Monday 21 May 2018

Stillorgan recruiting

Stillorgan RFC
Stillorgan RFC newsdesk

An up-and-coming South Dublin club is recruiting new players ahead of a busy 2016/'17 season ahead.

Stillorgan RFC is a rugby club based from Rathfarnham/Sandyford in South Dublin, conveniently served by the LUAS Green Line and a number of bus routes. Founded in 1973 the club is progressive and welcoming, and fields teams at beginner / social level, intermediate level and at a higher level.

Stillorgan RFC is now recruiting new players and would like to hear from you, especially if the answer is 'yes' to the following questions: Are you a beginner and would like to play social rugby? Did you play previously and are seeking to get back into the game? Have you recently moved to Dublin and are looking to join a club?

Coaches and fellow players will be delighted to welcome you along to try out. Pre-season training is already under way and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the season.

U-20s off to flyer against Ulster

The combined Leinster U-20 and development squad started their campaign strong with a 46-20 win over Ulster at Shaw's Bridge last Friday.

Tries from Jack Power, Jordan Larmour (two each), Jimmy O'Brien, Will Connors, Barry Fitzpatrick and further scores from Conor Dean (three conversions) and Ciaran Frawley (penalty and conversion) resulted in a good win. Team manager Will Sparks said: "I just felt that we were really cohesive, that we were very sharp and our fitness was excellent".

The Leinster U-18 Schools also defeated Ulster with a try from Belvedere College's Sam Barry and St Mary's College Richie Bergin. Jeff Carter's squad have one win and one loss under their belt go into the third round of the campaign against Munster this Sunday at Thomond Park.

The Leinster U-19 head coach Morgan Lennon reflected on their narrow loss to Ulster last Saturday: "We lost a game we should have drawn". The squad now faces Connacht in the second round in Galwegians tomorrow at 3pm.

Finally, the Leinster U-18 Clubs were undone by Connacht by three tries to two in the Inter-provincial Championship at Donnybrook on last Saturday afternoon, going down 25-16.

Warriors do battle

Earlier in the summer a little piece of history was made when the Dunbrody Warriors from New Ross rugby club played their first game.

The team is made up of adults with various types of disability and is the only adaptive rugby team in the South-East and was formed through the partnership of Wexford County Council, Leinster Rugby, New Ross rugby club and Cumas disability services in New Ross.

It was a fantastic day out with the hospitality of our hosts, De La Salle Palmerston, adding to the occasion as they presented the Warriors with a fantastic trophy on the day and also to Barnhall RFC who attended for the matches as well.

In a time when lip service can be paid to people with disability becoming inclusive, it was heart-warming to see the smiles and joy of individuals who when given the opportunity can decide themselves to become fully integrated in the local sporting community.

Teams warm up for UBL

Two rounds of Leinster Senior League action are in the bag as AIL clubs get valuable preparation for the Ulster Bank League, which kicks off next weekend.

The final round of the Senior League will resolve who advances to the Division 1 final, with the winner qualifying for January's Bateman Cup, while the qualifiers for the Division 2 play-offs will also be decided.

Lansdowne are the only two-game winner in Division 1B after their 22-10 win at their alternate home venue in Ballycorus on Saturday and they return to more familiar terrain at Lansdowne Road tomorrow for their decider against St Mary's College.

The Templeville Road outfit picked up their first win of the season when they beat visitors Dublin University 25-13 last Saturday.

Tonight Trinity host Clontarf at College Park with the visitors harbouring outside chances of winning the Division but more realistically both sides will be more concerned with getting a good blow-out ahead of next weekend.

In Division 2A Greystones made it two out of two when a strong second-half performance ensured they won their derby 36-8 against visitors Seapoint on Friday night while the following day Navan edged their hosts Skerries 18-12 at Holmpatrick.

The county Wicklow club travel to Skerries tomorrow for the decider with a three-point advantage over the home club, with Navan, who entertained Seapoint last night, a point further in arrears.

Naas have qualified from Division 2B as their second bonus point win in a row, this time in their Kildare derby 35-26 win at MU Barnhall on Saturday, meant they cannot now be caught.

They complete their campaign away in Spollenstown tomorrow against Tullamore, the Offaly side also tasting away day success last Saturday in Shamrock Lodge against Boyne with a 20-13 victory while it's the same Drogheda venue tomorrow for the visit of MU Barnhall.

There are only three teams in Division 2C where Bective Rangers joined their visitors Wanderers at the top after a bonus point 24-9 win in Donnybrook and the division will be decided when Blackrock College welcome the Rangers to Stradbrook tomorrow.

Last season's South East J1 League final was not played as a result of Enniscorthy's fixture pile-up at the end of the season, and in a repeat of May's extremely entertaining Bank of Ireland Towns Cup final, Wicklow will host the county Wexford club in tomorrow's delayed decider.

Irish Independent

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