Mini Rugby Schedule 2016 - 2017
All matches KO at 10:30 unless specified.
Please arrive to warm up at 10:00.
Car-pooling at Ross Road generally around 08:50 - 9:30, depending on venue.
SE Monster Blitzes all KO 11:00. All 11-2 except Wicklow 11-1.
O'Daly Festival, Balbriggan, 26 March 2017
ERFC u12s are invited to the Leinster O'Daly Rugby Festival at Balbriggan RFC on Sunday 26 March 2017. Registration is at 10:00 a.m. Kick off is at 11:00 a.m. sharp.
Map: click here to access a map from your phone or PC
Coordinates for SatNav: 53.58724, -6.19911
Directions: Click here if you would like to print 2 pages of directions
Metro - Malahide; Clontarf; Suttonians; Coolmine; Westmastown.
N.Midlands - Cill Dara; Clane; Portarlington; Nth Kildare.
S.East - Carlow; Gorey; New Ross; Enniscorthy.
N.East - Balbriggan; Dundalk; North Meath; Navan.
Midlands - Mullingar; Longford.
St Patrick's Day Parade
Players needed to march please.
Parents needed to accompany young players on the parade please.
Meeting at the Shannon Chapel car park at 2:30pm.
If anyone is good at face paint it would be a big help.
Green flags needed.
Wear ERFC kit please.
Hoping for a big crowd this year please.
Meet afterwards in the clubhouse where there will be 'goodies' for the players! Thanks.
Blitz v Waterpark: u7-u12, Sunday 19 March 2017.
Under 7/8/9/11/12. Arrive 10am. Kick-off at 1030 am.
(Under 10s at home v Wexford as Waterpark 10s are away.)
At the bridge in Waterford turn left onto Merchants Quay/R680.
Continue to follow R680.
Go through 2 roundabouts.
Turn left onto Lombard St/R683.
Continue to follow R683.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Passage E Rd/R683.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit.
Turn left and Waterpark RFC will be on the left.
Click here to open a map to Waterpark RFC
Blitz v Carlow 26 March 2017 at Ross Road
Blitz v Carlow takes place for u7 to u11 on Sunday 26 March at home.
More details re. pitch allocation later.
U12s v London Irish, DLSP, Old Belvedere, Skerries and Bective - 12 March 2017
The U12s are playing in DLSP in Kilternan this Sunday morning. Arrival at 9:30am please at the latest. Matches will take place -v- London Irish, DLSP, Old Belvedere, Skerries and Bective. Matches will conclude around 1245 - 1pm. Parents to check they have their parking permits with them. Under no circumstances park on the public road as you will be towed or clamped. If you need a lift please text Bruce.
MAP: click here on your phone or PC to access the map to DLSP
PARKING PERMIT: click here - you must print and display a permit
GAMES: click here to open the schedule of games
Head north on M11.
At M11/M50 fork, take the M50 (keep right)
Take J15 exit toward Cornelscourt/Kilternan.
Continue on Glenamuck Rd.
Drive to Enniskerry Rd/R117.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Glenamuck Rd. 350m
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Glenamuck Rd. 1.7km
You will drive through a narrow section of road and come to the intersection where you will see the Golden Ball pub in front of you. Turn right onto Enniskerry Rd/R117.
De La Salle Palmerston F.C. will be on the right 750m down this road.
Parking is in the Church of Ireland NS before this - on LHS. You must have a parking permit.
U12 v Kilkenny - 5 March 2017
Well, if were a little hard on the lads 2 weeks ago after the Naas games we have no reason to be this week as they ran riot up in Kilkenny. They won all games convincingly despite missing 4 strong players and never let up til the final whistle which was most pleasing. Passing, rucking and tackling were all superb with several of the less prominent players really putting their hands up and taking the game to Kilkenny. We can safely say all the players gave their all on Sunday. We're in a blitz up in DLSP this Sunday morning playing London Irish, DLSP, Old Belvedere, Skerries and Bective so this should be a great experience and day out for the lads. Well done again last week lads. (Bruce Chapman)
U11 v Kilkenny - 5 March 2017
We played this Blitz in Kilkenny College and much credit to Kilkenny College for the excellent playing surfaces which had been recently mown and verti-drained, We had two teams in action v two Kilkenny teams so it was great to have the same numbers, each team played two games. Kilkenny were a well drilled outfit with some very big players and there would be no easy games in store. The Red Team – they set out their stall from the start and had very good structure using a good forward pack to ruck everything and provide clean ball for the scrum half and this gave the opportunity to then spread the ball wide and make ground, they set up a strong ruck with a clear off side line and stopped Kilkenny from driving through, much credit to the hard working forwards who left nothing in the tank. Set piece was very good with a couple of tries being scored from clean ball of the scrum opening up the space out wide, The backs took the ball at pace and drew the man and off loaded to the runners in support, Credit to the lads it was probably their best game of the season, what did they learn, Kilkenny were a good side who were well able to meet them on the physical side but team work won out with players realising that if everyone defended the line , the success was stopping the opposition on the gain line, No one cared who got the tries and everyone cared about making their tackles and defending their own line! The green Team – the Green team had a much tougher day, we were missing a few players and even though we re mixed the teams a little to counter this they found it harder to get a structure in place, they started quite well and moved the ball around with purpose but Kilkenny played a very good high defensive line, and in a flash were up in our lines isolating players and wrapping them up so passes were very difficult and to drive through was equally tough, we lost a few balls to mauls where the ball was not being released, a play that Kilkenny had worked on and it was successful. This frustrated the players as we had lots of speed in this team but we just could not get the ball out to them, then our biggest problem started to occur we had 5-6 players rushing up out of defence and 5 players hanging back and this created two lines, leaving gaps all over the place, this can easily happen and Kilkenny were wise to this and then started a very good off loading game to their strike runners and when they broke the line they were away, What did we learn from this, without teamwork, structure and taking responsibility for your own place in the defensive line and talking to each other , it is impossible to hold a good side like Kilkenny, On Wednesday night at training we got all the players back in for a chat and we discussed what is covered in this piece, we praised the positive and identified the poorer aspects and then we broke into the two teams from Sunday, we had a few of the players who could not attend on Sunday back so they came back into the green team, The green team then worked on their defensive line and when they played the RED team, they ran a high defensive line and they swamped the RED scrum half and cut out the distribution out to their backs and basically corrected all the issues from Sunday, the result was a 5-3 victory for the Green team, a tough game but the Green team had a point to make and they sure did!!! We play blitzes to learn and this was a classic one to show that when we execute our game plan with teamwork skill and accuracy we can be very effective, if we don’t , you can lose shape quickly and it’s hard to get it back in a game situation, this was a great blitz for both teams as both teams got the same message from two different experiences!!!!!!!!!! "Experience is a cruel teacher, you get the experience first and learn the lesson afterwards". Credit to Kilkenny for hosting a very sporting and Enjoyable Blitz. (Ciaran Hickey)
U8 v Kilkenny - 5 March 2017
Kilkenny RFC was the venue for last week's u8 blitz. We had a turn out of twenty strong players to give there all for Enniscorthy team. Kilkenny also had twenty players, so it made for a great morning of rubgy. We warmed up and split the players into two teams with Timmy and Sarah Nolan coaching one team and Brian O'Shaughnessy and Declan Balfe coaching the other. As the first game evolved both teams were getting into the game quickly with some great running, tackling and link up play with their team mates: this style of great play continued right thought the morning with some great individual and team moves on display. It's mornings like this when you see all our players give there all out on the pitch that makes a wet Sunday morning training very far way. I'd like thank all the parents for their support and to Kilkenny for their great hospitality and sporting games. (Declan Balfe)
U12 v Naas and Clane - 18 February 2017
Our U12s played Naas and Clane at Forenaughts on 18 February and had some very competitive games. We came out honours even against Naas winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 2. We won both our first 2 games and then sat back a little which allowed them back into it which you can't do against stronger opposition. But these are the games we need to be playing to experience and learn lessons from. The lads defended very well in the first game and scored some lovely tries out wide but once the work rate dropped everything else followed suit. To be fair to the lads most of them gave their all for all the games but we need to get to a stage where they all give everything and after that we can't ask anymore. One team lost to Clane who fielded one strong team, so no shame there. (Bruce Chapman)
Sunday, 12 February, blitz v New Ross and Arklow
All teams at home this Sunday v New Ross and Arklow. More info on girls later - waiting on Arklow.
We really need parents to look after the car park next weekend please - we had great help at home last week looking after the hospitality and cleaning up after the bun rush and mucky boots, but we could have done with help in the car park also - head coaches to please ask parents for next Sunday. Thanks to all the parents who brought sandwiches and goodies last week - Wicklow also sent back a word of thanks for your generosity.
U7s last week
Blitz v Wicklow 29/01/2017
U7-10 Ross Road
U11-12 Ashtown Lane
The lads had a great blitz against Wicklow, possibly the most competitive of the season so far. Our boys acquitted themselves exceptionally well, we were really competitive in all aspects of the game scoring some great tries, our rucks were good and our tackling was very good. We are really starting to get the grips with the scrum half and out half role, moving the ball well from the set pieces and in open play. Overall a good outing. Well done to all our chaps. [Donal McGrath]
We had prepared for Blitz since our Christmas break and we had three teams selected 10 days in advance of the blitz and we gave these teams practice games against each other, these were competitive training matches implementing the skills from the training sessions. We had 33 players selected and Wicklow had 28 players, Wicklow opted to play only two teams and introduce subs from the rest of their squad of players. They had a very impressive line up in the forwards as a result and this showed in the games as they were very well drilled at the breakdown, once the tackle was made the forwards were in over to steal the ball and to prevent our players protecting the player on the ground and rucking over, the player on the ground could not play the ball and had to release once tackled, this made it very difficult for our players to dislodge the Wicklow player and very hard for our scrum half to get clean ball at the ruck out to the outhalf. Wicklow were very well drilled at this and it was frustrating for our players who were out in the backs looking to run the ball. Wicklow were also very good at protecting their own ruck and passing it out wide and this was testing for our backs to tackle Wicklow players coming at speed with ball in hand, there were and had to be several fantastic tackles from the ERFC players and this is one area we have instilled in the players, if we have no defence, we have nothing!! The pace of the game was high and energy sapping and with no subs for our teams who were in play, the lads got a strong run out in the games, testing our fitness levels. Wicklow's alignment was good with no real defensive gaps so there were no easy tries on the day. We play these blitzes to learn, so what did we learn, this was a testing blitz with two finely selected Wicklow teams, it was a tough game but the big positive was that the three evenly selected ERFC teams performed well in their own units, Our overall squad has improved and all players were able to take part and hold their own, they kept their shape and while they were under pressure, were still able to open up gaps and score tries, we will review the game with the players and look to increase our speed at the breakdown, to retain possession of our own ball at the ruck and to move the ball at a faster pace out wide. Credit to the players for their sportsmanship and Grit as it was a bitter cold day so the refreshments kindly provided by Wicklow RFC were very welcome. [Ciaran Hickey]
Our teams had an early start on Sunday, arriving in Wicklow for 9:15 on a cool damp morning. This didn't dampen their enthusiasm though as they flew out of the blocks scoring numerous tries before their hosts knew they were in a game. A good habit to get into!! Their offloading and support play was super throughout all games with players really starting to see the benefits of drawing in defenders to release players outside. Three of the four games were won comfortably with the fourth game won by a try; but in fairness that team realised that they had stopped doing their own jobs and just wanted to carry the ball, which is understandable. We were missing about 8 players so everyone got plenty of game time which is what they all need and want. Overall, great rugby and the lads had plenty of fun. Nice hospitality in Wicklow and thanks to the parents for travelling. We're playing Naas in 2 weeks and have a few tougher matches lined up for March which will bring on this fine group of young men further. Well done again lads. [Bruce Chapman]
Health Promotion Policy:
As a club we have always been proud of rugby as a sport which promotes and is a significant part of a healthy lifestyle. The Committee was also aware that we did not have a policy endorsing and giving official encouragement to health promotion, as many other clubs already do. The club has now enacted a 'Health Promotion Policy' and will be launching this policy on Friday, 17 February, 8-9pm in the Clubhouse. We will have three speakers on the night - more details to follow, on topics such as mental health, sport as a healthy lifestyle choice, and drug awareness. We are hoping that our adult members, senior players, club coaches from U7 to 1st XV, and parents of underage players will join us for the launch and information night.
All mini rugby coaches must refresh themselves on the protocol around concussion - http://www.irbplayerwelfare.com/concussion
U12s v Wexford, Friday 13/01/2017
Our u12s played Wexford under lights last Friday night at home and had a great evenings rugby. It was extremely cold so we played 2 x twenty minute 12-a-side games each and 1 twenty minute 15-a-side game. This allowed most players to get at least 40 mins of rugby with some getting up to 60 mins (pushing player welfare to the limit!!!!) The lads got on very well in the 12-a-side games, winning all comfortably with some great team tries. It's good to see them looking to offload a lot more before contact and keep the ball alive. There was some lovely passing from turnovers leading to a few super tries. With a good bit more work on passing and alignment this team has great potential. To be fair to Wexford they were missing three of their stronger players which is a lot at this level and would have made a big difference. Wexford rallied strongly for the 15-a-side game and played with great intent throughout, leading 3 tries to 1 at half time. Enniscorthy came into it a bit more in the second half scoring 2 fine tries leaving the final score level at 3 all. We certainly learned a lot from these games with Wexford's better alignment both in defence and attack proving very effective. Our lads had trained the previous evening also, so their hard work on fitness is now starting to show. We're off to Tullow this Saturday to play a strong Naas team and Tullow, which will give us a good idea where we are at for next year. Well done lads and a big thank you to the parents for the great spread of food put on in the clubhouse afterwards and to all who helped with preparing and tidying up. [Bruce Chapman]
U11s v Tullow, Black Gates, 11/12/2016 - by Ciaran Hickey
We had three teams in action on Sunday and Tullow fielded two. Each ERFC team played two games and had one rest period to avoid having any subs on the side line. The three teams were three equal teams and Tullow even commented on this fact that as they played the different teams, they knew they were different but they played with the same type of approach and intensity. This is credit to the players and the hard work they have been putting in at training over the many weeks. From the kick off, great shape, two lines, ball cleanly fielded and then forward momentum until tackled, in some cases the tackles were not there and players ran in, this showed a lot of confidence to run at the Tullow line! Natural ability, speed and some great feet on show! When our lads did come into contact, they were automatically looking for the player on their shoulder to offload, they were drawing in a few Tullow players and then when the space looked to be on, offload to the runners. When they had to go to ground, two players over through the gate, to protect our player, better ball for the scrum half and a line to pass the ball out across the line, when it went out wide Tullow had no defence for this play. When we went tight a few times and made a target out of ourselves, Tullow were well able to cope with it, players saw this and were calling for the ball to go out into the space!! This is something that we worked on in training, the ability to switch play from side to side quickly to create space for players to run into, to run onto the pass rather than receiving it standing still. Our tackling was very good, players moved up well and gave Tullow very little time to move the ball before we were in their lines, this made our tackling into offence rather than defence, the clean out or jackal of the ball was impressive with plenty of turnovers. Set piece: there were several scrums, our lads seemed a little uncomfortable with the small shove as this is one area where Tullow would appear to have done a little more but the speed at which we got the ball away into space was impressive and a great platform for attack. Line outs: we were stealing a lot of line out ball, I would not like to see the TMO for a few of them our lads are fond of a step in at the tail, have to work on this a bit!! For us the whole game was about composure and accuracy, when we had the ball players looked very confident and knew what to do, A combination of playing a few blitzes but also the game focused training, we were making decisions and most of the time the right ones!! Some of the training sessions are like the most competitive blitzes you will find! Communication: they are starting to talk to each other, little chats like when you carry I will be on your shoulder for the offload, there is a respect among them for each other, not the most technical but it helps if they have their buddies with them on the team so we have been working on this with team building training sessions kindly assisted by Luke Byrne Snr, these sessions are getting them to bond together and also have a laugh which is very important. Credit to Tullow, they played the rules to a T and this allowed us to use the skills we have been working on, this is always a great blitz for us as Tullow have a very similar philosophy to the game and played in a very relaxed and hospitable atmosphere. (Ciaran Hickey)
ERFC Eagles v Wicklow and Arklow, 11/12/2016
The Eagles are at home v Wicklow and Arklow, KO 10:30 at Ross Road, this Sunday 11th December.
Blitz v Tullow
This blitz is away at Tullow on SUNDAY 11th, not as previously stated on Saturday 10th.
Car pooling at Ross Road, 08:45 - 09:00.
Enniscorthy Eagles Cake Sale
The Eagles (mini girls) will be holding a cake sale on 3 December. Please support.
Mini Girls Blitz, Wicklow, 19/11/16
Wicklow RFC hosted a mini girls blitz on a fresh, but thankfully dry and windless autumnal morning on 19/11/2016. There were some South East clubs in attendance in the form of Enniscorthy, Arklow, Tullow and hosts, Wicklow. Skerries and Portarlington travelled from further afield. With some clubs only introducing separate mini girls sections this season and other clubs having played it for a couple of seasons now there was understandably quite a variety of skills on display.
There were 2 blitzes run in tandem, u10s and u12s. Enniscorthy, Arklow and Wicklow u10 teams started off the morning making up 4 teams and playing a round robin of touch games, just to get themselves warmed up before they played a second round of contact games, all well-controlled by the coaches and refs. With Arklow and Enniscorthy only setting up girls teams this season and all the Wicklow u10s new to rugby, it was a great learning experience for players and coaches alike. Even though these girls are new to rugby there was some good rugby played and many promising athletes showing off their skills, some of it to the pleasant surprise of their coaches and parents. All the u10 girls seemed to have a lot of fun on the day and hopefully they will return to their clubs enthused for the next couple of weeks' practices and maybe they'll try encourage their peers to come and play the game as all these clubs try grow their mini girls departments.
The u12 blitz was made up of Tullow, Skerries, Portarlington and 2 home teams playing in 5-team round robin. Skerries, Wicklow and Portarlington have well established mini girls sections with fine young players and good coaching crews. Tullow, having only started a mini girls section this season have been putting in a lot of work on the practice field since August and it showed on the day as they competed well against the other 3 "more established" clubs. The u12 games were played at a high tempo with good skill levels in all departments including tackling, rucking, passing decision making, evasion and just some good old individual speed, agility and quickness. The were some strong tackles made, but with the pitches set up to allow for lots of space this was exploited and loads of tries were scored by all teams.
The morning ended with all players, parents and coaches heading into the clubhouse for some yummy refreshments and in-depth discussions of the state of the future of women's rugby in Ireland. Pretty healthy judging from what was on display in the Garden County on the 19th. Wicklow RFC thanked all the clubs who travelled from near and far to attend. All our girls had a great time and we look forward to receiving more invites to attend blitzes throughout the season, and to hopefully hosting one at Ross Road also. [Jane Mythen]
One in five subs remain outstanding. Please contact your coach to register and pay the subscription. You can see the major improvements that have taken place in the car park and also the new gear purchased for the minis - the sub is just under €2 per week. Thank you.
Welcome to new coaches
Welcome to our new coaches:
U7 Tony Byrne
U8 Adrian Harris
U8 Brian O'Shaughnessy
U11 Killian Lett
and to some very familiar faces who are back coaching minis, for which we're very grateful - James Doyle whose twins started U7, and Dougie Kidd, who is giving great help with the U9s.
Thanks to all our coaches who continue to be very generous with their time.
Blitz v Gorey, 13/11/2016
The U7s hosted Gorey at home last Sunday morning. The pitches where fair to middling making conditions perfect for the morning events. We had 3 pitches full with budding stars giving it their all for every game. Each team played at least 3 mini games, with an unbelievable amount of draws the overall result. Thank you to all the parents and children for supporting the day, with a special note of appreciation to all those helping out in the kitchen and the car park - everyone returned home safe and full!! (Jonathan Downey)
Enniscorthy u8 squad had 30 players in total. Gorey travelled down with 24. We split the players into 3 strong teams with Timmy Nolan,Brian O'Shaughnessy and Adrian Harris coaching each team. The players put in a great effort with some great running, passing and tackling in their matches. It's great to see our players using the skills and techniques that we practice in training every week. All in all we had three strong teams playing great rubgy against strong opposition from Gorey. Thanks to all the mammies for the baking and sandwiches and for the tea/coffee afterwards and thanks also to our car park attendants. (Declan Balfe)
Our U9s did very well against Gorey at home. Unfortunately, Gorey only turned up with about 15 players - we had about 30, so we played 3 games at a time, 8 against 8 in two games and our own lads playing against each other in the 3rd game. So, most of our lads only got 2 games and some even less. Our chaps appeared much stronger than Gorey also, so we had to take it a bit easy, which was grand. The coaches were very impressed with our chaps whose skill level is increasing on a week-by-week basis. Great players - all we need now is good opposition in decent numbers. (Donal McGrath) We will make contact with the opposition in good time in future to see what numbers they have and see if we can draft in another club to make up the numbers. Rathdrum were supposed to come but backed out, which was a pity. (JH)
The U12s travelled to Clonattin for a blitz v Gorey and Wicklow.
We had 34 players travel up which was our best numbers at an away blitz so far and great to see. We fielded 2 teams who played 3 games each coming out on top in all games. Again some great team and individual tries were scored. Our rucking was very good and our off-loading is starting to appear, but will improve over the coming weeks as we spend more time at it. Still work to do on our support play also, but overall a very pleasing days rugby with different lads stepping up every game and new leaders starting to emerge. Thanks very much to the parents for travelling. (Bruce Chapman)
Eagles v Tullow at Black Gates, 13/11/16
The Enniscorthy Eagles (Mini Girls) Rugby Team made their debut last
weekend at Tullow Rugby Football Club. The girls divided into an U8 and
U12 team and faced Tullow as their first ever opponents. The girls
performed excellently with fantastic displays of passing, defending and
running. We also saw some really good tackling and team work. The girls
finished off their days with delicious treats prepared by their number
one supporters ... their parents. A big thank you to all those who
travelled and for the parents bringing some treats to top off the day!
We hope to host Tullow in Enniscorthy in the near future. This weekend
will see the Eagles taking part in a minis girls rugby festival in
Wicklow which will allow them further opportunities to develop their
rugby skills. (Jane Mythen)
This is great news for the girls and their coaches - Jane and her
husband, Ross Barbour have been giving great time to the girls over the
past two years, with help last year also from Ruth and Amy - and
finally, there are enough numbers around the SE to finally have some
matches. However, more help is needed: we can't expect Ross and Jane to
do this all by themselves, so please, put your name forward to help
with coaching. You don't have to be available every Sunday and you
don't have to be Joe Schmidt. (Jack Hennessy)
Under 11s, Donnybrook, 13 November 2016
The U11s went to Donnybrook to play a blitz against Old Wesley and Tallaght. Report from C. Hickey below.
U11 Blue Team
Oisin Stafford, Conor O Brien, Danny Kervick, Kevin Barron, Cian Bolger, Eamonn Asple, Conor Somers, Pauric Doyle, Danny Fortune, Kyle Curran, Coach - Cormac Downes.
This was a fantastic opportunity for our lads to experience top of the range facilities both on the pitch and off the pitch. They were not intimidated by this at all and were a credit to themselves and the club in how they behaved and how they went about their business ....playing rugby.
Our first game was against a light on their feet side from Tallaght RFC. This was a fast moving game with their backs running at us throughout the game, and took some brave tackling to keep them at bay. Full credit to our guys they used the additional tackle training over the past 3 weeks to full effect.
Our second game against a big physical Wesley team took a change in game plan from us to compete in what was a very physical game. Our rucking was well up to their standard and we competed bravely at times to turn over ball on three occasions. Our speed on the ball allowed our guys to use the width of the pitch to their advantage, and assisted by some excellent passing, changed the game around.
All in all our lads gave a great account of themselves and used their speed and strength to compete with 2 very well drilled sides. The smiles on their faces coming off the pitch said it all, they had enjoyed what was a good tough clean competition and played a very high standard of rugby with skill and determination.
U11 Red Team
Arthur Ashmore, Patrick Cox, Stephen Doran, Sean Downes, Conal Doyle, Sean Doyle, Eoin Hickey, Colin Ivers, James McHugh, Corey W Murphy, Mikie Reck, Coach - Kent Ashmore
The Red Team had 2 matches against 2 well drilled Old Wesley sides. Our first match was somewhat slow to start and we ended up with a draw. That said the performance was of a very high standard with the training emphasis on tackling really coming through. The rucking was also top class with the quality of presentation of the ball to the scrum half excellent.
This spilled over into the second match where our backs really cut loose and used the space in front of them letting the ball do the work - there were several wing to wing passing plays , 2 of which ended up with a score giving them the advantage in the match.
All of this was down to the hard work of all the players showing a huge level of commitment at the breakdown and bringing what we are coaching into a match situation. The highlight of the second game being the last try whereby we turned over the ball on our own line and the ball went through the entire team and ended up in a score at the other end - thrilling to watch.
Finally, to see leaders emerge taking ownership of different situations on the field was fantastic to witness.
Well done all as the teamwork shone through.
U11 Green Team
James Fanning, Luke Byrne,Fionn Doyle, Zack Creane, Max Horan, Ryan Bailey, Gary Power, Eoin Cloke, Aaron Whiting, James Browne, Jack Foley, Coach - Ian Bailey.
The Green team is very similar to the first report playing the Old Wesley side first in a tough physical encounter where the lads had to dig in with the tackling, tackling a bag is one thing, an Old Wesley team is another so great experience, credit to the Wesley backs, they were running on to the gain line well able to side step and manoeuvre so our lads had to work a good line defence to hold them.
Their defence was up very quick smothering any player who tried to make a run through, this meant that the lads had no option but to pass it out across the line to get a break and even at that they were closing this down also. Scoring chances were hard fought but well deserved team tries.
The huge positive from this was that there was no hiding place on the pitch and players really stepped up and got stuck into the game, and to echo the other reports training field work was brought to the match.
We played a few players in different positions to give them the experience of this and they acquitted themselves well and we will now analyse the blitz to take lessons from it to future games.
We had 32 of our 36 players playing in this blitz, a fantastic turnout, and much thanks to all the parents in the group for their hard work and continued support!! Thank you to the coaching team also, not everyone could travel but the hard work on the wet Wednesday nights was very much on show on the day.
U12s v Rathoath, RDS, 29/10/16
Our U12s had a very busy and enjoyable day last Saturday. We were invited to play at half time in the RDS at the Leinster v Connacht game, but with only 18 players allowed on the pitch and 35 in the squad we decided to play a blitz on the way up to keep everyone involved. Cill Dara very kindly hosted us at short notice so we got to play Cill Dara and Newbridge with both our teams. We got on very well against Cill Dara winning both games comfortably with some super running from the wide backs who constantly looked to keep the ball alive. Newbridge were much tougher opposition and a very well drilled side with threats in tight and out wide. Despite many mysterious refereeing decisions and Enniscorthy playing with two teams to their one, our lads gave a good account of themselves losing both games 5-3 and 5-2 respectively. We'll learn a lot from those games and with plenty of work on offloading and realignment we'll continue to improve.
We headed to the RDS in the afternoon and had a great time there meeting some of the players, including Wexford's Tadgh Furlong who was very good to the lads. The Mammies got plenty of photo's and selfies with the Kearney brothers, so everyone was happy. We picked a mixed ability team to play Rathoath who were also a good outfit, and it was very pleasing to see how competitive we were against them. Some of the lads had their best game ever in an Enniscorthy jersey and hopefully, this will give them the confidence to push on. They got a great reception coming off the pitch and that will live long in their memories. Thanks again to all the parents who travelled and helped us out. All in all a great squad and a family day out. [Bruce Champman]
Girls Mini Rugby
The interest in the minis girls team is increasing all the time with approximately 16-18 girls up a training every Sunday morning. Last weekend we had the pleasure of being coached by the Irish Women's Rugby Coach Declan O'Brien who shared both his knowledge and enthusiasm about rugby. The girls really enjoyed all the games. The week before last we set ourselves a very important task picking a new name for the girls. Last year we had went by 'Pink Pandas' but thinking about it this year we thought is sounded cute and cuddly so we needed something more fierce! An unanimous decision was made to rebrand ourselves as the Enniscorthy Eagles!
We are constantly on the look out for new players to join us! So, if there are any girls between the ages of 7-12 wishing to come and give it a try, join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30am. [Jane Mythen-Barbour]
Match reports from blitz v Wicklow RFC, 22/10/16
Excellent display from the Enniscorthy future stars at the Wicklow blitz. They U7 team where delighted to run in a few scores and the superb mentoring from Joe Jewison and Tony Byrne proved way too much for the opposition. The team were excited to flag their away jerseys and get a photo with some of the Wicklow team. Thanks to the Wicklow team for the warm welcome and food supplies. Thank you to all the parents in support on the day. [J Downey]
Enniscorthy u8 squad had 21 players travelling to Wicklow which made up three strong teams. The players have come on leaps and bounds since the last blitz against Wexford a few weeks ago. They put in some excellent passing and tackling on the day. It was a great morning of rubgy. We had 3 great games against strong opposition in Wicklow. [D Balfe]
We had two teams in action on Saturday v Wicklow and they were playing two teams from Wicklow RFC, they played 10 mins a side and they played two games each. We were building on our last blitz with designated forwards and backs and full set piece rules were followed at both line out and scrum. There were no coaches on the field and players had to organise themselves throughout the game. We knew from the kick off that we were in a game with Wicklow being very fast up with line speed and we had not much space to operate in, our lads struggled bit at first with this but as the game went on and the lines of communication and passing started to fire we found some rhythm and got back into the match. Wicklow had some fast runners and we found from the kick offs if we were not chasing up , they had too much time and space to run at us. This was Wicklow’s fifth blitz and I think it told the story of the day, that they were far more used to the game situation than we were and their coaches agreed that the blitzes really brought players on. We return to training on the key aspects: (1) Territory – if we kick, we must chase and close down the space; (2) Possession – this was good on the day with players running onto the gain line taking the ball at speed, when they were tackled the rucking over was fantastic with a couple of steals at ruck also; and (3) Tackling- this is where we struggled a bit, the bigger pitch and allowing players to get too much time and speed before the tackle, this is an area we will be targeting in the next few weeks as defence is everything. All in all a great day out against quality opposition, well done to all involved. [C Hickey]
The lads had a great run out on Saturday last playing a well-drilled Wicklow side at home in Ross Road. From the start the home side's forwards put in some fine tackles stopping a very strong running visiting team and really worked hard in the break downs to protect our own ball and win some nice turnovers, scoring a few fine team tries and setting up good ball for the backs. The backs had a few good line breaks, also running good lines and passing along the line out to the wings to the speedsters. A great team effort in both attack and defence saw them winning both games comfortably. Well done lads keep up the good team work. [Lions team - E Whelan]
Our U12s played 2 games against Wicklow and competed well in both. They scored some great team and individual tries. We started the 1st game very well running in 4 tries in 10 mins with everyone playing their part and working as a team. With all these tries going it was only natural we soon had 5 out-halves and no one to win the ball!!! (a scrum-half's nightmare). Wicklow thankfully scored 2 good team tries to re-focus us. Second game was won 5 tries to 3 with some lovely passing and selfless off-loads when the try line was beckoning. Well done lads and roll on Cill Dara and the RDS. [Barbarians team - B Chapman]
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Important Note to Parents of Minis
Parents/Guardians – please note:
Throughout the course of the season the mini/youth players at Enniscorthy RFC may:
• be contacted through text, e-mail or social media or by their coach regarding training, matches, etc.;
• have their photograph taken as part of team or action photographs; and
• be transported to away matches by other parents in private cars.
If a parent or guardian does not wish a player to be included in or avail of the above activities, they should notify the youth/mini coordinator or the player's coach.
Please inform the head coach of your child’s age group of any medical conditions which may require special attention.
Enniscorthy RFC is not responsible for providing adult supervision for your child except for formal age-grade coaching, matches and competitions.
Important Note re. Insurances:
Parents/Guardians are advised to take out a Pupil Personal Accident Policy for their child(ren), as the Club insurance only provides cover in very specific circumstances with many conditions attached. (For example, Allianz provides such a policy through schools and on their website.)
Mini News 07/10/2016
1. Blitz v Wexford and Arklow
Many thanks to all the parents for their help at home with the blitz last weekend. Parents very kindly brought sandwiches and 'goodies', and looked after the clubhouse and the car parking also.
Match reports from coaches are as follows:
On a lovely sunny morning in Wexford, the Red Team had three very competitive games, scoring very well to win two games. From the 14 players on the panel there were some excellent performances on the day and Lee Quigley, Robbie Chapman, Cian Dobbs and Seán Doyle stood out with some excellent passing and tackling and a stand-out moment was when Joe Doyle ran onto a cross field kick from Robbie Chapman and scored a great try in the corner (after some amazing coaching from Colin Cahill!!). The team put in some good running and passing movements on the day and are looking forward to their next blitz.
The U12 Black Team played 2 Wexford teams and the Arklow team, winning all 3 matches very well. The wider pitch really seems to be suiting our lads with some great trys being scored by Dannan Long, Ryan Whelan, Adam Nolan and Jack Hennessy to name just a few. The forwards on the day did a great job winning balls at the rucks and scrummaging well to release the ball to the waiting backs. Maylin Cueto, Seán Guiney, TJ Moran and Philip Kearns put in huge team performances on the day. All in all we had 3 great team wins against strong opposition. [C Cahill & N Moran]
The under 11s fielded two teams for this our first blitz, we had a large number of players finishing off their GAA season at several blitzes. This was our first blitz where we had 10 players per team and the much bigger pitch. The players had been training well in the last few weeks before the blitz and were ready for both of these challenges, we were particularly pleased with a couple of well executed team trys where the ball travelled through the hands from one wing to the other after a few phases and then finished with a try on the wing, this was our objective with players working well together and the scrum-half/ out-half combinations bearing results.
Great to see skills we worked a lot on last season still working well with great tackling and competing at the ruck. Much credit to Wexford and Arklow for a very sporting fixture and very well organised with the pitches very well laid out and in great condition. [C Hickey]
Enniscorthy U10’s had 23 players in total, Wexford came with 21 and Arklow with 12. We split the team into three, John Young, Tim Greig and Zane Soraine ran the three teams.
The players have come on leaps and bounds this season. Finding space, passing well and made some really important tackles. There are a couple of areas I’d like us to focus on one is the ruck, too many times there are more than three players in it and to stop players from bunching up. So we’ll focus on these areas during our next training session. All of the kids enjoyed the day (the sunshine helped) there was a few knocks but nothing serious and we had Dave Bolger on hand for first aid. Feedback from Wexford and Arklow was very positive and looking forward to welcoming Enniscorthy in the coming months. [Z Soraine]
9s got on well. No injuries. We had about 26 players. Dvided into three groups. All went great and we enjoyed the blitz. [S Ennis]
The U8s had a great morning of rubgy. We had 30 players turning up - Wexford had 24 players so we played three games of 8-a-side, rotating teams every 15 minutes. Some super rubgy played by both sides for the first game of the season. The coaches and parents were really impressed by our lads, especially for their first game tackling! Great day - looking forward to the rest of the matches! [D Balfe]
The U7s are mighty men - we have a big crew with some lads from last year - our seasoned veterans, and the rest just joined. It was amazing to watch them playing, having fun and getting to understand some basic elements about the ball going back when passing, etc. We had 3 great teams of 9 and played 3 good games against Wexford. Then we all came in an demolished the buns and cakes brought in by our generous parents. Great craic! [J Doyle]
2. Godfrey Hill Blitz [POSTPONED]
ERFC Minis (7/8/10/12) are invited to the Godfrey Hill Blitz which is due to take place in New Ross on 15th October - more info later today to the coaches. New Ross never have a category for 9s or 11s. Original email said blitz was in November. Short notice, but info is going out to the coaches later today. [POSTPONED]
3. Leinster v Connacht - U12 Exhibition Game
Our U12s are invited by Leinster Rugby to participate in a half-time exhibition match -v- Rathoath RFC in the RDS, Saturday 29th October 2
Mini News 29/09/2016
1. Coaching the coaches
We had a great coaching session last Sunday after training, from 12 til 230pm with Derek Maybury and Declan O'Brien of Leinster for all the mini coaches. The feedback was excellent. Thanks to Declan O'Brien and John Murphy for organising.
First club blitz takes place next weekend, Sunday 2nd October.
U7 & u8 at home -v- Wexford Wanderers [Ross Road].
u9 & u10 at home -v- Wexford Wanderers + Arklow [Ross Road].
U11/12 AWAY -v- Wexford Wanderers + Arklow [Park Lane].
Girls - provisionally at home v Arklow ... waiting to hear back from Arklow ... Wexford have no girls playing rugby. Otherwise, training for girls at home.
All games KO 1030 sharp.
If parents of the 7/8/9/10s could bring some sandwiches and goodies, and of course help out, it would be much appreciated. Help is needed please - to get the place ready and to clean up afterwards and leave the clubhouse and plinth in good condition. Help needed with car park safety also.
3. U12s in Ashbourne
Our U12s had a great trip up to Ashbourne and Tayto Park last weekend. We had 2 teams who played 4 matches each against Ashbourne and UL Bohemians. We won 7 and drew 1 coming back from 4 - 0 down, but more importantly the lads played some great attacking rugby with most of the scores coming from the wings. They defended very well, also much to the frustration of the bigger opposition players. We set up camp then on the front pitch in Ashbourne (much to the frustration of SPUD!) and went to watch the 1sts in action and saw them having a good win after a slow start. A big thanks to the firsts for photos at the end. The lads played astro soccer till 12.30am just to unwind after the rugby .... and we had a little bit of varied singing thrown in as well. We headed to Tayto Park the next morning and the lads really enjoyed themselves there led by the bravery of the coaching staff - see photo below ... All-in-all, a good way to kick off the season and get the lads bonding. Thanks to the parents who travelled also for all their help.
Next Sunday, 9th October is Registration Day. Coaches are to ensure that they have one responsible parent from their age grade who will look after registration - to be there on the day to take in subs and issue receipts, and to then follow-up with those who miss the Registration Day. All subs are now due.
Mini News 22/09/2016
Mini Rugby News
Our U11s took part in a Junior Hell & Back Obstacle Course in Kilruddery, Bray on Sunday, 11 September. The coaches tell us that this was a great team building exercise, especially as the players supported each other around the course in groups. It was a 2.5km course - all the players enjoyed it so much they all went for a second run around the course! There was great support from parents and family who were spectators along the route to cheer on the players. Well done to all involved and the u11 coaches who organised it.
Photo of U11s at Hell and Back
Our U12s are off to Ashbourne this week for a blitz, overnight stay and a trip to Tayto Park. They'll be in pole position to cheer on the 1st and 2nd XV on Saturday. Parents and guardians - ensure that you sign the consent forms and return them to Bruce Chapman before departing. No player will be permitted to travel without the consent form being signed. Don't forget gumshields and have fun!
First club blitz takes place next weekend, Sunday 2nd October.
U7/8/9/10 at home -v- Wexford Wanderers [Ross Road].
U11/12 AWAY -v- Wexford Wanderers [Park Lane].
All games KO 1030 sharp.
A provisional list of blitzes will be published on the club website this weekend.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR COACHES: Leinster a sending down a mini rugby specialist coach this Sunday to retrain and help improve coaching skills among mini coaches. This training will take place from 12 to 2 on Sunday 25 September. This is a fantastic opportunity and all coaches are requested by the Director of Rugby to attend. Many thanks to Spud and Declan O'Brien for organising this sepcialist training.
We need more parents to volunteer please - as coaches, to help with collection of subs, helping with refreshments, etc. Please don't expect everyone else to do it for you - give some time please. We have lots of new gear for training this year. This is now handed out and is being put to good use by our coaches. I have a few more size 3 and 4 balls to hand out this weekend also - as mentioned to the coaches.
Mini Rugby - contact details
U7: James Doyle, Head Coach
U7: Jonathan Downey, Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
U8: Declan Balfe, Head Coach, email@example.com
U9: Donal McGrath, Head Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
U10: Zane Soraine, Head Coach, email@example.com
U11: Ciaran Hickey, Head Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
U12: Bruce Chapman, Head Coach, email@example.com
Girls: Jane Barbour, Head Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini Rugby Coordinator: Jack Hennessy, email@example.com
Sundays, 10:30 - 12 noon for U7 to U12, except when blitzes are scheduled.
U12s also train on Thursday nights from 6:20pm to 7:20pm.
U11s also train on Wednesday nights from 6:20pm to 7:20pm.