Thursday 26 April 2018

Leinster Club News: Wicklow minis show skill in Ashtown blitzes

Wicklow RFC’s minis teams
Wicklow RFC’s minis teams

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Wicklow RFC's minis teams had another busy weekend last week.

On Sunday morning, Wicklow's Ashtown Lane was a hive of activity with both boys and girls blitzes taking place in cold and bright conditions.

Meanwhile, Wicklow's U-11s and U-12s boys made the trip to Enniscorthy where they played in the rain.

In Wicklow, the conditions made for a great morning's rugby. The U-7 to U-10 boys entertained their Enniscorthy counterparts while the U-14 girls hosted teams from Enniscorthy and Greystones.

There was great running rugby on display from all the teams with some very competitive matches.

Wicklow's minis at all levels showed the progress they have made since the start of the season and used their skill-set to great advantage.

Luke McGrath, Mick Kearney, and Dan Leavy look on during training. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Luke McGrath, Mick Kearney, and Dan Leavy look on during training. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Wicklow's U-8s took advantage of the bigger pitches this week to move the ball wide at every opportunity.

The U-10s also had great matches against tough opposition and showed their ability to work as a team when under pressure. Well done to all involved!

Wicklow's Minis train on Sunday mornings at Ashtown Lane.

For more information, see www.wicklowrfc.com or www.facebook.com/WicklowRFC

Blackrock ladies dine out in style

There was a buzz of excitement last Friday afternoon in Stradbrook as 180 ladies arrived at Blackrock College RFC for the Ladies Lunch event.

We can guarantee there were absolutely no high tackles, only high heels, at this glamorous fundraiser for the club.

Guests were greeted with a champagne reception, as musician Jamie Duff entertained on the guitar.

A fashion show, by Irish wholesaler Myles Cunningham with D.E.C.K by Decollage, was an event highlight, showcasing gorgeous clothing, perfectly appropriate for those autumn afternoons spent on the sidelines of the rugby pitch.

Six lucky guests went home with new outfits, while several others scored additional D.E.C.K fashions. Local boutiques stock a range of the D.E.C.K label, including Sole Woman Glasthule, Fran and Jane Blackrock, and Meadows and Byrne Dún Laoghaire.

Two especially glamorous women received top acknowledgement as they were chosen for their ensembles. Sally Cooke and Mar Cabre both went home with well-deserved best dressed honours.

This fundraiser saw a fantastic turn-out and will hopefully become an annual event. Organiser and club vice-president Pappy Burke said: "The lunch was greatly attended with many familiar faces returning to Stradbrook for an enjoyable afternoon benefiting the continued development of the club".

For information on upcoming events at Blackrock College RFC, please visit www.blackrockcollegerfc.ie.

Mary's in command

St Mary's College RFC hosted CYM RFC in Division 5 of the Leinster Metro League last Saturday and it was the home side that came out on top in a 23-10 win.

The game started at an explosive pace, with each team eager to exert their dominance over the other.

However, it wasn't until almost the 20-minute mark that the first points were earned. A loose kick deep into CYM territory was raced to by players on both sides; however, it was St. Mary's that got the final touch for a 5-0 lead.

CYM finally added their own score to the board right before half-time, when full-back Damien King converted a penalty kick to leave the home side narrowly ahead 5-3.

Pelting rain and wicked winds brought by Storm Brian offered no favours to either team as they continued to battle for the ball.

A penalty kick in the first five minutes of the half allowed Mary's to stretch further ahead and they didn't let up as CYM were pinned to their own half for much of the remainder of the game and they added three further tries, all unconverted.

However, it was CYM who secured the final points of the match when Yann Du Bot burst through the St Mary's defence and dotted down over the line.

His try was successfully converted by King to leave the score at 23-10 in St Mary's favour.

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