Monday 26 September 2016

Open rugby the order of the day as five teams battle it out in Tuam blitz

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

Tuam 10 aside blitz
Tuam 10 aside blitz

Tuam RFC was the venue for the latest in a series of 10-a-side school blitzes being organised by Connacht Community Rugby staff.

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The aim of these blitzes is to provide a different style of game where the score and result holds less importance. Players are instead encouraged to show their skills in a reduced numbers game.

On the day, over 100 players took to the field with most teams taking part in five games. Teams from The Bish, The Jes, Calasanctius Oranmore, Ceathru CS and St Enda's Salthill participated.

What was evident from the first game was the incredible levels of skill and commitment on show. The work that both players and coaches are doing from week to week is really paying off.

Running rugby was the order of the day with slick handling, off loads and super side-stepping to be seen on every pitch. It was obvious that the recent Six Nations finale had inspired these youngsters to play an open style.

On the day Connacht CRO Conor Galvin complimented the skills on show as well as the always perfect facilities of Tuam RFC.

Connacht staff Emer O Dowd, Wendy Hickey and Michael Touhey were on hand to referee as well as offer plenty of coaching advice between games.

The next blitz will be after the Easter break with a chance for these schools to show off their skills again.

Thanks to all involved.

Irish Independent

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