Athboy RFC recently hosted one of the most eventful days of rugby in the club's history. The Athboy RFC Open Day consisted of a series of matches involving all players in the club from U7 to both senior teams. The day also marked the official opening of the clubroom.
The day kicked off at 11am with the U7s and U6s involved in the North East blitz against Ashbourne RFC and Boyne RFC. Despite the heavy rain, coaches Monique Freeman and Ian Jenkins were on hand to guide the club's youngest players during the matches.
The U11s and U9s hosted Navan RFC in a series of games that saw both teams play very strong running rugby. Athboy U11s have been coached by Owen Flynn, Alan Ledwith, LJ Lee and Liam Cunnigham over the past two years and had a huge turnout. 29 players attended training on Saturday morning in preparation for the day's events.
The official opening of the clubroom took centre stage later on as the Athboy first XVs warmed up for their final Leinster league match against visitors Edenderry RFC.
The clubroom was a result of hard work the club has done on the ground over the past 12 months. Club president Michael Brogan thanked all involved, from club captain Ian Douglas to the clubroom committee Anthea Kerrane and Carla Peelman. The clubroom was officially opened by Ireland and Leinster prop Mike Ross and former club president Raff Warner, who also praised the hard work of all the volunteers.
The Leinster Branch president and vice president were on hand and congratulated the club on such a milestone in the their history and watched first hand as players of all ages participated.
Players from all clubs that attended the day had a meet and greet with Mike Ross (pictured left), who was on hand to sign autographs all evening. Mike presented the club with his Ireland jersey fresh out of his kit bag returning from an Ireland training session in Belfast.