Friday 30 September 2016

Greystones provide a minis festival of fun

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

'Greystones RFC played host to 160 girls from 11 clubs across the province'
'Greystones RFC played host to 160 girls from 11 clubs across the province'

The biggest girls' minis rugby festival of the season so far took place last weekend when Greystones RFC played host to 160 girls from 11 clubs across the province.

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With ages and abilities ranging from U-8s playing tag and touch rugby to U-10, U-12 and U-14s playing several full-contact games, there was plenty of action to be watched and enjoyed.

While the rain held off, the wind and the mud didn't deter the girls from Greystones RFC, Seapoint RFC, Wicklow RFC, Terenure RFC, Westmanstown RFC, Barnhall RFC, Railway Union RFC, DLSP RFC, Lansdowne FC, Clontarf RFC and Blackrock RFC as they ran, passed, tackled and rucked throughout the morning.

New girls' teams from DLSP RFC and Lansdowne FC were a welcome addition to the girls' minis scene and were happy to join forces with girls from other clubs to play their first ever away games.

Leinster Rugby's women's development officer Jennie Bagnall said: "It's always an absolute pleasure to come out and see events like this that the clubs have organised.

"There are so many young girls all over the province wishing to take up rugby and it is fantastic to see a huge growth in clubs with girls' teams in the Dublin 'Metro' Area."

All the hard work put in by event organisers Eoin Kieran of Terenure RFC and Carmel Kearney of Greystones RFC paid off as all the girls and coaches who participated thoroughly enjoyed the day, practising their skills and developing rugby friendships in the process!

They are already looking forward to the next minis festival later this month.

Irish Independent

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