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•Corinthians are riding a high at present. With the senior side currently sitting in pole position in division three of the AIB League, the club’s u-20s have now reached the AIL division one play-offs. Last weekend they overcame Bruff by 25 - 7, posting both the win and a bonus point to qualify ahead of Cork Con, Shannon, and Young Munster. Led by captain James Robinson, Corinthians opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a well worked try off a scrum when No.8 Liam Carpenter broke left and fed winger Kevin Russell who raced from the half way line before finding the supporting Brendan Carpenter who finished off. The Corinthian pack dominated the bigger Bruff counterparts, and after sustained pressure in which man of the match David Ott was prominent, James Robinson crashed over for a well deserved second try. Bruff countered with a try, but Corinthians grabbed try No 3 when winger Aengus O'Connell set up Finn Gormley for a 15-7 half-time lead. It was over within minutes of the restart when Colin Raftery’s line-out steal produced the fourth try which winger Kevin Russella scored.

•The Connacht junior squad for the 2009 interpro series boasts players from nine clubs in division 1A of the Connacht Junior League, in addition to NUIG and Dunmore from division 1B. The squad has been picked from a training squad of some 50 players, who gathered for training sessions in Castlebar during the months of November, December and January.The interpro series kicks off on Saturday April 25 when Connacht play Ulster in Ballyhaunis, which coincides with the official opening of the local club’s new clubhouse. Connacht then travel to Navan on May 2 to face Leinster, with the final game of the series against Munster on May 9 at the Corrib club’s ground in Headford.

•A determined and committed Tuam reversed a 31-10 Connacht Cup defeat at the hands of Westport a week ago to achieve a 25 -12 victory in the JD 1B league match played on Sunday. A dominant first half, in which Tuam led 25 - 0, set them up for this victory.

•The draws for the Cawley Cup and Ard na Cregg Cup have been made, with OLBC facing Portumna, and UCG away to West Offaly in round one to be played on March 1 of the Cawley Cup. The winners of these two matches will then face each other in round two, which also sees Monivea v Ballina, Loughrea v Sligo, Tuam vCarrick, Ballinrobe v Creggs, Castlebar v Ballinasloe, Westport v Corrib, and Dunmore v Ballyhaunis.

• Fixtures: Sunday February 15, Junior League Division 1A: Corrib v Castlebar; OLBC v Corinthians; Creggs v Buccaneers; Loughrea v Monivea; Sligo v Galwegians; Junior League Division 1B: Carrick v Dunmore; West Offaly Lions v UCG; Junior League Division 2 North Section: Creggs v Ballina; Tuam v Corrib; Castlebar v Westport; Junior League Division 2 South Section: Loughrea v Buccaneers; OLBC v Galwegians; Corinthians v West Offaly Lions.


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