Sunday 25 February 2018

Metro Council Cup providing 'extra bridge' to help find new rugby talent

Metro Council Cup
Metro Council Cup
Portaloise captain Abigail Mullen lifts the cup after the game. U18 Plate Final, New Ross v Portlaoise Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Metro Council Cup Programme has been underway for the last month in which players with little or no previous rugby experience get coached through the basics of the game by coaches from the Leinster Rugby officers in the four metropolitan areas (South Dublin County Council, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council).

They then play for their council area in a round-robin tournament in some of the best stadiums and clubs in the Dublin region with the opening fixtures having taken place in the newly refurbished Donnybrook Stadium.

The programme has been developed by the Leinster Community Rugby Department as an extra filter to the club game around the region for players who may have not traditionally played the sport and also as a link along the Leinster player development pathway. Many of the players would not have experienced rugby before getting coached in their local secondary school and they can now progress from school to council to club.

Community Rugby Officer Billy Phelan had this to say about the programme: "We feel this is an important extra step to getting new players playing rugby at all levels across Dublin, it's an extra bridge to the club and hopefully we can develop on this success around the province."

For further information about this or any other programme please contact your local Community Rugby Officer.

Fingal - Gerry McCleary-

South Dublin- Tom McKeown-

DCC North- Colm Finnegan-

DCC South- Billy Phelan-

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown- Adam Griggs-

Wicklow girls shine in Leinster finals day

There were five finals played and eight clubs represented in a great atmosphere at the Bank of Ireland Leinster League U-15s and U-18s Girls Finals Day.

Adding to the excitement was the attendance of Ireland Internationals Fiona Coghlan, Nora Stapleton, Ruth O'Reilly, Ailis Egan and Sophie Spence as they mixed in with players and supporters and they had the Six Nations Trophy with them too. A reminder to the young players of what they could achieve!

First up for decision was the U-15 Plate final between Wicklow and Gorey, kick-off was 12 noon and the thrilling encounter saw Gorey win. At 2.0pm Navan faced rivals Tullamore for the U-15s Bank of Ireland Premier League Title. The game was a skilful display by both teams with Tullamore winning out. The U-18s League final games also kicked off at noon, with the U-18s Bowl up for grabs. Westmanstown took the spoils against Tullamore.

The Bank of Ireland U-18s Plate final was played at 2.0pm between Portlaoise and New Ross. Portlaoise won the game while finally the U-18s Premier League Title match between Wicklow and Tullow kicked off at 4.0pm and was won by Wicklow.

Also present to show support for the Bank of Ireland Leinster League finals were Mary Quinn, chairperson of the IRFU Women's Sub-Committee and John Glackin, President Leinster Rugby and Frank Doherty, Junior Vice President of Leinster Rugby. It was a happy occasion for all and the clubs and players are to be commended for the standards and skills displayed.

Irish Independent

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