Ennis Under 15 Team, winners of the Galway Corinthians National Youth Rugby Festival 2015 is scheduled to be broadcast on Tonight, Tuesday June 16th @ 22.00pm and repeated on Sunday, June 21st @ 20.00pm. See Irish TV channel on Sky 191, on Freesat 400, on eircom aVision 191.
Congratulations again to Team
Ennis RFC are the proud recipients of this season's Munster Youth Club of the Year. The award was presented to Club President, Gerry Buggy by Munster rugby player Tommy O'Donnell at the annual awards ceremony in the Maryborough Hotel in Cork on April 30th last. It was especially fitting that the award was presented by Tommy as he has previously visited the club and was extremely impressed with the structures and facilities in place.
This award is a massive accolade for the club to achieve, especially so, given the very strong competition from all other clubs in Munster. It comes as a result of many years hard work by all club members and associates. Players, coaches, mentors, parents and the club's Executive committee have all played their part in laying the foundations for this award.
John Colleran, the clubs Youth Officer is in the very happy position of overseeing all the youth teams who have performed so exceptionally well in their various competitions. John wishes to thank all the coaches, players and parents for their dedication throughout the season.
The U.13's reached Cup and League finals The U.14'S won their Conference competition and were unfortunately were beaten in their Cup final by a well drilled amalgamation of two Limerick clubs, Richmond and Presentation.
The U.15's won their league and were victorious in a one day all- Ireland competition hosted by Corinthians RFC in Galway.
The U.16's reached two semi finals and one final in the three competitions they were involved in and were unlucky not to bring home silverware.
The U.18's despite not performing quite as well as their peers, displayed a strong level of commitment throughout the season and a number of them have emerged as strong contenders to put pressure on some of their adult counterparts next season.
Gerry Buggy praised the efforts of all club members who work tirelessly in a totally voluntary capacity to ensure the club continues to cater, week in week out for possibly the largest number of underage players in the whole of Munster.
Coaches are continuously developing their skills both on and off the pitch to ensure our players receive the very best tutelage. Likewise, the club is constantly upgrading facilities and equipment. All of these efforts have combined in the receipt of this prestigious award.
Gerry would like to thank ttm, the clubs main sponsor and all of the businesses who so generously subscribe to the Club Yearbook which is currently available.
The club have no intention of resting on it's laurels. Plans are already in place for further development next season and the club hope to be able to offer it's young members the opportunity to hone their fitness, dietary and skill levels throughout the summer months with the introduction of personalised training programmes.
"While success is brilliant, the ethos of the club remains the same. We want every child who comes through our gates to enjoy themselves, develop friendships and learn a game that will open doors for them all over the world" says Gerry.
The club is always looking for new members, both players and coaches. So if you think you might like to give rugby a "try", why not pay a visit to Ennis RFC.
To celebrate the amazing season, Ennis RFC is hosting a Youth Day in the club on . Medal presentations will take place as will various other award presentations. The club would like to invite all Youth players and their parents to attend.
Pride of Place will obviously go to the Munster Youth Club if the Year Award.
Ennis 10 Vs Bruff 7
Ennis U-14’s fairy-tale season continues on with a resounding win over Bruff RFC in the semi-final of the North Munster Cup.
Ennis had a great start when pressure from the kick-off by the Ennis pack led to a driving maul which created space out wide and allowed Eimhin O’Daly go over for the opening try in the early minutes of the game.
Ennis maintained the pressure on Bruff right from the following kick-off with excellent fielding by Alex O’Callaghan. The early dominance by the Ennis pack allowed them to keep Bruff deep in their own half for the next 10 minutes.
Bruff tried to take the game to Ennis but the Ennis pack continued to disrupt any possession and prevented Bruff from gaining a foothold in Ennis territory. Demonic tackling by Dale Watson at open-side, Shane Kenny at blind side and Niall Queally at No. 8 led to Bruff conceding spilled ball and the flying Ennis backs were able to capitalise on this with a second breakaway try for O’Daly after 15 minutes. Had it not been from the ever worsening conditions Ennis could have had a couple more breakaway tries from Nathan Stackpoole on the wing but the worsening weather prevented the final pass from sticking.
The Ennis pack remained on top for the rest of the first half and this was epitomised by the dominance of the front five at set piece time with secure scrum ball being provided by Shane Regan and Noel Shannon and a strong presence in the lineout guaranteed by Cormac Browne, Niall Queally and Luke Kelly.
The Ennis half backs of Fionn Langan and Eoghan O’Brien had solid games with Langan effectively guiding the Ennis pack at maul time and O’Brien finding several excellent touches from ball in hand and effectively leading his back line when the game opened up.
A feature of Ennis’ performance in recent games has been their rock solid defence and a momentary lapse in centre field in their 22 allowed Bruff in for a try at five minutes after the break. Ennis took the lesson and did not allow Bruff any further line breaks for the remainder of the game. Special mention must go to Evan Crowley at mid field for his bone crunching tackles on the strong running Bruff centres and to Fionn O’Brien at Full back who fielded high balls with absolute skill and surety on an evening that was becoming increasingly difficult for handling.
O’Brien together with Stackpoole and Jack Feeney on the wings controlled the back third of the field and returned all of Bruff’s probing kicks with interest. The Ennis pack gradually strangled any Bruff momentum with their use of the choke tackle.
With the game entering its final stages, O’Daly was replaced by Matt Hanrahan who shored up the midfield. Despite a few nervous minutes this resilient Ennis team held Bruff at bay in their final frantic attempts to cross the Ennis line.
Ennis held on for a famous and rare victory over the East Limerick side and both teams acknowledged the excellent quality of the game.
Ennis march onto the final on Thursday evening at Thomond Park where the face the force of Presentation and Richmond in a combined team. Ennis will try to cap off a memorable season and complete the double with a cup win on top of their victory in the North Munster Conference earlier in the year.
Ennis U 14 squad: Shane Regan, Alex O'Callaghan, Noel Shannon, Cormac Browne, Shane Kenny, Dale Watson, Luke Kelly, Niall Queally, Fionn Langan, Eoghan O'Brien, Jack Feeney, Evan Crowley, Eimhin O'Daly, Nathan Stackpoole, Fionn O'Brien, Adam Harvey, Daniel O'Sullivan, Jamie Clancy, Jack Hassett, Eoin Duggan, Eoin Purcell, Oisin McDonagh, Daniel Geraghty and Matt Hanrahan
Ennis RFC is running 2 Strength and Conditioning camps for players aged from 15 to 18 for the summer months. These camps are ideal for the development of players who aim to challenge themselves and strive for representative honours or are leaving youth rugby to play in the adult ranks.
The camps will be limited to 20 people per block
Structure and Content
- 2 hours of supervised training per week for 6 weeks
- Small groups to ensure quality (20 people per camp)
- Movement screening to properly identify mobility and posture issues
- Fitness testing to monitor and track improvements
- Tuition in all aspects of weight training and conditioning
- Guidance on nutrition and player welfare
- Two 6 week blocks, can be taken separately or successively
- Block 1: 25th of May to 4th of July
- Block 2: 20th of July to 28th of August (advisable for Leaving Cert students to take this block)
- €100 for each 6 week block
- Bryan Murphy
- Owen Casey
- Richard Murphy
TTM Healthcare is hosting a silent auction online in aid of Laura Lynn. They have some really great items like signed Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster Jerseys and a 2014 Ryder Cup Polo Shirt signed by captain Paul McGinley. Many local businesses have also been extremely generous in their sponsorship. We would really love if you could help us to promote it so that we can raise as much money as possible for Laura Lynn. You may find the auction here.
Thursday 30th April
Under 14 Cup Final v Richmond/Presentation
Venue Thomand Pk back pitch ko 7pm
Monday 4rd May
Under 13 League Final v Young Munster
Venue Thomand Pk back pitch ko 5.30pm
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