Tuesday 6 December 2016

Crescent over the moon with fine blitz victory

Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30

The Crescent College side that won the ‘A’ section of the blitz
The Crescent College side that won the ‘A’ section of the blitz

The Laya Healthcare Munster Schools 10-a-side blitz took place last Wednesday at Rockwell College in Co Tipperary.

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With excellent dry weather conditions, over 450 boys and girls participated in the blitz, which was divided into two sections to facilitate the 'A' rugby-playing schools in one section and the emerging schools in the other.

This year's competition featured a girls' tournament for the first time with five school teams experiencing this fun and explosive game of rugby.

A fabulous brand of expansive rugby was played throughout the day due to the nature of the 10-a-side game. With both sections competing for cup and plate silverware, there was a great spectacle of running rugby on display.

The final of section 'A' saw Crescent College Comprehensive beat Glenstal Abbey in an entertaining game. In the emerging schools final, an impressive St Peter's College, Passage side beat CBS Sexton Street, Limerick in another very entertaining contest.

Munster Branch president Mick Goggin and vice-president Bertie Smith attended the blitz and upon presentation of the prizes Mr Goggin paid tribute to all schools and their players for their involvement in this fabulous day and promotion of Munster schools rugby. The Munster Schools committee were represented on the day by chairman Tony Smith with Cashel's Peter Silke also in attendance.

Munster Rugby players Cathal Sheridan and Luke O'Dea were on hand to present the prizes, which involved the winners of both sections receiving Laya Healthcare-branded Munster tops.

In conjunction with the 10s competition, the IRFU Leisure department ran a schools touch rugby event with a further 16 teams participating. Rockwell College provided a fantastic venue with all pitches in exemplary condition.

Munster Rugby would like to thank all schools for participating and look forward to running similar blitzes in the future.

'A day in thomond is a dream for many of the kids'

Munster Rugby held a 7-a-side disability tag rugby blitz in Thomond Park last Tuesday as part of the IRFU and CARA Xcessible Youth Sport Initiative.

The blitz was the culmination of a coaching programme which involved aligning six Munster schools with their local clubs. Club volunteers were given training and have been coaching the teams who played the blitz in their club jerseys.

Munster Community Rugby Officer Euan Gee was overseeing the project and organised this week's blitz. "A day out in Thomond Park is a dream come true for the kids," he said. "Many of these boys and girls would never have imagined even playing rugby a few months ago and now they have played rugby in Thomond Park."

The pupils were also able to watch the senior squad train and visited the Munster Rugby museum.

Over 180 students participated on the day from the following schools and clubs: Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School - Ballincollig RFC, St. Ita's and Joseph's - Tralee RFC, Catherine McAuley School - Garryowen FC, St Anne's Special School - Ennis RFC, Cormaic Special School - Cashel RFC and Scoil Bernadette, Montenotte - Old Christians RFC.

The CARA Xcessible Youth Sport Initiative is a three-year national focused initiative aimed at increasing the participation of children with disabilities in physical activity and sport.

This exciting initiative has opened new sport and participation opportunities for children with disabilities with a focus on participating in the adapted version of Tag Rugby at club and school levels.

For further information on the Xcessible Inclusive Youth Sport Initiative please contact: Michael Gilroy - 066 714 5672/085 1678790, caratraining@ittralee.ie.

For more information about disability rugby in Munster, please email info@munsterrugby.ie.

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