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President's Note

14 March 2023

President John Colclough

Hello everyone,

It was a very quiet weekend just passed on the rugby front with the International taking front stage and what a great win for Ireland. The only game that went ahead was our Under 20s team who travelled to Greystones and avenged two previous defeats. This hopefully will hold them in good stead for their cup run in April, Our Women's J1 team finished their season mid-week with a loss to Belvedere. All going well we will see some of these players moving up into the senior ranks next year. Well done women on a great year and a big shout to all your management team. Again, this weekend coming will be dominated by the grand slam attempt by Ireland against England and we hope this goes well.

Off the field, Blackrock lost one of its finest members in Niall Brophy last weekend. A truly sad day for the club and an even sadder one for Mary Rachel and all their family. There is not a lot more that I can add to what has been said about Brophs except to say that He always had time to chat and invariably could be found in Stradbrook on most weekends. The club will be a lonelier place without him in the future. Again on behalf of all the members and friends of Blackrock, we offer Mary Rachel and her family our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this sad time. May He Rest in Peace.

Finally we wish the Blackrock College SCT the very best of luck in Schools cup final on St Patricks Day against Gonzaga. It promises to be a fantastic occasion. Hopefully, we will see some of these guys play in Stradbrook in the coming years.

See you all soon,

John Colclough


Blackrock College RFC

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