Two new initiatives were run in March (10 a side rugby and Tag Rugby) for secondary school girls.

Tag rugby is a great way to introduce girls to the came as it was based on participation. 15 teams took part in the first blitz in Castlebar, and 11 took part in Corinthians. The 7 a side game was a huge success, with teachers and players eager to sign up for next season.

Along side the Tag Rugby was the Girls Junior 10’s rugby. 3 schools took part (Sacred Heart Westport, Portumna Community College and Mercy Tuam). The final was played between Sacred Heart and Portumna, with Sacred Heart Westport winning the match and going home with the silverware.

Wendy Hickey, Women’s Development Officer, was thrilled with both initiatives. “The Tag Rugby initiative has proven to be a huge success with both teachers and players. It allows them the chance to experience the game in a fun and safe environment, with the focus being on enjoyment and participation. Those girls interested then in pursuing the contact can give it a try in their local club, or look to start it in their own school. Tag rugby was the start of it all for youths here in Connacht, which led to the growth of the game at both Youth and Adult level. Many of the girls that were involved with the 10’s play for their local club. I am already planning for next season and am confident more and more schools will look to take part. I would like to thank Castlebar RFC, Galwegians RFC and Corinthians RFC for hosting the blitzes, to all the Club and Community Rugby Officers for their time spent working with the girls, to the schools and teachers for taking part, and to the club coaches who took time out of their schedule to coach the 10’s rugby teams on the day”.

Tag schools were: Ballygar, Clifden CC, Mercy Roscommon, Mercy Tuam, Foxford, and Claren College

10’s: Sacred Heart Westport, Portumna CC, Mercy Tuam.

Related

Register for ‘Gain in the Game’ 2020 here