Your Club Your Country Draw

IRFU/Ulster Bank Your Club Your Country Grand Draw Breaks €4m Mark
The 2017 IRFU/Ulster Bank ‘Your Club, Your Country’ Grand Draw was carried out today at the Aviva Stadium as the fundraising scheme surpassed the €4 million mark for money raised for Clubs.
 
This year’s ‘Your Club, Your Country’ Grand Draw raised over €580,000 for the 120 participating clubs bringing the total raised by the initiative to over €4 million.
 
There were 10 prizes on offer in this year’s Grand Draw with winning tickets being sold by the following clubs: Ashbourne RFC, Portlaoise RFC, Wexford RFC, Loughrea RFC, Old Crescent RFC, Balbriggan RFC, UL Bohemians RFC, Ratoath RFC, Roscrea RFC and Young Munster RFC.
 
A trip to Australia in 2018 as well as VIP 6 Nations trips to Paris and London were among the highlights of this year’s prizes.
 
The IRFU and Ulster Bank in conjunction with the wider family of IRFU partners supply the prizes for the ‘Your Club, Your Country’ Grand Draw, ensuring clubs reap the maximum benefit and raise up to €10,000 from the fundraising scheme.

 
2017 ‘YOUR CLUB, YOUR COUNTRY’ GRAND DRAW PRIZE WINNERS:

1. Summer Tour in Australia, June 2018 – return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Vodafone)
WINNER: Patrick Moran (sold by Ashbourne RFC)
 
2. Win a €5,000 Holiday – Holiday voucher worth up to €5,000 (compliments of Ulster Bank)
WINNER: Maria Redmond (sold by Portlaoise RFC)

3. France v Ireland 2018 6 Nations VIP trip to Paris – return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Canterbury)
WINNER: John Fagan (sold by Wexford RFC)

4. 2018 Galway Races VIP Package – Corporate hospitality and overnight accommodation for two persons (compliments of Guinness)
WINNER: Tiernan McKeogh (sold by Loughrea RFC)

5. England v Ireland 2018 6 Nations VIP trip to London – return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Volkswagen)
WINNER: Michael Murphy (sold by Old Crescent RFC)

6. Experience Business Class Service with Aer Lingus – Transatlantic business class return flights for two persons (compliments of Aer Lingus)
WINNER: Bernie Rooney (sold by Balbriggan RFC)

7. Aldi Shopping Voucher – Voucher to the value of €2,000 (compliments of Aldi)
WINNER: Sandra Griffin (sold by UL Bohemians RFC)

8. State of the Art Home Entertainment System – Flat screen TV and surround sound equipment to the value of €1500 (compliments of Aviva Home Insurance)
WINNER: Caroline Kenna (sold by Ratoath RFC)

9. Elverys Shopping Voucher – Voucher to the value of €1,000 (compliments of Elverys)
WINNER: Margaret McDermott (sold by Roscrea RFC)

10. VIP package for all three 2018 6 Nations games in Aviva Stadium (compliments of The Hospitality Partnership)
WINNER: Gerard Hanrahan (sold by Young Munster RFC)

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Match Reports Dec 9th Weekend

Colts U13s vs Buccaneers

The colts u13’s hit the ground running this morning with a very impressive display against Buccaneers on a cold day in Ballyhaunis. A lively start to the game saw the Colts pile on the pressure and were rewarded with 2 penalties which were both converted by Matty Morris who is in fantastic form this season. Liam Walsh ran in a great try to leave the colts 11-0 up at the break.

More of the same in the second half with some joyful ball through the hands saw Liam Walsh score two more tries with Adam Thorthon also crossing the line after a great line break all three converted by Morris. And to cap off a great morning Brian Hett bundled over the line in the last play to seal what was the performance of the season so far special mention for Danny Noone who was outstanding today. As always we had great parental support and our tea ladies Queen Mary, Annemaire, Glenda, Muiresa

Final Score Colts 37-0 Buccaneers

U15 Girls vs Portumna

The first Christmas cracker of the season was served up today when our U15 girls hosted Portumna in the league. The Colts started strongly with great teamwork moving the ball through the hands as they stretched the Portumna defense. Chloe Nevin and Mae Hession were making great yards out wide and they kept the opposition pinned back. The first score of the game came off the back of the scrum when Kaitlyn Mullaney broke quickly and scored.  Abbie Ronayne completed the conversion with a fine kick to leave the girls 7 up. The Colts kept up the intensity and this led to a penalty where Aine Mangan tapped quickly and drove through and didn’t stop until she got to the line and Abbie Ronayne again got the two extra points. Colts 14 – 0 ahead. Portumna, under pressure, now fought back and forced our girls to tackle and ruck bravely led by Molly Agger Aisling Hahessy and Aoife Meehan. After half time both set of girls went toe to toe . The power, skill and determination was a credit to ladies sports. There was no score in the second half but that didn’t take away from a very competitive half of rugby. Special mentions, however, to Saoirse Quinn, Ciara Nyland and Abbie Ronayne who saved certain tries with some savage tackles. Lara Quirke and Laoise Kelly helped by Nicole Mullee Leanne Kelly and Megan Kearns were brave at ruck time. The last 5 min had the Colts defending their try line and it has to be said that the determination and passion and, most of all, the team spirit was inspiring to see.

Final Score Colts 14-0 Portumna

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Match Reports – Dec 2nd Weekend

Colts U14s vs Carrick on Shannon

The U14s recorded a comprehensive win over Carrick on Shannon on Sunday. Congratulations to Paul Lyons on his first successful outing as captain. There were good tries from Brian McWalters, Cian Campbell, Oran McNulty, Jack Creighton and Jack Melvin. Well done to all the lads.

Final Score: Colts 48-5 Carrick

Colts U16s vs NUIG

SunshineLine out

The U16s traveled to NUIG for this game and the weather was kind for a change. Both sides were looking for a good game and were keen to establish dominance, particularly in the first half. The Colts were the first to score with Jack Neenan going over and Kyle Leonard adding the extras, this was quickly followed by Cian Quinn. NUIG then pulled a try back and that was how the first half stayed. HT NUIG 7 – 12 Colts.

As the second half kicked off the Colts opened up their running game with  Conor Toughey going over for a try after Leonard kicked a penalty. Not to be overrun NUIG scored two more tries while Leonard kicked 2 more penalties. While the Colts were in front, the game was still evenly balanced, But in the last quarter the Colts’ superior fitness took over and they ran in for 3 more tries (Thomas Kean and Cullam Rogers scored two of them). At the end it looked like a comfortable win for the Colts

Full Time: NUIG 17-47 Colts

Colts Juniors vs Loughrea

Another great win for the Juniors against a strong Loughrea team.

Final Score: Colts 19-5 Loughrea

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Match Reports – Nov 25th Weekend

Girls U13 Blitz At Sligo

Colts U13 Girls

The u13 girls traveled to Strandhill in Sligo for a blitz . The day began with the first game against our host Sligo. An enjoyable and entertaining game with some outstanding tries. Next up came a determined Ballina team who made for a very competitive game. Finally came Gort who journied north to play with great sportsmanship and character, they made the Colts work for their tries.

Thanks to all the players for outstanding teamwork and commitment today. We must also mention the parents who traveled to the game, “Thanks for your support”. Well done to both of our Girls team this weekend.

Boys U13s VS Westport

Under a snow capped Croagh Patrick, in winterly conditions, the Colts U13s took on Westport in Carrowholly in a tight encounter. Right the start the Colts line-speed put pressure on Westport and resulted in Cian McLoughlin weaving his way through the Westport defense to score the opening try, which was duly converted by Liam Walsh. Westport responded withgood pressure and evened up the score.
The Colts scrumming put huge pressure on Westport all day with the front row of Danny Noone, Rio Mortimer and Jack McMahon putting in great work, ably supported by the rest of the pack.
The Colts strong defense resulted in a maul where Michael Foody ripped the ball and the following some good passes Liam Walsh burst through the Westport defense running in a try from the 22.
Westport piled on the pressure and with some last gasp defense and the Colts were holding out. Unfortunately a wayward defensive kick was caught by the Westport full back who ran in to level the game for the second time.
The last 15 minutes was nip and tuck with big tackles put in by the Colts in particular Matthew Morris, Liam Walsh and Michael Smyth. With strong running from the Colts pack resulting in Rio Mortimer scoring Colts third try in the corner.
The Colts held out for a great team performance to win

Final score: Westport 12-19 Colts

Girls U15s vs Ballina

Our U15 girls travelled to Attymass to take on Ballina in the league with both teams were unbeaten so far this season. The Colts started strongly with direct running and slick handling, the pressure paid off when Nicole Mullee picked and drove for the first try and Abby Ronaynne added the extras. The Girls attacked again using the full width of the pitch to stretch Ballina and the impressive Aine Mangan got the first of her two tries. Chloe Nevin was left with work to do when she broke down the wing for the third try of the half. Colts looked to be in control but Ballina girls had other ideas and they came storming back into the game and touched down just before half time. The second half started with Ballina turning the pressure back on The Colts. They held onto the ball through the phases and worked up the pitch to get two well worked tries leaving only two points between the teams heading into the last quarter. To the credit of our Girls they lifted their game again with some hard rucking and won some good turn overs . Molly Agger and Aine Mangan finished off great team play working hard to score two tries. Abby Ronaynne had a great day off the kicking tee and converted both final tries. So the Colts win what was a great game of rugby from both teams.

Final Score: Ballina 15 – 31 Colts

Boys U15s vs Conemara at Dunmore

The Colts u15s hosted Conemara in Dunmore in the next round of their league campaign. A win was needed to keep the lads on track for a semi final spot. In a scrappy game the Colts came out with a win. A special mention for Kyle Leonard who scored 4 tries on the day.

Final Score: Colts 31 – 7 Conemara

Boys U14s vs Galwegians

Match Report to follow

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