Meet Malahide CCRO Darren Morrin. Darren is 23-years-old and has been working as Malahide's Club Community Rugby Officer for the past two years. He is involved in several schools including Oliver Plunkett's, St Andrew's, Pope John Paul's II, Malahide Community School and Portmarnock Community School.
Darren (pictured, inset) has been playing rugby in Malahide RFC for the past 10 years and has represented at Metro level on a number of occasions. He has also captained at club and school level. He is now playing at 1st grade in Division 2A as a tight head prop and is also coaching a recently developed Under-21 squad who are sitting in 2nd place in the Gale Cup. Darren's overall goal is to develop the standard of rugby in the local community and he is hoping some day to have the two secondary school taking part in a higher league. He is also pushing the standard of rugby in the primary school through blitzes, etc. He is also helping the teachers with their rugby knowledge so the future stars are always learning.
The "Eddie Melvin Challenge Trophy" contest took place recently under floodlights at Ashbrook between a Coolmine XV selection and Castleknock Colleges senior cup side.
This competition, now in its fourth year, was primarily set up to honour Eddie Melvin for all the work he has done over the years with both Coolmine Rugby Club and Castleknock College.
Eddie, who retired from teaching several years ago, still retains a coaching role in Castleknock. He successfully guided the 1983 senior squad to a cup final place that season; however, he is best remembered for keeping the fun side uppermost to the forefront despite the pressures of college competitive rugby. A former president of Coolmine Rugby Club, he is still retains a coaching role in Coolmine.
As well as honouring Eddie this fixture also introduces college players to their local club, strengthens the ties between both and will hopefully encourage them to continue playing rugby with Coolmine when they finish with their college. Earlier on in the year Coolmine Rugby Club and Castleknock College hosted their second Festival of Rugby in the college grounds.
This event was a great success with over 120 players taking part. The match as usual was a close affair with Castleknock running in the winning try in the dying minutes. Best of luck from all in Coolmine to Castleknock College for their upcoming Senior Cup campaign.
Last Sunday saw Wexford Vixens enter into their first cup game of 2012. The ladies fielded a home fixture at Park Lane against Clondalkin. Having had a difficult league prior to Christmas, the Wexford ladies were eager to enter the cup with a positive attitude.
From the starting whistle, this approach was strongly evident. Each player made 100pc commitment on the field and so the results were duly rewarding.
Tries on the day were run in by Máire Busher, Vera Butler, Amanda Butler, Fleur Moran (capt), Clara McDonald and Sarah McGuinness. Woman of the match was accordingly awarded to outside centre Shannon Comiskey who made valuable game plays on the day.
IRFU TAG RUGBY
In partnership with brand new sponsors Volkswagen, Ireland's only official IRFU Tag rugby programme, now known as Volkswagen Tag, launched registrations for teams playing in 2012.
With Spring Leagues running for six weeks beginning in April and Summer Leagues from May to August, teams all over Ireland look set to be part of the biggest and best season yet.
The growth of Tag has been hugely successful in spreading the popularity of the game of rugby and its non-contact nature and social aspect have made it accessible to both men and women in the specially graded levels hosted. All levels of skill and fitness are catered for at the IRFUs venues which, naturally, are rugby clubs which provide the best facilities for participants.
No team registration fee costs above €495. This means for an average team of 12-13 players each team member is effectively paying a maximum of €4.50 per week for a season at a venue where the fee is this price. Registration of teams is performed online only and this is now possible on www.irfutag.ie
SHANE HORGAN CUP
The Shane Horgan Inter Area competition is gathering pace with the North East leading on 14 points, 5 points clear of North Midlands, ahead of the next round of matches in February.
The five areas consist of Metro, Midlands, North Midlands, North East and South East.
Each area consists of CDO, conditioning coach and area coaches who are volunteers from the clubs. The Midlands lie in third place (on six points) followed by the South East and Metro regions who each share a point.
The selected players in each area attend these five regional centres every second Monday night and all the sessions consist of skills and supervised conditioning. Also, as part of the development programme, players participate in the Shane Horgan Cup during the season. This programme is part of the Youth player pathway and we would like to thank all the clubs for their support during the season and for the use of their facilities.
Round 1: (Monday, September 12th)
Midlands 14--17 North Midlands (Tullamore RFC) North East 38--7 Metro (Malahide RFC).
Round 2: (Wednesday, November 2nd)
North East 19--13 North Midlands (Tullamore RFC) Midlands 22--5 South East (Tullamore RFC). Round 3: (Thursday, January 5th): North Midlands 17--10 Metro (Ashbourne RFC)
North East 27-24 South East (Ashbourne RFC).
Round 4: (Wednesday, February 15th)
Metro v Midlands (Cill Dara RFC - TBC)
North Midlands v South East (Cill Dara RFC - TBC). Round 5: (Wednesday, April 4th)
North East v Midlands (Carlow IT)
South East v Metro (Carlow IT)
North Midlands held their second of three training days in Portarlington earlier this month.
These training days are part of Leinster's long term player development plan which helps to identify players for the area teams. It also gives them a taste of what is expected of them if they travel this road. The players are given the opportunity to interact with players they will play against and with qualified coaches from Leinster. The focus of the session was on developing handling, passing and decision making and the day was a huge success, with 56 players from all the North Midlands clubs participating. The event was organised by John Bagnall (CDO) and Stephen Gore (CRO) and was run on the day by Maurice Logue and Niall Neville (both CROs). The coaching was done by the CCROs from the North Midlands and many thanks should be given to Portarlington for hosting the event.