2 secondary school blitzes and 1 primary school blitz took place in Connacht last week in both clubs and school. Girls from Scoil Ide primary school in Salthill played an intra school blitz in the Prairie in Salthill. Over 60 girls from 4th and 6th class really enjoyed the day, as it was their first time playing outdoors as opposed to the schools hall. GMIT3
Tuam RFC hosted the first secondary schhol blitz, with over 60 players from Mercy Tuam, Presentation Tuam and St. Pauls Oughertard taking part.
The following day, it was Buccaneers RFC’s turn in hosting the second blitz, with The Bower (Athlone), Ballygar Secondary school and St. Rapahaels Loughrea playing some exciting rugby throughout the day.
Wendy Hickey, WCRO for Connacht, was delighted with the turn out over the 2 days. “The girls had been playing Lep rugby for 4-5 weeks during P.E, and they were really looking forward to play against the other schools. The idea of the Play Rugby Project (information on www.irishrugby.ie/playrugby) is for these girls to then continue on to play for their local rugby clubs. I would like to thank Tuam RFC and Paul Cosgrove, Buccaneers RFC and Charlie Couper, who are always very supportive in helping with the development of girls/women’s rugby. I would also like to thank Aidan O’Flynn, Emer O’Dowd and Gavin Foley for refereeing on the day, and to the TY’s in the Marist who refereed in Buccanners.”
Photographs by Presentation Tuam student Shauna Monaghan

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