Future bright for girls in the west
Ballinasloe RFC's Under-18 girls' team donned their new jerseys, kindly sponsored by Brian Conneely and Co, for their recent league victory over Buccaneers.
Despite running out comfortable winners on the day, this promises to be a hugely competitive year for U18s rugby in the club.
Last year they were heartbreakingly pipped in both the League and the Cup finals by Westport. But this year they hope to turn the tables on their rivals from Mayo and bring some silverware back to Ballinasloe.
Currently fielding U13, U15 and U18 girls' teams, and competing on a regular basis throughout the province, this is a very busy and exciting time for girls' rugby in the Ballinasloe area.
Rugby is a great sport for girls to play and each week someone new arrives at the club to give it a try. Rugby offers a combination of friendship and fitness, as well as the competitive edge that sport promotes in children and young adults that will stand to them throughout their lives.
They will be travelling en masse to support the Senior Irish Women's team as they take on the mighty Black Ferns in the UCD Bowl on November 27.
If anyone is interested in giving rugby a try, please contact the coaches below.
U-13's Paul Russell (085 1729888), Mike Noone (087 4181938); U15's Gearoid Finneran (089 2050403), Noel Gavin (087 2756615); U18's Declan Murphy (086 8548046) and Marie Codyre (087 6706883). Girls under the age of 12 (born in 2005 onwards) play their rugby with the Ballinasloe Broncos Mini Rugby for boys and girls every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am at the club.