Monday 20 November 2017

Rugby Club Notes

ADAM GRIGGS has been living in Dublin for the last three years playing and coaching with the Suttonians Rugby Club as well as doing the community rugby officer role over this period.

He has played rugby all his life and grew up in Canterbury, the home of rugby in New Zealand. He represented Canterbury in all age levels up until U21, when he then moved to the Tasman Makos on an ITM Cup contract. Following this he made the move to Dublin to explore the world while still pursuing his coaching and playing career.

Adam is currently completing a Level 2 coaching certificate and is coaching in six of the primary schools around Sutton and Howth where all age groups from Junior infants up to sixth class are learning the skills of tag rugby.

He said: "We have a very strong secondary school team in St Fintan's who have now got teams competing in first year, second year, JCT and SCT levels, which is fantastic. This is the most teams the school has ever had which helps Suttonians in introducing some great players into the club system as well."

Suttonians also now have a huge number in the mini's grade, as well as all-girls tag rugby on Sunday mornings.


The Kieran Burke Perpetual Trophy, which was set up in honour of one of our youngest and most enthusiastic players, who also was a mascot for the Leinster team and died of leukaemia aged six in January 2004, takes place on Sunday in Kirwan Park, Kilternan.

The tournament was devised by DLSP in conjunction with the Burke family, with the inaugural tournament being held in January 2005.

Since then it has grown into the largest U7 sporting event in the country and 2012 will be the tournament's eighth year. Remarkably for this age group the huge interest in applications received to date will again ensure well over 800 playing boys and girls from 67 different clubs will participate.

The huge success of the tournament and its invaluable contribution to the development of rugby at such a young age in Leinster, has seen Leinster Rugby incorporating it into their calendar and also providing their full support and services, where required, to the tournament.

A complete non-profit event, its concept is to enable this age group to compete in a safe event and in a sporting environment suitable for their stage of development.

Excess proceeds and donations given on the day go to the Children's Cancer Fund at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

Anyone involved in coaching our youngest sporting enthusiasts will appreciate getting them running in the right direction and staying between the lines is often a breakthrough for the coaches at this age level! They also love the build-up to and participation in an event of this nature.

But there was no suitable event prior to the Kieran Burke Tournament. This event is a great chance for the teams to show their skills. It is also important as it gets coaches networking, leading to future fixtures for the young players.

The event attracts a very large crowd of players, coaches and parental support.

On Sunday, January 29, DLSP FC exclusively reserve the use of their 16-acre site and facilities for what has become one of the most important events on their club calendar.

The tournament starts at 10am in DLSP FC's home grounds at Kirwan Park in Kilternan, Co. Dublin. Further information is available from: www.dlspfc.ie or contact: David Hicks (087-2565656 or david.hicks@themeatfactoryoutlet.com), Michael Nugent (087-6804221 or Michael.nugent@bmw.ie) or Karl Burke (085-2536620 or karlgburke@eircom.net).


South East coach development officer Declan O'Brien recently held a Scrum Clinic in Kilkenny RFC for all Youths coaches from the south east Area.

Players from Kilkenny U17s were used as a demonstration group on the night for the coaches to see the theory put into practice. Presenters on the night were Reggie Corrigan and Declan O'Brien and, in all, more than 30 coaches attended and many thanks have to go to Kilkenny for providing their facilities.


Wexford Wanderers RFC's Annual Dinner Dance will be held in the Riverbank House Hotel, Ferrybank, Wexford, at 8pm tonight.

The event, held annually in late January, is one of the highlights of the club's social calendar and always provides a welcome opportunity to banish the winter blues.

The parents of youths and underage players are encouraged to attend this year, with the club committee hoping that parents of players from the same age grades will group together to form table groups. Anyone interested in attending is reminded that tickets for the event are €40 each and can be purchased from any club committee member.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the group Innuendo followed by a DJ.

Further details are available on the club website www.wexfordwanderersrfc.com or the club Facebook page "Wexford Wanderers RFC" or by calling 087-7449117.


The Barnhall Babes gave their coaches a night off recently and stand-in coach for the evening was none other than former Springbok and current Leinster Ladies head coach, Dan Van Zyl.

There was great excitement in the air and weather conditions were perfect. All the Ladies were looking forward to the session and were hoping to use this opportunity to learn some new skills and, more importantly, to impress the new coach. There were over 20 ladies training and many more on the sidelines.

Dan put the Ladies through their paces with an intense session covering warm up, handling, and positioning drills. After completing the skills section of the session, it was time to enter into a match situation, the purpose of which was to demonstrate the benefits of support running and offloading in contact.

This kept the ball moving quickly and created space for teammates by drawing in defenders. As the session progressed, the speed and quality of the rugby improved by the minute as the Ladies took on board Dan's directions and pushed themselves hard to impress.

The Babes really enjoyed the training session and appreciated Dan giving up his time for The Barnhall Babes. They found his opinions on the female game and how well it has developed in recent years very insightful and they hope to see him in Barnhall again soon for another session.


Following eight weeks of coaching from Leinster Rugby intern Simon Lear, St Phillip's National School in Mountview have now completed their tag rugby programme. In a new initiative the children received completion certificates and the school a wall plaque.

The school also received a complete set of tag rugby equipment to assist the teachers, especially Laura Flynn, to sustain the game in the school. It is the school's intention to compete in an upcoming 'Future Olympians' event being run by Fingal County Council which is open to all sixth classes in the area.

"I am delighted with the favourable response to rugby in the Blanchardstown area," said Fingal community coaching officer Gerry McCleery. "With the assistance of Simon and Brian Smith from Coolmine Rugby Club we have rolled out the tag rugby programme in nine schools pre-Christmas and in a further seven in this term."


Registration is at 8.30pm and the competition will kick off at 9pm. Competitors will be able to buy-in at €20, with multiple re-buys allowed until the break. At the break, one top-up will be allowed. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place.

Instead of the usual game faces seen on the pitch, poker faces will be the façade de rigueur, as competitors fight it out to see who is the king of the cards!

Resident Railway card shark Ian Flynn will act as adjudicator on any potential disagreements between competitors!

For further details see www.railwayunionrfc.com or www.facebook.com/railwayunionrfc

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