Saturday 3 December 2016

Sheahan hails the 'true rugby spirit' at Dungarvan Festival

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

Dungarvan U10s
Dungarvan U10s

Dungarvan Rugby Club hosted a Rugby Festival for their U- 10s with clubs from all over Munster taking part.

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The day was truly a festival of rugby with some incredible performances from all 14 teams. Teams representing in Cork Constitution, Young Munster, Galbally, Cashel, Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Youghal, Waterpark, Fermoy and host Dungarvan all took to the field.

The weather was kind and once the coaches and players ran out from the new Dungarvan changing rooms, the matches began.

The whole event had been organised extremely well, with the club paying special thanks to their minis chairman Kevin Carey and U-10s coach Gerry Lattimore.

Both Kevin and Gerry worked tirelessly in their own time to ensure everything was in order for the visiting clubs and the massive success of the day was down to their efforts.

The volunteers never failed to let their club down and were ever-present organising the clubhouse, car parking, registrations, teas and cakes, child welfare and first aid.

The day was coordinated with precision from the arrival and set up of the food stalls including Dungarvan's very own Jitterbeans Catering from Main Street, to the bouncy castles, crepes, hot dogs and refreshments.

A number of Dungarvan seniors and older players were on hand to referee proceedings and the teams' coaches were all there to welcome the players, parents and supporters who arrived in their droves to cheer on their sides.

Matches were played throughout the day with plenty of skills on display including hard tackles, organised rucks and numerous tries in every match.

Coaches' feedback again showed the ethos of the club as players were respectful of each other's opponents while giving their absolute all to win every point possible.

Former Munster & Ireland star Frankie Sheahan was in Dungarvan for all the matches and presented the Fair Play Award to Galbally RFC.

Sheahan remarked that Galbally had shown true rugby spirit and he hoped to see some of the day's stars playing for Munster in the future!

Irish Independent

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