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Calling all Rugby Parents!
Don't keep buying new boots every few months as your child outgrows theirs - join the Boomerang Boot Club!
The Boomerang Boot Club
For the 2012-2013 Season, Westport Bulls will be introducing the Boomerang Boot Club. It is open to any member of the club and provides a way of getting a little extra mileage from those very expensive football boots that were bought only a couple of months ago and are now outgrown or abandoned for some other reason!
The idea is to facilitate a boot exchange whereby you can bring in pair of clean boots in good condition and take away another pair at no cost. You can keep on doing this as many times as you like.
If you don't have a pair of boots to exchange you can buy your first pair from the Boomerang Boot Club and exchange them at any time for another pair at no further cost. Boots will cost €10 per pair and this money will go to directly fund equipment.
If you have any good condition boots that have been outgrown or are simply surplus to requirement and you would like to donate them, we would love to take them off your hands. The more boots we have in the Boot Club the better chance our members have of finding a suitable pair to either buy or exchange.
The Boomerang Boot Club will be open from the beginning of August. Details will be posted on this website.
This Boot Club will reduce for parents and players some of the costs associated with playing rugby, it will reduce the amount of wasted resources through recycling and will benefit all members of the club through the raising of additional funds.
What goes around, comes around with the Boomerang Boot Club!
Boot donations can be dropped into Simon at Living @ Liberties, Westport Quay or call him on 086 392 0600 and alternative arrangements can be made. Please ensure all donations are clean and tidy and in good condition.

July 2012 - Anthony Finnegan

June 2012 - Deaglan O’Riain

May 2012 - Aoife Joyce

April 2012 - JP Walsh

March 2012 - John Ryan

February 2012 - Iarla Moran

January 2012 - Iarla Moran

December 2011 - Lyndon Jones


Members and supporters are the lifeblood of any club and your Club needs you now probably more than ever to ensure that our future is a successful one.


Westport Rugby Club has an exciting future ahead with ambitious plans for our Senior, Youth, Girls and Mini sections to keep ‘The Bulls’ at the forefront as a prosperous community club.  There has never been a better time to become a member of the most dynamic rugby club in the West.


Please become a Full Member of Westport Rugby and play an important role in helping to support, sustain and grow your Club.  

Being a Full Member brings a host of benefits.

v  Membership of the 100 Club (monthly free draw with 500 cash prize)

v  Access to International ticket applications

v  Voting rights for one adult member at AGM / EGM

v  Use our wonderful changing and playing facilities

v  Year round use of the Clubhouse Bar

v  Free admission to all 1st XV home matches (including cup or special games)

v  Free parking at the ground on match days

v  10% discount on Club Merchandise 


In addition the Club will also be entering into partnering arrangements with a host of local suppliers who will offer discounts to Club Members on a wide range of goods and services. 


All this for just 15 a month!


By becoming .a member of Westport Rugby Club you become part of a family, whether your involvement is playing, coaching or watching rugby.


Not only do you stand a chance of winning a 500 cash prize each month and have access to International tickets your membership is designed to reward your involvement and importantly, ensures you are advised of social events, important games etc 





Head Coach - TBC


All things U16 will go here.  We are waiting on full report of  their 2011-2012 Season and some photos of them in action.






Westport U-15’s Rugby Report Season 2011/2012

 • Started off the season under new head coach Des Reidy

 •First game was a friendly at home to Galwegians. Good game, good performance and a narrow victory

 •Our league consisted of: Tuam Ballaghaderran Ballyhaunis Carrick on Shannon Claremorris entered but did not field a team

 • Unfortunately all the league games proved to be very one sided with big victories against all

 • The lack of completion was a disappointment, however it did allow experimentation Players in different positions Different players

• To compensate we tried to organise additional friendly games, however due to the poor weather and a backlog of games we were only able to secure one additional game, an away match to Castlebar. This game was arranged for a Friday night under floodlights. Unfortunately unknown to us it clashed with a teenage disco at the clubhouse & we ended up travelling with an under strength squad. We were beaten, but given the players we were missing the performance was decent.

• The semi final of the league saw us play Monivea at home. Despite playing well, especially against a strong wind in the first half we lost to the eventual league winners on a score line of 12 to 19.

• The cup draw gave us a home draw vs. Ballina. Injuries to key players during the game but especially ill discipline (two players sent off) saw us lose a game we should have won on a score line of 21 to 24.

• This game was to be Sean Ryder’s (out half) and Ryan Moran’s last game of the season, out through injury. Thankfully both are now fully recovered.

• The draw for the plate saw us go away to Loughrea. Despite some difficulties before the game – Des directing the Bus to Ballinsloe and a few questionable referee decisions during the match, victory was secured by 33 points to 17.

 • The next round saw us host Connemara. Despite missing many players through injury (4 of the normal back line) we were the better team only to give away two sloppy tries and eventually lose on a score line of 28 points to 21. This game ended our season.

• Season Stats.: Played 10 Won 6 Lost 4

• Overall a mixed campaign but with the aid of Junior Cup campaign in Rice College, more luck with injuries & better discipline the team can be very competitive in 2012/2013.

• Finally and most importantly to thanks the key people that helped in a big way last season: Des Reidy supported by Alan Cusack, Mattie Bourke & Martin Kennedy and further aided by Daren Madden, Paul McAleer and Willie McDonagh for their coaching, patients and good humour The referees: The branch referees and especially the local lads, Bobby Hanaghran, Stanley Bourke & Paul McAleer The ladies: Mary McNicholas, Honor Ryder, Agnes & Valerie Sammon, Patricia & Jacqueline Prendergast, Carmel Stauton & Regina McCormack for their work in providing food for all home matches. Michael Heneghan who, like every other year I have been involved, provides huge support with organising food etc. for home matches. Stanley for keeping us informed and for helping to organise buses, referees, etc. The 26 players ,all fully paid up, for their dedication, commitment, skill and humour.


Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of Westport Girls U16 Rugby.  Contact any of the coaches, look it up on-line, talk to friends, check out facebook, phone the President but do whatever you can to become a part of the team.  Don't wait to be asked, it's all there waiting for you!


We at Westport can pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve when it comes to Girls’ Rugby having successfully fielded Age Grade and Minis teams for a couple of seasons now.

The IRFU Youth committee has noted that In other parts there is still some resistance and little support in clubs for Girls’ rugby. At these clubs their lack of awareness of ‘belonging in Rugby’ at club and Branch as well as “outdated attitudes” to women in sport – particularly rugby – slows the process of integration down significantly.

Not so at Westport Bulls!

Fortunately for us we have a club and a committee that are 100% behind Girls’ rugby and they share our huge enthusiasm and desire in becoming part of the “rugby family” and they recognise the role women and girls will have in the future of not only Westport Bulls RFC but also Connacht and Irish Rugby.

A meeting was held on 20th June in Castlebar that looked to further integrate Girls’ rugby in Connacht and this demonstrates the level of commitment the IRFU is putting behind it.

Issues identified and discussed included:

Date of Eligibility & Age Categories

Regulations and Variations

Coach Education

Long Term Player Development pathway

Support of Development Staff

Awareness of Girls’ Rugby

Season Plan, Fixtures & Geographical Challenges


2012-2013 will see an exciting time for Girls’ Age Grade rugby and Westport will again lead from the front through representation at club and provincial level.

Coaching and other resources are being identified to meet the increased demand and to ensure that Westport Bulls Girls’ rugby continues to be No. 1 in Connacht!


Girls Dates for the first part of the Season are as follows:

October 6th 2012 - Ballina

November 3rd 2012 - Westport

December 1st 2012 - Galwegians

January 12th 2013 - Claremorris

more dates will be announced before Christmas and hope to include Tuam, South Sligo and Castlebar.


As pre- season training begins, Connacht have revealed their 1st choice Front Row for the 2012-2013 Season.  The new IRFU approved headgear has had a mixed reception but the two versions on show here seem popular with the players.  Asked to comment on the size difference between the players a spokesman stated '...as long as Henry can lose the neccessary weight we don't see it as a problem...'


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