Girls Lep rugby blitzes in the West

Over the past few weeks, 3 girls U15’s Lep rugby blitzes were held in both Westport and Athlone, with an All Ireland girls blitz taking part in Galwegians RFC.

The blitz in Westport RFC on February 25 in Carrawholly had teams from Clifden Community School, Ballinrobe Community School, and Sacred Heart Westport. 12 teams took part on that day, with some good friendly competition and fine display of rugby from all sides.

On Tueday, March 9th, Athlone’s Dubarry Park hosted Summerhill, the Bower, Athlone C.C, Ballygar and Gallen C.C. Charlie Couper, community rugby officer, ran the event, with Transition years helping with the refereeing.

Teams from all over the province were invited to take part in the All Connacht Girls U15’s Blitz which was held in Galwegians March 24th.19 teams took part from 6 schools (Sacred Heart Westport, Athlone CC, Clifden CC, Ballygar, Ballinrobe CC and Seamount Kinvarra), with over 200 girls playing Lep rubgy.

Wendy Hickey, Community rugby officer and women’s development officer, is encouraged with the growth of the game within the province this year. “More and more girls are taking up the game of rugby through experiencing Lep rugby in their secondary school and by taking part in blitzes like the ones held over the past few weeks. The work done by the YDOs is invaluable to the women’s game, as Lep rugby is new for many schools/P.E teachers. I would like to thank YDOs like Emer O’Dowd, Michael Horan, Gavin Foley, Kieron Sloyan, Aidan O’Flynn, Cory Brown, and Jim Deane, who have taken the time to work with girls in the secondary schools. Through their work, clubs like Westport, Ballina, Ballinasloe, Buccaneers, and Connemara now have U15’s girls contact teams, and the numbers keep growing weekly. I would also like to thank Westport RFC, Galwegians RFC Buccaneers RFC for hosting the blitzes”.

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