Thursday 8 December 2016

Sun shines on Seapoint as 1,100 kids enjoy mini festival

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

'A girls' mini rugby section, U-10s and U-12s was in action for the first time this year, with six teams at each age group participating.' Stock photo: Getty
'A girls' mini rugby section, U-10s and U-12s was in action for the first time this year, with six teams at each age group participating.' Stock photo: Getty

Last Sunday, clubs from all over Ireland such as Cobh Pirates, Galwegians, Portlaoise, UL Bohemians, Kinsale, Old Crescent, Old Wesley, Muskerry, Navan, Mullingar and St Senans participated in the great annual Seapoint Mini Rugby Festival.

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In all, over 30 clubs sent 86 mini rugby teams totalling over 1,100 boys and girls to a sunny Kilbogget Park in Killiney, South Dublin to participate in this traditional celebration of Irish mini rugby.

The Seapoint Mini Rugby Festival was first held over 25 years ago and has grown to the level where it is now the premier mini rugby event in Ireland every year and regarded by many clubs as their celebratory end of season event.

The action kicked off at 10.0 with the U-10s first to take the field. Cobh Pirates v Wanderers, Old Belvedere v Old Crescent, Greystones v Kinsale.

Skills

This gives mini rugby players the opportunity to pit their skills against opposition they do not encounter at other stages of the season.

A girls' mini rugby section, U-10s and U-12s was in action for the first time this year, with six teams at each age group participating.

A lot of gratitude extended from Seapoint to the Leinster Branch of the IRFU for giving us permission to host the event, to the GAA and soccer sporting neighbours, to Dun Laoghaire County Council for permission to use the car parking areas and for their financial support, to the local Garda for managing the traffic on the day.

Also to all of the wonderful Seapoint Rugby Club volunteers who take great pride in the professionalism that we demonstrate putting together this event every year.

And most of all to all of the rugby players, coaches and supporters who travel every year and who are the heart of this great event. Thank you all. And see you next year - Sunday, April 23, 2017.

We are now open for registration!

Irish Independent

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