Bumper turnout at Wicklow girls' blitz
Wicklow RFC hosted a minis girls' blitz at Ashtown Lane last Saturday, welcoming teams from the South East, in the form of Arklow, Enniscorthy and Tullow, as well as Portarlington and Skerries.
Almost 100 girls at U-10 and U-12 age grades lined out for their clubs in freezing but dry conditions, showing the increasing popularity of women's rugby.
At U-10 level Wicklow, Enniscorthy and Arklow played some great rugby.
Many of the girls are new to rugby so the blitz was a great learning experience.
The Wicklow girls scored some great team tries and all the girls put in a huge effort while having great fun.
Teams from Tullow, Skerries, Portarlington and two from Wicklow played in the U-12s blitz.
The games were played at a high tempo with good skill levels in all departments including tackling, rucking, passing decision making, evasion and some good old individual speed, agility and quickness.
The were some strong tackles made, but with the pitches set up to allow for lots of space this was exploited and bucket-loads of tries were scored by all teams.
Ardscoil run riot
Under the re-structured Development Cup format, Ardscoil na Tríonóide and Coláiste Lorcáin faced off in both the junior and senior final pool games on the Athy RFC main pitch.
In the senior game, the forward battle was fiercely contested, but Ardscoil's experience in the backline made the difference in a 58-38 victory.
In the junior game, the Castledermot school were looking for revenge.
Again, spectators were treated to a fast, open game of running rugby with all players handling the ball numerous times - although maybe the defence coaches were not so impressed!
Once again it was probably the rugby experience of the Ardscoil Na Tríonóide that came through in the end, as the Athy school completed the double, winning 51-41.
If anyone requires further information for the Athy and surrounding districts regarding primary or secondary school rugby, please contact Joe Carbery on 0857618645 or email on AthyCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie.
Tag fun in Arklow
Arklow and Leinster CCRO Barney Hynes helped run a tag blitz for Arklow's Mental Health Week. Over 220 students took part in this event, at Arklow's Coral Leisure Centre.
These were all transition year students from Arklow CBS St Marys, Gaelcolaiste na Mara and Glenairt College. The Adult Education Centre also took part.
This event was organised by the HSE and Kildare and Wicklow Education Training Board.