Mayo sides look to get back to winning ways

Rugby: Connacht Junior League

Junior 1A

Connemara v Westport

Saturday November 14

At 2.30pm in Monastery Field

Last weekend saw Westport slip from the top of the standings when they were held to a 13-13 draw in at home by Ballinasloe. That draw levels the Bulls with a record of three wins, one draw, and one defeat from the opening five rounds of the Connacht Junior League. Tomorrow afternoon the Bulls make the trip south to Clifden to take on the seventh placed Connemara Blacks as the look to keep up their title charge. Last weekend Sean Tobin was the main man for Westport touching down for a try and kicking a conversion and two penalties, but they were never able to shake off the Ballinasloe challenge and a late, late penalty earned them a draw.

Juinor 1A

Monivea v Ballina

Sunday, November 15

At 2.30pm in Monivea

The north Mayo men's game last weekend against Corinthians in Hefferenan Park was called off, so they head into round six of the league with just three games played so far. On Sunday they'll make the long trip to Monivea to take on side who sit in third place in the table thanks to a record of two wins, two draws and one loss in their five games so far. Ballina. Last weekend Monivea had 16-13 win over Buccanners at home. In their last game Ballina were narrowly beaten 10-9 by Ballinasloe so a win on Sunday would propel them back up the standings.

Junior 1B

Creggs v Ballyhaunis

Saturday, November 14

At 7.30pm in Creggs

Ballyhaunis will make the trip to Creggs on Saturday night looking to pick up only their second win of the season so far. The east Mayo men have record of four wins and one victory so far from their five games this season and a win is a must for them if they are going to kick start their league push. Last weekend they went down 12-0 at home to Tuam. The chances of Ballyhaunis registering a second league victory tomorrow night looks to be against them as they face a Creggs side who have won four of their five games so far this year, coming into this game on the back of a 39-10 win away to OLBC last time out.

Junior 1B

Tuam v Castlebar

Sunday November 15

At 2.30pm in Tuam

Castlebar's hopes of gaining promotion out of the second tier of junior rugby in Connacht took a bit of a blow last weekend when they were were pipped by the students from NUIG by a single point in Cloondesh. Colm Heany crossed the white wash for a first half try for Castlebar last weekend, but they went in trailing 8-5 at the break. A brace of tries from Ronan Byrne, with his second coming after an intercept left just one point between the sides as the game ticked down. But a late penalty miss from Stephen Rogan saw Castlebar fall just short. On Sunday they will face a Tuam side fresh off a 12-0 win over Ballyhaunis and sitting at the top of the table with a 100 per cent record. If Castlebar are to get back and moving this would be some game to do it in.

Junior 1C

Claremorris v Galwegians

Sunday November 15

At 2.30pm in Claremorris

Claremorris have played three games so far this season and have picked up one win from those outings, but it looks like an odds on cert that they will make that two wins from four come the close of play on Sunday. They are hosting a Galwegians side who are coming into this game on the back of a hammering dished out to them last weekend by fellow south Mayo men Ballinrobe. Wegians have not managed to get a single win from their four outings this season and for Claremorris this game is the perfect opportunity to make sure they go five games on the bounce without a win.

Junior 1C

Ballinrobe v Dunmore

Sunday November 15

At 2.30pm in Ballinrobe

The Ballinrobe bandwagon is moving along quite nicely right now, last weekend they put the hurt on Galwegians on the road coming home with a 54-8 win Jack Winters touching down for three tries and John Mannion two in their mauling of their hosts. The south Mayo outfit have a 100 per cent record so far in the league and are nine points clear at the top of the table already with three bonus points also taken from those five games. On Sunday they will host a Dunmore side who are second in the table with three wins and one loss from their four games so far. But on current form it is hard to see anyone is going to stop the Ballinrobe men taking the league title even at this early stage and making their way back up to the second tier of rugby in the province.

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