Friday 24 November 2017

Kids get season off to great start

Bank of Ireland and Leinster Rugby have announced an extension to their sponsorship deal until the 2023 season. Pictured at the announcement at Tullow RFC from left; Sophie Spence, Roisin Kinch (9) Tullow, Rob Kearney, Sean O’Brien, Will O’Toole (7) Tullow, and Robbie Henshaw. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Bank of Ireland and Leinster Rugby have announced an extension to their sponsorship deal until the 2023 season. Pictured at the announcement at Tullow RFC from left; Sophie Spence, Roisin Kinch (9) Tullow, Rob Kearney, Sean O’Brien, Will O’Toole (7) Tullow, and Robbie Henshaw. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Wicklow's U-10s and U-11s played their first matches of the new season on Sunday morning last.

The U-10s travelled to Greystones RFC while the U-11s travelled further up the N11 to Foxrock where they took on St Brigid's.

The U-10s had four very competitive matches against tough opposition in Greystones. In perfect rugby conditions the Wicklow lads shone and showed that their tackling, rucking and passing skills had not faded over the summer break.

They were delighted to be back in action and there were plenty of tries from all sides to keep the spectators entertained.

They are already looking forward to a return fixture during what looks like an exciting and busy season ahead.

The U-11s made the trip to St Brigid's for a game aimed at enabling both sets of players and coaches to try out their new rules.

The sun made a breakthrough in time for kick-off and some excellent contests followed.

There were great displays of passing and tackling which were very encouraging given it was a first outing.

The lads came under pressure at times during the matches but responded well and took the game to their opponents, generating some fine team tries.

Minis rugby for U-10s and U-11s continues every Thursday at 6.15pm and Sundays at 11am. New members are very welcome.

Golfing for good cause

Following last year's inaugural event, which was a huge success, the IRFU Charitable Trust is having its golf outing on Friday, September 29 at Powerscourt Golf Club in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

It is a shotgun start at 12pm, followed by a wonderful barbeque and a Q&A with Luke Fitzgerald and other Ireland rugby internationals.

At only €600 per team of four, this outing is great value for money and supports 100pc our 34 seriously injured players (32 of whom are wheelchair-bound). Both corporate and individual golfers are invited to take part.

Join the IRFU Charitable Trust for a great day out while supporting these most deserving injured players. Book your ticket from Linda Black; linda.black@irfu.ie or 01-6473866

Geraghty a real gem

Pat Geraghty, the former media manager of both Leinster and Munster Rugby, passed away earlier this week after a long battle with illness.

Whether in blue or in red he was a consummate professional and a pleasure to deal with. Everyone at Leinster would like to pass on their condolences to his wife, Kathy, daughters Sarah and Mary-Kate and all his family and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Irish Independent

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