Thursday 17 January 2019

Bumper weekend of activity sets the tone at Skerries RFC

The end of the January blues were well and truly kicked to touch at Skerries Rugby Club last weekend, a bumper weekend of activity and success that has hopefully resonated and set the tone for the rest of 2018.

First up was our Firsts, sponsored by LeasePlan, who were up against Rainey Old Boys. Skerries came out on Saturday with an intensity of purpose and focus, the hard yards made in the training ground all came together resulting in Skerries scoring three tries and coming out on top with a score line of Skerries 20 -13 Rainey Old Boys.

Adding to the excitement of the day was the annual Ladies Lunch, sponsored by Grainne Briscoe.

The ever popular-event treated all the guests with a gift bag full of cosmetics as a token and 'Best Dressed for Rugby' Lady and Gent were presented with gifts sponsored by Graham Anthony Distribution and LeasePlan.

Guest speaker Mary Harney entertained the gathering and received a standing ovation for her efforts.

At the request of the players the pre match prediction donations, which raised over €1500, will be awarded to two cancer charities, Balbriggan Cancer Support and The Irish Cancer Society.

Adding to the ethos of community and support, that is the essence of the club, President Sharon O'Buachalla was delighted to present a cheque of €1000 from the proceeds of the St Stephens Day quiz raffle to the local St Vincent de Paul charity.

On Sunday, the Seconds, sponsored by Jim O'Rourke and the U20s, sponsored by Blue Bar were in action in Holmpatrick.

Last but certainly not least - the icing on the cake was the visit of Sophie Spence to the club.

The former Irish International Rugby star treated our girls and neighbours, Balbriggan, to a special training session in the morning.

She gave the girls great insights and tips and took part in a Q&A giving our young, future stars the opportunity to learn from one of our best in Women's Rugby.

So all in all a packed successful weekend for the Club which sets the wheels in motion to build on this into 2018!

Fingal Independent