After only starting up this time last year our Girls rugby players had their first taste of a competitive game when Newport RFC traveled down to Clarisford Park last Sunday, 31st January for 2 challenge games, U18 and U15. Two great games were played with both sides showing determination and no shortage of skills.
Ballina-Killaloe RFC U11’s traveled to Young Munster for a Mini’s blitz.
Fielding two teams who played 4 games each, with an impressive return of won 7 and drew 1. Well done to all!
Well done to our U13 girls who traveled into LIT Sports campus today for a Munster Branch development and training session.
Well done to the U14’s who beat Shannon RFC in their Munster League Section 1 game at Coonagh, 36-15
Tries from David Boland, Jack McEvoy, Tadhg O’ Shaughnessy and Josh Egan(3)
The U13’s made the expedition out to Derryknockane and Young Munster’s pitches. In a morning where many senior games were cancelled, heavy downpours and strong winds welcomed the players, a pitch inspection and a discussion among the coaches, the decision was made to go ahead with the game as the gale eased slightly.
Playing with the strong winds, Young Munster were quicker off the mark, getting 2 early tries, before BKRFC managed to find their own groove, and through a couple of direct runs, an attacking scrum inside the YM 22, BKRFC played a smart switch of play to the blindside to dot down for their opening try.
The conditions were trying at times but all players played their part. Both sides showed a willingness to spread the ball out wide despite the greasy ball.
BKRFC started the second half strong, crossing for a couple of tries, but Young Munster showed good skill and speed managing a number of scores themselves. BKRFC refused to let their heads go down and in one play after making a strong surge down the middle, BKRFC were held up short, YM won the ball and broke up field, but refusing to give up BKRFC chased back, managed to secure the ball again and in an excellent example of counter attacking, ran the ball back, used the width of the pitch and scored what was to be the final try of the game.
Many thanks to all the parents and players who made, and found, their way out to Derryknockane and well done to Young Munster on their win and for what was an excellent game in adverse conditions for all.
Ballina-Killaloe U13’s took on a strong Thomond RFC in Clarisford Park. Thomond managed to open the scoring with an intelligent kick out to the wing from inside their 22, where their speedy winger managed to secure the ball and spint down the line, avoiding a couple of tackles to dot down for the first try. Ballina-Killaloe regrouped quickly and after a good break to go close, some close in driving saw BKRFC score. Immediately from the kick off, BKRFC ran the ball straight back to record another score. Thomond were not finshed yet and responded themselves with some good handling and quick pace to round the BKRFC defence and score under the posts, with the conversion added Thomond lead 12-10. Once again BKRFC regrouped and with a pick and drive from Evan Wood at a close-in scrum saw BKRFC regain the lead 17-12 at the break.
BKRFC started the second half strongly with some direct running from Kian Donnelly, Ruadhan Quinn and Evan Wood, with James Frahill at 10 and Ian Larkin at 12 and Keelan Hartigan at 13 directing the play, the lead was extended through some excellent team tries.
Credit must go to Thomond who never gave up and managed the final score of the game with a try of their own. The final score ending up 39-17 to BKRFC for their 2nd win of the League.
Well done to all the boys from both teams and to the parents and coaches on the sidelines on what was a lovely autumnal morning in Clarisford Park.
Get in the festive mood with Kavanagh’s Craft Butchers.
On Friday Dec 4th, from 7.30pm, Chef Adrian from TV3 will host a cookery demonstration in O’Donovan’s, Brian Boru on the Hill, Tickets are €10 and all proceeds will go to BKRFC.
Food provided, Spot prizes and raffle on the night followed by music, why not come down and support your local businesses and club in a fun social evening.
Following a meeting with Munster Rugby, 2 Rugby Development Officers will visit Clarisford for a Coach Development opportunity on Friday 20 November next. The opportunity will consist of 2 sessions – the first for Mini-Rugby Coaches and the second for Youth coaches (parents of players of Mini-Rugby and Youth players are welcome to attend also):
6.20pm Mini-Rugby Coaches arrive to Sand-Based Training Area
6.30pm Welcome and introduction to Munster Rugby Development Officer – Andrew Brace and Euan Gee
6.35pm Mini-Rugby Coaches Development opportunity (This will consist of a coaching session run by 1 DO while the other DO will describe what is happening). The session will involve the U11 squad
7.35pm Questions & Answers
7.45pm Session Close
Youth Rugby Coaches
7.50pm Youth Rugby Coaches arrive to Sand-Based Training Area
8.00pm Welcome and introduction to Munster Rugby Development Officer – Andrew Brace and and Euan Gee
8.05pm Youth Rugby Coaches Development opportunity (This will consist of a coaching session run by 1 DO while the other DO will describe what is happening). The session will involve the U13 squad
9.05pm Questions & Answers
9.15pm Session Close
To allow both Mini and Youth coaches to attend their respective session, the club officers have agreed to postpone the players sessions on that evening.
While this may prove an inconvenience it should be seen as an investment in the standard of coaching to the players in future sessions.
BKRFC U12s played some great rugby at Bruff RFC’s annual James Keating Memorial tournament.
They had some tough pool games, drawing 0-0 to St Senans, beating Clonmel 2-0, and narrowly losing to Old Crescent and Abbeyfeale by just one try. We thought we were going home but in 4th place we went through to the 4th place semi final. Here they came up against Newcastle West and ran out impressive winners, 3tries to nil! The boys were through to a final against Shannon!
A huge battle began where we saw some of the best tackles we have ever seen from our team. Sadly, one of the Shannon speedsters snuck through to score the only try of the match. Ballina Killaloe were closing in on the line in the dying seconds but unfortunately time ran out. A big thank you to all the boys and their parents for travelling to Bruff for the day on a Bank Holiday Monday! And thank you to Bruff RFC for inviting us along to a great day.