Sunday 21 January 2018

Leinster girls fly flag in U-18 Sevens programme

Leinster club news

Leinster’s U-18 Sevens’ team
Leinster’s U-18 Sevens’ team

The four provincial U-18 girls squads came together recently to play in the first of three Sevens tournaments.

The programme is part of the IRFU's talent identification process and is used to select girls from around the county to represent Ireland in the upcoming UK Schools Games and International tournaments.

Leinster support this programme by identifying girls for the Sevens code during the season from September and inviting them into a training panel for the last month.

Twenty-three girls from 14 clubs have been involved in this year's programme, with the 14 players representing Leinster last weekend coming from a wide range of clubs around the province.

Niall Neville, head coach for the 2017 development series, commented: "It has been great to work with the girls from across the different clubs and schools. The talent on show has been excellent and the girls did themselves and their clubs and schools proud on Saturday."

Jennie Bagnall, Women's Development Officer, commented:"It's fantastic to see girls from such a wide range of clubs involved this year - including several girls who are new to the game. We had huge success last season with several players being identified through our Schools Sevens Programmes representing Leinster and then going on to wear an Irish jersey within the period of just a few months.

"It's an amazing achievement but it demonstrates how girls that are talented in other sports can cross over easily into the game of Sevens and be incredibly successful."

Suttonians remember Eoin with fundraiser

Suttonians RFC are proud once again to be hosting The Eoin Fennessy Cup this evening.

The inaugural Eoin Fennessy Memorial Cup match was played last year in Suttonians rugby club and is the trophy on offer as a St Fintan's Past Pupils XV and a Suttonians Presidents XV go head to head, with over 40 players involved raising funds for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

Eoin Fennessy from Bayside was a past pupil of St Fintan's High School Sutton and did his Leaving Cert there in 2000.

He played underage rugby in Suttonians and was a member of the Leinster Youths side that won the inter-pro series in 1999.

He then played with UCD U-20s for a season before returning to play with Suttonians U-20s the following year and later with the J1 side. He soon then moved to London. He travelled the world extensively and was based primarily in London. He was a very fit young man and ran marathons in aid of charity.

He died in his sleep from SADS in December 2013 aged 32. Tragically, his father Tony also passed away from a heart attack ten days later. One of Tony's final acts was to buy and order a trophy to be played in Eoin's memory. This trophy arrived the day after Tony died.

This year's event is on this evening, Friday, May 12, with the game kicking off at 7.30pm.

There will be a barbecue and music, a raffle again and a great night is expected with many of Eoin's friends travelling over from London and family and friends from all over Ireland down to celebrate his life and memory.

Sterio hits high notes

On a beautiful day in Donnybrook, Edenderry pipped Boyne in thrilling U-14 Leinster Plate final.

One minute in, Boyne centre Stefan Bors crashed through to score under the posts. Edenderry replied with a penalty from Mark Dunne, followed by a converted try from Jamie Hennessey.

However, Boyne responded as full-back Calum Sterio went over in the corner. And from the restart they came straight back down the field and Sterio again outpaced the defence to score out wide, and they led 17-10 at the break.

Callum Hanna's converted try brought Edenderry level, and Matt Donagher's score put them in front.

Dunne's penalty stretched the lead to eight points with three minutes to go.

Boyne hit back with Bors' converted try, but Edenderry held out.

Irish Independent

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