Naas family day proves a resounding success
The inaugural Naas Rugby Club Family Day was a tremendous success. Run in conjuncture with Ireland's opening World Cup game against Canada, and the AIL clash Malone, it attracted a huge crowd.
With the food village doing a roaring trade, the children were kept occupied and happy by a bouncy castle, face painters and an ice cream van, while many others simply enjoyed playing rugby on the first pitch and dreaming of being the next Johnny Sexton etc.
After Ireland's victory, the way was clear for the Naas v Malone game, and patrons were treated to a scintillating game of rugby.
Early tries by Eoghan Conran and Fionn Higgins helped Naas to a 17-7 lead, and further tries by Rob O'Connor and Charlie Kings extended the advantage to 31-14.
However, Malone fought back after the break and stormed into a 40-31 lead, before Ben Swindlehurst kicked a penalty in injury-time to earn Naas a losing bonus point, and leave the final score 40-34.
Naas have since made amends by beating UCC and are now joint top of the table.