligan. Coach; Davy Mc Gregor.

Co Cavan RFC take on Virginia RFC

CoCavan RFC 12

Virginia RFC 13


This was a match that both teams were looking forward to since the fixtures came out and what an exciting match it turned out to be. As with all local derbys both teams wanted to take control there was the usual bit of pushing and shoving but the game soon settled down and both teams played some great rugby.After some good handling by backs and forwards (capt) G Gillispie burst into the Virginia 22 drew the defence and popped to S.Mc.Cormick coming at pace he had one thing on his mind and he crossed for Cavan's first try conv C. Crowe. At this stage we gave away a silly penalty and Virginia started with the penalty from the half way line it went short and Cavan were able to clear there lines,Virginia won the lineout and with a high kick no Cavan player took control Virginia were left with a handy run in to the corner misses conv.  HT Cavan 7  -  5 Virginia

Second half started much the same as the first with no team giving much ground but after an exellent tackle by C.Hughes on the Virginia centre the ball was turned over a few carries by K.Heslip,Blackie J.Crowe and G.Gillispie the ball was spun out wide by the very impressive A.Fitzpatrick quick hands by C.Crowe,G.Fay,and C.Hughes put the flying S.Brady in in the corner.Cavan were now on a roll and were in the Virginia 22 for long periods but messed up a few scoring chance's which was to prove costly.Virginia won a pen on half way and kicked for touch deep inside Cavans 22 they took a short lineout and moved the ball wide at pace Cavan didn't push up fast enough and there winger scored in the corner.Virginia now began to put pressure on Cavan and with Cavan leading by two points going into the last minute it looked as if we had it but the Virginia full back had other ideas and he struck a great drop goal to win the match for Virginia.Its a horrible way when your on the receving end of something like that but as the saying goes the game is never over until the whistel blows.Both teams had chanches to score trys but messed them up.

Cavan played some very good rugby trying to move the ball with any chance they got also good to see Patch back in action and he was very solid at fullback, Scrum was v solid ,lineouts ok with S,Walls woking hard and winning some Virginia ball , our tackling and rucking over sound and a few big hits from Gillispie J.Crowe and the powerful C.Hughes kept the supporters happy. team M,oReilly,C.King,K.Heslip,G,Brown,S.Walls,G.Gillispie(capt),J.Crowe,S.Mc.Cormick,A.Fitzpatrick,C.Crowe,D.Lynch,G.Fay,C.Hughes,S.Brady,P.Corrigan,P.Galligan,D.Conathy.

Co Cavan 1st XV travel away to Donaghadee
Co Cavan rfc 19
Donaghadee rfc 5

This was Cavan's second away win in as many weeks and a much improved preformance as well. Cavan were also with their inspirational (capt) G Gillispie who picked up an injury last saturday. It took the Cavan lads well into the first half to get the long journey out of their system but when they did get going there was some fine play especially from Aaron Fitzpatrick who was making his senior debut and he never put a foot wrong keeping pressure on his opposite number and also picking his no 10 out with some fine passes. This was a much changed Dee team than we played in Cavan earlier in the season and they ran at us any time they got the chance, soon it paid off for them as they spun the ball out wide where we were short in defenders and they scored in the corner. This woke the Cavan lads up and after some good carrying by S McCormack,C.King,Blackie,Brown and K.Heaslip Dee were forced back into there 22 and when the ball was played out to the hard running C.Hughes who burst through a few defenders and scored between the posts conv C.Crowe. HT Cavan 7 - 5 Dee.
Cavan stepped up the pace in the second half espically at scrum time where Cavan really put Dee under a lot of pressure this left the backs on the front foot and we should have put more points on the score board but with some bad decisions and a few wayward line outs this was not to be. Eventually S.Walls broke through the Dee defence and sent G.Fay in for the first of his two try's.Dee did try to break us down but our defence stood up well with some good tackling from P.Galligan,young G.Brown,C.Crowe D.Lynch and D.Walls. G.Fay's second try came after a great break by C.Crowe and was well supported by C.Hughes,J.Crowe and McCormack who was having a fine game with some powerfull carrying after a number of rucks A.Fitzpatrick spun the ball out wide to G.Fay and he backed himself to go through the gap to score in the corner. This was another good result on the road but with a bit more patience and better decision  making we could have come away with a bonus point.
Scrum was very good, our lineout did well with G.Brown and S.Walls stealing some of the Dee throws.As said earlier A.Fitzpatrick kept his backs moving with fast ball  C.Crowe who was laid up all week with the flu also had a good game as had centres G.Fay and C.Hughes also wings D.Lynch and D.Walls tackled all that came their way,J.Crowe  now playing at fullback created all sorts of problems for the Dee defence with his fast foot work and speed he also crossed for a score only for it to be disallowed on a call from a Dee player that his foot touched the sideline..
Team M.O'Reilly,C.King,K.Heslip,S.Walls,G.Brown,P.Galligan,I.Heslip,S.McCormack,A.Fitzpatrick,C.Crowe.D.Lynch,G.Fay,C.Hughes,D.Walls.J.Crowe. Training this week is on wed 16th 7.30 nxt game away to Randalstown on sat 19th march

Co Cavan 1st XV take on Lisburn in swellan park.
Co Cavan rfc   34  -  3  Lisburn

Cavan travelled to Lisburn on saturday and came away with full points including that all important bonus point.Both teams were well changed from the teams that met in our first league game in October at Swellan.From the ko Cavan found themselves under pressure as they were playing into a strong wind and got it hard to make ground when we did get inside the Lisburn half we either knocked the ball on or gave away a penalty,eventually after a strong carry by Gillispie who burst through a few tackles he found support in C.Crowe who passed wide to J.Crowe and he made no mistake as he went over for Cavans first try.Lisburn in return got inside the Cavans 22 and again after another penalty they left the score at HT Cavan 5 - 3 Lisburn,
The second half saw Cavan play with more pace and strong direct carrying this led to D.Walls frist try for the seniors after good work by the pack then S.Ivers spun the ball wide where fullback Mulligan sent Walls over in the corner.Not long after the restart C.Hughes was in under the posts again more quick ruck ball by the pack centre Hughes came onto the ball and used his power and pace to carry him over conv C.Crowe,Cavan were now on top in this game and fullback Mulligan was next to score conv C.Crowe. With the backs getting over the try line a number of times the forwards decided it was time for them to score and our last two try's were to come from C.King the first one a pick and go the second from good work in the lineout from P.Galligan he got his hands on a Lisburn ball and king powered his way over. final score 34-3
Good result away from home but we had to play the last 25minutes of the game without our (capt)G.Gillispie who went off injured and with so many lads not available both seniors and 18s we had to travel with no subs which is not an ideal situation for a club that is looking towards the higher league.Once again our scrum was very solid with Blackie having a great game both in the set piece and around the pitch he was well assisted by S.Walls,King ,Galligan.McCormack.Brown and Gillispie, in the backs S. Ivers did well at 9 and C.Crowe kept Lisburn on the back foot with some good line kicking the new look centre pairing of J.Crowe and C.Hughes also did well with ther power running back three of I.Heslip,Mulligan and D.Walls also played there part.There is still some areas to be worked on and that can only be done if everyone turns out to Training Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.45 at club any lads that were out injured make an effort to come up and see how things are.

Co Cavan RFC 1st XV 20 
Portadown 26

After getting well beaten by the league leaders Portadown a few weeks ago Cavan were looking forward to this home fixture as we know we didn't really play at all that day.Conditions were not good for open running rugby but credit to both teams they did their best and produced a very entertaining game. Cavan were first to get on the score sheet after great work by S.Walls,C.King,P.Galligan and G.GIllespie who carried well and got inside the P/down 22 after a few passes by C.Leddy,S.Ivers and a chip through, man of the match Josh Crowe won the race to the ball and got the try conv C.Crowe. Cavan were still piling on the pressure and after a kick deep into the P/down defence they tried to run the ball out No 7 J.Crowe was up to make the tackle supporting him was G.Fay,S.McCormack and C.Crowe the ball was spilled just outside the P/down 22 and the flying C.Hughes was there to kick it on over the P/down try line he had a lot of work to do but he managed to beat two defenders for the touchdown conv C.Crowe. At this stage Portadown knew it was not going to be as easy as the last game, from the restart we knocked on and from a few phases of play they got inside the Cavan 5 meter line there big forwards picked and drove eventually the pressure told and they scored this gave them a new lease of life and soon after they were over for there second after poor defending from a lineout.They scored another try and a pen before half time leaving the score Cavan 14 - 18 P/down. Portadown showed why they are league leaders and kept up the pressure on Cavan but some fine tackling by Ivers,Gillispie.King,J.Crowe S.Brady and G.Fay kept them on the back foot eventually Cavan's never say die effort paid off and we got two penalties which was scored by the reliable boot of C.Crowe. Portadown were also to get two more scores one a try the other a penalty which was to bring the final score 20 - 26 in favour of Portadown. 
Credit must go to Blackie as he was laid up the last few days with the flu but he's not going to give up his place that easy and he played his part well also C.King ,Karl.S.Walls,S McCormack,and P.Galligan were solid in both scrum and lineout and worked hard around the pitch.(capt) G.Gillispie had a fine game at 8 both in his ball carrying and rucking.The,Portadown manager gave J.Crowe man of the match as his workrate was exellent. At 9 C.Leddy tried to get his backs moving but its hard in mucky conditions,S.Ivers had good game at 10 with ball in hand and he also but in some fine tackles,centers C.Crowe and G.Fay kept there opposite no's very quiet and Crowe had another fine game with the boot,The back three of wingers S.Brady,C.Hughes and fullback D.Conathy did well with both Brady and Hughes causing the P/down defence all sorts of problems with their strong running and Conaty clearing up any danger that came his way,I.Heslip also did well when he came on at flanker.Overall a very gutsy performance but we must keep the momentum going' Team Blackie,C.King,K.Heslip,S.Walls,S.McCormack,P.Galligan,J.Crowe,G.Gillispie(capt),C.leddy,S.Ivers,C.Crowe,G.Fay,S.Brady,C.Hughes,D.Conathy,I.Heslip,D.Walls. Training  Tuesday and Thursday  7.45.  Next game home sat 27th v Cooke

Cavan 15 Ballymoney 2nds 10
13th February 2016

Cavan got a much needed win at Swellan on saturday to keep promotion hopes alive as we start to get into the last few months of the season. There were a few positional changes to the team for this game with [capt] G.Gillispie in at hooker ,G.Brown ,S Mc Cormick moving into the back row and Shane Kelly moving from the pack into first centre and what a good show he put in there,we also had D.Conathy slotting in at fullback for the injured P.Mulligan. Cavan showed a lot more fire for this game as we knew that when we lost to B/money earlier in the season we didn't really play that well. From the ko we really put B/money under pressure with some big tackles from G Brown,J.Crowe,S.Walls and G.Gillispie. Our first score came after good pressure in a scrum the ball was spun out wide by C.Crowe to G.Fay who broke the line popped to C.Leddy who was in great support he sidestepped his way past two defenders then rounded the fullback to score under the posts conv C.Crowe. After more good pressure from the Cavan pack we got a penalty and C.Crowe found touch about fifteen meters from the B/money try line and there was only one thing on Gillispies mind catch and drive and after good take by Galligan the Cavan pack got set and the drive was on try Gillispie. Cavan kept great pressure on the B/money back line this was down to great work across the line by no 7 J.Crowe and also the press defence from Crowe,Kelly,and Fay wingers D.Lynch and C.Hughes also having fine games with Hughes carrying well and also a few big tackles,D.Conathy back in action did all was asked of him at fullback,ht Cavan 12  0 B/money.

Again Cavan started the game very well but should have got on the score board as we missed two penalties and also gave away a .penalty from a scrum when a try looked on. There was always going to be some point when B/money would come at us and we gave away a soft try to let them back into the game. As they say game on B/money started to put the pressure on and after good work by there pack they spun the ball out wide where they had extra numbers and they scored in the corner once again they missed the conv. Cavan kept there heads and with some fine corner kicking by C.Crowe they tried to run the ball from there 22 but a great tackle by Kelly then he got to his feet and won a penalty ,C.Crowe stepped up and put a bit more light between the teams we held on to get the result we needed. Overall our scrum was solid we just need to keep the pressure on all the time as we relaxed on a few occasions, lineout also good with lifters Blackie, Mc Cormack and Karl getting our jumpers Galligan and Walls well into the air and Gillispie coming in and secured the ball very well.G. Brown and J.Crowe at wing forwards never let anything passed and Crowe also put in a few powerful runs.Out tackling was well improved from our last few games and this was a big factor in winning this game,well done.

Next game home v Portadown on sat 20th ,everyone at training tuesday and thursday,also to injured players hope u'll all be back soon and best wishes to Ciaran Brady on his new venture.

Cavan 37 Randalstown 5
19th December 2015

Cavan played their last game of 2015 at home to Randalstown and came away with a bonus point win.with no games played over the last two weeks because of the wet weather it was great to get this game played before the break..even though it was a fine day the field was still mucky in places but the lads still kept trying to play an open running game and not long into the game we got our first try from the very solid full back P.Mulligan after good carries by Gillispie,J.Crowe and King we got quick ruck ball and it was spun out wide to winger D.Conathy he held the defender and popped to Mulligan who was in great support to score in the corner.Cavan had the R/town scrum under perssure all day with the front five of O,Reilly,King,Heslip,Galligan and McCormack doing a great job and from a penalty at the scrum Gillispie took a quick tap and burst his way over conv C.Crowe.the back row of Kelly,Gillispie and the explosive J Crowe knocking R/town back every time they ran at us.After another few good phases of play from our new look back line where Loghnane came in at 9 S.Ivers at 10 and C .Crowe swiching to 12 to partner C.Hughes in the centre they caused the R/Town back line all sorts of problems with their good line running and were a bit unlucky not to have got in for another try or two before HT but we did get a pen which was conv by C.Crowe,D.Conathy and G.Fay who started this game on the wing also ran at their opposite no any chance they got they were well supported by full back Mulligan. HT Cavan 15  - 0  R/TownCavan started the second half as they finished the first and  after a great break by J.Crowe who side stepped a few defenders he popped to Mc.Cormack who streched his legs and pushed off some would be tacklers to crash over for a fine score.Next it was Gillispie again to go get his second try after a line out drive.for the next ten mins or so R/Town came back into the game and from a quick throw to the front of the line out they got over for a try in the corner Cavan at this point went back to old bad habits and again gave away too many pens two of which seen two of our players yellow carded withih five mins of each other.ATthis stage D.Lynch and C Brady were now taking up the wing positions and both lads put in a great shift with D.Lynch getting over for a try ( you stole Garys hat trick Davy) after more great handling by a number of players.Our last score was to come from C.Crowe after Loughnane made a break spun the ball to Ivers who  carried then off loaded to Hughes who burst through the defence then passed to Crowe who dummied his man then stepped inside to score a great try conv C.Crowe. Full Time Cavan 37 - 5 R/Town. Team M oReilly,C.King,K Heslip,P.Galligan,S.Mc.
Cormack,S.Kelly,G.Gillispie (capt),J.Crowe,J.Loughnane,S.Ivers,C.Crowe,C.Hughes,G.Fay,D.Conathy,P.Mulligan,D.Lynch and C.Brady.   Overall good preformance handling very good in mucky conditions workrate exellent but once again those silly pens have to stop.Six out of Seven in 2015 is very good but remember there is a lot of rugby to be played yet, a good squad of players is starting to come together which was our aim at the start of the season so keep up the good work in 2016, Our next game is away in Ballynahinch on Jan 2nd in the plate then its back to league action away to Dungannon on Jan 10th. Wishing all players supporters and their families a very Happy Xmas.

Dungannon 25   15 Cavan
28th Nov 2015

Cavan came away from this game knowing they could have taken the win,but again at crucial stages we gave away penalties these have become far to common in our last few games and its something that has to get sorted very soon as we know its very frustrating having a team under pressure only to conced a silly penalty kick and let them clear the danger.
Cavan started the game very well and kept Gannon pinned inside there own 22 after a number of attacks by Cavan they got a penalty for a Gannon player not relasing after a tackle C.Crowe made no mistake and Cavan went 3 points up.Good running by J.Crowe,S.McCormack,G.Gillispie and G.Fay,plus some fine kicking by C.Crowe kept Gannon on the back foot eventually they knocked on and Cavan got a scrum about 15 meters out and with a training ground move Gillispie picked went around the corner and popped to J.Loughnane who made his way over in the corner conv was to hard to land against the strong wind.Shortly after we should have got another try but knocked on over the try line and maybe a pen or two as well,Shortly before HT we gave away a kickable pen for offside at a ruck and then after a series of pick and go Gannon burst over for a converted try. HT Gannon 10  8 Cavan
This was a much changed Gannon team than played us two weeks ago in Cavan but for us to improve as a squad we need strong opposition to show where we need to get to.Like the first half we started very well but with knocking on and giving away those annoying penalties we started to let Gannon get a grip on the game and there big forwards carried time and time again we started to sit back off the tackle which didn't help either eventually they crossed for another try,but fair play to the Cavan lads they never dropped there heads and a massive hit by [capt] G.Gillispie on the Gannon openside and some fine carries by young K.Heslip brought Cavan back into the Gannon 22 good rucking by P.Galligan.Blackie and Gillispie left the ball free for McCormack to sterch his legs and he did great work to score under the posts conv C.Crowe.We had another chance to get another try as the Gannon fullback was tackled on his own try line but yet again pen against us and it was Gannon who cleared there lines and scored at at the other end they also added another just before the end.Full time Gannon 25  15 Cavan. Our lineout didnt function as well as previous games ,scrums ok rucks ok in the backs we tried to open them up espically P.Mulligan at full back but there were far to many knock on's at vital times.Were still in the plate and a big league campain ahead of us so its time to start putting in that extra effort both at training and at matches if you cant make training because of work,college or other commitments get some training done in your own time its a help.Team M.o'Reilly,Francie,K,Heslip.S,McCormack,P.Galligan,S.Kelly,J.Crowe.G.Gillispie(capt).J.Loughnane,C.Crowe,G.Fay,C.Leddy,K.Brady,I.Heslip,P.Mulligan,C.Brady and N.McHugh.   Next game home on sat to league leaders Portadown,big effort at training tuesday and thursday Equestrain centre 7.45

Co Cavan RFC travel to Rainey
Rainey 3
Co Cavan RFC 1st XV 14
21st Nov 2015

Cavan made the long journey to Rainey rfc having come off the back of a good solid preformance last week against Dungannon with high hopes of playing some running rugby,but this was short lived. Cavan started the game very well and after some good running from C.Hughes he opened up the Rainey defence then popped to  P.Mulligan who was in great support he nearly made it to the try line but was stopped just short the ball was recycled and (capt) G.Gillispie was on hand to get the try, converted by C.Crowe. Shortly after the restart Cavan again ran at the Rainey defence and good carrying from J.Crowe,S.Ivers C.King and G.Fay they set up another ruck and with a few good pick an goes S.McCormack crashed over with another conversion by C.Crowe. We should have had another few scores before HT but with silly mistakes this was not to be. Cavan started the second half fairly well but once again our discipline at the break down went against us and we gave away over 20 pens and lost three players to the yellow card and with only twelve players on the pitch for the last ten mins we tackled like hell and kept Rainey from crossing our try line. Full time Cavan 14  - 3 Rainey.
We have played enough games at this stage to know what is being asked of us on the pitch so lets get the heads right and put in the performance we know we are capable of. Positive's we have won five out of six league games.The next four matches before Christmas are very important so a big effort is needed at training.Team: Blackie, C.King, S.McCormack, K.Heslip, S.Walls, G.Brown, Wellman, J.Crowe, G.Gillispie (capt), S.Ivers, C.Crowe, S.Brady, G.Fay, C.Hughes, K.Brady, C.Brady, and P.Mulligan. Training on a tuesday and Thursday in the Equestrian centre 7.45. The next game away to Dungannon in the Ulster Cup on November 29th.

Co Cavan RFC host Dungannon in Swellan Park

Co Cavan RFC 1st XV 10
Dungannon 3rd's 7
14th November 2015

With a lot of games postponed throughout the country due to the weather conditions Cavan's game was one that was played, for the amount of rain that fell on friday night the pitch was deemed playable, well done to the grounds men. There was a big turn out of support for the game as Cavan hosted a pre match lunch with Dungannon which was a great success and the supporters weren't disappointed especially the Cavan ones.
Cavan kicked off and from the start we had Gannon under all sorts of pressure but once again we came away with nothing as we took the wrong decision when a try looked on. Our scrum was under a bit of pressure for the first two or three but after that we sorted it out and took a few against the head. The lineout again was top class with jumpers, P.Galligan, S.Kelly and G.Brown winning their own ball and stealing a few of the Gannon throws they were well assisted by S.McCormack, K.Heslip, Blackie, S.Walls and G.Gillispie at hooker. C.King had another fine game with his throwing into the lineout and also put in some big hits when needed. J.Crowe had another fine game at 7 he put in a few good tackles and carried well.Just before halftime we lost two players from our pack to yellow cards but in came K.Heaslip to the front row, at this point Gannon looked certain to score as they had two scrums about ten meters from our try line with a man advantage in the scrum as C.Crowe went in as flanker but we turned them over on a few occasions and held out to HalfTime. The second half started much the same as the first, Cavan putting on all the pressure but this time we got a pen and C.Crowe got us on the score board. This was always going to be a low scoring game so any points that went on offer we took them. Cavan were now back to full strength but in the wet conditions it was hard to put anything together but fair play to both teams they did there best to play rugby, eventually Gannon got inside the Cavan 22 and with series of pick and go they crossed the Cavan line for a converted try with less than ten minutes remaining Gannon were ahead 7 - 3. Cavan didn't panic and with some good work from C.Leddy and long range kicking from Crowe and powerful running from centres G.Fay and C.Hughes Gannon were pushed back inside there 22.  At this stage Cavan had only one thing on there mind and that was to get that all important try and with more good running from the back three of D.Lynch, S.Brady and P.Mulligan the gap opened up Fay burst through and as he was being tackled he off loaded to the powerful running Hughes who took a few Gannon players with him over to score a great try and get a big roar from the crowd. it was converted by C.Crowe with only a minute left on the clock Cavan held on for the win. Cavan 10 - 7 Dungannon.  This week Gannon chose G.Fay as our man of the match well done Gene. Once again well done to Gannon for making a good tough game out of it and to the Cavan lads who now are starting to believe in themselves and know there is a good squad of lads coming together well done. Training thursday in Cavan equestrain centre 7.45 bring €2 to cover costs everyone make an effort to be there. Next match sat 21st away to rainey.

Co Cavan RFC first XV home game against Donaghadee
Co Cavan RFC 36
Donaghadee 6
7th November 2015

Cavan got back on track at Swellan on saturday with a much better performance than last time out.There were a few positional and player changes to the team as we are trying to get everyone game time and also build a strong squad of players. S. McCormack started at tight head prop and did very well, J. Crowe now back from injury came in at 7 and had an excellent game putting the Dee back line under all sorts of pressure, he also got our first try after a great block down by the alert G.Loughnane and a conversion by C.Crowe. It was also good to see S. Ivers and N. McHugh back in action and they certainly added life to our back line. Once again our pack won the battle of the scrums with Blackie fitting into his new role at prop this season doing well and he was well assisted by hooker C.King and props S.McCormack / K Heaslip. The second row of G.Brown and P. Galligan worked hard all day Galligan having another fine day at the lineouts and the veteran Brown coming away with two trys from driving mauls off lineouts and also earning himself man of the match. In the backrow S.Kelly carried well and linked well with his backs and his lineout work set up Browns trys, as said earlier what an injection of life young Crowe brings to the game with his tackling and carrying he's going to turn into a fine player. Captain and no8 G Gillispie again put in a fine performance both in attack and defence his quick hands sent Loughnane into the corner for our second try, then as he has done in all games he played this year he scored himself from a great push over scrum. At 9 G.Loughnane controlled the game very well with his jinking runs and keeping the game alive, C.Leddy started this game at 10 and he didn't let us down he  made some fine breaks and also put in a few good tackles. C.Crowe moved to 12 to partner G.Fay in the center Crowe kept things moving put in some fine touch line kicks and also kicked three conversions. G.Fay for a lad that only took up rugby this season is learning his trade very well and his hard tackling and strong running is causing defences problems his replacement N. McHugh also put in a good shift with his eye for space seeing him break the line quite a few times. Wingers S.Brady and C.Hughes also impressed both worked hard up and down the pitch.This was probably Hughes's best game for cavan as he tore up the touch line on numerous occasions both carrying and as a support player his work rate paid off as he crashed over for our fifth try. S.Ivers came on at 10 for a while then went into 9 and he brought another wise head to the game with some fine passing and keeping the pace of the game alive. Once again Mr reliable P.Mulligan at full back kept control of all in front of him he also came into the attacking line and he was unlucky not to score after good work by McHugh who put him into space he got stopped on the line but we got the score from the push over scrum. Try scorers Loughnane, J Crowe, Brown(2), Hughes and Gillispie. C.Crowe three convs.
Overall a good solid performance shows what a bit of intense training can do,there was some great support play, but we have to cut out silly penalty's and carry out moves that are on when called,as said before its a squad team so if your not involved for a game support your team mate as we are trying to build for the future, Well done again. Next game at home v Dungannon on 14th nov so everyone out at training this week on the field for 7.45 tuesday and thursday.

Ballymoney 22 - 8 Cavan
24th October 2015

Cavan made the long journey to Ballymoney on saturday confidend of putting in a big preformance but this was not to be ,in the first three minutes of the game we gave away as many penalties but their kicker was not on form and only converted one of them.Like last saturday our set piece of scrum and lineout was working well but in open play we were far to slow to react and once again our first up tackle let us down, we need to get more line speed and be far more aggressive in our general play.After some good carrying from King,Fay,Leddy and Gillispie we got a pen conv C.Crowe. B/money kept us pinned in our 22 for most of the first half with some fine kicking from their no 10 but eventually we spilled the ball and with a race to our try line they were awarded a pen try which they conv leaving the HT score B/money 10 - 3 Cavan.  Cavan now with the journey well behind them played with a bit more urgency espically from no8 and [capt] G. Gillispie who put in a few big hits and also carried very well,C.Leddy also tried hard and also put in some good tackle's.From a B/money lineout they spun the ball out wide and with no perssure put on them they crossed for their second conv try.As the game was coming to a close B/money broke out of their 22 and with good support play they crossed for their third conv try,From the drop out we retained the ball and and D. Conathy broke into there 22 and from the ruck the ball was carried up by Mc.Cormack he got on the 5 meter line but B/monet were offside and from the pen the alert Gillispie crashed over in the corner final score,B/money 22 - 8 Cavan. We know we didn't preform on the day but we cant be using long journeys as excuses there is a lot of good players in the squad so we need to make more of an effort to training, both club and individual as there is a long way to go yet. squad, M Reilly,C.King,C.Heslip,S.Walls,,S.Kelly,P.Galligan,G.Gillispie,S.Armstrong,C.Leddy,C.Crowe,G.Loughnane,G.Fay,D.Conathy,S.Brady,P.MulliganI.Heslip,C.Hughes.

Cavan 43 - 3 Donegal
17th October 2015

                                    On a weekend  where rugby was the main topic for discussion, Cavan gave a good display against old rivals Donegal,the game had just started when Cavan got a scrum just inside the Donegal half scrum half C Leddy picked from the base sidestepped  two defenders them sprinted in under the posts for our first try this was a great solo effort by young Leddy conv C Crowe.Our scrum was putting their opposition under all sorts of pressure with front row of Blackie, King,and Heslip and were well backed up by the 2nd row of Walls and mc Cormack the back row of S Kelly, S Armstrong and P Galligan also to the fore with Kelly in great form around the field getting some good turnovers and also in great support for his try,Galligan once again gave it his all and his lineout was exellent both on his own ball and stole quite a few of the Donegal throw in's.After some fine touch line kicking by C Crowe then a few pick an go's by the pack hooker King found an opening and he burst his way over the try line conv C Crowe.Just before ht Donegal found themselves inside the cavan 22 and got a pen for hands in the ruck which they converted,From the Cavan drop out D/gal set up a ruck but G Fay got his hands on the ball and turned it over the ball was spun wide to mc Cormack an after a few hand-offs he got the touch down . H.T. 24 - 3.
The second half started much the same as in the first with the flying Cavan backs now getting more ball and keeping D/gal inside their own half with some great runs from winger S Brady ,G Fay and the reliable P Mulligan at full back.Cavan now introduced the sub bench with S mcCoullough coming into the front row for K Heslip,G Brown at 8 for Armstrong and N Mc Hugh for I Heslip,it wasn't long before Cavan were on the score board again with no 9 Leddy getting quick ball from the Cavan ruck out to Crowe who put Mc Hugh through the gap his pace brought Cavan into the D/gal 22 then he popped to C Hughes and his chip through sent P Mulligan over in the corner.G Fay was next to score again after some good work by the Cavan pack, a great chip through by prop Blackie put D/gal on the back foot and from the turn-over Leddy fed Fay and he made his way to the try line.Cavans last try was another good solo effort Mc Hugh got his hansd on a loose ball inside the D/gal 10 meter line and he jinked past a number of defenders to score under the posts.Overall a  better preformance then the last game espically in the scrums and lineout where Cavan were well on top,also there were opportunities when the ball should have went out wide when the call was made but again the ball was taken into contact this is something that won't work against stronger opposition, when we have pace use it wisely.Still its good to have two league wins from two games and also competition for places is getting stronger so keep up the good work at training well done,Team M Reilly,C King (try),K Heslip,S Walls,S McCormack (try),S Kelly (try),S Armstrong, P Galligan,C Leddy(try),C Crowe ( 4 conv.s ),S Brady,G Fay (try),C Hughes,I Heslip,P Mulligan (try),G Brown,S McCoullough,M McHugh (try). Training every tuesday and thursday on field for 7.45pm  next game away to Ballymoney on sat 24th

Co Cavan 1st  22 - 19 Lisburn

Cavan got their league campaign off to a winning start when they defeated a big Lisburn team at Swellan on Saturday.It was a lovely day for rugby and the lads were looking forward to the game,we had played a few friendly's over the last few weeks and things were coming together nicely.For the first twenty minutes Cavan were camped inside the Lisburn half but just could not get that try which at times looked on,eventually Lisburn gave away a penalty which was converted by C Crowe.Lisburn hit back fairly quickly they broke into our 22 but now we gave away a pen they went for a line-out and their big pack drove us back an they got a converted try.Cavan again put pressure on Lisburn with some great drives by (capt) G.Gillispie,Brown,Kelly and Mc Cormack then some quick hands by the flying backs C.Leddy,C.Crowe,C.Hughes P.Mulligan and S. Brady drove Lisburn back into their 22 no8 Mc Cormack came onto a pass from the ever alert no 9 J.Crowe and Mc Cormack made no mistake as he crossed for Cavans 1st try conv C.Crowe,we were soon on the score board again after we missed a pen kick and Lisburn tried to run the ball from their own try line but were well tackled by Wellman,Blackie and Leddy they gave away a pen, Gillispie took quick tap and burst his way over conv C.Crowe.Lisburn again got into our 22 and after some strong running by there pack and our missed tackles they got in for another conv try. H.T. Cavan 17 - 14 Lisburn. With rolling subs allowed in this league it was great to be able to change lads around if they needed a rest ,the second half started very well for us and again after some good carrying by the forwards C.Crowe spun the ball out wide to G.Fay who replaced the inj C.Hughes,Fay seen the gap and he burst through it and passed to C.Leddy who was now operating on the wing he made great ground before drawing the Lisburn fullback he then offloaded to fullback P.Mulligan who was in great support to cross for Cavans third try conv J.Crowe ,this is probably one of the best trys we seen scored in a while. For the next 15 or 20 mins Lisburn kept the pressure on us  we also gave away a lot of silly penalty's which didn't help eventually they got a5 meter line-out and drove us over to score their third try there was only minutes left and we held out for the win 22 - 19.  Overall we played well, yes our scrums have to improve and line-out was not as good as in the previous games but our rucking and ball carrying from the pack was sound and the back line did their job well with some good quick hands by J.Crowe and C.Leddy and a few big hits by centers G.Loughnane and C.Hughes whos hit on his opposite no was exellent, wingers D.Lynch and S.Brady also did there job well,at fullback P.Mulligan had an exellent game and his try was top class.C.Crowe and G.Fay also had a big part to play when they came on Fay for his break which led to Mulligans try and the game management of Crowe and his fine touch line kicks.We need to make Swellan a place that no team likes to come to play, so big effort needed at training to sort out a few things training tuesday and thursday nights 7.45 everyone out, good tuck to the lads that picked up a few injuries on sat.  We have no game next saturday, Next league game Saturday week v Donegal.
Team: G.Gillispie (capt), F.Mullen, Blackie,K. Heslip, G.Brown, S.Walls, S.Kelly, S.mcCormack, P.Galligan, J.Crowe, C.Leddy, G.Loughnane, C.Hughes, D.Lynch, S.Brady, P.Mulligan, C.Crowe, G.Fay

Co Cavan first XV friendly against Ardee
Cavan 13  10 Ardee rfc
This was the last warm up match before the league kicks off on sat 3rd Oct,The team was changed around a bit from the previous week both personnel  and positional but once again our front row of (capt) G Gillispie C King K Heslip / S mcCullagha had the heavier Ardee front row under all sorts of trouble in the scrums ,it was good to see young K Heslip more than holding his own in the front row,they were well backed up by the second row of S Walls and Blackie the back row also did well with some good turn overs by G Brown and S mc Cormac also the presence in the tackle by J Jackson put the Ardee lads on the back foot.J Crowe at scrum half kept the pressure on his opposite number and also had a few good runs, at ten the cool head of G Loughnane kept us ticking over with two pen's and a converson after we got a pen ten meters from the Ardee try line and Gillispie took quick tap and crashed over,in this game young K Murtagha played in the centre along side G Fay on the wings were S Brady,I Heslip and P Mulligan did well at full back.Our line-out is starting to function nicely with thrower, jumpers and lifters getting tuned in,scrums and rucks also coming on but we didn't make enough use of our back line by carrying far too much ball when the best option's were to get it out wide but thats something that we can sort out at training. We need everyone out training tuesday and thursday nights to accomplish this.Once again well done lads and thanks to Ardee rfc for the game.

Pre-Season Game against North Meath

On Saturday last we travelled to Kells to play North Meath in our second pre-season game. The team was a good mixture of youth and experience and lads were playing out of their usual position but they all settled in very well. There was a big improvement from last Saturday especially at the line-out where S Walls and S Kelly had some fine catches, they were well assisted by lifters C King, K Murtagh and S McCormack, we were also a lot better at ruck time where S Kelly, Wellman, S Brady and (Capt.) G Gillespie worked very hard and the latter getting some good turnovers. Meath were first to score after some strong running by their big forwards they spun the ball wide and we were caught for numbers they scored in the corner. Shortly after the restart the young Cavan backs and Gene made great ground and after a few rucks the ball was spun out like a flash by no 9 J Crowe to C Leddy who sent D Lynch over in the corner, Meath again put us under pressure and they were rewarded with another try, but Cavan were gaining momentum we took quick tap penalty and got stopped just short of the Meath line but after a few phases of pick and go S McCormack burrowed his way over. Half Time Score 10-10. The Cavan back line apart from one or two had an average age of around twenty and they certainly showed this in the second half with lots of running rugby. J Crowe at 9 had some fine breaks as did C Leddy at 10 who led his back line very well and also made some fine breaks, centres G Fay and C Hughes, who got injured and was replaced by Irwin Heslip, carried and tackled all that came their way. Wingers B Farrell and D Lynch also did very well with Lynch crossing for our first try, fullback N McHugh never put a foot wrong all day and his counter attacking was excellent. Cavan now brought on the evergreen G Brown and he added more experience to the team. Cavan’s winning try came after more good carrying and rucking then the ball was spun through a number of hands to J Crowe who pushed off a few defenders before popping to G Gillespie in support who got the touchdown.

Overall a good solid performance by everyone but we need to keep up the intensity at training so be out Tuesday and Thursday nights on field for 7.45pm. Next match - this Friday away to Ardee KO 8pm.

Cavan 1st XV 9 aside Tournament August 2015

Cavan started the new season with an away trip to Monaghan to take part in a 9 aside tournament .They kicked off against a strong Monaghan side and soon found themselves in the lead with good scores from Conor Leddy and Brian Farrell only to let Monaghan back into the game conceding two soft tries after some poor handling and missed tackles. Monaghan rapped up the game with a well taken try in the dying seconds. After some stern words from new coach Davy Mc Gregor a much improved Cavan performance saw a two try win over very skilful Combilift side scorers Sean Keady and John Denning. This meant Cavan Final Game against Armagh was a winner take all final. This young Cavan side really got stuck in and put it up to Armagh. Brian Farrell scored an excellent try after good work from Cathal King, Armagh came back with two scores and Cavan answered with the score of the tournament moving the ball the full length of the field after several passes finished off under the post by Conor Leddy. With only seconds to go Dermott Conaty broke away and kicked ahead , He looked certain to score and only good work by Armagh overturned the ball and scored on the breakout to leave them tournament winners .New Club captain Garry Gillespie  can take a lot positives out of this with old boys Shane Mc Cormack ,Pauric WELLMAN  Galligan and Cathal King all showing well backed up by the young guns of Killian Murtagh, Brian Farrell ,Conor Leddy ,Sean Keady John Denning Dermott Conaty as well as man of the match performance from Gene Fay. Cavan need to build on this with a full turnout at training Tues and Thurs night 7.30pm. Home game Swellan Park Sat 12.00 noon V Monaghan.  

Cavan 1st XV take on the civil service in an away game.
Civil Service 1st XV……………..7
Cavan 1st XV………………………12

Cavan’s 1st XV travelled to Belfast on Saturday for their third meeting of the season with high flying Civil Service.  The team’s early encounters resulted in one win a piece so this game was always going to be a tight affair.

Cavan shrugged off the long car journey and started the better of the two teams, starving Civil Service of possession for the first ten minutes of the game. Cavan’s front five, strengthened by the return of captain Martin O’Reilly, were dominant in the scrums, easily securing their own ball and tormenting Civil Service on theirs. This platform gave the Cavan backs the perfect opportunity to test their opposition.  Slick handling skills from Darren Smith and Gary Brennan put the service defence on the back foot. This was capitalised on by Jeremiah Loughnane who brilliantly found a gap in the service line to run in for the first try of the game.  This was converted by Ciaran Crowe to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.

There was no let up from Cavan at the restart and they soon found their way back into opposition territory through the excellent positional kicking of in-form out-half Crowe. This gave the Cavan forwards the opportunity to attack from the lineout. The ever solid Paul McCusker found his target, Shane Kelly, with ease. Myles O’Reilly took the ball forward from this lineout and broke through the defensive line. Gary Gillespie then steamrolled through and over the line for Cavan’s second try of the game in what was a very well worked training ground move.

Again Cavan came at Service hard with Kris Curran powering through the defensive line on several occasions. Peter Mulligan, controlling the play from scrum-half, allowed for great link up play between forwards and backs.

Cavan finished the half strongly but suffered a major blow as Jerimah Loughnane, who was causing the Service backline all kinds of problems, was forced to go off with a broken collarbone. Cavan would now be forced to play the second half with 14 men.

Civil service came out fighting in the second half and enjoyed a lot more territory and possession than in the first half. As the game approached the three quarter mark Service found themselves in good position in the Cavan 22. Good tackling from Alistair Treinier and Scott Hyland, in particular, ensured that Service would be given no easy scores though.  Cavan’s pack, led by inspirational leader Martin O’Reilly, managed to turn over a pivotal scrum just when it looked like Service were about to score. This clearly demoralised and frustrated the attacking team.

To their credit, Service did not let their heads drop and came straight back at Cavan, who seemed to be tiring as silly mistakes began to creep into their game. This led to Services first try of the game which they duly converted to leave the score at 12-7 with 10 minutes to go. The last ten minutes were a nerve racking affair with Cavan absorbing a lot of pressure. Service tried hard to find their way through the Cavan back line but game saving tackling from Steven Ivers and Patch Corrigan made sure that this did not happen.

Cavan managed to see out the game to the final whistle to record a well-deserved and hard fought victory. After suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of the Civil Service at the start of the season this win shows just how far the team has come under new coaches Dean Hakaraia and Todd “the bench” Sweeney. The team would finally appear to be playing with structure and organisation that were badly missing last year and earlier on in the season.
Cavan Team:
Myles O’Reilly, Paul MCusker, Kristopher Curran, Martin O’Reilly (captain), Scott Hyland, Gary Gillespie, Shane Kelly, Alastair Treinier, Peter Mulligan, Ciaran Crowe, Gareth Corrigan,  Gary Brennan, Darren Smith, Stephen Ivers, Jeremiah Loughnane