Clontarf top in Division 3
Clontarf hosted Dublin University in Division 3 of the Women's League last Sunday with revenge on their minds. It was the first game of the year for both teams and the second time they had met, with Dublin University winning their autumn home game against Clontarf.
With 13-a-side, Dublin University were first to put points on the board with a try late in the second half by outside centre Niamh O'Kelly Lynch.
Clontarf pulled ahead with a try by Donnla O'Hagan, converted by Heather Byrne. They were down to 12 players soon into the second half, as Emma Burns was sent to the sin bin. However, tighthead prop and captain Cleo Hughes managed to put the home side seven points up until their side was restored to 13 players.
Clontarf were quick to add to their lead with a quick try by No 8 Rebecca Sullivan and by left wing Fiona Tuite to bring them 19 points ahead of their visitors.
Twenty minutes into the second half, though, Dublin University found their fighting spirit with a second Fiona Tuite try, converted by loosehead prop and team captain Molly Boyne.
A penalty gave Clontarf's Heather Byrne the opportunity to put another three points between them and their visitors. Five minutes later, Donnla O'Hagan scored her second try of the game to further stretch the lead to 20 points.
Dublin University responded quickly with a try by inside centre Ciara Grogan, again converted by Molly Boyne. Clontarf weren't finished however and Rebecca Sullivan added to her points. Within the final minute Dublin University secured their bonus point with another try by Niamh O'Kelly Lynch. These points closed out the game with a final scoreline of 37-24 to Clontarf.
Both teams have only a small number of games left in the 2017/'18 League before the teams prepare for the cup and are both still actively recruiting new players.
250 pupils attend blitz at Balbriggan RC
With Christmas coming close everyone was in high spirits as over 200 boys and girls converged on Balbriggan RFC for their Primary School tag rugby blitz.
The schools involved had just completed a Play Rugby programme where many had not experienced the game before but were really looking forward to playing in the pre-Christmas blitz. During the Play Rugby programme pupils from Bracken Educate Together, St Teresa National School, Stamullen National School and St George's National School had learnt all the skills necessary to play the game.
It was a sunny but cold day but it didn't matter as everyone had smiles on their faces playing the game during the 6th class blitz which was played in great spirit with all the children learning new skills.
CCRO Glenn Predy said: "Some of the players playing today had amazing skills and really seemed to enjoy themselves. They would be great addition to the club; hopefully they will think about coming down to Balbriggan."
A massive thank you must go to all the referees, teachers and principals for their help on the day and during the programme. And also to Balbriggan RC for allowing the use of their facilities.
If any other schools in the Balbriggan area would like to participate in similar programmes, please contact Glenn Predy on 086 3994839 or email balbrigganCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie