Edenderry and Clane provide an exhibition of top-class mini fare
It was all happening at Edenderry RFC on Saturday morning last - and it even caused traffic chaos! But all for a good cause. . .
The delays on the R402 were due to Clane RFC arriving with a gang of 120-plus mini rugby players to take on Edenderry at all age groups from cubs to U-12s.
The day started off with all the Edenderry Mini Rugby squads posing (and yes they were definitely posing - they don't usually arrive for training or matches with their hair looking so neat, tidy and gelled) for their squad photographs which will be appearing in the Edenderry RFC 2016 Calendar.
Once that was out of the way the rugby commenced. All the coaches and players were delighted to be back playing rugby after a three-week gap.
The rugby kicked off at 11.0 and the 12 mini rugby pitches were the scene for some excellent play from both Clane and Edenderry.
All the matches were played in exactly the right spirit and it was really close stuff with nothing between the teams across all the age groups.
In fact, some of the matches were incredibly exciting and the standard of rugby was exceptional.
The rugby was over at 12.0 and some 250-plus kids trooped off the pitches tired and maybe a little sore but all carrying big broad smiles after a morning of good quality rugby.
The customary post-match Edenderry RFC hot dogs were consumed with as much enthusiasm as the rugby was earlier.
Next up Edenderry mini rugby travels en masse to Athy RFC tomorrow for a full schedule of fixtures for all teams (excluding cubs, who will be training at home at 11.0).