Ennis RFC was founded in 1923 and has been an active and intrinsic member of the local community ever since. Located on the Drumbiggle Road, the club’s senior team currently plays its rugby in Division 2 of the Munster Junior League and we have an extremely strong youths and mini’s set up, catering for well in excess of 250 kids. Our clubhouse contains a well appointed bar and a newly re-furbished gym. In addition to the clubhouse facilities we also have two 6-a-side floodlit astroturf pitches which are available for rent to the wider community.
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
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.
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
Please support our teams !!!!
Sunday 19th April
Under 16's League Final
Ennis v Young Munsters
Thomand Pk Back Pitch ko 11am
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
Sunday 26th April
Under 13 League Semi-final v Old Crescent Away ko 11am
Under 13 Conference Semi-final v Ballina/Killaloe Away ko 11.30am
Under 16 Cup Semi-final v Bruff Away ko 1pm
Monday 27th April
Under14 Cup Semi-final v Bruff Showgrounds ko7.30pm
North Munster under 16 league semi final
Ennis 8 - Garryowen 6
What was a very tense affair last Sunday afternoon, Ennis overcame Garryowen in the north Munster u16 league semi final only in the dying seconds of the game. Starting the better, the home side had early dominance in the possession stakes by some tremendous work by the forwards. After ten minutes full back, Cathal O’Brien, scored a scintillating try that he started and finished a move after he gathered a kick into his own 22 and counter attacked out wide. This phase of play involved three other backs with O’Brien taking the last pass to cut inside the cover and sprint 40 meters to touch down in the left corner to a despairing Garryowen tackle. David Mescall was unlucky to see the subsequent conversion kick go just outside the post to the right. Ennis’ ascendancy was short lived when, after a break in play to deal with an game finishing injury to prop, James Vaughan, Garryowen got some good field position were awarded a penalty for a deliberate knock-on that flyhalf, Harry Byrne, kicked to reduce the deficit and go into half time to a score line of 5-3.
With only a few minutes into the second half, Garyowen finally got their noses ahead with another penalty under the Ennis posts for an off side infringement. Byrne made it two from two. The game’s tempo dropped for much of the second half with Ennis making telling substitutes by bringing on Ryan Fitzpatrick to full back and moving O’Brien to the wing with Coleman McDonough freeing up Cathal Talty to move from the back row into first centre. Ennis also had to reorganise their pack when hooker, Jack Colleran, went off injured and Aaron Hennessy came on. As the game progressed to the final minutes it looked like Ennis were coming up short but they battled into the Garryowen 22 and following a Garryowen offside were awarded a penalty just outside the 22 and five meters in from the touch line. With time now elapsed, David Mescall kept his cool and struck a sweet penalty to bisect the post to give Ennis a last gasp win to great excitement. Overall Ennis were the better side on the day and deserved the win and with any game of tight margins, it is always the team who plays to the final whistle that gives themselves the best possible chance to taste victory.
Ennis had some immense performances from Vaughan until he went off and his replacement Conor Hassett continued his good work, with man of the match, Alan Culligan, sniping and pinching possession in the tight. The back three of Darren O’Loughlin, Cathal O’Brien, Stephen Hogan were always a treat out wide with outside centre, Niall O’Brien spring boarding them into action and the substitutes that came on brought a fresh imputes to the game when Ennis needed it.
Ennis will now play Young Munster in the final this coming Sunday with a time and venue to be announced as yet.
Ennis: Cathal O’Brien, Darren O'Loughlin, Niall O'Brien (c), Mark Cabey, Stephen Hogan, David Mescall, Eoin O'Ceallaigh, Hugh Black, Jack Colleran, James Vaughan , Ronan Corey, Gavin McGonnagle, Alan Culligan, Cathal Talty, Kealan Butler; Conor Hassett for Vaughan, Colman McDonagh for Cabey, Ryan Fitzpatrick for Hogan, Aaron Hennessy for Colleran, Mark Fitzgerald, Charles Ameyan-Gyamfi, Jason Warren.