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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 

 

 

 

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Head Coach - TBC

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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End of Season Review 2011/2012

Our season started with 27 registered players and a winter that did not know how to stop raining for the first few weeks. The big change for us this year, was getting used to the full pitch and everyone having a position. We continued with our Wednesday night session, which proved helpfull as we missed a few weekend fixtures due to the bad weather. A special thank you to the players for turning up on those nights, when it was easier stay at home.

The League started with games against Sligo, Galwegians , Corinthians , Ballina and Castlebar to name a few. Then onto the cup, in which we got to the quarter final stages against Castlebar who beat us by 10 – 7 with a nerve racking last ten minutes! The players have worked hard at improving their rugby skills and have coped well with the full pitch. With more emphasis on getting the basics right we have improved our rucking and scrums.

At this stage our season would have been over, but we gladly accepted an invitation from Terenure Rugby Club to take part in their Inaugural U13’s Festival which took place over three days in May. They had teams from all over Ireland, one from France and one from Scotland making it a total of 20 teams. The standard of Rugby was a little above us, but it gave us all an insight into what we need to aim for in the coming seasons. The players were the perfect ambassadors for the club and their parents throughout their weekend away, and we should all be proud of them for their behaviour on and off the pitch. A great way to end a season!

Without the help of Simon Kavanagh Joyce and Eoin Fitzgerald our coaches, none of this would have been possible and a big thank you to Danny McLaughlin for helping us with the trip to Terenure. Thanks also to Des Reidy and Eddie Walsh for reffing our home games and Stanley Bourke the youths Co-ordinator. A big thank you to the parents who bring the lads down week after week. Thanks to all the parents who helped out on home games and a special Thank You to Michael Heneghan for all his time and effort that goes into looking after the pitches, organising the food for home games and keeping the club house clean and tidy.

Looking ahead to this next season I think we need to focus more on fitness. Stamina and strength were a big factor when we came up against some of the bigger clubs. We also need to use the abundance of knowledge we have in the club and get people down on a regular basis to specialise on different areas.

Looking forward to seeing you all back again next season.

Declan Currid

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