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 U13s recorded their first win of the league with a 33-7 victory over Ennis RFC in Clarisford park. In trying conditions with torrential downpours at the start of the game, the pitch held up well as did the BKRFC defence, as Ennis owned the ball for the first 10 minutes but were unable to make any headway as the BKRFC line held well with everyone putting in strong tackles. Lifting the seige, BKRFC managed to work the ball upfield and after a couple of direct runs, breaking the gainline, the ball was passed out wide to the wing for BKRFC to round the Ennis defence and score under the posts. Two more tries followed before halftime, with BKFRC leading 19-0 at the break.
With Ennis suffering a couple of injuries and having only the 15 players, a couple of the BKRFC substitutes stepped into the breach and lined out on the Ennis side so to maintain a full 15 v 15. Special mention must go to Evan Wood who after dotting down for BKRFC, changed jersey’s to score for Ennis as well a putting a couple of try saving tackles on fellow BKRFC teammate Noel McGrath as he surged for the Ennis line.
Many thanks to Ennis and their supporters who travelled for what was an excellent game and a special thanks to all those who braved the inclement conditions on the sideline to support both sides.
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They have been a sponsor of our club in the past and again this year are sponsoring a team kit under their new brand laudnryteam.com
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Match Report U16’s vs Ennis RFC
BKRFC U16’s today played a very good well drilled and structured Ennis RFC squad.
Unfortunately the final score ended up 60-0 but there were some great passages of play by our boys especially in the second half, they never gave up but ultimately they were unable to make that pressure turn into points.
Hard luck to the lads but well done at the same time.
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.
Ballina-Killaloe RFC U12’s travelled to Shanagolden, Co. Limerick to play teams from Estuary RFC, Young Munster & Thomond RFC.
After a slow start against Estuary and some tough, well-drilled opposition from Young Munster, the boys lifted their game against a big Thomond side to finish the morning with a win. Inspired by the All Blacks game the night before, we saw some great rucking, big tackles, lovely passing sequences and brilliant tries.
Squad: Alex Chateau, Laurent Chateau, Shane Geraghty, Ben McCarthy, Leifur O’Gorman, Gordon Wood, Ciaran Rodgers, Tom Farrell, Sean Crotty, Cillian O’Connor, Shane O’Connell, Conor Neill, Cathal Mullane.
Try Scorers: Shane Geraghty, Ben McCarthy, Ciaran Rodgers, Gordon Wood, Conor Neill, Cathal Mullane, Cillian O’Connor.
Big thanks to the boys and parents who travelled on such a big day in the Irish Rugby Calendar!
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.
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.