Thursday 21 June 2018

Gorey Rugby Club members travel to Aviva Stadium for festival

The Gorey RFC under-10 boys’ team in the Aviva Stadium
The Gorey RFC under-10 boys’ team in the Aviva Stadium

Sara Gahan

Little rugby stars from Gorey travelled to the Aviva Stadium last week to attend the Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival. Members from Gorey Rugby Club had the opportunity to run out and play on the same pitch where their heroes play.

The National Festival saw under-10 boys' and under-12 girls' teams play against each other in a non-competitive and fun environment, which gave the players the chance to develop their skills and learn from one another.

The club was among 20 other teams who were drawn from more than 100 Rugby Clubs that had participated in the four provincial Aviva Minis Festivals that were held in City of Armagh, Tullamore RFC, UL Bohemians RFC and Corinthians RFC While playing on the pitch, the teams were delighted when Irish international stars Fergus McFadden and Kim Flood made a surprise appearance. The two could not resist joining in and provided coaching tips and encouragement to the teams.

Eoin Canavan from Gorey RFC said there was big excitement in the camp, especially on the bus journey up.

'It is great for them to be here, they love playing games,' added Eoin.

Gorey RFC boasts an impressive underage structure with youth teams from under-13 to under-17 level, as well as Mini teams from age seven to 12, providing the future platform for their senior teams.

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