Saturday 24 August 2019

Arklow progress on show at Godfrey Hill Memorial

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Arklow Rugby Club has had a huge increase in mini players this season, and therefore have developed a new U-10s team.

They have been training hard over the last few weeks and with the help of coaches Stephen Kenny, Pat Crotty and Shane Hughes the team have developed some great skills.

The team travelled to New Ross for the second Godfrey Hill Memorial blitz which had six clubs taking part with 31 teams and close to 400 children. They won three out of their four games.

The new team is made up of 10 boys and two girls and they played four quality games.

Great skills were on show: passing, running, tackling and rucking but the courage and determination combined with fun and enjoyment that this team showed were really the highlight of the day.

Arklow's U-12s also travelled to New Ross and a team of 17 made up of 15 boys and two girls played two matches against Gorey winning both two tries to one and with one draw and win against two New Ross sides (2-2 and 8-0).

We had one debutant who played his first ever game of rugby - Marcus Wolf, who played scrum-half.

We made a conscious decision to move players around the pivotal positions to see some new talent and to continue the player's development.

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Some accomplished rugby was played in bitter conditions.

There were medals, hot chocolates and burgers for all at the end, and high spirits heading home.

Arklow would like to thank everyone from New Ross that was involved on the day.

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