Ballina RFC celebrate youths glory
A great night of celebration for the Youths section of Ballina RFC was held in their main sponsor's hotel The Diamond Coast, Enniscrone last Thursday night.
There were over 350 people in attendance from across the region to celebrate a great season of youth rugby in both Ballina RFC and the local schools.
In all three boys teams were awarded medals from winning their respective age-grade Connacht Plate Competitions at U-14, U-17 and U-18 levels.
The U-15 boys and the U-18 girls received winning medals for their Connacht Cup competitions, while their captains received the Plates and Cups on their behalf.
The U-15 girls and the U-16 boys received runner-up medals for their Connacht Cup endeavours.
As if this wasn't enough silverware on display, the U-18 Senior Schools Development League Cup and the U-18 Senior Schools Sevens Plate were also on display after being won by St Muredach's, Ballina.
Not to be outdone, St Mary's, Ballina also brought the U-18 Schools Cup and U-18 Sevens Cup they also won during the year.
Gerry O'Donnell of Ballina RFC made presentations to ten secondary schools in the North Mayo and West Sligo area who worked in partnership with the club this year.
To wrap up the night, Ballina sisters Mairead and Kayleigh Hopkins brought along their Ireland U-18 caps which they received earlier in the year from the IRFU.
It's fair to say youths rugby is alive and well in the North West.