Longford Mini/Youth Notes 30/11/2021   30/11/2021

by Padraig Murphy prgm@me.com

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Longford 32 Tullamore 31

Our U18.5 team had a fine home win against Tullamore on Saturday.


Were you born in 2005 and would like to give the greatest team sport in the World a go? 

Our U17 team is looking to recruit new players.  Many current Provincial/International players only took up rugby in this age group, so it is a great time to get into the game.  You are assured of great coaching and a welcoming team environment that is suitable for all shapes and sizes. 

Don't worry about fitness, we will help you get up the required level and if you have not played rugby or much support before.  The most important thing is attitude.

If you are interested or know of anyone interested in joining us or have any questions please contact one of our U17 coaches

Tommy O'Hara 0877649793,

Ronan Keith 0868871573 or

Jimmy Murphy 0862555621.

U15 Midlands Development Squad festival

Joseph Davidson throws in the ball

Screening for the Leinster Rugby Midlands development squad took place at CPL Park on Saturday.

Teams from all the Midlands clubs attended on a bitterly cold morning to display their skills in front of the team of observers.

Longford started well with a win v neighbours Mullingar. In a repeat of the same play last week, Derek Belton received the short throw from the lineout and darted in from 5m to secure the game.

Game 2 v Ravens was a defeat where we leaked 2 cheap scores and didn’t recover. As this was the third game of the morning and the lads idle for game 2, we were sluggish after the break.

Game 3 saw a lot of defending against a big Edenderry team. A few of our lads were standing off which allowed Edenderry sneak the win.

Game 4 and the final game of the day saw the lads awaken somewhat and it wasn’t long before Shane McGuigan opened the scoring. The downfield breeze played havoc with the lineouts and the boys resorted to tap and go for penalties. The last score came from the back of a 5m scrum as the call was spread wide to George Burns who made no mistake in touching down wide on the right. The boys enjoyed their day and many hope they were showing enough to be included in next season’s squad.

Shane McGuigan makes a tackle

Sincere thanks to Gerry Carthy, former youth player, Ireland/Leinster U19  Shane Mallon and current Midlands development squad member, Ciaran Heffernan, who each  spoke with the team beforehand.  Many thanks also, to everyone who gave their time to help out on the morning.

Next week we play Edenderry away in the Leinster league on Saturday morning.

Longford U15 squad


Longford 43 West Offaly Lions 29


Our U13’s went down to a lively Mullingar side on Saturday.

Minis U6-U12

Training continues Sunday mornings 10.30 to 11.30am.   All players must have a gumshield to participate.  New players welcome.

Registration of players is essential.  Log into the following link to RugbyConnect, select Leinster and Longford rugby club and continue to complete the registration form.


Payment to be made at training on Sunday mornings to Gerry Carthy.  Club forms/Code of Conduct/GDPR forms also required to be completed.

Jersey appeal (Minis Jerseys)

Do you have any out grown children’s jerseys at home?

If so, could you donate to the club for use as spare blitz/match day jerseys?

If so, please contact Padraig on 087 6063587, for arrangements.

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