Last weekend our J1 teams lead all the action at Stradbrook. On Friday, our Men's 2nds had an eventful match against Naas played on three different pitches, with two different refs, and one delay in the last 10 minutes due to an injury and ambulance call. Hope your knee feels better soon, Jake! Our Women's 2nds had a less eventful but equally successful match against Railway Union on Sunday. Well done to all involved!
We had a large crowd in-house for the Ireland v South Africa match Saturday evening. The U7s, U9s, and their parents and coaches filled the bar for the heart-stopping game. Obviously everyone in house was thrilled with the result.
Big congratulations to our first ever Girls U14s and 16s who played their first competitive fixture against Clontarf over the weekend. These teams are made up of youth players from other local clubs who have banded together in order to compete in the Leinster and metro leagues. Our consortium is made up of Suttonians, Belvo, Rock, Terenure, and Wanderers. The U14s team, the Sharks, have 5 Rock players, and the U16 Vipers have 4. What a great example of how other clubs can be rivals on the field, but off the field we all just want to play rugby. Congratulations to all the players, Killian O'Sullivan, Gavin Hegarty, and everyone else who was involved in this initiative.
This weekend, our Men's 3rd and U20 teams have matches at home, our J1s play away, and our senior teams have more time off before both play away on the 7th October. Head over to our Fixtures & Results page for the full list of fixtures.
I am happy to report that our Your Club Your Country ticket sales are looking much better! We've raised €1,040 so far and hope to keep building on this momentum. Thank you so much to everyone who has purchased tickets! We wish you all the best in winning these amazing prizes in the Grand Drawing on 4th December! Tickets will be on sale until 5pm on 30th November. You can purchase your tickets here. Can we get to €2000 by next week?
We also had some exciting cub news this week. Ian Madigan announced his retirement and we were able to announce that he will be joining the coaching staff for the Men’s and Women's 1st XV for the upcoming 2023/2024 season as attack coach. You can read the full announcement here. We've had to keep this a secret for a while now, and are so happy to be able to finally share this news with you.
Finally, don't forget to take advantage of 15% off your purchase of Supporter's Gear from our online shop before 1st October. Use promo code BCRFC15 at checkout. Also, keep an eye out: jerseys will be available for purchase soon!
See you soon!
Communications & Office Manager
Blackrock College RFC