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Sunday 22 October 2017

Barn' doors open as girls get going

The NUIM Barnhall RFC club has kicked off the season with a new start.

In September the minis recommenced training and playing, as they usually do once the school year begins. This year NUIM Barnhall decided to make room for the girls and have commenced a tag rugby training programme for girls under 12.

For the girls, age and size differences are not a major issue as tag is, of course, non-contact so includes no tackling and no scrums. Running, passing and great fun are the essential ingredients.

Barnhall have of course had a succession of girls playing on the mini teams over the past 20 years, but it has tended to be an exception rather than a regular stream of girls playing. It's possible that in time with the success of the girls' teams that this will develop into a pool of players that will go on to join the successful women's team now playing in NUIM Barnhall. The women's team now has a squad of more than 30 players and if we attract a few additional players we will look to start a second team in the club.

Commenting on the development of the women's and girls' tag rugby teams, director of rugby Eddie Fitzgerald said: "We are delighted with the level of interest coming from our local community.

"We are now fielding five senior male teams, an Under-20s squad and a women's team that now has a squad of approximately 30 players.

"I think this makes NUIM Barnhall one of the largest clubs participating in the Senior League.

"With continued support from our local community in Celbridge, Leixlip, Lucan and Maynooth and by continuing to attract players from around the country studying or working locally we will look to expand our active playing membership as much as we can."

"The tag and mini rugby teams train in Parsonstown Leixlip on a Saturday and new recruits to the girls' tag and the mini rugby teams are always welcome," said Michael Waldron, head of the mini rugby section.

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