Monday 23 July 2018

Sacred Heart Tullamore win Schools Girls X7s

Leinster club news

The Leinster Schools Girls X7s Cup was contested at Donnybrook Stadium last Friday
The Leinster Schools Girls X7s Cup was contested at Donnybrook Stadium last Friday

It was a closely-fought competition last Friday in Donnybrook Stadium as the top teams gathered to contest the Leinster Schools Girls X7s Cup for the 2017/18 season.

Having met only a few weeks ago in several events to qualify for the IRFU X7s national finals, the girls were again ready to play some fantastic rugby.

New to the Tier A scene, having been promoted from their Tier B local area structure, were St David's School from Greystones, where many players represent Greystones RFC U-18 Girls.

Scoil Mhuire from Clane, who are coached by teacher and Tullamore RFC player Mary Gardiner, won two of their three matches despite missing several key players.

St Kevin's School from Dunlavin, boasting several of the Leinster U-18 squad who also play for Naas RFC, managed to win their first two games.

However, it all came down to a tough final round where St Kevin's met Sacred Heart.

The school from Tullamore not only have several Leinster U-18 players, but are also captained by Megan Burns, an Ireland sevens U-18 international.

Sacred Heart scored the winning try just a few seconds before the final whistle to bring the Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup back to Tullamore for the fourth consecutive year.

Congratulations to Sacred Heart, and well done to St Kevin's, Dunlavin; Scoil Mhuire, Clane and St David's, Greystones; who participated in a very enjoyable competition.

If you would like to know more about female rugby, please contact Jennie Bagnall, Leinster women's development officer, at jennie.bagnall@leinsterrugby.ie.

All-inclusive team hitting their straps in Navan

In October Navan RFC started on a journey with their newest team, Navan All-Inclusive Team.

The aim is to provide children with learning and physical disabilities with an opportunity to learn and play rugby in a safe, enjoyable and exciting environment, and to build social skills and boost confidence.

Four weeks into their journey 10 children have registered with the Navan All-Inclusive Team.

The hope is to build on the children's team that currently exists as part of the programme and to establish an adult team at the club.

Currently Navan RFC are the only club in the north-east area that offers children with special needs and intellectual disabilities a chance to be part of a team.

There are 13 other clubs around Leinster that also field all-inclusive teams.

The feedback from parents so far has been incredible and really encouraging.

There is always plenty of help on hand with seven volunteers giving up their time on Sunday mornings to help coach the kids.

The all-inclusive team have gone from strength to strength, advancing from just catching and passing to playing mini games.

The hopes are that in the new year Navan will be able to enter their first competition and compete against other all-inclusive teams.

To join Navan's all-inclusive team or for more information, please contact Leinster Rugby's Navan CCRO Robbie Waters at NavanCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie.

Griggs aims for repeat

After their six try 10-34 win away to Ulster last weekend, Leinster welcome Connacht to Donnybrook Stadium tomorrow for their only home fixture in this year's Interprovincial Championship (5.0pm).

Having handed five debuts last weekend to hat-trick hero Aimee Clarke, Sene Naoupu, Susan Vaughan, Megan Williams and Aoife McDermott, head coach Adam Griggs was pleased with what he saw from his side.

"The performance was good in parts. We scored some beautiful tries with really good off-the-cuff rugby," said Griggs.

Connacht are the surprise package after beating Munster.

Irish Independent

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