One of the objectives of Westport RFC girls’ youth section is to develop a hunger for rugby amongst the girls of the Westport area. Last Saturday (February 26) they travelled to Athlone with a big appetite and were served up a feast of rugby. Both the under 15 and 17 girl youth teams participated in a blitz organised by Connacht Rugby at the Buccaneers Club and Marist College. The blitz provided an opportunity to meet up, get to know, and of course play rugby with girls from Wicklow RFC, Fermoy RFC, St. Mary’s RFC (Limerick), Thurles RFC,  Dunmore RFC and Ballina RFC. It was also a chance for some of the under 17 girls to stake a claim to a place on the Connacht squad. Blitzes such as these are tremendous learning curves. Without fail they bring the overall level of rugby to a new level. They give a context to why they are training every week. In a supportive environment things click into place in the minds of the players because they experience them directly and intensely. Girls who are already committed to rugby get to express their passion, win, lose or draw.  Girls that are still just trying rugby to see if they like it get hooked, realising that their team is depending on them to give 100%. It is almost impossible to achieve this type of progress solely through training sessions. Thanks to Wendy Hickey and Emer O’Dowd from Connacht Rugby for taking this important initiative.
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