CG Main Club Sponsor of Co Cavan RFC & Smiths Diner, Drumalee is sponsor of Co. Cavan Rugby Club Youth teams

CG is main sponsor of Co Cavan RFC

Co Cavan RFC is delighted to announce CG Crompton Greaves as Main Club Sponsor for the next three seasons. This is a wonderful endorsement by CG, a major company both locally and internationally, and it allows Co Cavan rugby club to continue in its efforts to develop rugby at all levels: minis, youth and adults - ladies and men.
Martin Reilly (CG), Kevin Jackson (President, Co Cavan RFC), Malcolm Lowry (CCRFC)

Smiths Diner, Drumalee is sponsor of Co. Cavan Rugby Club Youth teams

L to R: Kevin Jackson Co Cavan RFC President, Cian Hughes Under 18 captain, Paul Smith (Smiths Diner), Neil Lowry under 14's, Sarah Smith (Smiths Diner), Stephen McDonald Under 16 captain.

A Great December weekend for Co Cavan RFC

Cavan Under 16’s emerged victorious over City Of Derry at Swellan last Saturday.

Co Cavan U16's 8
City of Derry 0
Both teams required a win to remain in contention for a Cup place in this years Ulster Carpets Under 16’s Cup Competition. With soft conditions underfoot this was never going to be a kicking game and both teams kept the ball in hand for most of the game. It was important for the Cavan men to try and get points on the board early and the opening exchanges looked promising with fullback Daniel Watson and winger Dillon Cooke making good ground.  The half back combination of Eoin Mc Donnell & Stephen Mc Donald choreographed some lovely well executed moves to try and open up the tough Derry defence, but it was a tough nut to crack and Cavan got no joy in first 20 minutes.
Cavan knew the big Derry pack were going to be a threat up front but in the first scrum of the day they were given no chance to demonstrate their power as Cavan dominated their opponents to ensure quick ball which almost crossed the line via centre pairing of Sean Smith & Padraig Keady, however Derry somehow managed to clear their line, and they surely breathed a sigh of relief from the unrelenting Cavan side.
Soon afterwards, following a lineout, the ball was secured from touch and a rolling maul was driven towards the Newry line led by props Stephen Lovett & Ryan Mc Carville, aided all the way by loose forwards Donnacha Comiskey, Aaron Cosgrove & Jaime Mc Quaid, some fine rucking by the Cavan forwards maintained possession and Barry Fay crossed over in the corner, however, the referee couldn’t see the ball being grounded and the try was not given. In the 20th minute Cavan took play back into the Derry half winning a penalty which captain Mc Donald slotted over to leave Cavan ahead by the narrowest of margins, 3-Nil which was the score at half time. The first half was an impressive Cavan display of controlled rugby, which frustrated Derry as they found it very difficult to get their hands on the ball, starving their fast backline of any chance to attack and it seemed like all Cavan had to do was maintain their high intensity to secure the win, but nothing is ever that simple.
Cavan coaches Gary Farrell, Gary Browne & Niall Patterson have been trying to ensure total commitment from their charges all season, the half time talk must have contained some praise for the first half efforts, however, rugby is a game of two halves and this Cavan squad must also have been warned they could not rest for a moment because the second half was even more fierce than the first.
Derry camped in the Cavan 22 yard area for the third quarter, but they couldn’t capitalise. Cavan were resolute in defence and fiercely competitive for the entire duration of the match but especially so during this period. The wonderfully superb Cavan defence held their the line and the crowd were treated to some superb tackling from Elan Farrell, Jermaine O’ Rourke, Philip Speares, Darragh Gaffney, Conor Ellis and Liam Berry.
With Derry only 5 yards out from the Cavan try line, the Cavan fans were heard to groan when one of their front row forwards was sin binned for reckless use of the boot, and with the resulting penalty it appeared the wheels may have come off Cavan’s great march forward, however captain Mc Donald put in what surely must be the tackle of the season on a Derry forward and under the stewardship of pack leader Michael Wilson Cavan forwards somehow managed turnover ball for O’ Rourke to make clearance kick which allowed Cavan breathe, even if only for a minute.
The coaches must surely be proud that Cavan steadfastly refused to yield ground even though their lungs were burning. This game was still on a knife edge and the 14 man Cavan squad played intelligently keeping the ball and frustrating their opponents in the middle half of the field until their sin-binned colleague returned to the fray. With Cavan were back to full strength the momentum swung ever so slightly in their favour and the relentless pressure took its toll on Derry when their open side flanker saw yellow for a late and dangerous tackle on hooker Conor Ellis who was as steady as a rock in the tight play all through the game. Derry were to finish the game with 14 men and with only three minutes to go until the final whistle the unbending Cavan march forward was rewarded by a try near the corner from the hands of Padraig Keady. Following an unsuccessful conversion the final whistle went for a seriously relieved Cavan side delighted to take all the points with the scoreline reading 8-Nil.
This game was a tight as they come and Cavan know they have a big job on their hands for the return fixture in Derry next February. For Cavan Under 16’s, their season took a serious upward turn last Saturday and hopefully these young lads will now really start to believe that they have the ability to achieve much in the second half to this season and hopefully qualify for a cup place. If fortune really does favour the brave then it should only be onwards and upwards for this team, but only with maximum effort and commitment put in by every single player will this team achieve a Cup place.
The Cavan squad pictured included Stephen Mc Donald (Captain), Michael Wilson (Pack Leader), Barry Fay, Aaron Cosgrove, Stephen Lovett, Donncha Comiskey, Dillon Cooke, Daniel Watson, Jaime Mc Quaid, Padraig Keady, Ryan Mc Carville, Eoin Mc Donnell, Darragh Gaffney, Jermaine O’ Rourke, Conor Ellis,  Philip Speares & Liam Berry, (injured Jack Lynch).

Co Cavan RFC Ladies Victoriously Battle against Ballyshannon Ladies

Ballyshannon 0 
Co Cavan Ladies 8
Cavan ladies travelled to Ballyshannon on Sunday focused on their league game but also with revenge in their sights from the cup defeat to Ballyshannon last season. Paige Conroy got proceedings under way for Cavan and forced Ballyshannon into an early knock on error. Cavan secured their first scrum and soon had Ballyshannon under pressure. Quick hands from centres  Helen McDermott and Gillian Martin brought Cavan deep into the opposition twenty two.  Shauna Brady was unlucky not to see her darting run up the side line be rewarded on the score line. However their hard work was undone from a Cavan knock on. Ballyshannon’s scrums were strong but the Cavan pack, led by Caroline O’Reilly, Kathy King and Rosie Morgan stood firm. Cavan dealt with the Ballyshannon attack and soon forced another turn over. Again, good link up play masterminded by scrum half Shannon Lane, pinned Ballyshannon into their own half. Cavan gave away a series of penalties which eventually led to hooker Kathy King being shown a yellow card. This gave Cavan further determination to see out a very intense first half in Ballyshannon territory. Half time 0-0. Cavan started the second half as determined as the first.  Ballyshannon were finding it difficult to control direct, powerful running from Christina Brady, Aisling O’Connell and Deirdre O’Reilly. This pressure led to Ballyshannon giving away a penalty in front of their posts. Conroy kicked and scored Cavan’s first three points.  Cavan continued to dominate the game and Kathy King stole the majority of the Ballyshannon’s line outs. This gave Cavan the chance to further attack led by captain Anna Coyle and Shannon Lane. Ballyshannon did break the line on a few occasions.  Lane came to Cavan’s rescue by completing an excellent covering tackle after a Ballyshannon interception. Kate Bartley also dealt superbly with any aerial attack that Ballyshannon tried to launch. Cavan started to really pound the Ballyshannon defence with continual forward play. This hard work finally paid off when blind side flanker  Deirdre O’Reilly powered her way over the line. McDermott’s attempt at the conversion just shaved the post to go wide. Cavan continued to work their way up the pitch from the restart. Ball carriers Claire McDermott and Kathleen Dawson sparked off Cavan’s next wave of attack. Extra power was also added to the team with the addition of Yvonne Courtney. Dawson was unlucky not to aid the second try when the ball was held up over the line as the match drew to a close. Cavan continue their unbeaten league record and will welcome Carrickfergus to Swellan Park On Sunday 7th Decemeber  - Kick off 1pm, Cavan need to ensure they win in order to guarantee a top spot finish.
Cavan: Caroline O’Reilly, Kathy King, Rosie Morgan, Claire McDermott, Christina Brady, Ailsing O’Connell, Kathleen Dawson, Paige Conroy, Shannon Lane, Helen McDermott, Kate Bartley, Anna Coyle, Grainne Brady, Deirdre O’Reilly, Gillian Martin  and Yvonne Courtney.

Co Cavan RFC 1stXV defeat Virginia in Swellan Park

Co Cavan RFC 23
Virginia 22
On Saturday last November 29th near neighbours Virginia travelled to Cavan to take on the 1st XV captained by Gareth (Patch) Corrigan. Conditions were perfect for playing rugby but from the off both teams and spectators could see that it was going to be a closely contested battle. Both sides showed great skill in both defence and attack. Cavan's first points came from a well worked try when a ball came out from the forwards to the backs with some swift hands and cunning side steps Ciaran Crowe crossed the line. He also secured the conversion. The game continued with both teams scoring points due to discipline letting them down. Late in the second half Virginia crossed Cavan's try line to leave the score 22 to the visiting side with Cavan trailing at 13 points. Cavan knew they needed to give the last 20 minutes of the game their all if they were to come away victorious. Cavan worked the ball up the field with skill which tested the discipline of the visiting team. The discipline eventually broke down with a player being sent to the bin after numerous warnings by the referee. Crowe put three points more on the score bringing the gap to 5 points. Cavan kept their cool with great carries from the forwards and with gritted determination they eventually were awarded with a second visiting player being sent to the sin bin and a penalty try which was nimbly converted by Crowe. Virginia took the kick off with the referee blowing the full time whistle 30 seconds later. Cavan never dropped their heads even though they were trailing with 15 minutes to go. Ciaran Crowe got man of the match scoring 18 of the 23 points. 
Cavan Team: Myles O'Reilly, Francis Murray, Declan Crowe, Pauric Galligan, Cathal King, Peter Mulligan, Gary Gillespie, Shane McCormack, John Denning, Ryan Guilfoyle, Cian Goodrich, Gareth Corrigan (c), Ciaran Crowe, Bernard Nulty and Diarmuid Conaty. 

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