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'Your Club Your Country' is an IRFU fundraising mechanism which was hugely successful last year. This year the Draw could help Westport RFC raise a considerable sum.

Getting involved could not be easier - all you have to do is BUY A TICKET! Contact any Committee member or senior player and they will be delighted to help you out.

All of the prizes are provided by the IRFU and their family of partners, which means that we can retain 100% of the ticket sales to support our club activities during the season.

Your Club Your Country 2012 Prizes

1. Tour with the British and Irish Lions in Australia in June 2013
International flights, hotel accommodation, test match tickets and spending allowance for 2 persons up to 18nights. Compliments of O2

2. Ireland v England 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP Gold Package
VIP match tickets, official IRFU hospitality, hotel accommodation and PUMA Irish Rugby goodie bags for 2 persons. Compliments of PUMA

3. Italy v Ireland 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Olympic Stadium
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for 2 persons. Compliments of Guinness

4. Scotland v Ireland 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Murrayfield
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for 2 persons. Compliments of Ulster Bank

5. Wales v Ireland 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Millennium Stadium
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for 2 persons. Compliments of Paddy Power

6. Ireland v Argentina 2012 Guinness Series VIP hospitality package in Aviva Stadium
Corporate box with full hospitality for 12 guests.
Compliments of The Hospitality Partnership

7. Dress like an Irish Rugby Player
Eden Park IRFU formal wear to the value of €1500.
Compliments of Eden Park

8. Attend 'Captains Run' and win tickets to Ireland v Argentina in Aviva Stadium
Observe a training session with the Irish Rugby Team, tour of Aviva Stadium, goodie bags and tickets to Ireland v Argentina 2012 Guinness Series for 2 adults and 2 children.
Compliments of Aviva

9. Ireland v France 2013 RBS 6 Nations VIP package in Aviva Stadium
Match tickets and official IRFU hospitality for 2 persons. Compliments of LeasePlan

10. Get kitted out like an Irish Rugby Player
Elverys Sports voucher to the value of €1,000. Compliments of Elverys Sports

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    URGENT...MUST ACT FAST
      U11 & U12 VS NORTH KILDARE
      IRELAND VS ARGENTINA
      24th NOVEMBER 2012
      I am going to organise 2 buses to go on the above trip for the U11's and U12's.
      I have asked for 62 kids and 40 adult tickets
      Cost of trip €14 for kids €34 for adults
      All are in the North stand - the little one where we can be all together
      First come first served - money up front
      I will need to collect the money next Tuesday night in the club house between 7-8 as the the IRFU will only hold the tickets for me until next Wednesday
      Bus will leave at 7 am (ish)

      Any questions contact Deaglan on 087 149 3860
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    The Mini Girls first Lep Rugby Blitz season kicked off last Saturday In Ballina. The girls played Ballina, Claremorris, Galwegian's, Tuam & South Sligo. A great day was had by all. Some 100 girls were in action and the emphasis was on fun and participation. It was great to see such a large group of mini girls at the blitz and it was very clear from the onset how much they were enjoying it!. The Westport girls played really well and their skills and attitude were impressive. Oughterard, Loughrea & Castlebar are setting up a mini girls section shortly. That will mean we have 9 clubs with a mini girls section. We have our home blitz on the 3rd November and we expect 100 plus girls. We want to make this blitz a great success. We will be looking for help and support on the day. Home training this Saturday from 10am to 11.30am.

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    On Saturday 29th September Westport U15 Girls Youth Team welcomes St Mary's (Limerick) to Carrowholly in a pre-season friendly.

    The two sides last met earlier in the year and provided a great game of rugby with St. Mary's coming out slightly on top.

    The return game will be a great experience for the Westport girls and we look forward to a good game of rugby on the day.

    Kick off is at 2pm so if you're not doing anything next week then come on down and support the Bulls

    New members are also welcome to come along to training on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm

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    Change of date for Lep Rugby Course.

    Wendy Hickey, Women's Community Rugby Officer - Connacht will be providing a Lep rugby course for women only on Saturday, September 29nd from 12:00-4:00 in Ballyhaunis RFC .  The course is free of charge and is aimed at women interested in coaching or helping the girls mini teams. Please contact Dolores Shanahan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to attend.  Dolores will need to know numbers by Tuesday 25th September.

    This is a great opportunity to find out about rugby for girls in a fun and friendly environment with others in the same boat as you!

     

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    First XV match away to Our Lady's Boys Club at The Sportsground on Sunday 2nd September. Kick off time has been rescheduled to 1.30pm. 

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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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    Westport Rugby Club Registration Day for Youths and Minis - Boys & Girls.

    Saturday 15th September 10.00am - 2.00pm at the Clubhouse.

    Introducing two new exciting initiatives from the Bulls!

     

    For the first time Westport Rugby Club are offering Family Memberships.

    This is the cheapest way to get playing memberships for your children - the first child will cost you just €60 (saving €30) and additional ones will be only €48 each. In addition you will become a full member of the Rugby Club with all the benefits that entails including entry into the monthly draw for €500 and the opportunity to secure International Tickets.

    This is one of the most important ways you can support your child's Rugby Club - by making it your Club as well!

    Family memberships can be paid by by standing order and start from as little as €20 a month.

     
     

    For the 2012-2013 Season we will introducing our U7 Rookie Club.

     
    The Rookie Club is designed as an introduction to Rugby for U7's and allows parents to enroll their sons and daughters with the Bulls for just €40.
     
    This €40 covers the whole season and includes all home training and blitzes, hospitality, away travel and even a Westport Bulls Training Top! There is nothing else to pay all season.
     
    Mini Rugby is a non-contact sport as this age and our qualified coaches place all the emphasis on taking part and having fun.
     
    There has never been an easier or cheaper way to get your children involved in Rugby.
     
     
    Join us at our Registration Day at the Clubhouse - Club Merchandise & Kit will available and the Boomerang Boot Club will be open, where you can exchange one good condition used pair of boots for another or buy a pair for just €10.
     
    There will be plenty of coaches, Youth and Mini Section Representatives and Club Members on-hand to answer any questions you may have and to welcome you into Westport Rugby Club - Home of the Bulls.
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    The Draw was made yesterday the 22nd of August for the All Ireland Junior Cup,

    the club's 1st 's will face Kanturk away on saturday the 27th of October, they are a north Cork club playing in the Munster Junior League.

    An away trip that I'm sure many of the club's supporters will enjoy.

    More details of the draw at http://www.knockon.ie/2012/08/22/all-ireland-junior-cup-draw/

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    The Club had a hugely successful day on Sunday. Many thanks to all the volunteers who gave freely of their time on an August Bank Holiday Sunday to contribute to the work that took place.

    · All windows and external doors are varnished.

    · Window sills, quoins, plinths etc are painted in the traditional Westport RFC colours.

    · The roof is now moss free.

    · The timber fascia and soffit has been treated.

    · The timber fence has been painted.

    · All around the Club house has been tidied including the stores.

    · The pitches were sanded.

    · A new surround sound system installed.

    · All furniture, windows and toilets have been cleaned.

    It is incredible to think that all this work has been carried out in just a few hours. In conjunction with this work we are also upgrading our playing facilities and drainage stones were also delivered and put in place yesterday.

    The pitches were fertilised on Saturday and after the battering they took over the past two winters, the remedial works carried out have brought them back to top quality.

    The younger kids had their faces painted and used up their energy on the bouncing castles and playing tip rugby.

    Watching the All Ireland Football Quarter Finals and the Olympics whilst listening to it in surround sound was indeed an experience.

    All the hardy grafters were then treated to a barbeque to sustain them after their toils. Thanks to all who helped out in preparing the cooked food, salads, potatoes and of course the cheese and biscuits after!

    The presentation ceremony took place soon after and it was great to relive the success that last season brought to the Club. A special mention must go to Mark Walsh who not only won the Development Squad Player of the Year but also the Development Squad Most Improved Player of the Year. A remarkable achievement for a guy in his late thirties!

    Other winners were:

    · Senior Player of the Year - Chris Ryan

    · Senior Most Improved Player - Tom Dever

    · U18s Ladies Player of the Year - Emma Fabby

    · U18s Ladies Most improved Player - Gemma Hester

    · U16s Ladies Player of the Year - Claire O'Leary

    · U16s Ladies Most Improved Player - Erin Rowley

    · U19s Player of the Year - Danny Moran

    · U18s Player of the Year - Thomas Geraghty

    · U17s Player of the Year - Dwayne Corcoran

    · U16s Player of the Year - Niall Feehan

    · U15s Player of the Year - Aidan Walsh

    · U 14s Player of the Year - Liam McNulty

    · U13s Player of the Year - Alex Farrell

    Medals were then presented to the U19s and U17s for winning their respective Connacht Cup campaigns and jerseys were presented to last season’s Rice College Senior Squad.

    Clubman of the Year was presented to Simon Kavanagh-Joyce for his tireless work throughout the year and for his overall selfless commitment to the Club. We really appreciate it.

    The Club 100 draw for July was also held and the lucky winner was Anthony Finnegan, McGing’s Bar. Congratulations Anthony. So far 4,500 euros have been won by 100 Club Members. Details of how to become a member can be supplied by any Committee member or are available on this website.

    All in all it was a fantastic day and for those who missed out this year make sure to note it in your calendar next season. It was a superb way to see out last season and embrace the new. Outgoing President, Joe Corcoran thanked everyone for their support during his two year term and incoming President, Pat McCormack was looking forward to continuing on the good work already carried out. He also said that the community spirit and solidarity shown during the Club work day was an indication of great things to come for the Club.

    The next big day for the Club will be Players Registration. As in previous years we will be registering all players from U7 right through to Seniors on the one day. Alongside registration, the Boomerang Boot Exchange will be in operation and we will be taking orders for all playing kit and Bulls branded training and leisure wear. Full details of the Registration day will be sent out in the next couple of weeks - watch out for the newsletters and on the website.

    Any player, member, parent, friend of the Club or supporter who is not getting the text updates or e-newsletter and would like to, can send their details to Pat on 087 241 2360 or Simon on 086 392 0600 to be included.

    Once again thank you to all volunteers and a special mention must go to Peter Moore for wiring up the sound system, Sean Corcoran for the sand and drainage stones, Joe O’Grady for spreading the fertiliser, Joe Corcoran for his loading shovel, Eddie Walsh for organising the painting, Bernie Nolan for organising the girls work and of course Michael Henehan for his continuing help in the bar.

    Go Raibh Mile Maith Agaibh

    Pat McCormack
    President

     

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