Men’s Team: Carrick 22 Portumna 33
The Carrick men travelled to Portumna Sunday in the Connacht J1c league An early try from Portumna put the home team in the lead from an early stage but the Carrick men fought back and with the foot of Kevin Coffey saw Carrick acquire three points from a penalty but Portumna ran in another two tries which they converted. Carrick kept punishing Portumna’s mistakes with Coffey putting over another three penalties keeping the Carrick men in the game at half time with a score of 21-12.
The second half saw Carrick’s pack go over the line with a well worked maul from the line-out to push the Portumna men over the line and captain Foley ground the ball. The Carrick men stayed in the home sides half for some time and were unlucky not to come out with a score after two tries were held up on the line. Portumna ran in another two tries and just as everyone thought it was over Carrick’s Mick Cox got the ball and ran in from over half way to get the last try of the game.
Carrick’s next game will be away against Galwegians on Saturday in Galwegians RFC.
Minis and Youth Rugby: Next Saturday, March 16, Carrick U8s &9s will travel to Castlebar for their IRFU Blitz. This will be Carrick’s third year attending this Blitz and it is a great experience for the ‘newbie’ players and an enjoyable occasion for all the parents that attend. KO is at 10am, so for those of you living near Carrick, we will meet as usual at the Arch at 8:15am for an 8:30am depart. Please look up the club website for updated info to this Blitz. Those travelling direct, please text ‘En route’ to Under 9s -086 8159702 - Seamus/Under 8s - 0876295455 - Martin, in case of any cancellations.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Players are asked to meet at 12pm (12:30pm should be time enough) at the Girls’ School, Dublin Road on Sunday. Anybody who has club jerseys, please wear them. If you don’t have a club jersey, why not wear an Ireland or club jersey just in case. Parents are also asked to check-in with the coaches to arrange a time and place for collection of players after the parade.
U-12s IRFU Blitz in Loughrea: With a very early start, Carrick Under-12s, accompanied by Coaches Gerry Reynolds & Donal Woods travelled to Loughrea for their IRFU Connacht Blitz last Saturday. Conditions were ideal for good running rugby and Carrick didn’t disappoint their supporters who travelled the distance. For their first game, Carrick beat Ballina by 30 points to 5. They drew their two following matches, both ending 5 all against Buccaneers and Ballinasloe (2) only losing one match to a very strong Ballinasloe (1) team by 30 points to nil.
All in all, the squad played some great exciting team rugby and served the club with pride. Our thanks go to all the players who all played their part and the great support they received from Carrick Supporters Club on the day.
Training for all other age groups continues this week and next week, as normal in Leitrim Village Community Pitch. There will be no training on Easter Saturday.
Ladies’ Team: Best wishes and speedy recovery to Marie Clerkin from injury picked up in game against Navan RFC on Sunday last.