Saturday 1 October 2016

Youths rugby going strong in West Offaly

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

West Offaly Lions from Ferbane overcame a tough challenge from Longford on Sunday in the Leinster U-15 Division 2 final in front of a large crowd at Edenderry
West Offaly Lions from Ferbane overcame a tough challenge from Longford on Sunday in the Leinster U-15 Division 2 final in front of a large crowd at Edenderry
The Wicklow U-11s braved the wet and cold conditions on Sunday to host DLSP in their annual fixture in Wicklow
Seapoint RFC has started up a mini girl's rugby section

West Offaly Lions from Ferbane overcame a tough challenge from Longford on Sunday in the Leinster U-15 Division 2 final in front of a large crowd at Edenderry.

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In a very tight match the winning score came in the last five minutes which left the score 19-12 to the Offaly team. There were great performances all round, and the tries came from Ruairi Carroll, Griffin Doonican and Jamie Kelly with two conversions from Sean Flynn.

The West Offaly backline was impressive with some great handling from Saul O'Carroll and Darragh Carroll, while the forwards led from the front with Conor Kenny driving forward at every opportunity.

This team have performed very well over the last few seasons and in that time they have won the Terenure Rugby Festival Plate, The Tralee International Tournament as well as the Leinster U13s Div 1 League . They will travel to Wales in May to compete in the North Wales Tournament.

Tries rain in Wicklow U-11s

The Wicklow U-11s braved the wet and cold conditions on Sunday to host DLSP in their annual fixture in Wicklow. Great spirit shown by both clubs who combined and mixed up their teams in order to ensure enough numbers and good balance. It allowed for fantastic competitive games with lots of tries, tackling and open play. Well done to all and see you next season!

Seapoint invite newcomers to girls mini rugby section

Seapoint RFC has started up a mini girl's rugby section. 

Training takes place every Sunday morning from 11.0am to noon.

All training is conducted by accredited IRFU mini rugby coaches. To start, the training will focus on the ABCs of mini rugby, developing agility, balance and co-ordination while handling a rugby ball.

Between now and the end of the season all training and games will be non-contact but games against other clubs will be organized to introduce the girls to match situations.

All newcomers are welcome and no previous experience is needed. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Gerry Owens by email (gowens@xilinx.com) or by phone at 087-6142271.

Book now for School of Excellence 

The hugely popular Bank of Ireland Leinster School of Excellence is set to be a sell out for the second year in a row with over 600 players booked to attend the residential and non-residential camps in The King's Hospital.

With week one due to sell out in the next few days, check out below how many places are remaining:

• July 20-24 (16 residential, 20 non-residential places available)

• July 27-31 (58 residential, 38 non-residential places available)

• August 3-7 (126 residential, 42 non-residential places available)

• August 10-14 (76 residential, 42 non-residential places available) - girls' residential and non-residential also available this week

Why attend the Leinster School of Excellence camp?

• Top-class coaching from professional coaches who have played/coached at highest level.

• Live like a professional player.

• Planned video analysis reflecting work on pitch.

• Gym and flexibility work.

• Nutritional talk for the young player.

• Weekly guest speaker

• Sports psychology presentation

• Compulsory swimming pool recovery daily.

• All meals provided - breakfast/lunch/dinner & supper.

Tom McKeown, School of Excellence Camp manager added: "The 2015 School of Excellence programme promises to be the best yet.

"We've gotten an overwhelming numbers of players booked on our camps and at this pace; we're expecting to be sold out prior to the camps commencing.

"We feel that we've improved the camp content as well as added in new guest speakers such as Girvan Dempsey."

Cost of a camp:

Residential: €399

Non-residential: €299

Book online today at: http://bit.ly/1EZo8EE or for more information visit: www.leinsterrugby.ie/soe

Irish Independent

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