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U11 & U12 attend 33rd Annual Fr. Gavin Rugby Festival in Willow Park

Our U11 and U12 teams entered the 33rd Annual Fr. Gavin Rugby Festival in Willow Park, Blackrock, Dublin. In all 4 teams were entered and all teams aquitted themselves well and done the club proud.

Willow Park 2015The Festival was opened by George Hook and saw all teams play 6 games against strong opposition. The standard of rugby on display was terrific.

IRFU launch Concussion Video Education Resource

The IRFU Medical Department has developed a series of videos highlighting the importance of proper management of concussion in the domestic game.  The videos, which feature former Ireland international Alan Quinlan, have been specifically tailored for the key decision makers in the domestic game, namely, PLAYERS , COACHES, OFFICIALS and FAMILY MEMBERS.
 
Specific concussion education videos have been produced for the Senior Player, the Junior Player, for Referees and for Family Members in order to highlight the seriousness of concussion and the role each of these groups has in the safe management of concussion within the amateur game.
 
Former Munster and Ireland star Alan Quinlan said, "Every weekend right across the country rugby games are taking place with players who are skilful enough to catch and pass, referees who are athletic enough to keep up with the play, coaches who are strategic enough to deliver a game plan and family members who are passionate enough to cheer on their team but unless they are all smart enough to recognise concussion and responsible enough to remove any player with suspected concussion then players of all age are at risk of serious injury.”
 
"Concussion is a brain injury that if not managed correctly can lead to permanent neurological impairment and even death.  It is vital that all within the game learn to manage concussion properly so that an injured player can safely rest and recover,” commented Dr Rod McLoughlin, IRFU Head of Medical Services.
 
The educational videos and the IRFU's Guide to Concussion STOP-INFORM-REST-RETURN for the Domestic game are available to view, download and share on the IRFU website at www.irishrugby.ie/concussion
 
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U-14 North Munster Conference Final

Ennis 17 – Newcastle West 0

Ennis V NCW-20150228-1Ennis went to Thomond Park on Saturday to meet Newcastle West in the final of the North Munster U-14 Conference. Ennis had progressed unbeaten through the league and after having beaten their opposition twice already this season, were firm favourites for the final. This did not prevent Newcastle West from putting up stiff opposition on the day and putting Ennis under pressure right to the finish.
As is the norm in finals, nerves were a significant factor particularly in the opening exchanges with both teams trying not to make errors or give any advantage to the opposition. Indeed for the first 10 minutes Ennis were on the backfoot with Newcastle West dominant at the breakdown and hungrier in the exchanges. However the strong Ennis pack gradually gained a foothold in Newcastle West territory and their constant forays into the opposition 22 yielded a first kickable penalty opportunity for scrum half Fionn Langan after 10 minutes. Langan’s kicking has been improving all season and while this attempt was probably on the limit of his range, his excellent strike hit the post and caused a scare for Newcastle West as they scrambled to clear their line. Further strong running by the Ennis pack with Shane Kenny and Cormac Brown to the fore presented another kicking opportunity for Langan which he duly slotted over to get Ennis on the scoreboard. Ennis started to play to their strengths with the forwards securing their lineouts, solid in the scrum and taking the ball to Newcastle West thereby providing a solid platform for this ever improving Ennis backline. Eoin O’Brien at outhalf used the full realm of his skills and varied the gameplan as he saw fit. Evan Crowley at centre gained major territory with strong running up the middle and Matt Hanrahan at outside centre proved to be the perfect link to bring the back three of Jack Feeney, Jack Duggan and Fionn O’Brien into play to take the ball wide. The Ennis backs continued to stretch the Newcastle West defence and this eventually provided the opportunity for the super dynamic Evan Crowley to take the ball over the line for the first try of the game. With 5 minutes to go in the first half Ennis had taken control and continued to pressurise the try line. Strong defence from Newcastle West prevented any further scores in the 1st half despite strong running from Brendan Cleland, Alex O’Callaghan and Noel Shannon.

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