Longford RFC Club News 11/03/2019   12/03/2019

Senior Men

Longford secured second place in Division 1B of the Leinster League, their highest ever finish and now go into a Promotion Playoff against Bective for a place in Division 1A next season.  It will take place at a neutral venue towards the end of March.  The date and venue will be confirmed this week.  Longford’s attention now turns to Kilkenny in the Provincial Towns Cup ¼ Final on St. Patricks Day in CPL Park at 3 PM.  A separate preview is available.

Upcoming Fixtures

Sunday March 17th Provincial Towns Cup ¼ Final Kilkenny (Home) KO 3 PM.

Saturday March 30th Division 1A/1B Promotion Relegation Playoff v Bective at neutral venue (date and venue TBC).

Longford Women (Warriors)

Longford Women had last weekend off.  The team has really improved as the season has progressed and are well worth your support.  Longford Women await the cup draw to see who they place next up.  Nuala McGoey is also trying to arrange some friendlies.

Longford Mini/Youths

It was another busy weekend of underage action in Longford RFC.  Longford Minis host a big Blitz this Saturday and ask all parents and coaches to make themselves available to help out. It is not too late to start playing Mini/Youth rugby.  Longford RFC welcome new players at all levels both boys/girls with no previous experience necessary.  Training times and Fixtures can be found on www.longfordrugby.com or at https://goo.gl/qAVBPv

Fixtures:

Saturday March 16th       

U15 v Arklow (Away).

Sunday March 17th       

U6-U12 St. Patricks Day Parade

Match Reports

U13 by Freddie Forde (U13 Head Coach)

As a prologue to the Under 13’s match report on their first home match of the season, I would like to give appreciation to all involved. Initially at the start of the season we only had 6-7 players at this age group but, through the word of mouth among these players, the numbers have been steadily growing week on week, so we now have a squad of 19 players. Thanks to the parents & siblings for bringing their lads in every week to training, dropping them into the club to meet the bus and this week to come and support their lads at this first home game.

Despite the recent wet weather; I know that the pitches may have been muddy, a thank you the grounds volunteers for their work in lining out the pitches and cleaning the dressing rooms. To the coaches, not Jimmy and myself, but to the coaches who lent us bibs and kit, the coaches who allocated pitch time, organised the referee, helped us flag the pitch and put on the water for the showers, to Dylan for coming in for some specialist coaching, thank you as the lads in the scrum and lineout did you proud and to Trevor for coming in to go through some refereeing issues with the lads. We should also show appreciation to Gerry, who, through his survey, hopes to continue the legacy of the late Hugh Connolly, in progressing the development of the mini’s and youth sections of the club. There are also the other members of the youths & senior committee who are fund raising, using the raffle, church gate collections & your club your country tickets, to raise the necessary funds to provide the excellent facilities that the club has to offer. All players at Youths level have to be registered with the IRFU and to this end Karen has been brilliant for us with one of our players only having his registration going through at 2:07am on the morning of the match.

There can be great pride in what the club has to offer and this Saturday the parents stepped up to the mark with the fine fare of food that was offered to the travelling team, their coaches and supporters. There was oceans of food available, the hot dogs were devoured and the piping hot homemade lasagne was delicious. Everybody can take great pride in what this club is doing for these future young men (and ladies) as this is more than a club, it is like extended family, and I am glad to be able to say I am a small (and getting smaller through the help of Longford Fitness) member of this family.  As you can see I am still on a high from the match yesterday and the following match report will be brief.