Pupils go from tag to tackle at Lusk National School
Skerries CCRO Michael Woods has been coaching Lusk NS for the last four years now and has successfully introduced over a dozen players from the school to contact rugby with Skerries RFC.
This year the pupils from sixth class pleaded with their teachers to be allowed experience contact rugby and, given the rapport that Woods has with the school the school was happy to enhance the current tag rugby programme.
The sessions were held in a controlled environment with the pupils, both boys and girls participating, first learning how to fall in the tackle and then the safety aspects of tackling, culminating in full contact in a confined area.
"The pupils have progressed so much that we are going to play contact matches between the sixth classes in their final week," said Woods. It was not only the pupils who embraced the contact aspect of the game - some of the teachers enjoyed it so much they participated also, albeit confining their tackling to each other, Woods hastened to add!
The Skerries CCRO is confident that some of his charges will follow in the footsteps of predecessors Chris Tonge, who won Ireland U-18 caps and Donal Clarke, currently involved in Leinster Development squads.
This is not the first time the school has embraced the game. Leinster rugby ran an art competition two years ago and such was the level of entries from the school they won tickets for the teachers and pupils to go the RDS to watch Leinster play.
Terenure seal JP Fanagan glory with a perfect 12
Last weekend Terenure College RFC U-20s retained the JP Fanagan League by defeating Blackrock College.
With two series of games still to be played it is a remarkable achievement for the Terenure squad who have won all 12 games so far this season in a Premier division of eight teams.
Last season was the first time Terenure were involved in the top six of the Super 6 and managed to win the JP for the second time.
To win back-to-back JP Fanagan trophies is a great testament to all the players and coaches involved, and the management who keep the squad ticking over.
In Leinster Rugby the JP Fanagan is probably the most difficult league to win and the standard of rugby played every week is second to none.
A "big thank you" from all the squad and management to our loyal supporters who every Sunday come out in such large numbers not only to support the side but also socialise with the lads after the games, with Joe Walsh looking after us all.
Winning a trophy is very difficult but winning and having some fun along the way is very special to all involved. To Paddy and the players thank you from Pete, John, Gerry, Donie, Bren and Moggy.