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Clon a fine example to latest addition to club community

A first visit to Gordon Park from fledgling rugby outfit Liberty Saints provided Clondalkin Rugby Club with a glimpse of just how far they have come in recent times.

Just like the position Clondalkin were in a number of years ago, the Saints are trying to establish themselves in a non-traditional rugby playing area and are currently fielding just two teams.

But a packed Gordon Park last Sunday provided Dublin 8 outfit Liberty with proof of what can be achieved.

Clondalkin's Kingwood-based home ground is now bursting with rugby-loving kids every Sunday morning as Clon field a full youth quota to complement their five senior teams.

Alan Bracken believes the visit of one of rugby's newest sides helps highlight how much Clon's time investment in creating a solid youth structure has paid off. The underage coach also hopes it provides Liberty Saints with an indication of what may lay ahead.

"We were delighted to welcome the Liberty Saints here for the first time last weekend. We at Clondalkin know what it takes to build up a club from scratch," said Bracken.

"The Saints reminded us of what we were once like, a club working hard to establish ourselves and Gordon Park last weekend was evidence of what can be achieved. I hope it gives them encouragement."