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Dominican College Taylor’s Hill TY Programme
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:04    Print E-mail

300PThe very successful Lep rugby TY programme was given this year in Dominican College Taylor’s Hill in Salthill. Students took the 5 hour course and were to then coach the first years and organize a blitz for them to play in. The blitz took place on the school’s Astro pitch on Friday April 4th, and it was a great success.  Mary Healy, former pupil of Dominican College Taylor’s Hill and scrum half with Galwegians RFC was also on hand with the AIL Cup to encourage girls to take up a new sport. “I played hockey for this school and never thought rugby would have been for me because of my size, but that’s one thing about rugby, it’s a sport for all. I gave it a go, and am part of the Connacht team as well as Galwegians women’s team who brought home the AIL Cup this year. It’s a great sport to be involved in, and you should all consider giving it a try!”

Emer O’Dowd, Connacht rugby development officer, delivered the course and was happy with the result. “The TY rugby programme is an excellent way of getting students involved in the sport. Most of the TY students had played Lep rugby in both national and secondary school, so through the course, they learned how to coach, plan for a blitz, and referee. Ms. Garret, PE teacher, was very impressed and has requested this course to be delivered to the TY’s for next year.”

Wendy Hickey, WCRO, is hoping more schools will avail of this course in the future. “This course is an excellent introduction to rugby on many different levels (coaching, refereeing, planning, etc). The feedback from both students and teachers has been fantastic.”

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Final Round of Girls Youth's Sevens
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:21    Print E-mail

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The Last Round of the Spring Youths 7's will take place in Connemara RFC on Saturday, kick off 12:30. After 2 rounds, Ballina are the leaders with 24 points, followed by Creggs with 15 points, Galwegians on 9 points, and Tuam and Connemara both with 6 points. After the last round of matches, the top 2 teams will complete for the final.
Wendy Hickey, WCRO, is pleased with the inaugural tournament. "This end of season tournament has served the clubs well. Many clubs would see players taking up other sports suchs as football and soccer at this time of year, so a 7 a side competition seemed ideal as you only need 7 to play.It is also played on a half pitch, so it suits all types of players."
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:27 )
Womens 7 Competition
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:19    Print E-mail


Warriors and Tullamore Triumph in Invitational Cup
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:09    Print E-mail

WomInvPlate300Tuam RFC 0 – 45 Canterbury Warriors

The provincial club season concluded on Saturday with two absorbing finals which decided this year’s Connacht Invitational Cup competition winners.

The first, the Plate final, brought together Connacht League opponents Tuam RFC – late entrants after Dungarvan’s withdrawl – and Canterbury Warriors – the amalgamation of Carrick-on-Shannon RFC and Longford RFC. The Warriors, no strangers to big occasions having contested this season’s league final, were to make amends for that defeat with a dominant performance.

Played at the stunning Dangan home of NUIG RFC, it was the Warriors who started with the most urgency, carrying strongly deep into Tuam territory, and settling there for the duration of the first half. Full back Carol Manning opened their account with a strong finish out wide, a lead which increased to 24-nil at halftime.

Tuam’s enduring defence efforts were highly credited but could not halt the inevitable. Incessant Warriors attack was mitigated only for a quarter of the game when Tuam turned the tables but failed to manifest a score. Ultimately, the Warriors’ organisation ensured they were not to be denied. Strong running from the likes of Emma Dardis, Natasha Pennamon, and Yvonne Dowd contributed to a doubling of their lead to bring the final score to 45-0.

PaulineWin300Tullamore RFC 5 – 3 Castlebar RFC

Meanwhile, Tullamore RFC and Castlebar RFC met for the first time in the Invitational Cup final, played in front of a large crowd at the Sportsgrounds. Those that attended were treated to an 80 minute contest of unbridled intensity usually reserved for the final phases of a championship game. Castlebar’s restricted foray into Tullamore territory for the latter 20mins of the first half resulted in a 3-0 halftime lead thanks to a well taken penalty from outhalf Darwyn O’Halloran.

The second half started as the first had ended – with Castlebar marginally in the ascendancy. But Tullamore ensured this was for a limited time; fantastic interlinking play between backs and forwards brought the Offaly outfit to within touching distance of the try line. Captain Ailsa Hughes obliged and crossed over to give her team a two point lead.

Thereafter, the intensity rose to fever pitch with promising attacks snuffed out by ferocious defence from both sides, with Tullamore centre Roisin Feighrey in particular giving a master class in defensive duties.

The end-to-end intensity and drama were a blessing for the neutral. However, relief and joy amongst the Offaly contingent were palpable when referee Jason Craughwell blew the whistle to end the game, crown Tullamore champions, and conclude a memorable day for women’s rugby in the region.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:07 )
Girls Schools Rugby Cup Final
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:56    Print E-mail

Ballygar and Ballina win girls schools rugby cups

Following the girls rugby blitzes that took place in North and South Connacht 2 weeks ago, it was Finals day in Tuam RFC. 5 Senior teams all played each other in a blitz format, and the Juniors were divided into 2 pools of three, with the top of each pool playing for the cup.

The Convent Ballina, Ballygar, Colaiste na Coiribe, Mercy Tuam, Clifden Community College and Mercy Sligo all took part in the Junior section. Ballygar and Ballina came out top of their pool, and after an exciting final, Ballygar came out victorious.

In the Senior section, The Convent Ballina, Seamount Kinvarra, Clifden Community College, Mercy Sligo and Ballygar all played each other, with Mercy Sligo and Ballina battling it out for the Senior cup. The game could have gone either way as both teams were playing some fantastic rugby, with Ballina beating Sligo by a point.

Many thanks to Tuam RFC for making their facilities available, and to all the schools that took part.

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