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BKRFC U13 vs Young Munster

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.


U13’s vs Thomond RFC


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.


An Evening with Chef Adrian

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.

Tickets from Kavanagh’s or contact your kid’s coach

Kavanghs poster


Mini and Youth Development training

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):

 Mini-Rugby Coaches

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.


U12’s at Bruff RFC

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.

Bruff Oct15


U13 Challenge match v Nenagh Ormond


U13’s v Nenagh Ormond 4th October

Playing a challenge match before our first league game, both sides spend the first 10 minutes getting to grips with each other and the full pitch, BKRFC then managed to push it up a level and scored 3 unanswered tries through, Ronan Neill, Ruadhan Quinn and Evan Wood, all were excellently converted by Cathal O’Donnell who also tagged on a penalty to lead 24-0 at halftime. The expected repost from Nenagh came in the 2nd half which saw them score 3 tries too, however scores from Ronan Neill, Kian Donnelly and a final score in the last minute by Joe McGrath saw BK RFC finish out winners 43-19.


Training time updates


Training Updates:

Girls Rugby continues Wednesdays 7-8pm on sand-based pitch in Clarisford Park, Killaloe

From this Friday:

U7, U8 & U9’s move to 3G pitch 7pm til 8pm. Note later time!

U10’s & U11’s : 6.30pm – 7.30pm sand-based pitch. Clarisford.

Please ensure your child is signed up & registered to get Texts from Coaches.


Online Registration is now open

Online Registration for the 2015-16 season is now open

We have a new online registration system for this year. It allows for easier administration and reporting for the club. Please visit our web site.
You have the option to pay now or pay instalments over 2 or 3 months.
If you need to register more than one player choose the pay now or instalment option and add the player’s details. We have a discount in place when registering more than one player.



Icon Auto jersey sponsors



Many thanks to Chris Cargill and Icon Auto, Dubai for their sponsorship of jerseys for the U12 & U13 teams during the past year.


Q&A Session with Shane O’Leary

shane_oleary_QAI caught up recently with Shane O’Leary, one of Ballina Killaloe RFC’s “old boys”, and now a member of the academy at Top 14 French Club FC Grenoble. Shane kindly took time out from his training schedule to answer a few questions about the biggest influences on his career, his experience at the 2013 Junior World Trophy (where he represented Canada and finished the tournament as top points scorer) and how he is handling the recent move to France:

Q. You represented Canada in the recent Junior World Cup in Chile. Could you tell us how that came about and what was the whole experience like?

To play for Canada in the Junior world Trophy was an incredible experience rugby wise and travelling wise. I got to see part of the US, Canada and South America. The standard of international rugby is great and the exposure was great too as I’m now in France. I’m eligible to play for Canada because Mum was born in New Brunswick. So, when I wasn’t wanted for the Irish 20’s I decided I wanted to play international rugby so contacted Rugby Canada’s Mike Shelley who helped make it all possible.

Q. You joined French Top 14 side Grenoble at the start of this season. How have you found the move from both a cultural and rugby-style perspective?

shane_oleary_redThe move has its ups and downs. At the start I was very lonely after the first six weeks but now I have settled and I am really enjoying it. The rugby here is not as structured so as a 10 I found it difficult at the start because I couldn’t understand everything the players around me wanted to do off the cuff but I have all the calls now so its all good.

Q. You’ve been selected in the 23 man squad to play rivals Bayonne in the Amlin Challenge Cup opening game. How does it rank with your achievements so far in rugby?

Obviously to have played 2 professional games since I’ve arrived is huge for me as well as hugely surprising for me. I had never thought that I would have played with the first team by this stage before I made the move here.

Q. Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date?

shane_oleary_decWithout a doubt my dad has been the biggest influence on my career from coaching my teams as a young lad, to advice about the game and both my parents have been hugely supportive always with rugby. Giving me lifts to training before school when I was younger and driving me to Limerick 4 times a week when I was playing with Young Munster RFC and encouraging me.

Q. What are the biggest differences between the Irish, French and Canadian attitudes to training and rugby style?

The attitudes towards training for the Irish and Canadians are the exact same – work your ass off! In France it’s a bit different in the sense that they are so relaxed. Of course they work hard too. The styles of play of the Irish and Canadians are more structured than the French who love to play what is in front of them

Q. The French Top 14 has a number of well known players from Celtic and English clubs. Who are you most looking forward to playing against?

I ‘m looking forward to meeting Ronan O’Gara and Jonathan Sexton in early 2014 when Grenoble play Racing Metro at home.

Q. What advice would you have for any young rugby players looking to make a career out of the sport?

My advice for people would be that you have to work hard at whatever sport you play if you want to succeed. It won’t always be easy and straight forward, but you have to believe in yourself and keep on trying.

Q. Are we likely to see you pull on the Canadian national jersey in the 2015 rugby world cup?

As of yet I havn’t declared for Canada, but obviously that would be amazing if it was to happen. First game for Canada is against Ireland too!

Q. Who do you fancy for this year’s Heineken and Amlin Challenge cups?

I think with the squad that Toulon gave this year it will be hard to stop them for the Heineken Cup and its too early to say for the Amlin. There will be some good team from the Heineken Cup in the later rounds.

Q. What are your thoughts on the possible demise of the Heineken Cup?

I can understand the different points of view but I’d hate to see it go. It’s always been very exciting and it’s the best club competition in the world!

Q. Being a devout Munster man, would you consider playing for any of the other Irish provinces? How much money would it take for Leinster to sign you? I hear they’re short a decent fly half!

I’d consider any offer for me to play rugby back at home in Ireland but it would be a funny one having to pull on a Leinster jersey alright ha!ha!

Many thanks to Shane for taking the time to answer the questions. We wish him the very best of luck in what promises to be a long and successful career within professional rugby. Shane is a shining example to all young players within the Club and is testament to the adage that you get out what you put in. Well done Shane and best wishes on your continued success.