Carrick-on-Shannon RFC

Men’s Team: The Men’s next match is against Sligo RFC in Connacht J1C League on March 24, at the Leitrim Village Community Pitch. Training continues for the men on Wednesday & Friday in Castlecara at 8pm.

Men’s Team: The Men’s next match is against Sligo RFC in Connacht J1C League on March 24, at the Leitrim Village Community Pitch. Training continues for the men on Wednesday & Friday in Castlecara at 8pm.

Minis and Youth Rugby: Thank you to all the players and parents who supported the club and turned out for the biggest ever Carrick-on-Shannon, St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade was a great success and the players were keen to show off some of their “line-out and throwing skills.” The players looked great in their Jerseys and club wear and were a credit to themselves and the club. From the Mini Coaches and Parade organisers, thanks to all our players.

U-11 Athlone Blitz: Carrick’s Under 11s will have their IRFU Connacht Blitz in Athlone this year on Saturday, March 23. Coaches Cathal, Eugene, Eunan, Martin, and Bryan will be travelling with the Under-11s. Parents are asked to meet for car pooling at the Arch at 8:30 for 8.45 depart. More info will be sent to Parents & Players by email. Best of luck to all those taking part. Training for all other age groups continues as normal this Saturday at Leitrim Village and finishes off this seasons Mini rugby.

Castlebar U8/9 Blitz: CRFC Minis Under-8s and Under-9s had an early start for their IRFU Connacht Blitzes in Caslebar last Saturday. Coaches Gary, Martin, Seamus, and Cathal took their teams to Castlebar RFC, home club of U-8 coach Gary, for the annual Connacht Blitz. This team were well drilled and on a mission to maintain their undefeated record for the season and they didn’t disappoint. With three wins against Castlebar, Ballina and Claremorris and a draw against a second Ballina team, this team did themselves, their families, and the club proud with a spectacular team performance combined with some great individual displays. It’s great to see this team putting into action what they have learnt in training.

The Under 9s played Castlebar, Ballina and Claremorris. Against Castlebar, the lads settled in straight away and proved that they certainly had taken on all of what they had been told in training for a well deserved victory. Next up was a big strong Ballina team; however the team were full of confidence after their win and got some good scores early on for another hard fought win.

The team faced Claremorris and again opened very strong racing in a commanding lead early on, in the second half Claremorris found their feet and reduced that lead. Our lads again showed great defensive awareness tackling tirelessly working as a unit and holding them up on the try line several times before counter attacking to secure another win. With three excellent wins from three matches and the lads were presented with their medals before heading over for some well earned hot dogs.

Thanks to our great hosts for a well organised blitz and their hospitality and to the many families who travelled. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Volunteers needed: Our free Open Fun Day is on Easter Sunday, March 30, and coach Seamus Connolly, the coordinator for this event, is seeking volunteers,’from the club’ e.g. parents of players and senior players and or friends. Similar to the home blitz, any help would be appreciated and every little bit helps!

Ladies’ Team: Carrick Ladies are due to take on Sligo RFC Ladies in the Connacht Cup on April 7. The Ladies’ Team welcome new members with no previous rugby playing experience necessary. Ladies’ training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 at Castlecara Rd Training ground.

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